No better day than Friday to have a fashion flashback and what better fashion event to flashback to than the recently concluded Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa. As always, Africa Fashion International had not only some of the top design talent but also some of the top models of Africa grace the runway in the four-day fashion extravaganza so we take a look back at the top ten models who strutted their stuff down the runway and shone at this season’s shows.
The 2011 winner of Nigeria’s Next Supermodel title is no stranger to the Africa Fashion International catwalk, and with each season she seems to be getting better and better. It is always a delight to see her work the runway and this season was of course no different.
The 2011 Face of FAB has come a long long way since his early days in fashion and now a runway without Victor is absolutely unimaginable. He rocks the more avantgarde creation for men just as well as the more traditional suits, so it is no surprise that he walked for numerous designers this season at MBFW Africa, and oooh what a walk it was too!
Very few models have the grace and elegance of model and actress Bianca who swans down the runway and totally owns it, and the latest edition of MBFW Africa which saw her walking for numerous designers was no exception.
Cape Town based Nigerian model, actor and catwalk choreographer Jimi Owobo Ogunlaja is the epitome of suave and dapper and his runway walk is just effortless; no wonder season after season he proves a hit with designers showcasing in South Africa.
She may be 25 but she is not retiring anytime soon. The runner-up at Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2007 has walked the catwalks across the works from New York to Cape Town, from London to Lagos, from Paris to Johannesburg and it’s certainly her international experience and graceful physique that make her a hit year after year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa.
Much like his Isis Models colleague Victor, Peter brings swagger on to the runway, whether he is dressed in casual wear or dapper evening wear. His slight physique makes him pull off every imaginable look possible on the runway and his striking eyes home in on the photographer’s lens making for some amazing runway images.
An Africa Fashion international without veteran model Huguette Mara is unimaginable. born in Lubumbashi DRCongo, Huguette is signed to Ice Models and since the beginning of her career, she has not only walked in several fashion weeks all around South Africa for South African based designers but she has also shared her expertise choreographing the first edition of Kinshasa Fashion Week and mentoring the Elite New Look South Africa.
His chiselled features and strong walk make Ice Models’ Etienne Tshiswaka a favourite with both South African and international designers and this season at MBFW Africa was no different. From casual looks to suited suave styles, Etienne owned each look as much as he owned the runway.
Another veteran of the South African and international runways is Adebisi Sowemimo. The winner of the First Nigeria Model Awards in 2004, Bisi has since then she has become a household name internationally. She was also a contestant in the 2007 reality show, Revlon Supermodel, which aired on SABC3, between November and December. She represented Nigeria at the finals of the Fashion TV Model Awards in Cannes and Monte Carlo from where she won a modelling contract. She is currently signed to Ice Models.
With his unique look and fierce swagger, Sanele dominated the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa shows walking for practically every menswear label – and gosh, what a walk it was!
St. Lucian beauty Mala brings a touch of commercial to the high end, and MBFW Africa is all the more richer for it. Take, for example, her Spero Villioti walk more reminiscent of a Victoria’s Secret runway which set the temperatures soaring. Here is one versatile model who proves a favourite with many of the designers.
No doubt Greg is a vision of dapper on the runway. With his soulful eyes, glossy locks which could make any woman green with envy and strong walk, Greg walked, and walked, and walked some more this season at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa, and yet we still couldn’t get enough!
South Sudanese model Adau Mornyang is all cheekbones, Bambi eyes, and graceful limbs as her 5.11 frame takes to the runway and her walk is poetry in motion. No surprise then she was one of the most striking models on the MBFW Africa runway.
And of course, the last but not the least is the 16-year-old winner of Model of the Year award at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa, the 2012 winner of Nigeria’s Next Supermodel. Despite being a novice still, Favour has already walked at Mercedes Benz Fahion Week Africa,Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town,Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg, and is fast establishing herself as one of the rising stars of African modelling industry. Her slight frame, at 6ft tall, means she is all slender limbs, and her unique babyface is most memorable. What is more, Favour has a versatility beyond her years – one minute she looks her age, the next she is a grown woman. No doubt what every designer’s dreams are made of.by