Black Coffee SAFW Summer Collections 2011

>Last night was hectic… I felt totally frantic but awesome at the same time as I rushed between Fashion Fridays at Twenty Two and SAFW’s opening night.
Running towards the Shine Studios in my heels, I couldn’t help but totally fall in love with this city all over again, as I gazed over at the Nelson Mandela bridge, the beautiful Shine Studios building and watched as it’s cool as ever people entered the building. I even fell in love with my car guard James and parted with more than just silver coins when I left.
I know this is going to sound corny, but probably not as corny as what I just wrote above, but SAFW at the Shine Studios felt very much like what I would imagine a fashion week to feel like. Nestled in a gorgeous spot in Braamfontein, the Shine Studios literally showcases the beautiful views of Johannesburg and it is a totally amazing venue to host what I consider to be the only real fashion week in South Africa… there I said it.

So, because I couldn’t split myself in two, I only managed to see Black Coffee’s show last night. Immediately after the show several people asked me what I thought of it, and I am not going to go into an intense thesis on what I thought it was all about, but I will say that I find Jacques van der Watt exceptionally talented.
My affinity towards their collection really comes from the fact that I am a bit of a design geek who when studying design and history of art always identified with the “notion of form follows function.” I loved the work of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and the like and I wished I got to study at the Bauhaus. Add the concept of modular building systems and you have me on your team forever.
The description on the back of the leaflet said the following:
Black Coffee presents Form-Function-Furniture
Black Coffee has developed a new modular system of interlocking laser-cut garment components. These innovative basic building blocks can be reconfigured to fulfill multiple functions within the life of a user.

Image via Ivan Naude

Image via Ivan Naude

Image via Ivan Naude

Image via Ivan Naude

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