SA Menswear Week SS19, Africa’s only menswear-focussed fashion platform, rolled out on Friday evening. Now celebrating its 8th season, the production fell nothing short of spectacular. The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town provided a picturesque backdrop on an unusually warm winter’s day in Cape Town; a day I decided to wear a full-length faux fur coat. *face palm* Yes people, I was back in the front row – don’t know how I wangled that – with my partner-in-style / fashion police buddy Duncan Pape.
I wore an exquisite pair of gold cigarette pants by fab, glam and crazy local designers Bridget Pickering and Ludwig Bauch of RuffTung. I paired this with my current favourite, the aforementioned weather-be-damned coat and a flat cap which I’d bought from The Kilo Shop in Paris earlier this year. My birdy print chiffon blouse by French label le Temps des Cerises, and my sunglasses are Ross and Brown from Langaro Lifestyle Centre in Camps Bay. They have a mother of a sale on which you can read about here. My bag is Michael Kors, a 2017 birthday gift to myself. Oh, my nude brogues are Woolies, a store I do not purchase fashion from but bought out of pure desperation earlier that day.
I’m sorry that the lighting played such havoc with these pics; they’re from three different phones as opposed to my decent Canon camera. I blame SAMW owner, Simon Deiner. He gave me far too many drinks vouchers so I spent a considerable amount of time propping up the Jameson VIP lounge bar counter instead of taking decent pics. Shame on you, Simon.
As for my fashion buddy, Duncan. He won’t admit it but he totalled twinned me in the black and brown department wearing an entire look from the latest ZeitGeist Limited Edition collection. Pants, jacket, coat, hat, the works! were designed by the vivacious Maxine Ginsberg Mauersberger. ZG and RuffTung are, without a doubt, our favourite local designers.
FYI: Duncan and I have decided not to laugh on photos anymore for fear our eyes would
disappear behind multiple folds of skin like shar pei puppies.
It needs to be said that some of the showgoers pulled some serious sartorial rank. There were no trends or rules here which was fantastic. The menswear shows tend to attract style rather than trends – with quite a few attendees wearing local design. This made me very happy especially when Maxine reminded me of Karl Lagerfeld who said, ‘Trendy is the last phase before tacky’.
For the life of me, I cannot find the official Jameson street style photos. When I do, I’ll update this post. Until then, follow @samenswearweek on Instagram or search #SAMW for more from this event.
See you at the shows, stylish ones.
love & light