Featured designers represent some of the best of African collections from across the continent and the Diaspora. Highlights include Taibo Bacar (Winner of the 2012 Designer of the Year – AFI Africa Fashion Awards) from Mozambique; Mille Collines from Rwanda; Mina Evans and Duaba Serwa from Ghana; Sheria Ngowi and Mustafa Hassanali from Tanzania; David Tlale, Marianne Fassler and Thula Sindi from South Africa. This exceptional line-up is a testament to AFI’s commitment to excellence in presenting the best in creative innovation and commercial success.

AFI Executive Chairperson, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe says, “MBFW Africa is the pinnacle of African fashion: the platform is the gateway between African designers and the global fashion community to engage and promote our local industry. African designers have shown themselves to be world-class in their creativity and aesthetic, and MBFW Africa strives to heighten accessibility to new markets through regional and international exposure, creating a global desire for African-designed fashion. ”

AFI is also pleased to announce that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2013 will be hosted in the City of Tshwane, African capital of excellence, rich in cultural heritage.

During Fashion Week, AFI will also be presenting a retail element: the Africa Fashion Trade Expo (AFTE). The AFTE offers designers the opportunity to engage in business-to-business networking with the media and buyers as well as business-to-consumer sales directly to the public. The finale show of AFI Fastrack™ 2013, AFI’s development initiative, will be held on 26 October 2013, in Johannesburg.

AFI looks forward to hosting the fashion industry at this world-class event once again. Tickets will be available at www.webtickets.co.za prior to the event. For more information go to to www.afi.za.com