Last week from 10-13 August was that time of the year again, the country’s most prestige fashion events, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg #MBFWJ16 was upon us at Sandton City’s Nelson Mandela Square.
#MBFWJ16, The four-day event, in collaboration with African Fashion International (AFI), is where South Africa’s and the rest of Africa’s leading Fashion designers come to showcase their work of arts on the runway. #MBFWJ16 is also where you will find your favourite fashion gurus donning their best garments and checking out the latest designs for the upcoming Spring/Summer season.
I will confess that for the first time this year, since attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s, I was the most impressed with the whole experience. From a fully serviced Media lounge, to proper press updates on the upcoming shows. The designers brought their A game as well as the fashion show watchers. It almost seemed as though the runway was in the street (outside the runway). People were dressed to the nines and battled it out for a best dressed list spot.
Onlookers were treated to the designs by the international success story, David Tlale as well as local favourites, Marianne Fassler and Khosi Nkosi amongst others.
It was hard to pick my favourite shows because all the designers put on such outstanding shows. However there are always those ones that stand out more.
The Intern by David Tlale:
Nothing excites is more than new talent being discovered and having the opportunity to showcase themselves. This is why I loved Tlale for giving six of his interns; Ntando Ngwenya, Cindy Mfabe, Mmuso Potsane, Maxwell Welile Boko, Angeline Mafemo and Siphosihle Masango the chance to put together a mini collection created by them in the spotlight.
Judging from the outfits, these young designers are worth keeping an eye on.
Of all the interns, the winner for me was Maxwell Boko. The range almost seemed to pay homage to us Black Sistas with the female image cut-out shapes. His line consisted of modern-day shapes, cutouts, colour blocking and simple silhouettes.
Colour by Nandi Madida & Inga Madyibi
Naturally TV personality, Nandi Mngoma stole the night, debuting her line Colour in collaboration with local designer, Inga Madyibi. As the new kid on the block, Colour is a beautiful line and great start to Nandi’s designer career. Colour is exciting, warm, youthful, different, very colourful and it radiates the spirit of Africa.
The patterns, solid colours, simple yet elaborate designs made this collection one to be noticed immediately. There is a wonderful diversity of outfits within the whole collection that range from summer dress, evening dresses, jump suits, skirts, pencil skits, and much more. All the items in the collection have their own personality and allows for every woman to find something that will suit her.
To make an even better show, Nandi ended her strut down the runway by debuting her baby bump. What a Beyoncé Love on Top moment referencing her performance at the MTV Awards show in 2012.
NN Vintage by Nhlanhla Nciza
Black Girls stay shining and doing the most with their magic. Like, can we please have a moment of silence for Nhlanhla Nciza. Her show was thee best. Ms. Khanyi Mbau performed her debut single Shake to kick things off and killed it. The collection followed suit. NN Vintage is consistent with Nhlanhla’s personal style. The range exuded many bold colours, textures such as velvet and satin and stripes throughout.
Nciza told the Sowetan Live publication, “I’ve realised that people are proud of their culture [and] wear their African prints proudly. In South Africa we are proud to only wear tradition to special occasions. South Africans need to embrace African prints and fabrics more. Let’s not wait for Solange [Knowles] to wear print to appreciate it.” YAAS Ma, preach! We have to keep on owning our greatness and shine.
The show was all the more entertaining with the likes of Ntando Duma, Jessica Nkosi, Thembi Seete and Luthando ‘LootLove’ Shosha on the runway. This show, “was all about powerful, confident women” and NN Vintage is definitely a line for Queens. Hope to get my hands on a few pieces.
Well done Mam’ Nhlanhla, you did an absolutely amazing job on this one. We look forward to more Queening collections in the future.
I absolutely enjoyed #MBFWJ16. The #TTMExeperience made it all that much greater and glamorous. Thank you Mercedes Benz, AFI and The Threaded Man for the invite and giving us a fashionably fun week. Look forward to the next one.
Photographs by: africanfashioninternational.com (AFI)