Clive Rundle, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Keys Fashion 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 the collection.
“I’m not a fashion designer” says Zimbabwean born Clive Rundle. “In fact, I’m still working through what I do exactly, but it’s certainly not the label ‘fashion designer’ or anything close.” Most designers have already designed their garments with replication in mind, from the choice of materials to the bulk availability of trim and fasteners. Rundle on the other hand views replication as a dilution of his creations, something that kills the uniqueness and spontaneity of his art-making. The elusive Clive is both celebrated and legendary for his design process – his inherent structuring of his patterns can lead the design translation in any direction, from the careful and classic to the elaborate and avant-garde. He opened his first store in 1989 and showed his first collection at SA Fashion Week in 1998. Applauded by the fashion and media cognoscenti, each garment truly embodies the luxury and design that Clive Rundle is distinguished for. He has a store in The Firs, Johannesburg.
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Gert-Johan has built a stellar career since he launched his label by showing at SA Fashion Week in 2010. He rightfully claims his place as the darling of top-tier celebrities both local and international. His one-of-a-kind red-carpet and special-event gowns are also in huge demand by powerful women in public life and business. He has established a highly successful ready-to-wear business alongside his couture line. His commitment to the development of the SA fashion industry is backed by the GJC fashion bursary programme that he established, also in its seventh year. He is respected for using the powerful voice of fashion to focus attention on social issues with every collection that he shows. Stocked by Artistic Souls Boutique, Luminance, Sassychic, Shoenelli CC t/a and Spree.
As a young boy growing up in Johannesburg, Ryan Keys fell totally in love with fashion. Any chance he had, he would assist his mother, with her wardrobe styling for that particular occasion. Ryan describes his inspiration as derived from the world around him; from the positive to the negative, that which is typically beautiful, to that which is not. He enjoys amplifying the beautiful and has a love for sourcing fine fabrication and delicate embroideries, from all over the world. Ryan’s design signature is timeless, unique pieces, which are typically sheer with intricate detailing. Keys Fashion currently has a store in Hyde Park and he is hoping to expand in the near future.
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