SOUTH AFRICAN MENSWEAR WEEK REVIEW REPORT

The first ever SAMW started on the 4th till the 7th February 2015 in Cape Town.Hosted by over 25 of South African best menswear designers in 18 ramp show. Remarkable work I must say very urban,classic&elegant pieces nicely put together.

The line-up for the fashions were showcased from the 4th till 7th February 2015& will host an impressive list of South African and African men’s fashion designers, ranging from emerging talent, Rich Mnisi, Jenevieve Lyons, to the up-and-coming, Lukhanyo Mdingi and the more established designers , Craig Port, CSquared, and Shaldon Kopman’s Naked Ape.The SAMW will work alongside the designers to develop business and profiling opportunities. And the much anticipated Chulaap by designer Chu Swannapha ,African textile are part of Chu’s master piece. Cottons and knits, structured fabrics helped keep the layering strong and rigid. Prints, earthy tones and untamed clashing.

The pops of white kept the collection from becoming too ethic or tribal,a fresh burst of air amongst the chaos. Chulaap embodies the future of our land, the prints mixed tradtion and colour with silhouette and fabrication.

This platform provides African talent to build brands and labels, increase exposure, which supports sales and assists in expanding business by creating job employment.Owner and founder of SA Menswear Week, Ryan Beswick said “This worthy initiative is not only about providing and building a platform where designers can showcase their collections, but also providing a sound business case with marketing and promotion opportunities for designers to grow their brands”.

Here are my Top 5 Men’s Wear Collections:

1. Csquared

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2. X&O

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3. Lucky Luke

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4.Naked Ape

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5. Chulaap By Chu Swannapha

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