Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg Autumn/Winter 2014 Set For 20th - 22nd March

Press Release: 

The dates for South Africa’s premier annual autumn/winter fashion show, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ), have been set, with over 34 of the country’s top designers lined up to present collections in 15 shows at the Sandton Convention Centre over three days, from 20 to 22 March.

At this, one of the country’s foremost sartorial events, the runway will feature a stellar collection showcasing the likes of Marianne Fassler, David Tlale, Stefania Morland, and Leigh Schubert as well as the many exceptional newcomers included in the 2014 line-up.

Menswear will also receive a substantial showing in the form of collections from ten leading labels such as Fabiani, Augustine, Ruald Rheeder, Laduma and Viyella, as well as the four emerging menswear designers featured in the African Fashion International (AFI) Next Generation incubation programme.

Other elite labels showcasing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014 include Abigail Betz, Morphe and Avant Apparel from Johannesburg; Shana, Selfi and Tart from Cape Town; and Pretoria’s Irmgard and Tsotetsi KL.

“Each year, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg offers a national opportunity for established and up-and-coming local designers to showcase their new autumn/winter collections. The unprecedented talent lined up this year proves that South Africa’s fashion industry is growing from strength to strength,” says AFI Executive Chairperson, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

As fashion is an extension of cultural expression, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014’s theme, “Creative Freedom: Under the Pillars of Fashion, Art and Design,” will celebrate the 20th democracy.

In keeping with the theme, MBFWJ is intended as an equal-opportunity platform to foster creative independence amongst the new generation of talent in the fashion and design industry. As such, the Fastrack™, Next Generation and FashionTalks programmes, which all feature in the 2014 MBFWJ line-up, aim to identify enrichment opportunities for young, up-and-coming designers in the fashion world.

“Through these initiatives, the South African fashion industry will be supported, aiding efforts to bolster the industry as a whole, thereby benefitting the entire economy,” adds Dr Moloi-Motsepe.

The 10 finalists of the AFI Fastrack™ initiative, now in its fourth year, will have the invaluable opportunity to showcase their own designs on the same runways as renowned labels. The FashionTalks seminars, meanwhile, are themed “Cutting from New Cloth: Innovation in Fashion” and extend AFI’s mission to promote new Talent on a global platform through educating the local design community on the importance of cultivating innovation and sustainability.

With these initiatives and the participation of 34 of South Africa’s top-drawer designers, the 2014 MBFWJ will be as much about providing for fashion’s future as it will be about respecting its past and showcasing its present.

The partners of MBFWJ 2014 include:

• Mercedes-Benz South Africa

• City of Joburg

• South Africa Tourism

• MAC South Africa

• GHD South Africa

• Carlson-Rezidor Hotel Group

• Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (GGDA)

For Media queries please contact COMMUNICATION SERVICES AFRICA (C.S.A):

Megan Gotkin:, (t) +27 21 433 0347 or (c) +27 72 143 1525

About AFI

African Fashion International (AFI) presents African fashion and creative talent in a manner that makes fashion from the continent globally relevant and ensures that the world has market access to African product and design. Through the organisation’s promotion, curation and support services, AFI ensures that the international community responds positively and commercially to African-designed products that are readily available, unique and on-trend. Through its Fashion Weeks, namely Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa, AFI opens up the continent to commercial projects, both locally and internationally- increasing the geographic spread and market access to the continent’s design equity, fashion apparel, accessories and crafts. AFI showcase the best designers from the continent, offering them access to the domestic and international market share, while also growing a platform meant to support the sustainability of the African fashion industry through job creation. AFI also remains committed to growing a new legion of designers through the AFI Fastrack™ programme.

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