about twelve years ago black coffee emerged onto a south african fashion scene mostly dominated by couture copies and ball gowns. since then their imaginative clothing has excited the local fashion industry with a refreshing energy.

campaign tbwa/hunt/lascaris photos jillian lochner

their ad campaign of 2004 may have turned heads but their true mastery lay in the resourceful interpretation of contemporary imagery and craftsmanship. ever dynamic, their style signature of pleats and geometrics have captivated discerning fashionistas ever since.

having been awarded the mercedes-benz award for south african arts and culture 2009, black coffee made good of their decade as a leading innovator in the south african fashion scene at the fall NY fashion week 2010 and the summer berlin fashion week 2010.

B L K b o o k. Photo Brett Rubin Design Indaba 2010

designer jacques van der watt is always ready to tip the scales towards a concept dress or collaborative effort; black coffee consistently produces quality, ingenuity and invention; it’s clear that this talent has grown up.

a/f 2011 backstage sa fashionweek photo by chris saunders

model with cleverly engineered interlocking garment pieces 2011

after all, the fashion never stops. where to 2012?