AFI Fashion Week to host virtual shows

African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week is back with another season this month, but this time they are going virtual due to the global pandemic.

Taking place from November 12-14, this season, AFI will feature hybrid shows which are part digital and part physical, where there will be restricted seating capacity to observe strict Covid-19 protocol.

Local designers such as David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Imprint, Urban Zulu and K Moraba & Collective are some of the brands who will be showcasing their Spring/Summer 2021 collections.

The event will also feature the AFI Fastrack programme where will four emerging designers will be showcasing.

Competing against one another for the title of Fastrack Designer of the Year, student designers will be introduced to the audience through an anticipated short film titled A Day in the Life of a Fastrack Designer.

The film, which aims to generate hope among emerging African creatives, will give fashion lovers a glimpse of what it takes to make it in the competitive industry.

AFI said in a statement that this competition was all about bringing African creativity to the world.

“AFI was created to empower and launch fashion brands on the continent, giving them the visibility and appreciation they deserve. Through this recognition of African creativity, we are reminded that our continent’s progress and rich history lie in our growth and ambition.

“And for that, we as AFI are saying noma yini, noma ubani rea kopele! (no matter what, no matter who, we are moving forward),” read the statement.

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