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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 3, Duo 2] : Danielle Margaux | Lara Klawikowski

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Danielle Margaux

The Danielle Margaux Spring Summer 2016 collection was a culmination of classic silhouettes and very modern designs. Quite demure and understated. Colours were soft and feminine; different shades of pink, marsala, blue and white. 

Styling was minimalist, allowing the clothes to speak abundantly without any disruption, which was indeed the strong hold of the presentation. 

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Lara Klawkwoski:

Lara Klawkwoski

Construction and structure were both strong holds in the Lara Klawkwoski collection. Skirts made to stand, and dresses ruched to form ruffles and bows for an exaggerated visual effect. 

The lines are clean and cuts very contemporary, bringing a certain youthfulness to the collection, almost like an ode to the days when girls played in the garden in bright yellow dresses with fastened belts in shapes of bows with only the sun and kites above their buns. It is with the fondness of years past that Lara Klawkwoski anchored her collection.

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 3, Duo 1] : Lazuli | Imprint

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Lazuli

Lazuli literally dressed a lady; from a lady about town to a belle at a ball to the chic on fleek at the cocktail party to an effortless front row fashionista at Fashion Week. 

It is concise and aptly precise, making it clear that you can still be the centre of attention even in the most basic of silhouettes and palettes without having to draw unnecessary attention to yourself, while still reiterating the most formidable of Summer trends (culottes and crop tops.)

This is definitively the easiest, simplest and chicest that Spring Summer can ever get, and Lazuli indeed made that so!

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Imprint:

Imprint S/S16

The disk fascinator was perhaps the most brilliant idea at the Imprint Spring Summer 2016 presentation. The printed pieces and the pink-white striped pieces were not complimentary to each other at any point, not even when paired together. 

Clearly the brand had an idea that was partly lost in the execution, all thanks to poor fabrication and lack of proper colour and thematic cordination. 

Otherwise, it was an easy and breezy collection, especially because of the lightness of the striped fabric and the vivaciousness that came with it. 

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 3] : David Tlale

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David Tlale

David Tlale is understandably one of South Africa’s biggest fashion exports, but for his Spring-Summer 2016 collection, a literal interpretation of less-is-more would have gone a long way in the overall appeal of the collection. 

The collection had a lot going on with the ruffles, glitters, feathers and cuts; hence the graffiti backdrop was totally uncalled for as it further distracted the eyes from the clothes, and because it was not complimentary to the clothes it looked like an after thought. Also, they could have done a lot better without the shimmers on their faces, there was just too much sparkles, from the green  shimmery  pieces (which I thought didn’t look high-end) to the embellishments and embroideries. 

One thing is clear, a little toning down would have had the David Tlale collection and presentation looking a lot more appealing, at least to me.

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 2, Duo 2] : Ruald Rheeder | Craig Native

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Ruald Rheeder

Ruald Rheeder just created Summer’s most feminine yet Masculine clothes, with his samurai inspired collection. How — you ask? I really can not say for sure. Otherwise, how else would you explain the very feminine mustard yellow coat and liver brown pinafore combo, which is supposed to be the girliest pairing, yet turned out to be super masculine with just the right dash of testetorone. Or the outrageous orange play suit with the waist belt, beat this — with a man bun? And yet, it still turned out super masculine.

Culottes, coats, layering, leather, fur and feathers had the most formidable presence in the Ruald Rheeder Spring -Summer 2015 collection. What started as a singular affair at the Adriaan Kuiters show turned out to be a full blown conspiracy at the Ruald Rheeder show,  with the two designers redefining and revolutionising the new menswear.

At the end of the day, one thing was for sure; the Ruald Rheeder next season man will not need his clothes to declare his gender; his demeanour and carriage will ultimately do the talking.

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Craig Native:

Craig Native

Craig Native’s sporty and urban collection was fresh and quite interesting. Men had leggins and the female models paired tees with head wraps, shift dresses where equally paired with bomber jackets (genius!).

While there might have been less cordination than expected, the brand  however did well in grounding the collection in a single narrative which was centred around the sporty- street-urbanistas!

