Day 2 of the Durban Fashion Fair and our Joburg Contributing Editor, Brian Lehang, was in the midst of fashion things. His eye kept sharply on the menswear features during the week and ensuring he kept the pulse on the emerging talent from Durban.
The halfway mark’s day was a busy one, filled with fresh talent and closing with a finale show by a revered menswear brand in South Africa. This is what Brian had to say:
“African Kollections 3: Shadow by Sidumiso – Sidumiso’s collection presented signs of exploration of the male form and interesting takes on standard cuts and reworking them. The collection, a muted blue palette, had a sense of royalty about it. The inclusion of the checkered coat and short-sleeved blazer added a new dynamic to the menswear collection.”
“African Kollections 3: Black Pepper – Black Pepper definitely brought some spice to things. With a combination of print, dashing colour and great design aesthetic. There was a specific silhouette created with a few looks – strong shoulders, nipped waists and cropped hemlines.”
“Tribal Skin – Muted palette in a sorbet blue with earthy nuances through beige, Tribal Skin presented a solid collection fit for most wardrobes. Great everyday pieces for tailored and well-put-together work looks.”
“The Intern by David Tlale: Duke Mngadi – This was an interesting presentation. It had multiple concepts or running themes that it presented. The micro florals and the insect prints were the most interesting. If only those were the two selected to extend upon. Technique and an eye for on-trend cuts and styles was evident in the black ensembles with the print detailing. Generally one was able to see young talent that was developing in a steady pace.”
“CSquared – A very sartorially elegant collection with bold moments in the use of snake skin and gold and silver large paisley prints. Csquared generally goes the extra mile in bringing something a bit edgy and fashion forward and they didn’t fail this time around again.”
And there you have it, straight from Joburg’s fashion man’s mouth, or fingers in this case. Be sure to read Day 3 for more from Brian Lehang.
All photos copyright to Simon Deiner/SDR Photo.