Monday, 21 November 2016

Collection Highlights of the 2016 Platinum Fashion Festival

Once more our runway at the Platinum Fashion Festival was filled with talent, extravaganza and all things amazing! 

We take a look at some of the moments that highlighted the runway and stunned the audience.

1st Year Designer of the year

First Year Show-stoppers

Second Year Couture Collection of the Year

Second Year Show-stopper collection

3rd Year best Retail Range

3rd Year Highlight Collection

Sean Meela

Dudu Ratsuma

First Years Highlights

 Michelle Prinsloo

Misha Cristie

Esmirie Greyvensteyn

Thando Ntuli

Friday, 11 November 2016

Meet the Gert Johan Coetzee and Luminance bursary winners

Dr Judy Dlamini, Gert Johan Coetzee and all the bursary finalists at the Platinum Fashion Festival

Gert Johan Coetzee and Dr Judy Dlamini announced their bursary winners at the Platinum Fashion Festival

Thembakazi Stokwe and Xoliswa Kawuzela, will both leave full-time jobs to immerse themselves in studying Fashion Communication and Buying at NWSD in 2017.

Xoliswa Kawuzela & Gert-Johan Coetzee
  Thembakazi Stokwe & Dr Judy Dlamini

Capetonian Andrea Beyers, currently writing matric at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, will start her Fashion Design studies in 2017.

Andrea Beyers & Gert Johan Coetzee

Their three-year bursaries, worth a total of R500 000, will cover tuition fees and study materials, and includes sewing machines from Bernina for each of them.
In addition Xoliswa and Andrea will be personally mentored by Coetzee, with holiday internships at his studio, while Thembakazi, who was selected by Dr Judy Dlamini for the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant, will get invaluable exposure to the retail world at the luxury boutique group.

Thembakazi’s dream of a career in fashion came true.  When she heard Dr Dlamini discussing the bursary on radio earlier this year, a light went up for her. “I always dreamt of one day working for Vogue in New York, and getting the chance to be mentored by someone as inspirational as Dr Dlamini, and becoming part of the Luminance family is like a dream come true. I never thought I would have this opportunity.”

For Dlamini it was Thembakazi’s resilience and her refusal to give up her dream that clinched the deal. “Thembi personifies the Luminance woman, who is hard-working and believes that limits exist only in our minds; who pursues her dreams with grace, and does it all in stilettos! She’s a perfect fit,” says Dlamini.

Coetzee in turn found a perfect match for his brand in Xoliswa Kawuzela from Kempton Park. “Her maturity and the experience she has already gained in the business world will give her the edge, and I am excited to help shape her career in fashion.” Says Coetzee

The baby of this bursary intake, 17-year-old Andrea Willow Beyers, grew up in Mitchell’s Plain and was accepted into Oprah’s prestige school in Grade 9. “Fashion has always been in my blood – I was about five years old when I started drawing dresses, and I’ve always loved putting together looks that are different,” she says. She learnt about the bursary when Coetzee did a talk at her school earlier this year, and immediately decided to apply. Coetzee noticed her confidence even then, and was impressed by the passion and focus she displayed in her application. “Talent goes a long way, but for my Fashion Design bursary I look for someone who is as single minded and determined as I was as a teenager. This is a tough industry, and you really have to work hard to succeed. I recognize that drive in Andrea.”

Coetzee is committed to pass the baton to young design talents and his bursary programme at Northwest School of Design, where he himself graduated, is already entering its seventh year. And while it catered only for aspirant fashion designers before, he added a second bursary for 2017 for the more business-oriented course, and then inspired Dr Judy Dlamini to add the creative category to the various bursaries she already offers through her family trust. “Those of us who are fortunate in business have a responsibility to invest in the next generation,” says Coetzee. “I believe in the power of education and mentorship and feel blessed that I can pass on some of the lessons I have learnt and in that way help to grow the industry that has given me so much.” 

Thembakazi, Andrea Beyers & Gert-Johan Coetzee

Open letter from Principal Marlene Oosthuizen

The NWSD family is only now waking up from our dream.  The reality of such a successful Platinum Fashion Festival has only now began to sink in and we have mixed feelings.  From feeling so privileged and blessed to being shell shocked and overwhelmed.  I know that every student and staff member shares this sentiment with me.  This week has been such a quiet week at NWSD and it is only today that student’s are themselves again. 

And now that reality has hit, I have to thank each and everyone for their part in this amazing and breathtaking event. 

Every Fashion Design student has showcased a collection that they can be proud of, and this was achieved through such dedication and hard work.  I don’t think the public is aware of the hard work that goes into such a collection.  Each of you can walk away from this with a sense of accomplishment of reaching such a remarkable goal.

The Fashion Communication students worked equally hard to put this world class event together and even though their showcase is so much different to that of a Fashion Design student, I still have to add that the Fashion Comm students can be so proud of their dedication and hard work.  We are still receiving commendations of how well the event was organized.  Each of you played a role and without your role, regardless of how big or small – the event could not have been such a success.

Now a big shout-out to our models.  From all of us at NWSD, we salute you.  We do not cast and select models in the same way as a fashion week would, or even as our competitor colleges goes about this process.  The norm out there is that showcased garments are made to a basic size 8 and once the garment is complete they find their size 8 models.  The NWSD difference is that our local girls (and boys) who we use as models dedicate their time to allow our students to tailor fit and make their garments to the models.  These models give our students such a huge advantage over other fashion graduates as they have learned to fit a live model and to work with an array of figure types.  They were challenged to come up with difficult fitting issues.  This is why we use models of various lengths and figure proportions.  Thank you!

