Cape Town will be abuzz with all the fashion frenzy taking place as designers from around the country will be showcasing their creations at the South African Menswear Week hosted at Cape Town's City Hall from February 8th - 11th.
South African Menswear Week is Africa's only stand-alone platform dedicated to the development and promotion of menswear within the African continent, and on the show schedule you will find 3 Durban Fashion Fair designers showcasing their creations amongst the best of the best on Friday, February 9th at 8pm.
Making the Durban Fashion Fair proud will be Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, Sandile Duke Mngadi and Athenkosi Mfungula.
Mxolisi reached the semi-finals and Top 9 in the first ever South African Menswear Competition at SA Fashion Week. He won Best Menswear Collection at the 2015 and 2017 Durban Fashion Fair. In 2016, his work was featured in GQ Magazine and made it to the top 6 Menswear Designers in South Africa in the GQ Scouting Menswear Competition.
For the 2018 SAMW, House of Saint Luke's collection is entitled "Outlands" and is influenced by the Namibian Desert/ the dunes / the ghost towns and Windhoek.
Apart from being inspired by the Namibian landscape and the symbolism of the desert, he takes into consideration functionality and comfortability with his predominantly earth tone heavy palette, which features metallic bedrock grey and burnt rouge.
Lending his support and ensuring that all three designers are ready for the upcoming SAMW is one of the DFF Programme mentor's and founder of G & D Apparel, Greg Wallis.
Wallis has a "passion for fashion" and over the years he has guided the designer interns on various topics from orientation and textile selection, provides valuable information on manufacturing, brand management, costing and entering the world of retail.
Wallis not only lends his support during the various mentorship programmes, he also makes himself accessible for past programme mentees as the "Proud Fashion Father", overlooking their respective progress and success within the industry!