SA Fashion Week Summer 2011 took place from 8-10 April at the glass-clad Shine studios in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Here is a wrap-up of some of the week’s highlights and low points.

Day 1
Black Coffee
kicked off Fashion Week with an impressive conceptual collection constructed out of laser-cut, interlocking garment components. The pieces reminded me of the plastic lampshades sculptor Heath Nash makes from recycled plastic bottles. Even the shoes were made from these components and the styling of show was inspiring – loved the blonde afros.
View Black Coffee show.

Gugulam had out a soft, wispy and ultra-feminine collection which was stylish and beautiful, but it didn't blow me away.
View Gugulam show.

Ephymol’s nautical inspired menswear collection was fun and well tailored. His use of fabric gave it a distinct local feel and I really enjoyed the experimental detailing.

Day 2
I enjoyed designer Palaesa Mokubung’s Mantsho collection of structured, long dresses, though her silhouettes and use of fabric was rather predictable.
View the Mantsho collection.

Unfortunately, the Luxion Kulca collection, featuring a collaboration of designers, was rather mediocre, though I enjoyed some of the menswear collection.

Day 3
SA Fashion Week ended on a high note as a combination of SA’s up-and-coming and established designers showed the catwalk who’s boss. The highlight of the young designer shows was the debut collection by Jozi trendsetting fashionistas The Smarteez. Their extravagant and exciting use of colour and prints left an impression.
View The Smarteez show.

Joel Jansen van Vuuren stole the evening with an exciting and breathtaking range of two-tone, flouncy and flowing, dipped-dyed creations – definitely a South African designer to watch.
View Joel Janse van Vuuren show.

Clive Rundle gave definition to the term “haute couture”, with a collection of inspiring dresses made from his own reinvented fabric.
View Clive Rundle show.