Thought-provoking designs in SA Menswear Week AW17

This past weekend The Palms in Woodstock hosted ±30 designers at Lexus SA Menswear Week AW17.

Fashion tends to be a reflection of the times, and so it is proving yet again. Dark colours echoed the current ominous state of the world-wide political arena. Leather, a protective fabric, was widely used.

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Kim Gush (EG Alumna)

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Tsepo Tsotetsi

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Tokyo James

Even where designers employed lighter, brighter colours, the ranges had an unsettled, nomadic mood.

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Kidd Hunta

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Nao Serati

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Nicholas Coutts

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Tailoring featured strongly, with an emphasis on outerwear. Again, the suggestion is of being on the move.

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Emmy Kasbit

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Nguni Shades

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Naked Ape

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Mai Atafo

On an inner level, adaptability was suggested by androgynous designs.

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Martelle Ludick

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Merwe Mode

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Alexandra Blank

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Indigenous prints and styles provided some geographical grounding in the maelstrom.

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Good Good Good

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Unknown Union

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MXVV x Craig Jacobs

When all is said and done, one can conclude that men’s fashion in South Africa is excitingly vibrant and responsive to the Zeitgeist.


All Images courtesy of SDR Photo