On Wednesday, designer Laduma Ngxokolo virtually debuted his Spring/Summer 2021 collection at New York Fashion Week.
For the show the fashion label MaXhosa Africa had a few Mzansi famous face walk the runway and show off the vibrant new range. SA Idols judge and musician Unathi Nkayi introduced the show.
Rapper Riky Rick, TV personality Maps Maponyane, actor Warren Masemola, influencer Tshepi Vundla, Businesswoman Amanda Dambuza and Black Coffee’s son Esona are just some of the personalities who modelled in the show.
Taking to Instagram, Laduma shared that the showcase is titled “Ingumangaliso Imisebenzi KaThixo/God’s Work Is Miraculous”, he also shared the title inspiration.
“It is a song title of a choral music piece my late grandfather wrote at his prime as a formal music composer, choral music TV presenter, visual artist, actor and school principal in the early 90’s. In 2012 I had the honor of collecting a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the family with my siblings in Port Elizabeth. He has been a great inspiration to me since I was a kid and an icon that surprisingly popped up in my entire music curriculum in high school as one of the three most important music composers in SA of his time,” shared the designer.
Laduma is one of Mzansi’s most popular designers and since he burst into the scene in 2012 after graduating from the Nelson Mandela University, he designs have been worn by numerous local celebrities and even been spotted on international celebrities such as Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys.
His label has been celebrated by international publications such as British Vogue, who listed him as one of seven African Fashion Brands To know and wear now.
The designer explained on YouTube that with this collection, which is his most colourful, he wanted it to offer some hope during the midst of a global pandemic, “happiness is the new luxury.”
Laduma’s show received crazy reviews for those who tuned in, with many left in awe with the designer’s creativity. Even local designer Rich Mnisi was left singing Laduma praise for the stellar show he put on.
Not only was the show captivating, but it also had sounds that matched it as the show’s music was curated by award-winning duo Black Motion who are celebrating 10 years in the music industry and are gearing up to release a new album, The Healers, The Last Chapter on September 24.
The collection will be available at on MaXhosa sales platforms in November.