Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cape Town Fashion Week - Day 3

Thula Sindi

One of Thula's best collections!
The exciting, risque slits and cuts, the interesting fabric choice (and mixing thereof), the styling and accessories... very racy and a pleasure to see.
The prints - which reminded me a lot of Gianni Versace spring summer collection in 1992 (yes, that one made famous by Linda Evangelista for the campaign of that collection) but not literally translated - were sophisticated and garish while the accessories played tune to the "gluttonous" and showy theme - yet all beautifully controlled to be in-line with his tag-line of "simplicity inspired sophistication.
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In terms of design and concept, the collection was not strong (there were plenty of fall backs on his previous collections) but the styling, mixing of fabrics and overall aesthetics over-compensated and made this a brilliantly executed collection.

The finishes were well done, with the shift dresses present all fitting like a condom glove - and a birdie told me some of the pieces (if not all) will be available at Edgars stores...

Trend: return of old school luxury!


David Tlale

Naturally, I've had sleepless nights thinking about how I am going to acquire one or two pieces from this collection and this is why:

The collection did not have the usual voluminous and over-the-top ruffles-and-ties but fuss-free, simple lines, clean silhouettes and was truly the archetype of a tastefully made pret-a-porter collection: the collection was made up almost entirely from separate garments which, when styled as seen in the show, could be glamorous and slightly OTT or paired with 501s for a stylish casual outfit.

The colour palette of the collection was black, white and grey - and in some cases the colour bleed included all three colours - which kept the focus on the design details and fabric used, which ranged from tulle to cotton and leather to sheer material including sequins.

I am lusting after the drop-crotch black&white giraffe-print pants (seen in the middle above)... and the architectural leather, asymmetrical vest (above right) - delice! (kinda reminds me of another piece he did for his 2010 fall collection, no?)

Trend: The make-up; glittered red raccoon eyes!

Images by Simon Deiner: www.sdr.co.za

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