I have promised to pick out my favourite pieces from the designs showcased at the recently wrapped #MBFWJ 2014 and I simply must add that this was a rather fun exercise. This post is a bit different in a sense that I didn’t think as lengthily as I usually do, when selecting a grand total of ONE outfit per designer, that I foresee will definitely propel worthwhile successes for these unquestionably talented bunch. On each day, with every show, I swear I chuckled merrily in between unceremonious air punches and had to tactfully stop myself from High-5-ing a total stranger on the #FROW as sensibly crafted pieces with a clear story came before my eyes. In my humble opinion, these were definite items.
Day 1: Khotatso Tsotetsi of Tsotesi KL –he whose threads were worn by super model Alek Wek at last year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa- opened the fashion week with an ultra feminine collection. From him, I am crushing all over the quilted blush pink bomber jacket with voluminous furry details. Sharing the same show-slot, Irmgard Mkhabela presented a shape contrasting collection which referenced a push/ pull directed technique and I was all about the giant sculpted filter 80 PPI jacket with bold shoulders and a zip-up detail.
Right in the middle of Stefania Morland’s detail-full collection, walked a dress which brought all realities to light. The wild berry toned high-low dress made out of sequins-bound fabric is limitlessly functional as it is new and ageless.
Pre-show conversations centred on fashion’s take on politics before Marianne Fassler’s Leopard Frock was showcased and the collection was a beautiful surprise which ignited our country’s much necessary topic; an intersection between the past and the future. I was buzzing for the fresh addition of metallic tones to the master designer’s usual print and texture work.
To close off the day of absolute optimism, Abigail Betz showcased a range of her signature romantic label which was unquestionably made for a stylish bridal party but I just thought the 1960’s style mini dress was spectacular. The dress in a pale aqua tone and embellished with giant stones, signalled a return of the world-shattering hemline.
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