Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer 2016: Day 3
Orapaleng Modutle / Style Avenue
The show started off with dramatic church bells, opening with an extravagant bridal dress followed by more models lining up in all black.
The collection felt circa 1930’s with is glamorous fabrics, black fringe dresses and wide-brimmed hats. The makeup and hair were simple with slicked back low buns, adorned with floral headbands, and flushed out cheeks for a little glow. The sheer embroidered fabrics finished off with tulle made us look at bridal wear in a new and modern way.
Scalo by Sello Madupe
The designer never fails to impress at fashion week. The monochrome collection started with male models marching down the runway. The intricate details on the shirts added tribal elements with tribal face paint, which cohesively brought together the cultural aspect of the show.
Furthermore, the ladies then followed, in keeping with the monochrome theme. Lace, geometric prints and laser cut fabrics set the tone of the collection.
New to the scene, Ruff Tung’s collection was a sea of blue prints and tones, monochrome graphic prints and gorgeous textural and flowy fabrics. Models wore crocheted crowns as accessories and a full glitter lid for makeup.
With a little insider information (excuse the pun), we learned that the print illustrator was from London and we were lucky to spot him for a little chat. Check out the AFI YouTube channel for more.
A fashion week favourite for many, Leigh Schubert introduced her show with a nature slide. The collection showed deep colour palettes and prints that were referential of many African cultural tribes. With a hint of African elements, the pieces were simple and beautifully tailored.
The hair and makeup showed a connection to Africa with beehive wigs and Ndebele eye makeup. The accessories included beaded necklaces and wind chime drop earrings by Swaziland-based Quazi Design.
MaXhosa by Laduma
The famous designer known for his unique, signature prints, set a new mark for Fashion Week openings. The introduction to the show was something worthy of another mention perhaps, by the Queen B – Beyonce – who already had Laduma on her radar earlier this year.
The show started with a commanding performance by the best gospel singer in South Africa, praising the Xhosa nation and Laduma’s success.
The collection started with his original print in the classic jersey fabric, with male models in socks and sandals. The ladies wear showed cropped jersey tops with asymmetrically cut styled skirts. The highlight of the collection was the vibrantly coloured tassels symmetrically placed on various dresses and tops. The jewellery included beaded necklaces and long and loopy beaded earrings.
David Tlale always brings out the best of South Africa’s fashion stars, including celebrities like Terry Pheto, Nomzamo, Thembi Seete, Maps Maponyane, and American actor Darrin Henson.
The much-awaited show opens with models lined up in formation, being led by Ricky Rick down the runway. The atmosphere was tranquil and calm with classical music gracefully playing in the background. An army of models looking angelic in white serenaded the runway in a collection of long, draping dresses, and accessories with gold beaded neck pieces. Lace, tulle and soft flowing fabrics gave the collection an ethereal feel. The models’ faces were highlighted with gold paint giving them the look of demi-gods from some ancient and otherworldly realm.
See the rest of the gallery on http://gallery.africanfashioninternational.com/