Celebrating 25 years of cultivating the next generation of South African designers – fashion school, LISOF hosted its annual fashion show in Johannesburg on 30 November.
South Africa’s favourite PERi-PERi flamed grilled chicken brand, Nando’s fired up the design schools’ second-year students showcase by providing pattern designs from its 2018 Hot Young Designer Talent Search – giving them the inspiration they needed to bring fire to their fashion.
First-year design students also showcased multiple patterns and sewing skills with a unique take on ‘playground’ and ‘utopia’ themes, with third-year students pushing the envelope of their unique style using the skills they’ve acquired at LISOF over the years.
CEO and founder of LISOF, Shana Rosenthal, believes her students are working on the cutting edge of design. “The future of fashion is here, mark my words. We look forward to proving this at the Flight of Fashion showcase and I encourage all art and fashion-loving South Africans to come and see history in the making. A special thank you goes out to Nando’s for giving our second-year students the inspiration they needed to push the boundaries of their design,” she said.
Nando’s 2018 Hot Young Designer Talent Search satisfied the brand’s craving to fire up the nation in the search for the hottest pattern designs. Out of over 400 inspiring submissions, ten finalists were chosen and featured in several Nando’s restaurants across the country and the world. The Hot Young Designers were in agreement that their prints should be shared with LISOF’s second-year students with the goal of extending the creative expression.
The Hot Young Designer campaign catapulted its finalists into budding careers, one of which was Thabiso Mjo. Today, her winning submissions from 2016 are seen in Nando’s restaurants in South Africa, England, and the United States. Two years down the line, her Tutu 2.0 lamp design was voted the “Most Beautiful Object in South Africa” at the 2018 Design Indaba.