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Style guru Trevor Stuurman shares what makes Mzanzi style unique… and how to wear it.
Visual artist, film maker, designer, art director, creative director, blogger, influencer and general man about town (whichever fashion capital he might find himself in), Trevor Stuurman, is very clearly creatively engaged in – and inspired by – homegrown style.
The best of both worlds
‘As much as South African style will always remain firmly rooted in African soil, we of course do find ourselves calling upon global perspectives to source freshly relatable ideas and produce cutting-edge trends. At the same time, let’s not forget that our continent has served as an inspiration to the catwalk elite. Well-referenced textiles and shapes have been a dominant feature of worldwide fashion weeks alongside many an international trend.
Another infinite style resource is most definitely the meeting point of our unique architecture – modern, structured facets stem from fluid, traditional designs and together, they result in something very exciting. All of it is very exciting, really, especially the way Mzanzi style keeps elevating – we should be proud of the colourful nature of our unique style.’
What to wear
‘South Africa is undeniably rich in culture, history and heritage. Our style is partly inspired by our proud cocktail of diversity, combined with global influence. This becomes very evident in the current street trend to wear one’s culture on one’s sleeve… A culture that is remixed with the understanding that there’s a wide world out there! A perfect example would be wearing a traditional wax print shirt with a pair of denim jeans and trainers – adding a sports-luxe element to your look is all the craze right now.’