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 2] : Dax Martin

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Dax Martin

I have come across a lot of colourful people, whose attention I hope will gravitate towards what Dax Martin has on offer, and will be willing to brave the colour storm that characterized its Spring/Summer collection, but what’s swimwear without Graffiti patterns and a kaleidoscope of colours?

 Despite the ambush of colours for Summer/Spring (not obvious enough) the styling with hoop earrings, pitch black shades and straw hats could have been tastefully displayed in a cohesive manner to show a complete clean, chic spring/summer look.

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 2, Duo 1] : Michelle Ludek | W35t

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Michelle Ludek

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.   

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W35t:

W35t

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? 

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 2] : Lalesso

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Lalesso

Lalesso has remained true to it’s aesthetic of soft Summer hues, easy-breezy fabrication and an over all airiness that comes with being a Lalesso girl. 

Clearly, Summer for the Lalesso girl will involve beach strolls in Seychelles and a road side brunch in Paris. She will definitely have the option of dressing up and dressing down her look, for the former a simple pumps would do and for the latter a slide will be her ultimate Summer accessory. 

While the overall show was simply put: Okay; I am however yet to have a wow Lalesso moment, with something highly unexpected or out of this world, for that, the brand will have to stick its neck outside their comfort zone and  take the risk for a collection that will leave an indelible print in our hearts. As for this, it is an interesting beginning; I hope! 

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 1] : Adriaan Kuiters

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Adriaan Kuiters

To start with; I will literally give anything to have the white slitted culotte, not minding if it looks good on me or not, I just have to have it! 

Adriaan Kuiters is yet to have a better presentation than this. Revolutionary, discerning and boderline androgynous are the few words that come to mind when trying to describe the Adriaan Kuiters Spring-Summer 2016 collection. Who has ever thought of inserting a slit in a menswear while not compromising the masculinity of the look? Who knew that chunky embellishments could ever look this gorgeous on the most basic tees? Ultimately elevating them to statement items. And who knew that you could look so put together even while incognito? (Note to those Hollywood celebrities who have made incognito dressing synonymous to chaos and scruffiness). 

All these, were the several lessons and points learned and taken from the presentation, as salient and subliminal as they may be, Adriaan might have just created Summer’s best cult collection for the dare devil discerning fashionistas who live for long lasting satorial statements. 

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 1] : Habits

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Habits

The Habits collection was on one hand  very futurist and avant garde and on the other hand very understated and minimalist. While the looks might seem worlds apart (and really they are. They however lacked a transitory  element which would have softened the opposite looks, something in the middle that is a little bit of the two) it was however a brilliant success. 

Brilliant in the sense that, the futurist looks were outstandingly so, drawing some inspiration from the Chinese folklore; volume and fullness were quite evident in the full skirts and palazzos in satin, while the understated looks were quite chic and really beautiful with the easeness that comes with being on the beach; they were flowy, light and literally danced with every step the models took. 

While cordination for the opposite looks were each perfectly done, it is the fusing of the two looks that posed a problem for the designer. 

Beyond which, Habits could be said to have done a brilliant job at infusing the future into the present and yet managed to capture the attention of the most fashion forward and understated of dressers, giving it a taste of both worlds. 

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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 1] : Stefania Morland

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Stefania Morland

Stefania Morland’s collection was indeed a whimsical enchantment. I was visually transported to an exclusive garden affair, that I have seen in my many fairy dreams, something close to ‘Alice in wonderland’ but still significantly similar to a British high tea party. 

For the Stefania Morland’s Spring Summer 2016 collection, The silhouettes are feminine and cuts very girly. Crop tops came back in good number, but only with the most dreamy appliques; the skirts are full, super flirtatious and light, the colour palette — in soft pastel hues (until of course they got darker to browns and blacks) and the place of monotone dressing strongly re-affirmed.

Stefania slowly transports us from the pristine white palettes to the pastel and right through the dark edgy pieces, almost like an ode to life and growth; the several stages that lead to womanhood. This of course brought in the much needed balance and depth to the presentation and collection, providing an alternative for every woman.

Obviously; a chic, girly and super fun woman who does not take dressing-up any more seriously than she does her hair, is especially the woman for whom Stefania Morland designed her Spring-Summer 2016 collection for. 

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