Michelle Ludek did not impress in anyway whatsoever ( maybe a few). Yes, a few standout pieces here and there, but that is not what makes a collection; cuts were a little too basic and safe, those statement neck pieces took away from the clothes as I found my self staring more intensely at them than the clothes which should have been the main focus of every Editor and not the accessories.
In Michelle Ludek’s defence, where she tried, she really did ( like the pink and blue mix matched sweep coat, paired with a matching harem pant and the white buttoned down, and a few other instances). The collection was clean and squeaky, which is a relief – quite honestly.
While the accessories might have been used to make up for the blandness of the collection, it was a little bit too much for even it’s own purpose, ultimately making it a show stealer. The brand will have to learn proportion and balancing to further perfect their craft, otherwise it will be a continuous case of a distracting insignificant other over the main subject of the day; which in this case were the clothes.
See throughs, brassieres, leotards and masks? I am game!
W35t made a case for that woman who sweats it out in the gym, who toils for her insane midrif and is confident enough to show it off, unapologetically.
I might not be that woman, but I know a lot, and they will give anything to inextricably look or feel like Anastasia Steele in the raunchy 50 Shades of Grey movie.
At one point W35t made use of applique for the most jaw-dropping colour blocking effect, a very subtle technique, yet visually stunning and at another point they used liquid silver for a body hugging effect while aptly passing across their message: that fitness is important.
I left the W35t show a fan, with the ultimate goal of returning next season, a very toned version of myself: how is that for a challenge?
Tags: Cape Town Fashion Week, Michelle Ludek, Spring/Summer 2016, W35T