The South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Spring/Summer 2018 (SS18) showcase kicked off yesterday. While Mr Rich Mnisi showed some imaginative gender neutral looks on male models, Mr Wanda Lephoto, along with his creative right hand, Mr Kabelo Kungwane, presented their take on next summer.
Those familiar with Messrs Lephoto and Kungwane’s reverence for cut, history and context, will recognise the relaxed, yet structured mien of high waisted, relaxed fit trousers and jackets, with a nod or two to sportswear, workwear and ruling party politics.
“In a time where the world looks at Africa for inspiration, it is interesting to observe what and where we as Africans do and go. Often having to re-appropriate our own culture against the commercial viability the West has over us, we seldom look past aestheticism to unwrap the true nature of who we are,” says Mr Lephoto
All images: Eunice Driver Photography