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2024 NYFW Review - Zazi Clothing Factory: A South African Brand

Updated: Mar 14

You know that feeling when you stumble upon something so utterly chic and captivating, you just have to share it with someone? Well, let me tell you about this incredible brand I discovered at New York Fashion Week – Zazi Clothing. Trust me, it's like nothing you've ever seen before.

Picture this: geometric shapes dancing across the runway, creating this mesmerizing architectural experience that just draws you in. It's like every piece tells a story, and you can't help but get lost in the intricate details. And the colors? Oh, darling, let me tell you, they're an absolute dream. Muted tones that scream sophistication, alongside these vibrant pops of energy that just make your heart skip a beat.

Let's dive into the fabulous history of traditional South African fabric, dresses, and clothing, shall we? The iconic Umbhaco dresses steal the spotlight with their mesmerizing blend of history and style.


So, here's the scoop – these dresses are like a piece of living history, crafted from luxurious white cotton and adorned with striking black geometric designs. But here's the kicker: it's all about the details, darling. Think intricate beadwork that adds a touch of glamour and sophistication, elevating these dresses to a whole new level of chic.


And let's talk accessories, because no outfit is complete without them, right? We're talking headdresses and scarves that not only serve a practical purpose but also add a dash of flair to the ensemble. Whether it's a sunny day or a chilly evening, there's always a stylish solution to match the occasion.

So let’s talk about this incredible moment at the fashion show. The stunning South African actress and style icon, Lusanda Mbane, graced the runway in one of Zazi's breathtaking Umbhaco dresses. It was like a scene from a dream.


As she glided down the catwalk, there was this electrifying energy in the air. And then, to top it all off, the rhythmic umxhentso dance filled the room, sending shivers down my spine. It was as if the whole essence of South Africa had descended upon us, right there in the heart of the fashion world.


I could feel it, you know? The rich tapestry of culture woven into every thread of her dress. It was like being transported to a village celebration, where colors and patterns danced in harmony with the beat of life itself.


And in that moment, surrounded by the pulsating rhythm and the vibrant hues of her dress, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. It was a feeling unlike anything I've ever experienced at a fashion show before.


I wanted to cry, I truly did. But of course, I had to keep it together – didn't want to mess up the glam, now did I?

You know that feeling when you stumble upon something so utterly chic and captivating, you just have to share it with someone?

But here's where it gets really exciting – the layers. Ruffles upon ruffles, stripes mingling with geometric's edgy, it's elegant, it's everything you never knew you needed in your wardrobe. Zazi Clothing has this magical way of blending different textures and patterns that just leaves you in awe. As the models sashayed down the runway, draped in these stunning creations, I couldn't help but feel like I was witnessing something truly special. Zazi Clothing isn't just about fashion – it's about art, it's about expression, it's about pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible.

What sets Zazi Clothing apart is its ability to make traditional Xhosa attire accessible and fashionable for all. By infusing each piece with a touch of contemporary flair, the brand invites people from all walks of life to embrace their roots and feel confident in their identity. For Zazi, the key lies in aligning with one's true self, a philosophy that shines through in every stitch and seam.

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Throughout the show, my mind was buzzing with ideas on how to infuse some grounded yet timeless African-inspired accessories into my projects. I couldn't help but imagine layering the stories of my clients' homes and spaces with these rich cultural elements.


Handcrafted wood and textiles immediately came to mind as the perfect way to balance the space with an authentic artisan feel. There's something about these pieces that just makes you feel safe, you know? It's like they carry a piece of history within them, grounding the space in a sense of tradition and heritage.


And let's not forget about the importance of incorporating elements of nature into your space. After all, Africa is known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems, so why not bring a little piece of that beauty indoors?

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Imagine incorporating natural materials like stone into your home decor, mirroring the earthy tones and textures found in Zazi's designs. Even if you're using lacquer pieces, opting for deeper hues like browns and oranges can create a striking balance, reminiscent of the bold geometric patterns seen on the runway.


