5 Fierce Female Designers We Loved At SA Fashion Week SS21

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Fashion week is known all over the world. It’s a luxurious event where the cream of the crop fashion designers gets to show off their latest collections on some of the most famous runways known in the world of fashion. 

Fashion week in South Africa is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events that fashion bloggers, A-listers and everyone in the fashion business looks forward to every year. Some local designers who have showcased their works in previous years have made a name for themselves internationally. The event is created to promote and celebrate well-established and upcoming fashion designers to the world. 

Only a handful of designers get an opportunity of a lifetime to present their collections at fashion week, it’s a stressful and competitive industry but it seems like the gifted and accomplished local female designers have taken over the fashion world in more ways than one. Here is a list of five fierce and empowered female designers spring/summer 21 collections that we loved seeing on the runways.

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Lara Klawikowski 

Lara Klawikowski launched her label in 2010 and is an awarding winning designer. Her designs are like non-other as it speaks more than one thing, its feminine, edgy and unique. This year her collection is thought-provoking as it is inspired by nature and her passion for sustainability. If you like what you see this year, some of her work can be found at her boutiques in Cape Town. 


Carina Louw and Natasha Jaume 

These two designers are all about empowering women through dress. Their brand called ERRE, pronounced “air” represents powerful silhouettes and promotes the diversity of South African women bodies. Its inclusive and timeless designers are made to meet the needs of more than just one woman. Their previous collections have been featured locally and internationally and have been worn by well-known women such as Terry Pheto and Princess Charlene of Monaco. The brand has boutique shops all over, including Sandton City, Pretoria and Polokwane. ERRE fashion was presented on the first day of fashion week. 


Carla Pinto and Zydia Botes 

Romaria (pronounced Homa’ria, meaning pilgrimage) is a luxury knitwear brand from South Africa. It was created and founder by Carla and Zydia. Romaria creates unique garments in collaboration with local artists and using sustainably farmed natural fibres. The brand has always been environmentally conscious with its use of materials. Romaria latest collection in ‘The Satiskin Rise & Shine Collections’ was showcased during the day 1 event. 


Judi Nel

Judi is a young vibrant upcoming designer with a high-end luxury womenswear label behind her named called Judith-Atelier. The label is fresh, fun and offers quality, bold and youthful garments that is anything but ordinary. Her new range for Autumn 21 can be found on her website. 


Hangwani Nengovhela

Hangwani is the well-known designer behind the award-winning brand Rubicon Clothing. The brand was created in 2002 and has been praised for its African opulence inspired looks. This year Hangwani presented her iconic spring/summer collection on day 2 of the event. Check some of Rubicon previous Autumn/Winter and Summer collections on the website, you won’t be disappointed. 

For more information about the event or these phenomenal local designers refer to the official SA fashion webpage.

Zahirah holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and is an aspiring young lifestyle journalist. She is passionate about female empowerment and everything that has to do with beauty and fashion. She can be found writing, meditating, and reading up on the latest trends in her free time.