CBD resident and young fashion designer, Daniel Moleka has just returned from showcasing his range, Immortal, at the first ever street fashion show in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival.
At just 19 years old, Daniel, who co-owns fashion range RedThread Apparel X was invited to the street fashion show in Paris(“Daniel’s zeal takes him to Cannes”, CapeTowner, April 12).
And while he has been invited to showcase in Paris again next year, he realises that he should really refocus his attention on craftsmanship and on processing all he has learnt from the show.
“I’ve learnt a lot about the industry internationally and have fallen in love with the city. I had a chance to talk to fellow designers there like JMH, Fabrice Zaady Sullivan and many others, as well as with Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Louis Vuitton, who I met at an event. They have been in the industry for quite a long time and it was wonderful that the Immortal Collection was appreciated by all and it has been a tremendous honour to have been invited to showcase again next year.”
Daniel said he still has a lot to learn.
“The industry is extremely big. They pay minute attention to detail and craftsmanship. The detail that goes into designing is very challenging. There are many elements to a garment, such as small things like using fabric covered buttons or mass produced plastic buttons, the trim on a pocket, using different fabrics together, for instance suede and silk. There are endless possibilities. Ultimately, the consumer is king. They need to feel unique.”
Daniel will be collaborating with Issa Leo owner, Issa Lopez, who produces iconic garments aimed at the modern man.
Together, they aim to create elegant wear and street clothing.
He will also be showcasing for the first time at SA Men’s Week (SAMW). He said it’s a blessing and a very good opportunity to show the Immortal Collection to the South African market.