A vibrant awards ceremony and celebration held the Nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre which was hosted by Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi as well as radio and television personality, Sebly “Selbyonce” Mkhize, brought the 2019 Durban Fashion Fair (DFF 2019) to an unforgettable close.
The event was officially commenced by chairman of the eThekwini Municipality’s Economic Development and Planning committee, Cllr. Sipho Kaunda. He noted that that, during the lifetime of the Durban Fashion Fair, the Municipality had invested over R40 million in revitalizing and supporting the fashion industry in the City and had successfully facilitated the entrance of roughly 1800 new fashion designers.
The red carpet event, which was attended by famous local celebrities and leaders within local government as well as the fashion industry, was the pinnacle of the four day long joint celebration of fashion and business.
The DFF 2019 – which was themed Evolution is Elementary as a way to highlight the influence of essential elements such as metals as well as the spontaneous growth of design – and the Durban Business Fair (DBF) themed Journey of Innovation – took place simultaneously at the ICC and emphasized once again how the economy of the city and the future of this key sector are inexorably linked. The event also celebrated the significant connection between the creative industries and the drive by the eThekwini Municipality and its Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit to develop and support sustainable businesses and create jobs in the region.
The DFF traces its origins back eight eight years when it grew out of the Durban Business Fair. Since then it has come a long way from 2012 when it took place over a single evening with just only six shows and 12 designers. Now fast forward to 2019 and this year’s DFF included at least five shows per evening and featured over 50 designers from across the Africa. Cllr Kaunda noted that the entire fashion value from raw materials right to the channels that took manufactured products to consumers – contributed significantly to the economy of the City thus furthering job creation and alleviating poverty. He continued to add that the DFF not only celebrated the trailblazers in the fashion industry but also provided the perfect platform to urge South African to support local enterprises by buying locally produced goods. Award winners are as follows:
Durban Designer of the Year – Zama Gumede
Collection of the Week – Quiteria by designer Lebogana Quieteria Kekana
Best Ladies Wear Collection 2019 Award – Kwenzi Nkomo
Best Menswear Collection 2019 Award – Athenkosi Mfungula
Durban Fashion Legend – Greg Wallis of D&G Apparel
Fashion Business Award – Fabric & Bridal
Rising Stars Awards – Bongie Funeka, Makhosazane Ntshangase and Sizwe Mncube
Next Generation Emerging Designer Award – Kazadi Wilson Mukeya
Fashion Innovator Award – Yvette Margaux Ndaba
Best Male Designer (African Designer Category) – Martin Kadinda
2019 DFF New Face of the Year (Ladies) – Thandeka Phakathi
2019 DFF New Face of the Year (Men) – Austin Mbuyisa
Plus Sized Model of the Year – Anneline Nagan
Best Three Exhibition Stands – BPSC Manufacturing (1st place), African Pride Manufacturing (2nd place) and African Alabaster Manufacturing (3rd place).
Congratulations to all the winners!
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