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Global Designer Spotlight: Johannesburg’s Clive Rundle


 

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection at South Africa Fashion Week

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

This fashion stalwart gives a tailor-made peek into his fashion perspective.

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, the always electrifying womenswear designer Clive Rundle sets alight whatever ramp his models grace. One of the most revered designers of the South African fashion scene, clocking in an impressive 30 years in the business, Rundle recently brought the house down when he presented his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week. In an exclusive interview, Rundle explains his fashion inspiration, his key academic advice and why it can be good thing when the front rows aren’t stacked with international buyers.

 

 

Clive Rundle

Clive Rundle

 

 

What is the story board/inspiration behind your latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2013?

Most importantly it was the launch of our ready-to-wear offering. The collection was about the purity and the pleasure of making simple aesthetic choices and a return to the simple reality of beauty?

 

What made you decide to get into the fashion business?

It seemed a portable skill.

 

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

Who inspired you when you were just starting out? Who inspires you now? Has inspiration changed in any way?

Claude Montana. I remember his 1988 Bicentennial wool collection vividly. Today, inspiration comes from our own conceptual work and working in a particular mood. Inspiration has changed only because we now have the capacity to experiment with ourselves, not needing an outside hero.

 

Your present collection has a gorgeous grey palette with various punches of colour. And the various couture approach to layering and ruching. Explain this approach in your latest collection.

As with all of our collections, the conceptual work for the collection all lies on one pattern making an entire collection.

 

 

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

How do you unwind?

Fauna and flora.

 

What part of the day best inspires you?

Dreaming while awake.

 

From where do you gather your inspiration?

I think it’s neurological.

 

How does the media play a part in your overall branding?

Media exposure is of course important to any designer and we are lucky enough to have our fair share of exposure via many channels.

 

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

Clive Rundle's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

What makes the South African fashion scene unique?

We can do what we like because there are no international buyers sitting in our front rows.

 

What advice would you give to up-and-coming designers and design students who are interested in following this career path?

There are only three global Fashion schools that are worth studying at, only because of their reputation. The industries need to draw students from these three colleges. Preferably do a degree in architecture or engineering before you start your fashion studies.

 

What is the best advice you’ve received and still treasure today?

Your name is your brand.

 

You can connect with Clive the following ways:

Clive Rundle Twitter – @cliverundle

Clive Rundle Face Book – Clive Rundle

Website – www.cliverundle.com

 

 

 

Photography courtesy of South Africa Fashion Week  

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