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Sunday, August 18, 2013


(Diego Mazzi and his wife, Manuela Bortolameolli)

Well-known Italian outerwear designer, Diego M, will showcase his exclusive outwear collection on the runway at this year’s much anticipated Durban Fashion Fair at the Durban Exhibition Centre on August 24.

For his showing on the catwalk Diego Mazzi has created a capsule collection comprising garments that are handmade using some of the world’s most innovative and audacious leathers – a coco-printed nappa with mother-of-pearl glassy effect and spotted leather with a metallic mosaic that reflects silver and champagne tones.

Sindi Shangase, Business Support Programme Manager for the eThekwini Municipality Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, said she was excited to announce Diego M’s acceptance: “Diego M is not only known for his eclectic flair but also his superb tailoring, state-of-the-art fabrics and skillful crafting and finishing. This is exactly what we are trying to inculcate in Durban’s emerging and young designers for whom the Durban Fashion Fair was created. It is only with this level of sophsitication and expertise that local talents can make their marks in both the national and international fashion worlds. He represents the perfect role model for the Durban designers of the future.”

Founded in 2003 by husband and wife partners, Diego Mazzi and Manuela Bortolameolli, Diego M. is an Italian fashion brand focused on outerwear. Diego Mazzi has lived and breathed fashion for 30 years. With the ability of a great trendsetter and a musician’s acute sensitivity, he pinpoints and explores new directions in fashion, adapting them to modern tastes.

Each Diego M piece is on trend, unique and elegant with a magical blend of pure luxury, wearability and urban chic. Diego M creations can be found in prestigious boutiques in Europe, Russia and the United States. The brand’s own style centre is located in Lazise, on the banks of Lake Garda in Milan.

The Durban Fashion Fair will showcase unique garments created by Durban’s design talents – from new designers who are just finding their feet on the catwalk to emerging talents who were treated to an internship in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of Europe, following Durban Fashion Fair 2012. Ten newcomers will be selected for a similar internship this year.

Shows will also include some of South Africa’s top designers and fashion brands and invited international fashion guru, Diego M. The four day Durban Fashion Fair includes workshops, shows and a buyers' lounge. It will culminate in a sale of garments seen on the ramps on August 25.

The Durban Fashion Fair will be held from August 22 to 25 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets R100 pp per show (R50 for students per show) booked through Computicket. For more information visit or or Twitter