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Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg

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It’s been two years since I attended African Fashion International Fashion Week Joburg because of Covid-19. After a long break, I am happy to have reunited with the industry’s best.

This past weekend, AFI staged a two-day fashion show at Sandton City’s Diamond Walk, where 21 designers from across the continent showcased their Spring/Summer 23 collections.

Unlike in the olden days when Fashion Week was a closed event, this one was open as passers-by could also watch.

As expected, many designers did not disappoint. They showcased their talent most creatively, making sure to catch the eyes with striking prints, bold colours and exquisite designs.

Prints and patterns

It wouldn’t be AFI without some African prints, and Botswana’s Kidunia did much of that. Her collection was full of suits, each with different prints. Our favourite is the blue, red and yellow one with feather detailing on the jacket’s wrists.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Kidunia designs. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Indoni Fashion House, which made its AFI debut, showed Joburgers how fashion is done in Durban. Kwenzi Nkomo, owner of the brand, played around with Shweshwe prints in the most refreshing way. She recycled the materials to create modern shweshwe dresses, some of which could work so well for a traditional wedding.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Indoni Fashion House. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Like its name, Imprint ZA kept to its signature prints. This time, the designer, Mzukisi Mbane, combined the Inkomi Yabenguni and Africa Is Not a Trend to create a beautiful clash of prints.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Imprint ZA. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Seditsi focused on the pyramids, while Kreyann’s prints were inspired by the peacocks.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Seditsi. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

We also loved Suitability’s use of tiger print, giving the collection masculine power.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Suitability. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

The colours

When someone mentions spring/summer, the first thing that comes to mind are the bright colours, and that’s what the likes of Eric Raisina brought to the runway.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Eric Raisina. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

We also liked how House of Nala mixed olives and oranges, so refreshing.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
House of Nala. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

We also saw lots of pink from Alia Bare, House of Stevolution and Gavin Rajah, and some blue from Lebo Merafhe.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
House of Stevolution. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Woke Studios focused more on yellow.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Woke Studios. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Meanwhile, Sisters of Afrika and Ascend the Label brought green, red and yellow to the runway.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Ascend the label. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Thando Thabethe of Thabooty’s also did wonders with the colour block on her swimwear range, something attractive for the hot summer days.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Thabooty’s. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

The designs

Fashion is all about playing with materials to bring in different designers, and that’s what Kwenzi Nkomo of Indoni Fashion House did with her collection. From strapless to princess and bell gowns, she did them all. What made her collection stand out is that she did multi-layers in most of her dresses, and our favourite is the strapless, sheer one.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Indoni Fashion House. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Nguo’s designs were one of the best because of her detailing. She used wide pockets as a point of attraction, which worked well on the wide-legged pants and maxi dresses.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Nguo. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Lebo Merafhe’s fringes were no ordinary ones, they were thick squares and rectangles patched together to create a beautiful illusion.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Lebo Merafhe. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Gavin Rajah added more flare to his sequin A-line dress by adding orange fringes.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Gavin Rajah. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

Also, Kaylaamiel’s pleats were one of our favourites.

Our favourite looks spotted at AFI Fashion Week Joburg
Kaylaamiel. Picture: Simon Deiner/ SDR

AFI Fashion Week Joburg took place at Sandton City from November 18-19.

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