Yo, peep this: House of Rubicon went deep into their roots at the latest South Africa Fashion Week. They dropped their new collection, ‘Mapungubwe Militaire,’ giving mad props to their 21-year legacy as a fashion institution and cultural OG.
They took inspo from the military, you know, the ones who held it down back in the day for the Mapungubwe kingdom. This collection, struttin’ down the runway for A/W ’24, is a straight-up salute to South Africa’s timeless spirit.
It’s all about Hangwani Nengovhela’s roots, payin’ homage to the Mapungubwe era when the military was the ultimate shield, guarding the king, the riches, and the priceless stuff from all the haters. Their loyalty, truth, and strength kept the kingdom on lock.
Hangwani Nengovhela, the mastermind behind Rubicon, is bringing that ‘Mapungubwe Militaire’ vibe, sayin’, “We’re flipping the script on the usual army green with a slick black and white palette. It’s all about that timeless military vibe and the unbeatable spirit of the nation.”
This collection’s mixin’ the ethereal with the practical, featuring functional pockets, double-breasted designs, sharp cuts, combat gear, and tactical gear. A/W ’24 is all about the pure purpose and that unbreakable military truth.
They’re rockin’ intricate patterns that bring back those lush Mapungubwe vibes. Just like the ancient warriors, these patterns are all about the nation’s never-give-up attitude.
And you know they had the tunes on lock too, with Venda’s own legend Maduvha Madima droppin’ the beats.
Hangwani Nengovhela’s got a message for all the Majestic Rubicon Queens out there: “With the ‘Mapungubwe Militaire’ collection, we’re bringin’ the royal vibes while reppin’ that modern warrior energy. When you rock these threads, you’re carryin’ a legacy of strength, grace, and never backin’ down.”
The guest list was lit, with media mogul Basetsana Khumalo, Mrs. SA Jo Judnick-Wilson, the stylish Yasmin Furie, and some boss ladies like Irene Charnley and Charmaine Houvets all in the house. It was a vibe, no doubt.