Nando’s spices up LISOF fashion showcase with unique South African patterns
Celebrating 25 years of cultivating the next generation of South African designers, fashion school LISOF will be hosting its annual fashion show in Johannesburg on 30 November to showcase its students’ work. South Africa’s favourite PERi-PERi flamed grilled chicken brand, Nando’s, fired up the school’s second-year students by providing pattern designs from its 2018 Hot Young Designer Talent Search – giving them the inspiration they needed to bring fire to their fashion.
First-year design students will also be showcasing multiple pattern and sewing skills with a unique take on ‘playground’ and ‘utopia’ themes, with third-year students pushing the envelope of their unique style using the skills they’ve learned at LISOF over the years.
CEO and founder of LISOF, Shana Rosenthal, believes her students are working on the cutting edge of design. “The future of fashion is here, mark my words. We look forward to proving this at the Flight of Fashion showcase and I encourage all art and fashion-loving South Africans to come and see history in the making. A special thank you goes out to Nando’s for giving our second-year students the inspiration they needed to push the boundaries of their design,” she said.
Nando’s 2018 Hot Young Designer Talent Search satisfied the brand’s craving to fire up the nation in the search for the hottest pattern designs. Out of over 400 inspiring submissions, ten finalists were chosen and featured in several Nando’s restaurants across the country and the world. The Hot Young Designers were in agreement that their prints be shared with LISOF’s second-year students with the goal of extending the creative expression through a translation into fashion garments.
The Hot Young Designer campaign catapulted its finalists into budding careers, one of which was Thabiso Mjo. Today her winning submissions from 2016 are seen in Nando’s restaurants in South Africa, England and the United States. Two years down the line, her Tutu 2.0 lamp design was voted the “Most Beautiful Object in South Africa” at the 2018 Design Indaba.
Tracy Lynch, Creative Director of the Nando’s Design Programme says, “As a quintessentially South African brand, we are committed to nurturing our young creative talent. Since LISOF is already inspiring the next generation of budding creatives to take flight, this is a pairing driven by passion. We couldn’t be more excited to see what the students create.”
For over three decades Nando’s has been a proudly South African brand. Taking art and design to the world through its restaurants is part of the brand’s DNA. The brand’s various art and design programmes are tailored to providing a platform for young creativities to grow in their skill and reach.
“We love Southern African art and design so much that we are proud to be known as one of the world’s largest collectors of contemporary South African art and one of the biggest exporters of Southern African design to the world,” says Lynch.
Discover what the next generation of South African fashion designers are capable of by following #flightoffashion and #lisoffashionshow2019 and stay tuned for ticket sale details. Tickets will be R175 per person per show and will include entry into the pre and after-party sponsored by Red Bull.