Fri 10 Jul 2015, 14:45
Check out what blogger and fashionista Thithi Nteta has to say about the latest fashion.
African Fashion Week
Day Three of Fashion Week started bright and early (for a Saturday) at 10am with David Tlale’s off-site runway show at Gallery MOMO. Surrounded by the work of South African artist Blessing Ngobeni, we all sat in anticipation and waited to see what David Tlale’s first bridal collection would look like. Set against a clean white space, save for the artwork on the wall, Tlale presented a bridal collection unlike any I have ever seen. Models walked throughout the gallery in colourful, 80s inspired, turquoise gowns, leopard print tights, cream and gold embellished gowns with feathers and vibrant metallic emerald green ensembles that made a bold statement whilst some eerily classic music played in the background. In true Tlale style, the collection was dramatic, bold, over the top and long story short; you won’t forget a bridal party dressed by David Tlale... Ever.
Tart’s Autumn / Winter collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Jhb featured some epically beautiful fringed garments and for the her Spring / Summer collection at MBFWCT, Cari Stephenson continued on her journey with fringing and tassels and produced a colourful and playfully sexy collection of cool, fun and feminine looks.
Deviating from all the flowy silhouettes witnessed over the three days, Lara Klawikowski collection was a pastel coloured, clean, simple, light and beautifully constructed collection of dresses that played with shape and proportion in an interesting and unique way. Unequivocally designed for the female form, Klawikowski’s dresses are for a woman who is noticed not necessarily because she wants to be, but more because she makes interesting choices.
As Day Two ended off, it is safe to say that spring /summer '16 is about relaxed and effortlessly stylish fits. From Marianne Fassler’s obi pants and Habit’s kimonos on Day One to Michelle Ludek and Ruald Rheeder in Day Two, we can also see that there is something about Asia.
Holidays are about sun, relaxation, idyllic beaches and gorgeously blue oceans - Lalesso’s spring /summer 16 runway collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week had me wanting to jump onto a plane and disappear off to some remote island. Inspired by vibrant East African prints in their approach to design, Lalesso’s delicate and nuanced approach to print is evident in this beautiful collection made up of print-rich blouses, culottes, shorts, dresses and rompers that are just perfect for summer.
With David Bowie’s China Girl as the soundtrack to her runway show, Michelle Ludek showcased an Asian-inspired collection that had a minimal but rich and textured feel to it. From the Kimono-inspired blouses accessorized with obi-belt/karate belts, dresses, slouchy silk pants worn with crisp white geometric-inspired blouses and my absolute favourite garment - the simple yet unique white jumpsuit; this Asia meets Africa collection felt relaxed, easy and super luxe.
There is definitely something about Asia, and menswear designer Ruald Rheeder’s collection was definitely inspired by the traditional Chinese dress for men. With most of the looks accessorized with the karate or obi-belt; signature looks included the sleeveless trench worn over a blue shirt and trousers accessorised with an obi-belt and the tan and white ensemble reminiscent of karate uniform; but modernised with the bomber jacket worn over the shirt.
Day One of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town got off to a fashionable start with designers such as Marianne Fassler, Stefania Morland, Adriaan Kutiers and Jody Paulsen showing.
Here are my Top 3 moments from my first day at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town at The V&A Waterfront:
Staying true to her love for print and colour, Marianne Fassler has continued the journey she began with her Print-á-Porter capsule collection originally shown in Paris. The collection was filled with pleated fabrics, mesh layered over neon pops of colour and Fassler’s signature leopard print. Her showstopper: when the bride model embodied Fassler’s afro-urban aesthetic with a beautifully balanced clash of prints.
Designers Stefania and her daughter, Shana Morland, took the audience on a journey to a place where the sun shines, the water is crystal blue and the only task for the day is to think about what the next outfit will be. Light weight, flowy fabrics in white, sugary pastels and hints of crimson dominated the holiday-inspired collection. You couldn’t help but want to book a ticket to the Mediterranean while watching this collection.
Adriaan Kuiters & Jody Paulsen
Day One wrapped with Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen’s latest collaboration. Inspired by the patterns of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol Lewitt, and the fluidity of the celebrated postmodern dancer/choreographer Lucinda Childs; the collection featured strong, graphic lines, interesting tailoring and proportions. The use of appliqué gemstones added to the sophisticated modernism of what was a visually inspiring collection - that had an undeniably unisex and androgynous feel and aesthetic to it.
After the MTV African Music Awards, Thithi lets us in on her views about what the celebs were wearing on the red carpet. Check it out:
Durban July Fashion
Fashion blogger Thithi Nteta points out her favourite (and not so favourite) looks from the Durban July this past weekend.
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