Ekhaya 2012 : A Fashion Narrative

Day two of my weekend of fashion fun was spent at the South African Ekhaya fashion showcase at the Southbank Centre. To put it simply, it was brilliant! Nine carefully selected South African designers wove together a rich, very moving narrative through the medium of fashion to provide a unique insight into South African history. History aside, it was fantastic to see the wealth of talent that South Africa has to offer. The featured designers were Clinton Lotter, Craig Jacobs, MosewaMosa, Rubicon, Naked Ape, PalseHomme, Sibu Msimang, Gugulam and Suzaan Heyns.
Everyone was great but two designers really stood out for me, Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi and Suzaan Heyns. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of sports luxe so I was completely taken with Craig's Olympic collection. Models stalked the catwalk in bright white modernist dresses teamed with vibrant full body fishnets and a modern take on the Tudor ruff collar. There was something for men as well with patterned knee length shorts and sleeveless hoodies. 
Craig Jacobs Mullet Hem Dress

Craig Jacobs Menswear

Craig Jacobs Evening Dress

Craig Jacobs Evening Dress

Suzaan Heyns proved that black is back with an architectural collection that was inspired by South African heritage sites. Structured two pieces and dresses are accented with leather detailing in rich bronze and jet black. My absolute fave is the long sleeve patchwork leather dress, just gorgeous. Please note the matching cobbler shoes!
Suzaan Heyns Menswear

My Favourite Dress and Shoes!

Suzaan Heyns Womenswear

Suzaan Heyns Menswear

Suzaan Heyns Womenswear

More pics of the event after the jump...
Fantastic Zulu performers kicked off the show 

Stunning bridal gowns punctuated the show

This fringed number perfect for the alternative bride

Check out the beautiful embroidery across the top

This is my favourite, so beaut!
So much tulle and those bow detail pumps, lush!

Loving those power shoulders

Parisian chic with a modern twist

Make a statement with this 30's inspired dress

I want these high waisted trousers, like now!

The gown is a fine example of understated opulence
The fabulous smiling designers at the Ekhaya after party
I was really impressed with all the designers involved so look out for more detailed posts on each of the designers involved!