Mzukisi Mbana, founder of Imprint ZA. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips.
Nothing says classic and simplistic more than wearing monochromatic outfits. Although simple, it’s important to get it right. Here are four looks worn by local designers.

Clashing Patterns

Media personality, brand ambassador, and actress Nomzamo Mbatha brought monochrome to life at the Vodacom Durban July when she donned a black and white maxi dress by MaXhosa by Laduma.

Nomzamo Mbatha in Maxhosa monochrome dress. Picture: Instagram. 

All white

Sensational design duo Shelley Mokoena and Keneilwe Mothoa of Prime Obsession are known for their use of monochromatic tone. For the Skip monochrome collection, they used satin, chiffon, scuba, polycotton, and organza, which do not absorb lots of water. Our favourite outfits are the white shirt with layered arms and black sleeveless satin dress.

Shelley Mokoena and Keneilwe Mothoa of Prime Obsession. Picture: Supplied. 

Print on print

Imprint ZA proved that so much can be achieved when you get out of your comfort zone. Known for producing colourful garments, designer Mzukisi Mbane went dramatic with his monochrome collection and created boldly, printed pieces which go along with his signature unisex clothes.

Mzukisi Mbana. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips. 


Fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi has created a refined, modern collection using natural cotton and rugby jersey knit. The aim was to create pieces that offer longevity. His all-black street style look with a touch of white is definitely the best way to kick in a monochrome tone.

Lukhanyo Mdingi. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips. 

Lukhanyo Mdingi, Prime Obsession and Imprint ZA have collections on show at Sandton City at the Skip pop-up store until July 24, then will move to Canal Walk, Cape Town, on August 7 until August 21.