We’ve been so wrapped up in sharing such great stories from Kenya’s new and upcoming designers that we almost missed out on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg (MBFWJ) SS16. Gasp!! The fashion faux pas of it all. The Spring/Summer 2016 collections were showcased from the 10th to the 13th August at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton during the prestigious MBFWJ. Day 1 of the festivities appears to have been dedicated to the new kids on the block; and they didn’t disappoint. The designers opened fashion week at such a high tempo that our FOMO (fear of missing out) was completely validated. The schedule started off with designers from The Intern by David Tlale, followed by Nandi Mngoma and Inga Madyibi’s brand ‘Colour’, as well as, BulBulia Threads by Tasleem Bulbulia and with AFI (African Fashion International) Fastrack closing the show.
The Intern by David Tlale,
In its third year, the top six from the nine aspirational designers in the program scored the opportunity to showcase at #MBFWJ. The top six interns include Cindy Mfabe, Mmuso Potsane, Angeline Mafemo, Siphosihle Masango, Ntando Ngwenya and Maxwell Boko. According to The Insider, ‘[t]here seemed to be a theme throughout the show with modern lines and silhouettes, resembling a fusion of Asian and African traditional wear.’ While Ntando Ngwenya decided to incorporate athleisure to the overall feel of his pieces. Blue lipstick on the male models was a nice touch!
Maxwell BokoColour by Nandi Mngoma and Inga Madyibi
Colour is the combined force of fashion designer, Inga, and Tv Personality and singer/songwriter, Nandi. The clothing line, colour, made its debut at #MBFWJ. The pieces tied together elegance, texture and femininity while the makeup drew inspiration from the brand’s name.The Bulbulia Threads collection by Tasleem Bulbulia
This brand introduced cover couture to MBFWJ this year and encompasses a fresh take on Arabic culture. From airy springtime pieces to beaded necklaces and colourful head wrap accessories, the pieces came across as modern, but above all, they were modest and meaningful.AFI Fastrack
It kicked off with pieces by Tayla Nguskos and Minnie Dlamini, followed by Chesney Williams and DJ Zinhle contemporary pop-styles, and closed with pieces by Buda Malete and DJ Tira. Buda Malete walked away with the coveted AFI Young Designer of the Year 2016 Award and R30,000 to go towards the Buda Brand.
Tayla Nguskos and Minnie Dlamini
Chesney Williams and DJ Zinhle
Buda Malete and DJ TiraWe’d love to hear which designs stood out the most for you and why! Share your thoughts in the comments below.