The Nedbank Cup Football Fan Fashion extravaganza was all about making things that really matter happen. With 16 dramatic designs from 16 of the best fashion students, mentored by 16 of the country’s most talented fashion mavericks for 16 devoted super fans, this was a not-to-be missed glamorous affair.
The crescendo of dreams personified Nedbank commitment to enabling people to achieve their goals and was certainly the most sought-after ticket in town, as the crème de la crème of South Africa’s fashion set clacked their stilettos to the front row.
Witnessing the end result of a unique love affair between the beautiful game, its fans and the future of SA’s chic landscapers, the audience was treated to sensational designs.
Like any good soccer coach will tell you, scouting for the best future players requires a lot of travel mileage and getting them while still young, hot and hungry. And that’s what the Nedbank Football Fashion scouts did.
Led by head judges Jenny Andrew, Fashion Director for Wanted Magazine; Lerato Tshabalala, Contributing Editor and Thembalethu Zulu, Social Columnist for the Sunday Timesas they embarked on a cross country campus tour that saw them whittle down hoards of hopefuls to just 16 of the most promising fashion future talent. The students were then paired with leading fashion designers to mentor them in their creative process
Durban University of Technology student Safyia Noor Mahomed emerged as the victor in the Best Student category. Mentored by fashion designer Kathrin Kidger and representing Polokwane City FC, the orange and black sleeveless maxi dress dominated the runway with its strong cultural feel. It was proof that in a country like Mzansi, heritage holds a revered position in fashion.
And in a move that had fashionistas cooing their approval, the inimitable couturier Gavin Rajah strutted off with the Best Designer trophy