Black Coffee, Ephymol, Roman Handt, and Floyd Avenue participated in the South Africa Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 held at Sandton City Shopping Centre from October 24-27, 2017. Here are highlights from their collections:
Black Coffee is known for the way it blurs fabrication and fashion. The sharp structural designs are characterised by complex, layered shapes that yield a fastidious fashion sensibility which is restrained and bold. A design goes beyond adornment, often melding the pattern with the body in a meticulous feat of engineering. Despite exacting geometries, garments transition effortlessly between day and evening wear. Jacques van der Watt showed his first collection at SA Fashion Week in 1999. He was a pioneer that heralded fashion as a standalone industry in South Africa when it was restricted to occasion-specific garments. He has been nominated five times for the SA Fashion Awards, winning in 2001 and 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the Mercedes Benz Art Award with an installation that was shown at the Daimler Contemporary Gallery in Berlin. Black Coffee is the 2017 winner of the SAFW Cape Wools SA Designer Challenge.
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Ephraim Molingoane started his career in modelling, before re-routing himself into fashion design. He worked extensively abroad, before returning to Johannesburg and opening the Ephymol studio. His diverse travel experience played an important role in influencing his bold and individualistic design philosophy. Ephraim has earned numerous Best Dressed awards, which have increased his clientele to include sports personalities, musicians, actors and many leaders in the fashion industry. Today, he is one of South Africa’s best known and respected designers and a winner of the first Cape Wools SA designer challenge for ladies wear.
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“My role as a designer is to question mostly. I’m not there to provide answers, I’m there to provoke.” Roman Handt interrogates the role of the 21st century man through the use of fabric, pattern, cutting and construction methods. He started his menswear label ROMAN HANDT in 2011 and has since been part of a growing menswear design movement. Having worked with numerous niche design companies both locally and internationally, Roman has developed an artisanal approach to his designs. He emphasizes a non-traditional attitude and centres on skilfully constructed garments that transcend boundaries around occasion, situation and masculinity. ROMAN HANDT is for the fearless, the bold, the inquisitive and the worldly individual. It is for the non-typical, a man with an eye for detail and an expression of unique identity. He showed his first collection at SA Fashion Week in 2012.
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“Men are now paying more attention to what they wear, are bolder and take more risks,” said Floyd Manotoano, in an interview with GQ magazine. Since winning the Scouting Menswear Competition in 2015, his design aesthetic reflects the multi-layered world we currently live in. This exciting label has become prominent on the menswear landscape. It uses cultural references to inspire clothing that is innovative and speaks the language of the evolution of our culture. Floyd has worked with many leading local and international magazines from Rolling Stone, Japanese Vogue to Dazed and Confused. Stocked by Kloset Republic.
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