Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa’s haute affair

Model Alek Wek joined in on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa festivities this week. The South Sudanese born model was one of the judges at the African Fashion International (AFI) Africa Fashion awards.

The fashion shows, which showcased work by more than 30 designers from 15 countries across the continent, kicked off on Wednesday October 30, and drew to a close on Saturday night. 

Some of the designers who showcased their designs were Taibo Bacar (winner of the 2012 Designer of the Year – AFI Africa Fashion awards) from Mozambique, Mille Collines from Rwanda, Mina Evans and Duaba Serwa from Ghana, David Tlale, Marianne Fassler and Thula Sindi from South Africa.

Wek was joined on the AFI Africa Fashion awards panel by Kenyan lifestyle television producer Diana Opoti, Russian model Sayora Grigorian and renowned fashion director for Chris Viljoen.

Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit from Kluk CGDT were announced as the designer of the year at the prize giving ceremony held at Montecasino on Sunday evening.

Kluk CGDT ended the fashion week on Saturday night at Freedom Park in Pretoria. Guests were seated around a water-filled amphitheatre, which eventually turned into a pond through which the models showed off their gowns before a backdrop of fountains and fireworks.

Winners at the AFI Africa Fashion awards:

Designer of the year

Emerging designer of the year
Loin Cloth and Ashes

Accessories designer of the year
Anita Quansah

Model of the year
Grace Bol

Outstanding trend communicator
Zandile Blay

Outstanding fashion entrepreneur
Felicity Spies

Outstanding contribution to African fashion
Jan Malan

AFI fastrack designer of the year      
Eleni Labrou

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Rhode Marshall
Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardians arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And dont you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog:

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