Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

The Schedule: Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [30th of June – 1st of August]

Spring/Summer 2016 shows for us kick off with Cape Town Fashion Week, this year we are introduced to new designers Goose Homme & Xipixi, and ending it with home favourites Kluk CGDT. See the full schedule below:

Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

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Ingrid Sischy

Losing Talent: Ingrid Sischy, South African Born Fashion Writer for Interview & Vanity Fair Magazine passes on.

Ingrid Sischy (March 2, 1952 – July 24, 2015) was a South African-born writer and art critic who focused on art, photography, and fashion, and was most well known as the editor of Andy Warhol‘s Interview Magazine from 1989 until 2008 as well as her powerful connections and friendships with many in the art community. Until her death in 2015, she and her girlfriend and partner, Sandra Brant, worked together as the international editors of the Italian, Spanish, and German versions of Vanity Fair.

Ingrid Sischy

” Ingrid Sischy, the writer and critic, died today in New York. It was sudden, but also not so sudden. She had been under the care of the legendary oncologist Dr. Larry Norton at a New York hospital for some years. Her health was up and down, but her spirit and her work ethic remained heroically steady. Not once did I ever hear her complain about the fate she had been dealt. Or even talk about it much. She just got on with things. There were so many aspects of her character to admire, but I found her saucy, cheerful stoicism to be highly attractive” – Graydon Carter (Editor-In-Chief, Vanity Fair); Read more of Graydon’s very touching tribute, HERE.

South African Fashion Retail Store, Edgars Announce Home-grown Charity Fashion Project “Piece of Me: My story, my threads, my gift” Commissioning Designer & Journalist, Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi

Fashion retailer, Edgars, has recently announced the launch of the ‘Edgars Piece of Me’ project. This moving campaign began with a vision to integrate the personal stories of individuals with local fashion and the gift of giving.The love of fashion meets the heart and soul of the wearer in this charity-driven project with a high dose of inspiration.

This August 2015, six local celebrities will donate a pair of jeans to the project and share a personal real-life story; a memory connected to that pair of ‘old faithful’s’.  All of the articles contributed will be crafted into a single, one-of-a-kind, new denim masterpiece.  Luthando Shosha, Poppy Ntshongwana, Janez Vermeiren, Aspasia Karras, Jimmy Nevis and Jessica Nkosi will each make their contribution.

Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi commissioned for the ‘Edgars Piece of Me’ project
Craig Jacobs has a rich heritage in local fashion and has showcased his designs in Edgars stores in Sandton City Shopping Centre, Melrose Arch, Rosebank Mall and Menlyn Shopping Centre, as part of Edgars’ South African Fashion Week in-store Capsules, and will be recyling the individual pieces of denim into unique, new denim creation.
“I’m super excited to be a part of the Edgars Piece of Me project. Designing for a greater cause is a very special honour. I look forward to working with everyone on this project.”
The project’s denim creation will be unveiled on Monday 24 August and bidders will have three days to prepare for the auction.
Public Twitter Auction for Charity
The one-of-a-kind creation will be publicly auctioned for charity on Twitter on the 27th and 28th of August 2015 with the hashtag #EdgarsPieceOfMe.  Edgars will donate a minimum of R5 000 or match the winning bid, should it be higher, and all proceeds from this auction will be donated to the project’s deserving beneficiary – The SOS Children’s Villages, South Africa.
The official beneficiary of the Edgars Piece of Me project
Denim dreams bring hope
Locally, SOS Children’s Villages help over 6000 children benefit from various residential, educational and developmental programmes and operates in 135 countries.  SOS works at a grassroots level uplifting children and families living in abject poverty, to better their living conditions by earning an income and not being dependent on handouts. SOS Children’s Villages have eight Villages in South Africa, three Social centres and 11 areas of operation in SA. Each village has on average 10 -12 SOS Family Houses supporting children who have lost parental care. The charity has a host of facilities at their various villages around the country, from houses to help girls prepare for an independent life to a multi-purpose hall that is used for the many extramural activities that the children are involved in. An active Family Strengthening Programme also ensures that the needs of HIV & AIDS affected families in the community are met. The programme operates alongside the eight villages and at the three Social centres. Here, children living under severe poverty, facing significant risk of losing parental care, are supported within their families of origin, to prevent child abandonment and separation from their families of origin.

“SOS Children’s Villages South Africa, is so thrilled to have been selected as the beneficiary of the Edgars Piece of Me project. Edgars previously partnered with us on a denim exchange promotion and helped us collect thousands of denims for that initiative,” says Mandy Spies, corporate fundraiser at SOS Children’s Villages.