The loyalty of the NWSD staff is such a big blessing to Charles and I.  Thank you for the role that you have played in getting the students to a place of success.  Most of the students did not know how high their ceiling of success is and without your help, the students would not have realized their potential. 

An event of such magnitude has a scary budget!  Our sponsors and partners have eased this stress and have allowed us to show SA what Klerksdorp is capable of.  Thank you to each and every sponsor, part sponsor and partner. 

I was especially proud when Dr Judy Dlamini and Gert Johan Coetzee announced their bursary winners.  Thank you Judy and Gert Johan for supporting NWSD and the Platinum Fashion Festival and for your contribution to higher education. 

Thank you to the media for the interest shown in the event and for your part in getting the NWSD word out and showing our student’s work to the world. 

The Platinum Fashion Festival crew is last but not least.  Maria and her team at Exotic Hair and Beauty did a tremendous job with the hair and makeup.  Ashley and JR of Loudmouth studios are the best!  Big thumbs up to Round Table for hosting the Bar.  JD5’s food was out of this world.  Centurion Hair students did a great job with the hair styling marathon and then there is Conrad’s Replay dance crew that gave us a world class show.  Almur Marais did not disappoint and also thank you to Dylan & Dirk for sharing your talent.  The photographers also did not disappoint as we now have over 5000 photos to work through! Thank you for C3 security for all your assistance.  Morne, Tiaan and Hein who are NWSD friends, thank you so much for managing our entrance areas. To my friend Martie Van Niekerk, is there anything that you can not do? Thank you Martie for a Jack of all trades.

Charles, 150 people were involved, some way or another, in creating and hosting this event, but it is you that held my hand each step of the way.  Thank you! 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Introducing See-Now-Buy-Now by NWSD and iWearNWSD

There is always a first time for everything and at North West School of Design we make sure we are the first to try new things! This year at the Platinum Fashion Festival we are introducing the collaboration with students and iWearNWSD , see-now-buy-now. To understand how amazing this project is you need to understand from where it has grown.

First we introduced the Platinum Fashion Festival. This brainchild was evolved from our traditional graduation fashion show into the fashion event that contributes to the community and the local economy while promoting students on a professional platform. Principal Marlene Oosthuizen uses local organizations and companies that have become part of the NWSD family over the years to make the fashion show a success.  Here with we create a event where the community can comfortably partake in. NOT another Fashion Week

This was something that we greatly avoided. We wanted real people, real models, real fashion, we wanted a real Fashion Festival that the whole family could enjoy. At the Platinum Fashion Festival we give students the opportunity to showcase their collections to the media, buyers, friends and families. Students develop collections  on market and trend research as well as a realistic industry related conceptualizing processes.

From the Platinum Fashion Festival, we wanted to create a platform where students can sell their garments to the public. IWearNWSD is the first online shop in South Africa started by a tertiary education institution that offers quality clothing shopping from the comfort of your own home. The North West School of Design has created this retail platform for its students who showcase their collections at the annual Platinum Fashion Festival. North West School of Design Alumni can also benefit from IWearNWSD as a cosignatory retail platform. IWearNWSD  promotes these talented emerging designers.

For this year at the Platinum Fashion Festival we decided to have the students garments ready on iWearNWSD for the public to buy live from the runway. See-Now-Buy-Now! If you like what you see you go online and shop right there! It will be easy accessible and you can shop by designer name or collection name. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

2016 Platinum Fashion Festival

Its that time of the year again... Fashion show time! Students are working night and day on their collections to make the Platinum Fashion Festival a success once more. As the show is a mere three weeks away we take a look at what the 2016 PFF entails. 

Platinum Fashion Festival Website

The Centurion Academy Hair Marathon.
Centurion Academy hair students and alumni collaborates with first years from NWSD to create an avant-garde hairstyle to go with their Style Tribe looks for the first year installations. Here with every hairstylist have 5 looks to style within 40 mins.
Free of Admission.

First Year's Fashion Installation.
NWSD first year students showcase their Style Tribe looks finished of with the hairstylist final touch. At this show the third years also showcase their 3D Designs, Part time students their Style Tribes looks and second years the Little Vintage Dress.

First Years Installation

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Front Row R120
Standard R80

Models Backstage

Second Year Couture Collections.
The second years show forms part of the grand event of the Platinum Fashion Festival. Second Years showcases their 4 look couture collections based on the theme Tribal Fusion" This shows includes a collection by Anel Botha, the principal surprise, guest designers 2016, bridal gowns, the Gert Johan Coetzee bursary announcement as well as prize giving.

Second Years Couture Collections

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Front Row R120
Standard R100

Third Years Ready-To-Wear Buyers Collections

Third years showcase their 10 look buyers collections to buyers, media, blogger, friends and family as part of their graduation. These collections are designed surrounding a precise target market and price point category making it possible for students to sell their garments to the public. Many of these garments will be available on our online store iWearNWSD as part of the "See-Now-Buy-Now'' project, where you could shop straight from the runway. The second years will also showcase their menswear and guest fashion comm student collections.

Front Row R80
Standard R60

Media, Red Carpet and Networking
The Platinum Fashion Festival not only showcases the students work but is also filled with live entertainment, celebs, a networking lounge and a red carpet where photographers and media film an take photos. Here you can enjoy a drink, mingle with friends and network.

This year we are featuring a performance and Meet & Greet session with local artist and The Voice SA contestant  Almur Marais

Karla Bosh Singing at the PFF
Brutal Fruit "Slushie" Station
Interviews on the Red Carpet

Friends & Family on the Red Carpet

Simeon Kriel from "Alleen na December"
Outlaw Empire

The Voice star Almur Marais

Want to watch all three shows? We have the Platinum Package that includes all three shows at lower costs.
Standard R190

Don't miss this fashion event! Save the date...
5th November 2016