The Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week was yet another reason to go out looking for a stunning outfit and to glam yourself up. After the three day rush of high-heels, wardrobe scrutinizing, runway watching and of course fashion judging, Cape Town Fashion Week has come to an end.

South African designers graced the Mother City with plenty of great Spring/Summer outfits. The biggest trend was definitely monochrome, appearing in a variety of ways. Bright blues and yellows were also featured in various shows, and several designers played around with geometric shapes, particularly triangles in the cuts of the garments and the prints.

About 30 designers put their best threads forward at the Cape Town Convention Centre. The week also coincided with women’s day, placing added emphasis on the impact that the fashion industry has on the lives of women.

Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week

Fashion icons like Thula Sindi, Craig Port, Rosenwerth, Habits and Lalesso (previously called La Kanga), to mention but a few, displayed their glamorous garments, everyday wear, wedding couture and even boxer briefs. Emerging artists like Mr Price & Elle New Talent Award winners Anisa Malembo Mpungwe (Loin Cloth & Ashes) and Marize Malan (Morphe) were just two of the up-and-coming designers who joined the best crew of trendy exhibitors at this annual couture conference.

Menswear, which is receiving heightened importance internationally, was also not ignored this season. It was represented by Fabiani, Ruald Rheeder and Adriann Kuiters. As the event ran on National Women’s Day; AFI also curated a strong showing of successful women-led design businesses. These designers included Jenny le Roux, Gabi Rosenwerth and labels Stefania Morland and Cheryl Arthur.

The closing day (Saturday 10 August) opened with a celebration of Johannesburg-based designers looking to speak to a national customer base, including David Tlale who stood out by choosing the closed-off bridge in Cape Town that runs parallel to Helen Suzman drive. The show, which was dominated by menswear, featured turquoise, canary yellow, mustard, sage, white and black.

Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week

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