Runway Review – SAFW Wrap Up

The Protea Court at Sandton City was abuzz with SAFW excitement this past weekend as prominent designers and popular celebrities showcased their style, from the reception area to the runway.

Spotted celebrities:

Jeanie D / Zoe Brown
Nilo Bella / Luyana Madonia
DJ Zinhle / Thabiso Mkhubela
Khanyi Mbau / Miss Cosmo

Installation Inspiration

With a twist on the classic catwalk, Erre decided to showcase designs in an interactive installation, with models lining the runway in mannequin-like magic. Audience members admired and deliberated over every detail of the garments, displayed like paintings in a museum and adored for the works of art that they are. The use of so-called “plus-size” models to exhibit the clothes was a further unique feature with models including Miss World South Africa 2019 representative Sasha-Lee Olivier.

Erre Installation | Photos: Eunice Driver

Sustainable Style

Sustainability was the key phrase of the evening, with responsible fashion an important facet of both the Mohair SA and Cape Wool designers De Mil and Lunar. Amanda Laird Cherry took the “reduce-reuse-recycle” concept even further and partnered with Gumtree to use deconstructed 2nd hand clothing as the base materials for her designs.

Amanda Laird Cherry | Photos: Eunice Driver

Further stand out trends included

1 – Purple Reign

Designers took purple royalty to the eye-popping extreme, from whimsical skirts to structured suits.

Keyes Fashion / Gert Johan Coetze / Gert Johan Coetze
Danielle Frylinck/ Ephymol | Photos: Eunice Driver

2 – Sheer Style

From Keyes to Coetze, sheer was a firm favourite of designers with bold beading and feather finishes adding an extra touch of glamour to every garment.

Keyes Fashion / Danielle Frylinck
Gert Johan Coetze / Gert Johan Coetze | Photos: Eunice Driver

3 – Leather Luxury

Edgy elegance, once an oxymoron, is now easily achievable thanks to effortless fusions of feminine folds and fierce finishes.

Erre / Gert Johan Coetze / Gert Johan Coetze | Photos: Eunice Driver

4 – Fluid Fashion

Set off against the backdrop of the pride parade out in full force just outside the Sandton City Protea Court, gender fluidity was a key trend on the ramp with gender-neutral designs that ensured unrestricted fashion finesse for all.

Gert Johan Coetze / Gert Johan Coetze / Ntando XV | Photos: Eunice Driver

5 – Vava Volume

Luxury layers make an impact, from Mohair SA Lunar knitwear to Keyes Fashion flowing gowns.

Lunar – Mohair SA/Cape Wool / Keyes Fashion / Keyes Fashion | Photos: Eunice Driver

The importance of celebrating and showcasing uniquely South African designers was once again highlighted at this #AW20 #LuxuryCollection #SAFW. As I walk (limped) home after a four-day full-fledged fashion onslaught, the overarching feeling that swept over me was that of pride. From the gorgeous models and creative designers to the dedicated SAFW team, we have much to be proud of.

Guest written by Mikaela Oosthuizen

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