Foschini / Nokia Design Awards
Eight graduate students from the Western Cape showed three outfits each and while the designs could certainly be deemed commercial, my criticism would be the monotony of the concepts.
'Geek Chic' was used for styling again and again, which probably added to the slight feeling of de ja vu as one after the other slight variations on the blouson-shorts & soft-T combo drifted past. The little skirts and shorts in sorbet colours and fine floral prints were all lovely to be sure, but there was no spark. Nothing made me sit up and think and most importantly, desire.
A very amitious cocktail collection in neutral tones, featuring intricate and time-consuming tailoring techniques from Mishka Kellerman showed gutsy ambition, but was unfortunately let down by workmanship.
Illustration by Nadia van der Schyff
Photos by Simon Denier
CTFC Graduate Show 2009
Darren Dewaal and Natashjia Fonnie were announced as joint winners.