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SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK S/S “21

Although we’re still under the dark cloud of this pandemic, we continue manoeuvring through. A lot took a standstill last year including fashion weeks but that never stopped us from being creative with our wardrobe. Let’s see what the menswear designers brought on the runway this season at South African Fashion Week. 

EPHYMOL 

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A playful and relaxed collection filled with a mixture of textures and patterns. After all the years being in the game, Ephraim was inspired by all the previous collections. With the pandemic testing his creativity, he  used offcuts from the previous collections and created artistic pieces that are practical for multiple occasions. 

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LOXION

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This was an emotional tribute to the fallen founder of the brand, depicting Wandi Ndzimande as a Superhero in Mzansi’s fashion industry with images of Marvel Superheroes. Creative Director, Ole Ledimo brought flair from his illustrious experience served in his eponymous brand House of Ole. He gave us a fusion of street-wear and sartorial elegance with a touch of Avant-garde.

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LUKHANYO MDINGI 

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Fresh from his international debut in Florence, Italy where he showcased his collection at Pitti Uomo making him the second South African designer to have graced the ramp of the world’s biggest menswear trade fair. Lukhanyo has stayed true to his aesthetics and his authenticity in not only using African prints but prints that resonates with a multitude of traditions around the world. From Mzansi to the world and from the world back to Mzansi – Glocalization. 

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MAKLELE 

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Another menswear brand worthy of eyeing. Mikhayla is one of the very few young ladies who continue to break barriers of being a female in a menswear space. Her designs are inspired by sustainability and genderfluidity. Her recent collection was a mixture of sports-lux and streetwear with timeless pieces that can be worn repeatedly and styled differently.  

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We are still getting used to this “new normal” of viewing runway shows virtually. It is still unclear when or even if we’ll go back to gracing front-row seats to get an up-close and personal view at garments as they stroll the ramp. However, I am grateful that the business of fashion is still growing stronger. 

Until next time… 

Yours Suitably 

Brian Lehang      

 

 

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