The Mother City goes fashionable

2011-07-16 08:22

Anyone who doesn’t believe that Cape Town is taking over from Joburg as the fashion capital of Mzansi needs to visit their local head doctor.

Besides being home to some of the most notable fashion houses, such as Gavin Rajah, Fabiani and Craig Port, there are also some seriously great fashion districts and perpetually fashionably clad people. And then there are the models who have turned this seaside city into an all-season fashion ramp. Wednesday saw the start of Cape Town Fashion Week, which ended last night.

The city was awash with ­locals in designer gear filling up the massive venue, the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where the likes of Thula Sindi, David­ ­Tlale, Tart, Carducci and many others dazzled the crowds with their spring and summer collections. And really, who cares if all the “famous faces” were missing? The most important people in fashion such as buyers, stylists and other fundis were there.

However, that’s not to say there weren’t any celebs in the house. DJ Sbu donned his designer hat for the night to present his men’s streetwear collection, Vandal, which saw funky models dance their way down the ramp with DJ Ready D and his crew, Strato, providing the music.

The square ramp ensured that the crowd was treated to the sight of the DJ’s showmanship. One of the faces of Vandal wear, Zakes Bantwini, danced his way down the ramp with his signature James Brown moves.

They made way for another streetwear brand based in Cape Town, Butan, which has hip-hop artists Slikour and Kwesta as their brand ­ambassadors.

One of the more notable evenings was the Fast Track day, where the organisers of the event, Africa Fashion International, headed by Dr Precious Motsepe, revealed some of the most interesting young talents in fashion design. They showed some fresh designs, though there were a few who were off the mark.

With this amount of talent coming out of these graduate shows in Cape Town, Joburg and SA fashion weeks, it’s good to know that there is hope for fashion in South ­Africa.

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