Fashion agenda: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, Britain Creates 2012

As the fashion world enters into its quietest phase of the year, there are still plenty of events to look forward to outside the fashion capitals including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and Lakmé Fashion Week in India.
British designer Sir Paul Smith is one of the designers taking part in the Britain Creates 2012 project.Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town
July 25-28
Cape Town, South Africa
The inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town includes a line-up of South Africa’s leading fashion designers, with the theme of “icons” to represent the various aspects of the South African design aesthetic ranging from timeless elegance to sporty minimalism.
Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion
Throughout July and August
London, UK
Taking place to mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Britain Creates project has seen leading designers such as Paul Smith and Matthew Williamson each team up with a leading contemporary artist to create a work of art to represent London as a capital for creative excellence. The specially created exclusive pieces are on display at London’s V&A museum until July 29, followed by an installation in department store Selfridges’ ‘Wonder Windows’ during July and August.
Lakmé Fashion Week
August 3-7
Mumbai, India
Jointly organized by beauty brand Lakmé and fashion events company IMG, Lakmé Fashion Week aims to integrate India into the global fashion world. Now in its 13th year, the event will host over 80 designers, while the Gen Next program, encouraging debutantes, will welcome renowned designer Aki Narula as a mentor to the rising stars.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
August 8-12
Copenhagen, Denmark
Kicking off fashion week season in the Scandinavian countries, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Copenhagen Fashion Week will feature a range of Danish and international fashion talent, with homegrown designer Anne Sofie Madsen presenting alongside global labels including French Connection and Odeur.

Stockholm Fashion Week
August 13-19
Stockholm, Sweden

While August is traditionally a calm month in the realm of fashion, this isn’t the case for Scandinavian countries, with Stockholm Fashion Week and Oslo Fashion Week taking place concurrently. On the line-up for the former are top Swedish designers including Heart of Lovikka, Kay Senchai and Aniv von Borche — who has already charmed fashion capitals including Milan and New York.
Oslo Fashion Week
August 13-19
Oslo, Norway
Established in 2004, Oslo Fashion Week is well known for being the first country to ban fur during a fashion week back in 2010. It attracts top Norwegian creators including Fam Irvoll and Kristine Vikse.