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A-listers warm up SA Fashion Week launch

Popular launch soirée back for first time since Covid started

Emmanuel Tjiya S Mag Editor-in-chief
Nadia Nakai & AKA during the SA Fashion Week opening party at Mall of Africa in Midrand.
Nadia Nakai & AKA during the SA Fashion Week opening party at Mall of Africa in Midrand.
Image: Oupa Bopape

SA Fashion Week (SAFW) launched with a bang on Tuesday night with the official opening party attended by A-listers AKA, Nadia Nakai and DJ Zinhle. 

Held at Fireroom restaurant at Mall of Africa in Midrand, this marked the first time the popular launch soirée, supported by Cruz, was held since the pandemic started. 

While it didn’t come close to “The First Monday in May”, aka the Met Gala, celebrities were dressed by local fashion designers who were specially handpicked. 

AKA brought a pop of colour in a canary-yellow suit designed by Ole Ledimo for House of Ole. His girlfriend Nadia Nakai arrived before him, channelling Jessica Rabbit in a figure-hugging mermaid gown made by Scalo by Sello Medupe, who arrived with the rapper. The couple were inseparable throughout the night and  had cameras flashing as they posed for photographers. 

The Fela in Versace hitmaker’s baby mama and ex DJ Zinhle made a brief appearance on the decks. She donned a suit by one of the most exciting new names to watch in fashion, Ezokhetho. The designer for the label, Mpumelelo Dhlamini, was present, fresh from being named Emerging Talent of the Year by Fashion Industry Awards SA (Fiasa). Starlet Candice Modiselle also opted for a vibrant suit by Ezokhetho. Modiselle’s date for the night was Noxolo Dlamini, the star of Netflix’s new film Silverton Siege.

DJ Zinhle at SA Fashion Week's opening party.
DJ Zinhle at SA Fashion Week's opening party.
Image: Oupa Bopape

Other stars to dazzle in local designs included Anele Zondo in Sixx6, K Naomi in Judith Atelier, Sandile Mahlangu in Floyd Avenue, Unathi Nkayi in Afrikan Swiss and Kim Jayde in Nao Serati. 

SAFW’s spring/summer 2022 collections will be showcased from Thursday until Saturday. Amanda Laird Cherry, Ephymol, Ezokhetho, Floyd Avenue, Loxion Kulca, Mantsho and Munkus are set to stage shows. 

Candice Modiselle rocks a vibrant suit by Ezokhetho.
Candice Modiselle rocks a vibrant suit by Ezokhetho.
Image: Oupa Bopape
AKA in a canary-yellow suit designed by Ole Ledimo for House of Ole.
AKA in a canary-yellow suit designed by Ole Ledimo for House of Ole.
Image: Supplied.
Media personality and singer Anele Zondo.
Media personality and singer Anele Zondo.
Image: Supplied.
Media personality Chris Jafta.
Media personality Chris Jafta.
Image: Supplied.
Actor Clement Maosa
Actor Clement Maosa
Image: Supplied.
Media personality K Naomi.
Media personality K Naomi.
Image: Supplied.
Media personality Mbali Nkosi.
Media personality Mbali Nkosi.
Image: Supplied.
Actor Sandile Mahlangu.
Actor Sandile Mahlangu.
Image: Supplied.

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