By Polly Ester, Saturday 27 October 2018

Day 4 brought an amazing array of textures and tones across the shows of designers Erre, Klipa, Inga Atelier and Keys Fashion. The evening show illustrated the level of incredible new talent out there in the menswear realm with the likes of ranges by BLVNK, Bi Parel, Urban Outlaw 69, Virtue SA and Roq Men Africa.

FROW magic.

Inga Atelier’s creative installation displayed his range of impeccably crafted luxury leather goods. Founder and Creative Director, Inga Gubeka, has committed himself to ensuring that his bespoke pieces are of the highest standard of craftsmanship possible. In his favoured strong black with natural touches, from the tote to the sling, the backpack to the purse, Inga is a king of crafted customisation. He sources his luxury leather from Ethiopia and intends to launch internationally really soon. Word on the street is that he will definitely succeed. A very desirable product I need to add to my collection.

Inga Atelier

Voluminous, poetic and angelic. These are all words that define the Keys Fashion show. Tulle, lace, embroidery, silk and chiffon are just some of designer Ryan Key’s favourite fabrics, which he is constantly searching for. Each piece a labour of love, Ryan has an eye for feminine beauty which he loves to amplify through his timeless designs. Known for his signature sheer style with intricate detailing, often completed by hand, his AF|19 range received huge audience appreciation.

Keys Fashion by Ryan Keys

The final show of Day 4 can only be remembered as an explosion of talent as 5 new and young menswear designers; BLVNK, Bi Parel, Urban Outlaw 69, Virtue SA and ROQ Men Africa hit the ramp. Virtue SA’s architectural colour-blocking, BLVNK’s cultural expression with strong Egyptian influences, the geometric expression of Xhosa culture in Roq Men, Bi Parel’s edgy street vibes and Urban Outlaw 69’s fun prints revealed the future of SA fashion talent is definitely very bright.


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