Let the South African Menswear Week begin!

ZAlebs Fashion Editor: Sandiso Ngubane gives us the low down on tonight's Lexus SA Menswear Week showcase for 2017

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Sandiso "Mx Blouse" Ngubane  | Fashion

SA Mens fasion week

Cape Town is gearing up for the autumn-winter Lexus SA Menswear Week 2017, which gets underway this evening, with an invite-only FMBCJ and MXVV show. 

Are you scratching your head yet?

FMBCJ is the menswear label by Fundudzi designer Craig Jacobs, and MXVV is a Nigerian sports-luxe brand by designer Babatunde Omeyemi. Rapper Naeto C was the face of the latter brand’s spring-summer collection, which debuted on the SA Menswear Week ramp last year July. But, back to tonight… 

We cracked a nod, so over the next few days, you can look forward to updates on the shows, news, and reviews from the front row at SA Menswear Week.

As a platform, this biannual fashion showcase is widely recognised as the most progressive in South Africa.

On this stage we’ve seen the work of such talented designers as Rich Mnisi, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Nicholas Coutts, Orange Culture, and streetwear brands like 2Bop, Sol Sol and Young & Lazy. This season, specifically, marks the return of Naked Ape to the fashion week stage.

The brand by designer Sheldon Kopman is on our list of shows to look ahead to. While we have no doubt that SA Menswear Week will slay, these are the three designers we are specifically expecting to do best. ALL the pressure, guys!


The gender-bending propensity of Nao Serati’s collections, whilst bang on-trend, is always interesting. Fashion has long taken to pushing the boundaries of gender and sexuality, and locally, Serati is certainly part of a new wave of South African designers who are on the pulse of things.

Rich Mnisi


If there is one South African designer who keeps serving savagery on the runway, it has to be Rich Mnisi. It’s hard to even begin describing the slayage that Mnisi has been serving local fashion for a good few years now. Rich, we are at your mercy!



The Nigerian label quite simply always brings it! Would you not wanna flex for the ‘Gram in these threads?


Sandiso Ngubane is a Trends Analyst and Fashion Writer whose work has featured in many renowned publications across the country.