African Fashion International (AFI) is back on 29 October – 1 November and the organisers have just unveiled the line-up of designers from across Africa who will be will be showcasing in line with this year’s theme of Our Heritage Reimagined.
Sizwe Nzimande, AFI Group Marketing Manager, says “This year, we celebrate how far African fashion has come by bringing together the best design talent from the continent and its diaspora, who are both rooted in their African identity and reinterpreting it in an internationally relevant way. This will be powerfully reflected in the eclecticism, originality and spontaneity of all the collections on display,”.
Day 1 of MBFWAfrica will present collections from Kibonen (Cameroon), Intisaar (Zimbabwe), Mille Collines (Rwanda & Kenya) and Taibo Bacar (Mozambique). The ELLE Rising Star 2014 show will see finalists – Chris Dawson, Tamara Cherie Dyson, Frances Pauls, Kelli Botha, Nadia Viljoen, Jeandri Britz and Michelle van der Westhuizen – compete for the title and the chance to design a capsule collection for retail clothing chain, Mr Price.
Day Two will see Tina Lobondi (DRC); Marianne Fassler and Spero Villioti (South Africa) and Nigeria’s luxury labels Josh&Nicol and Mai Atafo.
Day 3 is a real cross-section of the continent with fashion from Sheria Ngowi of Tanzania, John Kaveke of and KikoRomeo of Kenya, Carducci of South Africa, Ghanaian Christie Brown,Cote d’Ivoire’s Loza Maleombho, and the Ituen Basi of Nigeria.
The fourth and final day will bring the much-anticipated capsule collections of the AFI Fastrack™ winners – Rich Mnisi, Jessica Ross, Nazneen Kagee and Tuelo Nguyuza – who will be vying for the title of AFI Young Designer of the Year. Next, the City of Tshwane Presents Show will bring out designs from Archiebald Monyepao, Dennis Maponya & Neville Masondo.
The grand finale will come from Murade (Mozambique), Nana Brenu (Ghana), Laurence Airline (Cote d’Ivoire) and David Tlale (South Africa) who will be showcasing their latest collections.
Following four full days of fashion, on 2 November, a ceremony will be held to recognise African Fashion’s finest at the prestigious, annual African Fashion Awards.
“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa was the first fashion podium to draw the best of design from the continent and African diaspora. This unprecedented event has finally turned the international spotlight onto local designers – recognising them as more than dressmakers and celebrating them as trendsetters,” adds Nzimade.
There’s even more for fashion lovers as Melrose Arch will be home to The African Fashion Trade Expo (AFTE), which will run concurrently with MBFWAfrica 2014, offering Africa’s latest brands and trends while providing invaluable networking opportunities to buyers, consumers, media and other fashion followers.
We can’t wait to see this celebration of African fashion and there are quite a few designers whose new designs we can’t wait to see. Let us know which designers you will be looking out for.by