The Gathering of a warrior

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The look-book has evolved into an important tool for a designer wanting to showcase their design aesthetic. Marrying photography, styling and art, the collections of photographs are used to convey the feel or story of a brand. No longer do look-books feature a series of models posing and staring down at the camera. Instead designers are producing unique ways of combining art and fashion. We talk to Craig Jacobs of the Afro sports luxe label, Fundudzi Man about his AW16 collection and associated look-book, “The Gathering of a Warrior”

 

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What sparked your interest in fashion? It really was purely by chance. I left journalism way back in 2004 and wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to be doing. Then out of the blue I got a call from the UK, asking me if I’d like to go shopping with a supermodel. The supermodel was Jodie Kidd and it was for a programme which aired on The Style Network, called Fashion Avenue. To cut a long story short, Kidd was really taken by a really simple Xhosa skirt (even though it was two sizes too big for her!) and said to me, “I want to wear something I can’t find in the high streets of London” and that was pretty much the lightbulb moment for me.
That said,

I am more interested in telling African stories and I use clothing as conduit for that. We have such a rich tapestry of life on our continent and it is time we showcased that to the world.

What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career of it? I must admit I didn’t take having a label too seriously until my co-founder left the business at the end of 2006. I was stuck with having to create an entire collection in less than three weeks and I figured: Okay, let me see what I can do.
The day after I presented the collection I ended up being selected by Gavin Rajah, SA Tourism and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe to showcase in Paris and that is I guess when the rollercoaster really kicked off.

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How has your work evolved since you began your own label? The funny thing is that I grew closer to the ethos of why I started the label only two years ago.
The problem was engaging with mass retail in South Africa, which I did for a few years – stocking my range in one of the country’s biggest retailers. Trying to figure out what shoppers want – and feeding them that, ended up being super soul destroying. So last year, when I decided to launch my menswear collection I decided to go back to the beginning and craft items which are modern but infused with an undeniably African aesthetic.

Three seasons down and my label has become more successful than it has ever been – and the recognition has been even more phenomenal overseas. It is ironic, because I am finding overseas people are more interested in wearing African designs than we are back here in South Africa.

If you had any doubt, all you need to do is look at local fashion magazines and blogs – all they do is regurgitate international trends and spew up fast fashion.

What is your creative process like? It all starts with a mood or a concept I want to explore, and then I go out and seek African prints which can reflect that ethos. That really is the beginning. From there I love mood boarding things, mapping out silhouettes and key features, and then speaking to my team of technicians – the samplists, pattern makers and makers of the garments – to help me realise that vision.

What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work? Art and traditional techniques are such a strong fountain of inspiration for me. Last season it was all about Senegalese graphic designer Barro Sare, and this season a brilliant artist Unathi Mkonto really triggered the creative source of the collection for AW16.

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Do you have a specific research process when you start a new collection? I am a research nerd, so I love looking at old anthropological journals, books set in a certain era – and anything really. A building could inspire me or the way nature plays with colours.

Tell us about “The Gathering of a warrior” collection? The Gathering was really an opportunity for the tribe to come together. I wanted to delve into the mythology of the bewitched forests near Lake Fundudzi and then add a few elements of African ichnography, such as spears, in an abstract way.

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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your brand? My biggest lesson has been to keep trying. From the beginning, things were not easy. Not only because I didn’t have the skills or the experience, but because many people felt that I hadn’t put in the hard slog, not having studied fashion formally. But it has taught me to never take anything for granted and to not be afraid of asking questions, even super silly ones, to figure things out.

How would you describe your design aesthetic? My label is Afro sports luxe, undeniably rooted in Africa.

What inspires you? Books, art, nature, architecture – these are all sources.

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Describe the person you have in mind when designing? I don’t think of one particular person, but if I were to say who it is, it’s someone who sees the true power of Africa but is a modernist who sees the beauty of tradition but understands that for us to succeed as a continent we can’t be tied to the ills of the past.

What’s your motto? Clothing with a conscience is the Fundudzi mantra!

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What’s next? I am working on my forthcoming SS17 collection for SA Menswear Week, which hopefully I will manage to get organised in-between a hectic European schedule. Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs will be holding our very first international pop-up next month in Paris. The pop-up takes place in Androuet Street in Montmartre and my menswear Spring Summer 2016 will be sold alongside a range of brands across five pop-up stores as part of the very first Africa Montmartre Festival which blends fashion, music and art in the French capital’s artist area.

