Day Three launched with SAFW’s MINI Scouting Menswear competition in association with GQ South Africa. Founded 4-years ago when SA Fashion Week realised the necessity of a competition to support emerging designer menswear labels entering into this competitive market, this event has become synonymous with both supporting and establishing brands. Following a stringent judging process over several months, six finalists showed their ranges resulting in the winning honour being awarded to Bi Parel. Inspired by Asian streetwear culture and the aesthetics of everyday life, designer for Bi Parel, Shaylene Paige Morris, has fast become one of the youngest streetwear brands to watch.
Bi Parel’s winning SS/19 range was inspired by the lines and colours of recycled x-rays. Not only were they used in the design but incorporated into the actual garments too. Edgy separates of shirts, shorts and jackets with x-ray focused detailing on collars and pocket placement revealed a clever and well-crafted range that received much acclaim from both judges and audience alike.
Following the excitement of menswear competition, Ryan Keys launched his new SS/19 collection. Using the world around him as his inspiration, Keys examines both the positive and negative, using it to feed his designs. Passionate about discovering delicate fabrics and embroideries from all over the globe, Keys garments both amplify and reflect the beauty of the ultra-feminine. His SS/19 range focused on timelessly elegant pieces with intricate detailing in classic tones, destined to be worn by his celebrity client base.
Day Three’s final show was an exciting combination of design talent from Durban’s University of Technology (DUT) Department of Fashion & Textiles. Featuring eight top 3rd Year Students and mentored by renowned designer, Gideon, the opportunity to show at SAFW provides a significant incentive and reward for these young designers. Brave, bold and experimental, it will be exciting to watch the growth of this talent over the next few years.
Day Four, the final day of SAFW, kicks off in a few short hours. Be sure to watch this space for the breakdown and critique of the collections of Nthando, De Mil, plus the incredible Ephymol and successful streetwear brand, Loxion Kulcha. An absolutely well-fitting fashion end is ahead.
Polly Ester for SAFW.