Cape Town Fashion Week ’10: Kluk CGDT

Always a theatrical experience, the talented design duo started this show by changing the stage from the dimly lit, all black capsule collection display that was done specifically to showcase their pieces available on the new online portal 36 Boutiques. As if guests at an improv theatre, the audience sat patiently to watch the duo and their team pull down a large backdrop with photos of vintage cars, arrange antique trunks and props at the head of the stage, along with trash bags full of leaves that were scattered over the wood-planked runway, all while “My favorite things” played. The theatrics set the stage for the almost hour-long runway show filled with close to four different vignettes that could all be their own single collection.

The first look started with a rich earth-toned vertical striped jacket with floral embellishment, paired with silk pants displaying the same palette in a flowery camo print. This vignette was a nod to the foresty environment and followed with rich jewel toned hues of greens along with a dominant leopard printed bootie that grounded all of the pieces.

Soft silk day dresses came in the same striking flowery camo animal print with hints of orange, pinks and greens, followed by the more structured leopard printed woven in classic A-line shapes with exposed zipper taped front openings, and dramatic ruffle details on one-shoulder knee length dresses. Softer, more vintage floral printed dresses in muted versions of the palette were paired with the leopard woven in vests and tailored military shaped jackets. Variations of a print were used to demonstrate hard and soft versions of florals and animal prints. The starkly coloured leopard printed woven had a companion in the form of a much smaller and muted leopard in a flowy silk blend with highlights of gold lurex, used in harem pants and simple dresses with flouncy bows tied at the bust.

This transitioned into a new vignette of very feminine, soft and sweet sheer fabrics with subtle embellishments, paired with structured skirts and lace shrugs, vests and jackets. The palette becomes muted tones of eggshells, gold, and nude, fading into stark white crochet covered sleeves.

White crisp dresses glide into classic white shirts with twisted bodices that are paired with black and white Breton striped trousers and chevroned dresses, finished off with sheer black capelets that led to black lingerie looks in French lace.

Sheer, lace lingerie looks in black continue with layers, separates, and shine along with black chiffon formal gowns that gradate into intricate beading in pops of turquoise, which brings on the next vignette of cool sea foam colors in super sweet night-gowny looks finished off with beautiful handwork, beading and floral embellishments.

All very sweet and feminine. Lots of dresses and flowy pants. Attention to handwork, florals, and sheer dressing.

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