RE-IMAGINING AFRICA THROUGH CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK

In attempts to redirect my post-fashion-week excitement, uttering words like visionary and innovative, while relevant to the narrative, seem inadequate as I string together my thoughts on some of the collections previewed at the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion week last night. Starting with Mille Collines, with yours truly ironically blown away by draped fabrics moving in a tidal as the models who adorned them breezed down the runway. While prints appeared to be used selectively amidst a collection more inclined to the minimalist, there was a definite acknowledgement of statement trends throughout several pieces. After a haste coffee outside post Mille Collines, what followed at the next show seemed like a wormhole that transported us from one collection to a subsequent vast alternative. Fashion Revolution, both the wormhole and spaceship in this metaphor, curated a line-up of designers whose collections spoke to several parts of Africa’s rich cultures and expanded on these regional identities through structural design and re-imagined placement of prints.

Below are a round up of my favorite runway looks, streetstyle moments that caught my eye (and was able to capture in-between show calls) from day one at the AFI Cape Town Fashion Week.

Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week Street Style

Images: Rebecca Arendse
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