The rain could not keep us away from the second day of MBFWJ with a full house at every show. Here are some of our highlights…
Former ELLE Rising Star winner, Tamara Cherie Dyson’s collection kicked off with rich navy blue pieces that simply spoke for themselves, reflecting confidence, independence and sophistication.
We saw updated skirt suits, double-breasted jumpsuits and knit tennis dresses that all worked harmoniously with a colour palette of ox-blood, overcast grey, blush pinks and rich sand and copper. Overall, the collection was incredibly considered and a tight knit group of beautifully crafted separates- perfect for a working day or play. Two words come to mind when thinking of this collection- women empowerment!
The first thing noticeable about this collection, which remained constant throughout the show, was the pairing of elegant, feminine, yet fun garments with Converse sneakers – we loved the contrast!
The collection boasted bright yellows, forest greens, royal blues and deep purples, sometimes in unison as colour blocking, all in lace, check, pleats and wool. The dramatic music served as an appropriate lead into a thought-provoking finale, as two female models walked down the runway together, one in a wedding gown and the other in a tweed suit, representing same sex marriage – loved!
Mille Collines presented a collection that filled the venue with an African spirit. But before the models took to the ramp, a dedication appeared on screen – ‘We dedicate this collection to Aamito Lagum…and her beautiful lips’, following a negative, racist social media incident directed at a image of her lips that MAC cosmetics shared on their Instagram as a behind-the-scenes shot of a new shade of lipstick 3 weeks ago.
The collection was fresh and simplistic, with an earthy colour palette of khaki, burnt citrus, nougat and grey. It was minimal, yet sporty and feminine, channeling a modern African Princess. Models donned head wraps as their ‘crowns’ and long necklaces in ethnic colours- much like the traditional and colourful beaded necklaces that form only part of African attire. Mille Collines received a standing ovation as the crowd praised the display of African inspiration and a special tribute to all the models, introducing them by name and where they are from. It didn’t end there, as just as the audience was ready to leave the venue, we were asked to remain seated and were then treated to a performance by South African artist Ricky Rick’s with his hit song ‘Bazonke’. The production was flawless and the show, refreshing.
As expected, David Tlale moved the audience to an offsite venue for his show. The crowd moved from the Nelson Mandela Square to the parking lot at Protea Court in Sandton City. With chairs laid out and a number of Mercedes-Benz cars parked to light the ‘runway’, the show kicked off with a display of men and ladies underwear – a collaboration between David Tlale and Jockey.
This followed by dramatic music, smoke machines and his new collection– think structure, fringing and drapery in black and burgundy lace, micro check print, leather and tulle. A collection that was clearly focused on being elegant yet edgy, sophisticated yet sexy. The music, the drama and the showstopper dress– a Tlale tradition, lived up to.
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