HOUSE OF SAINT LUKE STEALS THE SHOW AT DFF
*Caption: Designer Mxolisi ‘Mr St. Luke’ Mkhize takes the ramp with his models to thank the audience
Written by: Xolisani Khumalo
HOUSE OF ST LUKE (HSL) was the most popular designer brand on the ramp at the first night of the 5th Durban Fashion Fair (DFF).
HSL stole the show last night where hundreds of fashion lovers witnessed the ‘very loud’ founder of HSL, Mxolisi ‘Mr St. Luke’ Mkhize doing an all-black-everything themed collection, which he said, was in line with the ‘celebration of 200 years of the Zulu Nation’.
“I was inspired by 200 years of the Zulu Nation and being proudly South African and Zulu, this was a part of showing people that being black is fine no matter what shade of black you are,” said Mkhize.
Nomfundo Ngwenya, an attendee, found it appealing that some of the pieces made for men had a ‘feminine’ touch to them.
“I liked the approach that HSL has taken to fashion because there were a lot of males with feminine pieces like skirts and capes, I liked the theme colour especially,” said Ngwenya.
Attendees and models were not the only ones who took a liking to HSL’s designs. Slindile Shangase, program manager (DFF) and Ghanaian designer, Abrentie Oheneme, also thought his collection was bold and one of the best they had seen.
“I think the best designer beside my show myself HSL I loved it. He played with one colour, it’s hard to work with one colour to pull of a collection and he did that,” said Oheneme.
Oheneme commended Mkhize for being able to use different forms of fabric and elements on the colour black and making it work.
Oheneme’s designer brand ‘Abrentie The Gentleman’ was also named amongst the top designs of the night to take to the ramp.
“It is still a bit early to tell who will win what, but HSL was last year’s best men’s wear, I think Mxolisi and Abrentie did a great job,” said Shangase.
‘St. Luke’ was founded after Mkhize’s mother had exposed him to different brands of clothing. He then decided to teach himself tailoring and designing, as he wanted the perfect fit for everything. HSL has been showcasing at DFF for the past four years, and Mkhize feels that he has grown a lot since.
“I have been with the program for five years and I am a very loud and colourful person which is why most people were shocked when I did an all-black everything collection and that shows my growth and confidence in what I do,” concluded Mkhize.