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Clive Rundle at the palace and Haiti on the catwalks
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Rundle to wow the duchess
One of South Africa’s best loved designers, Clive Rundle and South African Fashion Week director Lucilla Booyzen (who is a member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council), have been invited to join other luminaries of the international fashion world for the opening of the inaugural Commonwealth Fashion Exchange design exhibition.The event will be launched at a reception at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex on Monday.The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange was conceived by sustainable fashion advocate Livia Firth (wife of Colin), who is also the founder of Eco-Age, a brand/marketing consultancy that helps businesses to grow by creating, implementing and communicating sustainability solutions. Firth enjoys support from both the Commonwealth and British Fashion Councils, for this ambitious, long-term initiative which aims to bring established and emerging fashion talent from across the 52 Commonwealth countries. The idea is to create networks, trade links and provide a platform for the power and potential of artisan fashion skills.South Africa will be represented by Rundle working with Lesotho-based textile design duo Phutheho Ranooe and Maleeto Monyau of House of Thethana. They specialise in futuristic printmaking. Other Commonwealth participants include Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Bibi Russell representing Bangladesh and Burberry and Stella McCartney representing the UK.Drawing inspiration for Lesotho’s rich horsemanship culture, crafter Monyau worked under Rundle’s direction to develop a print suited to a high fashion garment and for printing on luxurious fabrics such as silk and organza.
“The equestrian theme became a fundamental part of the pattern construction referencing anything to do with riding a horse so that the whole garment is about horses and saddles. It was important to us that we allowed the Lesotho image to transcend its geography to become a universally appealing idea. The pattern pieces are a complex arrangement of many seasons, many collections, that together now make the idea of saddles,” explains Rundle.“As a member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council, I was approached to make recommendations on South African designers that would have both the design capacity and sensitivity to work on the complexity of collaborating with cross border crafters.
Clive Rundle was one of the first designers to embrace the Fashion Fusion Crafter/Designer Project that SAFW established and ran successfully in all nine provinces with the Department of Arts and Culture from 2007 to 2011. He is also the one designer that continued to collaborate with the crafter community once the project was terminated due to a lack of funding. He is supremely qualified to make a success of an undertaking of this nature and to fly the South African flag high in such august company,”says Booyzen.
Following the official opening during London Fashion Week, the collection will move to a public exhibition at Australia House on February 21, and then to other public locations in London in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April 2018.Haitian model takes on the fashion world
After her family moved to Kentucky, US, Aube Jolicoeur developed a love of dancing and then developed into a champion runner – she still holds the speed record at her old high school – before friends suggested she try modelling.Jolicoeur, 26, who hails from Haiti, is turning heads in the fashion, and looks to be the latest modelling sensation. She broke into the industry last year at Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer 2018 show and has since worked with legends Steven Meisel, Fabien Baron, and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
“As a little girl from a third-world country coming to America, I never would have guessed that I’d have the pleasure of working with such [talented people],” she said during a break between shows. “Not in a million years!”Jolicoeur says she intends to use her success to help the poor and eventually start her own charity to help those living in poverty.