Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg presents powerful designer line-up

Established and emerging designers making waves on the local fashion scene will flaunt their fabulous collections on the runway.

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Anglo American – Kumba Iron Ore – Kolomela Iron Ore Mine

23 February 2016 – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ) has announced this year’s inspiring line-up of designers who will bring South Africa’s extraordinary talent under the spotlight of the world stage from 10 – 12 March 2016 at Sandton City’s Nelson Mandela Square.

Organised and curated by African Fashion International (AFI), the gateway to refined African fashion, MBFWJ weaves the eccentricity of African heritage and history into contemporary notions of fashion, putting the focus firmly on local designers. From urban street fashion to chic ready-to-wear items and avant-garde designs, audiences can expect a good dose of beyond-trend fashion and one of the best fashion productions of 2016.

Some of the top designers to be featured include internationally-acclaimed David Tlale, as well as Khosi Nkosi, Stefania Morland, Scalo, Mille Collines, Marianne Fassler, Tamara Dyson, Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv, Spero Viliotti Couture, Selfi, Augustine, Leigh Schubert, Grapevine, Scalo/Tsotetsi KL in association with FALKE, AKEDO EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION and Carducci*.

Model shoot at Nelson Mandela Square
Model shoot at Nelson Mandela Square

“South Africa is bursting with creative and talented young designers who are passionate about making their mark on the global fashion scene,” says Sizwe Nzimande, Group Marketing Manager at AFI. “AFI’s commitment to sustainability in the African fashion industry and empowering individuals to showcase their work on an international scale remains a priority in 2016, and we look forward to seeing what our home-grown designers have in store for us this year.”

David Tlale photo shoot at Nelson Mandela Square
David Tlale photo shoot at Nelson Mandela Square

While fashionistas can look forward to incredible designs of Autumn Winter collections for women, designers showcasing menswear at MBFWJ this year are Selfie, Carducci, Millie Collins and David Tlale – who will present the first young designer talent to be nurtured under his seasoned wings in a show aptly named The Intern.

Joburg audiences hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite designers’ collections will have the opportunity to plan their time at MBFWJ using the official designer schedule*. Khosi Nkosi’s collection will open the glittering showcase at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square, while David Tlale heats things up on Friday night at a mystery off-site venue to be revealed in due course.

The designer line-up for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 is:

Thursday, 10 March 2016

18h00    Khosi Nkosi/TBC at Nelson Mandela Square

19h15    Marianne Fassler at Nelson Mandela Square

20h30    Stefania Morland at Nelson Mandela Square

21h30    TBC at Nelson Mandela Square

Friday, 11 March 2016

18h00    Tamara Dyson/ Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv at Nelson Mandela Square

18h45    AKEDO EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION at Nelson Mandela Square

19h20    Spero Viliotti Couture at Nelson Mandela Square

20h30    Mille Collines at Nelson Mandela Square

21h30    David Tlale (venue to be revealed)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

14h00    The Intern by David Tlale at Nelson Mandela Square

15H30    AFI Fastrack™ at Nelson Mandela Square

17H00    Selfi/Augustine at Nelson Mandela Square

18H15    Leigh Schubert/Grapevine at Nelson Mandela Square

19h30    Scalo/ Tsotetsi KL in association with FALKE at Nelson Mandela Square

20h30    Carducci at Nelson Mandela Square

“Local fashion is fast-paced and exciting, and we have worked closely with the industry to plan a ground-breaking display against the backdrop of an electric and energised atmosphere, enchanting designers and audiences alike,” says Nzimande. “The designers have worked tirelessly and sacrificed many a long night to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The designs that will dominate the runway this year offer an outpouring of passion and a taste of the talent that is alive and thriving in Africa.”

Tickets will be available from and range from R100 to R250 per show. 

*Designer schedule is subject to change

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