SOUTH AFRICA FASHION WEEK – DAY 3 – Spring/Summer 2021

Day 3 at South Africa Fashion Week saw Menswear in all its Joyous Boldness and Exuberance take Centre Stage.

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Exquisite print and knit block colours at Ephymol

Strong design at Luxion Kulca

Pre-show touches

Lining up for the shows – at Ephymol

Iconic Loxion Kulca – from a previous collection

Eyebrow treatment pre-show

Sequins at Ephymol

A Tribute Collection at Luxion Kulca

A message at Xavier Sadan South Africa

Money makes the world go round! – at Xavier Sadan South Africa

Final touches at Ephymol

 

Day 3 at South Africa Fashion Week was all about the most delicious Menswear! New talent as well as some seasoned stalwarts presented ranges that were awe-inspiring in their innovation and adventurousness. Brilliantly accomplished tailoring, funky streetwear, sportswear-inspired pieces, fabulous knitwear and intricate surface printing produced nothing short of a feast for the eyes. Here is a selection of the very best of the day.

Accessorizing at Richard Hoy

Lukhanyo Mdingi’s iconic collection

 

Ephymol, brainchild of celebrity designer Ephraim Molingoana has, over the years, become a much-anticipated highlight of the Fashion Week scene. This season the brand has yet again presented a range that is bold, masculine and timeless in its tailoring, uncanny use of colour and subtle details. This is a menswear range that has garnered many international accolades and certainly oodles of recognition locally. Incidentally, this designer’s work and as his A-lister personal style are adored equally by the local media!

A delightful colour palette at Ephymol

Delicious prints, tailoring and patchwork touches at Ephymol

Berets and a mix of prints – it all works! At Ephymol

Glamourous sequin motives on the sleeves and jacket – at Ephymol

 

Throwaway Twenty creates boyishly playful pieces with a tongue-in-cheek mischievousness about them. We think they’re great fun and definitely for boys and girls who don’t take their fashion too seriously.

Playful polka dots in fun outfits – at Throwaway Twenty

Pastels at Throwaway Twenty

 

Maklele’s designer Mikhayla Farouk says, ‘As I started learning more about the industry, my focus became more about sustainable garment manufacture rather than just the physical garment itself.’ These gender-fluid practical yet elegant streetwear pieces most certainly tick all the boxes for beauty and comfort – as well as sustainability!

Wanna climb that mountain? At Maklele

Elegantly sporty – at Maklele

 

Richard Hoy creates clothing that is contemporary and made for adventure, they’re tailored and casual at the same time. Richard Hoy’s S/S 2021 Collection is entitled ‘Field Trip’ and it gives a nod to the nostalgia of the past whilst acknowledging the grittiness of the present in the hard-wearing utility wear, bomber jackets, hiking ropes and other motifs.

Ready for that Field Trip? – At Richard Hoy

Bold leaf green and red-and-black leaves design co-ords – At Richard Hoy

 

Xavier Sadan South Africa is a unisex – but rooted in menswear – collection that explores the subtle space between soft masculinity and strong femininity. Referencing Transformer and Lego toys from childhood, designer Xavier relishes the idea of removable, interchangeable pockets – clothes that the wearer can interact with. The colour palette of this collection is inspired by his father’s closet of traditional menswear.

Browns with a twist – At Xavier Sadan South Africa

Softly masculine tailoring – At Xavier Sadan South Africa

Removable pockets and wrapped sleeves – At Xavier Sadan South Africa

 

The Loxion Kulca brand that started as an informal enterprise of handmade items now has cult status in South Africa and beyond – in neighbouring countries and much further afield. ‘Loxion’ translates into ‘township / ghetto / home’ and ‘Kulca’ means ‘culture / pride’. Based on the principles of ‘Ubuntu’/ ‘togetherness’ designer Ole Ledimo’s collection celebrates the life and work of co-founder Wandi Nzimande and honours all the things he loved – from music (particularly hip hop) to fashion and storytelling. The collection showcases loose and free silhouettes, often in black and lime as a tribute to Wandi who was an expert in uplifting and uniting emerging designers.

This is an exceptional, highly accomplished body of work – playful, practical, sporty and at the same time super glamorous. This collection is eclectic, and make no mistake, this is African design at its very best – it’s bold and unashamedly passionate about all things local. Ode Ledimo has wholesalely succeeded in creating an iconic collection to pay tribute to a fashion icon of our time.

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Fun, sporty and unmistakably Loxion Kulca

Sporty khaki dresses with a nod to safari style at Loxion Kulca

Urban streetwear at its very best – At Loxion Kulca

Elegant trousers mixed with sporty jackets – At Loxion Kulca

Expect the unexpected – At Loxion Kulca

Suave and sexy – at Loxion Kulca

Proud to be of this place – At Loxion Kulca

Bold designs for bold people – At Loxion Kulca

A touch of blue and maroon – At Loxion Kulca

It’s partytime! Tux and bolero at Loxion Kulca

Cecile Paul

Cecile Paul

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