2016 Design Awards Semi Finalist

We’re extremely excited to launch the Foschini Design Awards for 2016!

And this year 8 Fashion & 5 Textile semi-finalists have made the cut.

The fashion semi-finalists were asked to design an exhibition garment that reflects their unique design style, using this year’s latest trends as a guideline, while being as creative as possible.

The textile semi-finalists were asked to design prints that could be used for scatter cushions, and be used in a coordinated soft range for a bedroom or living space.

You have the opportunity to help the judges vote for the finalists at our 2 exhibitions (1 at Canal Walk from 8 March to 14 March, and Sandton City from 22 to 28 March) or right here on our website. Simply click on their profiles to find out more about the designer and to vote.

Voting closes 31 March 2016.

The winners you help choose will enjoy a variety of prizes selected to set them up for a career in design, including a retail design internship with Foschini and @Home in Cape Town in June/July 2016, as well as the potential launch of a limited range in selected Foschini and @Home stores in October 2016, so make your selection carefully!

  • Bev Pallet

    Bev Pallet

    Bev has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years, working her way through to where she is today: Head of Buying for Foschini. Bev absolutely loves what she does: what woman wouldn’t want to play with clothes and shoes all day? She believes that if you look good, you feel good and that her job gives her the opportunity to inspire women to look and feel confident.
  • Bryan Ramkilawan

    Bryan Ramkilawan

    Bryan's career in the fashion industry spans over 25 years. After studying fashion design in KwaZulu-Natal, Bryan worked in the formal sector for 6 years and then lectured design studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for 16 years. Bryan Ramkilawan has served on the (CTFC) board for four years before being appointed as CTFC’s CEO in 2011. Bryan also serves on the curation panel for Design Indaba, Mercedes Benz JHB fashion Week, Mercedes Benz CT Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week. Bryan is also a board member and trustee for the Shaun Borstrock Foundation for the Creative Industries, which fosters SA design partnerships internationally.
  • Jacquii Sussmann

    Jacquii Sussmann

    Jacquii has been in fashion retail since 1995. After studying Clothing Production Management & Marketing at Natal Technikon, she started out her career with kidswear, working for companies like FunFrills, Brantex and Naartjie. In 2008 Jacquii joined The Foschini Group as the Design Executive for DonnaClaire & Fashion Express. In 2014, Jacquii became the Head of Design for all Design & Merchandise Teams for TFG brands Foschini, DonnaClaire, Exact, Fashion Express, Sportscene, Totalsports & Due South. Jacquii believes that the fashion industry is the perfect blend between creativity and business. She’s always loved fashion and the fact that clothing is an art form that people wear to express themselves.
  • Johann Crous

    Johann Crous

    This self-proclaimed wannabe Tom Ford studied Art, Textile and Fashion Design before lecturing Art and Design for 12 years. Johann became interested in trend research during his retail career and has been involved in various fashion offices across the South African retail market for 20 years. Johann currently heads up the Foschini Fashion Studio and frequently travels the world exploring both future and current trends, so that Foschini customers get the latest in international fashion. Johann believes that “Fashion is expensive, but style is for free.”
  • Lelani Adamson

    Lelani Adamson

    Lelani is a Jewellery designer by trade and has worked in and outside the retail industry for the past 15 years. She is currently the Accessory buyer for @home. Lelani has a keen interest in local design and manufacturing and has a passion for developing local talent.
  • Lindiwe Mdlaka

    Lindiwe Mdlaka

    Lindiwe is a trained Fashion Designer who has been working in the Retail Industry as a buyer for the past 10 years. She has worked in various disciplines, namely apparel and cosmetics, and is currently the Decor Buyer for @Home. Lindiwe really enjoys the fast pace of retail and believes in the arts and local products as an integral part of the industry.
  • Shelley Blignaut

    Shelley Blignaut

    Shelley started her career in fashion retail ten years ago. Throughout her career she has worked in clothing, footwear and accessories and is now a buying manager in @home. Shelley enjoys the pace and dynamic nature of retail. “I love the challenge of taking a new exciting trend to the customer and finding out if she likes it or not.” She is also excited about the future of design in South Africa and creating a new contemporary handwriting that is unique and home-grown.
  • Stacey Metcalfe

    Stacey Metcalfe

    Stacey has worked in all spheres of the industry. From growing up in a family-run CMT (Cut, Make,Trim), to working windows and store layout and designing for a Cape Town manufacturer, Stacey is now buying for Foschini's Smart department. Stacey doesn't love fashion - she eats, breathes and sleeps fashion.
  • Tania Rossouw

    Tania Rossouw

    Although Tania’s creativeness stems from a degree in graphic design, her passion for fashion has seen her become the fashion go-to-girl for the Foschini marketing department. Tania is fervent in her belief that fashion is easy and should be embraced instead of feared. This ethos is clearly evident in the way Tania drives and manages all fashion shoots for Foschini as the Creative & Conceptual Manager. “Everyone should look fashionably fabulous in their own individual way.” Follow Tania and the other Foschini Fashion Friends on the Foschini website for monthly style advice on how to wear the seasons’ must have items.
  • Trudy Blake

    Trudy Blake

    Trudy Blake has been in the fashion industry for 25 years and was instrumental in creating a well known brand in TFG. Two years ago she took her passion for people, design, creativity and beautiful furniture and homeware to @home - where she is leading a talented team of buyers. She believes that home is where the heart is and every piece is carefully considered and reflects the owner’s life and dreams. She is dedicated to developing and showcasing the talent of local designers whilst ensuring her buyers source wonderful treasures from around the world.