Izaura founder relives Commonwealth Fashion Exchange trip
Mothusi Lesolle is a fashion icon who needs no introduction.
One of the country’s top designers, Lesolle recently travelled to London, England where his brand, Izaura was included among the 53-country Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Experience, featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Lesolle – whose big break came five years ago when he designed the gown for Miss Botswana 2013, Rosemary Keofitlhetse – left Gaborone for Buckingham Palace on February 15 for an eight-day visit.
As part of the exchange, Lesolle had partnered with Swaziland’s Rizwan Beyg, an experienced designer who shot to fame in the late 80s.
Catching up with the ever-bubbly fashionista, Lesolle told Voice Entertainment the event provided a unique opportunity to network and share ideas with some of the world’s top designers.
Attempting to sum up the once-in-a-lifetime experience, Lesolle said, “It is not something I can actually fully express, I think I would not be doing it justice as I am still in euphoria.
“On the day of the reception we were in a really a small room where everyone could see everyone. The protocol of course was out of this world – I mean it is Buckingham Palace!”
Describing the iconic building, Lesolle went on to say, “It is an intimidating place, well for me at least. The minute you arrive at the palace it becomes a different world altogether. The building has been in existence for so many years. It is a huge field really with different areas for every occasion.
“There is nothing fancy, but you can tell it’s a historic building – it is decorated with historic paintings.”
Speaking on briefly meeting Middleton (Prince William’s wife), Lesolle said the protocol was intense.
“We were briefed on how to introduce ourselves to the Duchess. You are told to introduce yourself by saying something like ‘hello, my name is Mothusi Lessolle I am pleased to meet you your royal highness’.”
Explaining the inspiration behind the elegant black and white garment he designed with Beyg for the event, Lesolle said, “I had to infuse the Setswana culture with the Swazi, because my partner is more into accessories I thought of the similarities in our cultures. But the main intention was for the garment to speak on social ills that affect both cultures.”
The Palace celebration included guests from the fashion industry across the Commonwealth nations, which Lesolle says was the highlight of the trip for him.
Asked if he was invited to the imminent royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lesolle replied with a laugh, “I wish! In my world anything is possible, but no I did not get an invite during the visit.”