In her 2012/13 fashion trends presentation France-based forecaster Li Edelkoort said white would be the colour of the season and it seems designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg received the memo. Black and white came through strongly across most of the collections presented. Closing the four day event at Hyde Park Corner on Saturday evening Thula Sindi used Indian cotton for a collection that opened with several monochromatic looks. The designer gave classically feminine silhouettes as we have come to expect. Although I was a bit thrown off by the introduction of a print that has no obvious Indian connection, the oriental theme came full circle with sari inspired dresses that emerged towards the end of the show.
The Avant Apparel duo delivered an impressively structured but simple collection that was almost completely black and white. With the exception of a dress that closed the show, Abigail Keats also gave a completely black and white range of androgynous looks.
Although Gavin Rajah also showed some monochromatic looks perfectly pastel shades, mesh rose dresses, beaded black lace, metallics and stunning dresses with sheer panels and intricate pearl bead detail dominated the designer’s ethereal collection.
Standing out as a firm favourite, Loin Cloth And Ashes reinforced designer Anisa Mpungwe’s quest to make African print mainstream. It is not often that local designers are successful at using African prints to make utilitarian clothing and Mpungwe once again proved that it doesn’t have to be curio. I also fell in love with her embellished detachable collars.
David Tlale, the night before, gave his own twist to pret-a-porter. There were blouses in solid colours, dotty prints on brown silk chiffon, houndstooth that was at times dip-dyed and kudu hide, on a men‘s trench coat specifically. Although restrained in comparison to past collections, Tlale’s latest still offers a generous dose of glamour.
While the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg came short of being memorable, there is no doubt that there were brief moments of triumph.
Hi…..just would like to know who ever wrote this report, has not done there homework and is ill informed!…..Li Edelkoort is not French!!!!, she is Dutch…. please get your facts straight if you want to be taken seriously. thank you .
Hi there. Thank you for the correction. It would have been preferable that you engaged in good faith rather than choosing the mean and unnecessary tone.
Yes, she is born Dutch, moved to France some 30 years ago. She never once mentioned her Dutch roots during the talk, BTW.
Hi Sandiso…well done for commenting. My tone or comments are not mean, just do your homework and get the facts straight. This is what it takes to be successful, and to be taken seriously. Thank you.
On The Frock Report we always try our best to respond to comment. That’s what blogs are about- interacting. Thanks, Warrick.
Is it me or is reading not everyones forte? On reading the article, i am sure its states “France-based” and does not say the person is french? Unless i am misunderstanding what being based somewhere means? #justsaying
…Sim, the article has clearly been change…….. The author responded to the error that was made, and changed the article. Thanks. W