It seems that new designer Maita Marimo is one to watch. The Zimbabwe born Marimo initially entered the design world through interior design and then her sister encouraged her to enter a local fashion design competition. After studying in Chicago, she decided to return to Zimbabwe start her own line and in 2010 she launched her first ready to wear label at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe.
After showcasing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa, in 2012 she was voted Zimbabwe’s Fashion Week Designer of the year. She focuses on creating timeless pieces infused with modern influence and mix of her Shona heritage thrown in for good measure. Check her out below….
There were some very interesting looks in this line and the lady is clearly talented. What say you?
David Tlale has been making his design mark in fashion since 2003. Along the way he built up a strong clientele while helping to put South African designers on the map. He was the first SA designer to show a ready-to-wear collection solo at fashion week in New York 2012 sponsored by the National Empowerment Fund. David’s creations are wearable art and showcased his clothes as such at the Gauteng Legislature Piazza (never heard of a fashion show held at a government building!). He showed his Fall 2013 Decadence collection back in February in Johannesburg and judging by this Winter collection, he is keeping the theme going. The collection is certainly luxurious and seems a combination of Egyptian royalty and the fashion of legendary 50’s actress Dorothy Dandridge. So excited about the shine these designers are getting. Big ups to the beautiful continent of Africa.
Africa is definitely on the map right now with the latest spring/summer 14 collections showing up currently in Cape Town, South Africa. Fashion designer Stefania Morland presented a collection which color palette was rich, bold, and vibrant.
Besides colors, Morland whose is known for layering pieces and expertly constructed garments that can be worn in more than one way presented a collection with sheer tops, cocktail dresses, flirty skirts, playful mid-drift tops and sporty pants for the day with floor-length sexy evening gowns. Let’s not forget her last piece a wedding gown with animal motifs worn by a model with a head piece made of an animal horn.
At any rate, what do you guys think of her collection?
Emerging menswear designer Adriaan Kuiters presented his spring/summer 2014 collection that included pieces for both men and women. Kuiters kept his collection simple with a series of white sheer garments on the male models while covering up the females ones.
With a color palette of nude colors and black with the occasional prints, Kuiters was not afraid to show that sometimes less if more when it comes to fashion. To twist things up a notch, he added soft leather to some of his pieces to bring an edgy side to his collection. The fact that he incorporated leather into his collection is a sign that the spring/summer leather trend that is currently hot this season will last well into 2014. At any rate, what do you guys think of this collection?
Photos: Adriaan Kuiters Facebook, Haute Fashion Africa
Cape Town Fashion Week is in full swing and the festivities will end tomorrow. As leah and I are big supporters of fashion weeks happening on the African continent. We could not have been more thrilled with this event. One of the designers that I am already familiar with is David Tlale which I discovered last September when he held a presentation in New York City during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Glad to see our African designers getting their shine.