Beauty & Fashion

Tropical heat

Tropical heat

Summer is upon us and we just love Colleen Eitzen’s latest clothing range. Botanical prints are on trend, flowing dresses and youthful sparkle. Colleen dressed Durban’s Ayanda Thabethe, model, actress and host of BET A-list on DSTV in some of her favourite looks for the season.

What inspires you?

 I am inspired by many things and for different reasons. I am normally influenced by the season and I am also a huge fan of botanics, but I prefer not to be too prescriptive about that side of my work as one never knows when it will change course.

What are the trends for summer 2016/17

Botanics, botanics and more botanics – of course I am drilling into that theme as it is always a favourite of mine, especially living in a sub-tropical coastal environment. We have so much wonderful flora, including the fantastic wild Strelitzia as displayed best on the south coast of Durban, my birthplace.

What is your favourite piece in your range right now?

 I put a lot of love into my Iona dress with its sweeping floor length hem and voluminous panels. It is a sultry summer favourite.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest range of clothing?

It is fresh and youthful

 What is the most rewarding part of your job?

 I love to see a style that I have created being worn. I sometimes see a lady wearing one of my dresses and I have secret giggle to myself.

 How have you evolved as a designer over the years?

 I think that being a designer is not necessarily that different to other careers paths. As we get older we are more comfortable at what we do and it seems like a good red wine….the older the better.

Oh, and I don’t forget to enjoy it!

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All Clothing by: Colleen Eitzen Designs – info@colleeneitzen.co.za

Photography by: Robyn Jessica Botha

Makeup By: Kay-Leigh Heneke of Fancy Fiction 

Stylist: Camilla Jane Gildenhuys of Jane Wonder

Venue: Audacia Manor

 

 

 

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