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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#REVIEW: SA Menswear Week Day 1


It an incredible turn of events, SA Menswear Week finally happened. In an industry that is boasting a healthy annual growth rate, one expects a showcase of the sort on a regular basis, however, we’ve only now had the first of its kind and we pray more editions will follow. It’s easy to criticize and judge and point out the woes with anything and any event, but the challenge is spotting the greatness in something. With that we say, Thank You to SAMW team for putting together the three days men’s fashion. Thank You to all the designers and brands who participated – making a collection is not cheap or easy and we salute you for the dedication and hard work.

Now… To the reviews. To keep things simple and straight to the point, we’re reviewing shows that stood out. At the bottom of this post there will be a link to view photos of all the shows so you can see the rest. But here and now, our Editor – Monde Mtsi (MM) and Contributing Editor – Brian Lehang (BL), give you our pick of the crop.

Jenevieve Lyons
MM: We have a strange love for Jenevieve Lyons. The kind only a mother and step-child know. Jeneveieve has an aesthetic that is pretty much set and recognizable from anywhere in the world. He collection – Deliquesce – aimed to create a silhouette as fluid as its fabric choices. With her usual muted colour palette inverted, the blue and purple hues, which usually act as accents in her collections, were now headliners. The collection was skinny and tall, strong shoulders, layered and introduced small doses of her signature surprise detailing here and there. There’s something quite Kanye West about the collection without the ego and crazy music. The combination of soft and hard (heavy) fabrics also adds a textural dimension, which lends itself to a luxurious aesthetic. As a ready to wear collection, we think it’s her best thus far, but then again, she is only getting better and better each time.

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography



Rich Mnisi (Cape Town Fashion Council: Young Designers) 
MM: Ashy grays + deep blues/navies + Snowy whites + Mustard yellows + Forest greens + black. That was pretty much the colour palette at the OATH by Rich Mnisi presented by Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) show. An interesting palette as the colours don’t generally hang about together, but they did here, at Rich’s show. Silks + cottons + heavy-duty water resistant fabrics – all in the name of fashion and protection (against both weather and style elements). The graphic print was present, in black & white and in blue. It felt like a nerd’s wardrobe, a very rich and stylish nerd. Exuding plenty of African luxury on the ramp. Rich Mnisi didn’t fail anyone with this collection. He reminded us all that it’s quite possible to be young and still ahead of the pack in talent. The collection is bound to be a knockout with most consumers and its easy-to-wear characteristics allow it to be blended in with already owned pieces in your wardrobe. It’s sublime and opulent, in every aspect.

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography



Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman 
MM: To be honest, we’re only highlighting this show because it was probably the only show that featured model, Dave Kabamba looking hella HOT! Apart from that, the collection featured a range of leather and textured shoes that we thought were awesome. There were the bags that also made headlines in our head. Oh, then there was that jersey, with the woven details on the front that looked super comfy and luxurious and just everything about winter. We also noted that printed suit. Yes, it was printed and it was a suit. We LOVE.

BL: This gentleman here has actually read the memo: SAMW A/W15 Collections. This collection was absolutely ready-to-wear for winter. He showed a true urban bohemian man that sparked the runway with those dandy hats and the poncho-like scarves wrapped around the shoulders. And those matured tones of colors and the mix of leather and cotton just put the collection on another level on construction and deconstruction. Don’t forget the finest detail seen on the two-tone boots matching one of the fabrics on the garments. Every piece from the collection had fine detail that was giving every modern man the thrills and chills. This collection gives you a great reason to look forward to winter.


Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography

Photo credits: Larry English Photography



Generally, day one was chilled in terms of collections. It set the mood for the rest of the remaining two days and kind of got everyone excited again about menswear. Look out for the Day 2 & 3 posts coming up…

Photo credits to Larry English Photography
#menswear #fashionweek

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