Day two of the AFWNY 2012 runway shows opened with Farai Simoyi’s collection, a wonderful composition of short and long dresses with fun quirks like side cutouts, one sleeve and uneven skirt hems. Models sashayed in silky Asian inspired floral print pants and contrasting belted jackets. The look was very vibrant and daring. Lace and sheer skimmed each models figure tastefully and the side cutouts displayed just enough skin.
Sheaffa Delince played with bright colors and neon. Her collection offered multiple skirt lengths and silhouettes, in fabrics that move with a woman’s body. She integrated color blocking into her looks by making the back a different color than the rest of the dress. This was a very clever and eye catching detail that was also seen on jacket lapels and as trim on suit jacket sleeves. Floral prints draped the models in the halter jumpsuits and short suit sets; again she took the opportunity to add shots of neon color into the back of the floral pieces. Her final piece, a black lace and ruffled number, which should one day be seen on the red carpet, was unforgettable. Her collection is one to remember.
Vanessa Mukasa’s collection spoke to the showstopper Fashionista. Her first piece was a banger, a pink shiny crop top with matching pants that had Ankara patches on the thigh and calves. Models marched in dresses, vests, and jackets; all in colorful prints. She paired the jackets with jean cutoffs and used multiple prints in one look belting printed skirt and long jacket together. The day dresses were form fitted with lapels hanging around the bodice. You can never go wrong with a fun and formal piece!
Sheer capes, blouses, and tunic dresses stole Gustavo Garcia’s show. His color choice of purples, yellows, browns, and reds picked up the beautiful skin tones of the models. Each piece had a small section of blocked fabric, a signature for the collection I suppose. He showcased one black and pink body suit with ruffles on the cap sleeves and side cutouts tied together with colorful ribbon. Eye-catching design techniques were used to give womanly staples, a creative flare.
Agama Label known for creating designs of comfort and style, made sure this collection was no different. Men and women strutted the catwalk in yellow, blue, green, red, grey, white and black polos’ branded with the 1960 logo across the back and the Agama label on the left chest area. This was a great showcase of stylish sportswear for the more causal crowd.
Ill La La designs closed the night with pieces of color and tailored fit. The men were outfitted in white slacks and button downs of blue and white or purple and white prints. Female models continued the printed top trend with blue and white blazers and boxy blouses. A nice mix of daytime dresses and skirts were also included, all in brilliant hues of orange, red, and green. A deep purple gown with front to back side cutouts and a red strapless mermaid number with intricate ruffles on the bottom closed the show. Wild simplicity was shown in Ill La La’s show, a wonderful collection to end the night with.
Are your inspiration senses tingling yet? They should be! All of the collections shown both during day one and two are packed with color, unique cuts and added dimensions of the designer’s perspective. Tonight’s shows were the perfect balance of practicality and artistic deviation of design.