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An inside look at Warrick Gautier’s exclusive range for Fabiani Womenswear

Text: Meg van Eck; Photography: Supplied

November 3, 2017

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Iconic suiting and tailoring brand Fabiani is extending their range to womenswear with their first Fabiani Women flagship store in Cape Town. The launch of Fabiani Women marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the brand, established as an exclusive menswear label for nearly forty years. The pioneer behind the revolutionary new collection is highly acclaimed local designer Warrick Gautier. We asked Warrick exactly what his ideas were behind the collection, read all about it here!

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Why has Fabiani decided to launch a women’s range?

Our women’s range has been designed to complement the highly successful Fabiani men’s collection and to address the pressing need in the market for luxury African tailoring for women.

What was the inspiration behind the Fabiani women’s collection?

Powerful women and their appreciation for couture, art, music and theatre.

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What’s the story behind the collection, and what makes it unique?

The launch of Fabiani Women within the iconic Fabiani Menswear brand marks the beginning of a new era for Fabiani. What makes this collection special is our collaboration with Warrick Gautier, the South African-based designer who’s now bringing his signature African luxury tailored couture to the Fabiani brand.

What’s the theme of the collection?

Positioning couture as art in a way that’s accessible.

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What makes a Fabiani woman stand out from the crowd?

A Fabiani woman stands out because of her appreciation for luxury, refined tailoring and couture, as well as her fearless drive and ambition combined with her sensual femininity.

What’s the colour scheme of this collection?

Glamorous neutrals meeting high voltage metallic with tones of pink.

Describe the key pieces?

Refined tailoring, powerful suiting and dramatic feminine couture.

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What materials have you selected for the collection, and why?

Intricate and refined hand beading is at the core of the collection. In addition to this, we’ve also incorporated opulent metallic woven jacquard fabrics, silk chiffons and silk satins.

AFI (African Fashion International) turns 10 this year – what’s the most fundamental shift you’ve seen in the fashion industry over the past 10 years?

With the recent growth of the fashion industry in South Africa, there is a great opportunity now more than ever for designers to showcase their unique, differentiated offerings. Having a unique craft will most definitely be the deciding factor for successful designers.

Warrick Gautier

Warrick Gautier’s collection for Fabiani is available in flagship stores from 3 November 2017.

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