This week at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, designers from 10 different countries will showcase the best, brightest and newest African fashion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa. The line-up includes everything from superstar designers like David Tlale and Thula Sindi, to up and coming designers like Kyra-Moon Halfpenny, whose cute pop-culture inspired fashion has captured South African fashion experts and made her a runway talent to watch.
This fabulous runway event reflects the diversity of the African continent, with an endless variety in colour, style and fashion perspectives presented on the runway. We're looking forward to the fresh fusion
Ivorian designer Elie Kuame's range this year will make use of a broad mix of fabrics and will focus on details that incorporate unusual details like tree bark. He names his greatest inspiration as his own mixed background and incorporates parts of his life history into his designs.
Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe, on the other hand describes her range as a celebration of nostalgic Nigerian culture, with inspiration from dance styles in her native country, infused with traditional African prints.
The influence and inspiration of this runway extravaganza is so multi-faceted and varied, something we know will be reflected in the collections on show. We can't wait to see what comes up on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa runway.
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