Designer Craig Jacobs

Designer Craig Jacobs

* Fundudzi Man AW16 is available online and at Space Man in Rosebank, @TheZone in Joburg and Gateway in Umhlanga.
For more details visit http://www.facebook.com/fundudzibycraigjacobs, @Fundudzi on Instagram and Twitter, or http://www.fundudzi.com

Pic Credits: Photography by Aart Verrips
Story by RICH MNISI
Makeup and hair by Kelly-Jean Gilbert.

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on June 1st 2016. Find me on Snapchat and Instagram @Nontando58

 

 

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AW 16, the H&M South Africa way

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Shamiel and I are wearing H& M South Africa

 

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Shamiel wears boots from H& M South Africa and I am wearing their knit dress. The rest of the clothes are our own. 

The cold winter months are here. I am not particular a fan of winter shopping but I do enjoy layering, a long stylish coat and knits. Shamiel Hagee (model and stylist, find him on Instagram: @Shamielsham) and I recently did a really cool streetstyle photo shoot with photographer Ashley Robertson (IG handle: @Majesticaash06).

Wearing the latest H& M South Africa AW16 (http://www.hm.com/za/)  range, we took over the beautiful streets of Cape Town. Here are the dope images we produced. Happy shopping Fashionistas!!!

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How amazing is this dress?!! The fit and material is just perfect. Dress by H&M South Africa.

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Dress and sequins jacket by H& M South Africa.

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Shamiel and I are wearing bomber jackets by H& M South Africa.

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Bomber jacket and knit dress by H& M South Africa

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Jacket and dress by H& M South Africa.

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This is my favourite shot. Until next time SLAY!! Find me on Snapchat: Nontando58.

The story of the man in suits

WELL-SUITED: Brian Lehang sports an ensemble at the biannual menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Italy this year. PICTURES: FABRIAZIO DI PAOLO

WELL-SUITED: Brian Lehang sports an ensemble at the biannual menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Italy this year. PICTURES: FABRIAZIO DI PAOLO

THESuitableMan, Brian Lehang’s story began at Retlile Primary School in Soweto, when he and a group of friends decided to dress like gentlemen to impress their peers and teachers.

“We used to be naughty boys at school and just before graduating we realised that we needed to do something that would get our names into the school’s good books,” he explains.

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Dressed in black trousers, khaki shirts and ties – Lehang’s tweed was borrowed from his uncle – the effort earned the group a spot in the principal’s good books.

“I suggested that we wear ties with our uniforms so we would look more like gentlemen than naughty boys. Mine had sentimental value as my uncle had inherited it from his father. Even before we got to school, people at the bus stop were already giving us strange looks.

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“That day the principal gave us a smile for the first time,” he says.
I first noticed Lehang at the inaugural SA Menswear Week (SAMW) last year.

He was dressed in a classic “five-piece suit” – a pants, jacket, waistcoat that also included a shirt and tie (or bowtie).

Dressing up for a fashion week is not uncommon as most people are there to be seen and show off their outfits. However, wearing a suit these days without good reason, such as to a wedding or a black-tie event, is rare, unlike the early to mid-20th century, when the suit was an acceptable look for day and night.

Lehang’s sartorial look – complete with a matching pocket square, hat and clutch bag – therefore raises as many eyebrows as it draws stares.

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Introducing himself as a professional golf player, Lehang says his journey to becoming The SuitableMan was established on the golf course. After trying a number of sports at high school, including running, swimming and soccer, he fell in love with golf after seeing a neighbour practise the sport in a backyard.

“I immediately thought: ‘This is the sport for me’. I was drawn to its uniqueness at the time… no black kid in Soweto played the sport. I started playing with my neighbour after school and I did everything to learn about the game, from reading about the sport to visiting golf courses,” says Lehang.

“Playing golf is expensive so in Grade 10 I started working at a golf club in Roodepoort as a caddy in return for golf gear, equipment and a place to play.

“A new era began. I gave away all my denim jeans as I only wore formal pants or chinos and golf shirts to work. I became popular in my community… people were curious about the young boy catching a taxi with a golf bag.

