Day 1 Runway Review Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg #MBFWJ17

If FOMO is getting you down, do not fret – Mikaela O has all the juice on the must-see-moments and key trends shaping the South African fashion industry that are sure to affect your upcoming summer wardrobe.

Here’s what went down:


Kicking off a four-day fashion festival, the Klûk CDGT collection showcased on opening night with a kaleidoscope of colours and feathery finishes. The liquid metallics and flowing silk of the garments contrasted the strong geometric structures that adorned the ramp. Each eye-catching item was a masterpiece in its own right, outlined by a permanent frame in the center of the stage.

Retro patterns and forgotten fabric combinations were out in full force with an ode to the ’80s.

Feathery touches added a further element of luxury:

From power suits to dresses, purple was the colour of the moment.

Gavin Rajah

A return to innocence sums up Gavin Rajah’s feminine collection.

For those who felt they were born in the wrong decade, these Victorian-era-inspired pieces create a romantic mood.

Floral embroidery, contrasted with bold black or white lines, was a clear trend.

Leopard print has never looked so lovely with modern cuts and fur finishes, adding a fresh take on the animal-kingdom aesthetic #growl.

Crochet finished with delicate pom-pom details make for a fun, yet more elegant interpretation on last season’s theme.

Afri Privé

A decade of African excellence was celebrated  in the AFI Privé collection.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and colour did all the talking on the ramp.

Pretty pleats and simple ruffles created a feminine appeal.

Thula Sindi

Thula Sindi translated the floral trend into ready-to-wear bomber jackets, soft blouses and print cocktails dresses. Accentuated shoulders make for standout pieces – as seen on black knits to metallic jackets.

See-through mesh was a go-to material that added a touch of Gothic glamour – from a more structured A-line to an on-the-floor maxi.

Check out the rest of each day of Fashion Week in the next posts.

bye for now


Published by Mikaela Oosthuizen

Instagram: @mikaelaoosthuizen Twitter: @smilemikaela Miss South Africa 2016 Finalist BA Media Communication and Culture student Miss SA Teen 2010 (youngest ever title holder and first from Port Elizabeth)

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