It’s Fashion Week time again
By Liezel van der Westhuizen
The Mother City will be striking a pose when the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town takes place at the CTICC next week from July 25 to 28. This year’s fashion week will see legends from past events making a return to the limelight to unveil their Spring/Summer 2012 collections on avant-garde runway shows.
The Fashion Week is now in its 10th year and it is the first one that I will be attending since moving here in 2010. In 2008 I flew to Cape Town especially for a weekend of fashion indulgence and was blown away by the wealth of talent in this world class city.
Big names this year don’t only include Cape Town’s finest, but the best from around South Africa as well.
Acclaimed Cape Town designers include Stefania Morland, Kluk CGDT, Habits, Lalesso, Craig Port and Tart. In addition, Black Coal Clothing, Selfi, Strato, August and Non European will be showcasing in a Cape Town Fashion Council slot that fuses the mix of emerging and establised designers.
Johannesburg’s fashion royalty, meanwhile, are represented by Thula Sindi, Spero Villioti and David Tlale, who will showcase in a surprise venue.
Durban’s Dax Martin will unveil an athletic range extension while fellow KZN designer, Leigh Schubert, will present a contemporary collection before jetting off to the 2012 London Olympics to see first-hand her opening ceremony kit designed for the SA team.
Also hitting the runway are emerging designers Michelle Ludek and Ruff Tung, whose ranges have catapulted them into the category of names to watch in the fashion industry
In addition, revered fashion designer and convener of the inaugural Cape Town Fashion Week in 2003 and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Gavin Rajah, will also be showcasing his grand collection.
This year there will be 26 designers and 18 shows over the four days and the public can look forward to the theme of icons that will extend from fashion to cars, and to add an extra dimension of global relevance, innovation and lifestyle will be bracketed with this at one of Africa’s premier fashion events.
In a first for South African Fashion, African Fashion International has partnered with SA Tourism to develop tourism through fashion.
With the support of the Cape Town Fashion Council, SA Tourism and Cape Town Tourism, they have invited selected design powerhouses to present their 2012 collections at various iconic venues around the Mother City.
So even though the cold weather is upon us in Cape Town, Fashion Week will be warming us up and showing us the hottest fashion items for spring, which is only six weeks away, if you can believe it.