Earlier this month, FEDISA presented their 2nd annual Markham Fashion Flash menswear show. The fashion design institution's 2nd years were briefed by the Markham team and divided into groups that would each focus on one Spring/Summer trend. The students then collaborated with each other to create capsule collections which included handmade accessories that impressed me - huge accessories girl over here!
Original prints, manipulated denim and delightful details kept the crowd on the events deck entertained, as well as live music from Mark and Gareth Haze. Students also showcased more avant-garde pieces in the 2nd half of the show where they played with knits and knots for a textural treat. There were three winning designs on the day and these students were awarded with prizes from Markham, including internships. First place went to Catherine McIntosh whose vibrant creation incited exclamations when her model revealed his blazer's edgy spine pleats. LOVE!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, seeing such creative menswear is so refreshing and I'm glad FEDISA is giving its students the opportunity to delve into this realm in 2nd year. It could inspire a new generation of South African menswear designers which is what our industry needs.
Thanks to FEDISA for having me. I'd also like to congratulate every 2nd year lecturer and student on a job well done, talk about combining a mass of technical design skills into one assignment! I know how hard everyone at FEDISA works and I promise you, it's worth it. Well done and keep it up. You can check out more from the show on Facebook.
Posted by Sheri Lee at 8:06 PM
Last week I attended the Spree Lookboard event which showcased the leading online fashion retailer's summer showstoppers featuring designs by Shana Morland, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Ruff Tung, Thula Sindi, Adam & Eve and Ilan, just to name a few.
The prints were gorgeous and the brights were stunning. My personal favourites were the pastel statement dress by Ruff Tung and the art-inspired Bold Strokes look as seen on the model with the Paul's Boutique coral handbag. Wow! Can the stylist responsible for that please stand up? I'm guessing it was Spree's Fashion Director, Chris Viljoen. Listen, I wouldn't mind being BFFs, just saying.
Spree also launched Spree Boutique which is an online collection of garments by top South African designers. I really do love the initiative Spree takes with supporting our local talent, it's now super easy to shop SA fashion.
Thanks to Spree as well as the lovely ladies pictured above; Jasna, Tegan and Fatima. I had a great time checking out what's in store for summer. You can shop Spree at spree.co.za
Posted by Sheri Lee at 5:53 AM
So what's it like? There's a TON of variety. Not only does it have a gal's bases covered from sleepwear to basics to trendy items, but the myriad of styles cater to whatever your signature look might be. Girly girl? Sure thing. Rocker chick? No problem. Boho beauty? Take a look at all the hats and kimonos. Classy minimalist? Psssh, of course!
I saw a lot more shoes on display than I did in the states and I was also pleased that they brought in global stock because sometimes the international chains play it safe and I end up finding the shopping experiences completely different. This isn't the case with Forever 21. They have all the accessories I ordered online and let me tell you, I'm obsessed with their rings.
The prices are reasonable (R49 camis, R150 jeans) but of course the very drool-worthy items will cost you more. One of the best things about Forever 21 is that they get new stock EVERY DAY. No umming and aahhing, if you like it, grab it or it could be gone tomorrow. I really think there's something for everyone and I can't wait for Cape Town to have a look.
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Posted by Sheri Lee at 4:02 AM