Nelson Mandela Square is the new venue for AFI Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which kicked off last night in Sandton and we were there, rain and all, to witness some of South Africa’s finest in fashion. Here’s what went down…
The sound of raindrops on a roof is what you could hear as you entered the venue for this highly anticipated show. Those raindrops were surprisingly not from outside a stormy Johannesburg, but the intro to the soundtrack that was gut-wrenchingly moving, as a mixture of feminine, yet grunge pieces made their way down the runway. A colour palette that had no boundaries was the basis for velvet; patchwork; sheer harlequin-pleated dresses, skirts and blouses, faux leather, tinsel hemmed pants and jackets – the list is endless!
We travelled through a range of silhouettes, and spotted some incredible hats, including bowler, beanie and tulle combinations, as well as a knife pleated one that was a real treat and highlight. Overall, a sigh-with-love a minute collection that officially had us calling on winter.
Stefania Morland’s A/W16 collection was inspired by Cape Town and the landmarks and birdlife that make it unique. An image of the ocean and Table Mountain was the backdrop for the show, that same image trickled onto the opening pieces of collection as prints. Day-time pieces with loose, feminine silhouettes in earthy browns, rusts and blues - a true reflection of the beautiful city, contrasted with burnt citrus and rose gold accents. The collection progressed, introducing sheer blouses, sequinned skirts and dresses, sleeveless jackets, neck pieces and a hint of feathers.
The look of the collection took a turn when two models took to the runway wearing complementary dresses (one brown and one black velvet) with a strong, demanding look that felt like Victorian Fashion meets Military. They were followed by encrusted gowns that lead the showstopper down the ramp – one that boasted a beautiful golden leaf headpiece.
The Intern by David Tlale
The Intern by David Tlale introduce five young designer collections. All of which were different, yet shared the same sense of sexiness and attention-demanding details.
Models sported daring, asymmetrical garments in burnt oranges. Dress hemlines were super short, while playsuits and bodysuits added to the sexiness and edge.
Maxwell Welile Boko
Sport-influenced cropped tops and micro-mini shorts in shades of blue, all paired with chunky tread heels was the general trend for the collection. The collection was youthful and fresh!
The only men’s collection of the five was a hit! Denim formed the foundation of the collection with a navy, white, pine tree green and pops of red colour palette.
Bright whites and gold flower and chain appliquéd pieces formed a sexy collection, also including some asymmetrical silhouettes and super short hemlines.
The final collection ended off day 1 with an eerie mood lead by the soundtrack that accompanied the models who walked the runway in longer length and shorter nougat and chocolate pieces with sheer inserts.
Stay tuned to ELLE.co.za for all our highlights from MBFWJ!
Images: Ramp SDR