The 10 best ... at SA Fashion Week

2014-03-30 14:01

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As the premier fashion spectacle rolls into town, Lesley Mofokeng goes in search of new designers rewriting the rules

1 Anmari Honiball

Her collection is inspired by features on our national highways. She is also fascinated by the fluidity of silhouettes, and the origin of shapes and colours. She was mentored by local fashion veteran Marianne Fassler and took part in the Design Indaba 2011. The following year saw her being short-listed for the Elle Rising Star Design Award. She debuted at SA Fashion Week a year ago and scooped the Lufthansa First Best Collections award. She studied at the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design. Expect to see odd, unintelligible and secret forms.

Friday, 10pm

2 Claire McKenzie

Handcrafted garments with classic styling, soulful personality and a contemporary feel constitute McKenzie’s design DNA. Instead of mass-market

appeal, she specialises in bespoke garments, each created with a story behind them. Her collection harks back to the 1920s, when the iconic covers of

Vogue were drawn by hand. McKenzie is all about femininity and luxury. Indulge in the watercolours that inspired her latest collection.

Friday, 7pm

3 Erre

Flying the flag for New Age power dressing, the new label fuses everyday fashion with elements of exoticism taken from travel. Erre creates wardrobe

staples and investment pieces, working with leather and pushing the envelope of its traditional use. Erre’s collection visually references the Renaissance period, celebrating royalty and aristocracy, and the beauty of the rose as an influence on the construction and textures of this all-black line-up.

Friday, 7pm

4 Sober

These garments are inspired by types of women rather than by periods or trends, hence the name Hollywood Housewives for the new collection. It celebrates dynamic and dramatic multitaskers who balance household chores with a demanding and glamorous social calendar. The label already features in boutiques in Joburg, Pretoria and Soweto. Sober’s head designer, Tshepo Mafokwane, is a fashion design graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Friday, 7pm

5 Sfiso Sabelo

Do you want to stand out from the crowd with your elegance and glamour? Then maybe Sabelo’s work is your thing. For this collection, he was inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom, which, according to him, signifies beauty, fragility and freedom in life. He created his cherry blossom print and also brought in some silver for freshness. He employs different hues of pink to depict femininity and class. Sabelo adds that his designs are for confident corporate climbers.

Friday, 7pm

6 Yadah Exclusive Designs

Timeless classic and contemporary African collide beautifully in the work of Thembeka Vilakazi. She fuses Africa’s culture and rich 1950s musical heritage with European influences. Zambian Chitenge material and Shweshwe prints are used to bring life to her designs. Vilakazi is a winner of the 2007 Canon Gold Cup Designer Competition and her label debuted last year. Some of her garments can be bought from Edgars X SA Fashion Week Capsule Stores in Melrose Arch and Sandton City.

Friday, 7pm

7 Joel Janse van Vuuren

Inspiration for Janse van Vuuren’s designs is drawn from the abstract, nature and art. His brand is known for colour and femininity. He has also worked with Marianne Fassler in the past and his collection is inspired by molluscs – the spiralling patterns of their shells, pearls lying secret within their casing, their purple-dye secretion and the filaments woven together to create the textile sea silk.

Friday, 10pm

8 Kottin & Twille

Herman Charles Bosman would appreciate this collection inspired by midday in the Groot Marico. In her designs, Anna-Mari Pretorius takes us back to her childhood days on the farm and bushveld she grew up in. Here, vast and arid landscapes, fantastical shapes and colours, cloud animals and flowers work together in a phantasmagoric dance. A recipient of the SA Fashion Week New Talent Award in 1999, Pretorius was based in Paris, working with design label Xuly Bet. She then lectured at the GFD Academy of Design and designed for Soda for three years before teaming up with Elke Nelson for Kottin & Twille.

Thursday, 9pm

9 Casey Jeanne

She is expanding her authority in bridal couture and her collection this year is based on the “golden era”. There is luxury tailoring and evening wear inspired by Hollywood glam with a sci-fi edge. Her collection is dominated by romanticism, the glistening dew of a fresh summer morning, and soft and delicate fabrics. Jeanne won a KZN Young Achiever Award in the arts and design category last year.

Friday, 7pm

10 Cutterier by Laz Yani

It should be a sparkling collection as Yani reveals his collaboration with crystal brand Swarovski. He has written inspirational words in Braille using crystals. “I aim to use these clothes as a new language of confidence,” he enthuses. Yani studied fashion and pattern engineering at the

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and moved to Lisof in Joburg, where he interned for designer David Tlale.

Saturday, 6.30pm

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