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Top Moments from Day 1

We’ve officially kicked off AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2018, and what an opening night it was. From the Afro Asian style décor at the front of house, all the way through to the crazy rush backstage. We were there for all the action, and just in case you weren’t there, here is what you missed:
The hair and make-up stations
A concept borrowed from the recent AFI Cape Town Fashion Week, having the MAC Cosmetics and WELLA stations in the front of house for guests to be part of was truly an experience. It also made for incredible photo ops which guests took full advantage of. The concept of seeing the magic process while it’s happening was a delight.
Dopestore and Nao’s AFI Debut
It was night of firsts for these two designers. Although they are no strangers to the runway, we welcomed them to the AFI family with open arms. Both presented shows which had a distinct stamp of individuality; Nao with his fluid and progressive concept of man, and Dopestore’s nineties high school sports nostalgia, it’s safe to say they came to the party. Bravo!
Orapaeleng Modutle’s moments on moments
It was indeed a showstopper of a runway show. With ballerinas who introduced us to the concept of classical music, we were transformed into the wonderful world of OM Style Avenue. He perfectly presented masculine silhouettes juxtaposed with softer textures, and boy did we love those killer sleek sunnies. A perfect marriage between traditional style and the modern-day woman.
Plascon’s flawless touch
If you walked around the tent you would have noticed the runway in a peculiar tone this season. That’s because Plascon has transformed a typical runway and enhanced the vibrancy of the shows with signature colours. We are currently obsessed with the pops of tones we were met with throughout the venue. If you are as engrossed by décor as we are, you’re sure to be transported to the land of your coloured dreams.
Men wore pink
As we move closer to an inclusive world, we welcome continuous growth and the broadening of minds, and so did the designers. From Sheria Ngowi’s lace patterned dusty pink tuxedos, to Nao Serati’s shimmering muscle shirts, it’s safe to say that gender conformity is not welcome here. We fully celebrate liberal notions and hope to see more throughout the week.