Yesterday SA Fashion Week kicked off at the Crowne Plaza in Rosebank, Jozi. SA designers sent their spring/summer 2013 collections down the catwalks and with thirty designers showing over four days I have decided to share only my highlights. Here is my edit of day one:
I love Black Coffee’s Imprint collection. Hand-rendered patterns on delicate mesh dresses made this collection a stand-out for me. I loved the feminine silhouettes and geometric patterns. The use of leather detail and mesh in shades of yellow, red and black made the pieces contemporary. It’s a striking and strong collection that has its roots firmly in Africa. The ceremonial influences make it traditional but the execution keeps the collection modern and refreshing. Love.
Clive is a very clever man. His conceptual approach to this collection set it apart and having an installation instead of a runway show was perfect for his designs. Inspired by ink blots, Clive embraced slouchy silhouettes in a monochrome palette. The printed fabric and dramatic netting turned this collection up a notch. I love the use of waistcoats, bow ties and shirt collars worn as accessories, completing every look.
Hello and welcome!
Day one said hello and welcome to the mohawk! So Fendi did the F-Hawk (fur Mohawk) for A/W 2013 and Muntsho by Leon Solms, Stoned Cherrie and various designers from The Sheer Glamour collections by Motions and Tresemmé did the same, thankfully sans fur. I personally love the look – it’s urban, trendy and fun.
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Images: SDR Photo