|CHRISTOPHER SHANNON SS13|
The patchwork pannelling and fringing are reminiscent of the more colourful version often worn by Maskandi artists. The sad difference is that while I would don these Christopher Shannon designs at any given time, I would never be caught dead wearing umblaselo. Why? This may sound conceited but it is the honest truth. My truth!
I love being African but I am also a global citizen with a very modern outlook. Fashion that appeals to me is that which is not at odds with that description of myself. The umblaselos I see on sale on the streets of Jozi remind me too much of a maskandi artist for me to be into. Christopher Shannon's collection is proof that a little tweaking of an existing concept makes a hell of a lot of difference and might just change one Sandiso Ngubane's mind about something provided he is met halfway by a forward-thinking designer. We need more Laduma Ngxokolos!