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ARISE L’Afrique-À-Porter: Clive Rundle

Ijeoma Balogun

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Clive Rundle’s designs were characterized by excess fabrics, layers of tulle and crystals, all compressed together. It was artistic expression unveiled, reminiscent of a  Yinka Shonibare art installation; an order for the free flow of thoughts established, with uninhibited territories allowing us to recognise and embrace the chaos of the avant-garde nature of his elaborate pieces.

The creativeness and innovation put into this showcase is highly commendable; however I would have preferred to see wearable pieces from him to have a broader sense of the label. The pieces are undoubtedly artistically intriguing, and is best described as art in motion.

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Ex-Style Editor at Large - BellaNaija.com , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun

37 Comments

  1. sheila

    March 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

    ah ahn. ki le ley ee?

  2. benite

    March 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    This is very creative and fabulous. However, they were asked to present a ready to wear collection. Pret a Porter, this is not!

  3. Ada Owerri

    March 7, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I think this is what Nigerians call ‘abadabidi’.

  4. Femi D

    March 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    i think this one failed the test… haha..like writing a composition for a multiple choice exam. i don’t think the buying public is “ready to wear” this. there is a way to show creativity AND restraint. this ain’t it.

  5. chayoma

    March 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    screams lady gaga

  6. ThePoet

    March 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

    This has nothing to do with GaGa, it’s just atrocious. Besides this is NOT pret a porter. Miss Bella, better get ur staff together.

  7. christopher

    March 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    sibonga uNkulunkulu ukuthi uClive ungowethu, hayi owakho!
    please note, translation of above… ‘thank God Clive is ours, and not yours!’

  8. Pascal Willem

    March 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Bravo Clive! this is stunning and more than fashion it is pure Art.
    Dr Pascal Willem

  9. Eugene

    March 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    You are missing the point completely. Visit http://cliverundle.com and look at video clips of the ready-to-wear collection:)

  10. jackson brown

    March 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    who says you can’t wear it pret-a-porter?? Clive doesn’t design for the feint hearted. if you’ve got some attitude you need a man with his imagination and vision to make life on the street a tad more interesting, no?

  11. jackson brown

    March 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    why should we want to be restrained? or want our artsists and designers to conspire with us in living more “normal” lives? i say viva to anyone who can show us how to push our limits ya.

  12. sunnyboy

    March 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    speaking of pret-a-porter, i see completely WEARABLE pieces presented at an EXHIBITION. i dont expect anyone to walk the streets looking like an exhibition (for the brave), but seeing someone wearing the shorts, or the collar, or that zip dress, or the bolero or even those stockings would be a beautiful sight. imagine World Cup Opening Ceremony song sung by a beautiful woman wearing that soccer necklace? get the picture!

  13. ruby

    March 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Ruby, 15 years old. “He’s the future!”
    quote me whenever and wherever you like.

  14. Hannelie

    March 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Clive you making us proud……fascinating creations…

  15. Eugenie Drakes

    March 13, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This collection is amazing and an honest expression of Clive’s genius. He is courageous and pushes the limits because he is not afraid of what people say. He has a unique ability to take the extreme poles of our beautiful nation and blend them in a very unique way. His work is challenging and not for the faint hearted but the clothing in his store speaks to many – those who celebrate difference. Clive is a gem and a leading light and we are blessed to have him working in South Africa

  16. estienne

    March 14, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Super impressive!!

  17. Charlene Sauerman

    March 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Wearable art and Dressing the Diva has always been my passion! Wonderful heartbeat and exciting approach, Clive! Well-done!!! Xc

  18. Observing Architecture

    March 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    A fantastic showcase full of creative ingenuity, foresight, sculptural construction, rich layering and a defiant, almost-Gothic, attitude. Fantastic.

  19. nina francisco

    March 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    good work Clive! love you!

  20. Ole ledimo

    March 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    You a at the right place Clive…O Shokhokho.
    may u forever do your thing.

  21. silva

    March 15, 2010 at 1:44 am

    i will never understand fashion…

  22. Stephen George Colborne

    March 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Innovative and compelling. There is a stark, provocative and fetishistic tone to the collection that is bound to challenge its audience. Beautiful fabrics used in a myriad of unique and interesting ways; one of the hallmarks of Clives work. A frank openness and honesty lacking in many designers work as a result of a conformatist approach. Courageous and hauntingly beautiful.

  23. Simpiwe Gwebusha

    March 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Avant-garde Master from Africa!!! With Clive there’s always that element of surprise which makes you want to see more of his work. The combination of different elements is amazing. All I can say is,”The Puzzle is Solved”, by the Master.

  24. Go Active

    March 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    “Clive, we LOVE the Paris collection! and I mean L.O.V.E
    – hope you can exhibit in CT
    x”

  25. Mary G Stevens

    March 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    “Hi Clive,well done,Saadique wow I`m so happy for him,the best with hair.All my LOVE”

  26. Go Active

    March 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “Fantastic design Clive- doing South Africa proud!”

  27. Rod Grant

    March 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    “You clever puppy you !!! As allways in true Clive Rundle spirit you come up with something new and fresh to blow people away !!! VIVA CLIVE…VIVA !!!
    XXXXXXX
    r”

  28. Liz Van Der Merwe

    March 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    “is it permanent? or just temporary? he he..”

  29. Tracey-Lea Potgieter

    March 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    “THAT’S HOT! Clive, I love it – you are a design genius, you know that! Stunning!!! Love, T x”

  30. Sydney Molife Mekgwe

    March 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    “xoxo …well done Clive…showing Paris and the world the talent we have here in South Africa..loves it”

  31. Ole Ledimo

    March 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    “well done clive…o skhokho”

  32. Simpiwe Gwebusha

    March 16, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Now I know there’s an interesting and even better world, than what is offered by most designers who decided to play safe, and less interesting. I feel liberated…Thank you Clive!

  33. Simpiwe Gwebusha

    March 16, 2010 at 2:27 am

    …I’m blown away.

  34. Anne-cecile Weyland

    March 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

    “weird, details hard to figure out…”

  35. Mazwaai Jojwana

    March 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

    “Tres, tres fabulous!”

  36. Nina Francisco

    March 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

    “u are so talented Mr. Rundle…I’m proud to say i know a top fashion designer…good work! keep me posted with the latest on Clive Rundle Designs…<3"

  37. Caroline Coary Taylor

    March 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    one feels animated in the reflective gaze of the joie de vivre captured by and radiating from the uniquely complex multi-layered synthesis of design creativity encapsulated by Clive’s Sud d’Afrique tableau of mannequins fantastique!

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