|Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe (AFI founder)|
The winners for the prestigious, annual African Fashion Awards (AFAs) have been announced, at the awards event, which took place on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014, which ran from 29 October to 1 November, also at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The AFAs presented by leading fashion authority, African Fashion International (AFI) founded by Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe, they are the continent’s foremost industry awards, recognising and celebrating exceptional achievement in fashion, modelling, retail and other clothing-and-textiles-related arts from Africa and its diaspora.
This 2014, the AFAs recognised phenomenal contributions to African fashion across seven categories, namely: Designer of the Year; Emerging Designer of the Year; Accessory Designer of the Year; Outstanding Trend Communicator; Model of the Year; Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion; and AFI Young Designer of the Year.
And winners include Omoyemi Akerele (Nigeria), Marianne Fassler (South Africa), Favour Lucky (Nigeria), France Sozzani (Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia) and many others!
Scroll down to view the full nominees and winners at this year’s awards!
Designer of the Year:
- Lisa Folawiyo (Nigeria), for her multifaceted, global womenswear and accessories brand, Jewel by Lisa.
- Amaka Osakwe (Nigeria), for Maki Oh, a globally recognised womenswear label known for its deeply rooted African identity.
- Marianne Fassler (South Africa), critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning fashion stalwart who continues to surprise and delight after 20 years in the industry.(WINNER)
Emerging Designer of the Year:
- Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa), for his Xhosa-heritage-inspired knitwear brand, currently taking international fashion by storm, MaXhosa by Laduma. (WINNER)
- Nana Brenu (Ghana), for 1981 by Nana Brenu, conceived to bridge the gap between minimalist design sensibilities and vibrant, bold Ghanaian tradition.
- Nick Coutts (South Africa), winner of ELLE Rising Star 2013, whose capsule collection is currently stocked by Mr Price.
- Eleni Labrou (South Africa), AFI Young Designer of the Year 2013, for AKEDO, which has made significant inroads on the fashion map since its launch last year.
Accessory Designer of the Year:
- Chloe Townsend & Lizel Strydom (South Africa), for Missibaba, a luxury leather accessories label.
- Katherine-Mary Pichulik (South Africa), for Pichulik, a bespoke label of hand-crafted neckpieces accessories. (WINNER)
- Adèle Dejak (Kenya), for Adèle Dejak, a brand offering accessories inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, owing to the designer’s background in typography design.
Outstanding Trend Communicator:
- Diana Opoti (Kenya), Executive Producer of the TV show, Designing Africa (which reaches 42 countries) and champion of the #100DaysofAfricanFashion campaign.
- Gaschette Magazine (South Africa), a digital fashion publication launched by creative trio, Colin O’Mara Davis, Steve Marais and Jessica Lupton. (WINNER)
- A Fashion Friend (South Africa), an online fashion news portal, founded by fashion director, Robynne Kahn as a platform for young creatives.
Model of the Year:
- Dave Kabamba (DRC), who has appeared in editorials for GQ Style, Under the Influence magazine, Sunday Times Fashion Weekly, Destiny Man, Business Class and Cosmopolitan, to name just a few. (Vision Models)
- Bianca Brombin (SA), who has appeared in numerous magazines and modelling campaigns and recently appeared the music video for the song “Pit-bull Terrier” by Die Antwoord. (Ice Models)
- Favour Lucky (Nigeria), MBFWAfrica 2014 model and Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2011. (Isis Models). (WINNER)
- Imade Ogbewi (Nigeria), MBFWAfrica 2014 model and Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2013. (Isis Models)
Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion:
- France Sozzani (Italy), Editor-in-
Chief of Vogue Italia, respected for shining a spotlight on the African fashion industry’s growing role in the global fashion industry.
- Kofi Ansah (Ghana), recently departed fashion designer and pioneer in the promotion of African fashion on the world stage.
- Omoyemi Akerele (Nigeria), founder of Lagos Fashion & Design Week and the founding artistic director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for African designers. (WINNER)
Young Designer of the Year: (AFI Fastrack™ 2014 Winners)
- Rich Mnisi (WINNER)
- Nazneen Kagee
- Jessica Ross
- Tuelo Nguyuza
Global Contribution To The Promotion & Development Of African Fashion
- France Sozzani (Italy), Editor-in-
Chief of Vogue Italia, respected for shining a spotlight on the African fashion industry’s growing role in the global fashion industry. (WINNER)
|Chu Suwannapha- You fashion director||Tina Lobondi|
|David Tlale and guests|
|Judges Arieta Mujay, Prof Puleng Lenkabu|
|Prof Puleng Lenkabula (right)|
Photo Credit: Reze Bonna