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#MKMLIFE: LUKHANYO MDINGI

Cape Town-based young designer, Lukhanyo Mdingi, has got it going on. As one of SA’s rising stars on the menswear fashion scene and with a side gig as everyone’s favourite waiter at Cape Town’s ‘cool kid’ hangout, Clarkes, his own personal style game is on point. He’s also a really great guy who has the effect of making you feel like the most important person on the planet and keeps things real with a good dose of humility.

All of the above reasons – together with the fact that at 23 he showed his first collection at SA Menswear Week and has been unstoppable since – are why he’s our launch personality for the new #MKMlife campaign, which is an insight into the lifestyle of real life Markham guys.

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We got the chance to ask Lukhanyo a few questions on shoot:

How would you describe the kind of collections you design?

I would describe my pieces and label, Lukhanyo Mdingi, as one that has a sense of cross cultural influences and design, together with a youthful outlook of African aesthetics and influences. Creating clean minimal looks that are distinct and powerful with a flair for contemporary elegance and sophistication.

Tell us about your production process?

I visualize each collection from various physical spaces and the production takes place in the studio spaces of my devoted seamstress. I’m incredibly grateful for my production team as well as my creative team. They are part of the Lukhanyo Mdingi label, the name goes far beyond a single man, but a name that is communal to those that share the same sentiments and ideals. The best part about the whole process is knowing that everything is done purely based on love and commitment.

What inspires you about Cape Town’s fashion scene?

The diversity and energy, which is pretty instant and electric. I sometimes find it so surreal to always think that so much force exudes from this tiny town that’s placed right here at Africa’s most southern tip. It’s beautiful.

Follow Lukhanyo:

Website: lukhanyomdingi.co.za

Facebook: Lukhanyo Mdingi _ Facebook

Instagram: lukhanyomdingi

Twitter: Lukhanyo_Mdingi

STYLE DIARY: LULO RUBUSHE

Lulo Tevin Rubushe isn’t only a style influencer but is a successful entrepreneur. In fact his ambition for and dedication to entrepreneurship is infectious, having started his own creative platform RNDM Network four years ago whilst studying. With a business channel that connects young creatives and their cohorts with big brands and vica versa, it’s no doubt that Lulo’s style diary is one of the most exciting we’ve seen to date. It’s one that epitomizes everything the young Capetonian stands for, namely, originality and authenticity.

  1. What inspires you when it comes to fashion?

I believe I get my inspiration from various sources both local and international and mainly focused around urban culture and specifically the hip hop scene. Having said that though, I’m one to experiment with different trends and styles just to captivate the audience.

  1. What are some of your favourite trends of the moment?

Normally I’m not one to follow trends I’m the kid who juxtaposes himself against them but I’m loving silk shirts, gowns and linen at the moment! Lol, I’ve started experimenting with them myself and I’m really enjoying it. Also off-cut and elongated styled clothing.

  1. Why the boiler suit?

The thing I love about the boiler suit is that it is very unique, I have nothing like it in my wardrobe. It’s a garment that turns heads and it stands out from the rest.

Check out how Lulo styled our boiler suit in his unique way.

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I’m wearing a Sotho straw hat, black sunglasses, the boiler suit, black MKM active performance skins and a silk bomber jacket and this is an outfit I’d wear to fashion week.

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This look is very similar to the previous look without the silk bomber but this is an outfit I’d wear going to a summer festival like Rocking The Daisies.

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I’m wearing a light tee, with a denim shirt tied around my waist, performance tights and sneakers and I’d wear this outfit on a casual basis where I switch it up with the denim tee in the evening.

Follow Lulo: 

Facebook: theRNDMnetwork

Twitter: @therndmnetwork

Instagram: @lulorndm

Images by Brad Mathieson

 

SPOTTED AT THE SUN MET

We first met Anesu Chogugudza back in April 2015 when he won a matric dance competition we ran with DJ Lloyd. We could see he had an eye for style and was a fan of the Markham brand, so since then we’ve stayed in touch and worked on various projects together (did you spot him in our windows this summer?)

Like so many people in Cape Town, Anesu hit the Sun Met this past weekend, dressed head to toe in Markham. With the theme being “Decades of Glamour” he took his inspiration from the 20s where the double-breasted blazer was the item to have. This look won him best dressed man and best dressed couple with his friend Abongwe.

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Anesu picked out his favourite looks from the day and gives us all some style tips to take from each of them:

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Shiraz chose to go for a neutral grey suit which is timeless, and this stood out for me because of the different way he styled it with stunning accessories.

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Here we see a brown suit put together in a really neat way with everything complimenting each other. This is one of my favourite looks because I believe in less being more and the gentleman here ably demonstrated this.

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My personal favourite clothing item was a double-breasted blazer and here we see Menzi effortlessly pulling off the suit look. With the finishing touch of a hat, he definitely resemble the 20s era.

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With a pop of color, the gentlemen from The Black Ties looked dapper with a switch up of the bow-tie. These looks were playful and colourful, yet still dapper.

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A suit with bold print or detailing is always a good pick. Solo nicely pulled of his three piece look with complementing accessories and this look is a personal favourite.

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Now instead of a blazer, we see a cape styled nicely on top of a waistcoat. This is a creative look which definitely caught the eyes of many and it was nicely done.

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With blue being a favourite colour amongst many guys, we see a blue suit with a fine check print. This look stands out because of how his accessories are not necessarily matching but rather complementing each other and this is what every guy out there should take note of. Nicely structured outfit indeed!

Images by Anesu Chogugudza

 

SUN MET INSPO STRAIGHT OUTTA ITALY

With the Sun Met happening this weekend in Cape Town we thought we’d throw out some dapper inspiration for you to get your style on. And what better report back than of the recent Pitti Uomo in Florence,Italy,  the bi-annual trade show where it’s all about Homme and has been since 1972.

It’s an event that determines what the shops will be stocking in 6 months time and it’s a smorgasbord of style. The stakes are high and so are the price tags, where some of the world’s most sought-after brands present their ranges to high profile editors, buyers, retailers and anyone whose anyone in the world of menswear.

It’s also where the big players in the world of fashion get the chance not just to see but to be seen. The street style is insane and the gathering is fruitful hunting ground for the likes of Scott Schuman and other street style photographers.

So here’s our pick of some of the most stylish looks from the 24/7 style marathon that was Pitti Uomo 91. Sit back, take note and let the inspiration take you to this weekend’s Sun Met.

Bright Lights…

Stand out in contrasting colours and pops of bright colours.

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White Out…

Although a wintery look, we love the white on grey combination.

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Contrasting prints…

Create texture with clashing prints.

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All in the details…

From embroidery to brooches, to feathers in hats, it’s all in the detail.

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Images by Enrico Labriola and Vincenzo Grillo for Pitti Uomo 91.

THE CHUCK II HITS MARKHAM

The original Chuck Taylor can be found in the wardrobe of most men. They’re seen on the streets, in the clubs and in the office. The Chuck Taylor All Star II was developed to meet the demands of guys who are always on the move. They’re built for comfort, so fit and feel better, but still have the classic Converse style.

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Check out everything you need to know in the video below and shop the range here.