Event Fashion

SA Fashion Week opens en vogue

April 20, 2023

Officiating the opening of South Africa Fashion Week, CRUZ Vintage Black Vodka hosted one of the country’s most prestigious fashion gatherings last night, with the who’s who of the SA fashion and entertainment world in attendance. And what a glitzy affair it was!

Kicking off the week’s celebrations, guests were treated to an exclusive evening of glitz and glam at the newly renovated Levelthree in Sandton, where they enjoyed decadent Cruz cocktails and high fashion – all inspired by New York City and set against the backdrop of the Sandton skyline.

Red carpet host Chris Jaftha welcomed guests as they arrived, while award-winning local designer Paledi Segapo presented a New York-inspired fashion installation to be remembered. SA Fashion Week showcased designer Artclub and Friends, who kitted out the promoters with super cool branded ankle socks and cute tote bags.

Stars shine at SA Fashion Week opening party

The star-studded, red-carpet, invite-only affair boasted a long list of SA’s well-known fashion-forward personalities, designers, comedians, and reality TV stars, including actresses Nambita Ben Mazwi, Lunathi Mampofu, and sisters Candice and Refilwe Modiselle.

Other esteemed guests included media personalities Lasizwe, Abigail Visagie, Shamiso Mosaka, and Kim Jayde, comedians Robot Boi and Primo, and reality TV stars such as the gorgeous Housewives of Durban’s Annie Mthembu, Maria Isabella Valaskatzis, Sorisha Naidoo, Rosette Ncwana, and Nicole Capper.

SA fashion designers Scalo, Fundunzi’s Craig Jacobs, Ole Ledimo from House of Ole, and Imprint’s Msukizi Mbane graced the red carpet, while top SA artists Tamara Dey, Gigi La Mayne, KLA, Money Badoo, and Limpopo’s own Makhadzi were also in attendance. Industry sweethearts Theo and Vourne Kgosinwe were adorned in bright locally designed pieces alongside actor Sandile Mhlangu and beau Mbali Nkosi. Entertainment for the evening included SA’s finest DJ Maphorisa, Musa Keys, DJ Venom, and DJ K Mat delivering the beats, while Simmy performed her sultry tunes to an electrifying audience.

The handcrafted New York Vodka served as the perfect complement to kick-start a week of what can only be described as a celebration of SA fashion second to none.

SA Fashion Week runway shows will take place from this evening until Saturday, 22 April, with three days of incredible South African fashion being showcased to an eager SA audience and fashion enthusiasts from around the world at the Mall of Africa.
For more information about the show, follow the Cruz Vodka social media pages on Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively, follow the hashtag #CruzSAFW to see who wore what!

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