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‪#‎MBFWJ‬: 7 designers who kicked ass on the last three days of fashion week

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 17 August 2016

Fashion week can be thrilling and exhausting at the same time. I am sure you have read the Day 1 review that started the mood and on this post I am summing up the rest of the three fashionable days and the 7 designers who really kicked ass!

Marianne Fassler

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

The veteran designer never disappoints. She gave us a full fashion story. She made this collection super fun, from the dancing model opening the show, to the a bride holding a branch like an umbrella at the end of the show. The most exciting part of the collection was her updated interpretation of the camouflage, she added lace which gave it a youthful feel.It was beautiful, the pieces are interchangeable and mix with other pieces from the collection.

NN Vintage by Nhlanhla Nciza

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

Ms Mbau opened the show with her new single “shake” and at one point I thought I was in a concert with all the twerking and gyrating from her dancers. But I brought myself towards myself again for the sake of critiquing the collection. The designer got celebrity friends to be models. To be honest, the clothes looked normal and more wearable on the celebs. Maybe that was a strategy to create an illusion that everyone can wear her clothes, no matter what shape you are or who you are? What intrigued me about the collection was her take on colour blocking and the addition of a monochrome jacket to give the style an updated look. Oh and that moment when the model’s halter neck snapped and exposed her boobs, is that a sign maybe the quality somewhere, somehow was compromised or it was just a mistake?

Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

The collection was extremely romantic. His take on lace, sheer chiffon and fringe is a work of wonder. Beautiful tailoring. A woman would definately feel sexy wearing this collection. I can imagine a lot of these clothes at high tea parties and horse racing events. He wants to make the woman relaxed while regally slaying us.

Scalo by Sello Medupe

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

If one day it happens that I have a boyfriend I need him to own at least five pieces from this collection because it is super awesome, that’s not too much to ask right? His use and interpretation of black and white is cool and refreshing. The clothes look comfortable and have a Va Va Voom mood to them. Everyone can wear this collection.

David Tlale

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

I have dubbed this collection, “a saint tainted by sin”. Ricky Rick opened the show and I didn’t feel like he was a celeb, he really took this modelling thing very seriously.

The white garment, with splashes of black, that he wore set the mood for what was to come. Then the show began.

The collection was dominated by white and it was clearly a canvass for the clever manipulation of fabric, splashes of black, impressive and beautiful embroidery to jewellery that elevated the garment to exciting heights. This collection looked wearable and there is no denying that he is still the king of SA fashion.

Xipixi by Antonio Macheve Jr..Irmagard Mkhabela and DUKE by Sandile duke Mngadi

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Pic: africanfashioninternational.com

Three of these gentlemen excitedly elevated men’s fashion to the next level. The upcoming Spring/Summer should be exciting.

There is playfulness to the clothes. The use of colours is very needed, gone are those days when men’s clothes used to be defined by singular colour palette – either white, black or grey to show one that there are serious and invested into fashion.

Now, men can wear any colour and still be called a gentleman.