As a stylist, local fashionista extraordinaire Felipe Mazibuko must keep up with what is chic - but do not expect him to be dressed in the latest fashion.
Mazibuko has set his own trend with his hobo-style. He is comfortable with it and you will never catch him dead in another look. If you can't find Mazibuko on the set of a fashion shoot, he is likely shopping for designer clothes - for his clients of course. "I'm inspired by hobos and lunatics. They have an understated creativity in their style. Their mix and blend of different clothes excites me."
Mazibuko has worked in TV and magazines, and has provided style consulting for celebrities, corporations, fashion shows and private individuals.
The freckled stylist began his career in 1991, and has made his mark as an expert and fashion stylist. Today, he maintains a thriving business as a style consultant and is part of a new wave of black South African talent.
He says his styling mission is to create beautiful, modern images which have a sensual tone to them.
"I am passionate about fashion and enjoy the diversity of freelance styling and can work to any brief, whether I am working for a fashion, advertising, commercial or TV client," says Mazibuko.
He adds that his duty is to improve a person's confidence through the enhancement of their own personal style.
"I give people the understanding and skills to dress fashionably in clothes that suit their shape, size and function. I create a strong personal style for my clients."
Particularly skilled in forecasting trends, Mazibuko works with today's fashions, styles and colours, to create looks and new season wardrobes for his clients.
"I work with clients all over the country and travel regularly to give seminars. I also style for top local fashion designers at well-known fashion events and for South African celebs."
He did styling for respected designer Amanda Laird Cherryat the Sanlam Fashion Week, left. He has also styled Cherry's productions at various SA fashion weeks.
He has also been involved in the filming of SABC's popular design reality show, The Cut and designed school uniforms for Oprah Winfrey's School of Excellence.