If a documentary about SA Fashion Week were to be created, it would be titled 'The First Week of April' - a colourful, bustling week where some of South Africa's most effervescent personalities are spotted. 

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: People attending
SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: People attending

The SAFW calendar that is running from 3-7 April at Sandton City this year seems to be an opportune moment to take style risks, to go for the avant-garde and to even wear embellished gowns during the daytime with no questions asked. 

While a lot of networking and reconnecting happens before and after the shows, local designers connect with their audiences sartorially through the collections they exhibit on the runway.

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These are the highlights from days 1 & 2 of SAFW:

Day 1

Amanda Laird Cherry

Models were connected in quite a literal sense through fabric.

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA ? APRIL 03: Amada Laid Cherr

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA ? APRIL 03: Amada Laid Cherr

Clive Rundle

The tailoring of this garment is testament to why this veteran designer is still respected in the fashion community.

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA ? APRIL 03: Clive Rundle Sh

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Day 2

Gert-Johan Coetzee

This designer loved by our local celebrities ruffled feathers the right way at Thursday evening's show at Sandton City.

SA Fashion Week highlights
SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: Gert Johan Coetz

Also, zooming in on the runway makeup...

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: Hair and make-up
SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: Hair and make-up

Selfi

If Jacquemus and Virgil Abloh had a baby, it would be this edgy local collection. 

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: Selfi show durin
SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 04: Selfi show durin

All images: Gallo

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