My golf was not that great at the time, but I very much looked the part.”

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Growing up in a female-dominated home, Lehang’s only source of style inspiration came from magazines and books, and from studying what golf pros such as Tiger Woods wore on and off the course.

“There was no father figure to show me how to wear a tie,” he says. Lehang says fashion and golf are interconnected.

“I fell in love with fashion as much as I fell in love with golf, to a point where I started looking at how men used to wear suits in the old days.

“I have spoken to old men who used to live in Sophiatown and Meadowlands, and they told me fascinating stories of how they only wore suits on pay day.

“I fell in love with suits and started buying them at jumble sales.
“A neighbour would alter them to make them the perfect fit,” he explains.

Now fashion has become a serious business for him. Not only is he a permanent feature on the fashion scene, but he has made it his goal to visit the world’s top fashion capitals, such as Paris and New York to learn from the masters.

At the recent biannual menswear trade show, Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy,Lehang was among the most photographed people there.

“I felt like I was at home in Florence. People were not looking at me with raised eyebrows, like they sometimes do here.

“It’s not just a place where people go to be photographed. I met tailors and shoemakers from around the world since I am trying to learn as much as possible in terms of how to put together a suit and where it comes from. It was a magical time”

“As much as they say that fashion is unrestricted there is certain etiquette that a gentleman has to know when it comes to suits.

“Such as if you are wearing braces or suspenders you can’t put a belt on as the braces were meant to hold up the trousers.

“Or when you are wearing a slim fit tie, you wear it with a slim fit tie clip for it to look more proper. There are also rules on how you wear your hat.

“I believe in being a traditionalist when it comes to suits… keeping it sartorial all the time,” Lehang says.

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Brian Lehang’s style tips

●Buy a suit off the rack and have it tailored to fit.
●Do your homework. There are many shops that sell suits, so take
your time and compare prices and quality.
●Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most sales people are very helpful,
so don’t shy away from asking for information even if you’re not planning to buy at the time.

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on March 31 2016.

Swimwear that fits so good

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AN array of jewel-toned tribal prints celebrate modern Africa, while tourmaline and tanzanite tones give a sophisticated feel that wouldn’t go amiss at Coachella or the beaches of Formentera.

Celebrated South African designer Craig Port launched his latest swimwear collection at The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa in Sea Point to the delight of onlookers as the The “Port Squad”strutted around the hotel’s pool in skimpy briefs and thigh-hugging shorts. Port, whose Spring Summer 15 swimwear collection features design details that display thoughtful branding and eye-catching trims, giving it a refined edge, spoke to us about his work.

 

 

 Five words that describe your SS15 collection? Retro, athletic, bohemian, hedonistic, carefree.

Tell us about the inspiration for your collection. I was influenced by 1970s poolside utopia, retro athletics and bohemian hedonism. I want the pieces to become essential vacation companions that take you from sun lounger to sundowner with a clink of a glass.

What type of man do you see wearing your collection? I was inspired by my #PortSquad of celebrities, friends and models, and I see the collection resonating with the modern man, someone looking for a happy and carefree summer.

What do you enjoy most about designing swimwear? I am a total beach bum and travel is an integral part of my design process. I’m
incredibly inspired by the sea and the ocean. From Mykonos to Bakoven, swimwear is a huge part of my life over summer.

What are some of your favourite swimwear trends for summer? 

Square or box cut briefs and the “above the knee” swim short. I loved playing with prints and juxtaposing them with retro cuts. I had a lot of fun with this collection.

What is important when shopping for swimwear? Fit is everything. Go for a style that flatters your body shape.

When looking for models to represent your brand, what do you look for? I have a long-standing relationship with Boss Models as they have a super hot line-up of some of the world’s top male talent.

“Confidence and a bit of cheeky attitude are essential for shows.”

What are three things you feel contributed to the success of the brand?
Hard work, a clear vision and a passion for design.

What do you think about sustainability and sustainable design?
I believe that as a designer you have a responsibility to be conscious of the world around you.

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Which other swimwear designers do you love right now? Orlebar Brown and Osklen.

What’s your favourite swimwear trend? Jewel tones and tribal prints have been getting a lot of exposure.

