With the support from the Department of Arts and Culture under the mentorship of the Fezile Mdletshe Fashion Agency, South African fashion designers, Sandile Duke Mngadi of Clothe Your Soul and Jacques van der Watt will of Black Coffee will “map the route” for South Africa on the international catwalk at the annual Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) in Nigeria.
These established designers will be thoroughly coached by the Fezile Mdletshe Fashion Agency, who will also mentor them into ensuring that their designs are in line with the Fashion Week’s vision of pushing a unique Pan African Design aesthetic.
Black Coffee designs. Picture: Eunice Driver.
“The two designers can expect a diversified and interactive platform to maximize their exposure within and beyond their industry circle and open gateways for more business opportunities.
“The LagosFW is a four- day platform that drives the African fashion industry, bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers.
“It leads the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the African fashion industry. Beyond the runway, it provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria,” says Fezile Mdletshe of Fezile Mdletshe Fashion Agency.
Clothe Your Soul designs. Picture: SDR.
Clothe Your Soul by Sandile Mngadi is a brand represents that urban culture defined
as Afrofunk - a fusion of African elements and Western culture. While Black Coffee by Jacques van der Watt has a distinctive way of blurring fabrication and fashion.
Lagos Fashion Week takes place at Lagos, Nigeria on October 24-27.