South African designers, Stiaan Louw, Heni Este-Hijzen and Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa Knitwear have headed to London to show at London Fashion Week as part of the Ubuntu International Project.


Debuting yesterday at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout this project is intended as the start of a three year programme aimed at nurturing and promoting South African talent on the international stage. “The reason we chose these three designers is they represent the new South African look that is coming through,” says Errol Hendrickse of Ubuntu. “Within their work traditional influences are evident along with a particular heritage aesthetic that translates as a brilliant new fresh aesthetic. One that is not geographically confined and that can be African but Eurocentric at the same time.”


Stiaan has updated and perfected some of the pieces from his Johannesburg Fashion Week collection earlier in the year, Heni has worked on a collection entitled “Black & White” that is inspired by the Ndebele tribes and Laduma is known for his interesting Xhosa inspired knitwear.


This shoot by Jacobus Snyman showcases the collection that Stiaan is showing in London.




Photographer – Jacobus Snyman

Model – Eric Bester from Boss

Accessories – Missibaba

Jewellery – Ida-Elsje










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  2. Why do I suddenly have an urge to slap that model?