If you ask me, Stefania Morland’s Walter Battiss-inspired show was the only show on day two that really tickled my fancy. She sent signature silks and stiff organza down the runway in indigo and orange (we hear it’s the new black). Loved the embroidery and hint of gold sequins, obsession with sheer and her use voluminous tulle. Embellishments took an otherwise everyday piece to the next level. And in case you were wondering, the crop-top continues into s/s 2013.
By now everyone knows that white is going to be huge this summer – and I do like the way Luzuli did it – head to toe. Beautiful floor-sweeping dresses and flowing fabrics made up this collection. You also need to know that we saw plenty of black this fashion week and Lazuli’s black jumpsuit is just perfect. What I loved about the collection is its simplicity but I do have to single out the red dress with the most beautiful low criss-cross back. As for those beehives and the graphic liner from M.A.C – a beauty must.
Everyone oohed and aahed over the Lalesso fringed backpack (it’s a Rowdy x Lalesso collab, by the way). The whole collection was lovely, though. It is light, flowy, playful and even flirty, and yes, there was white, white and more white. This time there were geometric prints in the mix as well as more flowing summer silhouettes. Lalesso’s collection embraced blues and browns with a hint of pastels here and there and as much as there were longer lengths, there were the really short ones too. The collection was African wild-inspired. Nicely done.
One piece we are obsessed with is the Indalo backpack. YOU and Huisgenoot fashion director Chu Suwannapha was rocking one at the shows and it made an appearance on the Goat runway too. We’ll let the picture do the talking… but you have to admit, it is great! Thank you, Inga Gubeka of Indalo.
The David Tlale show took place on a bridge. And so we were told to arrive at 10:30am on Saturday morning (it started at 12:30) to be transported to the ‘secret location’. Come Saturday morning the secret was no secret any more (fashion peeps do like to talk!) and so there we were, waiting on Cape Town’s famous unfinished bridge. In the sun, without any hydration. But then those drums started drumming and it was well worth the wait. David showed menswear for s/s 2013 with bursts of colour, print and some kind of ombre effect in seriously tailored pieces. He even splashed out on a little gold but the bottom line of this collection is that every piece is impeccably tailored and the attention to detail made it a winner. It was the highlight of fashion week, hands down. The drums, the backdrop and the collection made for a proudly South African experience – a fresh and modern one at that.
The showstopper – the one and only woman in the show made for a dramatic finale.
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Photographs: Simon Deiner, SDR Photo