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Friday, September 21, 2018


(The new face model winners from 2017 – Samkelo Shinga & Samantha Jali. Pic by Senzo Ntuli)

For four days from September 19 to 22, the Durban ICC and surrounds will be transformed into a fashion extravaganza for the seventh annual Durban Fashion Fair with its 2018 theme - AfroFuturism - which forms part of the main Durban Business Fair.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Durban Business Fair, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, is thrilled to have the city hosting over 40 designers, many local fashion talents, invited designers as well as nine creatives from the African continent, who will all be showcasing their creations at the #DFF2018

Designers showcasing are as follows:

September 19, 2018: DFF Mentees (18h00); Markham (19h00); Mo’ Creations & Couture (Zambia); Eve-O (Zimbabwe); Modesta (20h00); Palse and Duke – Clothe Your Soul (21h00)

September 20, 2018: Emerging designers are as follows: Cherish by Carita Adams; Whimzical by Black Bear Kouture; Emerikay; Emmanuel Titito; Indoni Fashion House; Martin John; Maurice Hozi; Messrs Basswood; Vyagor Louvre; Thandeka Madikizela; (18h00) Azee Tanzi; Mita-N Dzyns; MorQ Designs by Warren Morck (19h00); Yordi Designs (Ethiopia); Rodrig Couture (Cameroon); Jacqui Emmanuel (20h00); Amanda Laird Cherry/ALC (21h00); Diva Designs by Brenda Quin; Noice (22h00)

September 21, 2018: LT Peculiar Couture (Gaborone); Nivaldo Thierry (Mozambique) (18h00) Samma Collections (Burundi); Clemas Couture (Nigeria); House of Saint Luke (19h00); Eullue and KarenMonkKlijnstra (20h00); Quame Owusu (Ghana) and Chulaap (21h00); Treasure Cindi and Zarth (22h00)

September 22, 2018: Zaviar Fashions; Plus Supreme Collections; Black Pepper (19h00); DFF Fashion Recognition Awards (20h00)

There’ll be a peek into the nitty gritty ‘business of fashion’ with an interactive panel discussion in the ICC’s Hall 1 on September 21 between 09h30 and 12 noon. This will feature leading industry players within the fashion related industry - Sasha Wyatt-Minter (Editor:; Dimeji Alara (Fashion Director: ELLE South Africa); Masana Chikeka (Program Manager: Design at the National Department of Arts and Culture); Nthato Mashishi (Celebrity make-up artist) and Mandy Swart a TFG Buying Manager for Markham.

The panel discussion topic will focus on Building a brand in the Fashion Industry followed by a Q&A session - which will be facilitated by TV & Radio personality, Anele Mdoda. Admission is free for the panel discussion!

Anele Mdoda will also be hosting the 2018 DFF Recognition Awards on September 22.

This fashion forward evening will recognise the Durban Fashion Legend of the year, the Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, the Best Menswear Collection, the Next Generation/ Emerging Durban Designer of the year, the Fashion Innovator and the Collection of the Week. Three rising stars – our top three 2018 mentees – will also be identified.

Guests can also look forward to the Fashion Business Award, the DFF New Faces Award, the Best African Designer Collection Award and, last but not least, the Durban Designer of the Year Award.

Tickets R100 (R50 students) per show (Sept 19/20/21) and for the Recognition Awards (Sept 22), tickets R200 (R100 students). Tickets can be purchased at or at Pick n Pay outlets.

Follow all the fashion action at DFF facebook page: Durban Fashion Fair or on Twitter / Instagram @Dbnfashion_fair or #DFF 2018.