Cape Town Fashion Week Day 2: Rajah brings his love of couture to the ramp

2012-07-27 11:31

The second day of fashion week was all about details.

First there was Habits where roaring 20s inspired flapper dresses with drop waists, sheer fabrics in black and white and sequins took guests down a fashion history lane while sticking to the latest silhouettes.

The designer, Jenny le Roux, also played around with the spring and summer seasons by jauntily merging the floral print overlaid with a plastic material for a rainy day.

Next up came Leigh Schubert, whose bright hues livened up the stage.

The Durban-based designer, who kitted out Team South Africa for the London Olympics, showed off mini and maxi dresses, shorts, shirts and swim wear in the coming season’s hot colours; sorbet orange, pink, pastels and white.

Her breezy collection featured this season’s designer favourite – the mullet skirt. Decidedly feminine, the clothes stayed true to the designer’s signature of textured pleats and ruffles.

Schubert jetted off to London after her show in time for the Olympics opening ceremony, which will be held tonight.

Craig Port provided the first menswear collection of the event, with buff models walking out in his swimwear line, much to the delight of the audience.

This was followed by casual wear that included long and short-sleeved light hoodies, pastel-coloured shorts paired with short-sleeved shirts and bow ties.

For the Miss Port collection, the designer included baby-doll dresses in pastels and white, while lace and chiffon seemed to be the fabric of choice. Like many designers, Port also featured peplum and the mullet on his dresses.

The last show of the night was Gavin Rajah’s, whose ramp was dotted with trees. It was opened by an enchanted child model, prompting a few ‘awwws’ from the audience.

The show, themed Luminescent Luxury, proved to be as decadent as it sounds, with an abundance of lace and intricate embroidery.

Known for his attention to minute detailing, Rajah didn’t disappoint as he showed dresses in digital floral print, lace with fine hand-woven sequins, heavy bling detail, and hand-sewn flowers as an ode to one of the inspirations, the Victorian concept of The Language of Flowers.

The tulle cape featured in his 2011 collection made a comeback in red, paired with a sheer dress. At the end, the designer walked out to a standing ovation.

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