So far – The BEST day of fashion since the 3rd bi-annual SA Menswear Week 2016 began.
Firstly, I totally went for flats so that I could walk across the room without perishing with every movement. My Ruff Tung Kaftan let ventilation into much-needed areas of ones bod since Cape Town’s temperature seems to be eternally set at 32 degrees. Matching my kaftan with accessories was the easiest thing I’ve had to do for an outfit yet; A Steve Madden floral clutch bag, my gold ear cuff, some rings and bangles, a Viscose leather cuff, and BAM! Sorted.
Day 3 had so much fanfare behind it that I was worried expectations would not be met, and boy was I wrong. Inarguably my favorite show of the entire SA Menswear Week AW 16, Lukhanyo Mdingi X Nicholas Coutts brought me scarves, coats, shawls and more in beautifully rich colors ranging from emerald and forest green, to burnt oranges, browns and other earth tones pulsing vibrantly from beyond the soft threads that made up this fantastic Fall 2016 collection.
Rich Minisi followed through with a formidable collection of a similar motif, which translated wonderfully from one show to the next. Everyday apparel tailored meticulously using the safe archetypal navy’s and blacks, as well as some of what is soon to be known as AW 16s trend color palette of earth tones and dulcet sunset splashes of color.
Everybody was utterly vibing for the Craig Port’s show, but I was not. I think I might be defective
I saw no spectacular design. Oh Well, perhaps I missed something.
Mustafa Hassanalli and Nguni Shades showcase was alright with its off-the-rail predictable trend adherence. Abrantie the Gentleman brought the house down with his all-white with grey accents pseudo-religious ‘purity’ motif and apparel that looked like the marrying of rugby and cricket uniforms – complete with badges. While I wasn’t wholly moved by the collection, I did so like the final ensemble which included yards of flowing white fabric.
Palse Homme was another good one with its geometric color-blocking blanket shawl, the furs, as well as the bird patterns on bespoke tailoring. CSquared was predictable, but dapper enough to make me overlook the lack of true originality in the work.
My rating for Day 3? A solid 7/10.
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