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Our Favorite Looks From SA Fashion Week Night One

Designers stage their Autumn/Winter 23 Collections

BY Goodwill Thomo

Nov 01, 2022, 07:49 AM

SA Fashion Week has become one of Mzansi's not-to-be-missed events on the SA social calendar. In its third year at the Mall of Africa Johannesburg, fashion designers from around the world showcased their edgy, elegant, unique and new collections on the runway and they did not fail to push the boundaries of fashion.

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With an exclusive invite, Yaza witnessed the event's fashion and glam up close. Day one kicked off with the Cruz Collection and designers wowed the crowd with their stunning designs. Michael Ludwig Studios’ kicked off the night with a bang as he showcased his Self-Sapien range and his collection was nothing short of amazing. 

The Cruz Collection

This year’s Cruz Collective introduced Michael Ludwig Studio's Self-Sapien range. He utilized bright colours and abstract printing techniques, and his collection aimed to "replace binary stereotypes & gender roles with self-expression and self-expression."

Artclub and Friends.

The Artclub and Friends collection by Robyn Keyser used "future-oriented materials and construction techniques to create another trans-seasonal and timeless collection."

Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu

Fikile is no stranger to the SA Fashion Week. In 2018, her achievements as a student included showcasing, for the first time and she was also part of the Cheers Qingdao Fashion Project in China in 2018, she was also a finalist for the New Talent Award of the South African Fashion Week. Many of her garments were colorful, trendy and stunning.

Black dominated her collection and her esthetics appealed particularly to young Black women worldwide.

What inspired your designs today?

Mostly, the concept of a black diamond, like finding this rear beauty. I used metalics farics like black and just adorning black women and their beauty.

How long did it take for you to work on your garments?

Its a process, I can say that it all came down together wihin a month. But I have been digesting thoughts for like three momths.

How different is the SA Fashion Week this year compared to the one you attended in 2018?

In 2018 I started out as a student through DUT Rise of the Arts fashion show. I showcased four garments, but now I am showcasing as an individual designer and I am showcasing my esthetics that I have developed over the years.

What does it mean for you to be here?

It means a lot we've been working together with my assistant to create this collection and being able to be given this opportunity and be present and grow my brand is incredible.


Hangwani Nengovhela ’s Rubicion AW ’23 Collection paid homage to her Venda heritage and its natural features of the landscape such as the Phiphidi Waterfall


Amanda Laid Cherry

Image Cred: Yaza