FEDISA Graduate Collection Show 201411/12/2014
Last weekend I attended the FEDISA Graduate Collection Show and as usual, it didn't cease to amaze. Case in point; I saw so many beautiful pieces that narrowing down these photos was almost impossible, I think you can tell. The fashion college celebrated its tenth year of design excellence and kicked off the event with a dimly-lit runway where the first year collection literally lit up the catwalk with avant-garde garments incorporating LED elements. Next came the second year range which played with texture, cut-outs and embellishments, weaving its way through a nature theme.
Some of the most exciting news was that FEDISA, in partnership with The Foschini Group, are now offering bursaries to students who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to study there. We got to see two applicants being surprised with the news that they are going to attend the prestigious institution in 2015. I totally teared up watching those clips because FEDISA was one of the best things to ever happen to me and I knew exactly how elated those girls felt.
Now to discuss the graduate collections which included bodysuits, bell sleeves, cut-outs, texture, prints and sheer elements, to name just a few trends that caught my eye. Raeesa Brey's solid collection epitomised cool with dark tones and on-point styling. Emily Hellens showcased beautiful Victorian-inspired pieces with an added dash of steampunk which I loved. I also went crazy for Yolisa Payi's asylum concept featuring Hannibal Lecter masks and straitjacket-esque clothing devoid of sleeves.
Now, can I just say that the boys really brought it? Karl Van Duyn's stunningly embellished, ostrich-feathered affair was a feast for the eyes while Brandon Ashby's all-black collection had strong cuts and interesting panels. Let's also just talk about 'Roots' by Bokang Lehabe - finally some African fashion I can get obsessed with! With dense fabrics, textures galore and beautiful cohesion, this range was very well-executed.
Well, I could go on and on describing the remaining collections but I will just congratulate all of the students whose hard work made it to the runway (and wants to make it into mine and my boyfriend's closet, just saying) and extend my thanks to FEDISA. What a pleasure. You can check out my Facebook page for upcoming uploads of more from the show.