THE sounds of the ’70s greeted guests to Arcade with its retrodécor –there was no doubt about it:
Old Khaki has gone old school for AW16.
Rich burgundy, teal, rust and olive colours underpinned by dark denim call to mind the heyday of rock ’n’ roll and the free-wheeling decadent lifestyle that went with it. Suede, leatherand denim rulethe season at Old Khaki withsoft knits and floral and paisley printsthatsoftenthe look and feel.
The Old Khaki men and women haveasked for more leather and this season the leather bag range has been extended to include more satchels, cross body and messenger bags.
Models were positioned throughout the venue when guests arrived as a part of the collection installation and “came to life” for a walk-through, which allowedguests to see and touch the clothing. Saskia Buxton of M.A.D. transformed the models with 70’s inspired hair and make-up-think exaggeratedeyelashes and big hair, that retro energy -to embrace a collection that speaks to a season that is all about thatperiod.
Wentzel van der Gryp of Roastin’ Records spunvinyls on a stage and guests were taken down memory lane with a bespoke Old Khaki cocktail named The Bronx, while enjoying tastysliders and gourmet pizzas.
What can be more ’70s than a midipaisley dress? Flared jeans, peasant-style blouses, roll neckjerseys, leather-look pants and leather biker jackets that look as if they stepped out of a music festival, form the backbone of the collection.
Throw on a striped gillet, blanket wrap orlayera textured, long-sleeved Henley top with a denim shirt to keep warm and be stylishly prepared for any possibility.
Old Khaki hasalsoextended their range of jackets with longer length hooded parkas and addedmore colours in their down & puffer jacket collection.
The easy-wearing silhouettes are up-to-the-minute and designed for the modern, urban lifestyle. Jeans, whether skinnies or classic styles, have been reworked to fit even better and work even harder.
The new menswear is the perfect partner for the women’s range and alsostarschunky knitwear, Henley tops, check shirts andleather jackets.
Furthermore the range showcases exciting new denimin a range of washes and styles, including the ever so popular rip-and-repair jeans. The colours are true to Old Khaki with burgundy, grey, charcoal and navy forming the basis of the palette. Heathered yarn was used to give jackets andshirts an attractive texture and interesting flecked appearance.
Old Khaki has also prepared for the really cold weather with jackets made from heavy twill, some lined with sheepskin or padded with duck down. The jerseysare knitted with tweed and wool blendsandare warm, comfortable and perfect for layering. Where to start? “I’d gowith along-sleeved Henley top, pair a buttoned jersey with a shawl collar, jeans and a parka jacket.
With these four pieces you’regood to embrace any winter occasion!” saysAimee Levetan, Old Khaki Men’s Assistant Buyer.FootwearThe AW16 range of women’s footwear is bigger and edgier than in previous seasons. Think suede, straps, fringes and embellishments as well as one of theshoes of the season, the ankle boot. Heelsrange from flats to mid-high to cater for all tastes and styles.The men’s range is made up of all the Old Khaki styles that South African men have come to know and love. Shoes and ankle boots in browns and greys to complement the new AW16 menswear selection.
Scarves, oversized wraps and leather bags are the name of the game this winter. They come in a range of textures to make for a snug, tactile experience. For the men, Old Khaki is introducing a new range of leather wallets.
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