In South Africa earlier this year, Trevor Stuurman collaborated with Absolute Vodka on its One Source Live campaign. Multi-disciplinary visual artist Stuurman told a news website that his contribution is his ability “to tell authentic African stories from an honest and a sensitive place”. Another local collaboration is Cape Town-based fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi and Research Unit’s new LM x RU Bucket bag. Mdingi says they achieved “not just the design of a well and beautifully executed product, but a genuine and mutual respect and friendship between all involved”.
Finally, we cannot ignore one of the most anticipated annual fashion events: H&M’s haute-couture designer collaborations. At April’s Coachella music festival, H&M announced this year’s collaboration with Jeremy Scott and Moschino. For Scott, it is a thrill. “Who do I want to see in the collection? Everybody. I want to see all the cool kids who want to wear my clothes, but can’t afford them. I want to see it in Japan, in South Africa.”
Mntambo and Frazer may have called their fragrance Dissonance, but what so many collaborations achieve is anything but dissonant. They are often intelligent, harmonious, beautiful, and push creative boundaries. To this, we can make a toast. How about a glass of Don Perignon? Wait, the vintage champagne brand has just announced its collaboration with musician Lenny Kravitz.
MAKE THAT TWO GLASSES
Dissonance is produced in a limited edition of 20, with one being an “artist’s box”, which will include a hand-blown glass bottle by David Reade, perfume by Tammy Frazer x Nandipha Mntambo, and two gold-leafed lithographic prints by the artist. Research Unit designed the leather packaging, inspired by Mntambo’s work in cowhide. Gary Cotterell provided the creative direction. R47,000 each, excluding VAT, available at Robert Sherwood in Cape Town.