How would you describe your own personal style?
Modern, refined and relaxed.

What’s one item you can’t live without at the beach? My Lancier sunglasses.

Advice for aspiring designers? Anything is possible. If you can dream it then you can do it, but don’t forget to work hard while dreaming. Put your head down and go. Always look ahead and don’t let what others are doing affect you and your journey.

Where can we purchase the Craig Port swimwear? YDE stores nationwide. Pieces from the collection start from R450

For more information, see http://www.craigport.co.za.
Twitter handle: @craigport

Last words? Watch this space, London Fashion Week, here I come!

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Tara of the trendsoiree blog and I.

 

The feature was first published in the Cape Argus on December 2 2015. All pictures are by SDR Photo. 

Follow me on Instagram: Nontando58.

 

 

Nomadic culture inspires Ricci Janse van Rensburg latest designs

Photo by Sivan Miller

Photo by Sivan Miller

The brand  Ricci JvR is well known in South African fashion circles. Now the fashion brand by Cape Town designer Ricci Janse van Rensburg has gone global, launching its “Neo Native” collection with New York-based fashion tech lab Nineteenth Amendment.
Created as an alternative to traditional industry business models, the Brooklynbased high-fashion platform connects emerging designers from around the world with consumers and retailers. The garments are sold online and are manufactured in the US on behalf of the
designers. Janse van Rensburg answers questions about herself, her brand and her “Neo Native” collection.

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Why did you become a fashion designer? Since the age of 12, I have been dreaming up my own designs and walking around with a sketch pad drawing outfits for my friends and princess dresses for my Barbies. I guess to me it was never really a decision I had to make, it was made for me way before I even realised it. I simply stepped into something that has always been a big part of my life and I was lucky enough to make a career out of it. I have always been mesmerised by fashion – the way it can influence how you feel, how you carry yourself and simply how you can express yourself through clothing.

How did you develop your interest in fashion design?  Curiosity, creativity, a need to express myself, passion and a fascination with people all played a large part in developing my interest in fashion.

Also, the fact that fashion has the ability to boost your confidence, change your mood and the way other people perceive you, what is socially acceptable. All these elements further fuelled my fascination and passion for this industry.

What was your first job? In retail at a clothing boutique in Tygervalley Centre. I only worked there over weekends and some afternoons. I worked there for almost three years. The job helped me to understand the retail side of the industry a lot better.

Photo by Sivan Miller

Photo by Sivan Miller

What were your inspirations for the designs you created for Nineteenth Amendment? The nomadic lifestyle has always been an underlying source of inspiration to me. I am mesmerised by the raw beauty of nomadic tribes/cultures and exploration of the unknown.

“To me, strong lines, textures and layering played an extremely important role in the design of this collection. I like to incorporate an unexpected element when styling to keep it more interesting.”

The nomadic influence can definitely be seen in my garments especially in the finishes and focus on detailing.

For this collection, I focused on comfortable clothing – layered and styled in an effortless way. The silhouettes are relaxed, soft and draped with roomy, romantic volume.

How did you select the materials and colours you used? It is all about combining textures. I looked for unusual fabrics and trims to complement the vision I have created for the collection. With this collection I tried to choose as many environmentally friendly fabrics as possible.

Describe the woman you envision wearing your clothes? I don’t design for a specific woman in mind, but I design various pieces and then combine and style it to create the final look. The design process and realisation of each piece is important. Therefore I focus on individual pieces at a time. I do, however, try to design diverse pieces, ensuring that no matter your taste – you would find something in the collection that would suit your style.

“It is important to make every client who wears my garments feel amazing and confident.”

Who are your most influential fashion designers and why? Locally, Joburg-based designer Suzaan Heyns. I just love her conceptual approach to fashion. Internationally, brands like Balmain and Viktor & Rolf inspire me for their exceptional concepts, intellectual approach to fashion and unconventional elements.

Photo by Sivan Miller

Photo by Sivan Miller

Of all the creations you’ve created, does one stand out as your favourite and why? I don’t have an all-time favourite piece. I guess this is purely because I always try to challenge myself to grow, to become better, to expand my comfort zone, to experiment and to give my best. Each piece represents a different stage of the design process and therefore I consider them all valuable as an ongoing design process.

