African Fashion International is proud to announce that Cape Town Fashion Week was a resounding success, thanks in part to the amazing craftsmanship and creativity of participating designers.
Featuring 18 shows from 9 designers over 3 days, it was a true celebration of the best of Africa’s design talent.
After a two-year hiatus, it was evident that people had missed Cape Town Fashion Week, as they attended in their numbers. The addition of the CTFW Fashion & Retail Expo allowed attendees to not only see the garments fresh off the runway, but also to interact with them and the designers.
CTFW also provided a platform for showcasing Africa’s creative works while also building corridors of trade. There were various expo stallholders, who all benefited from being part of the CTFW Fashion & Retail, Music, Art Expo.
“Cape Town Fashion Week is AFI’s platform for showcasing Africa’s creative works while also building corridors of trade exchange that will grow the industry’s economic value,” says businesswoman, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, the founder, and executive chair of AFI.
“CTFW is not only an opportunity for African designers to showcase their work but also to build relationships with those in the international market. This is seen as a way to grow the industry’s economic value.”
Guests were treated to a host of great performances during CTFW from Cape Town Temple Boys, DJ Zinhle, Young Stunna and the final performance by Scorpion Kings.
CTFW ended with a special showcase to celebrate 15 years of African Fashion International. This presentation featured 15 showstopper garments from 15 iconic designers who have been part of the AFI platform since its inception. It was a celebration of not only AFI’s role in the global fashion industry as a catalyst, but also of the work that the fashion body has done to platform incredible Pan-African designers.
Featured in the show were: Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGdT, Taibo Bacar, Loin Cloth & Ashes, Habits, MaXhosa Africa, Craig Port, Matt Nolim, Stefania Morland, Shana Morland, Imprint ZA, Hugo Fleur, Kat van Duinen, David Tlale, Scalo.
AFI also announced the AFI Fastrack 2023 finalists during CTFW. They will undergo a year of mentorship and being guided on how to be designers who will make an impact in the African fashion industry, while also becoming savvy business professionals.
All the garments showcased at CTFW are retail ready and are available on the AFI Online Store and the House of Nala store in Sandton City.