Cape Town Fashion Week: Day 2

2011-07-15 12:28

The second day of Fashion Week is when the popular designers started showing their collections.

The first show of the event was Tart.

The Cape Town-based fashion brand showed a colourful Spring/Summer 2011/12 collection in simple, clean lines. Not complicated but simple and deliciously wearable.

Tart stayed on the next-season’s ‘it’ colours – tangerine, white and green paired with orange lips for the models – which offset the colours beautifully.

The next show was Mochelle Ludeck, whose collection was the epitome of comfort. The garments were loose, colourful – but not quite as bright as Tart. Silk, satin and chiffon made the looks’ theme flow – literally – in a seamless pattern.

Statement neckpieces and bangles added some pizzazz to the looks.

By the time the Habit show rolled along, the Cape Town Convention Centre was already packed, attesting to the Cape-Town-based online store’s popularity.

The show opened with models wearing silk tailored suits in the season’s colours, pink, green, orange and blue leading to some floral silk and chiffon maxi dresses.

The Habits collection also features stripes, which are making a comeback in the next season, some white.

After Habits, the crowd moved upstairs for the much-anticipated Gavin Rajah show, who hasn’t shown on the Fashion Week ramp since 2009. As to be expected, his show was a full house.

The invitation called the collection “Jaipur” 2012/13, which is know as “the pink city”. The stage was transformed into a façade (albeit on a slide show) of the Rambagh Palace in Rajahsthan.

The 70-garment show kicked off with a black swimsuit with a striped satin neckline detail before bursting into colour as a model followed in a bright-pink tailored suit.

From then on, it was one bright colour after the other as the designer played with oranges, green and pink on ready-to-wear separates to couture gowns.

His collection featured bold coloured statements that are heavily textured and embellished in beads and bling – Gavin Rajah-style.

He also featured some silk gowns, brocade evening jackets with matching bags, Maharajah redigotes with matching bags, jodphurs with bling embellishments at the ankle, delicate silk floral dresses and form-fitting cotton gowns with a tulle detail.

There were also some fine-sequined kimono-styled capes that made quite a statement on the ramp.

The last show of the night was by Abigail Betz, who had just recently showed her collection at the Paris Fashion Week.

The collection was classic, as per usual, without any bold colours – a welcome change from the overdose of colour from previous shows.

Her dreamy collection showed night-to-day-themed couture gowns in simple, elegant lines.

The collection’s colours were simply blush pink, white and black and looked absolutely stunning on each of the dresses that featured on the stage.

The show created a portrait of damsels in distress, shipwrecked on some remote place who await rescue by a knight in shining armour.

And as they wait, from night to daytime, the various gowns change by simplicity leading up to the wedding collection that even Kate Middleton would have been proud to wear.

The only awkward moment was after the show when guests expected the designer to walk the ramp.

However, it turns out that she wasn’t at the show, and considering that the entire Fashion Week showed tweets from everybody at Fashion Week, you would think she would at least tweet about her absence.

Anyway, the show continues…

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