Fashion Week: Empty seats and African stars

The African Fashion International (AFI) Joburg Fashion Week clipped and staggered down the runway this week with all the usual ups and downs we have come to expect.

Staged in a large white marquee at Melrose Arch from Thursday to Sunday, patrons at the underwhelming opening night were greeted by rows of empty chairs – surprising for an event where the first night is usually packed.

As the shows progressed – with Norma Gigaba, wife of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, and ministers Rob Davies and Lindiwe Sisulu in attendance – influencers, fashion critics and the media battled to obtain a seat at times. This after a number of tickets were issued twice, as AFI’s new ticket system, Sky Bookings, caused chaos. Soon enough,…

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