What’s hot and not at SA fashion week

2015-03-22 15:00

The Autumn/Winter SA Fashion Week took place in Johannesburg with some of Jozi’s fashion set taking their seats in the front row.

The cooler autumn weather didn’t help with the stuffiness of the marquee in the parking lot of Rosebank’s Crowne Plaza hotel, where the shows took place.

But the lack of air conditioning was quickly forgotten as the first show – Black by Black Coffee – hit the runway.

This year’s big trends were hats, the rise of menswear and streetwear. Black Coffee presented a geometric shape-inspired collection of gorgeous gowns and jumpsuits that used pops of colour and fabulous headgear.

The cut-out hemlines were beautiful, but complicated. At some point, one of the models had a tricky moment trying not to get her foot caught in a hem as she walked.

Ephymol’s menswear collection was also great and among the best menswear shown.

Designer Ephraim Molingoana played with a palette of mainly blue and earthy orange/red tones and paisley print for a well-tailored collection of formal and casual menswear.

The Ephymol shorts were really special with their high-waisted and flared detail, which made them look almost like skorts (skirt shorts).

One of the highlights of Fashion Week was the Gert-Johan Coetzee show, which took place at nearby 54 on Bath on Wednesday night.

Upping the ante from his 2014 ready-to-wear collection, GJC presented an intimate winter- wonderful show.

Only 50 people were allowed in at a time, and there was a full school choir providing the music as Thando Hopa, Nomuzi Mabena, Kerry McGregor and Joëlle Kayembe walked in his collection of red, white and black dresses and skirts. GJC went for simple silhouettes for daywear, with pops of colour.

The jumpsuits and eveningwear were a treat, along with his delicate half-peplum top. His was arguably one of the best shows of this edition of SA Fashion Week.

The funkiest collection came from Craig Jacobs’ Be Seen line of reflective sportswear, made in collaboration with short-term insurance provider Momentum and New Balance.

The line combined bright, luminous colours into a great-looking range of gymwear that’s intended to decrease the number of pedestrians killed on the roads.

Jacobs’ Fundudzi line was also stunning and the sports luxe items were the best part.

Other notable shows were from Amanda Laird Cherry, who did casual and comfortable with a palette of white and pastels; as well as Clive Rundle, who took spectators to the Mad Hatter’s tea party with his collection of contrasting fabrics, textures and colours accessorised with metallic accents and crazy hats.

Sies!Isabelle also put on a good showcase of frayed/raw-edged dresses in soft, earthy colours. It was the perfect look for a group of well-dressed nomads making their way through the desert.

Spotted at SA Fashion Week were trend guru Dion Chang, photographer Trevor Stuurman, publicist and purveyor of yummy accessories Maria McCloy, designers JJ Schoeman and Thula Sindi, music man Randall Abrahams, TV presenter Minnie Dlamini – who looked beautiful in a white top and mint skirt combo – as well as celebs Penny Lebyane, Chris Mampane, Celeste Ntuli, Zizo Beda, Luthando Shosha and Jen Su.

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