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THOUGH the local fashion houses suffered reduced orders last year, Wednesday's opening of the 4th Audi Joburg Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 Collections at Sandton Convention Centre was evidence that luxury fashion is not dead after all.

THOUGH the local fashion houses suffered reduced orders last year, Wednesday's opening of the 4th Audi Joburg Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 Collections at Sandton Convention Centre was evidence that luxury fashion is not dead after all.

The clothes were more wearable and designers seemed to discover that if their clothes were just a little bit sober and wearable, they might actually resonate more with women.

Another notable was a palpable presence of girliness in designs and the expression of key trends including the use of asymmetry and the new cut of sleeveless dresses. Some yester-years' designs also found their way into the ramp.

Karen Millen opened the Joburg Fashion Week at a low-key with clean but unflattering designs that attracted a few claps from the audience.

Spero Villioti's had a sexual attitude that was discreet and sensitive. The line showed how you can blend wearability and a little sexiness.

But it was Machere who stole the show. Femininity was her dominant story. Her designs were more of a day-to-day wardrobe and the dresses had a deliberate ease.

Tonight will see Fundudzi, Leihg Schuber, Caducci and Fabiani strutting their stuff. Also on the menu is David Tlale, who has an off-site by-invite-only show at Circa Gallery.

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