ICYMI: Zozibini Tunzi and Demi-Leigh Walked the Maxhosa Show at NYFW Spring ’20

*literal goosebumps*

Laduma Ngxokolo

In case you missed it, PE-born fashion designer, Laduma Ngxokolo, took the fashion world by storm this month, as he debuted his spring-summer ’20 collection of Maxhosa at New York Fashion Week at P59 Studios.

His collection, themed ‘We Are Kings And Queens’, played out in the ‘Made In Africa’ show on the 5 September and showcased a true representation of Maxhosa’s ethos with vibrant hues inspired by the South African flag, African-inspired accessories and his signature graphic prints that have previously been praised by the likes of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, amongst others. #MadeIt.


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‘Every African person, every black person, is a king and a queen, and they should look at themselves in that way and never diminish themselves among society,’ said Laduma on the collection.

Laduma’s designs were showcased alongside Belgian-born Mozambican designer, Eliana Murargy, who formed the other half the ‘Made In Africa’ showcase on Thursday, with a more futuristic approach to the traditional African design. The two showcasing side-by-side made for a beautiful juxtaposition of the past and prospering future of Mother Africa. Think, Marvel’s Black Panther vibes.


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Laduma’s show was *extra* special with special guests Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019, opening the show in a magical Mpondoland-inspired gown by the Nguni/Mbo ethnic group. She walked the ramp to a choral version of South Africa’s National Anthem. Literal goosebumps.

‘The response in the US was overwhelming. I’ve loved modeling designs from my homeboy Laduma’s collection,’ said Zozibini.

Laduma himself also expressed his excitement for Tunzi’s involvement: ‘I’m super excited for Zozibini as she is the embodiment of the “natural woman”, and the fact that we’re from the same home province, the Eastern Cape, and both proudly Xhosa, and proudly South African — I’m so honoured we had the opportunity to have her as the highlight of the Maxhosa show, demonstrating our heritage.’

Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, in Laduma’s Designs:

Another local babe made an appearance in Maxhosa’s ‘We Are Kings And Queens’ show – the one and only Miss South Africa 2017 and Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Talk about a powerhouse affair.

‘Congratulations on an incredible collection @maxhosa. I’m so honoured to have been part of your beautiful show,’ said Demi-Leigh in her Instagram post.

The show received a standing ovation (obvs) and was celebrated by Laduma posting a pic of the moment with the caption:

‘This day was written in the stars ✨, it’s been standing ovations every year.’

This is definitely one helluva significant step for the South African fashion designer and the future that continues to get brighter ahead of him. Bravo, Laduma Ngxokolo!

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