Thula Sindi Summer Collection 2012/2013
As always, Thula Sindi’s collection is a stream of consciousness influenced by many things. In particular, this collection is about the question: “What is African Fashion?” Not only Thula Sindi’s ideas of it, but also the international perception of “African Fashion”. So, Thula Sindi revisited and expanded on the kind of designs he used to create back in 2006 when he debuted in the fashion industry.
He began with the conflicting ideas of minimalism and maximalism that are present in African clothing, both traditional and contemporary.The first looks are inspired by the simplicity of Xhosa traditional skirts, but with the browns and chocolates of Batswana traditional attire to make it very contemporary. Thula Sindi used a specially stamped suede-finish duchess satin that gives the impression that the clothing is made from animal hide but is lightweight, luxurious and tongue-in-cheek.
Progress: to mix what seems like leather with exquisite silk twill (which is often used in couture garments) in vibrant colours to create suits and separates that challenge and defy concepts of typical African or typical Western clothing.
The rest of the Thula Sindi collection is rounded off by the use of a ubiquitous African inspired print, which was reprinted onto embroidered cotton for ultimate luxury, then printed onto chiffon for summer lightness and lastly transferred onto sequins for an unexpected glamour.
This collection is also in essence an experiment to create a widely appealing, high-quality and contemporary way to produce African inspired clothing.
Silhouettes: Classically inspired by South African women and their love of pleated skirts accompanied by structured tops and a new focus on trousers in a tapered leg and roomy thigh.
Colours: The entire spectrum. Vivid mixed with Subdued.
Tension: Clash of Minimalism (simple skirts with bias binding detail, tank tops, tailored shirts) and Maximalism (decorative) as seen on printed, bejewelled and tasselled pieces.
Elements: Taking clichés and seeing if there is any beauty to be drawn out of them, whether it be safari, tribal, Batik prints, big beads, animal prints etc.
Simplification of Sophistication: no fancy openings and closings in the collection. All Thula Sindi pieces are either elasticated or zip closures, adding a sporty and real urban/city energy into the collection