The talent of our local designers never ceases to amaze me! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m passionate about supporting our home-grown talent so you can imagine my excitement when I received an invite to some of the Spring/Summer collection showcases at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT).
The opening show introduced fashionistas to designers Snorley McLarean and Antonio Macheve Jr. who set a record for having the first woman walk the runway in menswear at MBFWCT. The gorgeous model was non other than KFM presenter, Liezel van der Westhuizen who opened the first show wearing Goose Homme and closed it in a Xipixi ensemble.
Here’s some info about the collections of these talented designers.
Snorley McLarean: Goose Homme
*”Goose Homme offers a complete trend-focused menswear collection inspired by the rich Italian culture and infused with the brand’s interpretation of the African dream – “a modern preppy & dapper Africa”. The range is dipped in a vibrant colour palette, with pops of red ever so dominant, which highlights the Goose Homme flair. A fresh and preppy men’s collection ranging from bespoke business tuxedos and trendy suits, to refined jackets, pants, shirts and shorts. These are enhanced with a wide range of bags, sport gloves and other accessories.”
Antonio Macheve Jr.: Xipixi
*”Xipixi is known for boldly using colour and patterns, particularly from Mozambique, South Africa and Mali in its garments and accessories. A Professor at Oxford who once purchased a XIPIXI self-tie bow-tie asserted his conviction that “When God created Adam and Eve, he did not allocate colours to them”, explainingthat gentlemen should not be afraid of patterns with various colours. The patterns of pieces from XIPIXI usually have a majestic and regal appeal that often stand out and create a unique look. Attention to detail is often spotted in aspects such as the presentation of the buttons, the simplicity and comfort in the lining, the elegance of the regal double-breasted waistcoats and blazers, using tropical fabrics that are comfortable and suitable for any elegant event in the summer.”
I’m so excited about the amazing ranges that were shared at MBFWCT and can’t wait to get my hands on some of the pieces in time for Spring! All in all, it was a busy and exciting three days of colourful prints, unexpected juxtapositions and interesting patterns. Take a look at a snapshot of my MBFWCT experience in pics.
Thursday, 31 July 2015
For day 1 of the MBFWCT I wore a black embroidered dress from INFIN8TI.
Friday, 31 July 2015
Saturday, 1 August
The amazing Tara Courtene dressed me in this hot black number for day 3 of MBFWCT.
AFI Next Gen
A special thank you to MAC Cosmetics for keeping our makeup on point!
For more information on the designers and their collections, visit http://afi.za.com/capetown/.
*Designer bios – source: http://afi.za.com/capetown/designers.html