Prints, Patterns, and Playful Designs: A Recap of SA Fashion Week's Mr Price new talent search

By Lindelwa Masuku

The SAFW New Talent Search is always an exciting event at SA Fashion Week, and this year was no exception. As the headline sponsor of the New Talent Search, Mr. Price introduced 8 emerging designers who showcased their Spring/Summer 2023 collections.

This year's entrants were challenged not only to demonstrate their talent for print development but also to show their commitment to a sustainable fashion future. The designers rose to the challenge and produced some truly awe-inspiring collections.

Athenkosi Takuta, the designer behind Artae, showcased a collection that was inspired by the idea of the societal collision between femininity and masculinity. Takuta played with various textures and fabrics, combining them in innovative ways to create garments that were both edgy and feminine.

Cyla Gosolves who later won the title of Mr Price New Talent Search at the end of the show brought her A-game with her collection, Cyla Gonsolves' collection comprises relaxed day dresses, comfortable knits perfect for layering, and contemporary yet timeless blouses. Each range is thoughtfully crafted and customised with meticulous attention to detail.

Kuhle Phumzile Zondo, the designer behind E_Mania, showcased a collection that was all about interlinking between the Zulu and Tsonga cultures. Titled, Shiya Nigani, the collection‘s colour pallet was inspired by nature's botanicals to bring out and further emphasise the sustainable element.

Juanie van Wyk's label, Juanie, showcased a collection that was both wearable and timeless, with surprising, and ingenious, design detail, while Sifiso Kunene, the designer behind Messrsbasswood, created a collection that emphasises individuality and expressive design, underpinned by the practice and craftmanship of bespoke tailoring.

Oyama Gonintebe's label showcased a collection that was both bold and unique, with bright colours, exciting prints, and oversized silhouettes inspired by the Xhosa attire - according to Oyama, this collection “celebrates who we are, where we come from, and who we are becoming as we take up space in society and own our stories as Africans.”

Our favourite collection of the night definitely has to be the fashion label, Silika, by Mmathabo Silika. She showcased a collection that was both daring and elegant, with bold prints and unique textures. Inspired by a Namibian tribe with bold colours and silhouettes, when asked about what inspires her designs and creative process, she said, “I am inspired by the African continent, African tribes, and stories. My goal is to create African-inspired clothing that can be worn in your everyday life, and not only on occasion because being African is not a costume. It is important to me to keep these African tribes and stories alive through fashion.”

Silika’s unwavering commitment to preserving African culture and stories through her designs won us over, the collection featured bold prints and unique textures that drew inspiration from African [Namibian] tribes and their rich histories. The designer's attention to detail was impressive, with each garment featuring intricate headwear and embellishments that showcased the designer's dedication to her craft.

Finally, Caileigh Davis's label, Silver Magpie, presented a ready-to-wear collection that was inspired by the beauty of the natural world, featuring intricate shapes and flowing fabrics.

The show was closed by 2022 New Talent Search winner Thando Ntuli, who presented her Isikhathi/Time SS23 Munkus Collection. Her collection drew inspiration from the passage of time, “to create a narrative that would connect with those who feel disconnected from their past.” with bold colors and intricate details that represented the beauty and complexity of life, each piece designed to evoke an emotion or memory from her childhood.

Overall, the Mr. Price New Talent Search was a stunning display of emerging talent in the South African fashion industry. The designers showcased their commitment to sustainability and innovation, and it was clear that they have bright futures ahead of them in the world of fashion.

Let’s have a look at some of the celebrities and influencers who were there

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