Invited Designer – Hangwani Nengovhela

RubiconLogo300Full name: Hangwani Nengovhela
Place of birth: Limpopo

Zodiac sign: Virgo
Hometown and suburb:  Johannesburg
Label: Rubicon Clothing
Facebook: Rubicon Clothing
Twitter: RubiconClothing
InstagraHangwani500m: rubiconclothing

How did a career in fashion all start for you? 
The brand Rubicon was established in 2002, with a flagship store in Pretoria.  Although I started out in marketing, growing up with fashion around me inspired me to pursue a career in fashion.
So it was a natural progression for me to make a career out of my passion.

Who were your early role models in the industry?
I was inspired by people like Khensani Nkosi, who were able to then penetrate the white dominated industry, and also to celebrate the South African woman through fashion.
Internationally, I have always been inspired by the likes of Carolina Herrera because of their timeless fashion and effortless style.

What was your proudest moment as a fashion designer?
My proudest moment was winning the Mbokodo Award in 2015

Describe your style in five words:
Timeless, classic, feminine, modernized vintage and comfortable

What are your current favourite fabrics and textures?
I love creating an art form out of fabric

What colours and trends do you see being dominant this winter?
Rich colors like aubergine, dusty pink, maroon

More About You
Who do you turn to for inspiration?
Mother Nature

Describe your personality in five words:
Gracious, artistic, intuitive, personable

If you were a literary, TV or movie character who would you be?
Toni Morrison

How do you deal with pressure?
Champagne please. Just joking, I meditate, and I pray

It’s a day off! What do you do? Who do you surround yourself with?
I enjoy spending time with my family, I have a supportive family structure and I’m thankful

Favourite meal and drink?
Seafood, and herbal tea

Favourite holiday destination?
Locally, I love Maphungubye –  I love the rich cultural heritage, I draw inspiration from the complexity, yet simplicity of the historical dynasties
Internationally, it is Paris – I just love the architecture and fashion

Raceday fashion:
Given the theme, “The Colour of Magic”, what advice do you have for raceday fashionistas to be relevant, on-trend and make a statement?
This is such a fun theme, and a dream for a designer. It gives us the platform to be creative and have fun with fashion without being limited by practicality of the garments.
People should play with colour and be magical.

Your view on the importance of the Vodacom Durban July Fashion competitions and shows:
As a designer that focuses on ready to wear, and classic clothing, this showcase is a fantastic way to showcase fashion in an artistic way, and embracing the creative side of fashion.

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