Jo’burg has just wrapped up one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year, African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week, and I made sure to pay close attention to every show to bring you all the deets.
AFI Fashion Week took place just in time to give us an idea of what we can expect to shop from our fellow African designers’ spring-summer collections.
1 The power colour of the season
The runway shows at AFI Fashion Week saw colour palettes filled with rich, vibrant hues, and one of the colours that stood out the most, both on and off the runway, was fierce red. This was seen everywhere – Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi wore a sequined red power suit, and we spotted it on the ramp in shows like PALSE by Paledi.
Influencer Masi Tontsi sharing a moment with TV personality Loot Love, dressed in head-to-toe red:
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2 The headscarves
From PALSE by Paledi, to David Tlale and Imprint, the headscarf was a common accessory on the runway, seen on both males and females. Designers gave us a taste of how to wear the headscarf and how it can be incorporated into every outfit for the season ahead.
3 Gender-fluid fashion
Another common theme that designers highlighted was gender fluidity. We saw this in the choices of fabrics used and the styling. David Tlale, for example, styled some of his male models with Tsonga-inspired traditional attire (which females usually wear), merging the feminine with the masculine. This was a beautiful expression of the notions of sexual fluidity in South African cultures and an exciting moment to witness.
4 The hat-and-sunnies combo
While sunglasses are a key summer essential, this season you better make sure to pair yours with a wide-brim hat to create a statement lewk. Street style at Fashion week was filled with these hat-and-sunnies combos, and here are a few moments that caught my eye – including a fierce leatherette look seen on Sarah Langa (she had taken her sunnies off at this stage).
5 The rise of the influencer-model
The Khosi Nkosi runway included many familiar faces, and the brand has been known to use both models and influencers. This year, they decided to include one of our COSMO #DearBoobs girls, Pinky Girl! She looked absolutely beautiful in a Shweshwe mermaid dress, and her catwalk confidence showed that she felt comfortable on the runway.
6 Um, the incredible street style!
Another noteworthy element of this stylish week that deserves to be praised was the eclectic street style. There were so many fabulous people who came dressed to impress with the hopes of being captured by your favourite photographer (me, duh). Scroll down for a few of my fave looks.
SA Fashion Handbook publisher Leanne looked effortlessly beautiful in her bold printed dress by Mantsho.
Dineo Langa had me jumping for joy in this limited-edition two-piece look by Imprint.
This dynamic duo rocked out in Kisua. The question is: who wore it best?
Fashion blogger Ricci-Lee (aka Big Bad Wolf) stepped out in neutral utility wear at the Imprint show.
Feature image: @lootlove2