This young designer showed us exactly what he is made of at South African Menswear week (spring/summer). We had a fun chat with him hours before his show and got to see his latest collection ‘Taintless’.
What inspired your collection?
Well it’s pretty much based on oriental aesthetics. I wanted to use this theme to blur the lines between menswear and womenswear – by creating a collection that is pretty much unisex. A collection that is for everyone instead of a distinct gender.
You are quite well-known for creating unisex collections?
Yeah. My previous collection, which was my first collection as a launch to being recognized as a proper fashion designer in the fashion world and a business, was my Macramé collection. I pretty much gauged responses from the sales, who was buying and listened to the feedback I was receiving. Who was really interested in the collection, and it ended up being a lot of females. I never wanted to move away from menswear because I really truly believe in empowering it. But I just wanted to use this opportunity to do a mash-up of both worlds (menswear and womenswear).
What is the name of the new collection?
How did you come up with the name?
It was pretty much based on purity. I don’t want to, (like I said previously about by first collection) pertain myself to one particular gender. But just humans.
Describe the collection in three words?
Oriental. Male. Female.
Beautiful. Thank you!