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ARISE Magazine African Fashion Collective III- Black Coffee Fall 2010



South African Label Black Coffee showcased their Fall/Winter 2010 collection at the ARISE Magazine‘s Africa Collective III runway at Bryant Park yesterday.

Black Coffee designers Jacques van der Watt and Danica Lepen present a collection that features voluminous coats combined with wide dramatic lapels in grand geometric designs. The collection pairs a warm colour palette of tan, peaches and blues with angular structured coats which are intensively layered. The pieces are very bold and have a futuristic feel to them especially the quilted cocoon shaped coats.

While the coats remain the striking pieces in this collection, underneath them were simple dresses in muted tones with slouchy drape details.

















Photo credit: Zimbio


  1. mary

    February 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    very nice colours i love it, very international well done

  2. beezy

    February 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    very….. very …..very UGLY!!

  3. sweetie

    February 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    absolutely!!!!! looks like caterpillars or some insect of some sort ….only the dark gray one (5th picture) i can actually stare at longer than 2 minutes

  4. kimmy

    February 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    wats all these nonsense? *hissss*

  5. oju

    February 15, 2010 at 2:38 am

    can’t believe someone actually said they preferred this show to Deola’s…what rubbish!!this was BLAHHH!

  6. fokasibe

    February 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

    les horribles….

  7. dubaisands

    February 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

    second Oju’s comment how any one can compare or prefer this to DS collection. This is so offensive to the eye it is unbelievable. Looks like they took Duvets/Heavy blankets and threw them on the models and said “oya, walk”!!. No variation, more of the same rubbish. And yes, I know runaway is only a concept and not always the finished product, but I can’t see how this collection can be bettered in any way.. UP DEOLA SAGOE!! I wish I had just one of her dresses in my wardrobe:)

  8. aosgrl

    February 15, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Love the draping of the dresses and the coats. Screams pure luxury. Love the monochromatic palette as well.

  9. grace

    February 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

    does anyone know what FASHION is about??? These are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! Can’t you see the creativity put into this work??

  10. beezy

    February 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    …….apparently, u’r the ONLY one in the house who seems to understand fashion…. kudos to u…happy for you. don’t forget to include it in ur CV…..

  11. duchess419

    February 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Am i correct in saying not all fashion is wearable? where would one wear dis type of garment again?

  12. Onyeka

    February 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    ugliness is the theme….so horibble.

  13. Ms Zee

    February 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

    @ Duchess419, a lot of celebrities especially will wear the coat, it gets very cold here (North America) in the winter and there are a lot of red carpet events held in the winter months like the Oscars, SAG, GUILD, Grammys etc and a lot of celebrities who walk the red carpet in the cold would sure love to have something fashionable and edgy to keep warm unlike the regular coats and or jackets ๐Ÿ™‚

    Overall a fantastic collection ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it

  14. grace

    February 16, 2010 at 1:16 am

    aww, thank you dear ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’ll make sure I put it in my CV, don’t you worry

  15. Jen

    February 16, 2010 at 2:04 am

    correct person!!!! I love the creativity behind it.

  16. Jen

    February 16, 2010 at 2:08 am

    this is the kind of stuff that land in editorials in elle and marie claire

    creative stuff…fashion is not static who knows, next year, we’l all be running to the stores for these baggy coats.

    I won’t wear them (for now;)) but I like the creativity behind them. This designer stood out more than Deola…. true!

  17. Nneka

    February 16, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Clearly this designer put a lot of thought and work into these pieces. That I truly appreciate. However, I was terribly frightened looking at these pictures. I’m not going to compare them to Sagoe’s because I am not that hung up on her designs either. Kudos to all the designers for the hard work.

  18. allen

    February 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    this collection is consistent and i can definitely rock this. brilliant.

  19. bubbles

    February 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    all i can say is…”interesting”

  20. Bola #1

    February 17, 2010 at 2:51 am

    beautiful tailoring

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