Attending South African Menswear Week Autumn/Winter 2016, was one of “my beginning of the year highlights”, with the runway being graced by models from different walks of life and designers from across the continent. Those in the audience could not be overshadowed by the outstanding garments displayed on the runway, people dressed to kill, with a lot of crazy and calm fashion being exhibited amongst the guests.
Below are my Top 5 Collections (in particular order) and why i think they deserve some recognition:
- Adriaan Kuiters x Jodi Paulsen Collective | The collection incorporated both men and women, bringing a balance within the fashion. I loved the fact that it brought to light issues of interdependence within society through having ladies walk on the runway. Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen is a South African brand that offers unisex ready-to-wear clothing and accessories with an emphasis on quality and comfort. The aesthetic is a combination of artful and idiosyncratic prints that are often juxtaposed with texture or colour blocking. With a strong focus on interchangable separates, the brand aims to demonstrate a relaxed yet sophisticated approach for day to night dressing.
- Chu Suwannapha – CHULAAP | With the words Make Art Not War on some of his garments, Chu presented an outstanding collection off site with captivating styling. The army collection was presented at an army location near the Cape Town Stadium. Originally from Thailand, Suwannapha was a fashion designer and business owner manufacturing and selling under his own CHULARP fashion brand. He then went onto Paris as both a stylist and studying fashion at ESMOD PARIS. From there, Suwannapha came to South Africa and for many years was the fashion director at Fair Lady magazine. Presently Suwannapha is the fashion director of You, HuisGenoot and Drum magazines for Media 24.
- Imprint by Mzukisi Mbane | Was a refreshing collection incorporating lighter colours and a lot of scarves. I loved the fact that the colours used for the Winter Collection were not the usual dark colours.
- Palse Homme by Paledi Segapo | Being an artsy individual, i found this collection to be innovative, well thought off and above all put together properly as a production. When attending fashion weeks, you ought to have one show that stands out just like the Flame Collection by Palse Homme.
- Tokyo James | The Nigerian designer represented not only his brand, but the entire Naija. This one was hard for me to pick out, otherwise the entire Nigerian Designers Collections at the SA Menswear Week A/W 2016 SHUT down the whole event. Tokyo is a British/Nigerian contemporary menswear designer, currently based in Lagos.
If you attended the SA Menswear Week A/W 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, let me know your thoughts on Twitter” @GilmoreTee @SAMenswearWeek #SAMW | Words by Gilmore Tee & Pictures: Simon Deiner/SDR Photo