Fashion Galore at the Durban Fashion Fair 2021.

Excitement is mounting as local designers prepare to show their collections at the 2021 Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre Hall 2 from 15 to 17 December.

The theme of the DFF 2021 is ‘Reflections’ which speaks not only to the fair’s proud 10-year history but also by encouraging the public to buy local.

The DFF 2021 will have 12 shows held over the three days.

Some designers offered insight into what fashionistas attending the shows can expect.

Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, head designer at House of Saint Luke, said his collection is dedicated to the Zulu Nation. He said this was especially poignant in the wake of the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife earlier this year.

Phiwokuhle Sithole of Norma Q Creations said:

“In this collection I’m embracing the element of freedom and happiness in femininity. I will strictly use African printed materials in earthy and darker colour tones as they are symbolic of life and nature.”

Ladieswear designer Makhosazane Ntshangase said she is inspired by rain and the blooming of roses.

“I have a collection filled with sparkling fabrics, from white laces to nudes. If you can imagine the blooming of a rose and lilies you can picture my collection.”

Karen Monk-Klijnstra, who is known for her statement collections and showings, said she draws inspiration from the kaleidoscope in which she lives.

“This incredible country is a myriad of magnificent culture. This year’s collection reflects the many layers of my soul.”

Enhle Gebashe, the teenage founder of Enhle Babes Couture, is celebrating her third year in the fashion industry. Inspired by African prints and African cultures, she describes her latest collection as colourful, playful, and a reflection of African traditional clothes.

Ladieswear designer, Leigh Schubert, said wearability and accessibility are key factors in her designs. Her 2021 collection has strong lines and layers and is influenced by origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) and Swan Lake.

Siphesihle Khoza of Vyagor Louvre said of his collection:

“The mood is dark and cold, so I will be working with dark colours such as black and grey. You can expect something that reflects the past, the present, and the future.”

To see what these local designers have to offer, buy your tickets to attend the DFF 2021 at Boxer and Pick ‘n Pay stores as well as from A ticket costs R100. There are also day passes for just R250 or an all-inclusive three-day pass for R500.

To view the DFF fashion show schedule click on this link.

Alternatively, follow on this link to purchase your ticket.

For more information on the DFF email: or call 079 626 9856 during office hours.