ARISE is a winner

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Photography Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

ARISE editor Helen Jennings was among those honoured at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa Awards 2012 on Sunday October 28 – the culminating event of the annual pan-African fashion extravaganza in Johannesburg. Jennings was selected in the Fashion Communicator of the Year category, while New York-based Mimi Plange won International Designer of the Year, Nigeria’s Ituen Basi took Designer of the Year, and Africa and Paris-based LaurenceAirline won International Emerging Designer of the Year.

“The Africa Fashion Awards rewards African fashion excellence using global industry criteria and recognises the exceptional talent of African industry members worldwide,” said African Fashion International (AFI) executive chairperson Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. “The awards focuses not only on African and diaspora designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa but also acknowledges those making outstanding contributions to the industry in general.”

Highlights from the five-day event included shows by KLûK CGDT, Gavin Rajah, Maki Oh, Projecto Mental, Amine Bendriouich and Duaba Serwa. The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman was backstage snapping away and there were musical performances by Lira and Lindiwe Suttle.

Here’s the list of award winners in full:
Designer of the Year - International
Mimi Plange
Designer of the Year - Africa
Ituen Basi
Emerging Designer of the Year - International

Emerging Designer of the Year - Africa
Taibo Bacar

Make-up Artist of the Year
Lesley Whitby
Hairstylist of the Year
Kevin Epstein
Fashion Stylist of the Year
Arthur Malan
Accessories Designer of the Year
Doreen Mashika
Fashion Communicator of the Year
Helen Jennings
Fashion Photographer of the Year
Ross Garrett
Model of the Year
Candice Swanepoel
Female Style Icon
Liya Kebede
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Khaya Dludla
South African Tourism Designer of the Year
Thula Sindi
Outstanding Contribution to Fashion
Simon Deiner
Jackie Burger

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