SA Fashion Week 2011

After browsing through the collections shown at last weeks SA Fashion Week in Johannesburg, I gathered some of my favorites into discernible themes. Well, sort of discernible. More like into themes that serve my own purposes, for instance, my current craving for citrus colour due to the impending delight of summer, and my natural predisposition towards things like leather, PVC and tuxedo-esque shapes.

Make of it what you will.

* Click on the image credits to view the rest of the collections online.


I loved ELLE New Talent contender Kutloano Molokomme‘s cultish parade of elaborate red dresses. They were quite Yamamoto-like. Remi Lagos‘ lushly printed kaftan-style maxis caught my eye, and in particular this floaty Aztec number. Rubicon‘s caped frock was Little Red Riding Hood with a dash of 30’s glamour.

Images: 1. Kutloano Molokomme 2. Remi Lagos 3. Rubicon

A Little Waisted

2010 ELLE New Talent award winner Cleo Droomer‘s collection has the online community aflutter and it’s easy to see why. Sci-fi like panels gave tried ‘n tested feminine shapes like dresses with nipped-in waists a future-retro makeover. I was also quite taken with other newcomer Lameez Claasen’s uber long Miu Miu-esque collars and jodphur-inspired trousers, as well as Khumo Manota’s dreamy, feminine layers.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Lameez Claasen 3. Khumo Manota

Sheer Story

Cleo Droomer‘s tangerine-piped mac and Tiaan Nagel‘s zip-through sci-fi mini were two of my favorites. I’d quite like to wear them together simultaneously, like some kind futuristic femmebot.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Tiaan Nagel


Autumn/Winter is, of course, all about texture, as colder weather makes way for layering and lusher fabrics. From Cleo Droomer‘s PVC dresses, to Vesselina Pentcheva‘s romantic velvets, the collections really came out with some interesting textures. Suzaan Heyns‘ leather waterfall jackets were my highlight, as was Remi Lagos‘ devore velvet maxi. Some people might think it’s frumpy, but give me devore velvet and I’ll be your girl.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Vesselina Pentcheva 3 & 4. Suzaan Heyns 5. Remi Lagos

Pants Party

Cropped, structured and pleated – I think Tiaan Nagel‘s version did it best, but I also loved Amanda Laird Cherry‘s skintight take on the look.

Images: 1. Amanda Laird Cherry 2 & 3. Tiaan Nagel 4. Suzaan Heyns

Canary Fever

Designers chalked their collections up with snaps of sign-post yellow – ruffles, accessories, pockets and piping all got treated to a little lemon delight. The true triumph was Mr Droomer‘s yellow PVC frock, with Amber Jones‘ lemon collared pleats at a close, wearable second. I want both! I also loved 46664‘s extremely wearable custard-striped, obi-belted, boat neck dress.

Images: 1. 46664 2. Amanda Laird Cherry 3 & 4. Cleo Droomer 5. Amber Jones 6. Amanda Laird Cherry 7 & 8. Mantsho

All images kindly made available online by SDR Photo


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