SOS have been involved with denim recycling since 2011, when their SOS Denim Drive project began as an income-generating project. Mandy adds, “Waste is swallowing up our beautiful country and many of the items landing up in landfill sites, could be reused or recycled. We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint. We put out an appeal to members of the public to donate their unwanted denims, we recycle them into pretty and practical fashion and household items, generating an income for our sewing group.”

Tune into Twitter on the 27th and 28th of August to see this social media auction unfold and make your bid to help The SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.  You never know, you could end up winning the bid for the first ever celeb denim haute couture.

The SOS Children’s Villages South Africa assist over 6000 children
For more information follow #EdgarsPieceOfMe on Twitter.
Ghana Fashion & Design Week 2015

After a brief Hiatus, Ghana Fashion & Design Week is back on the 23rd – 25th of October, 2015 (Tickets Available for purchase).

The Fashion and design business event comes back this year, packed with exciting business activities themed “FASHION RE:STATED”, with a Trade Exhibition showcase curated under the name CONTEMPORARY AFRICA it will run alongside designers catwalk presentations, as well as Fashion business and Knowledge transfer seminars featuring a line up of industry experts.

Ghana Fashion & Design Week 2015

This Edition, it’s third introduces us to 3 initiatives:

The ETHIKHA platform will highlight ethical fashion and social impact designers’ collections and products driving sustainability through fashion in Africa.

The anticipated event will turn the world’s focus on Accra, as an emerging and growing fashion business capital. The objective this year is to Re-State fashion as a business in Ghana, and bring to the fore the importance of creativity and design innovation as an essential element for Ghana’s creative industry development.

GFDW NEW TALENT SPOT™ initiative space focused on developing nascent new graduates in fashion, design and creative led entrepreneurs will welcome to the space 3 new best fashion design graduates of (2015) from Radford University College. Head of Fashion Department of RUC, Yvonne Ntiamoah, said “ We are encouraged to be in partnership with GFDW business platform, creating the essential link for best new graduates to continue their creative journey into becoming entrepreneurs. We are excited, and can not wait to see the previous 2014 selected RUC Graduate – Afua Biney’s premier collection at the fashion week this October!.”

STYLE & STEEL as part of the event activities this year, turning its focus on MEN behind the wheels, as they welcome Mercedes-Benz to the event as a sponsor, in partnership with Silver Star Auto Ltd., Ghana. Synonymous with fashion and design excellence around the globe, Mercedes-Benz owners in Ghana will have the opportunity to be rewarded by GFDW for a special well-being treatment exclusively at the luxury XMen Grooming Bar through the Fashion Hospitality Lounge at GFDW, whilst, Mercedes-Benz Ladies of STYLE will enjoy a special fashion treat by studio1981, Ghanaian designer at the fashion week.

GFDW event this year will be packed with something for everyone. Event TICKETS for
the “must-attend” event, that has placed Ghana on the global fashion landscape, can be purchased on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October (23rd – 25th, 2015).

REGISTRATION for ACCREDITATION IS OPENED VIA GFDW WEBSITE. For interested Press, Media, Retail Buyers, Photographers and Videographers.
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Trend Report: Menswear Spring/Summer 2016

Menswear took a completely different direction this season, especially at the just concluded SA menswear fashion week; where designers were a lot more darker, edgier and really rock and roll, almost like an ode to the goth impresario: Jean Paul Gaultier. From designers such as Kim Gush, with her very severe take on black leather, to Rich Mnisi’s bold statement collection in navy blue and Palse Homme’s super sophisticated and minimalist collection that was majorly anchored on white.

Across board –from London to SA; the rebel gang meet rock and roll vibe seemed to have been the order of the day — with Magent and Agi & Sam’s face mask and body painting and Saint Laurent’s 70’s rock and roll retro throwback, the next season’s man is definitely a rebel, non-conformist and some may say an outlier.

What makes a trend, you ask? Well, firstly, for a particular style to become a trend, such a style must have singularly reoccurred a number of times across catwalks in that season, which makes it very likely to become a wardrobe staple across the globe. And these trends mentioned below have this and so much  more in common.

1. Shorts

Shorts was singularly the biggest trend across catwalks in South Africa and London. Designers such as Martin Kadinda made a strong case for the short pant suit, Rich Mnisi went super short and Maxhosa’s intricate take on textured shorts. Other designers who incorporated this trend across the catwalks include: Magents, Kola Kuddus, Kim Gush, Taf The Taylor, Martin Kadinda, Palse Homme, Terrence Bray, Imprints, Jagadi and Shirt & Co.

2. Leather

Whether it was faux or real leather, this trend was a bang on the runway. Saint Laurent went biker jacket with his leather while Kim Gush’s entire collection was reverent of it. Other designers that incorporated leather include; Merwe, Julia M’poko, Agi & Sam, Rich Mnisi.

