A fashion first for South Africa as New York Fashion Week’s finest were showcased at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers on Friday 11 October 2019. A global influx of world leading designers took to the catwalk at the inaugural New York Runway ZA.
The Red Carpet Creative Production in collaboration with Runway Prestige New York drew together the rich fashion cultures of the Big Apple and the Mother City under one roof. “A spectacular display of fashion luminaries” marks Red Carpet Creative CEO, Jade Allen. “We are honoured to have had the opportunity of presenting this first-ever collaboration on African soil. A cross-continental amalgamation of artistic expression, merging global fashion forward visionaries with varying style articulations.”
New York trends tended towards an eclectic diversity of styles, colours patterns and fabrics, commencing with a showstopping opening by acclaimed celebrity fashion designer, Michael Lombard. Using the highest grades of leather sourced from around the world Lombard vaunted Neo gothic eccentricity in bold designs with drastic angles, elaborately studded and embellished with space-age accents and accessories. “My collections are geared to make you feel you’re living your best life!”
Alluring Afro-centric attire for the successful businesswoman was next up by Else Hardjopawiro of VanElse. An integrated flavor of African and Pan African prints and patterns embedded within the sophisticated modern pieces with tailored pleats adding hints of Avant Garde expression. “By Accentuating certain parts of the female body makes my design radiate a feminine power” comments Hardjopawiro.
Color-blocking the runway was the House of Honee with electric tones of type peak, zesty lemon and blueberry, interspersed with metallic ensembles for a buoyant, head-turning juxtaposition. “I prefer the eclectic approach to define the bodies in a couchant and playful manner” adds Honee
The final showcasing NYC designer, Henry Picado for ESTE & CHLO, escalated couture elevation with his elegant evening-wear ensembles, including his piece designed for Lady Gaga. Integrating classic and contemporary hand-crafted garments articulating bespoke expression inspired by the glamour of Hollywood. Picardo explains: “Fashion is an art and we must find our own masterpiece.”
Representing the forefront of local fashion, capturing summer with captivating prints on soft-flowing fabrics, was BeachCult by Joanna Hedley. Her latest Midnight Safari collection featured the Prowling Leopard print by Emijl De Kock in a series of luxe swim and beachwear attire for him and her. A portion of the proceeds of the Prowling Leopard print are donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust to help protect the precious animals of Southern Africa.
Delicious, citrus, floral notes, with long duster coats over skintight lycra with Crepe, linen, silk and feathers! “It’s everything you need to kick off the summer season” says Malcolm KLûK of KLûK CGDT commenting on the duo’s new fruity fabulous assortment. Wide culottes and the boxy dresses, oversized bows form 1980’s Dallas and Dynasty style with 2020’s styling. “Bigger, bolder and brighter” adds partner Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit, “think French aristocracy meets eastern European money, trailer park beauty and central park glamping with ghetto cool and suburban swank.”
ZEDMEN boasted bespoke tailored attire for the discerning modern-day gentleman. Comprising Custom-Made Suits from Europe and high-quality shirts cut from the finest Italian and German fabrics. Stand out features include firm collars, front panels and cuffs superior look. “Service, expertise and wonderful shopping experience are what we are all about” denotes ZEDmen representative, Willem Venter.
A grand closing! Modern natural fabrics in elegant and comfortable silhouettes embody Jacques LaGrange’s African Couture Ivory Warriors. Depicting timeliness beauty with natural ivory whites of the African Saharan summer. LaGrange is making his mark with a firm belief in locally produced, sustainable fashion for community upliftment through employment and skills training. “Keep it local and educate” marks LaGrange, whilst pushing quality boundaries to ensure international product standards. “Quality, fit and finish are key.”
The event was led by world renowned actress and television personality, Bonnie Mbuli as master of ceremonies. Opening to a Quoin Rock bubbly red-carpet arrival New York runway dazzled with celebrity guests including the likes of Project Runway presenter, Noni Gasa; Fashion influencers Lauren Campbell, Sanele Xaba and Tracy Lee Rosslind in capacity of hair curator with her newly launched company, Haze Enterprize. Celebrity makeup artist, Renee De Wit, added Guerlain French flair and finesse to models and guests alike. And an extraordinary touch – rapper, author and television presenter Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi, AKA Rouge – took to the runway accompanying her signature track compilation devised for the reveal of the new Castle Lite 250 ml.
Cape Town Crystal Towers Marriott Hotel was alive with vibrant up-beat ambience layered with cool Ibiza style beats by DJ Anthea Scholtz followed by runway master music curator, Dino Moran who also took the party into the early hours of the morning at the Quoin Rock VIP Wine bar. Intermittent entertainment interludes ‘broke the ice’ with exquisite aerial and floor dance acts by Tulu Entertainment and Jesyka Sham.