South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi pursues design in a way that is not only organic but honest. Couple this direction with the philosophy of human connection and the result is a consistent thread of collections that balance the spirit of design while simultaneously evolving contemporary silhouettes. Unveiled during Paris Fashion Week, Mdingi's latest collection for the Spring/Summer 2023 season walks the same line via a range of visceral ensembles.
Titled "BURKINA," the offering revolves around the theme of expanding human ingenuity. What continuously stands out about the South African level is its prowess in producing distinctive garments that showcase the full capabilities of texture and color. Knitwear functions as a collection highlight through soft crotchet tops with multicolored appliqués, fringed attachments and tonal quarter-zip pieces – doused in shades of coral, lavender, goldenrod, azure blue and more. Beyond knitwear, tailoring presents another strong point with double-breasted and three-button suits that come to life through solid-color and tie-dye configurations. Elsewhere in the collection are wrap pants, pleated skirts, button-down shirts, dresses and jackets that harmonize flavor and refinement.
In its construction of texturally-stimulating pieces, Mdingi's eponymous label is committed to working with different artisans to create a cosmopolitan presentation of heritage. For the SS23 collection, the brand expanded its partnership with artisans of Apepf De La Demme, Azpef Zoodo and Loong Neeré. Additionally, Mdingi collaborated with emerging South African designer Fikile Sokhulu on a collection piece. Rounding out this season's collaborative efforts is a jewelry collection with the South African label, PICHULIK. The pieces consist of PICHULIK's signature roping and brass technique while exploring new sensibilities.
Take a look at the collection in the gallery above.
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