Fash­ion Week goes up­beat for hu­mans and dogs

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

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.

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