Monthly Archives: October 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014 marked day 2 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014 and the designers kept the momentum and interest up from day 1.
First to showcase was Congolese- born designer Tina Lobondi who showcased her “Au Cinema” collection which she says was inspired by actresses whom she admires. Her collection was a hybrid of African and Western designs , she opted for less bright colours and kept it simple yet elegant for the modern woman.
My wish list from Tina Lobondi
Up next was Josh & Nicol show which had a unique collection which in my opinion celebrated the many different aspects of the human face as it was evident in many garments with lips dominating of course. The collection was inspired by and shaped around the ancient Benin Kingdom of Nigeria and infused with the Pop Art movement (in particular, the work of Andy Warhol) of the 1960s. This 30-piece collection is a tribute to Queen Idia of Benin, the only West African Warrior Queen from the Niger Delta who succeeded in honouring her Kingdom with great war victories.
My wish list from Josh & Nicol:
Marianne Fassler’s “Same Same but Different” collection wowed the crowd with beautiful bright colours and prints, The cherry on top for me were the tribal tattoos that added the killer touch to an already magnificent collection. The neck pieces complemented the outfit very well. I do not own printed legging but after that show maybe I should be getting myself a pair. The all black collection really did wonders for my inner rebel who was doing celebratory back flips as the models walked in that collection. The collection stayed true to the “Same Same but Different” theme. The models and designers actually had a party on the ramp. It was loads of fun. Adding the kids was so cute.
My wishlist from Marianne Fassler:
Spero Villiot took us back to Hollywood in the 1930s with great dresses from starlets . The models were such a delight to watch as they became playful and most of all the “srtip show” was fun
My wish list from Spero Villioti
Finally there was some hot eye candy on the ramp, Mai Atafo Inspired presented a collection for men and women. The men’s collection involved suits something that I am not so clued up on expect that suits look good on a man. I loved the touch of floral in the men’s range. I loves every aspect of the women’s range simply because the range was inspired by traditional attire worn by the men of the South
South region of Nigeria. I would definitely rock any of those outfits.
My wishlist from Mai Atafo Inspired
Wish list for him
Yesterday the 29th of October marked the beginning of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa brought to you by AFI. the show started with New York based Cameroonian designer Kibonen whose collection was embodied in so much bright colours, patterns and print.
My favourite look from her collection:
Up next was Intisaar Mukadan form Zimbabwe whose collection was edgy, daring, colourful and in my opinion completely fun. knits were used differently and I could actually see myself in some of those outfits.
My picks from Intisaar M:
Millie Collines show infused street and formal wear with crazy beautiful sweaters with cool writings and a dope collaboration with Simon and Mary. I need to get myself one of the hats. I loved the accessories of the Millie Collines show, the accessories were different, big, in your face and absolutely amazing.
My picks from Millie Collines:
One brand that stayed consistent for me was Taibo Bacar, From the first outfit to the last outfit I loved everything . The inspiration behind the collection is the present situation in Mozambique. The soundtrack was “A Luta Continua”which had some of us dancing in our seats. The Taibo Bacar show was a show stopper own in its own and of course he had to get a stand ovation from the audience as we all loved the collection and were drew in by the garments. With 50 models walking for this collection , it was nothing but the best.
My picks from Taibo Bacar
I would also like to applaud the model who broke the heel of her shoe while on the runway and she still continued as if nothing happened. What I love the most about this is she still looked like she was wearing both shoes. This is what I really call being professional and I must say she absolutely killed that walk.
All in all MBFWAfrica day one was absolutely great.
I WILL LEAVE THIS HERE:
“When bad shoes happen to good models”
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African fashion’s finest to be recognised in glittering ceremony
The nominees for the prestigious, annual African Fashion Awards (AFAs) have been announced, with contenders coming from as far afield as South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Italy for the glittering event, which will take place at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg on 2 November.
The AFAs will be held after the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014, which will run from 29 October to 1 November, also at Melrose Arch.
