We trust you remember that the very first Menswear week was held in Cape Town this earlier, where fashion devotees gathered in a repurposed parking lot at the V&A. It was a steaming hot affair – and we’re not just talking about the talent, that parking lot was hot as f**k. Thankfully, the talent was even hotter, and there were some very special revelations. Now we do it all again. Without further ado, here is what we know about the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015/2016 collections:
Clear your diaries from the 1st until the 4th of July. The actual shows will run over 3 days from the 2nd to the 4th, but there is a launch event on the 1st. A little SKATTIE recommendation: Make sure you get invited to the launch event, what’s a fashion week without a bit of shoulder rubbin’ action.
THE RETURNING DESIGNERS FROM THE PREVIOUS MENSWEAR WEEK
FMBCJ by CRAIG JACOBS
SHIRT & CO by KORBLA DTZOTSI
KIM GUSH (wasn’t on runway last year, showed a static presentation on mannequins)
IMPRINT by MZUKISI MBANE (wasn’t on runway last year, showed a static presentation on mannequins)
LADUMA NGXOKOLO (wasn’t on runway last year, showed a static presentation on mannequins)
THERE’S A NEW ‘AFRICA DESIGNERS’ SLOT FEATURING:
ABRANTIE THE GENTLEMAN (returning)
TAF THE TAYLOR
MARTIN KADINDA (returning)
NEW ADDITIONS #1
NEW ADDITIONS #2: WE ARE ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE GUYS
STIAAN LOUW – After swearing off the runway circuit 5 years ago, Stiaan Louw returns to the ramp. Rumour has it that he found his inspiration at the gym, mhmmm, we hope it was the locker room.
JULIA M’POKO – You might remember her as one of the finalists at the ELLE RISING STAR DESIGN AWARDS, the same year as Nicholas Coutts and Lukhanyo Mdingi
ORANGE CULTURE – We have been salivating over Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s lookbooks for a minute, and now we get see it all live. What more can a fashion nerd ask for?
*DRUMROLL* THE VENUE: THIS YEAR IT’S A STUDIO IN THE CAPE TOWN STADIUM. WE EVEN GOT THEM LAYOUT PLANS FOR YOUR THIRST – Apparently the only thing that will be steaming hot this year is the fashion. Can I get an ‘Amen’ for an air-conditioned menswear week?
LASTLY, THERE ARE STILL ABOUT SIX MORE DESIGNERS TO BE CONFIRMED, AND THE MINUTE WE CAN CONFIRM, YOU’LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW SKATTIE. SEE YOU AT THE #FROW!!!
Images via SDR, SKATTIE, & sourced