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Thursday, August 25, 2016

#Fashion_Week: A fashion challenge for Durban Fashion Fair designers!

With the annual Durban Fashion Fair now firmly entrenched on the fashion calendar and celebrating 5 years, things are heating up for our young, up & coming young designer mentees who are currently participating in the eThekwini Municipality’s DFF mentorship fashion programme which mentors enterprising young designers in all aspects of the fashion business and prepares them not only for the upcoming DFF, but for the “business fashion world”.

Over and above the mentorship programme, Woolworths South Africa have also come on board as a sponsor and will be providing these young designers with an additional challenge to form part of their curriculum.

Showcasing the RE: classic denim jackets that the 20 Durban Fashion Fair mentees will be customising for their #REdesignDenim challenge are: Akhona Bafo from Woolworths SA with models Kadija Makhanya and Sethu Khumalo with Nondumiso Mhlongo from eThekwini Municipality Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit

Winners of this particular challenge will also be announced on Saturday, September 3rd at the Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards event hosted at the ICC. The winner of this challenge will receive a R10 000 Woolworths SA shopping voucher.

This relationship between Woolworths and the DFF started when Sindi Shangase, the Programme Manager from the BSTMU who is spearheading Durban Fashion Fair, approached Woolworths South Africa and invited them to participate in the mentorship programme.

Woolworths South Africa accepted the invite and decided to come up with a small challenge for the young designers which compliments their current curriculum.

“The challenge we are offering to the designers is brand specific; we chose the brand RE: as it is aligned with the age group of the mentees. RE: is a sassy, bold and adventurous brand that is always connected and challenges the norms. As a brand, we are and always looking to change things up and to partner with in-tune, sussed and aspirational individuals .We believe in collaborating with people we can learn from and who better than these aspiring creative minds, who exude, art, ambition and the passion for fashion,” said Katiso Maarohanye the Brand Manager for RE:. “One can never go wrong with a classic denim jacket; it is also one statement piece that evolves over the years, season to season. What changes is the artistry flair that is brought into it by the designer”, she added.

Woolworths SA representative, Akhona Bafo (front left) with the 2016 Durban Fashion Fair mentees all wearing their RE: classic denim jackets that they will be customising for their #REdesignDenim challenge

The designers will be given 9 days and a budget of R250 to customise “their jackets”, not only as a test of their resourcefulness and ability to work under pressure, but to test their originality, creativity and on trend abilities. 

Tickets to the 16 shows that will take to the ramp at the Durban Exhibition Centre between Wednesday, August 31st and Friday, September 2nd are on sale @ Computicket from R100 per person per show with students paying R50 per student per show. Tickets for the recognition awards show are R200 per person and R100 per student. For more information, go to the Durban Fashion Fair facebook page.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#Fashion_Week: Beyond Threads at Durban Fashion Fair 2016

It’s all systems go for the Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) 2016 with tickets to the 16 shows that will take to the ramp at the Durban Exhibition Centre between Wednesday, August 31st and Friday, September 2nd going on sale via Computicket.

Themed “Beyond Threads”, the DFF 2016 features 40 designers – including six from Africa and big names from within the South African fashion industry.

The city’s fashion extravaganza kicks off on Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm with an evening of menswear featuring labels Black Pepper, Afro Amano and the House of St Luke. Followed at 7pm with Gravitie and Clemas Garments (Nigeria).  Abrantie the Gentleman (Ghana) and Duke "Clothe Your Soul" will take to the catwalk at 8pm and ending the day at 9pm will be Shadow by Sidumiso (Zimbabwe) and Hombre’.

Six shows on Thursday, September 1st starting at 5pm feature labels from Glamour-SA Designs, Pengelly, Mo' Creations & Couture (Zambia), House of Alfalfa, Karen Monk-Klijnstra, Diva Designs by Brenda Quin; Quitera and George, Ganu (Zimbabwe), Poqua Poqu (Ghana), Amos, Palse and an off-site show at the Durban Art Gallery venue in the city by Amanda Laird Cherry.

Shows starting at bit earlier at 4.30pm on Friday, September 2nd include the uKhozi FM the 2016 DFF Next Generation Designers show and the Interns by David Tlale as well as showings by Eullue;  Colleen Eitzen, Kathrin Kidger, Terrence Bray, Thula Sindi, Mita-N Dzyns, Scarlett Haze and Ralfe'. The evening will culminate in another off site show by Zarth hosted at Lambert Road

The DFF 2016 features a newly designed show space that acts as a world class canvas for producers and designers to display their creations. Modelled on current international show space trends, the set for DFF 2016 features a seamless, wide catwalk which focuses the attention of the audience on the models and provides the perfect setting for photographs and video.

