Flirty and sexy

La Perla
On the catwalk at the Audi Joburg Fashion Week in 2008

The South African Tourism roadshow and party at St. Regis took be back in time to the trendy time I had during the Audi Joburg Fashion Week in 2008.
Presented by African Fashion International at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, it was time for an array of autumn/winter wear from a merry mix of South Africa’s established as well as emerging designers.
Flirty and sexy, all flash and dash – that was the style story with the rousing rhythms of African beats and even the sounds of flirty French songs filling the air as models sashayed down the rectangular white ramp.
Stark in the dark – that’s what kicked off the fashion week with jet black and white ruling the ramp, along with shades of grey from young designer Siphakeme Ndlovu. Next in line was Mosewa Mose who continued the colour theme with silvery grey, followed by purple and pink, maroon and olive green. The New Generation took over with refreshing styles from Frans Kies, Thembisile Mazibuko, Audrey Mokhari and Abigail Keats. And it was standing ovation time after celebrated couturier Marianne Fassler showcased a line inspired by internationally acclaimed South African artist Marlene Dumas.
Day two kicked off with a pixie-like girl with red shoes and a violin, swinging like Vanessa Mae. Models in carnival-like red-and-black creations then took to the ramp. While Ifa Lethu celebrated life and ‘healing the heritage,’ a kitschy collection from Karen Monk Klijnatra followed with a blaze of colours reminiscent of the rainbow nation. The men’s show by Viyella featured formal suits and happy hues like peach pants, sky blue shirts and yellow ties, while Kluk’s collection seemed fit for a girl’s prom night.
The colour purple was pronounced during the week and you even heard ‘Purple Rain’ during Craig Jacobs’s show on day three. The Mzansi designers focused on black and white, pink, grey and yellow and Maya Prass said it with a fantastic feminine and wearable collection with colours and prints.
It was the romance of the railways with a love train of glam girls in motion during the Stoned Cherrie show. Psychedelic images flashed across the screen and on the catwalk were the ladies in red, the colour of love. Day four also featured JJ Schoeman with a collection in red and black and shades of grey with black lace, while Thula Sindi showcased earthy and chocolate tones.
The final day featured some luxurious lingerie by La Perla. And the finale belonged to Gavin Rajah with his couture collection, a sexy take on modern romance, inspired by Japanese comic art known as Manga. It was whimsical wear at its very best. Earlier, he showcased a menswear line said to be for the man with a mind of his own.


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