March 02, 2010

Favourite Audi Fashion Week picks .... (Winter 2010) 6

On day 3, the big boys + girls came out to plaaaay and boy did they deliver!  David Tlale, Thula Sindi, Vesselina Pencheva and Stefania Moreland were my favourites.

“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.
FEATURED FABRICS: White stretch wool with black lace, melange knits, broderie anglaise, yellow chiffon and elastane 'bandage’ trim.
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.
 She won the sponsored Audi A5 for being the designer whose work "most aligned with Audi's philosophy - progressive, sophisticated, luxurious and sexy".
FEATURED FABRICS: Silk, chiffon, georgette, satin, organza, velvet, lace and Lurex blends.



This is Vesselina Pencheva studio’s 10th anniversary and they decided to use this fashion week to relaunch the label. A strong fifties vibe permeated throughout the strong but feminine and elegant collection. Black and white was dominant with some creams, browns and a faint grey pin stripe. Turquoise was used as an accent colour and I liked the blue stockings and the gloves (very on trend!).

FEATURED FABRICS: natural fibres such as a wool textured weave, grey suiting, silk, satin, chiffon, fine mesh, taffeta and organza. Cotton twill suiting with velvet flocked flowers was also used.

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