My three previous reviews of Ruald Rheeder at Fashion Week in 2012, 2013 and 2014 bordered on (embarrassing) gushing. With impeccable tailoring and classic shapes as the basis of his designs, I always felt that if James Bond where to holiday in Cape Town, this label would be his go to wardrobe stockist.
Rheeder’s show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2015 came as a big surprise following the Twitter interview conducted with him a few days before. Promises of Asian-inspiration, laid back tailoring with an emphasis on the clothing in matt, sheer and neoprene raised my expectation to a print feast.
Instead, the designer’s summer collection titled Deep Down Tokyo, which explored Japanese culture for the modern man, felt too heavy and dark for summer. Pieces in autumn shades, winter textures and fur(!) appeared to overpower the brights.
Having said that, the beacon red print and bold yellow popped so exquisitely, I could have watched an entire collection made up of just those two looks. And it’s incredible how the designer married his signature classic designs with a relaxed fit. Brave work, I tell you. Brave work. (or maybe Ruald merely rocked my comfort zone.)
I would love to know your thoughts. So click on the speech bubble on top and tell me what you think of the Ruald Rheeder collection?
Love & light
Photo credit: Simon Deiner at SDR. View the full collection HERE.
PS: The bridal showstopper which closed the men’s collection redeemed and wowed!