The mirandaSAKHINO brand is the designer label of African husband and wife duo, Andrew and Seakanyo, better known in Australian fashion circles as the photographer and style consultant / fashion blogger behind the Melbourne-based lifestyle blog – StyleGallivanter.com. I recently caught up with one half of this amazingly talented couple, Seakanyo, who is from Botswana.
Tell us a bit about the mirandaSAKHINO brand
As Africans now living in Australia, mirandaSAKHINO is our way of sharing all that is beautiful about Africa. It is a designer clothing label that represents a fusion of Africa and the West, resulting in a perfect blend of style that calls for the respect of both worlds. Our collections offer pieces that appeal to the modern, refined, cosmopolite who is style-conscious, loves fashion and values the clothes’ timeless nature and functional wearability.
How long have you been in the fashion industry?
I honestly feel like I have been in the fashion industry all my life, even though officially, it has only been 5 years. I started off doing Fashion Styling and Image Consulting, after which my husband and I launched our fashion blog www.StyleGallivanter.com as a creative outlet. This year we felt the time was right for us to step into what we had always wanted to do; designing, with the launch of mirandaSAKHINO.
You were recently part of the Fashion Week in Canberra, what was the inspiration behind your designs?
Yes, we were blessed enough to be part of Fashion Week in the Australian Capital, where we showcased our Resort Collection, inspired by Zanzibar. To be precise – the beautiful, oceanic colours of a sunset in Zanzibar, which we infused into exotic animal print. If you look closely at our fabrics, the prints are cheetah, zebra, leopard and giraffe. Our passion is to highlight Africa’s immense beauty, and translate that into fashion that all women can comfortably wear.
What is your favourite piece from the collection and why?
Every piece had a part to play in this story; therefore it is hard to single out one. It is like asking a mother to pick a favourite child.
The high low dress with a front pleat holds a special place in my heart because it is so versatile. It can be worn as a dress, or a top with a great pair of skinny jeans. It is also a great piece for expectant mothers. We definitely wanted to cover all the seasons a woman goes through with this collection. This particular dress also looked amazing, styled as race-wear, for the runway show.
The cheetah print / cream wrap dress is an all-round crowd favourite from what I have heard. I love it to; it is just one of those must have pieces for any elegant lady. It has the right amount of subtle sexiness and a timeless look about it. Did I mention it is very flattering on most body types?
The yellow giraffe print skirt and top with the gold metallic casing, which was the last piece in the runway show. It is very regal, inherently African. It is what I imagine a modern day Nubian Queen would wear. It is most definitely wearable couture.
Which fashion designer inspires you most and why?
Nkhensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie. I have always loved her growing up because she is one of the key African designers that revolutionised traditional African clothing and made it urban, and thus appealing to young people. Not only that, she is a hard working mum who is quite an inspiration, and I had the privilege to meet and interview her for my blog a few years ago (one of the few times I have been star struck).
I love Victoria Beckham too, not only for her beautiful, clean-cut aesthetic, but for the fact that she managed to build a successful fashion empire even though she started off in a totally different career path. And she proved to have staying power despite what the critics thought.
When it comes to very high end, extravagant wear, I can never go past a Zuhair Murad dress without squealing in delight! Enough said.
Any future plans of showcasing in Botswana?
Yes of course, if the right opportunity presents itself. That would be a dream come true.