We’re jet setting to the City of Light as Minnie Dlamini showcases JessicaJane designs at Paris Fashion Week.

Last week, we had the privilege of following media personality Minnie Dlamini as she walked the runaway in South African designer and friend, Jessica Molebatsi’s French-Xhosa range, Noluthando, at Paris Fashion Week.

“It’s a bit surreal coming from South Africa to be able to showcase at the Ritz in Paris,” exclaims Jessica, “it’s something that you don’t expect but always work towards and for it to actually happen, is such a huge moment in my career.”

Coming from French-Norwegian and Scottish-British heritage, and marrying into a Tswana-Xhosa family, Jessica wanted her Noluthando range to be a representation of the diverse cultures of South Africa. 

For Jessica, the range embodies the coming together and ties that bind South African cultures. She wants her range to stand for diversity.

“The inspiration behind the Noluthando range is representing South Africa and the many different cultures we have in South Africa,” she says. “Noluthando” is Jessica’s married name and means “the one that gives love.”

Jessica knew that no one would be better suited to model her range than her close friend Minnie Dlamini. 

“Jessica and I have actually been friends for a really long time, and I am just so excited to see how much she has grown, she is an incredible designer and I think her works speak for themselves.”

From launching the brand on the floor of her apartment, to building it while starting a family with husband Wandile Molebatsi, Minnie has always been in Jessica’s corner. That is why it is only fitting that she modeled the showstopper garment of the Noluthando range.

“My favourite thing about this collection is the fact that it truly celebrates South African women and hopefully, it inspires us to celebrate women across the globe,” says Minnie.

“It is truly feminine, it is truly diverse, and to see all the ethnicity that is being celebrated in a modern way is exactly what the future of fashion needs.”

Paris Fashion Week is a significant event in the global fashion industry and for a South African designer to showcase her work is a phenomenal achievement and a step in the right direction for our country’s industry. 

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this dream-team, on and off the runway.

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