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Day Two – #MBFWCT

Day two started off with loads of excitement as we were joined by PTY Designer Nick – Read up on this talented cat here and check out his featured street style look on Cosmopolitan Magz Online gallery from Fashion Week.

Knowing what to expect after day one, we were ready for all the “fashion” that awaited us.

 

Lalesso – Oliva & Alice

Lalesso opened up day two of Fashion Week, and these ladies never seem to disappoint! Beautiful soft coloured prints emerged down the runway. Kenyan prints created the ultimate bohemian fantasy. We saw playful playsuits, easy flowing dresses and my favourite black and white printed chiffon cover-ups. Soft pastel colours were the focus point, laid on soft flowing chiffon’s and crisp summer linens. I loved the subtle hints of neon detail seen on a few pieces and accessories. Summer is starting to look a whole lot better with Lalesso. Boho Chic is back.

These ladies are true to their beliefs and it shows in their work each time.

 

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Dax Martin 

What a show put on by Dax Martin and his team. Retro swimwear and a performance by local artists Shekhinah and Kyle Deutsch.

Let’s take it back to the beach is our theme catch phrase when thinking of Dax Martins SS16 collection. Bright neon prints slayed the runway with fierceness. Each look polished off with crisp white fedora hats and big shades. Pure entertainment and a very refreshing approach to swimwear and what to expect this summer.

 

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Ruald Rheeder

Staying true to fashion and couture we saw extravagant pieces of bright leather, neutral fur, soft chiffon pleats, subtle masculine stripes and checkered-block pants. It was Ruald Rheeder’s show stopper dress that was talk of the night, as he ended of day two of fashion week. Building up to the finale dress where gorgeous men draped in soft chiffon black shirts.

Geisha bride – Bow down Ruald Rheeder

 

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Photo Credit: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

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Day One – #MBFWCT

Day One 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

The day had finally arrived, and the excitement was real! My favourite part of fashion week is definitely the street style (seeing all the beautiful fashion forward people) I draw so much of my own inspiration from seeing others express their creative explosions.

Media Pass in hand refreshed and ready for my two shows of the night.

Habits – Jenny le Roux

Monochrome magic! Black & White, red lips and sleek pulled back hair bottled sophistication and femininity as each model glided down the runway. We saw trendy elements of lace, sheer and silk floaty fabrics which were painted with stripes and soft print. Jenny’s entire collection transported me into a glamorous galaxy where red lipstick is a must and stripes are compulsory (My dream world). We have seen the monochrome trend in previous years, however, this year Habits SS16 incorporated a more soft approach, allowing the fabrics to speak for themselves.

 

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Adriaan Kuiters & Jody Paulsen

Knee cleavage and elbow cleavage was the focus element on the runway along with misfit prints and abstract art patchwork.

The SS16 collection drew major inspiration of “that” 70’s sporty inspired feel, yet leaving the audience entertained and a tad bit mischievous at the end. vintage gangsta rap and a modern techno beat blared down the runway tieing hand in hand with the vision that is to recreate and reuse fabrics and patterns to create something completely new.

We saw yet another monochromatic infusion mixed with basic staple colours for both men and woman.

Defiantly a fan of the big bulky brass and wooden bangles, hair clips, brooches and pendants seen going down the runway.

 

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A Colourful First Time – Look Post

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With all these gloomy days in Cape Town, I needed to add some colour back into my life and find inspiration for the next couple of weeks ahead.

Finding a place filled with rich history, colour and beauty was the easy part, finding my inner “model” was not. There’s a first for everything, and this was mine. Credit to my very patient photographer who put up with an extensive blurb roll of photos. These were the best shots, TRUST me, the BEST shots for the day. Looking forward to the days when I can ease up and crush a look post. 

Jacket: Mr.Price

Boots: Cotton On

Sunglasses: YDE 

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Chats with Lalesso

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It’s always interesting to get an inside look into what goes into the planning of a show for Fashion Week. Last week we chatted to Olivia and Alice from Lalesso on what to expect from their show, what inspires and motivates them as well as touched sides on trends and some advice for aspiring designers.

 

Herse what these lovely ladies had to say:

In 3 words how would you describe Lalesso? 

