We fully expected to go gaga over the Lukhanyo Mdingi x Nicholas Coutts colab, presented last night at SA Menswear Week, and we did. The two of them are in a class that includes fellow young designers like Jenevieve Lyons, Alexandra Blanc, Rich Mnisi, and Julia M’poko. They are a generation that is setting a new tone and standard for South African fashion, and produce a product that can be judged against any other, from any part of the world. The gender neutrality, the quality of the clothing and the globally relevant narrative their work imbues places them at least slightly higher than most of their peers, and even experienced, much more readily recognisable names in South African fashion.
Mali will be writing a longer piece, reviewing the collections, so you can all look forward to that, where I am sure he will go more into detail about the individual collections from these designers and others, of course. For now, I just have this urge to talk about getting rich!
Money rich is, of course, #lifegoals. How else does one get to th’ow them Birkins? I want that, but the rich we are talking right now is in the form of Rich Mnisi’s collection, presented on Friday night at the SA Menswear Week autumn-winter shows. It was nothing short of fantastic. So fantastic, in fact, I imagined that when I’m rocking dem threads, Rihanna is my soundtrack, as I go straight up Rich on heauxs like…
Bitch Better Have My Money…
Shining bright like a Diamond
Take A Bow
Work, work, work, work, work, work…
Please don’t stop the music!
I’m gonna run this town, tonight!
We found love, and were reminded that SA fashion is no hopeless place, indeed.
By Sandiso Ngubane
Images: Malibongwe Tyilo