09 Apr MBFWJ in a nutshell shot by Gaschette
If you’ve missed out on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, don’t fear. Gaschette recently published an overview of the most memorable pieces that were showcased during the event by South Africa’s top designers. Gaschette is an independent online fashion magazine based in Joburg. They focus on creating free online access to the latest information about fashion in South Africa by providing rich creative content. At MBFWJ this year, some of the most prominent designers were Marianne Fassler, Nao Serati, Tart, Armand Dicker, Selfi, Augustine, Akedo, Gavin Rajah, Leigh Schubert, Martelle Ludik, Siviwe James, Stefania Morland, Samantha Constable, Thebe Magugu, Shana, Lumin and Oath by Rich Mnisi.
If you like denim – shredded, netted, patterned, or sewn delicately onto your wedding dress with a hint of leopard print – Marianne Fassler’s latest collection will make you go numb. Influenced by the greatest punk and fashion icon of all time, Marianne Fassler brought a bit of Vivienne Westwood to the ramps of South Africa. “Denim is decomposed and risen to beautiful transparent denim garments; practical for travelling and a non-existing South African ‘winter’. The flesh harvested in the deconstruction process is patched together in ultimate up-cycling, giving life to fresh mended skirts and dresses,” said Lezanne Viviers, a designer and assistant for Marianne Fassler.
One of this year’s AFI Fastrack participants, Nao Serati, was another highlight for us. His collection imagined what street wear might look like if we all lived inside the Internet.
Another designer to take note of is Rich Mnisi, recently new to the South African Fashion industry. His label Oath started to turn heads in 2014 when Rich was announced the star of AFI Fastrack. Oath started out as a menswear fashion label but has recently expanded to include a range for women. Sporty fabrics are adorned with African inspired prints on oversized formal cuts.
Overall, hobo chic was definitely a thing. From contour to couture, a recurring feature on the ramps were delicate sheer fabrics layered with heavy textures and cheeky prints. The garments had a vigorous yet feminine feel to them, draped on androgynous figures striding the catwalk. Get ready for a winter wonderland where the charm lies in disorienting your wardrobe, and making it impossible for bystanders to classify you as a stereotype.
Photography by Steve Marais
Styling by Jess Lupton and Filipe Carvalho
Art Direction by Colin O’Mara Davis
Hair & Make up by Keagan Cafun and Michael MacOlive
Featuring Tricia Akello and Queen Onyemaeci
Gavin Rajah and Leigh Schubert
Oath by Rich Mnisi