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These are the emerging designers selected for SA Fashion Week’s New Talent Search finale

South African Fashion Week (SA Fashion Week) has announced the New Talent Search finalists.

Competing for this year’s award are: Thando Ntuli founder of Numkus; Nichole Smith, founder of Ipikoko; Mikhile du Plessis from MeKay Designs; Calvin Lunga Cebekhulu from Czene.24; Sanelisiwe Gcabashe from Gjenelo Couture; and Mimangaliso Ndiko, founder of Sixx6.

The designers will feature their signature entries with the debut capsule collection of the 2021 winner, Artho Eksteen.

One of them will walk away with R20 000 prize money towards developing theicollection and a free runway show at SAFWSS 23 to launch this collection.

Ntuli, the founder of Munkus, says her brand was inspired by her mother, grandmother and great grandmother, the women who helped her become the creative she is.

“The idea of my brand is behind layering. I’m very big on layering. Also, there’s something for everyone, allowing people to switch in and bring in their style, but it’s a brand that is made to make life easier, make choice easier and most importantly to be timeless,” she says.

Since its inception in 1998, SA Fashion Week New Talent Search has helped propel the careers of many successful designers, including Mmuso Maxwell, Jacques Bam, Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu, Michael Ludwig Studio, Saint Vuyo and Sipho Mbuto.

SA Fashion Week will be launching the Spring/Summer 2022 showcase on April 28-30 at the Mall of Africa.

This article was originally published on IOL.

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