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Thembisile’s collection was slightly hard work being mostly made up of what looked like black sack cloth. Not sure if this is a recessionary move to cut down on fabric costs or a post-feminist statement. Either way its better than another bridal/couture collection (which have largely been done away with this fashion week season at last). This was a bold move from a new designer, which makes the work interesting as a political statement. However we still don’t have much of an idea of what she can do beyond the self-imposed limitations of this approach. She’s got our attention though.


Ah YouTube saviour of lazy bloggers everywhere – we salute you. This is a selection of clips from Cape Town Fashion Week. Most of these chaps i’ve mentioned already.

I did a review of Cape Town Fashion Week for Dazed Digital this week. Not entirely sure where I found the time for that… Although I didn’t quite find time to think up an original headline and just borrowed from my Stiaan Louw review which i thought was quite clever but apparently not everyone “gets”.

Love Water Love’s swimwear collection – just a reminder Cape Town is a resort destination not some gothic playground for restless spirits and unquiet souls.

Ah yes David again. You may recall I commented that his frocks were possessed by evil spirits hungry for your soul… or something along those lines. David Tlale was one of the few designers to get away with showing at more that one fashion week but this was apparently a different collection from Joburg Fashion Week. This isn’t exactly what you’d choose for your Matric dance or dinner at the ambassadors reception but it is fiercely dramatic in the way we’ve come to expect. Although hairy busts… that’s a bold move. International model Jourdan Dunn made her appearance as the finale to the week during his collection.

By the way all these pics from Cape Town Fashion Week are shot by Simon Deiner

Black Coffee made their debut at Cape Town Fashion Week (usually hanging out at Sanlam SA Fashion Week rather) I assume this isn’t their entire summer collection and was made specially for Virgin Mobile? Anyway it was a great collection of draped fabric, insectoid frocks and ribbons with a vaguely bondage vibe. Would have been great to see more…

Saturday nights at Cape Town Fashion Week are usually the quietest (most of the media have hit their deadlines for the week and skip the finale show which in the past has been more consumer focused). So a nice change this year that some of the best work was shown on Saturday. Suzaan Heyns, of Joburg’s Abraham & Louisa presented an avant garde collection that felt like a nightmare fantasy mixing up fairy tales, S&M and uh the poney club.

Just this morning I mentioned Vogue Italia’s “Black” issue well Jourdan Dunn, one of the cover girls of that issue will be walking the ramps at this year’s Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week. She’s 17 and was discovered at Primark (the discount shopping store) you can decide for yourself whether she is the new Naomi Campbell at fashion week (or keep an eye out in Mr Price maybe).

For more on Jourdan Dunn have a look here:

Vogue Italy July Black Issue

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This event will be held (independently) alongside Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week. If you’re a designer it’s not too late to get involved contact The Runway to find out more. You can also join the newly launched Facebook group here and follow developments on Style Guide Cape Town. No doubt i’ll also do some posts in the run up.

The Baileys Fashion Weekend is based on events like the London Fashion Weekend and the pop-up store trend and is set to be a fun addition to the buzz around fashion week.

The press release:

Baileys®, the world’s no 1 selling cream liqueur, has partnered with The Runway and personal stylist Robyn Cooke, to become the headline sponsor of The Baileys Fashion Weekend, a first of its kind fashion event taking place on 16-17th August 2008.
The Baileys Fashion Weekend guerrilla store will open for two days only during the culmination of Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week, selling the work of leading South African designers in a stylish and relaxed environment. The guerrilla store trend is a global phenomenon and this is the first independent event of its kind to be held alongside a South African fashion week.

Confirmed designers and brands to date include Gavin Rajah, Give-It-Bag, Catherine Moore, Coast & Koi and selected designers from Portfolio amongst others. As a perfect accompaniment to the fashion the Baileys bar will be serving Baileys over ice to visitors and DJs will provide a suitably stylish soundtrack.

“The Baileys Fashion Weekend takes South African design from the ramps to our consumers’ wardrobes. Whilst Fashion Weeks present future trends to the industry the Baileys Fashion Weekend will bring South African style to the public in one place. With the profits from the door going to Unicef this is also an opportunity to support a great cause. This event provides an excellent platform for both established designers and young talent to interact and sell to style conscious and discerning shoppers,” said Lauren Jones, Baileys National Brand Manager.

There is a small entrance fee of R25 for visitors to the event and 100% of the profits from the door will be donated to Unicef. In addition a fashion-amnesty will be run at the same time where people can bring along spare clothes to the store – these will all be given to those in need throughout the Western Cape.