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The 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week might have ended on Saturday night but many a fashionista who attended it are still raving about it.

Such was the high fashion, sheer creativity and brilliance that reigned at the show. It is still the talk of the town even today.

Fashion fundis, designers, local celebrities and fashion media were mesmerised by the offerings of high fashion names such as David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Spero Viliotti, Carducci, Sheria Ngowi and Tuelo Nguyuza as they showcased their spring-summer collections.

Tlale’s show, under the title "Feminine Allure", featured an impressive collection of slick-fitting garments with structured lines created for the modern woman.

Using playful patterns, Tlale created a fusion of modern styles with looks from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Ghanaian designer Aisha Ayensu, of Christie Brown, also set tongues wagging with her collection. Drawing inspiration from the 1950s’ fashion trends, Ayensu’s tailoring was a flurry of full skirts, cut apron frilly tops and Peter Pan necklines in shades of lime green and yellow, peach, black and white.

Marianne Fassler also didn’t disappoint with her “Same Same but Different” collection, a dazzling burst of colour, texture and pattern, voted Designer Collection of the Year. Her showcase also saw the catwalk debut of bespoke Taunina bears, iconic hand-embroidered teddies that are timeless art pieces of social upliftment.

The annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa is presented by African Fashion International, the leading fashion authority on the continent. Johannesburg, a world-class fashion and shopping destination, proved yet again that it was the ideal location for the show.

The city is a growth and development hub for entrepreneurial talent and undoubtedly the continent’s culture, entertainment and leisure capital.


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