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Free State Fashion Week is back to celebrate the best in local designers

Gird your loins. Arm all doors and cross check - the Free State Fashion Consortium is proud to announce the return of the annual Free State Fashion Week (FSFW) and this year, has partnered with All Black Soiree for the 2022 edition.

After taking a two-year hiatus due to the COVID19 global pandemic, the fashion and lifestyle showcase will kick off what is said to be the most exciting return in the fashion calendar, with its fifth instalment, taking place at the Naval Hill, Planetarium, in Bloemfontein from the 28th of September – 1 October 2022.

With this year’s theme ‘Be Human’ inspired by surviving a global pandemic and the way life has shifted after, designers are challenged to combine their designs and creativity with African culture, heritage, and diversity.

“As All Black Soiree we are elated and honoured that Candy Smith has offered us the opportunity to partner with a phenomenal brand such as FSFW, one that seeks to emancipate young people economically, creatively and socially, by breaking pre historic barriers to entry. We look forward to a long-standing partnership which will birth many opportunities,” says Rapelang Khati, COO, All Black Soiree.

FSFW was founded in 2016 by Creative Entrepreneur and Award-winning businesswoman, Candy Smith. Aimed at showcasing the best and most talented designers that Free State and South Africa has to offer. The Free State Fashion Week encompasses the work of top and emerging local designers to further promote culture, diversity and creativity. Turning all eyes and bringing focus to creative talent in small towns.

“This year, I want to encourage our fashion entrepreneurs to pause for a minute, take a deep breath and 'Be Human’. That's exactly what the theme of 2022 wants to achieve. Everyone in the world has gone through so much, both in their personal and business lives, that we need to take a minute just to breathe and restart with new energy. It is time to rise from whatever we have lost throughout the pandemic and take our rightful place and still manage to Be Human. This will definitely reflect in the various designer collections this year” CEO, Candy Smith.

For more details and developments about the event visit and follow our social media platforms: Facebook Free State Fashion Week, Instagram @fsfashionweek, Twitter @FSFASHIONWEEK, and the hashtags, #FSFW2022 #BeHuman #DesignersOnTheMove.

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