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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#REVIEW: SA Menswear Week – Day 3


Day 3 of Menswear Week in Cape Town was the longest day of fashion week – with it hosting the most shows. If you missed Day 2, catch it here. The was much anticipation around the Menswear Fashion Presentation which was a static show of emerging designers, and also the most talked about show being Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha. Everyone was in full gear and rearing to go.

Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha
MM: Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha presented a contemporary look at the African aesthetic. Styled to impersonate people on the street and how they would wear their clothes whether en route to an event or just work or play, the collection was a direct representation of Chu’s love for prints. Overlaid and meshed together impeccably, the collection visually was stunning but didn’t present any new silhouettes to enjoy. An innovative element form the collection was the combination of bag-into-outerwear. Being able to wear your jacket as a backpack and vice versa for me was a truly interesting aspect. The colour palette was earthy, rustic red, with great poppy yellows. The collection details of interest also include the origami swans – what a cute little detail feature. Modern man is going to look good in these pieces, especially when he breaks it apart and wears a piece with another item much more subtle.

BL: What a way to debut a collection during the inaugural menswear week. As they call him the prince of prints, he is the truth and we are the witnesses. Before prints came to the party he personally rocked them, in high definition without any worries of what the masses would say. And in his collection it was not different, he embraced what he believed in and that is true to his heart. What we never saw coming was the head wear. It was authentic, raw and most of it was nothing like any other…original. Back to prints…it was all of them, in earthy colours, fine florals, geometric shapes and the artistry as a whole. After seeing this display of prints, people will not only start to take note, but have respect for the construction behind the whole process.

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography


Ruald Rheeder
BL: And to close off the show and the week was boy wonder Ruald Rheeder who again didn’t seem to stop with his continuation of amazing grace. As hot as the venue was, but we actually felt and even saw the breeze blowing the Ruald Rheeder man as he graced the runway. There were mixed feelings out there…at first glance we saw him on a safari trail. The next thing we look up again we saw the desert bohemian flowing in a breeze with light and harmonious fabric and fragile tones to the outdoor heats. The highlight of it all was seeing the Ruald Rheeder men for the final walk looking like Arabic warriors of the Dakar deserts.

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography

Photo by Larry English Photography


For a first-timer, this event was well executed. Glitches here and there but no event goes without teething issues. Even if they are sometimes only backstage and no one at the front notices. We’re looking forward to the next instalment of SA Menswear Week and keen to see if the talent pool will get bigger and deeper or shallow out like some fashion weeks in this country.

Until the next…


#menswear #fashionweek
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