Pictures your boyfriend wearing dresses and pussy-bow blouses in chiffon and lace. The trend is called “androgyny” on catwalks across the world.
The word describes the fashion-conscious man who is not afraid to embrace his feminine side. We have seen it in recent menswear weeks in Milan and London.
The biannual South African Menswear Week, which took place over the weekend, showed that the new trend was finding a home on our shores.
The affair, held at Cape Town Stadium, featured top designers from around Africa showcasing their Spring and Summer (SS15/16) collections.
Designers like Terrence Bray, Rich Mnisi, Kim Gush and Lukhanyo Mdingi led the way in gender-fluid fashion. Their designs mixed masculine and feminine characteristics that could be worn by men and women.
African prints, leather, army aesthetics, stripes, shades of bold colours and neutral hues also dominated the catwalk. Industry experts, bloggers and fashion influencers from around the country gathered for three days of networking and schmoozing.
The nights were long as event-goers partied after the shows in various clubs around the city.
Presidential Shirt: Made famous by former president Nelson Mandela, the afrocentric “Madiba Shirt” is recognised around the globe. Designers presented a revamped collection suitable for younger men. The shirts and suits are hand-painted with delicate
embroidery silks and cotton.
Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs: Craig Jacobs presented models in
bold tribal make-up who strutted down the runway in extended T-shirts, reversible dresses and creative backpacks that became bomber jackets – a real show-stealer.
Maxhosa by Laduma: Laduma Ngxokolo has showcased in
top fashion weeks in Berlin and London. Ngxokolo, who incorporates his Xhosa culture into knitwear designs, presented breathable and reversible sweaters, joggers and shorts in bold patterns and colours.
Show Presentation: Designers went all out this year. Men in
gold beards by Palse Homme were a hit. Projecto Mental’s designer dressed models on the runway. In Magents’s show, titled Afrikarise, the audience clapped and sang as the “social konscious army” of
models took to the runway in urban streetwear.
This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on July 14 2015. All the pictures are by SDR Photos.