While SA Menswear Week was a one-day affair this year, the shorter event was not at all short on style. For one of South Africa’s youngest fashion weeks, SA Menswear Week is showcasing a healthy amount of mature talent from across the continent.
Showing a collection inspired by the seafaring lifestyle, Ghanaian brand Atto Tetteh walked a delicate line between traditional and modern, formal and casual. The brilliant contrast of orange and blue throughout the show galvanised the uncomplicated designs that ranged from contemporary suiting to a unique take on men’s loungewear. These worksuits and waist-tied jackets and shirts have our full attention.
Rosey & Vittori
As their style and perspective mature, Rosey & Vittori’s offering becomes a touch more refined every season. No contemporary casual brand can ignore the rise of streetwear, so hoodies and tees were present, but we were much more interested in the neon and snakeskin printed items, an emerging trend they could easily have matched with the bombers they are known for, but decided to pair with more traditional cut shirts and pants instead.
Your favourite celebrity’s favourite tailor pushed the idea of suiting a little further than usual, showing some growth and some welcome courage. Slim and tapered pants in dark hues but look-at-me prints and textures were paired with an assortment of bold and bright jacket styles that confidently accentuated the waist, an approach usually reserved for women’s blazers.
While Nao Serati collections have always packed a punch, we were glad to see some softer, simpler silhouettes. The job of delivering impact was left to intense colours and clever cutting, highly influenced by performancewear details. If you needed confirmation that vivid neon hues are officially up to bat, this is it.
By this point, the core trends were clear – shiny plastic textures, neon brights, vivid jewel tones, abstract art and animal prints – and while the Tokyo James presentation fit right into the zeitgeist, the designer dove deeper than the rest with brilliant, coordinated head-to-toe looks that were completely saturated and yet completely wearable. His experimental accessories could have stolen the show, but were perfectly complementary instead.