WITH a huge increase in exhibitors showing menswear, next weekend’s The Herald Boardwalk Bridal Fair has more stylish trends for grooms to feast on.
From just one menswear designer in the past, there are now five which visitors to the Boardwalk International Convention Centre can look out for: Gerhard Meiring Couture, Morne Originals, Zinco Clothing, House of Brides and Extreme Dress Design and Hire.
La Femme asked a few of them what trends they had up their sleeves in the menswear frontier. Gerhard Meiring from Gerhard Meiring Couture said in celebration of 20 years of democracy he had opted for a rather traditional African theme with some military and print influences.
I used African wax print as my main fabric, which I brought from Mums Fabrics, but I also wanted to maintain a casual and relaxed feel. he said.
One bride-to-be will also win a custom-made wedding dress from Gerhard Meiring Couture in our Win a Wedding at Slipperfields competition.
Veruschka Barnard O’ehley of Extreme Dress Design and Hire said visitors can look forward to “soft fabrics and elegant details to fit the occasion” as their menswear range focussed on “waistcoats and cravats with diamante detail which complement a bride’s dress or colours”.
“Gentlemen have become more conscious of their style,” Morne van der Schyff of Morne Originals said. “More men want tailored suits. Braces, checks, bow-ties, slimmer silhouettes, embroidery and colours can be seen more on grooms’ suits.”
Having specialised in menswear for more than eight years, “this year I will be showing a linen and denim look, detailed with some offbeat, vivid colour linings and embroidery at the fair,” Van der Schyff said.
“Grooms have the option to have a small embroidery detail of their names in the inside of their suits,” he said, which personalised the suit further.
He said he would focus on texture and fit but would also push the envelope by adding granny florals and shorts to his groomsmen range.
Fashion show choreographer Barbara Robertson, said there was more variety for grooms. “The [fair] has consistently catered for grooms over the years but this year’s event has attracted a diverse group of wedding specialists and designers who have incorporated menswear into their collections,” she said. – Balisa Ntloko