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Top 3 Rising Stars winners - Eli Ball, Blaire Hill & Neliswa Jili - Photo Credit: Simphiwe Kevin Mkhwanazi
Top 3 Rising Stars winners - Eli Ball, Blaire Hill & Neliswa Jili - Photo Credit: Simphiwe Kevin Mkhwanazi

The Durban Fashion Fair Roundup


This past week saw the brightest stars of Durban fashion showcasing their masterpieces all in one place, with shows from Wednesday to Saturday, and a gorgeous exhibition there was bound to be something for everyone!

Photo Credit: Sassy Media

Durban’s glittering Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) – now in its fourth year, hosted by Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo  – ended with a bang on Saturday night with the first ever Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards held at the SUNdeck at Suncoast.

Top of the pops was the 2015 Durban Designer of the Year, Zama Mathe, and her brand ZARTH who was one of the 55 designers taking part to take the ultimate accolade.

This was a particularly special moment for the eThekwini Municipality which created the DFF to nurture young talent and support the development of new designers. Zama Mathe first showed her designs on the DFF ramp in 2013 and was awarded a sponsored internship to Milan as a result.

The Durban Fashion Legend Award went to another Durban success story – Andre Martin of Life. The Best Menswear Collection went to House of St Luke, whose head designer, Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, was chosen for an internship to Milan in 2012. Thula Sindi’s designs earned the Collection of the Week award while footwear designer, Reggie Xaba, of Yellow Folder Trading, was presented with the Fashion Innovator of the Year Award.

Sadie Boswell Smith collected the Next Generation Emerging Durban Designer of the Year Award while the Fashion Business Award went to Mac Cosmetics. The international guest designer award went to Jamal Taslaq (JAMAL TASLAQ COUTURE). On the modelling front, the new faces of the year were Twinky Dimba (woman) and Olwethu Cele (men).

The eagerly awaited naming of the ten interns chosen to go to Milan for a two month internship marked the highlight of the awards evening. The top three – Eli Ball (Eli Ball- Made in Africa), Blaire Hill (Bamboo Hill) and Neliswa Jili (Makuyi Design) – were presented with Rising Stars Awards. They will be accompanied to Milan next month by Sadie Bosworth Smith (Sadie Bosworth), Kat Shoesmith (KSD- Kat Shoesmith Designs), Khanyisile Malimela (Khanyi), Nokubonga Mbambo (Tymles Creations), Zamir Dada (BEL1EV) Nontuthuko Langa (Endless Inspirations)and Thulisiwe Zakwe (RUUTZ).

For more information go to www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair

Images Above Credit: Simphiwe Kevin Mkhwanazi


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I'm the Editor and Creative Director of 5 Star Durban, I Instagram a bit, I cook sometimes, but mostly I write, and edit... a lot... I'm a philanthropist at heart, and I can't resist fluffy bunnies, kittens and puppies... recently I have started to ponder what owning a goat in a flat could be like...

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