Catwalk cakewalk

2012-10-27 14:00

This week saw Melrose Arch in Joburg become a fashion mecca as fashionistas braved the chilly weather to catch the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa kick-off.

The first show, Fastrack, featured the work of designers chosen to be part of a fashion design development platform.

The designers, who were given intensive mentorship and business development coaching include Kyra-moon Halfpenny, whose colourful and androgynous collection was certainly refreshing; Kim Gush, whose masculine all-black menswear collection featured leather and wool pieces worn by executioner-styled models, and Wetive Nkosi who, unfortunately, showed a not-so-memorable collection despite drawing the loudest crowd.

The venue looked marginally fuller during the second show, which featured London-based Congolese designer Tina Lobondi – who showed off a collection that started off with short write dresses but gradually provided bursts of colour featuring African print – there turned out to be her crowning items.

The boss of the event, Precious Motsepe, couldn’t resist them – later she was spotted wearing one of the Lobondi skirts.

Things livened up when Johannesburg-born Jacob Kimmie, who is now based in London, displayed his monochrome collection in a celebration of the feminine form through his use of sheer fabrics and chaps-style pants cut out at the crotch with a few items featuring the cape-sleeve.

Spanish couple based in Rwanda, Inés Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver, showed their Mille Collines collection that features well-constructed pieces with hints of African print on classic lines, underskirt and dress draping.

The last show of the day, which was at the ridiculously late hour of 11.30pm was by Craig Native in association with Bisquit Cognac – he’s their new ambassador.

His spring/summer 2013 collection was casual yet trendy menswear featuring shorts, denim and print shirts.

» See pictures in City Press on Sunday.

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