Cape Town – The change in location for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town was a great move.

Gale-force winds during the scheduled Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 (MBFWCT17) in March nearly blew away the hopes of about 40 designers, after a full 24 hours of shows had to be called off at the main venue, a marquee in Camps Bay.

The African Fashion International has proved how resilient it is by joining forces with the best creatives in the industry for the triumphantly successful rescheduling of the outstanding shows on 7 and 8 April.

For designers, being prepared for the fashion shows is rather like an Olympic athlete preparing for a final – finding that the event is postponed is potentially devastating in business and creative terms.

Cape Town-based designer Stefania Morland says the rescheduling initially “took the wind out of my sails. Then we got to the new venue – and I loved it!”

Johannesburg-based designer David Tlale, whose Interns’ programme also showed at the rescheduled event, agreed that “the new venue and the energy there were really amazing.

The space is beautiful – the industrial feel is very global, exactly the direction we should be taking.”

Cape Town Fashion Week showed just how much style the Mother City has to offer to the fashion world and that we too can be taken as seriously on the runway as many of the “well known” fashion capitals like Paris or Milan.

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With trendy fashionistas everywhere, an amazing venue and decor and lets not forget the copious amounts of great food and drinks flowing it was bound to be a fun filled fashion evening.

#MBFWCT17 showcased over 20 different designers all with their own unique aesthetic but there were five that just stood out…

1. Orapeleng Modutle:

The Autumn/Winter collection by Orapeleng Modutle was an absolutely beautiful display inspired by a “Rose Garden”.

The collection transported viewers to a royal garden wedding and he executed that intention perfectly.

👠: @aldo_shoes 🎩: @anitaferreiradesigns #blackboymagic #opulence #wedding #luxury #mbfwct17

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The garments luxurious floral appliqués were contrasted by the beaded detailing, setting off the tone for a perfect garden wedding.

The Collection offers classic styles for brides as well as the bridal party.

Back stage glamour #blackboymagic #opulence #wedding #luxury #mbfwct17

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Feminine, floral and flowy, Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue started the show with strains of a string quartet…

…in a cloud of powdered blue with beautiful beading and origami floral hair detailing.

Rose 🌹 garden hat: @anitaferreiradesigns shoe: @aldo_shoes #mbfwct17 #luxury #wedding #opulence #blackboymagic

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Bold, floral prints followed with dramatic two pieces and sparkly gowns.

Omstyle bridal shoes @aldo_shoes #blackboymagic #opulence #wedding #luxury #mbfwct17 #class

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It was such a beautiful sight with a relaxing ambiance that honestly made one feel as if you were gazing into a seraphic garden…

2. Carducci

If you’re a lover of a well made and impeccably tailored suit; then Carducci is one show you have had to have been at.

The Carducci brand started off the show with an inspiring video and voice over on how much time, effort and love goes into created their pieces.

Sourcing high end fabrics from places like Italy; it is evident in the quality of clothing showcased that night.

A classic offering from Carducci for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 #MBFWCT17 #AFI_sa #runway #menswear

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The Carducci show looked as if each male model had just stepped out of the streets of Milan.

The inspiration for this Collection is the longevity of tailoring and weaves the story of how tailoring has evolved in South Africa.

“The collection can be described as an ode to the artistry of tailoring through the ages, and showcases modern styling with traditional tailoring”.

3. Afro.Mod.Trends

Ami Yomekpe, the multi-faceted Ghanaian designer and CEO and founder of Afro.Mod.Trends is the creator behind the Art Deco African inspired collection.

Afromodtrends presents The African Gatsby!!!! #thebigreveal #theafricangatsby #africanfashion

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Her latest Collection, entitled ‘The African Gatsby,’ represents the imagined idea of a Gatsby party in all its glamour and splendour set in the 1920’s, with a modern African twist.

Featuring African inspired fabrics from Printex Limited, this Collection displayed the silhouette of the feminine form with luxurious attention to detail.

4. Stefania Morland

This show was absolutely breathtaking.

The collection was inspired by Frida Kahlo. As we all know, Frida knew that life is theatre, and fashion was her costume.

Stefania Morland brought us beautiful, bright colours and eclectic accessories with an interesting choice of fabric pairing in her feminine silhouettes.

The crowd was in absolute awe when the final gown was brought out with the most exquisite headpiece, that looked like a true piece of Mexicanidad art.

5. MaXhosa by Laduma

Entitled The Coronation of MAXHOSA the collection featured innovative MAXHOSA signature patterns that wowed the crowd.

Setting the scene for the Xhosa monarchy, the show began with a Xhosa libation and a montage of past shows. Opening the show were international supermodels Nina Milner and Ajuma Nasanyana in a plethora of print that Laduma is renowned for.

Showcasing a new addition to his Collection with embellished tracksuit pants, regally displaying authority wings and symbol, it was a visual feast of print.

King @davekabamba walking in #MAXHOSA AW17 ‘The Coronation of MAXHOSA collection’. : ph by: @afi_sa

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Demonstrating a Utopian scenario of a contemporary Xhosa monarchy, models stepped out in regal traditional dress to impress.

#MAXHOSA patron @michamattheis styled in MAXHOSA skirt.

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He had a full house of people watching his show, a 10 minute standing ovation…

Laduma also had the crowd in his hands as they flooded the runway after his show to get a closer look at the garments and to take close up images of the installation.

-Zuhaa Isaacs

Adapted from MBFWCT designer alerts


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