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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#EDITORS_CHOICE: Fashion In The Forest

I have a very bad habit of pointing out improvement areas when it comes to events and clothes and décor and whatever the opinion case may be, and too little comment on how wonderful or great or perfect something is. That being the case, Fashion In The Forest was an even hosted at Groot Constantia some time ago that I attended. I was grateful for the invitation; just didn’t appreciate the lack of directions once at the venue as to where to go or the warning that some walking will be involved.

Nevertheless, Ayanda and myself arrived to a beautifully simple setting. A simple black ramp, white chairs, and a white marquee, which would be the models’ entry, point for models and also act as backstage. Young hostesses were guarded in certain areas wearing the associated sponsor’s, Jameson Irish Whiskey, branded dresses.

The show opened with womenswear, showing underwear and swimwear first by Inner Secrets, Simone Pérè, Implicite, Prelude, Jolidon, Aubade, with hats by The Little Hattery. This was followed by the designers Rachel de Mardt and Khothatso Tsotetsi. Although I’m never entirely interested in womenswear, Khothatso and Rachel put on a show. There were some key pieces for women who enjoyed dressing up and a low-key manner.

The event was closed off with showcases by Kim Gush and Stiaan Louw respectively. Two of Cape Town’s hottest menswear properties, their real estate only increases with every collection put out into the market. Kim Gush showed a monochrome and happy in cut and styling collection. The collection focused mainly on key upper body pieces – fitted yet flowing and free dropped to mid-thigh tops and shirts – added to a few well made bottoms. The collection resembled what a nomadic urban dweller would be like if they were as fashion forward as they claim to be.

Stiaan Louw had created a collection that took Maasai inspiration and muted it down into a well-crafted fabric pattern. Nothing exploitive and nothing disrespectful either. Also running the theme of extra long mid-thigh shirts the incorporation saw a shirt made for all seasons, if only paired with the correct bottoms and outerwear. The silhouette was generally slim with some pieces volumized (I think I just created a word there…) for effect and fit. Honestly speaking, there are well over nine pieces from this collection that I’m selling a thigh to own. Finish and klaar.

When the shows were over there was a little surprise awarding of spot prizes to the guests. Handed over by celeb hairstylist Shaughn Adams of Image and Hair, who recently partnered with Philips to bring more style and less damage, I found myself awarded with a Philips PowerTouch shaver. It was wonderful to find out the show was in aid of The Light From Africa Foundation. Always heart-warming to know good is being done for those in need. I definitely had a good time, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

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