Tshwane Univerity of Technology students started day 2 of African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week on a high note with their innovative designs. Held at Melrose Arch, the 3rd-year fashion and design students showcased their talent to an enthusiastic audience of influencers, fashion critics and the media.
Stealing the show was Tenele Zwane, crochet designer whose collection was inspired by desert dews and the sunset.
“I’m mostly inspired by natural landscapes and architecture hence the vertical lines and the 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.
Priscilla Kgomo also wowed the crowd with her ‘Psyco’ unisex collection of heavy jackets and rope accessories.
“I’m inspired by the things I see in movies, music and bring it to the streets. I’m all about producing none gender-based clothes that are sustainable. The ropes in my range are inspired by slavery. It's more of a question of how we would have developed as African people if we were not tied to slavery,” says Kgomo.
AFIJFW is still taking place today and expected to showcase are Beach Cult, Gabrielle Swimwear, CAFE by David Tlale, the Botswana Collections, Imprint, Kahindo, and Qiiteria & George just to name a few. For more information, visit www.africanfashioninternational.com.