In a retrospective fusion of looks from collections spanning a decade, Craig Native showcased a common thread of Afro-inspired prints and funky streetwear that he says is inspired by the sight and sounds of the city he grew up in. This was Fashion by the Sea, which took place at the Moyo pier on Durban’s Point Waterfront this past weekend. As the waves crashed on either side of the pier, probably the longest runway South African fashion has seen since David Tlale’s showcase on the Nelson Mandela bridge, models swayed in floating tulles from Gavin Rajah, bright dresses from Fundudzi, underwear from Dax Martin and the abundance of regal gowns at Kluk CGDT.
The organisers, Lifestyle Oasis, brought together some of the city’s best export fashion talent in anticipation of the fashion extravaganza that will be the Vodacom Durban July on the 2nd of next month. With a fashion theme named “A Royal Affair”, designers contemplating garments to be donned at the event could learn a thing or two from Kluk CGDT, where only four looks departed from what they had shown at Joburg Fashion Week earlier in the year. The collection has an evident global influence with a touch of oriental and a bit of the minimalism of the current era on luxurious fabrication nonetheless. The duo truly establish a regal feel without being literal. Even though I had seen a lot of the collection before, it still felt as fresh.
Gavin Rajah, who was making his first runway appearance since 2009, delved into his archive to exctract generously embellished shifts, tulle dresses and much embroidery. At Fundudzi colour and elegance collaborated, in a round up of what I thought was an excellent event, boasting wonderful South African design talent.