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AFRICA'S biggest fashion showcase, Africa Fashion Week, officially started yesterday.
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The three-day fashion treat features designers based both in South Africa, mainland Africa and the diaspora - with more than 30 designers.
The event attracted a generous number of celebrities yesterday, including actors, musicians and politicians.
Designers KLUK CGDT, Marianne Fassler, Mataano, Tart, Stefania Morland and Alexander Kounty opened the bill.
What was interesting this year was a generous use of ethnic models, some of whom are international faces, including those with exotic features, which always adds flavour to a fashion show.
South Africa's KLUK CGDT was the first to showcase and opened the show with an extremely well-thought out collection that received a standing ovation.
The collection started out with muted palettes on see-through garments, but soon gave way to bright colours, with some featuring glitter, on to black and white hues.
If one were to use day one of the show as a measuring stick, then the standard seems to have gone up from last year's.
Today will see exhibitions from Gloria Wavamunno, Kiki Clothing, Lalesso, Maki OH, Christie Brown, Duaba Swera and local designer Thula Sindi.
But the most anticipated shows are David Tlale's and Nigeria's London-based Bummi Koko tomorrow.
Designers including the 46664 label, Vasselina, Mantsho and Naked Ape Walk showcased their best at the SA Fashion Week Winter 2012 Designer collections at the weekend.
Africa Fashion Week took it up a notch this year.
It was glitz and glam as designers showcased some of their Africa-inspired designs this week.
The event, which kicked off on Thursday at the Sandton Convention Centre, was a cultural and fashion hub as fashionistas, fashion writers, designers and buyers convened to enjoy what I consider to be some of the most inpirational and exciting designs I’ve seen in a long time.
Kluk CGDT raised the bar with their romantic collection, which was also showcased at New York Fashion Week.
It boasted magical and dreamy frocks, soft colours and minimal floral prints on African cotton lace.
It was fresh, even though it’s said that British John Galliano showcased a similar collection four years ago.
Marianne Fassler never disappoints with her urban ready-to-wear, chic designs.
Everything in her collection had a touch of leopard, as well as some bold greens and reds, reminiscent of Tsonga traditional outfits.
It was wonderful to see her supported with ululations from the audience. Perhaps her designs resonated strongly with their cultures.
Some designers, like Maatano and Tart, opted for the “safe and boring” approach.
Others included Thula Sindi, Bunmi Koko and David Tlale.
Another highlight was the trade aspect in the form of pop-up stores, giving designers a chance to sell and showcase their ready-to-wear clothes .
This well organised first night, with its versatile and stimulating wear, was a tantalising foretaste of what would be on offer the rest of the weekend and indicated that the fashion industry in Africa is indeed expanding.