The recent SA Lingerie Fashion Show was opened and closed in Bonang Matheba style, wearing Woolworths’ Distraction lingerie.

In the closing scene, the brand ambassador for the Woolies Distraction Lingerie line is seen wearing a black Distraction bodysuit paired with a Gert-Johan Coetzee design. We had a quick Q&A with the designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee.

Q What’s the inspiration behind the Distraction ‘warrior’ design?

Strong and passionate women inspired me. I really wanted the showpiece to exude regality – an almost statuesque figure – yet still retain a feminine and flirtatious touch.

Q Who’s your ultimate warrior goddess and why?

Wow, I think my ultimate warrior goddess is a woman that respects herself and knows what she wants. Confidence is one of the most attractive features in a woman and comes through with how she presents herself.

Q What is a distinctive feature of the dress that makes it particularly special?

One of the most distinctive features is that it’s completely embellished with Swarovski crystals – exploding into a full ostrich feather skirt, which makes it proudly South African. I think that’s a nice touch to this specific look.

Q Where do you seek inspiration for your designs?

With this specific design I really wanted Bonang to look goddess-like and fantastical. I looked at Woolworths’ Distraction lingerie and wanted to seamlessly incorporate that into the design without stealing away from Bonang’s personality and the Gert-Johan Coetzee flair.

Q Which song is your ‘warrior chant’ when you need to get psyched?

I’m torn between Katy Perry Warrior and Fight Song – those two are fantastic inspiring songs. I generally only listen to positive music.

Q What qualities make a woman fierce?

I have to say confidence; confidence is always beautiful. If you’re confident in yourself and fiercely stand by your beliefs, this shows how you live your life.

Q What makes your working relationship with Bonang so successful?

You get power couples and then you get fashion power couples, that’s Bonang and I. It’s all about collaborating and listening to people; we both respect each other and understand where to push and where to let go.

Q When designing a dress together, what are typically her favourite finishes/ colours/design features? 

When designing for Bonang the number one thing she says is: “Gert, I want to be cinched, I want my waist to appear tiny!” It’s so easy to work with her – every design that we create together slays. When I design a dress for her, I intend for it to outshine everyone in the room and I think that’s what Bonang appreciates. That’s why we’re such a power duo.

Q What do you love most about being a designer?

It’s really about being included in a special moment in someone’s life. I get to be a part of this beautiful lingerie fashion show. I get to be part of somebody’s wedding day, anniversary, birthday, matric dance and so on.

Q If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

I’m afraid that’s not an option. I love design too much to consider a Plan B. I do, however, enjoy interior decorating and perhaps one day it will become a hobby of mine.

Q Are there any signature elements that you carry through all your designs?

You can spot a Gert-Johan design from a mile away. It’s all about the waist, elongating the figure and working with shape. I don’t know what the magic is, but we always try to find it!

Q What is your must-have for the summer?

Bottle green is huge this summer. Get your hands on a classic boyfriend jacket – army style.

Source: Vivid Luxury. Images: Andrew Brown