The 8th and 9th of February saw South African Menswear make the return to Cape Town’s V&A waterfront for its 9th season. A/W, traditionally the seen as the season of muted colours , turned expectations on their head and delivered everything you need to combat cold weather in attitude and mood as well functional design. Here, we present a sampling of the best designers from the show.
Words: Tshiamo Seape
Floral inspired and cozy as hell, the latest from Fashion Week favourite Nicholas Coutts featured chunky knitwear while maintaining the high end aesthetic that has become his signature.
Rosey and Vittori
Relative newcomers, Rosey and Vittori, took streetwear and elevated it for the runway. An approach that, although familiar, is still appreciated when done well. A leopard print trench coat, for example, is an irresistible idea and makes us wish, even briefly, that we could forgo balmy summer days in favour of colder weather if only to hit the streets in something that looks so good.
Tokyo James showing hit like a technicolour kick in the teeth and that was only the beginning of was one of the best collections of the entire show. The subtle pattern work and tailoring would have stolen the show on their own but the British-Nigerian designers inclusion of accessories (leather bags and luminous blankets) set his collection apart and still sticks in our heads.
Colour continued to reign supreme as Nao Serati, another longtime Fashion Week designer, showcased his My Perfect Wedding collection “that personifies the exciting characters that come to life at a wedding reception” was complete with hats and shimmering fabrics and screamed of celebration.
In clothes that draped and flowed effortlessly, Miles Lutuliegh’s collection also features subtle and inviting pastels that kept within the prevailing theme of expressive colours but executed in a more subdued way. It was a sartorial palette cleanser that had its moment among the more highly structures pieces favoured by some of the other designers.