By Polly Ester, Sunday 28 October 2018

Our local designers continue on the fifth and final day of SAFW to stake their claim on the global creative stage. Distinctly recognisable due to their innovative use of traditional African fabrics, it’s their ability to combine these with cut and colour that ensures they stand out. Further, what I love most about our continent’s talent is their ability to tell visually striking stories through their use of prints.


With close to 2 decades of design under his bespoke belt, Zambian born Chiza Ngulube’s label, Esnoko, continues to grow steadily. His self-taught tailoring talent is consistently expressed through the clever combination of African prints and fabrics. His collection yesterday once again revealed his philosophy of uniting the traditional with the modern, the vintage with the fresh, ensuring that the wearer is immediately identified as distinctly individual. Each look a vibrantly formal statement of street style, Chiza’s latest collection received enormous applause, amplified by his humble gratitude to the audience present.


The evening brought a new breed of young talent to the stage in SAFW’s Bakusasa show. Clearly determined to push the boundaries; N.O.T.E Clothing, Sipho Mbuto, Nando XV, Bayanda Khathini and Zamaswazi all revealed their commitment and passion for the belief that the possibilities for menswear are endlessly exciting.

N.O.T.E Clothing by Elias Sibata was created for the everyday man who thrives to express his individuality through bold styling whilst Ntando XV’s range revealed irresistible layering in bright pops of colour in his show called The Ventilation Presentation. Teko Nkosi’s range for his label Zamaswazi took vintage and retro elements, reinterpreting and recreating them with African cultural aesthetics. A journey of the old to the new.

N.O.T.E Clothing
Ntando XV

Sipho Mbuto’s range was an exciting exploration of gender identity. With clear influences of abstract art and architecture, Sipho’s garments tell carefully crafted stories resulting in layers of clever detailing and utilitarian functionality.

Sipho Mbuto

Nkandla-born designer, Bayanda Khathini, closed his colourful, textured showcase in the same fun way he has done in the past – running down the runway with his wire toy car.


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