Designer takes on international runway

Daniel Moleka.
Daniel Moleka.

A CBD-based designer recently showed what he’s made of at an international fashion street show in France.

Daniel Moleka, owner of RedThread Apparel X, was invited to showcase his Immortal collection by RedThread at the very first Fashion Street Show at the Cannes Film Festival.

Moleka attended Fedisa Fashion Design School. “Fedisa taught me so much in the two months I was there and it made me realise there is a lot I didn’t know about the industry,” he says.

“My inspiration for collections hasn’t changed since leaving school but it has become much more complex, with a much more sophisticated thought process going into each collection.”

Another feather in his cap is the fact that his garments are being worn by celebrities, such as MTV presenter Kim Jade. Influencer Donovan Fernando, host of SA Men’s Week, was also wearing RedThread during SA Men’s Week.

He recently collaborated with designer Jean Paul Larmy. “He has a very good touch when it comes to haute couture and a good knowledge of the industry.”

They manage to create garments that appeal to both young and old when they put their ideas together, says Moleka. Moleka experienced a trial by fire last year when he showcased selected garments at the No Zleep Fashion Show at the Castle of Good Hope. It was his first show so he was quite excited but also nervous. Moleka has two collections under his belt so far and is working on his upcoming collection called Immortals, which will be a mix of street wear and haute couture. “RedThread was the first thing that I decided to do on my own. When I started RedThread I didn’t really know much about the fashion industry. I just had the passion for it. I keep learning new things every day and honestly it’s something that I love to do. It’s not about the money or the fame. It’s all about getting my vision and my art out there.”

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