Nominees

Fashion Design and Innovation

Gugu Mlambo Msomi

Gugu Mlambo Msomi started out at a young age and has designed for many celebrities. Her background includes working with Soul Magazine, music videos and even a soap opera.

In 2008, Mrs. Msomi created Gugulam which now reaches to most areas in South Africa. For Gugu Mlambo Msomi, fashion is more than a passion, for her it’s a kind of personal journey and self-discovery for a woman who knows what she wants as well as for those she’s chosen to design for. She presently is moving the company forward to expand internationally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Ludek

After an extensive career in retail fashion in Europe and Canada, Michelle Ludek returned home to South Africa in 2007 to set up her ready-to-wear collection.

Each of Michelle’s collections reflects her impulsive and playful instincts and who she is as woman defines her clothing. Feminine, flattering and affordable – she has created a mainstay brand in South Africa with a dedicated following of customers. Michelle launched her first boutique store in ‘The Watershed’ in Cape Town in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hangwani Nengovhela

Hangwani Nengovhela is a self-taught designer and seamstress who got her skills from her mother and grandmother.

She is the founder and creative director of Rubicon Clothing which has become one of Gauteng’s most desirable fashion destinations, bringing a subtle African opulence to each collection together with an ongoing commitment to design excellence. According to the Sowetan, “when Nenghovela sits behind a sewing machine she doesn’t create the next big trend, she creates a work of art”. In 2015, Rubicon participated in the ‘We Are Africa’ Fashion Spectaculars in Nelspruit and Durban.