LEXUS SOUTH AFRICAN MENSWEAR WEEK A/W’17 DAY 3

DAY THREE

Social

The social scene was buzzing and everyone showed up dressed to impress. Many came out for this fashion affair and it was so great to see so many familiar faces. I love events like these that bring everyone together and also allows one to meet new people in the same industry and also allows for networking.

Trends

Trends that I picked up on include the idea of men dressed as women; layering of textures and bold statements, whether it be vibrant colours, mixures of prints or oversized pieces.

We saw designers Kim Gush; Alexandra BlancMerwe Mode and Martelle Ludik play on the idea of men dressed as women along with many other designers whose collections were made up of feminine pieces.

I absolutely loved how designers Jenevieve Lyons and Nicholas Coutts played around with their fabric choices and used different textures to create dimension and to create a contrasting effect.

My favourite trend that I picked up on was all the colour I was seeing on the runway! The designers whose collections had colourful and vibrant pieces I found stood out more compared to those who worked with darker shades.

Jahnkoy

Rich Mnisi

Nicholas Coutts

It’s a wrap!

Overall, SAMW A/W’17 was incredible. The designer’s had truly outdone themselves this time around! I could really appreciate their vision and how they had brought it all to life on the runway. I simply cannot wait to see how these looks are translated as we draw close to Autumn/Winter.

Feedback

My only critiques would have to be the seating and ticket arrangements. Because there was no assigned seating, everyone stampeded into the venue to get the best available seats. This included front row! There were moments when I found elite individuals within the industry without a seat which made me personally feel both uncomfortable and embarrassed. During many of the shows I found myself sitting on the floor by the photographers because my front row seat was being occupied by others. I do hope that for SAMW S/S’17, that the event organizers bring back assigned seating and ushers to check tickets and guide guests to their assigned seats to avoid the chaos and to keep everything and everyone in order.

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Simon Deiner / @sdrphoto

Lexus SA Menswear Week / @samenswearweek

Photographed by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

LEXUS SOUTH AFRICAN MENSWEAR WEEK A/W’17 DAY 2

DAY TWO

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The Venue

The rest of SAMW A/W’17 was held on location at The Palms in Woodstock. South African Menswear Week is often held at the Green Point Stadium so this new venue was certainly a breath of fresh air. The venue was very inviting and cosy compared to the huge facilities and cold concrete floors at the stadium. I must say, I sure missed the spacious areas and the cool atmosphere provided by those concrete floors when I stepped backstage. There was an overwhelming heat wave backstage and not much space to move around or work in. I take my hat off to the crew who managed to pull off their artistic visions in these not very ideal conditions.

The Fashion

When attending SAMW A/W’17 I’m always waiting in anticipation for 2 of my favourite designers Rich Mnisi and Tokyo James but found myself mesmerized by quite a few of the designers whom I feel created wearable art pieces. I was so amazed and impressed by our local menswear designers this year!

IMPRINT

JENEVIEVE LYONS

NAO SERATI

TOKYO JAMES

ROSEY AND VITTORI

 

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Special thanks:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Simon Deiner / @sdrphoto

Lexus SA Menswear Week / @samenswearweek

Photographed by: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

 

LEXUS SOUTH AFRICAN MENSWEAR WEEK A/W ’17 DAY 1

DAY ONE

As some of you may know, I work for a gorgeous pixie blonde, Liezel van der Westhuizen. One of the many perks of my job is that I get to socialize within Liezel’s social circle. I was so excited to find out that I would be meeting menswear designer Craig Jacobs, and would be assisting him the day before the show during fittings where needed alongside Liezel. I was able to put my designer hand at work and had the honour of helping maintain the quality and fit of the garments for the show.

The show took place offsite at Merchants on Long in lower long street. Invited guests arrived to an interesting and quaint venue where they began with the traditional pre-show socializing as the hype of SAMW A/W’17 started to kick in.

The collection was vibrant and consisted of a variety of African inspired prints pulled together with ‘sporty’ styling and dramatic eye makeup created by M.A.C Cosmetics which I found complimented the looks well. It was overall, a fun evening spent with amazing people. The venue ended up being a success as it was First Thursday and after the show guests could continue in the spirit of the day and walk around town exploring different social and art scenes in and around town.

Ended off the night at Tiger’s Milk in Long Street with a yummy BarOne milkshake and fabulous company!

Special thanks to:

Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline

Simon Deiner / @sdrphoto

Lexus SA Menswear Week / @samenswearweek

Craig Jacobs / @craigjacobs

Photographed by: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo