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African Fashion International’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was held in Cape Town last week, with the shows being held in a marquee in Camps Bay. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along, and the first day really being the only evening with shows, with most of the rest being cancelled due to strong winds.

Here is a look at some of the designers who’s work I enjoyed and a few of their looks I loved, that made it down the runway.

Droomer is one of my new found favourites, I thought this collection was so fresh and effortlessly cool. I love the layering of simple items, hints of volume in the leg shapes and jackets and the pops of colour to liven things up a bit.

Maxi dresses are still a thing this winter, with lots of layers and plunging necklines… I thought the styles below from Joanna Hedley, Stefania Morland and Shana Morland showed some nice variety; in light sheer fabrics with embroidery detail that added something new to some looks.

The layering of fabrics with different textures is still very much a thing and I loved how Stefania Morland mixed things up.

David Tlale was pretty much the only major designer to show on Friday night, with some collection being from his collaboration with underwear brand Jockey, which made for decadent, vintage style showing, which was nicely set in the old-school Cape Town Club, which made for quite an experience.

One of my favourite things when it comes to the winter wardrobe has to be the layering and I love all thats been happening lately, with fun summer styles like light dresses airy dresses and strappy tops to wear under those huge fur coats and extra puffy bombers.

Are you looking forward to this winter as much as I am?

All images from AFI Photo Gallery

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Through Shaded Eyes (TSE) is the brainchild of Tokelo Motsepe. A retail buyer and digital strategist with an addiction to blogging, this blog is a platform for my style, life and love for fashion to be shared. What started as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, has now become a place to let out my passion for fashion & writing, in-between time spent at work, traveling, or doing everything else life throws at me… it has become a form of expression and I hope it can inspire and encourage you to also share!


  1. Maxi dresses are my favorite summer staple. They are so easy to wear, versatile, and comfortable. Love your post! These dresses are chic and charming!


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