When Thula Sindi told me prior to his show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg that it was going to be largely black and white and cotton, I was disbelieving. After all Thula is known for his love of a glamorous lady. A woman of substance and power and panache. But what Thula delivered began just as promised, plus the addition of a bauble or two, with exquisite cotton fabrications from India, which lent sumptuousness to gloriously simple silhouettes. Silhouettes that were simultaneously signature Thula and freshly inspired. As each look came down the runway it was easy to evaluate whether you would be adding that one to your wardrobe. And so the perfect combination of flamboyance and commercialism was achieved, something that Thula has a knack of getting just right.
To sum up. I loved the show. I just forgot how much by the end. This man is so gifted in making clothes that are guaranteed to make any woman feel incredible, he doesn't need to razzle dazzle quite so much. Bravo Thula.
All photos courtesy of SDR Photo