Fashion is her way of life

2016-06-15 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Nontuthuko Langa will showcase her designs at the upcoming Durban Fashion Fair.

PHOTO: nicole john Nontuthuko Langa will showcase her designs at the upcoming Durban Fashion Fair.

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Nontuthuko Langa, who has been selected to participate in the upcoming Durban Fashion Fair (DFF), an event that attracts top designers from all over the country, is putting Pietermaritzburg on the fashion industry map.

DFF is in its fifth year and will feature 50 designers, including five designers from neighbouring countries. The three-day event has 17 shows, which all begin at 5pm.

With many accomplishments under her belt, Langa prides herself in her flair for fashion and being able to adapt to the market.

“For me fashion is a way of life. We all get dressed every day and make fashion choices without even realising it. It’s what makes us unique, the way we put an outfit together. I’d certainly be nothing without fashion.”

The 25-year-old fashion enthusiast from Albert Falls is known for her trendy menswear designs. She was recognised for her work in many fashion events including the Golden Horse Sprint Day, Durban July Young Designers Awards and won Best Menswear Design of the year at the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion where she studied.

This is the second time she has been chosen to participate in DFF. Last year she was given an eight-month mentorship with fashion designers and was sent, fully-paid, to Italy for two months.

“Italy was amazing and completely life-changing. I learnt so much and was exposed to different cultures - it was one of the best experiences,” she said.

Langa runs a fashion design business in Pietermaritzburg called Endless Inspirations where she predominantly designs menswear.

“I do a bit of everything, but I found I excel at menswear. I like simple, practical, timeless pieces adding lots of colour to make the garments interesting and attractive,” she said.

Priscilla Bhika, founder and principal of the School of Fashion, said she is proud of her former student.

“I’m proud to be associated with her and I know she will make waves wherever she goes,” she said.

DFF will run from 31 August to 2 September at the Suncoast Sundeck. Tickets available from 25 July at Computicket.

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