No need to look to Milan for leadership; the South African fashion industry is more vibrant than ever this year. The 2018 summer lines are ready for retail, so keep an eye out for the work of our local talent, and find some inspiration for your own ensembles in the mixed textures that dominate the runway this year.
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Palesa Mokubung established this daring brand in 2004, and her eclectic fabric selection draws the eye immediately. She complements African designs and fabrics with the skilful incorporation of silks and woven textiles. “Mantsho” is Sesotho for “a beautiful complexion,” which is an apt description for her radiant designs.
A brand that prides itself on closing the gap between the runway and streetwear, it is home to timeless, sophisticated pieces crafted by founder Thula Sindi. This is a well-established brand that caters for “women of consequence” that strive to find a balance between elegance and economic sustainability. Thula has received several international accolades, and was featured in O Magazine.
This is a socially conscious label that has a double focus of elegance and comfort. The garments are handmade in South Africa according to high ethical standards, and are designed with the use of simple lines and a nostalgic classical influence. This season’s line is flowing and feminine as always, with warm, earthy tones.
These pieces are produced with the incorporation of Kobo Ea Bohali – Basotho “blankets of prestige” – into unique designs by Lesotho-born Thabo Makheta-Kwinina. Since its launch in 2009, Thabo’s label has produced functional yet beautiful garments and has won multiple awards.
Founded in 2002 by Hangwani Nengovhela, this is a brand dedicated to design excellence with African elegance. The garments are flattering, feminine pieces that transcend the impulses of the moment.
The South African fashion industry has been competitive on an international level for over a decade, and locally produced designers receive accolades from all over the world. The host of local talent is big advantage for anyone invested in staying ahead of the curve, or looking for timeless fashion that mirrors the power and beauty of the people in its country of origin.
Written by Lizzy Steenkamp