Monday, May 3, 2010

First DFS Showcase

The first Design for Style (DFS) Fashion Show took place last Wednesday 28th April at Cappello in Cape Town. The designers that showcased their collections were Ayesha Kamalie’s Akliviti range and Angel Jewellery and Handbags by Genie Direct. The show attracted a diverse audience including print and online media, designers, photographers and members of the public. The venue was extremely comfortable and chic, with couches and chairs arranged to create a relaxed ambience. The show was opened by the charming MC Ntathu Myeza, welcoming the audience and explaining the program for the evening.

The first collection introduced was Angel Jewellery and Handbags. The genuine leather bags came in an array of colours that included black, yellow, green, beiges and brown. The handbags were well matched with the necklace collection, featuring various stones attached to silver chains. The stylish, sophisticated yet funky handbags could be seen in many shapes and sizes, catering to many uses. The neck pieces can be worn by women both young and old and varied from long to short. The models were dressed in their own clothes and carried the collection extremely well.

The Akliviti range told an urban story with wonderful structured garments in contrast with draped fabrics. The collection was well matched with the designer’s fine art abilities as her painting “Long Street by Night” was used as the backdrop of the runway. Every garment was well tailored showing an effortless tailoring ability. The colours in her collection were earthy and concrete with vintage palettes also making their way through. The collection was truly remarkable.

A special thank you to Cappello for the venue, the designers Akliviti and Angel Jewellery/Handbags and also to the hair and make up teams - Scar Hair and the Make Up Issue. The first DFS Fashion Show was a true success and has audiences waiting in anticipation for the next one. The next show will be on the 12th May but more details will be made available soon.

All images supplied by Jess Handley.

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