Mount Nelson Hotel is back with their capsule fashion showcase, CONFECTIONS X COLLECTIONS running from 8 to 12 November 2023 at the iconic hotel in Cape Town. If you’ve missed fashion week activities, this is a great opportunity to brush up on contemporary African fashion with a luxury edge. Find out more about the event below:
What is CONFECTIONS X COLLECTIONS?
The event is an annual 5-day series of capsule fashion shows where guests can view the latest collections and creative expression in an exclusive salon-style setting. Paired with the experience is an afternoon tea set menu that features a selection of designer-inspired confectionery.
During this much-anticipated event, the iconic pink hotel will showcase an all-star cast of leading fashion designers from Southern and Western Africa – shining the spotlight on slow, considered African fashion. There are two daily fashion shows per designer running at 11am and 3pm.
Who is showing at this year’s CONFECTIONS X COLLECTIONS?
This year’s trailblazing lineup includes two Cape Town fashion designers – the ‘Prince of Prints’ Chu Suwannapha of Chulaap, as well as returning talent and internationally acclaimed winner of the 2020 LVMH Prize, Sindiso Khumalo.
Joining them is Nigerian-based Bubu Ogisi of IAMISIGO, dedicated to preserving the ancestral textile techniques of her heritage; Adeju Thompson, founder of Lagos Space Programme; and Johannesburg-based Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung, whose bold, print-centric garments are rooted in African indigenous culture.
Mount Nelson partnered with Twyg, an independent magazine operating at the intersection of fashion and sustainability. ‘Being involved in CXC from its inception has been such a privilege,’ says Jackie May, Founder and Editor of Twyg. ‘This year, we’re excited to be showcasing homegrown talent, as well as two West African slow-fashion designers. For the second year running, we are highlighting the work of those who are championing a culture of care, honouring their artisans, and celebrating African fashion.’
Wednesday, 8 November: IAMISIGO
Thursday, 9 November: Lagos Space Programme
Friday, 10 November: Sindiso Khumalo
Saturday, 11 November: Mantsho
Sunday, 12 November: Chulaap
Decadent and dainty confectionery from pastry chef Vicky Gurovich
Mount Nelson’s pastry chef Vicky Gurovich is once again collaborating with each designer to create bespoke, scrumptuous creations for the limited-edition set menu of the hotel’s institutional Afternoon Tea. Guests are greeted with a glass of complimentary bubbles before settling in for a pot of gourmet teas.
‘Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, it’s only fitting that we should shine a spotlight on the city’s buoyant creative spirit, from the arts and fashion to culinary delights. Championing Africa’s leading fashion designers is just one of the ways in which we’re doing this.’ says General Manager Tiago Moraes Sarmento. Next year the hotel will celebrate their 125-year anniversary and further cement their mark as the beating, cultural heart of Cape Town with an annual programme of celebratory touchpoints, across the arts, design, gastronomy, and fashion. For more things to do at Mount Nelson, see here.
Cost: R995pp includes afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles, book via Dineplan
When: From 8 to 12 November 2023, two slots daily at 11am and 3pm
Where: Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town