What you missed at Day 2 of AFI Joburg Fashion Week!

MaXhosa

It has come to be known that each season, the Maxhosa by Laduma show will be packed to capacity, and this time was no different. The show introduced silhouettes we’ve never seen from Laduma before, and fabrics so light they could lift us straight to the skies. The real cherry on top was the finale walk when the much-loved designer walked out with his family by his side; his baby may be the most adorable toddler we’ve ever seen. 

 

A Legend Spotted

Carolina Herrera. Yes, you read correctly. Spotted casually seated in the media lounge, her aura filled the room and made all of us suddenly want to sit up straight. She was as elegant in person as she is in photographs, I mean, she is global fashion royalty of course. Joining the Motsepe family for the MaXhosa show, Lindiwe Sisulu, wearing a stunning 2 piece, which looked Chanel circa 2001; classic.

 

Tshwane University of Technology

We’re not sure what they’re being taught over in the country’s capital but it seems to be on par; this was anything but a student show, these were designers.  From meticulously finished garments, to the most innovatory concepts, there were some real gems, which are certainly editorial ready. Whispers of heritage and structural forms stole the show. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

 

Trend: Indoor Sunnies

Whoever said shades were exclusively for sunray protection was sorely incorrect. We went back a few decades with retro and coloured shades which has us seeing a kaleidoscope of tones, then we travelled to 2090 where the future was now with shapes we’ve only seen in our distant dreams, all of these worn inside the tent while watching the shows. We can only imagine how the collections looked under the multi-colour tints.

 

The Melrose Gallery

Anyone who loves aesthetics and meaningful conversations loves art too. Which is why a trip to the Melrose Gallery is a must. Surrounded by artworks of many different mediums from cloth, to tapestry, to metals, it was all about textures which exude deep feelings. You may find yourself conversing with more than one of the arresting pieces, and it might just be a conversation you will never forget.