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.

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