South African Fashion Week – Day 1 #SAFW #SS17
Growing up, I have always watched fashion models marching down the runway, making waves in the fashion world! I secretly still hope that I am going to wake up tall and skinny so that I could be up there modelling the beautiful collections and the multitude of different designer wear.
Living in South Africa, and forming part of a rainbow nation, with so many beautiful cultures and races, the many different visions are extraordinary! When designers merge different cultures in one garment, it is like a world of ART coming together.
“Fashion Week” takes place all over the world, like New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, South African Fashion Week, etc. An incredible showcase of designers, models, photographers, music selection, makeup artistry, even architectural, construction and lighting, plays a huge part in creating an incredible show. It may be a fashion show, but it is so much greater than that. So many elements form part of one simple goal, to showcase the art/ designs on a runway!
I’ve always wanted to be part of this chaotic and beautiful event. Dylan and I are so grateful to have been invited to attend South African Fashion Week 2017; taking place in Johannesburg from March 28th to April 1st 2017 at the beautiful venue, The Park in Hyde Park.
Apart from thinking about what we intended to wear, we were extra enough to get a photographer on board as well! Leighton May joined us for each of our shows and captured some of the moments of the week.
#SAFW #SAFW17 #SAFWSS17
First things first… THE DRESS CODE – No COLOUR
I figured that NO COLOUR, allows BLACK, WHITE, GREY, TAN and NUDES. So naturally I opted for black. It is my stable and safe colour. I always maintain that if in doubt, go Black. The LBD exists for this reason! It’s like the easiest, most elegant colour and of course the most classic way to go.
I opted for a faux leather skirt and I have to say, though it was very flattering standing up, I felt a little bit Kardashian sitting down (not in a good way). I paired the skirt with a pretty simple black, fitted top, in a very breathable cotton fabric. The detail on the neckline of the top is great because I could stick with the slightly more classic, minimalistic look that I was going for.
I paired my outfit with strappy patent leather sandals and in true chic fashion, I decided to toss a white blazer with black lapels, over my shoulders to obtain that chic, somewhat carelessly careful look.
I think that the white blazer added some flavour to an otherwise “safe” outfit. Well if leather is classified as safe! I felt very chic and I think that I wasn’t trying too hard to stand out.
I added a few gold accessories, gold earrings, rings and some dazzling gold and diamante armbands.
My hair was straightened and slicked back for a very chic and natural look. I kept my makeup pretty simply as well, but added a bright red lip. I feel as though red lips have become somewhat of my signature, but I tend to play around more colours especially since I received my Rimmel London Matte Lipstick case.
There is certainly a lip colour to suit every mood in the cases, and the names are what makes them even more fun. I’m sure I’ve mentioned how great they smell? But I have to say it again!
Not sure what to expect, I also decided to take along a little black studded purse to toss all my little things in, and I’m glad I did, as it helped me feel a little more organised and I think a purse is so important to seem more poised. Even if all I have in my purse is a lipstick, some cash/ cards and my phone, I feel more ready for anything… being empty-handed is never a good look or feeling.
Upon arriving at the event, I immediately steered towards the open rooftop, where the sun was just about ready to set. That in itself was so eye-catching but the people… were definitely a feast for the eyes! There was such a diverse selection of styles and of course people. As creepy as this may sound, I enjoy just watching people. The way that they are dressed, the way that they carry themselves and the charisma that comes along with it. And let me tell you right now, there certainly was no shortage of charismatic fashionista’s at the event.
There were so many bloggers, artists, fashionista’s and fashion lovers on the rooftop that the photographer were going a little crazy! I headed to the reception/ lounging area where there were so many photo op’s that I couldn’t even keep up! The décor was pretty minimalistic and that just the way I like it! They had a ‘recharging’ lounging area because SAFW knows how important it is to be able to take photos and of course upload and share them all over social media. It had a very hippie chic touch… again, right up my alley!
There was a sunglass hut stand where we could take some photos, wearing the pretty sunnies, but I have to say, maybe it was my nerves or just some bad luck with angles, but I wasn’t too keen on how my picture came out. I was expecting them to add all the photos taken there, instead of just one, but I’m sure that Dropbox would have been too crazy. There are extremely efficient though, as they forwarded a link to the Dropbox each day with the new photos.
Lee joined me and we took a dozen pictures on the rooftop and around the lounging area before heading into the first show. I was in row F… and I immediately thought, I’m definitely going to be in one of the rows in the back, because it was my first time there! When I went inside, I was super excited to be hitting up SAFW in the front row (or the FROW, as they call it)!!! Way to start my Fashion Week journey!! I took my seat and even took a quick selfie!!
The lights dimmed and the music started… The show was about to start!
Everything from the moment the show started to the end of the show, I think I may have only blinked a couple dozen times, because I didn’t want to miss a moment! The artistry that is involved in making this show happen, was so much more than I had ever expected. From the backend organisation to the beautiful visions of each designer, from the models walking in the show to the music selection, I was in artistic heaven.