Presented by leading fashion authority, African Fashion International (AFI), the AFAs are the continent’s foremost industry awards, recognising and celebrating exceptional achievement in fashion, modelling, retail and other clothing-and-textiles-related arts from Africa and its diaspora.
In 2014, the Africa Fashion Awards will recognise phenomenal contributions to African fashion across seven categories, namely: Designer of the Year; Emerging Designer of the Year; Accessory Designer of the Year; Outstanding Trend Communicator; Model of the Year; Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion; and AFI Young Designer of the Year.
The winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges including former ELLE South Africa editor & iconic fashion influencer, Jackie Burger; UNISA Director of VC Projects and Advisor to the Principal, Professor Puleng LenkaBula; Zambian-born, London-based journalist and Editor of New African Woman magazine, ReGina Jane Jere; Marie Claire South Africa editor, Aspasia Karras; and top stylist and fashionista, Arieta Mujay
The title of Designer of the Year will go to the sartorialist who has most impressed the judges with innovative designs, sustainable fashion business development, and a strong creative and economic impact both in Africa and on the international stage.
Up-and-coming designers vying to be named Emerging Designer of the Year will be judged based on similar criteria, and will be recognised for their fresh, next-generation contribution to African fashion.
The category of Accessory Designer of the Year will celebrate the importance of detail in the fashion world. The accolade will go to the designer who best breathes new life into Africa’s accessories market.
With the exception of the AFI Young Designer of the Year – who will be chosen from amongst the three AFI Fastrack™ 2014 Winners – nominees for each category were put forward earlier this year by a large group of key industry players.
The AFI Fastrack™ 2014 Winners, who were chosen from amongst 10 finalists at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014 in March, will each present a capsule collection on 1 November, Day Four of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014, in the hopes of being crowned Young Designer of the Year 2014.
The nominees for the 2014 Africa Fashion Awards are:
Designer of the Year:
- Lisa Folawiyo (Nigeria), for her multifaceted, global womenswear and accessories brand, Jewel by Lisa.
- Amaka Osakwe (Nigeria), for Maki Oh, a globally recognised womenswear label known for its deeply rooted African identity.
- Marianne Fassler (South Africa), critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning fashion stalwart who continues to surprise and delight after 20 years in the industry.
Emerging Designer of the Year:
- Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa), for his Xhosa-heritage-inspired knitwear brand, currently taking international fashion by storm, MaXhosa by Laduma.
- Nana Brenu (Ghana), for 1981 by Nana Brenu, conceived to bridge the gap between minimalist design sensibilities and vibrant, bold Ghanaian tradition.
- Nick Coutts (South Africa), winner of ELLE Rising Star 2013, whose capsule collection is currently stocked by Mr Price.
- Eleni Labrou (South Africa), AFI Young Designer of the Year 2013, for AKEDO, which has made significant inroads on the fashion map since its launch last year.
Accessory Designer of the Year:
- Chloe Townsend & Lizel Strydom (South Africa), for Missibaba, a luxury leather accessories label.
- Katherine-Mary Pichulik (South Africa), for Pichulik, a bespoke label of hand-crafted neckpieces accessories.
- Adèle Dejak (Kenya), for Adèle Dejak, a brand offering accessories inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, owing to the designer’s background in typography design.
Outstanding Trend Communicator:
- Diana Opoti (Kenya), Executive Producer of the TV show, Designing Africa (which reaches 42 countries) and champion of the #100DaysofAfricanFashion campaign.
- Gaschette Magazine (South Africa), a digital fashion publication launched by creative trio, Colin O’Mara Davis, Steve Marais and Jessica Lupton.
- A Fashion Friend (South Africa), an online fashion news portal, founded by fashion director, Robynne Kahn as a platform for young creatives.
