Back at the Royal Opera House, South Africa’s Mercia Ramagaga’s collection ‘Tribute to Love is Happiness’ epitomised exactly what you should wear to your sugar daddy’s funeral. A monochrome collection that gave romantic silhouettes of puffed up sleeves and flowing skirts, covered in circles that were reminiscent of perfectly shaped white rose petals. Accented with blood red beaded head pieces, this collection set the dramatic tone for the rest of the show.
Following, Garth Asham’s collection ‘Asham Black Gowns’ delivered just that. This is a collection that is inspired from all the little things in life that we often forget about. This inspiration can be seen in these simply sleek black gowns embroidered delicate birds, flowers and bees, making it subtly obvious that we’re forgetting about mother nature herself.
More drama prevailed in Sun in Leo The Label’s debut collection ‘Withering’. Opened with a midnight black, hooded veil, detailed in a delicate lace train, the Australian brand earned the first gasp of the show from the theatre. The collection is inspired by Gothic architecture, the Victorian era and the life cycle of roses. Veil train heaven, the pieces were romantic and passionate, dripped in red roses and Catholic references.
From lace veils to theatrical feathers, King and Reign brought us black on black on black with hints of silver glitz and glamour and a beautiful pink ending. Tilted ‘The Vivication’, the collection was telling us a bigger picture about sustainability. The vivid black pieces represented our past excess consumption and the blindingly silver hints commented on our current recess to consider how we as a society reconstruct. Lastly, the singular pink, feather gown which tickled the runway’s floor spoke for our future assessment of possibilities. From Turkey, King and Reign gave us more than a SS20 collection.
By the same token, Amaranthine‘s SS20 collection also had its own narrative. ‘Heroes of Our Homeland’ pays homage to the Battle of Surabaya in 1945 where pro-independence soldiers fought against the colonial troops, as part of Indonesian National Revolution. The models were military style uniforms, with contemporary lines and cuts, accented in gold hardware details. They oozed empowerment, redolent of The Amazons. The collection was something Diana Prince would be proud to wear.
Last but not least, Isabel Manns SS20 collection took the runway, a floral and feminine finish to the OFS II show. The collection’s prints inspiration comes from Isabel’s own artwork and British 1990s fashion. Moreover, the reversible nature of the garments makes them accessible to any age and shape, day to night. All in all, OFS are bringing the diverse, independent talent the fashion industry needs.
Melissa Santos | WRITER
Caroline Hajny | PHOTOGRAPHER