This year marked the 21st anniversary of SA Fashion Week – 21 years of nurturing young local designers and showcasing pieces of art. Off the runway, SAFW exhibited 71 garments dating back to 1997. Fashion week undoubtedly gets better each and every year, with local designers always knocking our socks off! Here are a few of our favourite designers and looks from this year.
We can always count on Rich Mnisi to bring on the colour and print. He is distinctly known for his fun prints and palette, and we can’t get enough.
This A/W collection consists of sequins, tassels, lace and rich textures. Rubicon’s collection is ideal for a woman who is comfortable and proud of her body. The designer made a statement by having real women model her garments down the runway in absolute poise.
Every year SAFW has a new talent search category and this year Cindy Mfabe took home the trophy, and with good reason. We love the colour contrasts in her range and the finer details like ruffles and exaggerated sleeves, as well as bow details.
Monochrome beauty. These pieces are feminine while being modern and structured at the same time. She combines different silhouettes and creates an even bigger contrast by using only black and white.
Gert-Johan gave us so many options; we are really spoilt for choice. On the runway you see his range transition from stripe chiffon’s and soft greys to contrasting rich prints and silhouettes… finishing off with tassels, sequins and metallic pinks.
The department of Arts and Culture partnered up with SAFW to showcase Brics Designers. Some of the countries that showcased were Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The collection that stole our hearts on day 3 was Zeng Fengfei, from China. It showcased tailored pieces with fine geometric prints – amazing in the red, white and black palette.
By Fashion Assistant, Tiamara Naidoo