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 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 Blanc; Merwe 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.
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.
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.
Liezel van der Westhuizen / @liezelonline
Simon Deiner / @sdrphoto
Lexus SA Menswear Week / @samenswearweek
Photographed by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo