Fash­ion Week kicks off

The Sunday Independent - - Front Page - AMANDA MALIBA AND LESEGO MAKGATHO

FASH­ION lovers from all walks of life gath­ered at Sand­ton City’s Protea Court Rooftop, in Joburg, this week to see what top de­sign­ers, and the up-and­com­ing, had to of­fer in their Spring-Sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tions at SA Fash­ion Week.

This year, de­sign­ers such as Black Cof­fee and Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee stood out, among many others.

Day one started with the Wool­worths Style by SA show, which fea­tured an ar­ray of de­sign­ers.

In at­ten­dance were South African per­son­al­i­ties who al­ways put their best foot for­ward.

Stars such as Gigi La­mayne, in a white suit; Tumi Voster; Tshepi Vundla; K Naomi and in­flu­encer Thick­leey­once, in a track­suit out­fit, vied for the front seats.

Fash­ion be­ing fash­ion, some made a state­ment by rock­ing #Win­nieMadik­izela trib­ute T-shirts that read: “She didn’t die, she mul­ti­plied.”

On the ramp, Rich Mnisi’s col­lec­tion fea­tured bub­ble sleeves and high neck­lines.

The theme of Thebe Magugu’s of­fer­ing was hats and head ac­ces­sories. His col­lec­tions fea­tured func­tional cloth­ing which could be worn in sum­mer and win­ter.

Day two show­cased a colour­ful, fun line of stun­ning swimwear by Beach Cult.

The ec­cen­tric, out-of-the­box Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents’ Rise of the Oxx col­lec­tion fea­tured emo­jis, heavy wool and graf­fiti.

It was good see­ing ac­tress and singer KB Mot­silenyane com­ing out to play, af­ter she had been MIA for a while. She was dressed by Erre. Thurs­day was a big night with Black Cof­fee, Ephy­mol, Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, Ru­bi­con, African Style Story, T Niche, Is­abel de Vil­liers and Mmuso Maxwell in the fash­ion line-up.

Ru­bi­con’s col­lec­tion stood out, open­ing out with model Ler­ato Moloi, pay­ing trib­ute to mam’Win­nie, by pair­ing all the pieces with doeks.

Last night, the fes­tiv­i­ties are set to cul­mi­nate with the Hospice Wits Night with the Stars. This is about bring­ing to­gether over 100 celebri­ties – mu­si­cians, TV stars and ac­tors, along with top fash­ion de­sign­ers – for a good cause.

All pro­ceeds from the night will be do­nated to Hospice Wits.

PIC­TURES: NOKUTHULA MBATHA/ AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

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