Those of you who keep up with the fashion week circuit are probably familiar with AFI FASTRACK, the annual young designer development programme which counts amongst its previous winners names like Akedo’s Eleni Labrou, and Oath’s Rich Mnisi . As with previous years, this year’s competition is taking place in three phases. In the first phase, design graduates from across the country applied, and 12 semi-finalists were chosen to show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg. Out of that lot, 4 finalists were chosen for phase two, which included work placement, mentoring, and a cash prize. And now, for phase three, the finalists will get to show their ranges at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, which runs from the 30th of July until the 1st of August.
Out here in the Skattieverse we are impressed by the four finalists, and we suggest you get familiar with them, something tells us whoever wins, this won’t be the last you’ll hear from this awesome foursome (sorry, couldn’t resist). Enough of my rambling, here they are:
Thebe actually came onto our SKATTIE radar back in 2011, before he went to fashion school, based on his awesome blog back then and the images he and Trevor Stuurman shot back in high school. It’s awesome to see his work develop and grow, and we look forward to the future.
Both Sandiso and I are such fanboys when it comes to his work. Earlier this month at menswear week we almost took one of his coats straight off his boyfriend’s back, it was so gorgeous. It’s the one with the furry hood in the pics below.
Martelle graduated from LISOF last year, he’s interned with Suzaan Heyns, worked on exhibitions with Frances Goodman, and currently works with Marianne Fassler. That right there is a winning combination of people to learn from!
Ntabiseng studied graphic design before changing over to Fashion and Textile Design at DUT. We can totally see the graphic design influence in her work and we are super impressed.
Text and images by Malibongwe Tyilo