By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Fashion is an expression of an amalgamation of the self and culture. This is why it is a continuous growing field, bringing forth cultures and uniting them with beauty.
South Africa is one of the up and coming new fashion destination with its brilliant designer’s labels churning out amazing clothes and making their way to the biggest fashion weeks all over the world.
Here are some South African fashion labels to look out for:
MaXhosa by Laduma
MaXhosa by Laduma is a Xhosa inspired fashion brand by the famous African Knitwear designer, Laduma Ngxokolo, founded in 2011, this brand has come up with premium Knitwear. It makes use of South African mohair and wool and celebrates traditional Xhosa bead work. This award winning designer has created a premium brand of Knitwear for men and women in signature prints which is taking the world of fashion by storm. The brand recently showed its spring summer 2018 pieces at the just concluded Lagos Fashion and design week 2017. This brand has its stores in Cape town, Jonannesburg, London and Tokyo.
Rich Mnisi’s eponymous fashion brand was launched in 2014 and in this short period of time the designer has already been heralded the Africa Fashion international Young Designer of the year. His work has been featured in the most coveted publications including, Marie Clarie, Elle, GQ Style, etc. This brand belts out quirky fashion, inspired by pop culture and has very androgynous feel. This is ideal for making a cool but striking statement which is not too bold or overated. The brand also recently had its spring summer 2018 collection showed at the Lagos Fashion and designer 2017 runway showcase.
David Tlale’s show stopping gowns and stunning drapery has earned him a spot at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week New York. His penchant for dramatics, exquisite sculptured detailing and masterful applique is perfect for someone who wants to make a statement. He was the first South African to get a chance to showcase solo at the illustrious event.
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If bold and bright are what you are looking for, NN Vintage is what you need to pick today. Stunning African designs in the loveliest colours, this brand offers the rich heritage of African Fashion with a contemporary twist. It was founded by the famous Nhlanhla Ncizafrom the acclaimed singing duo, Mafikizolo. The clothes are inspired by the bold fashion of the 40s to the 80s and are perfect for making a stunning statement.
Celeste Arendse, who has already become a well-known name in the world of fashion, is the creative mind behind the stunning brand, Selfi. The brand aims to explore the multidimensional parts of the self through its stunning designs, deconstructed shapes, exquisite tailoring and custom prints. These brilliant designs have found their way to coveted fashion show in London and New York. This is the brand for someone who likes turning heads wherever she goes.
Source: The Newsroom
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