By: Nosipho Ntombela

Sicelo Dlezi Design Image: Thobelani Photography

Sicelo Dlezi Design
Image: Thobelani Photography

The Seventh annual Durban Fashion Fair started with a bang last night on the 19th of September at the Durban ICC where we saw all types of people in different mind blowing outfits.

Aphelele Chonco Design Image : Thobelani Photography

Aphelele Chonco Design
Image : Thobelani Photography;

For someone who has never been to a fashion show, I can safely say that I was impressed.  It was perfection from the showcase of 2018 Meentes, to the Markham store range, and down to the invited designers who bought to the ramp nothing, but creative creations.

Ande Gibixego Garment Image : Thobelani Photography

Ande Gibixego Garment
Image : Thobelani Photography

Included in the list of designers who we saw their garments on the ramp were, Mo’ Creations & Couture from Zambia, Eve-O from Zimbabwe, and South Africa’s very own Modesta ,Palse and Duke.

Spotted in the crowd was TV and Radio personality Anele Mdoda, who is set to facilitate a panel discussion on Friday morning the 21st.


I had a little chat with Miss Mdoda, who herself could not hide the excitement over the amazing talent she saw.


“Everything in Durban is amazing. Your fashion sense, your music, even your people are beautiful. Durban is trending on everything,” said Mdoda.

Mdoda said she was impressed with the 2018 Meentes. For her they all took the cup.

“ I remember Zambhele Ntshangase, she was the last one to showcase, and I want to wear one of her dresses to the Mzansi Magic Awards,” added Mdoda.

Social media was buzzing with positive comments from those who enjoyed the fashion show, applauding for their favorites.

Akhon Mongameli wrote : “ I’m taken by Ande Gibixego,  avant garde with a stunning twist of high fashionable ready to wear Collection.”

“Mnotho Ngema, yes yes, what a collection, we can never forget you,” wrote Sandile  Sizame on Twitter.

Tickets  to watch the remaining shows are still available for R100 per person per show with students paying R50 per show.  For the Recognition Awards , tickets cost R200 per person with students paying R100. Tickets can be purchased at webtickets.co.za or at your nearest Pick n Pay outlets.

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

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