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It's fashion week season and fashionistas will barely be able to catch their breath on the runway before chasing the next catwalk.
Durban Fashion Week from June 25 to 28 emphasised its traditionally Eastern edge by hosting three of India's leading fashion designers - Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal and Neeta Lulla. Big South African names including Gavin Rajah and Karen Monk Klijnstra, as well as Durban locals and a strong contingent of emerging designers also took to the catwalk.
From July 23 to 26, Jo'burg Fashion Week was held for the first time at the Montecasino Piazza in Fourways, Johannesburg. Distinct from previous years was the stipulation that designers could only show in either the Jo'burg or Cape Town Fashion Week, but not both. Debuts by Pink Ant, MosewaMosa and Heni Este-Hijzen were well received; and the hotly anticipated shows by Abigail Keats and Frans Kies, selected to show in New York as part of the Nolcha Fashion Week, did not disappoint.
Cape Town Fashion Week runs at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 13 to 16. Also coming up, the Sanlam South African Fashion Week runs at the Sandton Convention Centre from August 27 to 30. The line up includes Abigail Betz, Story, Mantsho, Amanda Laird Cherry, House of Olè, Terence Bray, Athi-Patra Ruga and Nhlahla Nciza.