Our Favourite Fashion Moments From SA Fashion Week Launch Party

Rappers AKA and Nadia were couple goals at the red carpet

By  | Apr 28, 2022, 11:06 AM  | Fashion

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It’s date night again for South Africa’s favorite rapper couple Kiernan “AKA” Forbes and Nadia “Nakai” Kandava. The two were spotted having a good time, cozy, and fashionable at the launch party of South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW) earlier this week after crushing breakup and abuse allegations in their relationship. Other celebrity attendees included AKA’s baby mama, DJ Zinhle, Kim Jayde, and Chris Jaftha.


This is the first physical opening party and fashion week in two years since the pandemic took us all by surprise and will be hosted at the coolest mall according to Sunday Times’ Next Generation Awards, Mall of Africa which are partners of SAFW this year. The shows will take place from tonight, 28 April until Saturday 30 April 2022, and will see 20 fashion design giants including Ephraim Molingoana for Ephymol,  Amanda Laird Cherry, and  Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho as well as cult Kasi brand, Loxion Kulca, now designed by Olé Ledimo, launch and showcase their 2022 collections to international fashion buyers, the media and fashionistas.

Celebrities and VIP guests enjoyed a fashionable night in style as they flaunted their locally designed high fashion pieces at the Fireroom restaurant at Mall of Africa, Midrand for the fashion week party powered by Cruz Vodka - alcohol partners and supplies of the Cruz x AKA banana and watermelon flavors.

SA fashion week alumni designer Ole Ledimo dressed rapper AKA in a bright canary-yellow suit with black stripes under his brand the House of Ole while girlfriend Nadia Nakai who arrived before him sizzled in a body-hugging velvet green mermaid gown made by design house Scalo by Sello Medupe. The couple were inseparable throughout the night and had cameras flashing as they were spotted making out, laughing, and posing for media photographs.

Our other fashion favourites from the night included the Umlilo hitmaker, DJ Zinhle who also gave an equally hot DJ set at the party. The number one female DJ in the content wore a vibrant suit which had a personality of its own by emerging design house Ezokhetho by Mpumelelo Dhlamini who also dressed Candice Modiselle on the same evening. DJ Zinhle wore a black suit with pink spots and it had puffy sleeves and ankles while Candice shined in a similar look - a black and gold set also with puffy detailing in the arms and ankles.


TV presenter and musician Anele Zondo also had heads turning at the party and on social media with her Sixx6 design, a checked blazer dress with a black corset, and tights paired with knee-high black boots. This sizzling look came right after her viral Cotton Fest outfit by 20 Fix With Odi proving that the star doesn’t miss when it comes to fashion.
Other celebs who made an appearance at the SAFW launch party red carpet included stylish and newly wedded K Naomi in a blue and white classical Judith Atelier dress, tv presenter Sandile Mahlangu who rocked an all-black Floyd Avenue set, influencer and Gemaen Taylor in a glittering silver blazer, Unathi Nkayi who slayed a denim on denim Afrikan Swiss set and Kim Jayde in a Nao Serati snake skin-tight dress styled down with sneakers.

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