Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer 2016: Day 2
Philosophy by Jenni Button
Jenni Button has returned to the fashion scene with her new brand – Philosophy. With not one but two collections.
The show started with an Indian theme and had models flowing down the runway in gorgeous printed kaftans, in chiffon and satin fabrics, followed by long and fluid wrap dresses in bright summery prints.
The makeup was bold with a gold stripe running down the centre of the models faces, and white tribal dots framing their eyes. The models’ hair was a sleek ponytail held together by a decorated band.
It doesn’t end there. She showcased a second collection, inspired by Africa. With pieces decorated with tribal motifs. Key pieces in this collection were the multicoloured woollen jackets which recalled the blankets of the Xhosa tribe.
Daughter of the well-known Stefania Morland, Shana debuted her collection at Fashion Week. Shana proved to be as talented as her mother while revealing an identity of her own. Her show opened with a carousel theme making us feel like a kid again.
The show opened with white and lace pieces that had fairytale elements, later bringing in floral under slips, pleats and polka dots – making a baby doll comeback. The tones were soft with sheer fabrics and satin slip dresses. Tulle and beautiful embroidery added to the carousel theme like a dreamy wonderland.
Hair and makeup were kept simple, with winged liner and the top lid, and glittery gold underliner.
Stefania Morland burst onto the scene with shiny, sequence elements and jazz music.
A Sunkist yellow ruffled dress opened the show, followed by sheer and satin ensembles. Stefania’s colour palette ranged from yellow, beige, slate grey, red, navy blue, and black. The closing garment, another key piece, daintily flowed down the runway in blush pink and intricately laid beadwork along the bodice. This gown especially brought the spring and summer feel home, with the model’s peony-garlanded hair.
The overall collection gave a sense of the underground jazz fashion of the 50s with a modern twist. A reoccurring element was a black satin cross encrusted with diamantés.
Marianne is quite the conscious designer, always looking to current social issues for inspiration. This year’s collection was a response to issues of border crossing, migration, disenfranchisement and globalisation. The collection’s pieces crossed many borders through its varied detailing. “The disruption of print, texture and silhouette is always present in the signature Leopard Frock garments, but this year, it seems to be on steroids…somehow not making sense, yet always relevant and current,” says Marianne.
The collection had interesting floral work and hand-cut prints sewn in offering a vibrant collage of colour.
For such a heightened collection it made sense to keep the hair and makeup minimal, accentuated only with bronzed cheeks and a deep gold glittery lip.