Nigerians Roast SA Designers Who Stole Their Designs at the Durban July: “If You Steal Do Better”

Nigerians Roast SA Designers Who Stole Their Designs at the Durban July: “If You Steal Do Better”

  • This year's Durban July fashion has been a hot topic, with fans and enthusiasts discussing celebrity outfits, including those worn by Lamiez Holworthy and Jessica Nkosi
  • Fans noticed South African designers took inspiration from Nigerian designers but felt the execution was poor
  • Users joked about the disappointing SA designs, with many expressing embarrassment and comparing them unfavourably to the originals

The Durban July is still hogging headlines and charting social media trends as fans and fashion enthusiasts continue to dish their thoughts on the looks that celebs rocked at the event.

SA designers stole Nigerian designers' looks
Nigerians made fun of some Durban July looks by SA designers. Image: @odedanilo
Source: Twitter

Nigerians poke fun at Mzansi designers

South African celebrities understood the assignment in Durban in July. Many stars, including Lamiez Holworthy, Maps Maponyane, Shudufhadzo Musida, Jessica Nkosi and Cyan Boujee, brought the Ride the Wave theme to life.

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However, some fans couldn't help but notice that some designers drew inspiration from Nigerian designers. Unfortunately, fans felt the SA designers did not do justice to the designs. A user with the handle @odedanilo shared a collage of some of the designs and wrote:

"Nigerian Designers. You will always be famous ☹️"

Fans react to post about SA designers copying Nigerian designers

Social media users admitted that South African designers failed to bring the designs to life. Many shared jokes about how embarrassing the SA designs looked.

@ThatoNtshingil2 said:

"South Africans really know how to embarrass us what is this? The blue one is worse."

@odedanilo commented:

"I mean, if you gonna copy/be inspired by someone else’s work, at least do it good no? ☹️"

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@ThatUrhoboGirl added:

"What I ordered vs what I got "

@CalliePhakathi said:

"They had an open book exam & still failed. Last frame "

@Glotilda22 noted:

"Now imagine if the Nigerian celebrities were to come to Durban they were going to wipe the floor with South Africans."

@serojanebubbles wrote:

"Why didn’t they make the dresses from the designers who inspired them at least. It’s a mess, as for the blue "

Makhadzi hilariously roasts her Durban July look, Mzansi in stitches

Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that Mzansi recently saw all the fashion hits and misses during the famous Durban July weekend.

While netizens critiqued their favourite stars' looks in the ride-the-wave theme, one star whose outfit was severely criticised was Makhadzi's.

Source: Briefly News

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