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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

#FASHIONWEEK: AFICTFW Reviewed – The Collections You Need To Know About



African Fashion International Cape Town Fashion (AFICTFW) happened between 21-24 March, 2018, between three venues: the @homelivingspace venue at the Waterfront, The Ritz Hotel in Sea Point and the Salt River Film Studios in Salt River, Cape Town. Generally, in review, I try and steer clear of non-positive feedback, however, I was once again left disappointed with the manner in which media – for me at least – was mismanaged. Not only did I find myself awarded with back row tickets, but I also happened to chop and change where on the back row I sat. In the end, I offered my seats to someone else and opted to stand with the photographers in order to get a standard view of the collections, so I would have a much more informed opinion on the collections. Having said that – there were a large number of disappointments, including the David Tlale collection which delivered an underwhelming fashion experience for the enthusiastic eye. However, a good handful of designers came to the play to slay and those are the collections you defs have to hear about.

Tactile, textured and layered – the Leandi Mulder collection presents a story centered on cocooning within the boundaries of luxury. Its cohesion is solidified by the colour palette, the fabrication and the treatment of the different elements into making a whole. Holistically, the presentation showcases really good, retail-ready looks, while also introducing to us some amazing fashion pieces to be worn with more basic, neutral garments within your wardrobe.

Leandi Mulder


As part of the Fashion Revolution showcase, Mahone, produced a beautifully uncomplicated collection using hessian fabric in promotion of ethical and sustainable fashion. Working with a modest colour palette, the collection showcased men’s and ladies’ fashion meant for both day and night in a timeless fashion. The intimacy between volume and shape makes this collection one to see because of its fresh approach to working with organic fabric for producing stylish garments.

Mahone


Nicholas Coutts has travelled an interesting journey within fashion, having stepped into the scene with an award winning women’s collection, to designing a series of seriously well instigated men’s collections, to coming full circle with a #AFICTFW women’s collection that showcases his understanding of design, quality control and fit. Further to that, his more recent collections, including this one for AFICTFW, illustrate his consistent love-affair with fabrics and individualistic prints that are relatable to nature: case in point, his print introduced in this collection resembled honeycombs. In its totality, the collection is elegant, vibrant, fresh and has an international flair with a local aesthetic.

Nicholas Coutts


I was present for this collection. I was present and accounted for. My biggest love-affair with the collection is definitely the fabric and prints. Fresh, neutral, high-quality and exotic – they gave me a breath of fresh fashion air. I was also available to soak in the embellishments and the Spanish-sleeve layering effect on some of the pants. The collection gave me an interpretation of new found glamour that is young, sophisticated and dripping with sensuality. Sarah gave me vibes and I was jamming to them. I think now is the time to start cross-dressing.

Tongoro by Sarah Diouf


The Adama Paris collection showcased pure opulence. From the first look to the last, luxury was illustrated from fabric selections, colourway choices and the sheer design factor of the collection. The influences of Dakar, Senegal, and perhaps Morocco flowed through the collection seamlessly; nuances of Islam were also introduced with hints of tribal influences complementing the collection. The attention paid to detail and high-quality finish really added a touch of class to what for me was a beautifully conceptualized African-inspired collection.

Adama Paris


Imprint’s #AFICTFW collection showed us development from the brand; and not just from a design aspect, but from a product development angle as well, especially with the inclusion of the beret and fanny pack. The collection has synergy throughout and somewhat reflects an African-Parisian fashion experience. The collection’s youthful impression is matured enough to balance work and play effortlessly. Worn to the office or to your favourite sundowner spot – you’re bound to leave a stylish impression.

Imprint ZA


Adele Dejak did the most with an incredible gold and silver jewellery collection. Bold, vibrant and modern in a timeless fashion, the collection resembles perfect examples of what relic hunters discover in ancient lands when scavenging for prized possessions. Incredibly oversized and dramatic pieces, worked together with retail-ready pieces, created a beautiful dance between organic and man-made. The collection reflected an African modernity – a current trend on the continent.

Adele DeJak


Yes, I know, it’s only seven (7) designers, but the fact is, those are the ones that made a difference. They presented something interesting that gave me a taste of what is possible within fashion. Whether it was the use of fabric and prints, the attention to detail, the unobtrusive cultural and tribal influences, these collections set a standard for themselves and their consumers. We can only hope that other designers and brands will be inspired to do and be more the next time they consider to showcase at a fashion week anywhere in the world.



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