While the Cape winds gave local fashionistas more than they bargained for, after a two-year wait, Cape Town was once again graced with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2017. The initial venue was in Camps Bay, but strong gusts quickly forced a location change with the remaining shows taking place at Salt River Film Studios, two weeks later.
Weather aside, we were all there for the fashion – plus good wine of course – and the designers certainly delivered. Here are our highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2017:
Quiteria & George
Producing what was quite possibly the show – and the collection – of fashion week, this duo from Melville had the audience gasping with delight. Proudly showcasing what is possible in African haute couture, it is no surprise that they are off to Paris with their designs later this year. Their show re volved around the theme of ‘The Black Swan’, with a spectacular collection of black, embellished gowns and ensembles. This is definitely a duo to keep an eye on.
Another team effort, this Rwandan label brought a gorgeous, flowing, ready-to-wear collection to the runway that had the audience dreaming about their next African escape. Muted tones were offset by rich sapphire and emerald. The collection will be available for purchase from their online store in the next month; attendees received this news with much delight.
Mentored by Nkhensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie, Orapeleng has transitioned from a fashion student, to an employee, to an entrepreneur – and now, talented designer. His collection was inspired by a royal garden wedding, with luxurious floral appliqués contrasted with beaded detailing. Utterly feminine, it had the crowd swooning.
While the Cape Town cool kids arrived with their mixture of glam and street style, with Salt River Film Studios providing the perfect backdrop – it was the designers who stole the show. As it should be.