Durban - The world of Durban style was abuzz this week with the annual Durban College of Expertise 2017 Fashion Present.
Including to the joy, and a primary in South Africa, was the inclusion of style college students from China who showcased their designs. Two of the scholars, Manfei Yang, 21 and Wei Wei, 22, arrived on Wednesday with a delegation of lecturers from the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Expertise (BIFT).
By way of an interpreter, Yang and Wei stated they have been excited to be in Durban, their first go to to South Africa.
“It's such a studying expertise. The style right here could be very completely different from Chinese language design, right here there's extra concentrate on conventional tradition in designs. It is excellent,” stated Yang.
Yang showcased males's sportswear which she described as being on-pattern and funky in China, whereas Wei’s assortment included delicate female designs, saying she centered on a easy look.
Additionally they introduced collections from two different younger designers – He Lin, who went for daring and vibrant, and Yue He, who showcased delicate teal and oyster attire.
Yang and Wei stated going to cloth markets in China gave them all kinds.
“There are a lot of cloth markets in Beijing, the place you'll be able to rise up to 6 or extra flooring of cloth. As college students, we go and get swatches of fabric to take again to school. As soon as we all know which cloth we wish to use, we name and place the order,” stated Wei.
DUT Division of Fashion & Textiles spokesperson, Meena Bagwandin, stated the newly shaped trade programme with college students from Beijing noticed high Durban college students showcasing on the BIFT exhibits earlier in the yr.
“Our biggest worldwide accomplishment is sharing our commencement platform with our worldwide trade faculty, BIFT. This additionally permits for the scholars to share concepts. Our Durban college students wish to compete on a global degree and this trade programme has upped the extent of creativity. We're each proud and excited to indicate their college students’ work at our present,” stated Bagwandin.
The theme for the 2017 Fashion Present was "False Gods" which noticed 36 third-yr college students competing in numerous classes. The occasion began on Wednesday night time, with final night time being the gala night.
The Independent on Saturday