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CHULAAP SS19 is A South African’s love letter to West Africa.

South African designer, Chu Suwannapha’s designs are all about celebrating Africa through prints, colours and what most of us know as vlisco. Chu’s brand, Chulaap has crafted a signature style that is heavliy rooted in African print, first being showcased since 2013 at South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Menswear.

Each of his collections so far have been unique and comes with a rich African story.

Chu Suwannapha and models at SS19 show. Images from Africa Is Now

The latest collection by Chu Suwannapha for Spring/Summer19 is “inspired by the west Africa and the colors of the African sk;, the ocean; the sunrise and the sunset. Added with embroidery and intricate details.”

Inspired by West of Africa the pieces made out of Vlisco, the collection also features motifs influened by Chu’s heritage land of Thai.

Editorial shoot of CHULAAP SS19 in Africa Is Now

Chu Suwannapha’s above piece has been inspired by the colors of sunrise and sunset on his last trip to Lagos, Nigeria. Highlighting the ombre effect of the orange to midnight hues that inspires delightful nostalgia.

The SS19 collection is giving us nature vibes, the pieces literally representing the African land.

It is amazing to see how Chu celebrates culture, celebrates the continent in his work. It is also amazing to see how his inspirations venture out of South Africa despite the country being his base.

Chu Suwannapha and models at SS19 show. Images from Africa Is Now

The interpretation Chu brings to fashion through SS19 is truly fabulous. Driven by his passion for Art it is great to see the unique designs that Chu comes up with. The merge of art and fashion is clearly there and it is mesmerizing.

Editorial shoot of CHULAAP SS19 in Africa Is Now

In Chu’s 2015 interview with Design Indaba, he explains that his designs are different to local South African designers as he see’s the prints differently to them; he interprets fashion differently.

It is refreshing to see Vlisco in a different way, to see African prints interpreted in a way our minds could never think of envisioning. Chu Suwannapha, a talented artist and fashion designer is one to keep an eye on as he raises the African flag high! We can only dream of what he will do with his SS20 collection!

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  1. Fashion is very inherent in our value system as Africans. And it always warms my to see talented African designs showcasing inspiring and edgy designs to the world.


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