“Fantastical Structures”. That, was David Tlale’s theme for his collection and oh darling, what a show! It was inspired by (and I quote) ...
"architecture and conceptualized as radically revisiting our understanding of form and structure in fashion and architecture".
David’s show was not just about the clothes. It was a decadent extravaganza that incorporated mood, concept, props all arranged in a set to tell a story. NO old ramp for Mr Tlale. The room was filled with wax-like figures in armchairs and on ottomans. I was left breathless by the clockwork dolls that were revolving on a dot. *sigh* The man’s a genius.
To drive home the ‘structural’ shape, wire, boning, PVC and leather were used as construction surfaces. THEN, there was the soft velvet, cotton-Lycra stretch knits and chiffon that was draped into dresses and only needed bodies to give them shape. DÉLICIEUX!
FEATURED COLOURS: metallics, coppers, gold, bronze, onyx, browns, muddy-green and forest greens.
Thula Sindi was very formal this season. “A Woman of Consequence” is what he had in mind. His inspiration was women he’d like to design for. Sindi thought about these women’s qualities and turned that into a collection. Who are these women? “Powerful, assertive woman who are confidant of their choices and always ensure they're well dressed and uniquely feminine” - a man after my own heart. Thula Sindi has always been one of my favourite local designers. The man’s a hard worker and ever so humble and well, the clothes were divine. I loved the figure hugging shift dresses, wrap dresses and the jackets.
Stefanie Morland brought more that extremely ready to wear feel. You could literally shop off the models’ bodies, the collection was that wearable and trend ready. Lots of ivory, navy, gold and black here. The collection was part carefree, feminine and young and part sassy edgy.
FEATURED FABRICS: Silk, chiffon, georgette, satin, organza, velvet, lace and Lurex blends.