Model of the Year
- Dave Kabamba (DRC), who has appeared in editorials for GQ Style, Under the Influence magazine, Sunday Times Fashion Weekly, Destiny Man, Business Class and Cosmopolitan, to name just a few. (Vision Models)
- Bianca Brombin (SA), who has appeared in numerous magazines and modelling campaigns and recently appeared the music video for the song “Pit-bull Terrier” by Die Antwoord. (Ice Models)
- Favour Lucky (Nigeria), MBFWAfrica 2014 model and Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2011. (Isis Models)
- Imade Ogbewi (Nigeria), MBFWAfrica 2014 model and Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2013. (Isis Models)
Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion:
- France Sozzani (Italy), Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, respected for shining a spotlight on the African fashion industry’s growing role in the global fashion industry.
- Kofi Ansah (Ghana), recently departed fashion designer and pioneer in the promotion of African fashion on the world stage.
- Omoyemi Akerele (Nigeria), founder of Lagos Fashion & Design Week and the founding artistic director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for African designers.
Young Designer of the Year: (AFI Fastrack™ 2014 Winners)
- Rich Mnisi
- Nazneen Kagee
- Jessica Ross
- Tuelo Nguyuza
Elegantly adorned in the latest designs from Africa’s top established and emerging designers, the flawless faces and beautiful bodies set to grace the MBFWAfrica runway have been sourced from all over the continent and the world – including South Africa, Barbados, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Cameroon, the United States, Haiti, South Sudan, Australia, Nigeria, Holland, China, and Moldova.
Over 50 male model and 50 female models are set to grace the MBFWAfrica runway in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg from 29 October – 2 November 2014.
Leading models set to grace the catwalk include New York Fashion Week regular, Ania Charlot from the USA; Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2007 runner-up, Bunmi Ademokoya, who recently walked at New York and Berlin Fashion Weeks; Miss Cameroon 2013, Valérie Ayena; Adua Mornyang from Australia, who is a favourite of top Parisian designers such as Kenzo; Nigeria’s Next Supermodels 2011 and 2013, Favour Lucky and Imade Ogbewi; American Ero Esoimeme, fresh from London Fashion Week; and the face of Adidas’s latest campaign, Sanele Xaba from South Africa.
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“From a database of over 100 agencies, through a stringent casting process, the top models from Africa and around the world have been shortlisted for designers’ ultimate selection. For MBFWAfrica 2014, AFI looked for a strong editorial look, charisma, presence, and the ability to translate a range of different designer’s style aesthetics; from couture to ready-to-wear. We are also constantly on the lookout for exciting new breakthrough faces,” says AFI Technical Director, Deon Redman.
Fresh faces to be on the lookout for are Congolese beauty, Gaelle Kibikonda; ELITE Model Look South Africa 2013 finalists, Matachley Salmon and Bianca Raubenheimer; and male models, Arshad Dean, Benito van Leeuwen, Thomas Zalousmis, Marcus Karstens, and NK Mjweni.
These and other exceptional models will walk the runway in the latest collections from over 30 of Africa’s foremost established and emerging designers – including David Tlale, LaurenceAirline, MaXhosa by Laduma, Mai Atafo and Marianne Fassler – in 16 shows over four days at MBFWAfrica 2014,
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AFI Fastrack™ winners to present capsule collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014
Four young South African fashion designers will present their much-anticipated capsule collections in the final phase of this year’s African Fashion International (AFI) Fastrack™ Programme on 1 November, Day Four of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa (MBFWAfrica) 2014 at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
The AFI Fastrack™ winners – Jessica Ross, Naazneen Kagee, Rich Mnisi and Tuelo Nguyuza – were announced earlier this year at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, where the 10 finalists were pared down to just four winners.
Since then, under the tutelage of leading established South African designers, Jessica, Naazneen, Rich and Tuelo have been hard at work – training in business acumen, merchandising and design techniques in order to create their own commercial capsule collections – in a bid to win the final, coveted accolade of AFI Young Designer of the Year 2014.
