Fashion Week SS17, the five-day-long fashion frenzy, featuring 67 designers and the country’s most stylish crowd, kicked off in Johannesburg last night.
Here are the pick of highlights from SAFW Day 1:
Young designer Thebe Magugu debuted his highly-anticipated collection to much acclaim.
He sent a combination of flirty and edgy silhouettes down the runway and showed a deft hand when it came to choosing a colour palette for his collection – think burgundy paired with pops of citrus orange and deep denims teamed crisp pinstripe blues.
This is one designer to watch in 2017.
Style By SA
Style By SA is an exclusive capsule collection created by a handful of the country’s best designers for Woolworths. The collection, which included clothes, accessories and shoes by Rich Mnisi, Thebe Magugu, AKJP, Selfi, Young + Lazy, Sol Sol, Maria McCloy and Pichulik, was a remarkable display of SA talent.
By working with the retailer, these local designers were able to get on board with the global trend of presenting ‘see now, buy now’ collections. This means you don’t have to wait the usual four to six months for these looks to hit stores, you can shop select pieces online now. The entire collection will be available in store from April 12.
Chinese designer Chu Yan as part of the Fashion Week.
The show titled A Date with a Thousand Years, is inspired by the Tang Dynasty of China which existed more than a thousand years ago. The palette is drawn from the time – rich reds and oranges with shots of turquoise. A lotus flower motif, a favourite of the dynasty, is redesigned and reinterpreted into the work.
Yan is an associate professor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She is showing at South African Fashion Week with the support of the Ministry of Culture of China and the embassy of China in South Africa.
“I’m very pleased to be able to exchange ideas with South African fashion designers,” she says.
Something to look forward to
As the chill of autumn sets in, the resort collections presented had us dreaming about the balmy, bikini-clad days of summer 2018. We spotted several pieces in by The Hive, Lalesso and Akina’s new lines that’ll be on our must-have list next season.
The second day of SA Fashion Week
Art meets fashion in Edda Gimnes’ larger-than-life, hand-painted silhouettes. The Norwegian designer presented her SS17 collection of wearable sketches as part of the Lufthansa 1st Class Collections show alongside a handful of African designers.
Sheila Madge set for Berlin runway
Local designer Sheila Madge won the Lufthansa Award for her nature-meets-avant-garde-inspired collection. As the winner, Madge will have the opportunity to present her designs at Berlin Fashion Week.
Ricci Lee Kalish
Ricci Lee Kalish, the blogger behind Big Bad Wolf, looked striking in a blush pink Zara suit.
We will keep you posted till the fashion week ends.