Shangani Fashion’s debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name “Shoshangani” means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.
Creations by Shangani’s Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions.

 

 

The design duo collaborating on the aesthetics is Fashion Designers Mary Moore and Elesia Peterman. Moore is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and a world traveler.  “My inspirations are fusions of my cultural, travel experiences and my Zimbabwean heritage and styles. Shoppers will find divers influences from the Caribbean, European and Middle-Eastern expressions in my fashions. I enjoy mixing various African influences with a contemporary cut and shape for a modernized look. And the result is a ready-to-wear brand that is suitable for all occasions” explains Mary Moore

 

Fleeting Asian Inspired Peplum top. You will look like fine china in this peplum top that features chinoiserie motifs and a Western/Africa-inspired silhouette.

My creative inspiration comes from a fusion of time, epoch periods and cultures, while remaining Afrocentric. States Elesia Peterman. “I want our line to show that African print transcends.
The looks can be worn strictly as traditional wear, but the looks can also be incorporated in business and everyday casual use. What makes our line unique is that it isn’t just an African meets Western cohesion. Our goal is to reach and inspire a much bigger market. Our line is an international fusion. Also, being a millennial, I feel I can relate with the style trends my peers are excited about.. I want to use clothing design as my voice and demonstration of creativity.”

 

Velvet Zardozi Gown. Embrace rich Indian culture with a gown that incorporates the ancient art of sewing gold thread onto rich fabrics to create extraordinary patterns.

Shangani offers looks for both men and women, and intends to expand the menswear line for upcoming seasons. The garments are wearable for business casual or as formal wear. Depending on the type of garment design, the brand uses one-hundred percent cotton, applied with Dutch Wax print, Denim and other uniquely blended materials of the finest quality. Completing the Afro-inspired look, the Shangani brand also features handcrafted travel handbags and clutch bags. Accessories such as earrings, bracelets and shoes, add a hint of sophistication to an individual’s look.

African Cheongsam. Popular in Shanghai in the 1920’s, this Chinese inspired style has a sophisticated, retro feel created using a contemporary African textile.
Ankara Dress Coat. Whether you want to show some skin or your figure, this retro inspired look is sure to turn heads.
Fashion Designers for Shangni Collection, Mary Moore and Elesia Peterman

Photographers:
Macintosh Smith (Runway Photography)
Francena Ottley (in Studio Photography)

SHANGANI FASHIONS

DESIGNERS: Mary Moore & Elesia Peterman

888.220.0981

Harare, Zimbabwe

Email: shanganifashion@gmail.com

Instagram: shangani_fashion

Etsy: www.etsy.com/people/shanganifashion

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