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August 17, 2010

The Cape Town fashion scene is always in season

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A Stoned Cherrie dress. Photo courtesy Simon Deiner

Miss Port, Tart, Wild Fig and Stoned Cherrie? You would be excused if your eyes are glazing over at the prospect of winter delicacies consumed in front of a fireplace or with our famous mountain or ocean as backdrop. We are, however, talking about hot local fashion designers, as the Cape Town Fashion Week came to a close on August 14, 2010, after 35 designers showcased their talent in 15 fashion shows over the course of 3 days at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Cape Town is full of places you can come out of looking like you too just stepped off the runway.

Long Street is Cape Town’s answer to London’s Oxford Street, albeit a slightly more eclectic and diverse one. Stop off at 210 on Long for a greener side to shopping. Buy vintage, one-of-a-kind items at one of the fabulous stores like Second Time Around and Glitterati, tucked into the back of the Long Street Antique Arcade. While you’re at it, look into Miyabi and grab a bite to eat; it might be on the go but it is prepared by no less than chef Luke Dale-Roberts. And if you haven’t taken a leisurely stroll down Cape Town’s Long Street up into Kloof Street in a while – why not? Let the urban wear of Darkie and the classical designs of Stefania Morland inspire you to personalise your style. 

  • There is bound to be a convenient shopping mall close to your home. Whether it is the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cavendish Square, Tygervalley Centre, Somerset Mall or the smaller lifestyle centres like Willowbridge in Durbanville or the Cape Quarter in Green Point, you’re sure to find something fit for a Saturday excursion. One of our favourite retailers, Woolworths, collaborated with the Cape Town Fashion Week this year by sponsoring the emerging talent division. Annually, they stock a selection of items from top SA designers like Stoned Cherrie.
  • Neighbourhood markets like the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock or the Helderberg Veld Winkel-Mark in Somerset West have become a haunt for the young and trendy, and not simply for the fantastic, fresh food on sale. Some of the last few spots where you can find a unique piece by a young designer at an affordable price, these markets put the thrill back into shopping.
  • Heading off the beaten track on your day off? Kalk Bay Main Road is a shopping treasure trove of unusual designs, the quant and the quirky.
  • To those who have to or love to stretch your rands, you’ll be pleased to know that Cape Town is also renowned for its factory shops and discount stores. Access Park in Kenilworth puts major brands like Hilton Weiner, Nike and Errol Arendz within reach at a fraction of the cost. The Hip Hop factory shop in Buitenkant Street is the perfect place for a matric farewell dress, and when you’re out and about, don’t forget about the mohair factory shop in Epping or the Naartjie shop for the kids in Hout Bay.

Whether you lust after top local fashion labels like Missibaba, Olive Green Cat or Stiaan Louw, strut your sense of humour in a Big Blue T-shirt, or flaunt your femininity in a Maya Prass print, Cape Town has it all. And if you are still “recessionising”, explore the Mother City’s fashion scene for clever ways to update your look using the trendy rails of Mr Price. 

For further information on shopping venues and fabulous fashion in Cape Town, visit www.capetown.travel.

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