Full name: Sibusisiwe Msimang
Place of birth: Lamontville, Dbn
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hometown and suburb: Umlazi
Label: Sibu Msimang Designs
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How did a career in fashion all start for you?
My career in Fashion started at the Durban Designers Emporium in Dec 2005. At our Annual 3rd Year Fashion Show at DUT I won the Young Designer Award, this award entitled me to 6 months free rail rental at the Durban Designers Emporium as well as mentorship from Colleen Eitzen.
I am a qualified chef by profession, I was inspired to study Fashion Designer after I read a book called ‘DO IT, A GUIDE TO LIVING YOUR DREAMS’
Who were your early role models in the industry?
Colleen Eitzen, Nkensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie
What was your proudest moment as a fashion designer?
My proudest moment was when I got a standing ovation for my show at MTN Durban Fashion week 2008. My collection was a celebration of South African cultures.
Describe your style in five words:
Feminine, sometimes daring depending on my mood, classic, vintage inspired, edgy
What are your current favourite fabrics and textures?
My current favourite fabric at the moment is tulle, I just love the transparency and the softness.
What colours and trends do you see being dominant this winter?
Definitely the play between masculine and feminine, eg pinstripe wide-leg pants worn with a soft ruffled blouse. Dominant colours for winter are blush pink,burgundy and military green.
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Who do you turn to for inspiration?
I’m inspired by the women I meet everyday, they are mothers, wives, girlfriends, aspiring businesswomen, bossladies. I strive to create clothes that can fit into the different roles women play.
Describe your personality in five words:
Introvent extrovert, Kind, Resilient, Hard-working, Passionate
If you were a literary, TV or movie character who would you be?
I would definitely be Mrs Harriet Khoza from The Queen, maybe not as devious.
How do you deal with pressure?
I tend to work very well under pressure. I’m not a calm person by nature, I tend to panic first but I have learnt to calm myself down
It’s a day off! What do you do? Who do you surround yourself with?
My day off involves fighting over the remote with my 2 girls 6 and 8 years, I usually lose the fight.
Favourite meal and drink?
Faourite meal is a simple chicken and avo salad wrap, followed by a red Grapetiser.
Favourite holiday destination?
Definitely Venice, I was in Italy for an Internship in 2014 and I really enjoyed Venice, although I almost froze to death. Would love to go back there in summer.
Given the theme, “The Colour of Magic”, what advice do you have for raceday fashionistas to be relevant, on-trend and make a statement?
Lets bring back the glamour to the VDJ, this means no trashy looking ensembles. The outfits need to be more raceday than evening wear. He theme is very broad and there is such a wide range of colours to take inspiration from. I just hope people look at other colours except red for inspiration.
Your view on the importance of the Vodacom Durban July Fashion competitions and shows:
The shows are very important, especially for the up and coming designers. They provide a platform and an opportunity for the young designers to get a foot in in the industry especially for the winner of the Young Designer award, who gets an opportunity to go and intern overseas.