Here Are The Highlights Of The 23rd Designer Collections Autumn/winter Season Of South African Fashion Week At Mall Of Africa

Entering its 41st season since its inception in 1997, South African Fashion Week (SAFW) ran 20-22 October at the Mall of Africa in Midland with 23 Fall/Winter collections.

A cross-season design that can be worn in both cool and warm weather is included as part of fashion week’s adherence to global trends. We support gender-neutral and gender-fluid design and advocate for inclusivity and diversity.

Local and international creative partnerships during Fashion Week have improved.

Plus Fashion Week founder and director Lucilla Bousen.

Day 1: The gentle ascent of Fikir Sokull
Notice the understated talent of Fikile Sokhulu. Her clothes have a graceful, feminine and timeless dimension imbued with thoughtful ideas for the environment.

Her x-factor is only confirmed by her participation in the recent Standard Bank Gallery exhibition We Are Culture, organized by creative visionary Bee Diamondhead and featuring 13 young artists. I was.

A fashion design graduate from the Durban Institute of Technology, Sohl made history as a student by debuting at Fashion Week and participating in China’s Cheers Qingdao Fashion Project. Finalist in the SAFW New Talent Search Competition.

Sohl was also one of four South African designers selected for the Fashion Bridge project. The project provided an opportunity for young designers from South Africa and Italy to work with young designers from South Africa and Italy. Cooperate in intercultural and artistic exchanges.

“I am very fascinated by the concept of life and I try to express it in a way that has an aesthetic femininity, a connection with nature and an organic approach,” explains Sofl. I like to see women wearing both clothes and sturdy clothes. We use only natural materials, and this is reflected in the choice of fabrics.

Her latest collection, which explores divine beauty and has the theme of “turning dust into gold,” expands her adoration of women.
US-based Amanda Laird-Cherry, who has never missed a SAFW season, will also be featured on Day One. Her clothing is noted for incorporating her cultural anthropology, and her designs are superbly theatrical and sculptural.
Cherry returns to its South African roots this season, drawing inspiration from Durban’s Victoria Street Spice Market.

Hangwani Nengovhela from Rubicon is also researching his ancestry. Her Fall/Winter 22 collection, using muted colors and her approach to understated design, was both a tribute to her late father and a time of introspection.
With the Rubicon Fall/Winter 2023 collection, she continues this path, drawing inspiration from Venda’s ancestry.

Day 2: Munch Watches Out
With a new talent search competition, SAFW has established careers and produced fashion stars for 24 years. Successful designers such as Black Coffee’s Jacques van der Watt, David Tlale, Anissa Mpungwe, and most recently his Woolmark Award winner Mmuso Maxwell, have all benefited from it.

SAFW’s continued and thoughtful response to industry challenges contributes to the longevity and success of our competition. We have achieved this by focusing on commercial success and supporting winners and finalists via many platforms.
To tick the sustainability box, Booyzen added slow fashion criteria to its circa 2017 competition brief.
In 2019, textile krafts and prints were added to the brief in response to a downturn in the South African textile sector.

This year’s New Talent Search design theme, Show us your prints, challenged top contenders to change the general idea of ​​fabric design and think about eco-friendly fabrics.

The 2022 winner is Thando Ntuli from a company called Munkus, and we’ll be featuring her on day two. Her design philosophy and her successful collections, featuring colorful prints and voluminous, asymmetrical, traditional and layered structures, were influenced by the convenience of the home.

Ntuli started her career in boutiques supporting local products while a student at the North West School of Design and Fedisa Fashion School in Cape Town.

Hired by a company as a young fashion buyer, she quickly realized that her creative style just wasn’t right.

She developed her brand, invested in testing many platforms for opportunity and growth, and lived by the adage “apply it all, think later.” This year she won the Newcomer Spotlight Contest, her second attempt.

Ntuli’s distinctive design aesthetic stems from the way she scours her mother’s and grandmother’s wardrobes to develop multi-generational looks that incorporate modern elements of millennials.

“For me, being at home means being at my best and at my best. I am a home lover and believe South African culture is rooted in family.
My mother, grandmother, and the way I was raised are the amazing women who shaped my life and who I am, says Ntuli.

Her Umama Wam collection for Fall/Winter 23 is a tribute to mothers.

Day 3: Veteran Evolution
The opening performance by Makxosa Africa on the third day on Saturday was a highlight.
The brand is back at SAFW after a long hiatus, having just unveiled the Alkebulan collection in London.
With this, Laduma Ngxokolo has developed an ambitious brand that shines a light on luxury and craftsmanship.

In addition to the scouting menswear competition, keep an eye out for Ephymol by Ephraim Molingoana. Designers’ continuous experimentation with new textures, prints and fashion trends.
Pioneer Molingoana debuted at SAFW in 2002 with the Pink Panther collection, which brought tailored tailoring and vibrant color to menswear. This time we bring you a gender neutral collection.

The late Wandi Nzimande, co-founder of Loxion Kulca, was another pioneer we lost.
With roots in Soweto street culture, Loxion Kulca concludes this season of SAFW with Ole Ledimo in charge.

According to Redimo, the new collection is expressive and unconventional. It presents perspectives, claims, stories and perspectives on the core of streetwear.
It epitomizes the African-born way of life, influenced by skateboarding, graffiti, punk, kwaito, reggae, hip-hop, the burgeoning Amapiano and club scene, and the downtown City Center art movement.

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