REVIEW: House of Nala at Cape Town Fashion Week

REVIEW: House of Nala at Cape Town Fashion Week

AFI’s House of Nala presents their latest collection at Cape Town Fashion Week

House of Nala’s takes inspiration from 60s modernist fashion at Cape Town Fashion Week

Beyond all bias, House of Nala’s Cape Town Fashion Week showcase was the perfect display of our in-house designers’ prowess. Drifting along the runway to a Josh Groban rendition of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, House of Nala’s “Pearl of a Red Winter” embodied 1960’s glamour.

African Fashion International’s House of Nala provides customers with a lavish, unisex offering of luxury garments. Trading in casual attire as well as daring couture pieces, their mission is to showcase the exquisite mastery of African fashion. In a rich, ruby-red and black colour scheme littered with pearls, in-house designers Keneuoe Mhletswa and Thulani Mlambo embodied 1960’s glamour through clean lines and impeccable craftsmanship.

Embodying two different aesthetics House of Nala’s menswear and womenswear collections were tied together by a colour scheme of red and black. The menswear collection was characterised by loosely tailored, red tweed pieces interpreted into unconventional cuts, including a pair of wide-legged, low-hanging dungarees.

Taking inspiration from 1960’s Modernist fashion, the womenswear collection offered loosely tailored minimalism – leg-bearing mini-dresses and billowing wide-legged trousers adorned with faux-fur-lined cuffs and pearl detailing. With broad, squared-off silhouettes and hats stylishly tilted to the side, models were the epitome of uptown elegance. Standing out in House of Nala’s womenswear offering was a mini-dress in the collection’s signature red. Capacious, front-facing pockets and inward-facing lapels detailed with large buttons created clean lines, set against rounded-off shoulders, broad sleeves, and a pearl-detailed turtle-neck collar. Draped over a pearl-detailed, turtle-neck collar, the roomy, wide-set dress holds the appeal of an adaptable outerwear garment with cinematic style and grace.

Showcasing on the first day of Cape Town Fashion Week, House of Nala’s romantic showcase received a well-deserved standing ovation from an audience of notoriously discerning fashion-lovers.


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