Mercedes Benz Fashion Week related by LadyZaa

Let’s live vicariously through my friend Zaakira’s fashion week experience.

When I first heard I was going to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg, my instinct was to ask Shaheeda to join me. Unfortunately, Shaheeda had work commitments and couldn’t make it but I still got to spend my time at Fashion Week with my fellow fashionista Mary from and Zee from Renaissance Man. I also promised Shaheeda that I will share my experience on Style by Shaheeda.
For me, Fashion Week is not about getting snapped by the street style hunters or being seen in the place to be. It’s about being around hard working people who live and breathe fashion. From the makeup artists to the media and bloggers to the crew, the actual designers and of course, those who come to watch, we are all brought together by fashion.
#MBFWJ happened at the Sandton Convention Centre this year and I attended as a guest for M.A.C Cosmetics. That meant I got to watch the shows and watch the makeup artists at work backstage. Being backstage was a lovely experience which you can read all about here .


I won’t go into much detail about the shows except to say that some impressed me and some didn’t. Catwalk fashion is a weird thing because I feel it has more artistic value than wearability. However there were pieces like, the Ruth Samaai Designs skirt which I saw at the Intern by David Tlale show, which I probably would wear. I try to pay attention to the details, like the fabrics, textures and techniques. There’s a huge difference between a pretty dress and a beautiful dress and I personally feel like the gap between those two is the details.
Ultimately, I feel that SA has a bit of a way to go in terms of fashion. I do however think that events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week most definitely pave the way for aspiring designers and help to cement South Africa on the international platform.


For more details check out my blog or follow me on Twitter and Instagram @LadyZaa .

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

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