The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2016 which was concluded on Saturday ( March 10th-12th ) saw extraordinary South African talents (designers and models) . The fashion show’s main purpose which is to intertwine and combine the eccentric African heritage/culture and history into the western idea of fashion , thereby shining its light solely on African designers.
According to the group marketing manager of AFI ( African Fashion International ) , “AFI’s commitment to sustainability in the African fashion industry and empowering individuals to showcase their work on an international scale remains a priority in 2016, and we look forward to seeing what our home-grown designers have in store for us this year .”
The fashion week kicked off with overwhelming and interesting designs from : Khosi Nkosi , Marianne Fassler and Stefania Morland . Below are the designs, styles and trends that caught our eyes.
KHOSI NKOSI: From bursts of colors, prints and the cape trend, the high street women’s wear designer rolled out African inspired prints in bright colors , and pieces such as ; caped jackets , caped Blazers, caped dress, oversized cowl collard bodycon dresses, sheer bodysuits, and most interestingly , a pregnant model walked the runway in a skintight asymmetric strap mini dress which was made extra stylish with lined trench coat . All of these interesting pieces came in 3 hues ; shades of red, blue and a mix of bright colors . Most of the models strutted the runway wearing braids/cornrows . These are some of the outfits that caught our eyes:
MARIANNE FASSLER: color blocking, suede revival, androgynous silhouettes, traditional silhouettes, earth tones , pleated chiffon, puffed Capri pants , mixed fabrics , layering , Victorian-esque floral print blouses, cocktail gowns , sheer bodices, slashed leather zip up vests , unfinished weaves and lots more. These are some of the intriguing designs and spectacles Marianne Fassler brought to the runway . Fassler’s collection was accessorised with suede boots , fancy necklaces and hats as seen on the models.
STEFANIA MORLAND: Morland’s designs were inspired by Cape Town, landmarks , breezy bird life , mountains , and oceans . The collection includes prints, silhouettes in earthy brown tones , shades of blue , rust, burnt citrus and rose gold accents. Morland also sent sheer blouses, sequinned skirts and dresses, sleeveless jackets , feathers, crop tops, neckpiece , and a beautiful golden leaf headpiece . The entire collection was breezy, dreamy and feminine in all sense . These are some of the collection that dazzled.
DAVID TLALE: Tlale’s Day 1 collection came from five young designers ( The Intern ) who came up with different designs but oozed of sexiness , edgy, and dazzling show stopping details. The collections featured asymmetrical outfits,short hemlines , play suits, bodysuits, cut-outs, shirts, and warm shades of orange , grey , and blue.
Tlale blessed us on day 2 with his own collection which featured exotic stunning gowns and pieces made with tulle, fringe, lace, sheer pieces, and textures of raw materials in shades of red, earthy tones and black. He also sent down the runway models wearing underwears covered in sheer breezy shawls. Another major style that caught our attention is the delicate, classy and high fashion styling of the boob tube dress.