SAFW: Day one – Overall and Underwhelming

The week of South African fashion had officially begun as seven designers showcased their latest collections. Lovers of fashion filled the tent and tweeted to the extreme as models paraded down the runway.

Even though the seven names that were showing were well-known, the overall feeling of day one was underwhelming.  Collections blended into each other as I found it difficult to find THE designer that created something awesome for day one. If I were to pick, I’d choose Clive Rundle and Colleen Eitzen as the top two best shows. Overall, there was a whole lot of linen and not enough creativity, in my honest opinion.

Here’s a rundown of what happened:

Black Coffee – An extremely well recognised name in the fashion industry, this label showcased cut-out geometric patterns and flamboyant headpieces. Compared to the rest of the designers that night, it was the more ‘futuristic’ collection and they also stuck to their aesthetic. The black and white pieces were my favourite.

Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Black Coffee at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

Amanda Laird Cherry – More linen-style clothing were featured in this collection while the custom print gave something unique to it as well. My favourite pieces were the shoes.

Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Amanda Laird Cherry at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

Clive Rundle – As I mentioned above, this was one of the best collections from day one. It received a lot of mockery, it seemed, but the fact is people laugh at what they don’t understand. Clive continues to express artistry through his clothing. Though, at first glance, it may seem the collection was a mish-mash of everything, it’s important to dissect and explore in fashion. There are some beautiful standalone pieces here, such as the silk pants, silk wrap dress and the sheer coat.

Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Clive Rundle at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

Colleen Eitzen – My other favourite show of the night was produced by this well-known designer. The collection consisted of carefree-wearing pieces that seemed precariously tied together. There was something delicately intricate about how it all came together. The show proved that It takes a lot of care to create something that appears carefree.

Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Colleen Eitzen at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

Ephymol – We always see a clean-cut menswear collection, it’s expected, this show was no different. Ephymol did however produce some non-conventional pieces that truly outshone the rest. I almost wish the designer had stuck to the former and created a full collection we’d all remember. The half skirt/cullote pants, lace shirt and embossed white pants were a few of the better pieces.

Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Ephymol at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

Lunar – This collection was every hippies dream. Free-flowing designs and a great deal of linen. Best part of the show was the blue-tree-printed long white dress.

Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner
Lunar at SAFW S/S 2015. Pic by SDR Photo/ Simon Deiner

And so we look to Day Two and hope for more from South Africa fashion designers.

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