African fashion went global this week when Swedish mega-retailer H&M put its collaboration with local designer label Mantsho on the rails.
To mark the occasion, fashion plates turned up to check out the threads at a grungy but cool newish spot, Victoria Yards, in Bertrams on the edge of the Joburg CBD.
Mantsho, which means "black is beautiful" in Sotho, is the creative outlet of Palesa Mokubung, who cut her teeth at trailblazing fashion house Stoned Cherrie.
It must feel like your birthday, I tell the spectacled designer at the launch.
"It happens to be my daughter's second birthday today," says Palesa, beaming.
Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M's assortment manager for collaborations and special collections, flew in from Sweden.
"We love her ethos and aesthetic, and it is very much part of the global trend in terms of diversity and finding inspiration all over the world," she says.