Laduma Ngxokolo debuted his Spring/Summer 2020 collection at NY Fashion Week last year. Under the theme “We Are Kings and Queens” he had then Miss SA 2019 (who has since become Miss Universe 2019), Zozibini Tunzi, rule his runway. Atandwa Kani, who played the King of Wakanda in in the MCU film Black Panther, was another runway model for the collection.
Of the theme, Ngxokolo has said “Most pattern brands have a classic appeal, but we have a little more than that. People get the sense that it’s new. It’s cultural in a beautiful way. We say that we are elegant, proud and unapologetic. The statement to me is that royalty doesn’t have to be attached to the monarchy or royal blood. It’s saying that every African person, every black person, is a king and a queen, and they should look at themselves in that way and never diminish themselves among society; they must look at themselves in a more optimistic way through clothes, because that is the first impression, before you even open your mouth, people see what you wear. That is how we should represent ourselves.”
Content creator Zeus Feni, upon hearing that Ngxokolo will be showcasing his work at NY Fashion Week, took some time out to document the experience. From meeting his team at the South African embassy, to driving to the venue and engaging all the people who came out to support him (Nelson Makamo, Kim Jayde, Siyabonga “Scoop” Makhatini and others), to the show itself, Zeus wanted to give The Plug readers a visual consolidation of the milestone his team achieved.
Check it out below.