By  on April 16, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — South African fashion has been getting a bad rap lately from many quarters, including international stylists, photographers and editors. At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa held here last October, Michael Roberts, Vanity Fair’s style editor at large, scathingly observed that South African designers are “feted” but “have very little talent,” adding that television portrayed fashion weeks as “endless cocktail parties for celebrities.”

During the same event, Scott Schuman, of The Sartorialist, famously ruffled feathers when he said that he’d only met a few people in the country that he’d wanted to take pictures of, calling the South African style he’d seen thus far lacking “a certain amount of charm.”

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