Villioti gives life to the Joburg Fashion Week

2010-01-21 14:47

INSTEAD of starting off with a bang, the first evening of the Audi

Joburg Autumn/Winter Fashion Week on Wednesday was a bit of a damp squib – and

it had nothing to do with the weather.

The three shows that marked the beginning of 2010’s whirlwind of

fashion – Karen Millen, Sperro Villioti and Machere – left some of Joburg’s avid

fashionistas underwhelmed.

“The Karen Millen dresses are so two seasons ago and you can

actually find stuff like that at retail chain stores,” complained one


These offending objects included jewel-coloured dresses with short

hemlines, flared skirts and fitted minis that looked like knock-offs of Havé

Ledger. The shoes and accessories, which were chunky but never clunky, were just

about the only thing that kept our interest.

As for fashion veteran Villioti, “vulgar and decadent” was how one

fashionista described his couture collection. “I loved it!” he exclaimed.

Villioti’s collection channelled the romantic and swing eras of the

40s and 50s, with lots of gold lamé, sequined animal print, swish flowing floor

sweepers showing lots of thigh and bird feathers. Actually, Villioti’s OTT show

may have saved the night because the last show of the evening, Machere, was a

huge disappointment.

Predictable, it was the 50s housewife silhouette with acid colours

thrown in. It felt like something we’d seen at her shows many many seasons


Hopefully, tonight will fare better.

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