MaXhosa by Laduma. Picture: Dimpho Maja/ ANA.
Under the Afro-Asia theme, local and international designers showcased their latest collections at African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week (AFIJFW) in Melrose Arch, which started on October 4 and runs until October 7.

On day 1, menswear took all the shine when AERO opened the show with a stunning street style collection featuring Nao Serati, D.O.P.E, and Mahone.

All the way from China, AntiArch also presented a menswear collection of flared shorts and oversized shirts.

Irmgard Mkhabela wowed the crowd with his athleisure wear of tights and cropped tops in neon colours such as pink and lime green.

Representing Tanzania, Sheria Ngowi lived up to his high expectations and presented clean cut formal suits and ankle grazer bottoms, matched with satin shirts.

Day 2 started on a high note, with the Tshwane University of Technology fashion and design students bringing their all - proving that the future of SA fashion is in the right hands.

Drawing inspiration from the desert dews and the sunset, crochet designer Tanele Zwane showcased summer dresses in vertical and rhombus patterns.

“My aim as a designer is to recreate handmade clothing, make people appreciate the art of crochet. I really hope they could also have a sentimental value for handmade garments that are stylish and can last for a very long time,” says Zwane.

Monochrome by MaXhosa by Laduma. Dimpho Maja African News Agency (ANA)


Also bringing his luxurious aesthetic patterns to the runway was Maxhosa by Laduma - who presented a mixture of men's skirts, stylish summer shorts, cool cardigans and of course, his signature socks.

Legendary brand, Presidential closed the show with elegance by presenting suits in African prints and clashing patterns.

The Presidential three-piece number. 
 Dimpho Maja African News Agency (ANA).


To bring even more drama to the runway, the iconic brand added a well-detailed show stopper gown to their collection- a look that turned heads.

While other international designers such as 5-knot, who hails from Tokyo, showcased a charming summer collection to an enthusiastic audience of influencers, fashion critics and the media, CLAN and Deola Sagoe of Nigeria could not make it to South Africa to present their collections.

Day 3 of AFIJFW saw Beach Cult and Gabrielle Swimwear present sexy swimwear under the sun at the Fire & Ice pool.

Sexy bikini by Beach Cult. Picture: AFI. 

The Botswana Collections featuring Mothusi Lesolle, Boitumelo Seboko, Black Trash, Aobakwe Molosiwa, Sharon Taolo and Lesedi Matlapeng showcased exquisite creations in Shweshwe fabrics and  see-through sheer garments.

Imprint also made it a point to leave a mark with their summer collection of prints on print and rigid shapes.

Imprint on the runway. Picture: AFI. 

Others that showcased are Kahindo, Quiteria & George, CAFE by David Tlale, Bul- bulia Threads, Kreyann, Ruff Tung, Tuelo Nguyuza, Marianne Fassler, Eric Raisina and Scalo.

To close off this Joburg's hottest fashion event, Tsotetsi KL and David Tlale are both expected to showcase tonight at a different venue other than Melrose Arch. For more information, visit www.africanfashioninternational.com

-The Sunday Independent