Who’s your style icon, and why? Businesswoman and interior designer Iris Apfel. Her confidence, boldness, refreshing and fun approach to fashion is simply captivating. I figure that when it comes to getting imaginative, there’s no-one quite as inspiring as this 94-year-old.

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Photo by Sivan Miller

What’s the best part of working in fashion? Always being able to be creative, being surrounded by creative and like-minded people and to have the freedom to express myself through every garment that I design. The entire process from researching trends, finding inspiration, designing and manufacturing to shooting campaigns and seeing clients wearing my designs.

What do you think of the talent of young South African designers currently in the industry and who are some of your favourites?

“There are more than a few incredibly talented designers in South Africa with very strong aesthetic signatures.”

Some of my favourite of the new generation of designers are Selfi, Lara Klawikowski, Adriaan Kuiters, Shana Morland and MaXhosa by Laduma.

What can be done to encourage people to buy local or support local designers? We have a lot of talent, enough to compete with international fashion designers; it is just less explored and exposed.

“The entire world looks at Africa for inspiration… why not use this to our advantage?”

It will largely benefit our country not only financially, but also mentally, if people start appreciating our diverse culture, authenticity and everything we have to offer. It’s about creating conscious consumers and understanding where your clothing comes from, and also believing in the designers behind it.

Photo by Sivan Miller

Photo by Sivan Miller

What are your plans for the Ricci JvR brand? My focus is on developing my brand into a more established and recognised label, both nationally and internationally, and maybe opening a boutique at a later stage and expanding on my current collection.

For now I will be working on new collections for Nineteenth Amendment and continue working with my clients here in South Africa.

What do you think of eco-fashion? 

“The fashion industry leaves behind a huge environmental footprint, from the pesticides used in growing cotton and the leached chemicals from the toxic dyes, to the landfill impact of clothes that wear out and the energy required to produce each piece.”

Buying clothes labelled under the Fair Trade Act is sustainable on several levels: you can be sure it was produced under safe working conditions, it’s sweatshop- free, and the person who made it earned a fair wage. Therefore, eco-fashion is very important for various reasons.

Photo by Sivan Miller

Photo by Sivan Miller

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on September 15 2015

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) 2015 Trends Report

Tuelo Nguyuza By SDR Photo

Tuelo Nguyuza By SDR Photo

Flirty and feminine dresses and skirts in bold colours are back, and women will find themselves renewing their relationship with neon, eye-popping brights this spring and summer.

Designers Danielle Margaux, Habits and Lazuli led the colour revolution at a fashion event held in the city at the weekend. Their designs came in crop-tops, jumpsuits, kimono-style dresses and boho gypsy skirts. Another trend, as seen on the international runways, is wearing sneakers with dresses, skirts and suits, and presentations by local designers Adriaan Kuiters, Jody Paulsen and Leigh Schubert showed us how to get the trend just right. Kuiters and Paulsen’s collection, inspired by the artistic patterns of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Sol Lewitt, presented an impressive sportsluxe collection of soft, neutral and bold prints paired with sneakers. Schubert paired romantic floral dresses with palladium sneakers.

Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen by SDR Photo

Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen by SDR Photo

Industry experts and fashionistas converged on the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed and North Wharf for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT).
Twenty-four of the country’s top designers unveiled their spring and summer 2016 collections with multiple shows over the three-day period.

The collections included a range of ready-to-wear pieces, sports wear and swimwear, as well as wedding couture.

Noticeable trends included shoulder-baring silhouettes, and prints and patterns such as stripes, lace, floral and African prints on everything from dresses to jumpsuits. 

David Tlale by SDR Photo

David Tlale by SDR Photo

The collections included arange of ready-to-wear pieces,sports wear and swimwear,as well as wedding couture.Other noticeable trendsincluded shoulder-baring silhouettes,and prints and patterns suchas stripes, lace, floral and African prints on everything from dresses to jumpsuits.

Highlights included the David Tlale showcase held on Saturday morning at the Gallery MOMO in Buitengracht Street.

The fashion guru launched his bridalcollection, combining sheer and see through silhouettes in powder blue, yellow, multi-coloured animal print and metallic emerald-green for the adventurous bride.

