Ludwig Bezuidenhout
Ludwig Bezuidenhout
Claire Mackenzie
Claire Mackenzie
Oo Liu
Oo Liu

SA Fashion Week is not just about our internationally known style icons. It also about nurturing young talent, and four rising stars from KwaZulu-Natal had their moment in the spotlight in the The New Talent show.

Pietermaritzburg’s Ludwig Bezuidenhout used metallics and greys, complemented with yellows and pale blues. Claire Mackenzie, also of Pietermaritzburg, went for clever colour and pattern combinations, and Laila Baderoon and Silindile Sibisi of the Oo Liu label showed a bohemian range with strong pattern mixes and modern silhouettes. All had a clear understanding of what needs to be done for a ready-to-wear collection, while thinking outside the box.

They are also well known to talent scouts in the province and have won awards at racedays and other fashion events.

Durban University of Technology fashion graduate, Ludwig, who has a store, Vintage Rose, in Pietermaritzburg, was a finalist in the Durban Design Collection in 2005 and in the 031 Collection last year. He has won the best dressed award at the Durban July once and at the Canon Gold Cup twice.

Claire, a graduate of the School of Fashion in Pietermaritzburg, ran a small business for two years before working for theatre costume designers and manufacturers Angels Costumiers in London.

On her return she joined designer Terrence Bray before launching her own label.

She, too, has scooped awards at the Durban July and the Gold Cup,

Laila and Silindile have the Oo Liu range. Both have both won awards and now work for a corporate wear manufacturer – but there was nothing worklike about their eclectic range.

“All four are definitely designers to watch and they have earned their place in SA Fashion Week,” said Durban model boss Tiffany Prior.

“We’ll be seeing a lot more of them.”