Financial backing and access to international markets are key issues for AFI-supported designers, who often need to learn about trade treaties and scaling up production.
The two fashion weeks saw a slew of new faces.
The show week saw a new sponsor, Lexus, even as the nation’s designers continue to face challenges.
Fashion weeks took place in South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
The nation’s largest retailers have been hit by a confluence of factors, and no upturn is in sight.
At South Africa Menswear Week, standouts included talents from across the continent.
The retailer expects to have four Supré stores in South Africa by June 2017.
The Mall of Africa has 1.4 million square feet of retail space.
The month began with South African Fashion Week (SAFW), peaked with Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festivaland then erupted with a copycat scandal involving designer Gavin Rajah.