eThekwini Municipality Presents #DFF2020 Mentees Fashion Showcase!

In living up to its slogan of ‘The Show Goes On’, the much-anticipated Durban Fashion Fair (#DFF2020) Class of 2020 show is ready to showcase the work of designer mentees and new face models next month.

The show will be hosted simultaneously with the Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) Recognition Awards that rewards excellence in the industry on Friday evening, 11 December at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

This event will not only celebrate the fascination of fashion but also introduce newcomers (models and designers) to the world of fashion – a move that could prove central to growing Durban’s clothing and textile industries and boosting the city’s economy.

The close association between the world of fashion and the economy stretches further as the DFF is an integral part of the broader Durban Business Fair (DBF) programme.

This premier business gathering (DBF), proudly hosted by eThekwini Municipality through the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, has reflected the local government’s commitment to boosting business growth for more than 21 years. It is an integral part of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan which aims to uplift the economy as well as develop the skills amongst the youth.

The exciting DFF Class of 2020 event will officially mark the end of an intensive five-month learning period for a diverse group of young designers who range from self-taught to recent graduates from fashion schools across the City. They have honed their creative skills under the guidance of the Fezile Fashion Skills Academy and the Fezile Mdletshe Fashion Agency based in KwaMashu.

So, it is time to dress up, bring out your fashion bling and join us on this one-night spectacular.

You can expect the best that local fashion has to offer and find out who will walk away with the following sought-after awards – the Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, the Best Menswear Collection, the Next Generation/ Emerging Durban Designer of the Year, the Fashion Innovator and the Collection of the Week.

Guests can also look forward to the DFF New Faces Award, and the prestigious Durban Designer of the Year Award as well as who will be our three rising designer stars from the Class of 2020.

Showcasing their creations on the catwalk are the following #DFF2020 designer mentees: Akhona Dlamini, Bongekile Cele, Bayanda Motunane, Judaine Naidoo, Londiwe Ndlovu, Mbali Zulu, Nompumelelo Mjadu, Nongcebo Mchunu, Nonhlanhla Shange, Phiwo Sithole, Sandile Sikhakhane, Sipho Lushaba, Sithembile Mncwango, Slindile Msa, Terrence Luthuli, Thoba Mbelu, Thokozile Zwane, Waalid Mohammed, Yolanda Samson and Zodwa Makhado.

Their garments will be modelled by the #DFF2020 new face female models: Mbali Buthelezi, Minenhle Shinga, Nokukhanya Bulose, Nokwethemba Zondo, Nombulelo Mthembu, Sanelisiwe Mngoma, Sebolelo Hlabi, Sinenhlanhla Mthethwa, Thobekile Mzila, Uviwe Tonga, Zandile Sikhakhane, Zobaphi Hlongwa – not to forget our new face male models: Malik Ibrahim, Melusi Ngcobo, Mluleki Hlophe, Ndabezinhle Msomi, Simphiwe Zulu, Siyabonga Jompolo, Sizwe Mchunu and Vukile Magwaza.

One thing is certain, this is not a night to miss out on. If you’re looking forward to all the fashion action and celebrity entertainment, book now as seats are limited.

All Covid 19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of both our new talents and visitors to the show.

Tickets for the evening are on sale via webtickets.co.za or at Pick ‘n Pay outlets. They are priced at R150 per person.

We are looking forward to seeing you all as we celebrate the best that local fashion has to offer on Friday, December 11th from 18h30 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Follow all the fashion action on our DFF Facebook page: Durban Fashion Fair or on Twitter / Instagram @Dbnfashion_fair or #DFF 2020.

Steven Brown

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