Kiran and I discovered South African designer Sindiso Khumalo earlier this year while on the hunt for African designers to stock in our online boutique. As soon as we stumbled across her SS13 collection, we knew she was a perfect fit for SBA. We love how she has managed to find innovative ways to interpret her South African heritage into her design aesthetic and interest in producing in Africa. We're not the only ones to have recognised her talent- she was nominated as one of Elle South Africa's Rising Stars in 2012, while her Aretha dress was nominated as South Africa's Most Beautiful Object at the 2012 Design Indaba.
After months of eagerly awaiting our handmade stock from South Africa, we're pleased to announce it's in London ready to purchase on our SBA store. As we headed to Italy for Milan Fashion Week we thought this was the perfect opportunity to test run the prints in the warm spells of the Mediterranean.
Claudia, an SBA contributor and good friend, looked gorgeous in one of our favourite Sindiso pieces- her Nina Silk Jersey Dress. A bold monochrome dress, you can see Sindiso's architectural background (working for David Adjaye), in the strong geometric prints yet minimalist construction. The structural print helps to define the body shape, while the silky material is feminine and flattering. The three quarter length and classic colours makes it easily wearable- casually with an oversized shirt and clutch bag as we did, or allowing it to stand alone for a glamourous look.
We featured this look in our Milan FW Street Style post, but we love this Aretha Silk Georgette Dress (£405) dress so much we had to give it it's deserved spotlight. It has all the elements of a statement piece given Sindiso's love of bold graphics on luxurious fabrics. Made out of 100% Silk Georgette, the dress is sheer and sexy although there is lining to protect your modesty. To make the outfit more casual we sneakily stole one of Claudia's dad's shirts before heading to Italy's country side for the day at Cascinette D'Ivrea lake, Northeast of Turin.