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Today we introduce you to our ELLE Rising Star 2013 in association with Mr Price finalist, third year Cape Peninsula University of Technology student, Lukhanyo Mdingi – we talk fashion, celebs and Baz Luhrmann’s Chanel No. 5 film plus what makes Lukhanyo tick here:


My Collection:

‘The concept for my range was basics. I wanted to use primary shapes and aesthetics. I wanted to create clean minimalist looks that are not seen as inadequate and bland, but that are distinct, powerful and have a natural flow and relation to one another. I love to use clean lines and staple garments that at the same time use the human body and treat fabric choices as an illusion. I tried to create elements of fabrication, minimalism and the natural human body and silhouette in my storyboard.’

If your collection had to have a theme song, what would it be?

Sand Circles – Endless Nights

Rising Star 2013


Rising Star


One thing we need to know about you as a designer?

As a designer you have to have faith, there’s nothing I admire more than designers that believe in their own work. I personally feel that if you have confidence and pure love for the garments that you are creating, then you have the opportunity produce and achieve greatness.

If you could dress any celeb for a red carpet event, who would it be?

Diane Kruger

Name one designer you would most like to meet.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang Resort 2013

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I can’t start the day without… switching off my alarm, which happens to be the sweet sound of MS MR – Thinking of you

You are currently obsessed with?

Tumblr, the band Hurts, Cara Delevingne and Royale Eatery

Name five celebs (dead or alive) you would most like to dine with.

Wow. That’s hard. Lana Del Rey, Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Christian Dior and Lady Gaga.

Land Del Rey

Fashion moment in a film that you are obsessed with?

It would have to be the short film that was directed by Baz Luhrmann for Chanel No 5, starring Nicole Kidman. I admire both dresses because of their distinct individual designs. The pink dress had a sense of pure opulence and royalty with its intricate detailing of beadwork and luxe feathers. The black dress was a timeless piece that created a desirable silhouette, making it a classic example of effortless design.


My own style is… quite diverse but always put together. I like having elements of ‘90’s inspired items.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

As cliché as it mind sound… follow your heart.

Name one thing about yourself that we don’t know!

I’m a very passionate person, I love, love.

And we get to know our other ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price finalists right here – take a look!

Images: supplied, Cindy Taylor, Inside Chanel and

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