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Highlights at JFW Day 2

Some of the moments that had us shook, from the 2nd day of Joburg Fashion Week

Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

With day one leaving us in the dumps, day 2 could only improve, right? Right!

Fashion owned the night, in all it’s glory – with great storytelling and powerful messaging. Good ol’ talent and creativity left an audience feeling hopeful and excited about for the future of our industry. 

Designer duo Ena Kizawa and Taketo Nishino showed their Japanese label 5-knot for the first time on African soil. The show was a pleasant journey through mixed influences and references with the strong resounding ring of Asian heritage crossed with urban reality. The collection was poetic in it’s approach to exploring the needs and wants of a modern woman – hyper-practical, hyper-real, but almost ridiculous in it’s realism. Pretty floral prairie dresses and delicate lace kimonos that encapsulate the Asian countryside were crossed with practical urban waterproofing in jackets, gloves and our favourite, brightly coloured latex socks!!!

A refreshing take on proportional balance and such an impeccable mix of textile weights had us dreaming of a utilitarian future, inspired by the now and the past.


A full house out of it’s seats applauding for a touching family moment as designer Laduma of MaXhosa by Laduma walked down the runway with his wife and children obviously gleaming with pride, after showing a stellar collection

MaXhosa has let us know over the past few years that it’s brand DNA lies firmly rooted in African culture and heritage – with signature prints, excuisite knitwear and bold use of colour. This time around we were pleasantly surprised to see a refined collection that spoke to everything we expect from the brand and then some…

We saw prints aplenty in everything from soft billowing kaftans to fine structural tailored pieces. MaXhosa showed us how the African narrative is competitive with international standards. 

Day 3, we're ready for you. 

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