1. Marianne Fassler continued the work she began with her Print-à-Porter collection that was shown in Paris. She presented bright colours, clashing prints and experimental hemlines. The show revealed pleated fabrics and mesh worn over neon colours. The highlights were Fassler’s signature leopard print and her showstopper, which beautifully embodied her Afro-chic theme – big with a perfect clash of prints.
2. Stefania Morland presented a collection that spoke of long, sunny days at the beach. The collection had beautiful, delicate, cream lace and voile, which was also shown with pops of pastel pink and red. However, the best part of Morland’s show was the fabulous and highly coveted black, brown and gold eveningwear that used beautiful silks and sparkly embellishments.
3. David Tlale launched his new bridal couture range at Cape Town’s Gallery MOMO. He went for delicate creams paired with bold and glittery gold embellishments and bright, printed metallic leggings. He upped the ante with a shiny emerald-green collection and a fabulous dramatic skirt for men. Tlale brought high glam and a rebellious streak to wedding couture using a mint-and-pistachio palette, feathers, silk, chiffon and metalware.
4. Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen brought sexy back to sports luxe. The collaboration was light, soft and neutral with great onesies, long tees and funky visor caps, which are a must if you’re going to do sports luxe correctly. They also presented fresh monochrome looks, but it was their brightly coloured prints and long tees that stood out.
5. Lalesso went for a sexy boho-chic collection of the cutest playsuits in tribal and geometric prints. The label showed sexy hemlines, cute cut-outs, relaxed silhouettes and beautiful prints that are now associated with the brand. One of the best parts of the show was the digital print on baby-pink silk and cotton with touches of yellow, coral, foliage and turquoise.
6. Habits opened its show with a nod to the East with kimonos, high-waisted pants and long dresses in delicate silks. While beautiful, it wasn’t new or exciting compared with the second-half of the show, which played around with fabulous maxi dresses with a cape detail for a lightness and flair that made them perfect for transitioning from day- to eveningwear.
The 2015 Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week swept into the Mother City last week for three days of fab and glam collections from a stellar line-up of SA’s new and existing designers. Gugulethu Mhlungu gives you the