Fashion Week goes upbeat for humans and dogs
THIS year’s Arise Cape Town Fashion Week has not succumbed to the global economic crisis. Instead, it has been inspired by it, with some designers launching upbeat, feel-good lines.
Each designer, it seems, is striving to add something new to the event’s mix this year.
Local fashion guru Craig Port has even gone so far as to add some canine models to the line-up for his show, themed Love, Hope, Faith.
This year, Port launched a dog fashion range and a few West Highland terriers took to the ramp at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, donning the colours of the season in their hats, waistcoats and chic studded collars.
In a buzzing office, while putting the final touches to his range earlier this week, Port said his range and theme were meant to lift people’s moods in the recession.
Port is launching his men’s underwear range and has also collaborated with Watson Shoes, which makes Grasshoppers, to launch his own shoe line.
“In this time of crisis and recession I tried to create a positive energy,” Port said.
“What I’m trying to say with my range is that if you have love, hope and faith, then life will be rosier.
“The theme also made me think about bringing the dogs in because they are man’s best friend and represent the three things in the theme.“
Port created minimalist designs for the dogs as he wanted to keep it “simple and stylish”.
“I’m not mad about dressing dogs up too much. They are naturally beautiful and we shouldn’t over-adorn them and it’s the same with humans.
Port said his men’s swimwear range did well internationally last season, with orders from cities which have popular beaches. This year he is hoping to have that same success with his men’s underwear line – his ambition is to be “the next Calvin Klein of underwear”.
He is also launching a col- lection of 50 pairs of Craig Port shoes, made by Watson Shoes, in a collection of leather, suede and loafers.
Others who kicked off Fashion Week on Thursday were Pumeza Mekuto, Tarien Malherbe and Undacova with her Fresh Show. Misfit, Tart, Sway and Doreen Southwood also took to the ramp.
Other favourites included David Tlale and Malick, who showcased their designs on Friday.
Today, heavyweights such as Gavin Rajah are set to dazzle at the off-site BMW Showroom in the city, with Carducci Woman and Fabiani lined up for the CTICC. Malcolm Kluk’s will show his latest line tomorrow at the Val De Vie Estate.