Over the years, Fashion Week Studio has created a platform for international designers from across the globe. The brand has been committed to introducing luxury African couture alongside international brands by hosting fashion shows in legendary, historical, and lavish venues such as New York City, Milan and Paris.
Every season – February/March and September – Fashion Week Studio’s runway shows put international designers in front of the world’s most prominent fashion editors, buyers, curators, writers and experts. This year, South African media personalities turned designers – Don Design, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa and Khuli Chana will join designers from Nigeria and Ghana to complete the lineup of this year’s pan-African designers who will showcase their work at the Milan fashion week studio show on 23 and 24 September 2023.
Visionary South African hip-hop creative Don Design (Tshediso Mokoko) is the first of the designers tapped to showcase their work at the Paris and Milan shows this year.
Don Design recently launched a capsule range under his streetwear fashion label MondayToMonday. The designer has re-imagined a new range and has since evolved from his original counter-culture roots into a designer with artistic expression.
Showcasing alongside him will be Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa’s Essie Apparel, which launched to great acclaim in 2019. The designer showcased her spring/summer collection at South African Fashion Week, and her new collection, made entirely in South Africa, interrupts established ideas about what winter wear should be.
In this range, Mlotshwa introduced bold colours and unapologetically unconventional designs for both women and men.
The trio of South African designers will be rounded out by legendary rapper and Hip-Hop fashion creative, Khuli Chana. The muso has a new clothing deal with the Jeep Apparel South Africa clothing brand and will showcase the range next season.
African fashion house Pistis and fashion designer Chidinma Obairi are the other fashion designers who will be showcasing their work at Fashion Week Studio.
Pistis is a Ghanaian-based fashion house headquartered in Accra. The company currently stands at the frontline of the fast-growing African fashion industry while making significant strides in international markets.
Nigerian fashion designer Chidinma Obairi has been well-established in the fashion industry since 2012 and has spent her career building a luxury brand that has unveiled grand style collections.
Fashion Week Studio describes Obairi’s work as “fabulous creations” inspired by contemporary art and luxury, creating a full ambience of glitz and glamour.