S.A FASHION WEAVES MORE THAN THREADS
By: Sethabile Bhekiswayo
The Durban Fashion Fair is one runway that allows South African designers to evolve their techniques of design.
This event has given young and aspiring designers the opportunity to create trends that resemble creativity and art.
Rebellious Klothing who opened the show with his collection, which was a combination of style and class. Some of the outfits showcased by R.K complemented the feel of the entire showcase by including monochrome jacket that hid the nipples only on the runway models.
The collection also had an African feel with tribal prints collaborated with geometric prints. The entire collection was inspired by the idea of how culture and class coincide.
BlackPepper collections, a clothing line that belongs to Thokozani Mbatha, followed and took over the ramp with its designer male garments featuring tribal prints; putting together charcoal, grey and black pants to match. Mbatha had his own interpretation of the collection.
“This collection is for men who exude class and who are not scared to add a bit of bold prints in their wear,” said Mbatha.
When Tribal prints took the stage ladies lost focus as male models were topless while showcasing their denim range which were perfect fits enhancing their masculinity.
Without any distractions a full presentation with vest and shirts that also had African prints which were in earth colours gave Blackpepper a successful night.
Nokwanda Ngcobo, an intern for David Tlale, took to the stage, playing around with colours and prints. We saw a lot of soft leather. She also had satin evening gowns and tribal Jumpsuits which looked gorgeous.
As the night continued we saw Siyabonga Mngadi, another David Tlale intern, feature his collection.
When Massimo Crevelli had to show case, the venue had to change, as the audience had to go to the Botanic Gardens to see the collection.
Crevelli’s collection took the audience straight to Milan and Paris. The collection was focused on blue, black and whites.
As many focused on dresses, some focused on the make-up and hair.
“In this collection the models make-up and hair was perfectly fitting to this collection. What they did took us from S.A to a Paris fashion week.” says Athandiwe.
As day two of DFF came to an end the show closed with C squared who had everyone captured from the first garment to the final look.
When the show came to an end the audience hadn’t had enough.