As we draw the curtain to yet another exciting fashion season in Mzansi, SA Fashion Week wrapped things up in an emphatic style.
As hot as the runway was, it was the autumn winter season. With the inevitable climate change, our winters no longer get cold like before, depriving us the opportunity to layer and look fashionably warm. However, that don’t mean our super talented designers can’t show off the hotness prepared for us for the coming fall season. Let’s see what the menswear division had in store for us.
Remember the phrase “Winter Is Coming”, yes, from Game of Thrones. Coenraad continued showing off his master patterning-making skills, creating yet another gender neutral collection. The garments displayed moments from the mediaeval times of warriors cloaked in their armory, not just ready for war but suited to fight the winter chills. The choice of fabric was just spot on, thick and heavy yet artistically crafted with precision to make them move freely giving the wearer flexibility.
Season after season, Ephraim never compromised with the choice of fabric. Of course, emphasis is always on luxury and he also got the memo and gave us a sartorially warm filled collection. This time around he experimented and challenged the traditional norms of conforming with regards to patterns. He was bold on checks and prints as he carefully mixed and matched them together harmoniously. The fit of garments on the models was exceptional and the layering was perfectly coordinated.
The denim game has evolved and has become very competitive, there is no longer such thing as “it’s just a jean”. Floyd came through to display his craftsmanship and versatility as he created outstanding pieces that we don’t often see in a denim fabric. From a knee-long trench-coat to a penguin morning/tux jacket, he tells us in fashion anything is makable and wearable. He gave the street-style society a breath of fresh air.
Just when dandies started to think that “suits and stuff like that” is getting extinct; the best was saved for last. For his debut showcase on the SA Fashion Week, he had big shoes to fill as he was the fashion week’s show-stopper. He may have been a debutant but Fabrice Moyo has been in the sartorial tailoring space for years. Most of us didn’t know what to expect but he gave us pieces that were sublimely tailored and he played with color so perfectly. Sartorial tailoring is not for the faint hearted and such a collection takes time as the fit of the garments plays a huge role. The styling blended well with every piece, from the matching bags and pants. A collection well thought of and suitably put together.
HOUSE OF OLE
One of Mzansi’s fashion stalwarts, Ole Ledimo has been in the fashion scene for decades. For a designer that takes time to grace the runway, when he does come through, he brings it all. As miserably cold as it may get in winter, he brightens things up with a colorful collection of wearable art. It was the bold and the beautiful with absolute floral ensembles and a continuation of painted art on the garments.
No need to repeat myself about the intensity in the denim games. Ntando also narrated his story of the iconic denim design. He gave us the future of masculinity in his designs, creating garments that speak to men who are not scared to face the world and its stereotypical biased views. Another pattern making genius, he displayed his artisanal skills constructing and deconstructing patterns with an intricate finish. Uniquely creating patterns that cannot be found anywhere but can definitely be spotted from afar that they’re by Ntando Ngwenya.
Ladies and gentlemen, it has been an exhilarating ride from Mzansi’s fashion season and what a way to wrap it up with such talent and ever-improving skills of these designers. These collections I dub them as “Glocalized Designs”, meaning they’re not just of global standards but credible to bring the world to South Africa. Thanks to South African Fashion Week for yet another privilege to witness Fashion at its best. Last but not least thank you to Eunice Driver Photography for capturing these moments on camera.
Until next time, stay fashionable