With lockdown restrictions easing up, the local fashion industry is slowly starting to get back into the busy and fast paced swing of things. With that in mind it goes without saying that AFI will be coming back full force as they prepare to host their annual Fashion Week in Sandton, Johannesburg in the coming week.
David Tlale, Imprint, K Moraba are just some of the big name fashion brands that will be showcasing this year and with that, the opportunity for budding designers to show the audiences what they’ve got.
As they rushed to complete their designs for the competition, four students from AFI’s Fastrack programme; Siyabonga Mtshali, Cheron Dreyer Shamyra Moodley and Kene Mhletshwa were seen competing vigorously for that top title as Young Designer of the Year. Speaking on their fashion journeys thus far, the fashion students had the following to say:
“I studied fabric and I think about the movement and music that the garb is going to walk through. It can be a be a beautiful narrative. Because of Covid, people are wanting to dress up a bit more and dive into some glitz and glamour. For summer ahead, I see a lot of gathers, tassels and embroidery.”
“I was always doodling and I’ve always done dresses on the side, and the moment I stepped into a design studio, I knew it was where I was meant to be.”
“I get to define my own future; it’s a a new decade and I get to recreate who I am.”
“I’ve always loved fashion and I wasn’t good at maths and science at school. Fashion must be saleable and accessible.”