Cape Town Fashion Week Day 1: Kluk CGDT sets the tone for celebrating a decade of style

2012-07-26 10:54

The first day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town took place at City Hall where throngs of fashionably dressed masses converged to see the new collections of Rosenworth, Philosophy and Kluk CGDT.

The venue lent old world glamour to the event as champagne sippers in furs and silks mingled on the gigantic staircase.

Guests were placed in rooms connected by doorways where rows of chairs were placed on opposite sides to face the make-shift catwalk in the middle.

The first collection was by Rosenworth whose bright African prints livened up the mood and made for an interesting amalgamation of sheer fabrics, lace and sequins on evening wear. Pastel, white and sorbet shades were also dominant colours on their spring/summer casual pieces, which included maxi dresses, shorts and skirts.

Next was Jenni Button’s Philosophy, with bright prints and different types from ombre and baroque to digital and animal prints.

One fashionista described it as “prints for every kind of woman” – and Top Billing’s Jeannie D sported their animal print long-sleeved mini dress in the audience.

Although the models literally ran along the catwalk, we managed to glimpse silk shifts, the peplum silhouette and knee-lengths (midi) pencil skirts paired with orange and neon green silk blouses.

After the two shows, guests were ushered to another level of the City Hall where champagne was served while waiting for the Kluk CGDT “bedtime stories” themed show.

The venue was decorated with stacks of mattresses in the lobby. A model in a frothy Kluk CGDT gown was lying there to resemble Sleeping Beauty, while inside was a fairytale-ball theme with tables set-up with crystal chandelier centrepieces.

There was also a mini orchestra on the stage who formed part of the decor. Can you say “drama”!?

Before the show, African Fashion International’s executive chairperson Dr Precious Motsepe took to the stage to celebrate 10 years of Cape Town Fashion week.

For the occasion, she wore a gold sequined dress by one of the original founders of the event, Gavin Rajah, who’s presenting his collection later today.

“Isn’t this venue beautiful? It’s great that Kluk CGDT will be showing here and personally I believe that Dolce & Gabbana copied them,” she said.

Motsepe made way for the city’s mayor, Patricia De Lille who toasted to “10 more years of fashion in the Mother City”.

Thereafter, guests were treated to a show opened by ballerinas in innocent and demure gingham and lace baby-doll dresses and skirts. The “falling in love stage” saw models in dreamy chiffon and silk dresses.

Fashionistas were also taken down the dark side with dramatic music and opulent hues like jade and purple-coloured garments, gradually leading up to the happily-ever-after white wedding dresses.

Undoubtedly the best show of the night, Kluk CGDT brought all the drama and craftsmanship needed to give the event a memorable start.

Tonight will see Leigh Schubert, Habits, Craig Port and Gavin Rajah get their turn on the fashion ramp at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Visit the City Press multimedia gallery for pictures of last night’s show. Follow me on Twitter @Mokgads.

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