Fashion Designer Kagiso Lesotlho of Detour Fashions recently hosted a high tea for her clients at Sedibeng Lodge, a gesture that she described as a token of appreciation.
“My clients are loyal and they pay regular visits to my shop. So in the spirit of Christmas I found it fit to treat them to an afternoon of fashion filled leisure,” she said.
The afternoon high tea was set in the lodge’s garden with vintage inspired decor courtesy of Opa’s Ebens. The high tea also served as a platform for Lesotho’s clients to mingle with the designer and get an opportunity to pick her brain on issues of fashion. It also provided the designer with an opportunity to not only share her inspirations but also learn about her clients’ expectations.
The clients also engaged in one on one sessions with the designer to tackle day to day fashion issues such as print pairing and accessories. Lesotlho revealed that she will soon expand into the accessories business.
“My fashion collection includes shoes and bags. I can’t wait to start designing again,” she said.
The guests attended the high tea dressed in their favourite Detour outfits, flaunting outfits from as far back as 2008. “Detour also managed to cement its sworn promise, that it dresses women with everyday problems,” she said. “We had different women with different styles and tastes; but they all had one thing in common, Detour Woman.”
As the afternoon went on, guests were treated to delightful treats of food, great music and more detour designs.
Lesotlho launched her brand with an exhibition titled ‘Out of the Detour Closet Fashion Show’ at Cresta Lodge in April 2014. With the simple girl-next-door and almost entirely monochromatic prints, it was a collection to die for. Her brand, Detour Fashions was conceived, albeit only as a name, in 2007 thanks to a cousin who used her design for a graphics project.
“My designs are for different women. Women of all sizes and shapes; conservative and outgoing. The current collection is for the practical woman; the woman who wants to look good without trying too hard. It is a ready to wear collection,” Lesotlho told Lifestyle in 2014. “I love women,” she said, “women don’t buy clothes, they buy emotion.”