+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week – Day 2

Day 2 of the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week commenced on yet another tempestuous day in CT this past Friday and even though the winter chill had crept into my bones,  I just could not resist taking a sneak peek at what would be in stores next season!  So I bundled up and marched myself down to the CTICC  to take squiz.  Once again, the trends seen on the runway for Spring Summer 2014/2015 were “Global traveler”, “Spring Blossoms”, a hint of “Sport Lux” and lots of vivacious prints.  Whilst industry favourites such as Michelle Ludek, Tart, Kobus Dippenaar, Ruald Rheeder and Non European all showcased incredible collections, I am always keen to see the emergence of new talent.  This year AFI Fastrack brought ranges by the likes of Nicholas Coutts, Ernest Mahomane,  BLANC by Alexandra Blanc and Akedo by Eleni Labrou  to the ramp of MBFWCT…

AFI fastrack

Nicholas Coutts, winner of the Elle Rising Star 2013 Award, designed a beautifully structured collection with subtle elements of the East and Africa intertwined.

 

Ernest Mahomane showcased an elegant yet playful range with interesting uses of circular and linear embellishment.

BLANC by Alexandra Blanc’s collection had a strong Oriental influence, focusing on avant garde construction details and bold fabric combinations.

Akedo by Eleni Labrou also took influence from the East by combining Japanese silhouettes with a modern sports lux twist.

Michelle Ludek drew inspiration from Africa, and showcased an effortless, urban chic collection.  Accessories were bold and exagerated, prints vibrant  and complimentary in shades of blue, green and lime. Love this collection!

Love was in the air at Tart‘s Spring/Summer show as Cari Stephenson brought her signature original prints to the forefront of her range.  This year, a pop art brush stroke print as well as a dragonfly repeat pattern emerged in lime, fuschia and black.  The collection was grounded by sports lux pieces in pops of fuschia, charcoal and black.  The use of drapery in her knit dresses seemed effortless and hey…who says it’s not “JITZ” to add a bit of glitz to your… sportswear.

Kobus Dippenaar Atelier‘s new Spring Summer collection encapsulated all that is flora and fauna, which could be seen in his use of floral prints, lace applique and subtle construction details, such as the use of boning which(in my opinion) resembled branches or stems. There was also a strong sense of African inspiration translated through the use of bold prints, lines were fluid and elegant.

Ruald Rheeder brought a fresh vibrant range to the runway this year at fashion week.  The menwear range was an explosion of colour with strong urban Morrocan influences. Use of prints were bold in shades of aqua, peach, powder blue and powder pink, lemon and lilac.  The monochrome womenswear range sported ultra feminine designs fit for a lady, models adorned with strands upon strands of pearls.  The showstopper was modeled by Expresso and Goodhope fm presenter, Leigh-anne Williams, who simply epitomized elegance and beauty on the night.   It was then that heart rates were sent a flutter and it wasn’t long before smartphones were whipped out to snap shots of the “swimwear collection” as another 2 familiar faces, sports personality Ryan Botha and Expresso presenter Ewan Strydom, took the ramp!  The swimwear range was beautifully balanced and sleek in neutral tones and prints of beige and white.

And then there was Non-European.  The tone of the collection was set as models walked down the runway to a live soulful djembe drum performance, wearing t-shirts reading “Who am I”, “Who are you”, “Who are we?”… an by the time 2 identically dressed and styled models walked out side by side in unison, arms touching, I had the answer.  Despite our differences…we are all the same.  We are all African.  The proudly self professed ” unashamedly ethical” brand showcased kaleidoscope prints cleverly positioned and complimented by tessellated construction and appliqued shapes.  All pieces were locally created from hand spun cotton and organic fabrics.  It was refreshing to see them represented not only by models but individuals of different ages and ethnicities.  A truely inspired range.

 

 

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