+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 – Day 3

Saturday was the final stretch, and although the weather remained chilly and wet outside, the fashion scene was only heating up on the runway of Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014.  Designers who showcased included Pichulik and Kat Duinen, Lazuli, Lo, Danielle Margaux, Leigh Schubert, Lalesso, Loincloth and Ashes, Selfi, Craig Port, Kluk CGDT,  and Fabiani.  Predominant trends seen on the ramp were “Soft pastels”, “Global traveller”(mostly Eastern and African) with elements of soft tailoring, flowing silhouettes and hints of “Metallics”, “Sport Luxe”, bold prints and accessories and a colourful splash of the 70’s!

Pichulik x Kat van Duinen showcased a phenomenal range of North African inspired accessories complimented by oversized travel bags.  The colour palette was a mixure of black and gold, pastel blue and pink, amber, aqua, royal blue, grey, beige and white and in true Pichulik fashion ropes were beautifully intertwined and combined with metals and glass beads to create the most exquisitely crafted pieces…the show stopper…a regal head piece for an African queen!


Lazuli showcased elegantly feminine looks in the softest pastel colour palette accessorized with wide brim open crown sun peaks. A Sport’s Lux touch was added by introducing the summer sports jacket to the range, whilst voluminous skirts were paired with soft cropped tops in pale floral prints.

Lo‘s creations seemed to be inspired by African summer skies, mountain ranges, sunsets and the ocean.  Dresses with triangular prints resembling mountain ranges and cloud prints hit the runway in pastel pinks, turquoise and pistachio.  Fabric with circular wave like laser cut hem lines were layered to create playful tunics and midi length summer dresses were paired with sneakers to add to the youthful feel of her Spring Summer collection.

Danielle Margaux presented an elegantly effortless collection with Oriental inspiration.  A mix of soft tailoring and draped tops and dresses in pale pastels and white were followed by “cherry blossom” printed kimono dresses in  black red and white.  The collection was completed by a range of beautifully beaded evening dresses flowing down the runway.

Leigh Schubert also drew inspiration from the Orient shown through her clever use of construction and design elements.  Her collection was bold and geometric with unusual style lines and fabric manipulation in a colour palette of tangerine, watermelon, peach, black and white.

Lalesso‘s Spring/Summer 2014 resort wear collection fused classic silhouettes with striking East African prints in pastels, red, blue, beige, black and white – the epitome of luxury and ease.

Loincloth & Ashes drew inspiration a little closer to home as models walked the runway in bold combinations of prints, colours and “Voortrekker style bonnets” in matching prints.

Selfi showcased a beautiful range of youthful, soft tailored designs in pale pastels, ochre, cerulean and black & white.  Her bold use of prints were both intelligent and creative, and looks were paired with colourful knee high socks and visors, adding a playful sporty feel to the collection.

Craig Port‘s collection was one of my favourites this year – a secret garden of Spring pixies showcasing soft tailored looks for the urban individual.  The menswear range sported camo prints in beige and powder blue, sports jackets in lustrous fabrics and light weight knits paired with quilt textured pieces,  chinos and tailored shorts.  The men’s swimwear range was comprised of a fresh colour palette of pastels and clean solid lines.  The Miss Port ladieswear collection was both modern and ethereal.  It incorporated clean feminine silhouettes in soft pastels with hints of metallics, a gorgeous floral print, soft knits, lace and georgette.  A beautifully cohesive collection!

The scene: a modern urban setting complete with sidewalk cafes and food trucks. Enter the modern dandies(defn. “a man unduly concerned with looking fashionable and stylish”) International model, Sebastian Sauve, was one of the many dandies who walked the runway for Fabiani‘s Spring Summer 2014 collection this weekend, showcasing immaculate iconic tailoring combined with a modern streetwear twist…”fit for the man about town”.

This year, Kluk CGDT showcased their Spring Summer Fashion Week collection at the Official launch of their brand new 3 story studio on Bree. Upon arrival, guests were treated to champagne and caviar whilst being teleported back to the era of Studio 54 and all things psychedelic, paying homage to icons such as Twiggy, Grace Jones and Diana Ross.  Models were sprawled across couches, lounged on staircases and danced on table tops, drenched in bright bold prints, glitz and glam.  The second floor showcased models in exquisite bridal couture gowns in shades of ivory and pearl, splashed with colourful bouquets resting on their laps…the ceilings above, covered in bubbles and white balloons.  All in all, a fabulous celebration of life, fashion and new beginnings!

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