Launch day! The H&M X Mantsho collection launched today, and pieces are selling out quickly. Mantsho, which means “Black is Beautiful,” is the clothing label by Palesa Mokubung. The line is based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. This collaboration is special because it’s the first H&M collection with an African designer.
Here are some favorite pieces in the collection.
H&M X Mantsho
Sweater | Skirt | Jacket | Dress | Cape collar
Triangular earrings | Round earrings | Espadrilles
Who remembers the H&M x Kenzo and H&M x Moschino collections?
When Pinterest dropped its 2019 trend report, I was thrilled to see that African print clothing was predicted to be huge this year. According to Pinterest data, searches for African print fashion were up a whopping 229 percent over the previous year. Since Pinterest says you’re interested, I’m sharing another great source for African-inspired styles.
What I’m wearing:
Shirt (similar) | Tanganika by Tangie pants c/o | Sunglasses | Lip: Pat McGrath “Elson 013”
When I was in Memphis for Memphis Fashion Week (read all about that here), I got connected to one of the featured designers–Tanganika by Tangie. African print fashion is Tangie’s specialty. Her designs rely on African-inspired prints because these patterns tell such unique stories that she shapes to suit her clients.
For Memphis Fashion Week, I was so lucky to have a pair of pants custom made for me in a featured print from Tangie’s collection. Be sure to swing by my Instagram page to see some of Tangie’s designs rip the runway.
To balance the relaxed vibe of joggers, I knew I wanted to show off my shoulders. My top is an oversized button down shirt. I draped it off the shoulders and tied it in the front to add a little flavor.
Location: Downtown Library, St. Louis
February is such an important month in style. It’s Black History Month, and black creatives have contributed so much to style movements. New York Fashion Week also went down this month. So, I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorite black fashion designers to watch. Some of them, like Tracy Reese, I’ve worn for many years, and others, I can’t wait to be able to afford a piece or two.
6 Black Fashion Designers To Know
1. Tracy Reese
Tracy Reese launched her label in New York City in 1998. It’s a women’s ready-to-wear clothing line. She’s since launched Plenty by Tracy Reese, a more affordably-priced line that makes her styles more accessible. I’m a huge fan and usually grab her pieces at Anthropologie. The jumpsuit below is an all-time favorite Tracy Reese design.
Designed by Carly Cushnie, this label is a luxury ready-to-wear line known for its clean lines and precise tailoring.
3. LaQuan Smith
LaQuan Smith started his line in 2013 and has since gotten the attention of big names like Rihanna and Beyonce. No surprise, his designs are distinctive and edgy. Good news for us is they’re also available at Asos. See some pieces from his Asos design collaboration here.
Demestik by Reuben Reuel creates beautiful, contemporary designs using globally-inspired fabrics. Remember Beyonce’s epic baby shower ensemble? The skirt was by Demestik!
5. Studio One Eighty Nine
Studio 189 was co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Adrima Erwiah. It’s a fashion and lifestyle brand and also a social enterprise. The brand offers African-inspired styles created by artisanal communities in Accra, Ghana.
Telfar by Telfar Clemens is a super cool, unisex line. The brand promotes inclusivity in fashion. It operates under the tagline, “Not for you—for everyone.”
I’ve been following and ‘liking’ the images posted by @ZippedandPrinted on Instagram for about a year. When I saw this off-the-shoulder top available in two stunning African prints in recent posts, however, I quickly went from online admirer to new customer. Furthermore, this fabulous etsy find is only $20, y’all!
Top: Zipped and Printed on etsy
Pants: c/o Venus
Shoes: Sophia Webster for J.Crew (old)
Clutch: Loeffler Randall (old, J.Crew style I LOVE)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (old, option, option)
Lip: Mac “Fashion Legacy” liquid lipcolour, Mac “Kiss Me Quick” lip pencil
I gravitated to the red swirl print because the color and print combination excited all of my style sensibilities. It’s red, one of the hottest hues for Fall 2016, and the print is sophisticated.
And, of course, the only thing I love more than a fabulous print is a fabulous print mixed with fabulous prints. So, to create a fun mix of prints, I wore my Loeffler Randall pebbled dot clutch and my Sophia Webster for J.Crew floral pumps with my etsy find.
I’m also wearing my Kendra Scott Perla drop earrings in gunmetal. They were from Kendra Scott’s Mirror Mirror Collection in 2015, which was a favorite of mine. As a longtime fan of the brand, and hence someone who owns many pieces, I love identifying those unique items from each collection.
Location: Old Power Plant on Locust Street in Downtown St. Louis