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Mai Atafo, Ituen Basi & More to feature at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa ’14| See Schedule



Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa - Bellanaija - October 2014

Get ready Africa! The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa themed “Our Heritage Reimagined” is set to hit the runway this month.

The line-up for this year’s fashion event has been unveiled and it had some of your favourite designers on. Starting on Wednesday 29th October – Saturday 1st November 2014, the 4-day event will have designers from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana and more showcase their pieces to fashion lovers, media and professionals.

According to Sizwe Nzimande (African Fashion Internatinal (AFI) Marketing manager) – “This year, we celebrate how far African fashion has come by bringing together the best design talent from the continent and its diaspora, who are both rooted in their African identity and reinterpreting it in an internationally relevant way. This will be powerfully reflected in the eclecticism, originality and spontaneity of all the collections on display“.

Unlike last years’ event, Nigerian designers will be present namely Mai Atafo Inspired, Ituen Basi alongside other labels like Ghana’s Christie Brown, Mozambique’s Taibo Bacar and South Africa’s David Tlale.

View the schedule

Day 1 | Wednesday 29th October 2014
– Kibonen & Intisaar – Cameroon/Zimbabwe
– Mille Collines – Rwanda & Kenya
– Taibo Bacar – Mozambique
– Elle Rising Star 2014 with contestants – Chris Dawson, Tamara Cherie Dyson, Frances Pauls, Kelli Botha, Nadia Viljoen, Jeandri Britz and Michelle van der Westhuizen

Day 2 | Thursday 30th October 2014
– Tina Lobondi & Josh & Nicol – Congo/Nigeria
– Marianne Fassler – South Africa
– Spero Villioti – South Africa
– Mai Atafo Inspired – Nigeria

Day 3 | Friday 31st October 2014
– Sheria Ngwoi & John Kaveke – Tanzania/Kenya
– Carducci Man & Woman – South Africa
– Christie Brown & Ituen Basi– Ghana/Nigeria
– Loza Maleombo & KikoRomeo – Cote d’Ivoire/Kenya

Day 4 | Saturday 1st November 2014
– David Tlale
– South Africa
– AFI Fasttrack Winners Showcase
– Richi Mnisi, Jessica Ross, Nazneen Kagee and Tuelo Nguyuza competing for the AFI Young Designer of the Year title.
– City of Tshwane Presents – Archiebald Monyepao, Dennis Maponya & Neville Masondo
– Masondo – South Africa
– Murade & 1981 by Nana Brenu– Mozambique/Ghana
– Laurence Airline & Maxhosa by Laduma – Cote d’Ivoire

Following four full days of fashion, on 2nd November a ceremony will be held to recognize African Fashion’s finest at the prestigious, annual African Fashion Awards.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa was the first fashion podium to draw the best of design from the continent and African diaspora. This unprecedented event has finally turned the international spotlight onto local designers – recognizing them as more than dressmakers and celebrating them as trendsetters” adds Nzimade.

The African Fashion Trade Expo (AFTE) will be holding at Melrose Arch which will run concurrently with MBFWAfrica 2014, offering Africa’s latest brands and trends while providing invaluable networking opportunities to buyers, consumers, media and other fashion followers.

We have so many designers who blew us away at last year’s show and we can’t wait to see what they bring this year. Keep it locked on BN for more on the event.

*The above schedule is subject to change*


  1. hawwy

    October 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    please one free ticket for me pretty please

  2. Mercy

    October 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Okay!!!Nice one.But ehn,when we have MBFW New York and we have London FW,Paris FW etc,y should Mercedes sponsor the whole of Africa on one platform?This is y we will continue to have the issue of foreigners thinking Africa is a country,now some might even think it is a city sef.D consumer’s psyche in South Africa is so so different from that of Naija and both are so so different from that of Ghana,even the stories and backgrounds of the designers are significantly separate due to cultural,social divides and otherwise.Maybe they should have started from the most viable market e.g Joburg or Lagos etc and then spread their wings with time.My opinion may or may not be accepted tho,but well,it’s just what it is,whatever………Long live Africaaaaaa!-Her 2 cents.

  3. MyDamnComment

    October 17, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Am I the only one that noticed this falls on the same days as Lagos fashion and design week?

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