Words: Aluwani Ratshiungo | Images: SDR Photo | Video: Thato Maluleke

Day 2 of SAFW SS17 kicked off with the 1st Class Collection competition which is sponsored by Lufthansa. Sheila Madge won the competition with a collection which was apparently inspired by Avant-garde with wearability but looks like it got lost in translation. Aya Velase’s collection was imaginative and greatly executed and, in my opinion, was the only one that deserved to win the prize out of the whole bunch.

SAFW Day 2

Simone Bufe

Simone Bufe had flowy dresses and palazzo pants in olive green, orange and white shades. The models strutted down the runway barefooted with flower crowns on their heads. The use of flowers and light fabrics gave the collection a Spring/Summer feel.

SAFW Day 2

Nerve Endings

Nerve endings had pieces made from windbreaker material in different shades of blue with gatherings as the main details. The collection looked like a sad attempt at wearable intergalactic futurism.

SAFW Day 2


From kimonos with intricate detailing, to dresses and culotte pants, the denim patchworked garments looked like they were, uhm, restored using old jeans.


Modelled by adorable (mostly) ginger-haired kids, this show was met with plenty of applauses. Hiding their faces behind cardboard masks and adorned in thick wool garments, the kids served us cuteness overload.

Yanela Mtolo

Yanela had Xhosa regalia inspired garments styled with what looked like thrifted waistcoats, t-shirts, and jerseys. This collection looked ridiculous on white models, they looked like South African versions of Rachel Dolezal.

SAFW Day 2


This show was one of the most anticipated shows of the night but it did not deliver. The dresses and skirts were well-constructed and undoubtedly looked good but the collection lacked energy and excitement. The pieces looked like something you could get from Truworths and who wants to go to Fashion Week to see Truworths clothes on the runway?

One thing that’s clear from both Day 1 and Day 2 showcases is that most designers don’t stick to the brief. What’s supposed to be a Spring/Summer showcase, is littered with Autumn/Winter pieces and it begs the questions: Are these designers showing Winter clothes because it’s the upcoming season and they would love for people to buy their clothes now as we’re already in Autumn instead of making Spring/Summer clothes which people have to wait a whole 6 months to buy? If that’s the case, shouldn’t SAFW let go of their archaic structure to accommodate designers?


See our Day 1 recap here.