Menswear looks from SA Fashion Week SS21 digital collections
SOUTH African Fashion Week is one of the biggest events on the fashion calendar. The longest running fashion collection event in the continent, SA Fashion Week has been where trends are cemented and new fashion houses born.
It also attracts an audience of fashion lovers, who would decamp to Joburg every six months to see what to expect in fashion. In the before times, fashionistas would dress to the nines and put their best foot forward in order to catch the media’s eye.
While many called it peacocking, others used it as a way to showcase interesting style choices. The show before the shows. And, of course, the elites of the fashion, entertainment and business industries, would sit in the front row, watching their favourite designers reveal their collections.
However, that’s all gone. Instead, fashion lovers are now sitting at home, watching the shows on their screens, thanks to Covid-19 precautions, and mustering up some interest in what’s on offer.
The menswear designers who showcased at the recent SAFW Digital Collections, predicted that Spring/ Summer 2021 is all about the pop of colours and genderless garments. They also showed how big sustainability in fashion will continue to be.
If you’ve been following Ephraim Molingoana’s Ephymol, you would’ve noticed his love for various patterns. This season was no different. We loved his use of offcuts and fabric scraps to create a collection that was colourful and trendy. It was his nod to sustainability and how not one piece of fabric should go to waste.
Designers Rome Wepener and Lana Eslin from the edgy menswear brand, Throwaway Twenty had colourful prints, including polka dots in primary colours and some pastel tones.
The highlight of the collection was the fringed shirt, black skirt, and satin shirts that can be worn by both men and women.
Menswear collections wouldn’t be complete without athleisure wear, and the likes of Maklele and Richard Hoy understood the assignment. Maklele’s collection was rich in black with pops of lime green and pastel tones.
Meanwhile, Richard Hoy took it back to the ’90s with the on trend varsity jackets, boxing shorts and photographer jackets.
Xavier Sadan made sure he remained on-trend, but still conceptual with the puffy jackets and wide-pocket shorts in neutral colours like beige, brown and grey. His shirt with wrapped sleeves left us confused about how one is supposed to use their hands when wearing it.
It looks like you’re hugging yourself. It would be perfect for magazine editorials.
Noted designer, Ole Ledimo of House of Ole, paid tribute to his late friend, Wandi Nzimande, the co-founder of Loxion Kulca. Ledimo designed a collection to celebrate and honour everything Nzimande loved, from music to fashion and storytelling.
The collection was inspired by Nzimade’s love for hip hop. It features loose and free silhouettes with a touch of finesse. It included hints of the Loxion Kulca colours, black and lime, celebrating his expertise in uniting and uplifting emerging designers.
The garments were a mix of sports and formal wear, loud graphic prints and denim. We expect this collection to feature in many wardrobes next summer.