Style star: Ora­paleng Modutle

ORAPE­LENG MODUTLE, 29, sets the pace on the lo­cal fash­ion and style scene with class and so­phis­ti­ca­tion.


As a young boy raised in Kim­ber­ley (North­ern Cape), cel­e­brated de­signer Orape­leng Modutle watched and learned as his mom and gogo did hand-stitch­ing and needle­work. He drew in­spi­ra­tion from them and from life, and now fash­ions his own dis­tinc­tive clothes un­der his OM Style Av­enue brand, based in Pre­to­ria. He has dressed celebri­ties such as Bonang Matheba, Nandi Mn­goma and Boity Thulo.

Orape­leng's OM Style Av­enue tells vis­ual sto­ries and crafts ele­gant, con­tem­po­rary gar­ments that re­flect the beauty and grace of African women. And with the lo­cal scene con­quered, his goal is to win over the rest of the con­ti­nent and wow the world with his bridal col­lec­tion.


06:00: I'm strug­gling to wake up, and 30 min­utes later I check my In­sta­gram feed be­fore read­ing my daily mo­ti­va­tional book. 07:00: Hit the gym for an hour’s work­out. I en­joy stick­ing to an ex­er­cise rou­tine I love and stay­ing on top of my calo­ries. 08:00: Back home for a quick shower and a light, healthy break­fast while check­ing the day's plans.

10:00: I meet with the fab­ric sup­pli­ers. The choice of ma­te­rial is very im­por­tant and af­fects cre­ativ­ity and de­sign.

12:00: I get to Bonang for a fit­ting while she's on set. I steal her for a mo­ment and the dress fits like a glove. No al­ter­ations needed, she looks amaz­ing. 14:00: In the next three hours we have back-to­back fit­tings and col­lec­tions, mi­nor al­ter­ations and fin­ish­ing touches in-be­tween.

20:00: At home for din­ner, some salmon and mashed potatoes that's quick and easy to pre­pare.

21:00: In bed with the TV re­mote, catch­ing up on my favourite se­ries or movies or I do re­search. 23:00: I’m out but ready to do it all over again to­mor­row to meet dif­fer­ent clients and make more mag­nif­i­cent OM Style Av­enue gowns.

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