Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cape Town Fashion Week - Day 1


Forget the usual red-carpet treats many send down the ramps, Cari (owner of Tart) took to the streets with this collection. Featuring sports-influences, the collection had monochromatic outfits (how anti-trend is that? Love it!) with some, obviously, featuring Tart's fun pop-art-esque prints (similar to the polka-dot version she presented at her 2010 ss collection) and it was all very sexy but respectful of a woman's body

The collection was young, fun and cool!
Seriously, like those cool girls you want to know but can't utter a word in their presence, not because their glared in pretentiousness but because they are just too damn cool.

Trend from collection: sportswear with interesting design features - streetwear done well!

Michelle Ludek

The take home message from Michelle Ludek's collection was simple: Go wild with accessories. She's clearly a fluent Maquenese speaker because every tassle and exaggerated, fun piece of accessory was impeccably matched to give the outfit (and, ultimately, the entire collection) depth.
Also worth noting: her accessories had African references on African silhouettes (given it's A-shape structure) - a real splendour for someone looking for modern African pieces (sans the usual fabrics used to define African aesthetics). She clearly did not spare on this collection (and a wonderful development from the grey, jersey-type fabric she's frequently used in the past).
The entire collection was colourful with interesting details all based on A shaped structures (small tops with a heavy bottom - bell-shaped if you will) - in short, something women of a certain age (that would render them too old to be seen "club-hopping") would like to wear.

Trend from collection: exaggerated proportions of accessories


Simple, timeless (even with the colour bursts), separates (easy to incorporate into the wardrobe for everyday living) and (and pardon this) cute! The outfits were not pretentious in their presentation - just simple basics; the perfect backdrop for anyone to let their creativity soar. (I also like the outfit proportions last seen in the 90s: super short dress teamed with long, soft, light shirtdress/coat)

Trend from the collection: colour-blocking

Gavin Rajah

Gavin's collection was a feast of colour as he took us on a journey to the holy City of Pushkar - where colour is the only language spoken.
Gavin's fabric choice is uncontested by many in the fashion industry - only the best will do at this fashion house. My only qualm, bar by a few pieces, would be that the fabric was tortured in some case - like taking duchess silk to a river and beating it with a rock till it was lifeless and unrecognizable. I found some of the dresses awkward as they felt incomplete (and I am not refering to the deconstructed pieces) and were slightly ill-fitting (but that could be by design - truly paying tribute to a conservative nation where the female form is rarely, if ever, squeezed into a bodycon dress). Some of the design details (the embellishing and sequin in particular) were too strong and harsh to be complemented with delicate fabric but the execution was flawless nonetheless - something Gavin has mastered over the years.

The pieces that came in separates (pants, jackets, shirts) were my favourite! Each of them were clearly made to be bought to be statement pieces, yet simple, elegant and sophisticated - I'd advise anyone who cared to hear my opinion to invest in those, ASAP

The entire collection was, however true to the inspiration.

Side note: be on the look out for his pieces with deconstruction elements. Super Haute!

Trend from the collection: embellishing, sequins and voluminous finishes.

Abigail Betz

It's highly possible that I completely missed the intention of this collection:

Abigail Betz, known for her whimsical bridal gowns (despite the stunning 50s collection she presented at Joburg Fashion Week earlier this year), opted to present rather unimpressive, uninspiring bridal gowns OR, on the flip-side, stunning bridesmaids gowns. The cut was dull but done perfectly, the design unimpressive and the colour palette was safe.

OR the collection's intention was to simply be soft, subtle, feminine (in both fabric choice and detail) and easy on the eye for the women who does not necessarily want to standout from the crowd - they too need a fashion spokesperson and I think this collection will appeal to them - and there are haudes of them.

trend: simple, clean lines for bridalwear. None of that voluminous, fabric-galore tutu-styled wedding gears - leave that for the cake!

All ramp images by Simon Deiner:

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