AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2019 has officially ended but some moments still linger because our favourite black designers gave us amazing designs to remember!!!
The event which is held every year kicked off at the Sandton Convention Centre for the opening ceremony on Thursday, 10th October, 2019. The theme for this year was titled, “African Fashion Unites”, which shed light on the latest, exclusive and phenomenal Spring/Summer 2020 collections of Africa’s top designers.
From Gavin Rajah, Eric Raisina to Mai Atafo amongst others, the African designers came ready and served!!!! Diversity took the centre stage and it was such a delight to watch!!
Several highlights stood out at the showcase such as the stellar musical performances from Femi Kuti and Kwesta. Also, the sensational Ndlovu Youth Choir closed the event with a beautiful interpretation of Waka Waka (this time for Africa). Miss South Africa also graced the runway during the AFI Showcase.
Here are some of the Spring/Summer 2019 collections presented by some of our favourite African designers.
Madagascan designer, Eric Raisina, took the natural path for his collection. He incorporated the earthy elements such as raffia, sisal, silk, cotton and linen into his designs. Being haute couture collection, the designer paid homage to the 60s disco era with eye-catching pieces displayed on the runway.
World-renowned high fashion designer, Taibo Bacar, showcased a relaxed and sultry side from his designs. The Spring/Summer collection featured artistic and floral prints, two-piece outfits, high-cut body suits and plunging necklines.
We always love a good African print piece and designer Rina Chunga did not hold back on that in her latest collection. The high point of her exhibition was how she embraced body positivity by including plus-size curvy models. Africa is full of beautiful curvy women and it is truly amazing to see that Africa is well represented on the catwalk.
Suits, suits and more suits were what the Nigerian designer brought to the table. With structured cuts and strong tones, Mai surely made power moves and we are here for it!!
David Tlale’s collection and presentation was a wonderful blend of culture and family ties drenched in color. The collection was named “Joyce”, which paid tribute to his late mother, Joyce Tlale. From multi-pleated Xibela skirts, red carpet dresses to ready to wear and monochromes, Tlale took the game to another level.
Gavin Rajah advertised a capsule collection that put the spotlight on women who are victims of violence and crime in Africa. Titled “Where have all the flowers gone?”, the collection showcased aesthetic floral elements with a theatrical and striking flair. The designer also collaborated with floral couturier, Blom Boy for the exceptional capsule set.