RKM, the label inspired by the designer’s name Rhoda Kate Mphande is a brand with a style personified with a touch of the African heritage with the objective and endless desire to create clothing that adheres to elegance, modesty, class and no boundaries of who can be “Mad about prints” with her irresistible vibrant mix of African prints and striking colour combinations.
RKM is the 2016 winner of the Highly Recommended African Australian Designer of the year Award by Africa Media Australia. In addition to that, RKM was the 2015 National African Australian Award Winner in Fashion and Design as well as the 2nd place award winner of Africa’s Got Talent Australia 2016.
RKM was featured in the Face of African Australia 2016 2nd edition Magazine. Together with her models, in November 2016 she turned up to the Melbourne Cup races and made a statement by being featured On the Broadsheet and in the Sydney Morning Herald Sun.
RKM was also the High Fashion Segment designer for the June 2016 Top Model of the world Philippines, which is an international event with contestants from all over the world, live streamed on Melbourne Style Watch.
RKM started off by show casing at community events and slowly built her way up with the support of her family and friends. She has penetrated into the international market as she has dressed up contestants for world events not only in Australia but also in Canada and Thailand. In addition to that, in 2015 RKM was sponsored by Mercedes Benz to show case at their African Fashion Festival in Ghana, after being one of the top 3 designers after show casing in 2015 at a fashion show contest in South Africa.
In 2014, RKM outfits were featured at the Emirates Stakes day for Melbourne Cup carnivals, appearing on channel ABC, 7, 9 and 10, as well as being featured in the Sydney Herald sun as being in the Top 10 Outfits at the carnival.
RKM is the Official designer for Miss Africa Victoria Australia which is an annual event since 2015. Her designs always bring out the modernised African heritage style and always captures the multicultural audiences through her originality. Every year, RKM also show cases at the African Music and Cultural festival which is an event that hosts over 32,000 people at the Federation Square.
Some have described RKM’s work at the “Epitome of African Prints fashion’ in Melbourne. She continues to keep her audience at the edge of their seats, as at every event she has something new and provokingly irresistible. She has built a fierce signature fashion empire together with her diverse selection of models, which includes a differently abled model.
Her designs add a zest and sharpness to the modern African fashion world, especially through her recent collection which she has labelled as The wings of Mother Africa for her Empresses and the Kiden collection. The signature of her collections are the sharp and gallant sleeves and high collars which only bring out elegance, beauty and courage in anyone who is draped in one of RKM’s pieces. A leap of a daring and fearless style rising from an African heritage.
RKM calls her new men’s collection “Our Kings” in honour of her ancestors as well as roots of the African heritage . The signature of this collection is the crown creatively stitched on the pieces. Her other “Kings collection” pieces have made from African print wax with a touch of faux fur on them to give that royal look to the African Kings. She aims to make a difference through fashion and sending the message far and wide as she not only has customers in Australia but also Europe and Africa. Striving to be the voice through fashion for social related issues and misconceptions.