Now, let's talk about color. Think deep, sumptuous shades like moss and basil green, echoing the lush landscapes of South Africa. These colors bring a sense of serenity and connection to nature, much like the feeling you get when admiring Zazi's creations.


And of course, creamy linen tones and textures are a must. They add a touch of understated elegance to your space, just like the intricate beadwork and luxurious fabrics found in Zazi's garments.

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Linear and geometric movements are the way to go. Think about incorporating woven lamp shades, rattan-backed seating, or even adding linear graphics to your textiles. These subtle touches infuse your space with that afro-inspired flair we love from Zazi, while still allowing your home to breathe and evolve.


And here's the best part – these elements are perfect for any room in your home, especially nurseries and kids' rooms. Not only do they add calming textures, but they also have a timeless quality that will grow with your little ones.

So, whether you're looking to refresh your living room or create a cozy oasis for your little bundle of joy, there's no shortage of chic inspiration to be found in the Zazi clothing line. With the right accessories and a little bit of creativity, we can transform your space into a stylish sanctuary that reflects your unique taste and celebrates the beauty of African-inspired design.

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Continuing our journey into the realm of exquisite home design, let's step into the stunning cliffside abode of none other than Alicia Keys. Perched majestically on the cliffs of La Jolla, California, Razor House stands as a true masterpiece of modern architecture, a testament to the visionary work of Wallace E. Cunningham.

Now, let's talk about the dining room – a space that not only exudes functionality but also radiates warmth and comfort. Alicia Keys, with her impeccable taste, sought to infuse her home with a sense of inviting charm, and she achieved just that with the help of interior designer Kelly Behun.

Picture this: a custom dining table taking center stage, surrounded by Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa chairs that speak volumes of timeless elegance. But it's not just about the furniture – it's the thoughtful layers of color and texture that truly elevate the space. Moroccan wool rugs add a touch of exotic flair underfoot, while plush seating upholstered in soft fabrics like shearling and cotton velvet beckons you to sink in and stay a while.

And let's not forget about the art – colorful, invigorating pieces that command attention and spark conversation. They're the perfect finishing touch, adding personality and depth to the room.

In Alicia Keys' dining room, every element comes together in perfect harmony, creating a space that's not only functional but also effortlessly chic. It's a testament to the power of blending modern architecture with traditional African accessories, resulting in a home that feels both timeless and utterly unique.

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Let's step into the captivating world of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's home, where every corner tells a story of elegance and cultural fusion. In their library/music room, you'll find a breathtaking display of African art that commands attention and sparks conversation.


Two striking works by the talented artist Toyin Ojih Odutola take center stage, infusing the space with a sense of depth and intrigue. Their rich colors and intricate details draw you in, inviting you to linger and explore.


But it's not just the art that captivates in this room. Take a seat on the custom sectional, adorned with plush cushions crafted from luxurious Dedar chenille. Surrounding you are José Zanine Caldas chairs, their sleek lines adding a touch of modern sophistication.


And let's talk about the cocktail tables – custom oak-and-travertine creations that exude timeless elegance. They provide the perfect spot to rest your drink as you immerse yourself in the music or dive into a good book.


Underfoot, a jute rug by Marc Phillips adds a layer of texture and warmth, grounding the space and tying everything together seamlessly.

Hey Fashionista! Are you ready to infuse your space with the vibrant energy and rich heritage of African influences?

Imagine bold patterns, earthy textures, and eclectic accents that celebrate the diverse cultures of the continent. Our team of passionate stylists is here to help you draw inspiration from fashion shows or any other cultural moments to create a truly unique and captivating space.

Whether you're captivated by the intricate beadwork of traditional garments, the warm hues of African textiles, or the intricate tribal motifs, we'll work with you to incorporate these elements seamlessly into your home. Click the button below to get in touch with us, and let's embark on a journey to transform your space!

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