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Amish conservatism & African streetwear shine at MBFWCT
Jul '14
The just wrapped up South African fashion revelry Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) showcased creations from more than 27 local designers.
Anisa Mpungwe, the Johannesburg-based fashion designer behind the Loin Cloth and Ashes brand, featured her latest Spring/Summer 2014/15 Collection. Mixing elements from two different cultures, Amish conservatism and urban African street aesthetics, the range, which was based in a fresh fruity palette of lemon, pear, tangerine, grape and strawberry colours, was replete with high necklines, armhole detailing, block prints, boxy silhouettes and draped fabrics.
A recent trip to England played as source of inspiration for designer Craig Port’s new The Great British Summer collection which was a contemporary take on classic English styles. Made using lace, satin, silk and quilting techniques, the caramel stripe decorated line, which included 35 men’s and 10 women’s looks, were based in sorbet hues of mint, peach, rose and lemon.
In addition to the aforementioned designer shows, the three-day event also hosted catwalk parades from the likes of Lazuli, Lo, Danielle Margaux, Selfi, Leigh Schubert, Lalesso, Kluk CGDT and Fabiani alongside young designers’ showcases as well as a series of talks and conferences on topics ranging from business advices for budding labels to how to stay on trend.
MBFWCT was organized by the African Fashion International (AFI), a platform that helps in bringing in talents from the entire continent to the forefront. Started around six years ago, the Cape Town event offers direct access to the designers to domestic and international markets.

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