Self-taught streetwear designer Andile Cele of Dope Store, shared his frustration, disappointment and confusion after his collection got pulled off the runway moments before showcasing at SA Fashion Week in April. During the behind the scenes coverage, which was supposed to be a part 2 in depth look into the downtown based Joburg designer, we got the disappointing news that he was no longer showcasing.
A number of designers ascended up to the Sandton City roof top for a week of fashion, hoping to catch the eyes of fashion buyers and elevating their brands and showing off their workmanship as a designer. But this was not the case for Mr Cele. After months of preparations, he was shockingly left in the cold by his friend and colleague in the fashion industry, Lucilla Booyzen – founder of SA Fashion Week.
Cele says he is planning on showcasing his SS18 collection at Soweto Fashion Week instead.
PHOTOS: Andile Cele Unveils New Collection At #JoburgFashionWeek
CAV – Andile Cele Unveils A New Collection!
The young designer recently showcased his latest collection at the Joburg Fashion Week in Melrose Arch. He is a self-taught streetwear creative that is no stranger to the fashion world.
Andile has graced numerous runways including #SowetoFashionWeek and we were thrilled to learn that he took part in the #JoburgFashionWeek.
This time around, his inspiration ‘JERSEY No10’ comes from the brands existence which was founded in 2009. The company named, Designer Original Products Enterprise launched its first project, a retail brand named DOPE Store which has been operating successfully and the idea behind DOPE Store was stirred by sports, basketball in particular and that’s when he started making T-shirts and caps.
With a background in retail stemming from England, Andile has since pioneered the luxury sportswear trend. The show is said to be a comeback from a previous mishap which occurred when South African Fashion Week dropped him and pulled off his show moments before showcasing his SS18 collection.
He is back bigger and stronger and we couldn’t be more happier for him. An ecstatic Andile gushes over his work,
It was the best show I have done so far and in terms of the design and aesthetic, all I can say is i’m very proud of myself
Take a look at his latest collection:
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