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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ends with calls for African inspirations

Designer Laduma Ngxokolo stresses the importance of designers using proudly South African materials.

A design by Laduma Ngxokolo showcased at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week incorporated Xhosa traditional attire with modern day clothing. Picture: @MB_FashionSA.

JOHANNESBURG - As Mercedes Benz Fashion Week comes to an end, this year's designers have placed emphasis on looking at African stories for inspiration.

Designer Laduma Ngxokolo showcased his line last night which incorporated Xhosa traditional attire with modern day clothing.

Ngxokolo says his men's line embodies the trends of today but can be worn at traditional Xhosa gatherings.

He also stresses the importance of designers using proudly South African materials.

"These are pieces that people can wear every day and on traditional special occasions."

Ngxokolo says Richie Mnisi's line was one of his favourite as this designer is not afraid to take risks.