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Feature: Highlights from South Africa Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013


L-R: Black Coffee, Bianca Warren and Clive Rundle

L-R: Black Coffee, Bianca Warren and Clive Rundle

 

 

 

The Autumn/Winter 2013 runway presentations held in Johannesburg, kept us mesmerized. Here are a few designers that we absolutely loved! 

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

Black Coffee

 

The recipient of the 2009 Mercedes Benz Art Award, Black Coffee not only has a memorable name but also boasts designer Jacques van der Watt’s affinity for giving tradition a solid does of modernity. The fantastical coats, the diamond cut approach to fabrics, as well as a hint of girly fun with soft muted shades of yellow and pink, refreshes the hardened edgy approach taken throughout the collection. The coats? Yes, I want all of them.

 

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

Black Coffee

Black Coffee

 

 

Bianca Warren

 

This Durban-based designer takes nature as her inspiration. Her liberal and fabulous usage of eye-popping colours proves just that. Combined with the traditional elements in fabrics and silhouettes, Warren brings forth a fabulous melieu of fashion forward elements without losing the essence of their roots. Lace layers, Asian-inspired Komono belts and of course the endless layers of shimmering fabrics is a great reminder to never forget to be playful in style as well as in life.

 

Bianca Warren

Bianca Warren

 

Bianca Warren

Bianca Warren

 

Bianca Warren

Bianca Warren

 

 

Clive Rundle

 

 

Here, the fashion narrative are the lines and structures for designer Clive Rundle. Born in Zimbabwe, Rundle grew up in South Africa where he studied fashion in Johannesburg. The seductive grey is the perfect backdrop for pops of colour, angles and fabulous cuts. From cute Edwardian style blazers, velvet lined toppers, a mélange of sequins and satin and not to mention the couture approach to layers, ruffles and ruching, Rundle rocks it.

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

 

Kathrin Kidger

 

As part of the Fashion X family, a Durban-based fashion organization that emphasizes branding, awareness and support for local designers and related businesses, designer Kathrin Kidger calls home. She burst on the scene in 2005 where she received ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ award. Her love for colour is throughout this collection. Confidence is key as these pieces convey a certain sense of fearlessness. And why not? Colour is the best conversation starter. The fantastic draping, layering and the mesmerizing blue cheetah print shows that fashion can hold equal parts grativas and equal parts frivolity.

 

Clive Rundle

Kathrin Kidger

 

Kathrin Kidger

Kathrin Kidger

 

Kathrin Kidger

Kathrin Kidger

 

Kathrin Kidger

Kathrin Kidger

 

Kathrin Kidger

Kathrin Kidger

 

Kathrin Kidger

Kathrin Kidger

 

 

 

Photography courtesy of Ivan Naude/ South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

 

 

 

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