“We are breaking all the rules of the traditional bride, but we are still keeping it chic and bold. “People have been brainwashed to wear white dresses with your typical lace adorned with Swarovski crystals to look like Cinderella,” says Tlale.

“Launching bridal-wear was a natural progression as a brand. “We are known for high-end couture and beautiful ready-to-wear pieces and it’s time we started embracing our brides because we have had big business on bridal wear that we never launched,” he
adds

David Tlale by SDR Photo

David Tlale by SDR Photo

Christiaan Gabriel du Toit of Klûk CGDT opted out of the traditional runway show, instead staging an exhibition at CAAM Collective Gallery at the De Waterkant Fringe.

The exhibition, KLuKCGD Tartisan, held in collaboration with Levi’s, includes photographic
prints by 10 of South Africa’s leading fashion photographers, among them: Trevor Stuurman, Sivan Miller, Neil Roberts and Simon Deiner. It runs until Saturday.

KLuKCGD Tartisan exhibition by SDR Photo

KLuKCGD Tartisan exhibition by SDR Photo

“This is a huge denim season and although it is something we toy with often, we have never really experimented with the options.

“We also wanted to show our clothes in a different way, something more lasting that allows the client to get a longer impression of the garments,” says Kluk.

“We chose the creatives based on our experience with them. “They are energetic
and passionate about what they do, they have been proactive in their careers and this excited us. “We also love the diversity in their work and personalities and it was important to let them shine,” he says.

Regarding the trends for the summer, Du Toit says that these are so diverse that they always take a southern hemisphere perspective on what is happening internationally.

“We take trends as a guide, not a bible. We know our customers and their lifestyle and their likes and dislikes and tailor the trends to suit them. “We love fabric and sometimes that dictates what we make.”

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on August 5 2015.

Stefania Morland by SDR Photo

Stefania Morland by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Marianne Fassler by SDR Photo

Lazuli by SDR Photo

Lazuli by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Imprint by SDR Photo

Here are a few backstage pictures by photographer Neil Roberts.I love his cool unique style. Visit www.nrm.me for more of his work. 

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Gender neutral is the new male on SA’s catwalks . SAMW Highlights

Imprint by Mzukisi Mbane

Imprint by Mzukisi Mbane

Pictures your boyfriend wearing dresses and pussy-bow blouses in chiffon and lace. The trend is called “androgyny” on catwalks across the world.

The word describes the fashion-conscious man who is not afraid to embrace his feminine side. We have seen it in recent menswear weeks in Milan and London.

The biannual South African Menswear Week, which took place over the weekend, showed that the new trend was finding a home on our shores.

The affair, held at Cape Town Stadium, featured top designers from around Africa showcasing their Spring and Summer (SS15/16) collections.

Designers like Terrence Bray, Rich Mnisi, Kim Gush and Lukhanyo Mdingi led the way in gender-fluid fashion. Their designs mixed masculine and feminine characteristics that could be worn by men and women.

African prints, leather, army aesthetics, stripes, shades of bold colours and neutral hues also dominated the catwalk. Industry experts, bloggers and fashion influencers from around the country gathered for three days of networking and schmoozing.

The nights were long as event-goers partied after the shows in various clubs around the city.

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt: Made famous by former president Nelson Mandela, the afrocentric “Madiba Shirt” is recognised around the globe. Designers presented a revamped collection suitable for younger men. The shirts and suits are hand-painted with delicate
embroidery silks and cotton.

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs: Craig Jacobs presented models in
bold tribal make-up who strutted down the runway in extended T-shirts, reversible dresses and creative backpacks that became bomber jackets – a real show-stealer.

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

Maxhosa by Laduma: Laduma Ngxokolo has showcased in
top fashion weeks in Berlin and London. Ngxokolo, who incorporates his Xhosa culture into knitwear designs, presented breathable and reversible sweaters, joggers and shorts in bold patterns and colours.

Rich Mnisi

Rich Mnisi

Terrence Bray

Terrence Bray

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Show Presentation: Designers went all out this year. Men in
gold beards by Palse Homme were a hit. Projecto Mental’s designer dressed models on the runway. In Magents’s show, titled Afrikarise, the audience clapped and sang as the “social konscious army” of
models took to the runway in urban streetwear.

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

 

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on July 14 2015. All the pictures are by SDR Photos.