It was that time again when all the followers of fashion descended to Sandton City to witness yet another season of sizzling sensations on the runway. Let’s reflect on what the menswear collections had to offer.
GERT JOHAN COETZEE
An unprecedented menswear collection from Gert who is well known for echoing ladies wear red-carpet designs gave me goose bumps. He caused traffic on the runway with a street blogs inspired prints. Inspired by our weakening economy, he added an underwear line with Michelangelo artwork printed all over the men’s boxers, with focus on essentials.
Mzansi’s finest menswear designer was back yet again to give another South African flavoured sartorial sophistication. As usual he follows the memorandum and displays shades and tones that portrays the winter season. The styling was minimal with the focus on the cut and the fabric choice. From the star black waist belted shirt and jacket to the military green and brown head-to-toe, all looked luxurious.
ROQ MEN AFRICA
We got to see whole new twist of traditional wear. ROQ Men gave us a fresh breath of traditional wear by portraying the Xhosa prints and stripes in a luxurious yet casual. There was a mixture of sportslux and unconventional formal paying homage to the Xhosa clan.
Just when we thought we’ve seen enough prints, Esnoko give us something fresh and rockable. Few years back it was a trend to match the shoe with a belt, but now men are wearing fitted pants and there’s no need for a belt. So with that said, he elegantly matched a single piece of an ensemble with a bag. Yes modern men carry a bag whenever on the road, only hands are allowed to go in the pockets occasionally.
Talk about bags, Inga Kubeka debuted his exclusive bag collection this season in an installation where models were draped in white cloth. The half-naked models displayed all types of bags that men should familiarize themselves with. The aim here was the same, bags are made to carry goods and not pockets. There was every bag for every occasion, from as small as a pouch to as big as a weekender or duffel.
One of the few menswear designers that are still serving sartorial sophistication on the runway. It was dapper dandyism on steroids as always as he continued to write his own rules. This time around he collaborated with bag and shoe designers Adenorombi Culture and Simphiwe Mbangi to move it up the notch to show growth in his craft. He showed us why he earned his stripes of being a finalist of the menswear scout competition, by bringing back the stripes. The usual Zamaswazi we know he brought bolt stripes and fused them with matching chocolate brown leather. Both the collaborating designers created and curated shoes and bags that blended swiftly with the ensembles. Talk about “save the best for last”, this was yet another absolute autumn winter collection.
It was yet another tale to tell of menswear in mzansi continuing to break boundaries and making their own rules in the fashion world.
Until next time, stay stylish