With a pre-party happening last night, tonight will be the start of SA Fashion Week’s autumn/winter 2015 collections.

SA Fashion Week’s build-up for autumn/winter 2015 began on another foot, where Jacques Van Der Watt of Black Coffee had an intimate preview of his collection with the Ekurhuleni Crafters, last week. And this morning, it was Gert-Johan Coetzee who gave a preview of what to be expected tonight at 9pm. He continues with messages of consciousness through his designs, and this season he tackles HIV, creating awareness through an abstract print of dots, which represents how the virus looks through a microscope and a diamond shape which represents armor. 
“We are all so used to the image of the red Aids ribbon that we might see it without registering its message any longer, so for my Autumn Winter 2015 Collection I was moved to create new imagery that might inspire us to look at HIV with new eyes. Renewed awareness is what is needed if we are to change society and slow the infection rate,” says Coetzee.

The designer who has recently opened bursary applications for 2015,  included Swarovski Crystals on a few garments, which he truly enjoyed, naturally, as he is the brand’s ambassador after all.

Coetzee is part of today’s schedule, which also has Black by Black Coffee, Sies Isabelle and the SAFW Renault New Talent Search.

SA Fashion Week takes place at the Crowne plaza in Rosebank until Saturday.

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