Last year, Lukhanyo Mdingi completed his BTech in Fashion Design at CPUT – we shared his experimental graduate collection, ‘Iridescence’, for our annual Fresh Meat series in January. Based on the iridescent tones created by the reflection of natural light on various matters and materials, as well as the silhouettes of Indian Temples, the collection was the practical implementation of his thesis ‘Avant Garde Menswear: A Challenge to South African Fashion’.
One month later and Lukhanyo has just taken part in the inaugural South African Menswear Week in Cape Town with a Fall/Winter 2015 range, titled ‘Macramé’. Primarily inspired by this ancient Arabic knotting technique, the collection explores the use of different textures and fabrics in a way we haven’t seen from Lukhanyo before, without swaying from his fundamentally minimalist approach. In our recent interview with him, Lukhanyo explained that he attempts “to add onto a minimal aesthetic that’s based on creating strong and distinct pieces, that are considered powerful rather than bland.” The gorgeous ‘Macramé’ collection lookbook debuted on Fucking Young yesterday. It features Daniel Phahlamohlake photographed by Travys Owen, with styling by Gabrielle Kannemeyer and grooming by Amori Birch.
Lukhanyo’s aesthetic began to emerge which his ‘Basics‘ collection, comprised of clean and minimal looks that were inspired by the human body. Since then, a strong concept as a starting point when designing a new collection has become increasingly important to him. Though his initial interest in fashion was all about the clothes, visually, he knows now that there’s a lot more to it. “Fashion has allowed me to be part of a world where I’m able to use my design skills and passion to interpret my vision into garments,” he says. “I believe that fashion can speak volumes about a person – it can become an intstant representation of who you are.”