I know, I know you have probably seen detailed reviews of all the spectacular shows seen at South African Fashion Week… no? erm, okay well I am still buzzing from some really rad stuff from the runway. I could punch myself in the lower abdomen area for having to choose only three super awesome elements to review –yes, I did this to myself. Anywhoo, These here are the ultimate items of desire. This painful exercise came together as thus; at the dawn of #SAFW, I forced myself to sit back and think about top three details which sent chills down my spine. I had to resurrect my little fashioning heart from a coma and search for specifics. Some of the few things essentials these designer items have in common include the ability to induce unexplainable delight through innovative workmanship and bridging the separation between avant-garde fashions, whilst making complete sense to anyone who happens to be two minds about wearing “conversation” pieces.
Any designer who seemingly gets a kick out of upping their previous work, is a designer after my egocentric heart. Suzaan Heyns collaborated with Disney for the Autumn-Winter 2014 collection and looked to Minnie Mouse as inspiration where she shifted, re-styled and designed a balanced wardrobe for every kind of woman with an affinity for pop, science and art. My eyes did not blink one bit each time she sent out anything festooned with animated eyeball details. That bomber jacket is my life and I love that she used the unconventional feature across key pieces in the collection; from blouses and camisoles to dresses and capes.
CJC’S star doesn’t just shine; it beams to promote excellent missions beyond the fashion industry. His newest all-pink collection was showcased instillation style the #SAFW and is aligned with The Pink Drive to raise awareness for breast cancer health. The fashion house showcased a range in multiple hues of pink and inspired by cooler months fruits like berries, plums, grapes, pomegranates and figs. As a signature of the label, Gert-Johan Coetzee employed great technology to create what I consider one of the IT-pieces of the season; the laser-cut Perspex corset. These are tailored to achieve a shapely silhouette and avow a chic position as outerwear with edged finishings.
The extreme importance of nostalgia in fashion was brought afore by Olebogeng Ledimo through his creative directorship at LOXION KULćA. The fashion house known to forefront the local street style vibe showcased a spirited and versatile A-W 2014 collection aburst with detail-mania among which included the most stunning leather patchwork I had seen in a while. Ready to wear and could trade straight off the runway, the leather patchwork is an undoubted must-have for anyone at any given level, from the full blast personality pants to chic details added on a blue leather blazer and contrasting bits hemming a grey leather shift dress.
Pics: SDR Photo/ me