SUMMER, PRINT, ETHICAL

Being that Lalesso is awarded as an EthicalBrand, how do you ensure this is always incorporated in your collections? 

Olivia: Our ethics are so deeply engrained into the ‘Lalesso system’ at this stage that it happens by default. We work with only ethically approved and reputable factories, we source environmentally friendly textiles and we carbon offset. We also try to incorporate socially responsible projects wherever possible. This season we are working with an amazing Maasai women’s group who are doing the beadwork embellishment detail on the garments.

What inspired your latest collection for Cape Town fashion week? 

For Spring Summer 2016 we started to look at global traditional cultures – from Mongolia to Peru to Senegal and we started to see a common thread throughout. An ornate intricacy in detail, pattern and form. We used inspiration from this to create the prints and then moved forward with it into the design – a collection for a global citizen that embodies the sense of universal tribalism. We’ve incorporated some beadwork embellishment in the designs which are hand crafted by a Maasai women’s group in Kenya which creates interesting depth to the collection.

Talk us through an average day in the month or weeks before fashion week? 

Alice: There is no such thing as an average day! One day we’ll be shooting, one day we’ll be sourcing shoes and at fittings. We spend time coming up with a ‘concept’ for the show which includes music, hair and makeup and set design. Then we’ll start ironing outfit issues in the garments and start resampling. ALOT of work goes into the collections you see on the runway!

What do you ladies do to mentally and physical prepare for a show like this? 

Olivia: We’ve been working so closely with the collection for over 6 months now so it feels almost like a child that we’ve nurtured to maturity. In saying that we feel confident and prepared with what we’re going to show on the runway and that means we don’t allow for too much stress to come into play. Physically we’re both very active and our exercise is important to the balance in our daily lives. We both do yoga and are often running up mountains – this definitely helps with the preparations.

Knowing that celebrities and big fashion houses around the world know, wear and are big fans of your brand, what is your expectation for every Cape Town fashion week?

Alice: Every year Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town gets better and better. As the world is now presented on such a digital platform, it’s easy for our buyers and customers to see what we are doing over here in Cape Town during fashion week which is amazing. It’s a wonderful way to unveil a collection.

Do you feel showcasing at Cape Town fashion week is a great platform for existing and aspiring designers? 

Olivia: Yes I absolutely do – the standard of production is world class and I feel that this really gives designers a chance to showcase their collections in a professional manner to the right audience.

What can we as the public and media expect from this year’s show? 

Alice: This year we have kept the show very streamlined and simple. We wanted the collection and the prints to speak for themselves. There will be plenty of flowing chiffon’s and crisp summer linens.

As a designer what are your biggest concerns for the night of your show? 

Olivia: One year the sound didn’t work for our show, that was a disaster as so much time and energy had gone into pairing perfectly with the AV and it completely ruined the overall effect – so sound is definitely something we always hope won’t go wrong. Other than that we also always get a bit nervous about the response from both media, buyers and the public but so far that has always been predominantly positive 🙂

What would you say are trends to look out for this coming summer? 

Alice: There is a huge return to the seventies and the boho chic look is on it’s way back. Lots and lots of white lace, cotton and camel platforms.

What is an ideal everyday look that our readers could throw together? 

Olivia: One of my favourite looks from the SS16 collection is the Laini Shirt work with the Rahisi Culottes – its print on print which is a big look for the summer and is easily worn with some platform wedges.

What do you wish you knew then that you know now? 

Alice: I wish I had known not to sweat the small stuff and to keep focused on the bigger picture. Olivia and I often have disagreements on things but now we kind of just get on with it. We have the same end goal and that’s what’s important, not if the sleeve should be lengthened by 2cm or 2.5cm!

As Raw Explosions supports young aspiring designers, what advice can you give those starting out?  

Olivia: Know and nurture your customer as they are the ones that will see you through into becoming a successful business. Keep your books in order, know what you’re spending on what and study the reporting at the end of a season so you know where you can spend more or where you’re spending too much.

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I am beyond excited to see the final product this Friday the 31st! Raw Explosions wishes these ladies all the best for their show! Thank you for the chat.

Mercedez-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week from 30-31 July & 01 August

Photo Credit – Simon Deiner / SDR Photo