‘I wish I never over-thought it’ – Maxhosa’s Laduma on show inspired by his last chat with Riky Rick

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Laduma Ngxokolo's brand Maxhosa celebrated the late Riky Rick in latest designs.
Laduma Ngxokolo's brand Maxhosa celebrated the late Riky Rick in latest designs.
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His love for fashion was celebrated as much as his musical genius, passion for mentorship and devotion to his family.

What many never knew about the late rapper, Rikhado Makhado, professionally known as Riky Rick, is that before his death he'd chatted to Maxhosa creator Laduma Ngxokolo about a very special collaboration.

"Riky asked me to design him all black MAXHOSA looks for a while, which was the last conversation we had for two hours at 4am. I never got the chance to do that for him then – wish I never over thought it,” Laduma shared on social media.

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The designer added that, although God planned otherwise, he is grateful Riky's family ask him to design the all-white outfit they dressed the Kotini King in for his funeral.

"I ended getting a request from his family to design an all-white outfit for his final sent off to a better world, probably the most difficult task I ever had to carry out, cause King Kotini was a fashion maverick, (sic)."

Riky Rick passed away on 23 February after years of battling depression. He died by suicide.

He left behind his two children and his wife, Bianca Naidoo.

He was known as King Kotini because of his love for clothes and fashion.

To honour him, Laduma, who owns the luxury brand Maxhosa, recently launched a collection paying tribute to Riky at his Alkebulan show.

“As part of our recent @MAXHOSA Alkebulan show we honoured one of our greatest patron, loving friend and brother whom we deemed as The Father of the Youth," said Laduma. 

The Maxhosa team also invited the rapper's family to celebrate Riky Rick’s Maxhoa and Okapi collaboration.

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