SA Menswear Week designer Q+A – Lukhanyo Mdingi

Lukhanyo Mdingi returns to the second SA Menswear Week with the hopes to show a collection that will bridge the gap between genders.

Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo
Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo

1) Describe your brand in a sentence

The Lukhanyo Mdingi brand aims to create pieces that are distinct and powerful together with a flare of contemporary elegance and sophistication.

Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo
Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo

2) Tell us about the collection you’ll be showing at SAMW

The latest collection titled, ‘Taintless’ is based on oriental aesthetics, using this as a source to blur the lines between his + hers fashion.

Instead of pertaining created pieces to one distinct gender, the aim was to create a collection that is for all individuals. Keeping it clean, neat and timeless.

Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo
Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo

3) What inspires you daily?

Too much actually. It’s never just one thing. From something tangible, visible or something that you just hear.

Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo
Lukhanyo Mdingi at SAMW 2014 A/W. Pic by Simon Deiner/ SDR photo

4) Finish the sentence, menswear in South Africa is…

Something that needs to be taken more seriously, fashion is a form of expression, it should never be limited to the norm or to what is expected. It should be celebrated.

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