Award winning Durban designer, Terrence Bray, was chosen as the Durban Designer of the Year 2017 at the prestigious Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards evening held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday.
This glamorous event – an evening of music and fashion hosted by Gagasi FM’s Collen Zondo and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe – brought the sixth annual eThekwini Municipalities Durban Fashion Fair to an end.
Bray, who has played a big role in mentoring young and emerging designers through the years at the DFF, was born and raised in Durban and launched his own label in 1998. Over the years, he has built his career and brand to the point where he is now an internationally recognised designer.
The second big award of the evening – the Durban Fashion Legend 2017 which is based on nominations from within the local fashion industry – went to Lindiwe Khuzwayo. This veteran designer and couturier of 30 years and successful business woman has been a role model for many. Her creations have graced both local and international runways in Marseilles, France and Cannes.
This year’s New Face of the Year (ladies) was Amanzimtoti’s Samantha Jali who is currently studying shipping and logistics, while the New Face of the Year (men) was 26 year-old Samkelo Shinga from Umlazi.
Independent Media walked off with the Fashion Business Award and Athenkoisi Mfungula, Claudia Novuka and Leonie Pillay were recognised as the 2017 rising stars from the Mentorship Programme which is an initiative developed by the eThekwini Municipality to grow the fashion industry in the city and to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young designers and assist them with skills relating to the business of fashion!