Bonang Matheba’s New York Fashion Week Wardrobe is a Treat in Color Coordination

NEW YORK, United States - New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but all the looks worn by South African entertainer Bonang Matheba are still on the brain. She flew into New York courtesy of Courvoisier and started the fashion off in first class with a matching monogrammed rolling suitcase and tote by Louis Vuitton. The first show on her schedule: Angolan fashion designer Coréon Dú. She opted for a pair of oversized sunnies, an asymmetrical pleated skirt with matching light jacket, and sky high red open-toe stilettos for his show on the Chelsea Pier. Her jewelry was a lesson in understated elegance - think thick gold hoops, gold necklace, and a gold watch. Her baby bucket bag mixed metal detailing perfect for the city streets.


Day 2 took Matheba to Meatpacking in a fitted leopard print dress with padded shoulders by African-American designer Sergio Hudson. With the same bucket bag in tow, the ensemble was elevated with leather gloves and black patent Christian Louboutin pumps paired with slimmer shades that gave the right dose of daytime sophistication for her afternoon helicopter tour. The next day, the full-watt glamour peeked out in a gown designed by Puey Quinones worn to none other than The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition. South African fashion designer David Tlale also joined her on the visit and the parallels to The Carters’ #APESHIT as they stood in front of ancient statues was non-stop on social media. Dramatic bell sleeves in the frothiest pink taffeta satin was topped off with an exotic skin bag by John Paul Ataker. A truly divine moment amongst the sculptures styled by H Diddy.

Day 4 brought rainy weather, but no pause to the style savoir faire. In an Emilio Pucci raspberry red sequin set and mirrored sunglasses, Matheba looked effortlessly chic despite the downpour at David Tlale’s presentation in Times Square, Telfar’s long-awaited SS19 performance, and later that evening at LaQuan Smith’s runway show. She ended the trip with a fresh off the runway look from Brooklyn-born designer Kimberly Goldson: a printed shirt dress paired with patterned pants, the same John Paul Ataker bag, and strappy Manolo Blahnik heels.

The whole trip was a sharp study in color coordination and a strategic accessories edit. With a short stay, there is no better way to pack the most impactful punch with a slew of double-duty head-to-toe moments.