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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#FASHION_WEEK: Durban Fashion Fair 2016 As Per The SuitableMan – Brian Lehang


As we were making an exit out of the winter season entering the colorful spring, we had to do it fashionably as we graced the city of Durban for the annual Durban Fashion Fair.  Since DFF takes center stage for hosting local and international designers once a year, it gives the opportunity to explore and experiment without any mandate influenced by the seasons.

DFF is not just a platform to showcase local and international designers, but for them (designers) to explore; experiment and push boundaries as they showcase their talent and skills in garment making. It is evident that the rise of menswear is rapidly increasing and with that said DFF continues to brew out even more menswear designers. Year after year there are new faces on the ramp and we even see the usual faces making waves. Through workshops and fashion trends analysis designers are taking menswear lines more serious as stats show that the modern men are now big spenders and take their look very serious. We even see designers that are well-known for ladies wear jumping into menswear range. Enough about the business talk, let’s see what some of these designers had in store for us this year.

ABRANTIE THE GENTLEMAN
As I mentioned that DFF designers came to show us that they can go out of their comfort zones; explore and experiment while setting trends. Abrantie was not bothered to conform to the rules of dandyism, or worry about looking absolutely sartorial. Some may say it was an incomplete three piece but he was brave to pair the pants with the vest (waistcoat) without worrying about the jacket. We tend to follow rules a lot, says the Ghanaian Flair. If you know the rules then you are more than welcome to break them. Well-tailored pants and vest paired with a shirt with indigenous prints, The Gentlemen were indeed effortlessly elegant. There was no need for accessories nor an emblem batch to show who he was and how fashionable he can be. All he was saying is “less is more”. Keep it clean and simple.
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


CLEMAS
A continuation from last year and still staying true to his heritage as he paid homage to his culture in style. A traditional man never looked to stylish and sophisticated. Clemas’ traditional collection spoke load to the urban dwellers saying never forget where you come from. The poncho-like dress shirts were everything, with minimum details and styling it showed the masculinity yet looking peaceful. It was as good as the Arab sheikh costume, one can wear the same outfit over and over again and won’t go out of fashion. Timeless.
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


DUKE
The pride of Kwa Zulu Natal, also not following trends but setting them and the only way to do that is not conforming to the so-called sartorialism. As long as the garments are well tailored then as a designer you are allowed to play around with detailing, like how Duke did. As he also continued from where he left off with the shades of grey he also kept it simple. A lot may agree that accessories give outfits a rejuvenated life, however looking at this collection and these outfit, they were alive straight out of the studio. There was absolutely no need for accessories and I am glad he didn’t add any. The detail was on the fabric; the tailoring and of course the DB jacket was exceptional with the bead-work overlapping on the right shoulder. And definitely my favorite was the light grey jacket with no buttons but a zip. The beauty of this jacket is that the zip starts where the top button of the jacket should be and to top it all the jacket still has lapels.
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


EULLUE
The time to look random going to the gym is history as the rise of sports lux take center stage. This new phenomenon has revolutionized fashion as it encompasses unisex as well as gender fluidity. Eullue being one the rookies of DFF were very impressive, with their colorfully clean collection. Sportswear never looked so luxurious, even the SuitableMan saw himself in one of the outfits this coming summer. The baby blue hoes paired with white on the garments was so chic it was like looking at the partly cloudy summer sky.
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


HOUSE OF ST LUKE
Seeing this collection reminded me of the stereotype phrase “once you go black you never go back”. I couldn’t even call it shades of black because there were no shades but pure darkness. This collection depicted royalty at its best with the feather headpiece and capes of all shapes and sizes, it was like seeing the modern Shaka Zulu. We did not only see the dark side of it but also the feminine; soft and sensitive side of the collection. From the see-through lace shirt to the high waist dress-like pants and even the neck-pieces made the outfits look even more impeccable. It’s true, black is beautiful!
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


TERRENCE BRAY
A collection only for the brave! I was nothing that one can find in departmental store. It was like watching a Paris Haute Couture but for men. Terence is more like a veteran of the fashion business in South Africa as he has been around for years. He is more than just a designer, Terence is a fashion story teller. Looking at his collection I felt close to nature with earthy colors and floral accessories, it was like the outfits were made for an international contemporary dance performance. It didn’t end there, we saw aquatic shades on the garments and it was like watching Avatar on the runway. Not only were the fabrics light and flexible, also fresh and well-fitted. It was not just fashion but art at its best.
Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner

Photos courtesy of SDR Photo / Simon Deiner


That all from me for the Durban Fashion Fair 2016, until next time.
Stay fashionably fabulous.
Yours Suitably
Brian Lehang
SUITABLEMAN


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