Day 5 of SAFW was all about the men and it was also the last day of fashion week. To continue with honouring the ‘no colour’ theme, I decided to wear a crisp white button down shirt that I got from Woolworths from the men’s section and wore it as a shirt dress. This is what I love about fashion lately, you are free to move across departments and styling has really become androgynous as gender barriers are being crossed.
The first show I went to see was done as an installation and the designers being showcased were House of St. Luke, Tovch, Rip ‘n Sew, Leaf Letlhare and Zamaswazi. My personal favourite for this show was House of St. Luke. Their aesthetic was very regal and all black (black is everything). They had a lot of cross cultural and androgynous styling but still remained within the bounds of an imperialistic aesthetic.
It would be wrong not to mention my second favourite designer, Tovch. I loved the pop of red colour among the grey and also the use of print. They also used androgynous styling with the skirt and flares on the cape of one of the garments.
The second show showcased Palse and Floyd Avenue. I’ve come notice that the style aesthetic of using exaggerated silhouettes, similar to that of Vetements is becoming very popular among designers across the world.
SA Fashion Week gets a 10/10 from me and it was such a wonderful experience and it was good to get accustomed to South African designers and support local content. I look forward to attending more fashion shows in the future and also developing my fashion repertoire.
Till my next post,
Studio W Men’s crisp white button down shirt