Over the past five years, the DFF has wowed designers, the media, fashion buyers and the public and has brought out the very best in Durban’s existing and aspiring creatives. It forms part of the eThekwini Municipality’s Fashion Development Programme which has empowered over 500 designers and provided internships to Milan, Italy, for 46 newcomers to the fashion industry.

The DFF 2016 will culminate in the prestigious Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards on Saturday, September 3rd at the Inkosi Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. These will honour and recognise the top designers and models taking part in the DFF 2016 whilst also featuring the designs of the 2015 DFF’s international interns.

Tickets are now available at Computicket with tickets from R100 per person per show with students paying R50 per student per show. Tickets for the awards show are R200 per person and R100 per student.

For more information, go to

#‎DFF2016 #‎DurbanFashionFair2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#NEWS: Puma x Fenty Cozy Drop A New Colourway - Grey

Cozy has got a new colour. Introducing a new addition to the much loved FENTY by PUMA Fur Slide range.  The new Grey Fur Slide will be available from 26 August at PUMA SELECT, Anatomy, X-Trend Stores, Cop Capital, Shelflife and Madaiza for R1'299. 

In addition to the new grey introduction, the original three Fur Slides (black, white and shell pink) will be restocked and available in store from 24 August.

The Fur Slide is part of the FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA Collection alongside the Creeper and The Trainer. Stay tuned for new releases launching later this season.


Monday, August 22, 2016

#NEWS: Rags to fashion riches for Face of DFF 2016

24 year-old Olwethu Cele from Ice Model Management Durban is one of the faces of the Durban Fashion Fair 2016 ad campaign – and an example of just how an opportunity to shine in modelling as a winner of the new face category at the DFF 2015 recognition awards can build a career and create a role model for a whole community.

Although he is currently based in Durban, Cele hails from the small village of KwaNikhwe which is close to Bizana near Port Edward. As the first model to come from this small town, he is looked up to by many of the younger members of the community.

Within a very short space of time, he has worked with a number of trend setting designers and fashion brands including House of Saint Luke by Mxolisi, Duke, Hombre’ by Vanessa Pillay, Terrence Bray and Palse. He has also showcased for Shaldon Kopman and African designer, Clement Effanga and has done shoots for The Hub and a number of stores in Botswana.

“God has been good to say the least. I've achieved things I've never thought I'd achieve,” he says of both his career and his other career moves thus far.

Having completed a diploma in Information Technology last year, he now works as an intern with the eThekwini municipality – although he admits that juggling two completely different careers comes with its challenges!

“I love fashion. I think it's the only way of showing yourself to people, who you are and where you come from without saying a word. I was raised by a single parent. My dad is my entire world. He couldn't believe it when he saw me on TV. I can say that he is the reason and my motivation for becoming what I am what I am today,” he says.

Apart from drawing on hard work and determination, he says he has learnt a lot through various programmes arranged for newcomers to the DFF in 2015 and, especially, the model boot camp. These combined to help him realise that one has to be both mentally fit and in shape physically to have a strong modelling career.

To catch Cele on this year’s catwalk, ticket prices range from R100 per person per show with students at R50 per student per show. Prices for the Awards show will cost R200 per person and students at R100 per person. Tickets now available at Computicket. For more information go to

#‎DFF2016 #‎DurbanFashionFair2016


Global Sports Brand PUMA collaborates with Staten Island’s design duo, Dee & Ricky Jackson for the second time. The collection combines the whimsical world of Dee and Ricky, with PUMA’s deep sporting heritage.

Born and raised in New York City, the brothers spent their early years exploring each of the five boroughs from the subway or their skateboards.  They marveled at the concrete paradise of street art and people.  For their second collection with PUMA, Dee & Ricky have recreated that instant euphoria of discovering.  The pieces are inspired by a mix of the iconic visual language of Massimo Vignelli’s ubiquitous subway map and the influence of graffiti artists.

The PUMA Basket has been refreshed with a playful and innovative upper finished in twisted grind print textile.  The PUMA Basket Dee & Ricky NYC (R2 899) features embroidery prints over the upper and is available in vibrant orange suede.  The playful pallet that features throughout the collection highlights Dee & Ricky’s notorious sense of fun and makes the perfect sneaker addition for upbeat street style.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

The Basket Mid x Dee & Ricky BigA (R1 899) is a different take on the classic mid sneaker and features removable Velcro patches for a touch of fun.  More premium than before, the re-worked style features a debossed print on suede upper.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA + Model is Rocher Mufishi of WICKED/BOSS.

