The 2022 Autumn/Winter SA Fashion Week was a 3-day spectacle.
The prestigious fashion event kicked off with a star-studded party in Johannesburg.
The best of the best designers came together to showcase and celebrate South African’s fashion royalty.

1. Star-studded pre-party

Hosted by the Cruz Black Vintage Vodka, South African Fashion Week kicked off with a pre-party in Sandton, and saw performances by Nomfundo Moh and Sun El musician, while DJ Enzo and Lerato Kganyago rocked the decks.

Nadia Nakai and AKA at the Cruz SA Fashion Week opening party in Illovo on October 19, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Nadia Nakai and AKA at the Cruz SA Fashion Week opening party in Illovo on October 19, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The affair also boasted attendances by some of SA’s entertainment favourites such as Anele Zondo, Nadia Nakai, AKA, Siphesihle Ndaba, Kim Jayde, Tansey Coetzee, Nefisa Mkhabela, Khaya Dladla, Lesego Tlhabi AKA Coconut Kelz, Chris Jaftha and Ayanda MVP. Reality stars Annie Mthembu and Mpho Wabadimo were also spotted at the celebration.

2. Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu’s collection

Of the day 27 designers who launched their Autumn/Winter  2023 collections, the first day saw Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu’s collection receive praise for her line that is described as a feminine and organic aesthetic that appeal to an ageless contemporary market.

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Models getting ready backstage at the South African Fashion Week on day 1 in Midrand, South Africa
Models getting ready backstage at the South African Fashion Week on day 1 in Midrand, South Africa.
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3. The BAM Collective’s striking designs

On the second day of the showcase, The BAM Collective wowed with their visually striking designs that are always paired with a headpiece – even from previous collections. Their designs play with structures, shapes and layers and aim to explore the commercial and conceptual boundaries that clothes hold.

South African Fashion Week on day 02 in Midrand, South Africa.
South African Fashion Week on day 02 in Midrand, South Africa.
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4. Loxion Kulca brings live music to the runway

On the third and final day of SA Fashion Week was the day of fashion legends – it boasted showcases by MaXhosa, Loxion Kulca as well as Ephymol, to name a few. During their showcase Loxion Kulca also brought out artist Phantom Steeze to perform, giving audiences way more than they bargained for at the fashion show.

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Being the eventful day of the whole week, day three also saw menswear label Refuse Clothing being crowned the winner of the Scouting Menswear 2022 Competition.

Refuse clothing brand during scouting Menswear show at the South African Fashion Week on day 03 in Midrand, South Africa.
Refuse clothing brand during scouting Menswear show at the South African Fashion Week on day 03 in Midrand, South Africa.
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5. VanKlan’s unique take on trends

However, the best of the day’s shows was the VanKlan showcase, which consisted of bold colours, an eccentric and playful aesthetic as well as a unique take on trendy fashion.

Vanklan during scouting Menswear show at the South African Fashion Week on day 03 in Midrand, South Africa.
Vanklan during scouting Menswear show at the South African Fashion Week on day 03 in Midrand, South Africa.
Photo Credit: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape
Article Credit: Loyiso Mkhazi, news24