Mbalenhle Mkhumbeni – who describes herself as artistic, exciting, magnetic, optimistic and humble – hails from Amzimkhulu and is currently studying at the Durban University of Technology.
Her ladies wear label is Mbali.M and she says her style is constantly changing. Right now it is very 70s inspired with earth tones, bellbottoms, and high waists. She is obsessed with the colour brown.
To date, her favourite piece is a straight cut long sleeve mesh dress with leather appliqué.
Her favourite designer is Slomo, owner of Slomo’s Boutique. The local celebrity that she would most like to dress Nomuzi Mbatha and the international celebrity for which she would most like to design is Rihanna.
She designs what she would like to wear. Snake skin is an emerging trend that is impacting on her designs and one which she expects to be big in the next two years.
Looking to the future, Mkhumbeni envisages Mbali.M being run as a boutique, not just making garments for individuals, but also still keeping clothes unique in line with the vision of the brand.