THREE MILESTONES AT MBFWJ17

A look at the remarkable leaps that made part of this year's fashion week.

Fifteen years is no play. It reflects staying power and David Tlale is belted with a decade and a half in existence as a brand. The designer who trades by his namesake has played a great role in the industry, not only dressing women and men elegantly, through his internship program as well, which has now reached a prime tv slot on SABC3. The show took place at Mercedes-Benz Bedfordview flagship store with a mass presentation and crowd of long loyals of the brand. The setting chimed the designs and the event closed-off with an unforgettable afterparty.

 

Fabiani entered womenswear with a bang. Setting a high bar with exuberant trousers and jackets. Having focused solely on menswear for the past four decades, we got introduced to the Fabiani woman and she's a whole lot of chic. To celebrate, Fabiani flew in international Ugandan-born supermodel Aamito Lagum, who exclusively walked for the fashion house. Now Fabiani man has a woman dressed in accord. 

 

And the event organisers, Africa Fashion International were celebrating their 10-year anniversary. It seems like yesterday the organisation dived into the industry ensuring that development of emerging designers is not left behind or secondary. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe who is nominated for the Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award, which is in honour of the late editor, will head to New York in September and accept at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
 
“I am immensely honoured to receive the award on behalf of all the designers, producers, fashion journalists, models and other stakeholders who have been part of our journey in taking African fashion to a global arena. I hold Franca Sozzani in high esteem for her work in the fashion industry, in particular her work in profiling African designers and her passion for our continent's creatives. With this award, I hope to work with others to further propel African Fashion and make it globally relevant and commercially successful.”
 

Pictured above: Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Marianne Fassler