It’s a mashup of iconic fashion and fast food as designer Gert-Johan Coetzee teams up with McDonald’s South Africa for the 50th birthday of the world’s most iconic burger, the Big Mac. The collaboration, and a sneak peek of Coetzee’s glamorous Big Mac-inspired fashion collection, were revealed at a festive event in Sandton, hosted by It Girl Nomzamo Mbatha.
Coetzee’s latest collection, which will be shown next week at South African Fashion Week, includes a range of edgy streetwear inspired by the Big Mac. Alongside the high-glamour red-carpet showstoppers the designer is best known for, he will also send glam casual-wear down the ramp. All the proceeds of the exclusive range will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a safe home, comfort and care to families of children receiving specialised hospital treatment.
In addition to the GJC Big Mac 50th Collection, the company is also introducing the new Grand Big Mac and Mac Jnr, which will feature on the menu for a limited time, offering a bigger and smaller than standard sandwich to fit all possible appetites.
To turn this popular food icon into a fashion statement, Coetzee took inspiration from urban club culture, for a range that includes tinsel jackets, trendy tracksuits, faux fur and blinged-up T-shirts. “It’s comfortable and wearable, but still edgy and glam, and there is something for everyone,” he said, revealing that the range will include some kiddies’ items too. His announcement that the range will also include menswear, something that the designer has had countless requests for over the years, was met with enthusiastic cheers.
Coetzee explained that his main Spring Summer 18 Collection has a colour palette that includes variations of ultraviolet, which is the Pantone colour of the year, and juxtaposes hi-tech holographic fabrics, feathers and sequins with depictions of the Chinese lucky cat. “There is an element of luck in all success, and I want to acknowledge that with gratitude. I am grateful that we can give back this season by contributing to the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. These Family Rooms have had over 50 000 families come through their doors to date.”