3. Vests and Sleeveless waist coats 

Summer is symbolic for the heat wave and hot burning sun, hence, these designers that have made this a must have sartorial staple for spring summer 16. Kola Kuddus’ neon green vest and the white native vest with the Hausa inspired traditional embroidery were the stand out pieces for the designer’s collection. Other designers that incorporated the sleeveless trend into their collection include; Kim Gush, Nguni Shades, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Taf TheTaylor.

4. Camouflage


Camo has been here for a long time, if these indications are anything to go by, then it is here to stay. It was a full fledged war zone on the Taf The Taylor’s catwalk and hints of army green were splashed across Merwe Mode’s collection.

5. Longline shirts

Longline was such a formidable force at the Taf The Taylor, Merwe Mode and Palse Homme’s catwalks. Other designers that incorporated this trend into their collection include; Jenevieve Lyons, Augustine, Casely Hayford, Shirt & Co, Terrence Bray and Jagadi.

6. Colours

Black was such a huge palette for designers: Kim Gush, Merwe Mode and Taf the Taylor, while white was of equal standing at Palse Homme’s minimalist presentation, Jagadi, Casely Hayford and Lukhanyo Mdingi all favoured white. Designers Rich Mnisi, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Julia M’poko, Agi & Sam and Casely Hayford all took the navy blue route.

7. Layering

Layering was major at the Saint Laurent catwalk, just as it was at , Agi & Sam and Casely Hayford.

8.  Sheer

This trend will indeed be the defining factor for spring summer 16, as it continues to challenge the preconceived notion of gender and masculinity ( Hey, Caitlin Jenner!), and designers at the SA menswear week caught on with this trend like a wildfire. Kukhanyo Mdingi’s collection was characteristically sheer, Palse Homme’s lacy sheer longline shirt absolutely blurred the lines of gender for me. Kim Gush, Merwe Mode, Rich Mnisi and Jagadi were all on board the sheer trend.

9. Jackets


What will be a mens fashion month without the jackets? Saint Laurent went biker and bomber, while Simon Deporres, Palse Homme, and Nguni Shades took the varsity jacket route, with a refreshing twist, might I add!

10. Stripes

Taking a cue from Spring Summer 15 womenswear, the next season’s man is bold enough to try his hands on the very hard to ace trend. And designers such as Merwe Mode, Kola Kuddus, Palse Homme, Rich Mnisi, Agi & Sam, Casely Hayford and Shirt & Co all resoundingly echoed this trend in both bold and pin stripes as was the case at Rich Mnisi’s collection.

Laura Eboa Songue

Laura Eboa Songue, co-founder of FashIzBlack Magazine becomes President of the Fashion Cluster of the AfricaFrance Foundation.

We are delighted to share Laura Eboa Songue’s vision as a co-founder & managing director of FASHIZBLACK Media & now also president of the Fashion Cluster of the AFRICAFRANCE Foundation for growth.

Laura Eboa Songue

In February, French president François Hollande, along with presidents from Gabon (Ali Bongo), Ivory Coast (Alassane Ouattara), Nigeria’s Finance minister (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) – to name a few, launched the AfricaFrance Foundation to create a cooperative business outlet for a “shared growth” between France & Africa. AfricaFrance brings together governments, companies, local authorities, non-profit organisations, education and research institutions. In this spirit, several programs & clusters were created.

The Fashion cluster is in charge of working on substantial changes in the field on a Panafrican level.

Here is the first interview with Laura for the foundation (in French) >>

Congratulations Laura!

Grey Velvet Store Ikeja

Grey Velvet launches in Port Harcourt, and leads with the most Retail Chains in the Nigerian Fashion space.

While SA Menswear Week took the shine all through the weekend, the Nigerian Fashion Retail space saw a boost with leading Multi-Brand Retail Store, Grey Velvet launching it’s 3rd store in Port Harcourt, 1st outside of Lagos, and leading with the most Retail Chains in the Nigerian Fashion Space.

Grey Velvet Store Ikeja

Existing Grey Velvet stores in Lagos specialize in all things African fashion, and the Port Harcourt boutique will be no different. The new chain features a carefully curated, yet extensive selection of clothing and accessories from Nigerian Fashion Designers such as; Ituen by Ituen Basi, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Ada by Alter Ego, Iamisigo, Xclamations, Wana Sambo

The Port Harcourt fashion pack are encouraged to stay tuned to the radio all week and keep an eye out for offers and competitions courtesy of Grey Velvet, in celebration of the grand-opening this weekend.

Congratulations to the Grey Velvet Team!