0 Posted by - April 15, 2013 - FASHION

SA’s established and up-and-coming designers showcased their S/S collections in Jozi on the weekend and I had some definite favourites. Here’s who and why:

Albertus Swanepoel
The gifted Albertus started out in the ’80s when he created one-of-a-kind pieces and seven years later took on the Big Apple. His magic as milliner has been seen on the catwalks of Proenza Schouler and he has collaborated with big names such as Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Carolina Herreira, making the hats for their shows. Now he has come full circle and has launched a S/S sportswear collection of everyday seperates and modern pieces, all of which were made in SA. I loved the simple basics that can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe. Minimalism seals the deal here. We asked Albertus about the inspiration behind the collection: ‘My inspiration was easy, luxurious-looking chic, pieces you can add to your wardrobe any time of the day.’ And, he said, ‘it’s amazing to show at SAFW again.’


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The bottom line is this: white is huge this season and so is the white shirtdress. Invest in one because this key piece dominated SAFW. I loved the simplicity of Lunar’s collection. The colour palette of white and neutral hues was refreshing and emphasised the fabrics, the collection’s key focus. Natural linens, silks and cottons made the collection light, feminine and wearable and the drop waists gave the dresses a little sheer, floaty Gatsby glam. Look closely and you’ll see the subtle patterns and texture that were added by bleaching the fabrics through cracked clay.


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Samantha Constable (Lufthansa Best Collections)
Oh, look! It’s white, white and more white! I really love this collection inspired by global warming. This was conveyed in Samantha’s contrast of fit, flow and texture and although feminine, it is not without a certain edge. The crisp white structured pieces have panel detailing with exposed seams and a weightless elegance. It’s well executed, simple and clean.


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Tiaan Nagel
Wow. The focus was on shape and form and Tiaan delivered design perfection and beautiful construction. In between the monochrome looks came a floor-sweeping green and a burgundy gown. Say hello to the rounded shoulder – it took Tiaan’s pieces to the next level.


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And one for the boys: Row-G
Who doesn’t love a well-dressed man? Rahim Rawjee has luxury menswear down to a T. The tailoring and execution of each piece is perfect, ’70s-inspired and very 2013. The pink suit with the tailored cream jacket will take your breath away. This is made-to-measure perfection and if I were a dashing young lad, I would get my hands on one of these impeccable designs asap.


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In case you missed my review of day one of SAFW, take a peek here.

Images: SDR Photo

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