Lesala Mampa



A.Where are you based?
Q.Cape Town, South Africa
Q.Why modelling?
A.I was scouted and fell in love with the art and creativity of it. A world of fantasy come to life.
Q.What inspires you?
A.Creating art which pushes boundaries, rattles comfort zones and allows for limitless expression
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Q.What are your views on male modelling in Africa?
A.I think we have a lot of talent here, there is just a need for more platforms to promote local designers and models
Q.Whats your take on the mens wear fashion industry in Africa,Nigeria,Ghana & SA?
A.Daring, bold and timeless. It is a growing industry which needs to be celebrated and not overlooked. Stop looking abroad for the latest trends when they are happening right here under our noses
Q.Whats your personal style?
A.Iam generally casually clad, love earthy tones; nothing too flashy. I love flowy garments you can wrap yourself with and have an obsession with pockets
A.What did you think of Sa mens wear 2016 fashion week?
Q.Wow! What incredible talent indeed. Beautiful work by all designers and the production teams (Group of Creatives – Jen Deiner, Deon Redman Productions and Melanie Rossline Productions) were ever so phenomenal, forever grateful for their hard work. But what truly stood out for me this year was the variety and diversity of the male models this year. Representing “man” in all forms, allowing the designers to choose models who would truly match and radiate the collections’ mood and style
Q.Which designers are dominating the mens wear fashion industry in SA?
A.This is a difficult one as they are all so talented and unique. My favourites would have to be Imprint ZA @imprint_za by Mzukisi Mbane, Mo’ko Elosa @mokoelosa by Julia M’Poko, WAKE @itsawakeworld by Pieter Burger, ALC @alc_man by Amanda Laird Cherry, Maxhosa @maxhosa by Laduma and of course Chulaap @chusuwannapa by Chu Suwannapha
Q.What are your childhood fashion memories?
A.Corduroy pants in an assortment of colour and oversized everything
Q.Which winter trends do you foresee for 2016?
A.Prints, layers, flowy hoods and capes, brighter colours than the normal warmer tones
Q.Where do you see your self in 5 years?
A.Creating art for print,TV and stage all over the world
By raygeof
Designer:Imprint ZA AW16 lookbook Harbouring Hope
Photographer: Dylan Louw photography