Designers to look out for at the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town fashion week 2017

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape was initially scheduled to take place from March 23 to 26 but after a series of strong winds, the event’s organizers African Fashion International (AFI) announced on Facebook that the fashion week had been postponed and would be held from April 6 to 8. Looking at the bright side, this means that there is still time to watch the   show live for those who could not make it for the initial dates. In previous years, designers like David Tlale and Gavin Rajah wowed the crowds with their jaw-dropping collections and fabulous parades of trendy accessories and magnificent gowns. This year, fashion enthusiasts can expect to see home-grown and international designers take to the stage with their trendsetting runway style labels. Below are some of the designers to look out for.



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Lara Klawikowski designs wearable high-concept woman swear, employing advanced pattern cutting and unexpected, complex garment construction, unusual draping, tailoring techniques, re-fabricated materials and her signature asymmetry. The Cape Town based fashion designer graduated from Cape Town College of Fashion Design and was inspired by renowned   French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier and her stylish Russian grandmother who was always well-dressed. Today, Lara Klawikowski made-to-measure designs, including custom bridal wear, can be ordered from her studio and ready-to-wear   designs are sold exclusively at boutiques in Cape Town.



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Adele Dejak is one of Kenya’ s most successful African inspired jewellery designers. After   living in England where she was trained in typography at the London College of Printing and in Italy where she worked as the art director for Italy’ s leading music magazine, Rock     Star Magazine, she decided to turn her attention to accessories design after moving to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005. Dejak’ s fascination with the natural beauty of horns led her to experiment with techniques of creating unique shapes and fashioned pieces. The Adèle Dejak brand has gone on to collaborate with Salvatore Ferragamo, Abury Berlin, Milan Fashion Week Vogue Talents, La Rinascente and Fidenza Village Italy.



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The Mille Collines brand was born as a result of a trip to Kigali, Rwanda by Spanish designers, Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver in 2008. After an introduction to   Antoinette, the Spanish duo moved to Kigali where they developed their first collection in partnership with Antoinette and a Year later, Mille Collines was born. Mille Collines’ excellent craftsmanship combines the creative diversity of Africa with international fashion trends by celebrating the African woman through their artisanal clothes.


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Popularly known as South Africa’ s most innovative premium knitwear brand,   MaXhosa by Laduma celebrates traditional Xhosa heritage in a range of wool and mohair garments for men and women. Created by   Laduma Ngxokolo, the brand whose distinctive designs are   inspired by colorful Xhosa beadwork   has received numerous applause from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York. Ngxokolo has also received several awards including the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize which led him to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, and also the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins.



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Following her mother’ s impressive footsteps, Shana Morland launched her label Shana in 2011 as a result of her collaboration with Robbi Gorelick. The label focuses on quality as well as producing garments that are on trend, but with a classic element. The designer’ s fun and trendy womens wear line comprises ready-to-wear and evening wear for the confident, fashion-forward woman. Morland’ s design aesthetic incorporates bold screen prints, embellishment and a variety of fabrics.



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Stefania Morland is one of South Africa’ s longstanding fashion houses and has produced ready-to-wear and evening wear collections which combine expert construction, intricate detail and an array of fabrics and prints. The designer’ s intimate high-end fashion store and studio, which opened its doors in 2005, has grown and evolved while staying true to the original design ethos: unique, playful pieces that remain classic and timeless. Morland uses only the finest hand- selected natural fibres sourced from around the world to produce the best possible end result.


Written by: Faith Katunga