By: Vincent Zondo Mhlanga – @StyleJoburg
SA Fashion Week kicked off last night at the Crown Plaza in Rosebank where some of the very best SA fashion designers showcased their latest spring/summer collections.
The first day hit the spot with a lot of the fashion editors and bloggers who were on my radar. With the most loved collection being the ever so fabulous Black Coffee. I later caught-up with Jacques van der Watt’s to get his perspective on his collection, “The starting point were the mud cloths from the Makuba tribes in Congo – the workmanship has been passed down from tribe to tribe” he said.
The collection illustrated a lot substance with the shapes that were almost marking the body as he worked with a lot of positive and negative shapes. But above all, the headgear really stole the show and served as the one golden thread within the collection. “It was a cross reference of a strong equestrian and gladiator feel juxtaposed with African masks in the front as I tried not to be too literal in my interpretation” he concluded.
Clive Rundle also showed his collection through a live installation reminiscent of a magazine fashion shoot with a voice over seemingly trying to interpret what the viewer could be seeing from the collection as models took to the stage platform for the presentation. “It examined a person’s personality, character, and emotional functionality. Since most people are reluctant to describe their thinking process.” He said.
Sheldon Kopman concluded the night with his installation that featured a few key pieces, curated through a video that was about the rural-urban migration of a young man. And in true Naked Ape style, pieces are made from natural fabrics like woven bamboo, organic cotton and hemp, accented and layered with fine perforated leather.