Durban designers to showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Ghana
Durban Fashion Fair designers, Zama Mathe who heads up internationally acclaimed Durban-based luxury womenswear brand Zarth and award winning young menswear designer, Martin John Steenkamp – will be heading to Ghana for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) in August this year.
Known as a global trade and networking event that showcases the work of designers and creative entrepreneurs from across the continent, MBFW is a three day event held from August 2-4 in Accra.
Since joining the DFF family in 2016, Steenkamp’s career has grown in leaps and bounds. “I am very excited to be a part of such a career changing initiative that celebrates emerging talents such as myself. This will be my first international showcase and platform for showcasing my brand Martin John. It’s such a humbling experience to have this opportunity to showcase my designs in Accra and to bring Durban talent to the ramp in Ghana,” Steenkamp said.
Martin Steenkamp designs. Picture: SDR.
Zarth’s Zama Mathe, who has showcased in Ghana before, says it both an honour and a privilege to represent her city, the DFF and South Africa at large in Accra.
“My collection has a flirtatious take on today’s woman. A combination of textures and playful detail, I am having fun accentuating a woman on the go,” she says.
DFF programme manager, Sindi Shangase is happy that both designers are putting South Africa on the map.
Zarth designs. Picture: SDR.
"Both designers are products of the DFF’s mentorship programme and show how a vision that is shared by both the Durban Fashion Fair and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week can not only identify emerging talents but also create industry professionals who can put African fashion on the international fashion map, says the program manager for the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit of eThekwini Municipality and the convener for the 2019 Durban Fashion Fair, Sindi Shangase.