The footwear collaboration is supported by a range of apparel featuring jackets, t-shirts, sweat pants and a cap.  The PUMA x Dee & Ricky cap (R399) features the New York subway all over graphic, complete with moisture wicking sweatband and fuse mesh lining.  When styled together the collection creates a fun, carefree, urban inspired street style look.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA.

Photograph by Larry English Photography + Styling by Monde Mtsi of Renaissance Men SA.

The collaboration is in local stores at PUMA Select Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein as well as X-Trend Store and selected retailers nationwide.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#NEWS: The next stage in evolution – adidas Originals NMD_XR1

Marking the next stage in the evolution of adidas Originals’ groundbreaking NMD, the NMD_XR1 continues the series’ deconstruction of footwear traditions, blending classic sneaker components with progressive design perspectives into a clean, modern design.

Building on the winning design formula of the NMD series, the release stays true to the original blueprint with subtle updates. A microrib knit construction is developed with a two-tone pattern, strengthened by tonal overlays, including a premium heel patch in plush nubuck leather. Finished with full colour-blocked tooling and tonal branding details, the result is an understated release with contemporary touches that embody the NMD philosophy.

The NMD_XR1 pack drops on Thursday, 18 August at the following stockists:
adidas Originals stores


Monday, August 8, 2016

#NEWS: adidas Originals Celebrates 25 Years of adidas Equipment

The EQT ADV 91-16 celebrates 25 years of adidas Equipment.

These shoes are a cutting-edge take on running style. The stretchy knit upper features soft moulded TPU "wings" that wrap the heel, and 3-stripes that integrate into the cushy EVA midsole.

The sleek running silhouette has been given the triple treatment in both black and white, with paramount functionality at the heart of this sneaker.

The Blueprint of sport and style combined.



Friday, August 5, 2016

#NEWS: adidas Originals – Tubular Doom PK

adidas Originals presents two new iterations of the untouchable Tubular Doom silhouette this season, blending the shoe’s fiercely progressive design with pure 3-stripes tech in the Tubular Doom Primeknit.

True to the uncompromising philosophy of the Tubular series, the Tubular Doom Primeknit features a wealth of technical considerations from an over-vamp footstrap and structural heel cage to an integrated 3-stripes lace system, finished with a full Primeknit upper for unparalleled fit and comfort. Available in Navy and Grey colourways with contrast white tooling, it’s a classic release of a trailblazing silhouette, blending groundbreaking 3-stripes design with essential technical details.

Designer Nicholas Coutts featured a selection of adidas Originals Tubular styles in his SA Menswear Week SS17 show. 
Nicholas Coutts - SS17 at SAMW 2016 - Photo by SDR Photo

The adidas Originals – Tubular Doom PK will be available from the following stockists:

adidas Originals stores

Thursday, August 4, 2016

#NEWS: Pharrell Williams and adidas introduce the Hu NMD

Designed for urban exploration without boundaries, the NMD fuses iconic adidas Originals DNA with breakthrough technology from today. For Pharrell Williams’ Hu NMD, an energy-returning white boost™ midsole meets a breathable and flexible Primeknit upper in yellow featuring a split ‘Human Race’ graphic resulting in a bold visual language.

This unisex model features a newly designed lace system, which goes through the cage of the stabilizer to create a moccasin type of feel, giving support as well as freedom right where it is needed. The result is a fearless updated shape for Pharrell Williams’ Hu NMD.

Hu is the beginning of a new creative concept for Pharrell Williams and adidas. Hu represents the idea of boundless strokes of humanity. The introduction of the yellow Hu NMD is an extension of Pharrell Williams’ vision to connect all people through adidas Originals with the common line of love, passion, excitement, energy and color.

Hu = Human Being, Human Race, Human Kind, Human Species

Only available in limited quantities this latest model from Pharrell Williams and adidas is completed by two sets of laces and an insole with a graphic designed by Pharrell Williams as well as the trefoil logo on the right heel tab and the partnership’s equal sign on the left heel tab.

The adidas Originals = PHARRELL WILLIAMS Hu NMD will be available at Shelflife in Cape Town.