For MBFWAfrica, the winners will each have to present their own AFI Fastrack™ Private Autumn/Winter Womenswear Capsule Collection. Using pre-determined colour & trend forecasts, the promising young designers have each been tasked with creating an eight-piece line that is innovative, creative and commercially viable.
AFI can confirm the following design inspirations from the four competing designers:
Capetonian, Jessica Ross promises a collection inspired by Russian orthodox churches and their rich, luxuriant colours. Fellow Mother City native, Naazneen Kagee, meanwhile, has hinted that her Capsule Collection was inspired by traditional Russian dress, whilst Joburger, Rich Mnisi, will present OATH, a line inspired by the American film, Dark Shadows. Finally, Pretoria local, Tuelo Nguyuza, found inspiration in the deep, rich colours and earth tones of the Sahara Desert along with various subtropical elements.
Jessica, Naazneen, Rich and Tuelo will unveil their collections alongside the continent’s leading designers, on Day Four of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014, Africa’s premier annual sartorial event, which takes place from 29 October to 1 November at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
The AFI Young Designer of the Year 2014 award will be presented at the annual Africa Fashion Awards on 2 November, with one of the four also walking away with a R 10 000.00 cash prive from AFI, a design masterclass from Mercedes-Benz a full trends and colour resources for 2015 from Dystar- colour solutions lnternationa and an opportunity to launch their Brand at Mercedes Benz fashion week Cape Town or JHB under AFI Next Generation Showcase.
The Women’s Theatre Festival starts tomorrow the 16th of October until the 26th of October at the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra. I caught up with Kerryn to find out more about it.
Q:How and Why was the Women’s theatre festival founded?
A: Ntshieng Mokgoro, the founder of Olive Tree Theatre Productions and the Women’s Theatre Festival, was part of a Women’s Theatre Festival in 2008 together with Warona Seane and Napo Masheane. If you look into each of their careers, Ntshieng, Warona and Napo’s – they have all gone on to achieve great things in theatre – Ntshieng went on to win the Standard Bank Young Artist’s Award for directing just after the festival.. After 2008, the Women’s Theatre Festival was not repeated because of lack of funding. Ntshieng is passionate about giving female directors a platform for their work. She feels that the industry isn’t balanced in the opportunities given to men and women, she is a very focused, has an “it can be done” attitude and is a very ambitious person with huge dreams – she decided to take the reins and run the Women’s Theatre Festival on her own with her NPO Olive Tree Theatre Productions. She ran it with Joburg Theatre in 2012 but felt like she wanted to be more in control of the process and so ran it in 2013 under Olive Tree. It is evolving into something wonderful. There is such a need. Our applicants come from all over the country and we have directors from across our borders this year.
Q: What is your mission?
A:Our mission is to create an inspiring, creative space accessible to the Alexandra community and greater Johannesburg. We want to develop cultural tourism while we give the community a theatrical, artistic experience opening the world of arts to them. With our markets, art exhibition and theatre pieces, we want to create a sustainable hub that feeds the artistic community, who in turn grows the theatre. We wish to develop a film and theatre audience in Alex and create skills in the theatrical, art field. We also want to host a number of festivals yearly, in addition to the Women’s Theatre Festival, such as a Schools Theatre Festival and Children’s Theatre Festival. We also want the theatre to be a space for as many brilliant productions as possible. Olive Tree Theatre Productions registered as an N.P.O in 2011, but had worked for more than ten years before that with community theatre directors, writers, actors, poets and musicians in Alexandra introducing them to professionalism and creating a platform for them in the mainstream.
Q: Since, the festival is in its 3rd year, how has the feedback been like from the public?
A: The feedback has been overwhelming – especially when it comes to the need we see from all the people asking us how their pieces can be shown in our theatre space. There are so many artists, writers, directors, actors who want their work to be seen, who need a platform. There is a huge hunger. In terms of the audiences, people still need to learn about us. People also need to get over the perceptions they have of Alex. We had a steady following during last year’s festival, but it wasn’t enough for us. We want to give our artists huge audiences and we have done a great amount this year, which hopefully results in more and more people discovering our wonderful space.
