Lindsay Ord

The Durban Fashion Fair ended on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on a fashion feast that showcased glamour and style in three days of shows, exhibitions and pop-up shops at the ICC.

Interns and young designers, emerging and established designers, as well as those from elsewhere in Africa and Italy, all put their unique stamps on their ranges.

Zama Mathe’s Zarth label ended the shows on Saturday night with a beautiful range in ice cream colours. Kathrin Kidger went for a monochromatic theme, while Terrence Bray and Colleen Eitzen held shows off-site at Durban Botanic Gardens, a fitting venue for Bray’s contemporary take on the indigenous coral tree and his signature botanical prints. Eitzen’s range was beautiful and sophisticated, in pastels, metallics and black.

Gauteng designer Paledi Segapo’s Palse range brought James Bond to the runway, with music from Bond movies providing a dramatic backdrop.

Karen Monk-Klijnstra had fashionistas sitting up in their seats with a vibrant show that featured salsa dancers, Afro-Cuban influences and a celebration of culture. Models, parents and children modelled her colourful, quirky designs.

Brenda Quin showed her striking Friends range, in white, cobalt blue and red and stripes.

Fabulous designs from Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe were brought to Durban by designers who treated audiences to colourful ranges and edgy designs, while Italian designer Massimo Crivelli put European flair on the runway.

David Tlale interns and young designers, mentored by Greg Wallis and Terrence Bray, were impressive with style, construction and attention to detail. The Young Designers’ show culminates in the announcement of 10 young designers who will be heading to Milan for a two-month internship, sponsored by eThekwini’s business support, tourism and markets unit.