#MBFWJ16: Raising the bar at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016

The temperature in Johannesburg is already on the rise as the city prepares itself for the hottest event on the African fashion calendar: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 (MBFWJ16). Hosted by African Fashion International (AFI), this dazzling event is taking over Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, from the 10th-13th August 2016. 
“With such an iconic backdrop for the show, we knew we had to fill the runway with equally impressive designers,” says Jan Malan, production director of MBFWJ16. “Day three promises to take our fashion showcase to a whole new level, with the very latest trends for the Spring/Summer season. We hope you’ve booked your spot – it’s going to be a show to remember.”
Kicking off the evening is the emerging talent of Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue, with fashion for both men and women. Having never before shown a collection at MBFWJ16, this exciting opening act will set the tone for a dramatic and glamorous night.
Abundantly talented and a Joburg local, Sello Medupe will bring his wearable, signature futuristic style to the runway through his label Scalo. He’s a success story in the making and he continues to impress since making a grand entrance at the AFI Fastrack in 2011.
Ruff Tung and Leigh Schubert are blazing a trail for fabulous online fashion. Ruff Tung is a name that’s been around since the 90s, and it continues to go from strength to strength under the hugely talented Bridget Pickering and Ludwig Bausch. Hailing from Durban but recognised around the world is Leigh Schubert, who will undoubtedly bring another award-winning collection to Nelson Mandela Square.

One of the most exciting names at this year’s MBFWJ16 is Laduma, with his hugely successful MaXhosa label. Laduma is doing South Africa proud by winning accolades across the globe, most recently being the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa Award. The Joburg crowd is sure to be captivated by this hugely inspiring designer during his much-anticipated homecoming event.
After showcasing his up-and-coming designers in The Intern, day three is the turn of South African fashion royalty David Tlale. Once again he’ll be taking his audience to a secret venue, which promises to be as dramatic and impressive as his Spring/Summer designs.

“AFI is committed to showcasing the best talent from the continent and they’ll be achieving this through both the emerging stars and the established household names. All the designers are working incredibly hard to bring glitz, glamour and fabulous trends to this highly anticipated fashion event,” says Malan.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

#MBFWJ16: The legends are taking over Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016

The stage is set for top designers from 15 cities on the continent to showcase their trends for the coming season, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016. From the 10th-13th August all eyes will be firmly on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, for the inaugural MBFWJ16 Spring/Summer collection.

“While day one is for fashion newcomers, day two will reveal some of the legends of the industry,” says Jan Malan, production director of MBFWJ16. “These household names will set the fashion scene for the next few months and dictate what the local trends will be.”

The first show of the evening is the real Jenni Button with her Philosophy label. As a world-renowned and respected designer, Jenni pays tribute to her African roots when she brings her signature luxurious style to the catwalk.

A woman that hardly needs introduction is Marianne Fassler – a South African fashion icon. As a fearless fashionista she will undoubtedly wow the Joburg audience with her Afrocentric designs, which celebrate both her country and her continent.
It’s a family affair when Stefania Morland and daughter Shana show off their trendy designs to a style hungry crowd. As award-winning designers in their own right, together they have built a successful brand that dresses the stars.

Rounding off a hugely impressive line-up of celebrated designers is Nhlanhla Nciza, famed singer-songwriter for one of South Africa’s favourite local bands Mafikizolo. However, she’s been making waves in the fashion industry with her vibrant NN Vintage collection. Be prepared for a dazzling production by a woman who knows show business.

“It’s a powerful all-woman affair for our second day on the runway and, with these doyennes of fashion, our audience can expect a smooth, professional show, with some red-hot runway designs,” says Malan.

With luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz as headline sponsor, African Fashion International (AFI) will be hosting this fashion extravaganza and focusing the world’s attention firmly on African design. AFI is the gateway to refined African fashion and is committed to showcasing the very best designers and creative talent from the continent.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

#MBFWJ16: Fashion newcomers to set the runway alight during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016

The countdown has begun for the highly anticipated Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 (MBFWJ16), taking place from the 10th-13thAugust 2016 at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City. What better way is there to kick off this glamorous event than with a David Tlale show?

David Tlale is a home-grown fashion hero and will be showcasing nine exciting designers in The Intern, on the red hot MBFWJ16 runway. From this talented group only one name will be chosen as the winner, to be announced on the night. Under the vastly experienced tutelage of David Tlale, the winner is sure to have a bright future in fashion.

“We’re thrilled to be opening the show with such a powerful force in the industry and we can’t wait to see what David’s protégés have in store for us,” says Jan Malan, production director of MBFWJ16. “While The Intern is a huge highlight, we have another four show-stopping productions that are going to electrify our audience.”
Nandi Mngoma impressed US fashion critics at the BET Awards when she walked the red carpet in one of her own designs. She is collaborating with local designer Inga Madyibi to bring you Colour, and it promises to be a social media feast.

In a nod to modest fashion, and to highlight African Fashion International’s (AFI) commitment to inclusivity, one of the most interesting shows at MBFWJ16 will be Bulbulia Threads by Tasleem Bulbulia. In a fashion first, Tasleem will bring the glamour of Islamic Couture to the runway.

