SA Fashion Week S/S 2019 'The Luxury Collections'

SA Fashion Week S/S 2019 'The Luxury Collections'
In its 22nd year, SA Fashion Week, the only business-to-business platform that markets and promotes designers throughout Africa, is proud to usher in the Spring/Summer 2019 showcase! 
 
Ladened with bespoke detailing and unparalleled craftsmanship from South Africa’s most celebrated and innovative design talent, the four-day Luxury Collections showcase runs from Wednesday 3 April to Saturday 6 April, starting at 6pm daily. 




Day One 

The Woolworths Style By SA showcase will open the 34th season of SA Fashion Week. In a fitting finale to this ground-breaking collaboration that has built a significant retail presence for local design over the past 3 years, the show will include internationally acclaimed Thebe Magugu as well as MmusoMaxwell and Wanda Lephoto.

Magugu, who was listed as one of Vogue Italy’s 2018 Vogue Talents, recently also scooped the winning award at London Fashion Week’s International Fashion Showcase exhibition of the fifteen exciting new creatives to watch, with his distinctive globalised African signature. The 25-year-old, Kimberely-born talent is one of the 20 international shortlisted designers for prestigious LMVH Prize 2019. This honour is more weighted given that he was chosen from over 1700 applicants in the world!


Designer Wanda Lephoto definitely also deserves a mention. Wanda continues to feature in exciting collaborations and fuses cultural stories to educate people through style, completes the line-up. He even collaborated with UK's own 'Bonesoda' recently. 


Day One of SAFW S/S 19 will also see extremely talented designers showcase their work to Johannesburg. These include Amanda Laird Cherry, Clive Rundle, Helon Melon, Lunar and Mantsho


Day Two

Day Two of the fashion week sees designers Celeste Arendse, African Style Story, Judith AtelierGert-Johan Coetzee and Cape Wool SA partner with Erre and Carlo Gibson’s Klipa

SELFI by founder Celeste Arendse, derives from the idea of self, self-empowerment and personal agency with each collection an expression of authenticity and self-hood.


African Style Story’s chic ready-to-wear is currently being stocked locally and internationally and continues to grow from strength to strength.

Judith Atelier, who works to create the ‘Epitome of Female Sophistication’, recently made her collection debut on Zando.co.za, further expanding her high-end, couture brand. 

Fashion’s headline king, Gert-Johan Coetzee, again walked the talk when he dressed Oprah Winfrey for the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 in December last year and will undoubtedly continue to wow us when he takes to the runway for his 18th season.


In line with the South African Wool Industry’s strategy to promote the exquisite luxury of sustainably-produced wool as a highly desirable designer fibre, Cape Wool SA will once again join forces with womenswear brand Erre and Carlo Gibson’s Klipa menswear.


Day Three

MINI Scouting Menswear in association with GQ South Africa has aimed to nurture and grow the diversity of the industry’s menswear designers since inception. This season reflects that vision with designers drawn from a myriad of backgrounds and each telling a unique story with their respective collections.

The finalists are:
 
Richard Hoy whose pop culture-inspired collection references Post Punk nostalgia with an eclectic mix of colour and textures that fast track old glam with reckless attitude and grit.
 
Reign combines religious tradition and Zulu culture to express the spiritual journey of the Shembe to the holy mountain of Nnhlangakazi
 
Denzel Vilakazi launched his gender-neutral Nesu brand three years ago after completing his studies at the Tshwane University of Technology. He also graduated from the SAFW 21 Steps to Retail Programme.

Dorcas Madi and George Mkhoma introduced their Samurai-inspired Tabitha Style label more than a decade ago combining silhouettes, textures and colours in a distinctively modern way.


ZAZÜ by Zandile Makombe is a trans-seasonal and minimalistic menswear signature that subscribes to the Slow Fashion ethos that designs with the lifecycle of garments in mind.

BI PAREL by University of Johannesburg graduate Shaylene Morris is a Japanese- inspired streetwear range that focuses on juggling the fine balance between innovation and construction.


Day Four

The final day of SS19 opens with frontrunner of the country’s gender-neutral fashion movement, De Mil’s distinctive aesthetic.
 
Ephraim Molingoana, much adored veteran of SA Fashion Week, has been refining his authentically South African Ephymol identity for two decades. Expect his Men of the World Collection to be a spectacular homage to the past 22 years.


Closing the Spring/Summer 19 season is powerhouse Loxion Kulca, that will be making an unforgettable statement on the runway to mark twenty years as an iconic local brand. “Loxion/lock-shin/location” is a unique South Africanism to describe townships, ghettos, disadvantaged and under-developed areas and the brand’s DNA has been to capture this distinctive meaning of "home".
 
The South African FW S/S 2019 Luxury Collections starts tomorrow 3 April and runs until the 6th at The Protea Court Rooftop, Sandton City. 

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