Shangani Fashion’s debut presentation during New York Fashion Week 2017 conveyed contemporary cuts accented with vintage accessories.
Who is Shangani?
Shangani Fashion Designs are a combination of culture and style. The passion behind Shangani Fashions is traditional African fabrics with a modern mix. The Shangani are an African tribe that originally lived near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. Originally named after their founder, the word “Shoshangani” means traveller. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures. Creations by Shangani’s designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look.
The design duo collaborating on the aesthetics are Elesia Peterman and Mary Moore (a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and a world traveller).
“My inspirations are fusions of my cultural, travel experiences and my Zimbabwean heritage and styles. Shoppers will find diverse influences from the Caribbean, European and Middle-Eastern expressions in my fashions. I enjoy mixing various African influences with a contemporary cut and shape for a modernized look. And the result is a ready-to-wear brand that is suitable for all occasions”
“My creative inspiration comes from a fusion of time, epoch periods and cultures, while remaining Afrocentric,” states Elesia Peterman. “I want our line to show that African print transcends. The looks can be worn strictly as traditional wear, but can also be incorporated in business and everyday casual use. What makes our line unique is that it isn’t just an African meets Western cohesion. Our goal is to reach and inspire a much bigger market. Our line is an international fusion. Also, being a millennial, I feel I can relate with the style trends my peers are excited about. I want to use clothing design as my voice and demonstration of creativity.”
Who Can Wear Shangani?
Shangani offers looks for both men and women, and intends to expand the menswear line for upcoming seasons. The garments are wearable for business casual or as formal wear. Depending on the type of garment design, the brand uses 100% cotton, applied with Dutch Wax print, denim and other uniquely blended materials of the finest quality. Completing the Afro-inspired look, the Shangani brand also features handcrafted travel handbags and clutch bags. Accessories such as earrings, bracelets and shoes add a hint of sophistication to an individual’s look.
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