Two industries combine in AFI FastrackTM, as Lee-ché Janecke takes over the reins as producer. As a member of the V.I.N.T.A.G.E dance crew, Janecke will bring his own creative flair to the show. For the first time the AFI FastrackTM finalists will be paired with a celebrity to create a unique collection, with the winner being announced on Saturday 13th August. This year’s finalists are innovative, edgy and show a strong social conscious, all of which are essential for the development of fashion on the continent. The electrifying line-up features Chesney Williams pairing up with DJ Zinhle to bring you Street Bohemian, Buda and DJ Tira with Afro Street, and Tayla Mgukos joins forces with Minnie Dlamini to introduce Sports Chic.

“We’re delighted with the line-up for day one and believe it’s the perfect platform for newcomers to show the world what they’re capable of. Everyone is working incredibly hard to pull off this production, so Joburg better be prepared for a fashionably fabulous event,” says Malan.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016 is organised and curated by AFI, the gateway to refined African fashion. Reaffirming AFI’s role as a pioneer in fashion on the continent, MBFWJ16 will for the first time feature a widely inclusive collection of established and upcoming pan-African designers and models.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Impressive designer line-up for first-ever Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer 2016

An explosive lineup of South Africa’s and Africa’s best designers has been announced by African Fashion International (AFI), the official platform for Fashion Week’s headline sponsor, Mercedes-Benz, the country’s leading fashion event. This highly anticipated extravaganza will take place in one of the continent’s fashion capitals – Johannesburg – at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City, from the 10th to the 13th of August 2016.

The new Spring/Summer show is the first event in the remodelled AFI calendar and this platform is being used to showcase the very best of Pan-African design talent. These two strategic shifts not only re-affirm AFI’s role as a pioneer in the African fashion industry, but will contribute in taking the show to a whole new level.

This fabulous fashion feast kicks off with the introduction of a new, fresh designer who has been mentored and groomed by the acclaimed “King of Fashion” David Tlale, in the David Tlale Intern show. The inspirational Laduma, with his MaXhosa range, is back from Italy where he won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa Award.

Both of these amazing talents will share this year’s stage with other household names such as the dynamic Marianne Fassler, Nhlanhla Nciza, Nandi Mngoma, Suzaan Heyns, Khosi Nkosi, and Zama Mathe, to name a few. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016 will undoubtedly be a monumental shift in AFI’s shows, as it brings together one of the best Pan-African lineups to date.

Speaking about AFI’s decision to realign their calendar, Sizwe Nzimande, at African Fashion International says, “AFI has long been viewed as a critical part of the fashion industry on our continent. It was with this in mind that we took the strategic decision to aggregate Africa’s biggest design talent into all of our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week platforms, to ensure that we live up to the mission of nurturing the growth and development of African fashion.”

The designer lineup* for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016 is:

“This year we are particularly excited about the MBFWJ FastrackTM Finale, where the continent’s most promising young designers get to show off their immense talent and their hard work. It’s a huge night for all the designers, but particularly for our Fastrack finalists, as the global fashion spotlight is firmly on Nelson Mandela Square and the trends coming out of Africa,” says Nzimande.

*Designer schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New faces set to model new-look Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS 2016

Models from all over Africa have competed for the privilege of walking the runway at the very first Spring/Summer collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016. Organised and curated by African Fashion International (AFI), this highly anticipated event is taking place at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, on the 10th-13th August 2016.

“There were over 600 models at both castings and from these we will pick just over 100 models for the show,” says Jan Malan, co-host of the model casting. “Each model will be reviewed and chosen with the designers in mind and the final selection will be a mix of fresh, young talent and legends of the runway.”

The carefully selected models will be walking the inaugural Spring/Summer collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016. AFI’s decision to realign their fashion calendar and introduce a Spring/Summer show in Johannesburg in August, is a strategic one. The aim is twofold: to boost retail activity whilst also providing the designers with the opportunity to coordinate their collections to match South African cycles in retail and climate.

In a fitting choice of venue, the country’s premier fashion event will take place at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City. Sandton is South Africa’s key fashion, business and entertainment hub, while Sandton City is regarded as the country’s leading fashion retail space.

“The turnout has been really great and we have lots of new faces, which is exactly what we are looking for,” says Andiswa Manxiwa, co-host of the model casting. “It’s exciting for these young models as it’s their chance to show us what they’re capable of. This could be the show that launches their international career, while established models get to add this fashion spectacular to their portfolios.”