+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 – Day 1

With the first day of the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week underway, fashionistas did not seem to be held in doors by the Mother City’s stormy weather last night.  As always Cape Town’s finest designers put their best foot forward and showcased their Spring Summer 2014/2015 ranges in the most spectacular fashion.  The main trends which could be seen on the runway last night were “World traveller”, “Pop Art Prints”, “Liquid Metallics, “Sheer Elegance” and “Pretty Pastels”as seen on the international forefront of fashion from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons(Dior), Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld(Chanel), Prada, Jeff Koons, Celine, Lanvin and Proenza Schouler.  Marianne Fassler, Gavin Rajah and Stefania Morland all drew inspiration from across the globe whilst soft pastels were the highlight of Lara Klawikowski and Spilt Milk collections.  Shana Morland combined playful metallics with ombre pastels whilst W35t used soft pop prints in pastel shades.

Marianne Fassler drew inspiration from Africa, showcasing bold African prints, brightly coloured kaftans strewn over animal print and metallic swimwear, with hints of a pastels, sheer fabrications with beautiful applique details and Spring blossoms.

Lara Klawikowski showcased a sophisticated range of cleverly manipulated and pleated sheer fabrications in soft shades of pink, yellow and mint along side solid contrasts of black and white.  Spilt Milk’s range emulated the ease and freshness of Summer, choosing a neutral palette of soft greys and nudes, with simple yet intelligent uses of pleating and sheer insets in swimwear.

Gavin Rajah‘s new collection exuded opulence of the Orient combined with an urban sexiness and an effortless sense of sophistication.  His use of delicate lace applique, sheer  insets, ostrich feathers and rich luxurious fabrics were simply exquisite.

Stefania Morland also went East for inspiration, putting a playful Harajuku spin on her designs whilst  infusing elements of African prints with effortless charm and femininity.  Her range showcased subtle nuances that ring true to her design aesthetic, for example her signiture neckpieces, bows, ribbons and tassel details.

Shana Morland showed us that while the cat’s away, the fish will play in her new Spring Summer collection.  I found her use of cat and fish motifs to be a clever tongue and cheek accent on the range, which had a sporty, youthful feel yet still feminine and fun. I particulary loved her playful use of embebellisment and applique, vivid prints and flirty feathers skirts.

W35T show cased a range coloured in pop art brush stroke prints in pastel blue, mint and tangerine. Ruching and cheeky sheer insets were common threads running through out the collection in lightweight fabrication, whilst fresh faced models donned sequins embellished flat peek caps with a pop of colour on the lips.


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