Platform23 celebrated 21 years of local design-culture development with SA Fashion Week as they showcased the Autumn/Winter designs of 2019 at Sandton City from October 23 to 27.
We’ve narrowed down five days of shows to bring you the best women and menswear collections that stood out on a magical level.
Running parallel to this was the trade show that featured clothing, jewellery and accessory designer ranges. There was so much on offer at this year's SAFW.
8 best runway collections of SAFW 2019
INGA ATELIER - air of minimalism
Inga Gubeka showed his local lifestyle brand Inga Atelier on the opening day and we absolutely loved the raw style of his backpacks, clutches, totes and laptop bags.
The creative director and founder made his debut at this Fashion Week and expressed how special the occasion was to him.
"My vision is to create unique leather goods made in South Africa. My designs have an air of minimalism and I believe in beautiful aesthetics," he said.
BLVNK - emerging SA high-end streetwear
The emerging high-end street-wear brand BLVNK is a fashion forward, must-watch brand this season. We loved how the label has an appetite for reinvention, and it certainly shone through in this menswear collection.
Founded in 2016 by Neo Rangaka, the company's purpose was to design what people want to wear but can’t usually find. For BLVNK, it is street-wear that speaks to everyday life.
The attention to detail in this collection was on point and we will keep one eye on them.
KLIPA - on the edge
These designs were edgy, incorporating avant-garde and structured pieces. Designer Carlo Gibson said he was inspired by travelling to other unworldly places.
"I'm a big dreamer and I think that's the most important thing. You have to do what you love and keep doing it; and in my opinion that will really be enough."
His designs were also inspired by the luxury and versatility of wool as a sustainable fibre. He brought detailed craftsmanship to the youth-inspired and street style silhouettes. We’ve pictured his more wearable styles for you below.
Ryan Keys - luxurious and differentiated
The Johannesburg born and based Ryan Keys, who has had a passion for fashion since childhood, made magic with his luxurious and differentiated designs. They were distinctly unique and timelessly elegant.
He delivered an interesting interplay between positive and negative, beautiful and not so beautiful, bare and covered.
Keys' main source of inspiration is the world around him which has fed his style and designs throughout his career. He has an eye for amplifying beauty and a love and talent for finding delicate fabrics. He is certainly the designer to contact if you want a showstopper piece.
BIPAREL - uniquely crafted
Biparel's designs were absolutely unique, but also simple enough for everyday life.
They took their commercial collection stance to the next level with their designs, and we loved it.
ERRE - for the strong woman
Their garments looked flexible and could effortlessly meet the needs of a multifaceted lifestyle. The focus was on strong silhouettes that were classic and figure flattering.
The brand that specializes in leather showed stunning designs perfect for career-focused women.
All their garments were designed and manufactured locally and we’re sure you will agree, absolutely beautiful.
VIRTUE SA - bold colour
The mission of this street-wear orientated clothing brand was to make and show quality, gender-neutral garments, with an aesthetic grounded in comfort.
We loved the bold colour pallet and easy-to-wear silhouettes.
The designer Zanhri Gertse succeeded in letting her love of fashion shine through in this collection ultimately through self-expression.
URBAN OUTLAW 69 - fast paced
We fell in love with Lameez Stoltenkamp's menswear designs.
It was clear to see her passion for design shine through in each item of clothing. She successfully breathed life into the brand with interesting fabric choices.
Lameez draws inspiration from a life lived in full speed.