Excelsior Lusso launched its Spring/ Summer 2022 ready-to-wear range, Luhambo, which is a Siswati word meaning journey. Initially conceptualized as a brand that would purvey bespoke clothing, the Covid pandemic which notably changed the dynamics of fashion altogether meant exploring as well as adding athleisure and later resort wear, in order to keep afloat, and as a means of adapting.
“The Excelsior Lusso woman is a sophisticated lady, who is in her late twenties to fifties, an independent thinker, deeply rooted, loves the finer things in life, and understands that luxury is not glitz and glam but an experience of the greatest comfort. She is hardworking and well-deserving of a vacation”, says Promise Mngomezulu, co-founder of Excelsior Lusso. “I see the likes of Chimamanda Adichie, Lupita Nyongo, Zozibini Tunzi, Thuso Mbedu, Mamokgethi Phakeng, Wendy Applebaum, Magda Wierzycka, Irene Chanley proudly rocking our ensembles”, continues Mngomezulu.
A record-breaking diamond was discovered and unearthed at the Jagersfontein mine in 1893. It was cut into 21 stones varying from 1 carat to upwards of 70 carats. Similarly, the Excelsior Lusso broader collection series will comprise 21 ranges. This resort wear offering is the first in the series. “For the 21piece collection, inspiration was drawn from the cultural Litema (pronounced “di-the-ma”) print; derived from the word “ho lema” which means to cultivate. The print is used in the celebration of Easter and Christmas, by the Basotho people who reside in Excelsior, Free State.
This print continues harmoniously throughout the collection. Litema is the creation of geometric patterns and designs which are subtle and organic in colour. To this end look forward to warm and earthly tones, with hints of bright hues, as this speaks to the summer resort wear theme. Think Mango Orange, Butter Yellow, Olive Green, Deep Pink, and Pacific Blue. Satins and silks are prevalent because of their beautiful shine and luxurious feel. Other flowy soft textured fabrics which feature in the collection are Chiffon, Linen Gauze, Viscose, Mesh and Crepe. Predominantly A-Line silhouettes were favoured because of their light, loose-fitting, and flowy nature. COMFORT IS KEY FOR THE WEARER.
The Excelsior Lusso Spring/Summer 2022 collection is available through a pre-order e-commerce system. Refer to Annexure A for Runway Looks.