BRICS designers made a splash at the South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW)

Brazil, Russia, India and China showcased their designs at the 2018 South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW). Celebrating 21 years of Fashion, the 2019 winter, autumn fashion week was held at Sandton City from the 23-27 October.

Related story: BRIC fashion designers to participate in the 2018 SA Fashion Week

The five day event for the first time included a category featuring designers from the group of the fastest growing economies, BRICS. The BRICS designer collections were showcased on the second and third day of the prestigious fashion gathering.

Members of the coalition during the 10th BRICS Summit, held in Johannesburg, South Africa – pledged to collaboration beyond politics and economics. Talking to Independent Media, Bridgette Radebe, Chairperson of the Black Business Council and President of the South African Mining Development Association said “when BRICS was created it was focused towards arts and culture, economics, business with a political action integration.”

Here are some of BRICS designers of showcased their designs;


Helen Rodel is loyal to actuarial design that is purposed to change the human state of mind. Designs handmade garments, tropical in nature – reflective of her home country Brazil.  


Irina Stetsko is a brand founded by Irina Stetsco, a Russia culture and Art University graduate, who creates limited collections each month which are successful among women living active lifestyles.


Ka-Sha is a brand founded by a London College of Fashion graduate, Karishma Shahani Khan in 2012. The brand focuses on design as a form of storytelling, told through clothing that celebrate multi-layered cultures and ever-changing social landscapes.


Xiong Ying is the founder of a leading Chinese contemporary fashion brand, the Fashion Gaia. The brand draws inspiration from nature and incorporates it with modern and traditional designs. 


South Africa

Palesa Mokubung is the founder of the Mantsho fashion label. Mokubung led the pack of BRICS designers at the SAFW. Her designers according to SAFW are inspired by African cultures and elements.


Image Source: SA Fashion Week


By Kgothatso Nkanyane

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