Our highlights from SA Fashion Week ’19

Designers, media and fashion enthusiasts came together to celebrate the incarnation of beauty, style, luxury and everything in between at this year’s SA Fashion Week.

We have been musing over some of the collections showcased at the 4-day long event, and although fashion was the order of the day, there were other interesting aspects of the event that caught our attention. Here’s a summary of wig snitching and cringe-worthy moments from SAFW.

  1. Luxion KulcaThe street label celebrated their 20-year anniversary by honouring HHP and ProKid in the opening of their show. The late rappers, who were once ambassadors of the brand played a huge role in influencing street fashion and youth culture during their time in the entertainment industry. To add icing on the cake, they had kwaito star, Mapaputsi perform during the show. The nostalgic experience, we assume, was intended to take the audience on a journey down memory lane, but also remind them of the noteworthiness the brand has on the culture. The gesture was greatly appreciated, but the collection was nothing to write home about.
  • DUT The Art Of Fashion – Perfectly fitted, and yet ridiculously over the top, the collection saw a near-perfect amalgamation of fashion and art. Every piece on the collection looked different from the previous one – innovative and refreshing are the perfect words to best describe ‘The Art of Fashion’ show.
  • Thebe Magugu – The 25-year-old designer has been keeping the fashion community on their toes as of late. Each item of clothing presented under his collection ‘African Studies’ deserves a thesis written on it. Our favourites were; the red floral coat, the open shoulder red two-piece, and the purple print dress.
  • Muso Maxwell – To echo our sentiment on Magugu’s collection, each item from Muso Maxwell’s collection also deserves a thesis written on it. The craftsmanship is ineffable. What we enjoyed most about this collection was the play of different textures on different patterns and colours. Spell fun!
  • Selfi – The showcase of the Selfi collection was an important moment for South African fashion. This collection ranks as the best collection to come out of SAFW for us. Street wear was met with flyness, dark pastels have never looked this attractive before.
  • Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung – Palesa put on a good show, but we expected more from her. Nonetheless, she signed a partnership to collaborate with global brand H&M straight after her showcase at fashion week. This will be the first African collaboration with a South African designer for H&M.
  • Ephymol – Fitted clothing? Check. Perfectly tailored suits? Check. Clever mix of patterns and textures? Check. Simple, yet stylist? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present ‘Men’s Fashion’!

Check out the other collections form SAFW and let us know what you think.

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