Scene City: Cape Town’s fashion fairytale

2012-07-28 08:34

The Mother City enchants with its display of this season’s

trendiest threads


Once upon a time, a few fashion lovers based in Cape Town came together to start an event that celebrated their craft.

Fast forward 10 years, and that event has become a fashion extravaganza that brings the best designers together under one roof.

From Wednesday to Saturday, the city hosted 26 designers in 18 shows with a multitude of celebrities and lovers of fashion at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town.

The first night took place at the City Hall where African Fashion International boss Dr Precious Motsepe treated VIPs, including Patricia de Lille, to some champers.

At the shows, Motsepe wore a multitude of the latest designer wear, sometimes even changing four times in one night.

Celebrities were aplenty.

Cape Town Tourism ambassador Unathi Msengana was there, and so was Expresso’s Liezel van der Westhuizen, looking fashionable in a turban while her BFF Jennifer Su paid homage to Britain by carrying a cute clutch with a Union Jack design.

Lindiwe Suttle, in a Craig Port gown, opened the designer’s show to a soulful rendition of A Man’s World.

Zakes Bantwini kept it trendy in a sorbet pink jacket that ensured he was visible; while Marc Lottering, Bryan Habana, Stoan Seate, Elana Afrika and many others also made their way to the shows.

The pre- and after parties saw designers trying to outdo each other.

There were club parties for those who stuck to the tried and tested, while Gavin Rajah went for an exclusive dinner at hot spot The Reserve in the CBD.

Many of the shows took guests through fascinating fashion stories while serving the Spring/Summer 2013 trends that include bright, bold prints, peplum and sheer fabrics.

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» Visit www.citypress.co.za/Multimedia to read day-by-day accounts of the shows


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