'It's a collection inspired by the way we handle things as people.'
In the three years since designer Rich Mnisi launched his eponymous label (initially launched as Oath by Rich Mnisi, and later changed to Rich Mnisi), he's grown to be a highlight at Lexus SA Menswear Week. His latest collection, featuring easy luxe fabrics from cashmere, Egyptian cotton, silk organza, through to leather and tulle did not disappoint. We asked the designer to break it down for us: 'For our A/W 17 collection we presented a project titled “Xingelengele,” which means bell/siren, it's a collection inspired by the way we handle things as people. It all started with the idea of “Ngicela ivoid” which means "Please void the transaction" - when you’re at the till in a supermarket and you decide not to go ahead with one of the items and the teller yells “Ngicela ivoid” and the manager comes rushing. It made me think of the idea of undoing, and if we had the opportunity to “cela ivoid” whenever we changed our minds or wanted to undo something that had happened, how many of us would jump at the opportunity and how many times would we undo,' explains Mnisi about the collection which took him a little under three months to put together.
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