A lot of fashion designers wait for a lifetime and marvel at the thought of showcasing their designs at the South African Fashion Week (SAFW), the greatest platforms that markets and promotes designers throughout Africa. But this young, creative graduate from Durban University of Technology has ticked this off her wish list very early in her career as a fashion designer.

Fikile Zamagcino Sokhulu (22) launched a self-titled brand last year and showed her collection at the SAWF. She was selected as one of the finalists for the SAWF New Talent Search competition. “Being selected was a great experience! It was a great opportunity for me to showcase my new brand,” says Fikile.

Fikile grew up in a small village in Kwa-Zulu Natal and completed her studies at the Durban University of Technology. At the core of her values is women empowerment which translates stunningly in her limited colour palette garments which are classically and elegantly tailored. Her womenswear collection resembled that of a seasoned designer with years and years of experience.

Her designs are created to embrace and reflect the concept of femininity. “I often get inspired by observing subjects or objects that reflect an organic atmosphere or nature. I design my clothes for a young girl who is establishing her identity and growing into a woman or a woman with an established identity. She is mart, driven, ambitious. She pursues a creative lifestyle or a life with fulfilling moments by choosing to occupy her space and time with things she finds interest in,” she says. 

When viewing the FZS design collection she created for the Fashion Week, it is apparent that is inspired by layers in her design detail. “Proportion and volume are certain aspects that I wanted to display construction wise. I designed the collection with idea of reflecting proportion and volume hence I used design details with significance of volume, such as frills, gathers and flare, she says.