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Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 [Day 1] – Kluk CGDT

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To a show opened by ballet dancers and champagne-served guests, we say touche! Kluk CGDT are particularly known for bringing elegance and taste to the table, it was no surprise when we saw ballet dancers performing at the start of the show as well as modelling the most cherished memories from the 50s; Gingham and Lace – Though lace, yet demure, setting the mood for a dreamy atmosphere. Shortly  after the romance came the models owning the runway in deep purple lipsticks, hair pulled back and Kluk labelled pieces. Embellishments, floral work, silk and lace started off the collection; you could spell out luxurious with each emerging model, styling of the pieces made our hearts melt e.g pairing embellished bustiers with paper bag shorts. It was indeed lovely to see funnel sleeves and sweetheart necklines again. Lace overlaid on silk, canvas paint work and a belted kimono exuded well-thought craftsmanship.

It was impossible not to be mesmerized by the next sect, marrying tones like teal and neon was a union like none other. Also embracing the 20s trend, Kluk unveiled models donning thin straps, exaggerated fur, maxed maxis, lady trouser suits, high necklines and a few plunging necklines here and there. Embellishment on sheer and fringing [Ethnicity aside] to round off the non-bridal bit of the collection; this featured light greys and cream – never have we seen anything so dreamy and romantic with a contrast of dark romance music blaring out in the background, delicate sheer and chiffon meet silk in evident ground breaking tailoring coalition, twenties thin straps with sequinned bustline as well as fringing felt like too much was going on but worked on the model and could work on the red carpet and in the light, the ethereal ambiance carried on transiting into a bridal wave. Whether a daring bride or a conservative bride, there was a suited dress for any character.

Image Credit: Simon Deiner

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