Arise Magazine did a coverage of an event that showcased African Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week in February 2009. It was the group’s fashion debut at the prestigious fashion extravaganza. Xuly Bet, Tiffany Amber, Stoned Cherrie, and Momo presented their Fall 2009 collections to the fashion elite.
Many designers gathered to potray, and claim, the golden era of African civilization. Stoned Cherrie, one of S.A’s big fashion players was there to ring the alarms of the vibrancy of African designs. Johannesburg was up in the clouds with bold colors and fabrics reminiscent of royalty. Sleek modern lines and funky street-wear are both things you can’t have enough of. Fashion in post-apartheid South Africa reflects the country’s journey from pariah state to a multiracial democracy. Young designers mirror the country’s diversity and growing cultural confidence. It’s not just fashion that’s exhibited in these pieces. It’s sentimental value as well.
African beauty and accessories:
An outfit by Sun Goddes at Joburg Fashion Week.
A model displays an outfit created by Stoned Cherrie with the theme "Fashion for food" to create the awareness of child hunger during Joburg Fashion Week Photo: Reuters