H&M has given fans a look at its designer collaboration with South African brand Mantsho, ahead of the collection's official release on August 15.
The tie-up – the Swedish fashion giant's first-ever collaboration with an African label – was initially announced in April, and is to debut online and in flagship stores in the US, Mexico, Chile, the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel as well as South Africa from next week, with the range to feature a selection of "bold prints, creative cuts and confident styles" in a range of colour palettes from blues, browns to blacks, hues of pink and amber reds.
The designs consist of specific items such as colourful espadrilles, chunky earrings and a clutch bag, as well as an asymmetrical panelled dress and a tunic dress with a bow-sash at the collar.
Designer Palesa Mokubung who is based in Johannesburg and launched her brand Mantsho – which means "black is beautiful" in the Sesotho language – in 2004, has called the collection her "love letter to the world from Africa," and said she hopes "customers around the world will enjoy this ensemble of my stand-out pieces from my last three collections" according to FashionUnited UK. – AFP Relaxnews