Collaboration throughout the fashion chain means that fashionistas will no longer have to wait for the trends abroad to arrive on local shores.
The Mail and Guardian caught up with models Bunmi Ademokoya and Adau Mornyang who have modelled for London, New York and Africa fashion week.
Ewald Schier founded Schier Shoes in 1938 in Swakopmund. The brand was behind the revival of the African desert boots, also known as veldskoene.
Fashion Week's most obvious trend was support for local design from mainstream corporates.
Soweto designer Lesego Malatsi aims to conquer the fashion world, and made his debut at London Fashion Week.
Niger is better known for its poverty, not fashion. But out of this dusty and arid nation has emerged a man as colourful as his creations, Alphadi.
Lynley Donnelly jetted off to the Big Apple to see how the African designers fared at fashion week.
Arise Africa Fashion Week highlights the ambivalent relationship African designers have with the West, writes Lynley Donnelly.
In an excerpt from the SA Fashion Week catalogue American academic Victoria L Rovine discusses the world's perception of African fashion.