Frans Kies presents his second fashion week collection and proves he’s a young designer to watch. I think he has a pretty good sense for which international trends the local market will go for: can definitely see the Cape Town fashion chicks wearing this collection. I also note the micro-short trend is still with us – we’re not bored of this yet then girls? Fair enough but a word of caution about 1% of the female population have the legs to pull it off. You don’t want to look back at photos of yourself in your twenties and bury your face in the nearest pillow repeating why? why? why? why?

Fran’s profile on the Joburg Fashion Week winter website (no profiles for summer was it something we said?) tells us:

Frans Kies commenced his Fashion Design studies at GFD Design Emporium and graduated from LISOF in 2007. He is also an accomplished graphic designer and art director with several years experience in branding, locally and internationally.

In 2006 he won the unanimous approval of the judges at the Gauteng semi-finals of the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge, securing a prized berth in the final of the Challenge. Furthermore, he was nominated as a design finalist in the Miss Earth Pageant 2006.

In addition to showing his first collection at Audi Joburg Fashion week, he has been appointed at Guess Inc. in a full time position.