11 Designers to Look Out for at Cape Town Fashion Week 2017   

Leigh Schubert, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg Spring/Summer 16 © Simon Deiner / SDR Photography
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Updated: 23 March 2017
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Once again, South African designers will be showcasing their latest collections for Autumn/Winter 2017. Here are the designers to look out for at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, from March 23 to 25.

Mille Collines

Mille Collines is a collaboration between Spanish designers, Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver who were inspired to start their own fashion label after a trip to Kigali, Rwanda in 2008. Mille Collines seamlessly blends the creative diversity of Africa with international fashion trends by celebrating the African woman. Their collections encapsulate a relaxed yet feminine style, with separates such as draped dresses, blouses, and tailored skirts featuring African print and 3D beading.

Mille Collines, 2016 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg
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Cleo Droomer

Hailing from the Boland in the Western Cape, Cleo Droomer is an up-and-coming designer who will be presenting his latest collection following a stint in the corporate field. His designs are feminine and inventive, showcasing his skill for drapery and sculptural detail in unexpected fabrics. In 2010, Cleo won the Elle Magazine New Talent Award, affording him the opportunity to design a capsule collection for South African fashion retailer, Mr Price.

Cleo Droomer, 2011 Positive Heroes Show
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Lara Klawikowski

As a young girl, Lara Klawikowski was inspired by renowned French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier and her stylish Russian grandmother who was always well-dressed. Today the up-and-coming designer runs her own label and sells her collection from her studio in Cape Town. Her line of feminine dresses, skirts and tops showcase her love of texture, fabric manipulation and unusual shapes. She also produces avant-garde designs for which she has won numerous awards.

Lara Klawikowski, 2014 MBFW Cape Town
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David Tlale

Arguably South Africa’s most successful fashion import, David Tlale continues to reinvent his brand each season. His passion for dynamic design and penchant for drama is evident in his striking women’s and menswear designs. Autumn/Winter 2017 will surely be no different as fashionistas, buyers and editors from around the country await this highly anticipated show.

David Tlale, MBFW Joburg 2016
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MaXhosa by Laduma

MaXhosa by Laduma has been dubbed South Africa’s most innovative premium knitwear brand. Headed by Laduma Ngxokolo, the brand celebrates traditional Xhosa heritage in a range of wool and mohair garments for men and women. Ngxokolo’s distinctive designs are inspired by colorful Xhosa beadwork along with the usage of color and pattern in their traditional wear. In 2015, Ngxokolo won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan.

MaXhosa by Laduma, 2015 SA Menswear Week SS16
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Craig Port

Craig Port is one of South Africa’s best-known menswear designers. Born in the coastal city of Durban but currently based in Cape Town, Port is inspired by the laidback lifestyle of coastal living, which has shaped the laid-back glamour of his fashion and lifestyle ranges. Port has shown at fashion weeks in Mexico and Stockholm, and was a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model.

Craig Port, 2016 SA Menswear Week
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Jenevieve Lyons

Hailing from Cape Town, Jenevieve Lyons is a young fashion designer who depicts ‘visual parables’ in her menswear collections. She has a refreshing take on what a man should wear in the modern age and incorporates structure and sculptural detail with a hint of androgyny. In her three short years on the fashion circuit, Lyons has shown at several local fashion weeks and represented her country at Helsinki Fashion Week, Finland in 2016.

Jenevieve Lyons, 2016 SA Menswear Week SS17
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Joanna Hedley Collection

Joanna Hedley, the creative force behind local luxury beach and resortwear brand BeachCult, has launched a new fashion line just in time for Autumn/Winter. Her namesake womenswear line features simple yet edgy designs comprising figure-hugging dresses, leather-accented coats, jackets, cosy knitwear and leather-look paneled leggings. Surprise pieces such as satin jumpsuits in rich colors, and intricate mesh cut-out dresses add depth to the collection. As with her beachwear line, all apparel is handmade in Cape Town using high quality fabrics and accessories, with a focus on sustainable luxury.

BeachCult, MBFW Joburg 2016
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Leigh Schubert

Established in 2002, Leigh Schubert is a well-loved womenswear brand based in Cape Town. Schubert’s approach to fashion is timeless yet fresh, with a focus on feminine and edgy designs and the vibrant use of color and texture. Her collections have been presented at all domestic fashion weeks, as well as Australian Fashion Week.

Leigh Schubert, 2016 MBFW Joburg
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Stefania Morland

As one of South Africa’s longstanding fashion houses, Stefania Morland has evolved while staying true to her original design ethos: unique and playful designs that remain timeless. Morland’s ready-to-wear and evening wear collections combine expert construction, intricate detail and an array of fabrics and prints.

Stefania Morland, MBFW Joburg 2016
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Following in her mother’s footsteps, young designer Shana Morland launched SHANA in 2011. Her fun and trendy womenswear line comprises ready-to-wear and evening wear for the confident, fashion-forward woman. Morland’s design aesthetic incorporates bold screen prints, embellishment and a variety of fabrics.

Shana Morland, 2015 MBFW Cape Town
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