Gert Johan Coetzee
Loved the Warrior woman hair and make-up (everyone knows I'm a willing masochist to a regal, strong, S&M-esque warrior woman), loved the individual pieces but the collection in it's entirety, as put on the ramp, lacked refinement and sophistication.
Loved the skirts, loved the blouses, loved the pants but the disjointment created by the impression of the warrior woman left me a little overwhelmed with a sense of unease in the strangeness.
I am excited to see how this collection will be filtered for mass reach as I sincerely believe that the individual pieces (without the mass pile-on of everything) were beautiful, strange and wonderful - but as is: questionable.
Worth noting and loving: the exaggerated houndstooth print, Gucci-esque colour-blocking (with the gold belts) and sheer blouse.
Here's the video for your viewing pleasure (featuring Gert's muse, the inimitable Bonang Matheba)
A collection for the boys! (and strangely, for Maque too!)
The James Bond-themed collection featured a formal jumpsuit, a flattering assymmetric-cut nautical-inspired tux jacket (phew, that was a mouthful), splashes of leopard prints (HELLO!) and appealing shapes - a fluent Maquenese speaking collection FOR MEN, bar by a few mishaps in some of the styling (the literal interpretation of the James Bond theme with guns was unnecessary - the music played gimmick enough to reinforce the inspiration) and the fit and some of the cuts were ill managed which created unflattering flaps and folds were (not even) a crease is meant to be.
An overall pleasant collection! (I rarely expect to be amused by men's collections so this one got a nod, a few eyebrow raisers, a few eye squints so it's a good recipe with a few tweaks needed).
Now, for that jumpsuit... and tux... and printed pants...
Images by Ivan Naude