Upcoming Namibian Fashion Talents To Look Out For In 2018

By: Rukee Kaakunga

Namibian fashion is at an exciting time right now. Namibians are creating so many wonderful projects – from fashion designers and photographers to models and make-up artists, these creatives are putting their best foot forward and giving us so many reasons to be proud.

In 2018, these players in Namibian fashion are not to be ignored:

Ndahafa Shaimemanya of Manya

Cred: Azme Studio

After successfully launching her brand Manya last year, this emerging fashion designer catapulted herself to becoming one of the most promising young designers in the country. With a brand that speaks understated elegance and exceptional quality, there’s no doubt that 2018 will be a promising year for her.

Merja Ileka of TuvaWolf

Cred: Kevin Perestrelo

This brilliant photographer just recently went solo after leaving a popular partnership but is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Her recent collaborations with other powerhouses within the Namibian fashion industry have been phenomenal to say the least.

Jay-Aeron Gertze

cred: LS Photography

A television presenter, make-up artist and fashion stylist, Jay-Aeron Gertze is quickly making a name for himself in the country’s fashion scene. His best work so far was styling rapper Lioness for a cover shoot – showing his skills and competence in this growing field.

Deon Angelo

cred: Walter Kariko

This designer is one of Namibia’s first entrants to legendary South African designer David Tlale’s internship programme has finally completed the stint at House of Tlale and is ready to take his home industry by storm. The Milan-educated designer had one of the best collections at Windhoek Fashion Week in 2017, a collection that stood head and shoulders above the work of more seasoned designers who showcased at the event.

Simeone Johannes

Cred: Merja Ileka

This young fashion designer has an exciting career ahead of him following his final collection as a University of Namibia student last year. The collection showcased his preference for contemporary, modern fashion but this time around, with a message.

Betty Sibeso and Disney Andreas of Monochrome Magazine

cred: Martin Amushendje

The ladies at Monochrome magazine have brought a buzz over Namibian pop culture and fashion. The pioneering magazine has introduced Namibians to some of the hottest local trends and is doing a great job in documenting the Namibian fashion creative’s work.

Leon Engelbrecht of Unleashed Designs

cred: Ana van der Merwe

A 2016 winner of the Namibia Manufacturer’s Association’s New Manufacturer of The Year award, Engelbrecht is quickly making his brand ‘Unleashed Designs’ a household name. The brand is synonymous with high quality, fine leather and is fast gaining popularity.

Ndapandula Kashanu of Ndapcee

cred: Hildegard Titus

This is a fashion designer who stands in a league of her own in the Namibian industry. Quirky, colourful and very edgy. Her garments, which she makes under the brand ‘Ndapcee’, should be in every girls’ wardrobe. Last year, she completed an artists residency at the Futur Foundation in Rapperswil-jona in Switzerland and also set social media abuzz with the release of her 2017 collection themed around 70’s and 80’s romance.