A friend once described long-established Durban designer Amanda Laird Cherry as a frustrated artist. I was reminded of that description when I asked her about her Spring/Summer collection and got this rather cryptic answer: “The words I’ve chosen to describe the collection are ‘complicity’, and ‘shifting dust’. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now.”
Luckily she also gave me some more concrete clues. “The range has natural fibers, linen and cotton and textured silks; colours are from bone to cream and ivory, and a myriad of greys from light to charcoal; jade, and beetroot. The styling is a mixture of avant guarde and wearable.”
Once again, Amanda enlisted the help of traditional crafters to create her new look. “I’ve used them in various ways, for fabric printing and embroidery and accessories. It brings a wonderful depth to what I’m doing.”
Amanda Laird Cherry’s Spring/Summer range is unveiled at the Sandton Convention Center on Wednesday 27 August.
Sanche Frolich of Story
Story, one of South Africa’s most innovative labels, has already become a hot ticket at Fashion Week despite its fairly recent addition to the fashion fold.
Designer Sanche Frolich had this to say of her new Spring/Summer collection ahead of the runway show:
“It’s a journey into luxury. Sheets of barely there chiffon and featherlight organza create a look as light as air. Graphic cuts and splashes of colour keep the mood contemporary. I’ve used sugary shades with natural tone fabrics and local craft details. It’s very eclectic. I’ve never done anything like it. It’s full-colour and very feminine.”
Sanche also chose to work with crafters from the DAC for the first time.
“They added a lot more finer detail. The garments are a lot more intricate and interesting. Instead of traditional African beading we introduced glass and wood. We also used painted fabrics.”
But the best news of all is that Sanche’s stall at the Sandton Convention Center where she’ll be selling her wares, is bigger than ever. Story hits the catwalks on Friday 29 at 17h00. Pics by Jurie Potgieter.
Ahead of Fashion Week The Times speaks to top designers about their favourite Spring/Summer moments.
For Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit, the design duo behind Kluk CGDT, it’s the decadence of champagne floats and toffee apples.
I am about to fly off to the northern climes on Friday for a bit of sea and sun – so am in the market for a new pair of sunnies –
The classic Rayban Wayfarer is having its moment in the sun again (could not resist that)
But should I get a pair, or is it just another 80′s moment I should let quietly slip by like legwarmers, bubble skirts and leggings ?