A feast of all things fashionably local will be on the menu again at the South African Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collections at the Crowne Plaza – Rosebank Johannesburg from 3 – 5 October 2013 followed by the SAFW Buyers Lounge from 6 – 7 October 2013.
Showcasing the seasonal collections of leading local designers and brands such as Rubicon, Clive Rundle, Naked Ape, Albertus Swanepoel and Colleen Eitzen, also include several other fashion-industry related events.
First up on opening night is the much-anticipated SAFW Renault New Talent Search which will unveil the collections of the semi-finalists in the running for this prestigious accolade.
Former winners include several industry luminaries such as David Tlale, Anisa Mpungwe, Marize Malan and Cleo Droomer and this year’s winner will again receive a bumper prize. This will include the use of a Renault Megane for a year, participation in the SAFW S/S14 Collections, representation by The Fashion Agent for a year and the opportunity to attend Berlin Fashion Week in June 2014 as a guest of Lufthansa.
Also on the programme is the launch collections of the six new start-ups currently participating in the inaugural Kwa-Zulu Natal Fashion Council Capacity Building Program, an innovative collaboration between SA Fashion Week and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Fashion Council (KZNFC) to fast-track retail ready designers by mentoring them to bridge the gap between their design skills and business knowledge.
Two of the participants that will be showing collections are Claire Mackenzie, the recent recipient of the KZNFC Top Designer Award at the Golden Horse Sprint Race Day and Casey Jeanne, the winner of the KZNFC Top Designer Award at the Vodacom Durban July this year.
Another highlight will be the the gorgeous, yet comfortable, sleepwear by the ten finalists of the 2013 Crowne Plaza Sleepwear Design Competition.