Ex-Project Runway South Africa’s contestant and David Tlale’s intern Siphosihle Masango debuted his solo showcase at AFI Joburg Fashion Week SS2020 under the theme ‘Champagne Problems’. A collection that explored the idea of dress for ladies of leisure (LOLs).
ed note: LOLs in this case used as a gender-neutral behavioural descriptor that inspired Masango to design for these specific men and women who live lavish lifestyles in the city. The ones who say they work but never seem to be working yet can afford the finest things life has to offer. Any work is work and Masango is here to embrace all of it and dress the LOLs for achievement.
The inspiration is tongue in cheek just as Masango intended as he wanted to bring about an element of showmanship from this collection. He said after all ‘fashion week is the fashion Olympics where fashion designers come together and show off.
Masango delves deep on the cost of showcasing at fashion week, lessons learnt from his tenure as David Tlale’s intern, dispels some of the misconceptions of what African design aesthetic is and more HERE