#MBFWCT Designer Q&A – Ruald Rheeder

A game changer to say the least, Ruald Rheeder returns to Cape Town Fashion Week with a confidently trendy collection for both men and women. The designer tells us he has taken many risks with the latest collection, so we’re sure to see an exciting show this year.

Ruald Rheeder at Cape Town Fashion Week 2013. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
Ruald Rheeder at Cape Town Fashion Week 2013. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

1) You continue pushing the boundaries of men’s fashion, can we expect more of this at Cape Town Fashion Week?

Absolutely! It’s definitely going to be more different than anything seen or done before. I am taking many risks, playing with colour, prints and of course silhouettes. Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 will see the return of the classic suit (but in a way never seen before) – the RUALD RHEEDER man is still right on trend, very confident and will always remain sophisticated.

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

2) Will you be showing more women’s fashion again?

Definitely! The ladies collection is making a big return to the runway this year. The ladies collection takes a journey down to old classics revisited and redesigned. It’s a soft neutral pallet filled with incredible textures and beautiful fabrics.

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

3) Tell us more about the collection you’ll be showing for both male and female?

The collection is mostly unified by the neutral base, The ladies collection is a return of the ultimate feminine woman and its soft, luxurious and rich textures. The men’s collection is slightly more colourful, more daring and showcases a lot of prints.

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

4) What inspired this collection?

The collection was inspired by the great fashion icons of our times and those designs that changed the face of fashion and had an impact on what fashion has become. I read a book “Icons in Fashion” that inspired me immensely and lead me to the idea of taking iconic classics and make them current and unique to the RUALD RHEEDER brand.

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

5) What type of person do you picture wearing this collection?

This collection is certainly for everyone. It features a vast range of silhouettes for different body types and ages.

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

6) Will there be any famous faces walking the runway for you this year?

Isn’t there always? Yes, we certainly have! I don’t want to give too much away – but yes, the famous faces will be gracing the runway for the RUALD RHEEDER show

RUALD RHEEDER Winter14
RUALD RHEEDER Winter14

7) What excites you most about Cape Town Fashion Week?

It’s my hometown and I’m always more excited about Cape Town so I can pull out all the stops. Cape Town audiences are more receptive to new things and inspire me to think further than the obvious and always reinvent and recreate.

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