Words: Aluwani Ratshiungo | Images: SDR photo for SAFW | Video: Thato Maluleke

The first day of South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear kicked off with the SAFW Scouting Menswear competition in association with GQ which gives emerging menswear designers a chance to fast track their fashion careers.

This year’s finalists were Originally Kasified Clothing, Leaf Letlhare, Bayanda Makhathini and De Mil with the latter winning the competition. De Mil’s collection was very functional with lose-fitting shirts, asymmetric t-shirts, harem pants and jumpsuits. Paired with flip flops, it looked perfect for long strolls in Spring.

 

Bayanda Kathini

With exaggerated shoulder pads on blazers and asymmetrical hemlines on formal shorts, Bayanda Khathini’s collection definitely stood out. The fabric choice, colours and construction were impeccable even though the clothes’ futuristic element might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

 

Afrikan Swiss

Walking out to High Life, the models wore Afrikan Swiss garments that had a Nigerian aesthetic with a twist. The partly bleached, partly distressed denim looked like a DIY project and the collection as a whole was not relatable.

 

House of Saint Luke

With silk shirts, blazers with butterflies printed all over, shirts with 3D butterflies and pants in yellow, mustard and grey, this showcase was bright and cheerful bringing an air of excitement into the auditorium. Accessorised with gold chokers and yellow beads, it had an element of quirkiness while still maintaining wearability and everyday functionality. House of Saint Luke showed other designers how it’s done; it was a breath of fresh air after a few days of lacklustre showcases.

Watch the recap video from the runway below.

See our Day 4 recap here.