Q: What should the festival goers expect this year?
A: Festival goers can expect A LOT. The ten directors featured come from all over the country, some from across our borders. Each director brings her own unique tale to the stage, from coloured identity, to romance, to the bizarre, to comedy and exciting drama. It is not just about women’s stories, but about giving emerging women directors a stage for whatever stories they choose to tell. It’s art and expression at its finest. There are also free movies flighted daily at 5pm, and two free director’s workshops – one at 10am on 18 October, the other at 3pm on 23 October. An art exhibition and craft market. Food, drink, etc. The list is long.
Q: What would you say are the plays not to be missed?
A: Ahhhh – this is a difficult question. The beauty about theatre is that it is human expression at its rawest, right in front of you. You have a direct link into the mind of your director, writer and the actors right there. It is so alive. Choosing a favourite play would be like choosing our favourite child. Each one comes from a beautiful place in the hearts and minds of our directors – whether they wrote the story themselves, or were attracted to it because it touched something in them. Any play you choose to see will move you. You will also have a chance to ask the director’s questions so you can have a wonderful interaction after each story. As William Golding, a playwright once said, Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery. You will discover something with each piece you watch.
Q: Is there a particular theme this year?
A: The only theme is women directors. From there on out it is about freedom to express what ever our directors want to express – taking us along on their journey with them.
I love this initiative and I hope that you will all go check out the festival because it promises to be a very great experience and it is always refreshing to see women taking a stand and showing us that they are not just good for taking after children, they can also deliver some great theatre work in a male dominated environment. Big up to these ladies
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Flori Roberts cosmetics launch at Stuttafords in Sandton City. The event was organized by 4 Elements Media.
As we got in we were welcomed by the brand ambassadors of Flori Roberts South Africa, Amo Chidi and Ziyanda Yako who looked great . their make-up was done by the talented make-up artist Jim.
Ambassador of Flori Roberts SA Ziyanda Yako
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Ambassador of Flori Roberts SA Amo Chidi
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Snacks were provided by Vicky Crease and 4th Street and Evige were the beverages available. Cucumber, Chocolate and coconut flavored water were a new experience for me, but I must say that I really enjoyed the cucumber flavored water.
Flori Roberts Cosmetics have been available to American women for over fifty years and they have now launched exclusively to Stuttafords , So far Flori Roberts Cosmetics are available in 3 Stuttafords stores i.e. Sandton City, Eastgate and Merlyn
Flori Roberts Cosmetics are for ethnic skin and while observing the make-up artist do demonstrations I noticed that the foundation blends so well with the skin tone. Take it from me ( a girl who generally does not do make-up) Black women really need to use Flori Roberts because I have seen how other make-up brands crack when applied on ethnic skin. I scored myself lipstick which I am so in love with and it looks like it will be my signature look from now own. And what’s more is that I have been looking for that colour for like forever. Thank you Flori Roberts Africa and 4Elementsmedia for the hook-up.
Photo credit: Flori Roberts SA
Well known guest present included LeAnne, Shashi Naidoo, presenter Wardah Hartley, Vicky Crease and of course yours truly. The owner of 4Elementsmedia Lorinda Voges looked great as always and once again her and her team delivered a great event.
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Georgia May Jagger was revealed as the new face of Thierry Mugler at an exclusive VIP launch that I managed to crack an invite to.
The launch was held at Urban Tree in Sandton , a venue befitting of this magnificent event. Tamara Dey was the host and the performer for the day. She did an exceptional job .
All props to the 4Elements Media team for organizing the launch. It was a great launch and of course the who’s who of the entertainment industry were there looking great.
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I love the fragrance . I have been wearing Angel ever since I received it on Wednesday
Spotted: Krishen, Alan, Nceba and I