Words: Didintle Ntshudisane | Images: Sisanda M | Video: Thato Maluleke
The second part of AFI’s #MBFWCT kicked off on Friday afternoon, on the industrial side of Woodstock, Cape Town. A great location to ensure any weather happenings similar to two weeks ago in Camps Bay would be avoided. After seeing the underwhelming collections at SAFW, wow the MBFWCT designers pulled through with the collections!
The theme of this collection was ‘African Gatsby’. Literally African Gatsby! We saw a creative use of African print fabric incorporated to achieve a 1920’s inspired aesthetic: from tassels and sequins to an amazing execution of texture-play with every garment presented, it was a beautiful show!
This show started off as a presentation of high street fashion in terms of styling, but as the show went on the designer went back to the ‘traditional’ aesthetic of African fashion with regards to prints and silhouette but the designer still kept the high African fashion street styling which was quite pleasing to the eye.
From the amazing fabric print and styling, pops of yellow in the color palette and the on point garment construction showed great workmanship from the designer. The choice of light fabrics used gave the garments a relaxed silhouette. Hues of grey (pantone color A/W 2017) made an appearance in the show. The amazing use of accessories with pops of color worked well to contrast the white which was prominent. The reference of the hijab and middle Eastern references in the silhouette of the garments made for a nice and refreshing collection.
There was an inclusion of Greenery (pots plants as décor) with an amazing execution and installation before the actual runway show. The use of props, accessories and the color palette was beautiful with accents of gold to put emphasis on the richness of Africa. The on-trend type sleeves and beautiful silhouettes made this a beautiful show to end the night.