The Mantsho brand, founded by Palesa Mokubung, was launched in 2004 and focuses on turning African inspired prints and cultures into modern and edgy designs. The fashion house which represented South Africa at the BRICS2018 inaugural fashion show dedicated the looks in its AW19 collection to the late Motswako rapper Jabulani Tsambo, also known as HHP, who recently passed away.
For its AW19 collection showcased at South Africa Fashion Week, the brand presented a collection which features the use of tulle, graphic fabrics, ruffles and more on richly layered pieces with flattering cuts.
According to the designer,
“What you looking at now are elements and textures of a new “Mantsho Sub Tribe” we call the “Basai Tribe”. This is the first of a series of tribes we will be creating where we will mix two African tribes to form one unique tribe. A fashion tribe you can call it. We created two textiles one inspired by Basotho and the other by the Masai hence the “Basai Tribe”. The Basotho fabric design was inspired and informed by Seanna Marena and for the Masai fabric, we used a visual of a group of Masai warriors to transport the message. The common thread between the two tribes and fabric designs, of course, was the “Mantsho flower” cleverly weaved into the graphics as it is the DNA of the brand”.
Here’s a look at the collection…
Photo credit: Safashionweek.co.za
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