Monthly Archives: July 2015
Boyzn Bucks a well-known South African group that has positively influenced Pop Culture will be dropping their Boyzn Bucks Racing Club LookBook video very soon. I am so excited to see what they have been up to, judging from the pictures they had a lot of fun. I wonder if they will have open days for the public, the inner racer in me would love that.
On his Facebook page Okmalumkoolkat, Boyzn Buck member had this to say about the group and where there are headed: “#Boyznbucks is the coming together not only of a group of friends but a collective of skills with a love for music. With music as the starting point the Boyzn are poised for future projects in everything from fashion to art and beyond. The aim is to export South African culture and ultimately influence the kids, letting them know that they can do the same, be proud of who they are and where they come from”
While we wait for the lookbook video, they have released some dope photos. Check out the pictures below
All photos courtesy of http://boyznbucks.tumblr.com/
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Ghanaian Fashion label Mina Evans released their Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook and it looks great. The collection was mostly inspired by leaves and a modern African summer. I love the choice of colours and the styling is on point. For more of this amazing work check out www.mina-evans.com
Model: Benita Oyeka
Designer: Mina Evans
Make-Up Artist: Valerie Lawson
Styling: Supriya W and Afua Rida
After successfully running the 1st Edition of Intwasa Fashion Show 2014, which featured a mixed bag of models from the professionals, public figures and plus size models, Intwasa Arts Festival in Collaboration with Hunnar Management Agency, presents the second edition of the fashion show on Saturday, 26 September 2015 during the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. This year, the fashion show will be held at the AMTEC Showroom on RG Mugabe/12th Ave in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The Intwasa Fashion Show will be held during the festival with 10 designers showcasing, amongst them are NOES who has showcased at platforms such as Zimbabwe Fashion Week and Clothing Indaba, Melusi Nhengu, Mosi Designs, Thembani Mubhochwa and some guest designers from South Africa. The fashion show will feature 20 models, a group of professional models and new faces.
“This year’s fashion show will have another exciting twist to it. Our Call for Models had 156 models coming through, with only 20 successfully making it through. Prior to the fashion show, we will have some workshops for people in the fashion industry as build ups to the main show that will be held at AMTEC Showroom. ” – Hunnar Agency. This years’ fashion event had a lot of response from designers across the country and region, same goes for the models.
“Designers, just like models, need to be groomed and also they need to know how each of them benefits from one another. It is a complete business and industry which is interdependent. In the process, there is need to engage photographers, PR Personals, Bloggers, Journalists and other press in building ones brand. The workshops we will hold, will involve speakers that will highlight on different aspects of fashion and the Business of Fashion” – Hunnar Agency
Just like last year, 3 designers will be selected for an attachment with one of Zimbabwe’s Major Fashion Retailer, starting in January 2016, we will also have South Africa’s Azzura, an online store partnering with us in giving designers a platform to sell their products online. From the 12 designers that showcased last year, 6 young designers have already gone through the Edgars Young Designers Program where the designers are attached with Edgars Carousel for 3 months and get exposed to the commercial side of the business of fashion. The 6 young designers will be presenting a collaborated 25 look Summer/Spring 2016 Collection during the Intwasa Fashion Show 2015. Confirmed partners are Bulawayo Polytechnic, Azzura Online, AMTEC, SheerGlow, Hunnar Management Agency and Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, we are yet to confirm other partners.
The city of Tshwane will be buzzing with models and designers from all parts of Africa, not forgetting fashionistas at the forth coming Retro Vintage Kolektion Africa Fashion week.
The popular fashion event has managed to attract designers not only from all parts of Africa but also Europe. Some of the designers who will be landing in the Capital city for this big fashion event are Onyansani from Ghana, Mary Martin London from London, Prince from Togo, Chimwemwe from Kenya, Malawi, Maria Emmanuel from Namibia, Joseph from Nigeria, Gazibo from Swaziland, Martin Mokena from Tanzania and 10 best local designers from Gauteng and surrounding areas.
The monumental Ditsong National Museum of cultural history (in Tshwane) will be the host of this event. The event will be spiced up with some performances by brave D from Nigeria, Tinashe also known as Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe and not forgetting our own local hip hop stars from Gauteng.
A kaleidoscope of artists, fashion and exhibition will be a feast for the two days
Date 11-12 September 2015
Venue Ditsong National museum of cultural history
Time 18hrs -21hrs
Tickets are available at Computicket from R100 standard and R150 VIP.
The main aim of this event is to bring young Africans together as they share cultures and love.
For those who wish to take part or know more about this event.
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- To revive the African culture through fashion.
- To promote the dignity of womanhood.
- To open new windows of business opportunities.
- To encourage indigenous fashion designers.
- To redefine fashion shows by showcasing other fashion accessories.
- Encouraging the exportation of local designs in the region.
Ecowas Fashion Week will also have an awards segment where people who have made great contributions to the fashion industry.In this second edition, anticipation gets a step higher as the organizers – IBCNL, Lagos Nigeria team up with major corporate bodies in the Republic of Benin such as Trinity Events (handling the event) and Angels Modeling Agency to launch the 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Fashion Week. The event will be attended by many International Super Models, Celebrities, Renowned African Designers, and several other fashion brands.
I am overwhelmed and honored. I am excited about this event and I think, the West African people especially the people of Benin Republic are more excited than me. _ Joan Okorodudu
His Closet “Our Closet”
SA Menswear Week is putting African menswear designers on the international map. First of its kind in Africa it is surely going to encourage more young designers to get into designing for men as there are already a whole lot of womenswear fashion designers. Designers from Nigerian, South Africa, Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe presented the best of their collections at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town.
I am so excited and I am looking forward to see SA Menswear Week grow and to see more Africa designers take part.
There are obvious designers that I follow who always bring their best to the table. I always love seeing Rich Mnisi’s collection and I never run out of imagining ways I would rock certain pieces ( Yes I love menswear)
I love how Rich used his colours. The Orange, navy, blacks and the whites blended in together so well. It’s the easy to put on and take off outfits that got me going. So free flowing I could definitely see myself in all those pieces ( altered of course). My favourite item was the orange leather sleeveless jacket ( there might be a more appropriate technical term for it). Also the light coats are a super win for me. Who says you can’t wear coats in spring and summer?
Lukhanyo stuck to Navy blue and I must say that it looked amazing. His use of chiffon and silk is a different and a much welcome perspective of the overly masculine man. My favourite item is the jumpsuit that I will rock with a bright pair of heels.
Nothing wrong will a little bit of formal. I love how Martin played around with his colours, nothing was too much the bright were not too bright and dark not too dark. Of course this is for the dapper gentlemen who like to dress up and look good and still look relaxed and laid back. Would I suit up? Of course I will. that Maroon suit (it could be another colour, magenta or red, who knows) would look absolutely great on me. Maybe I could take it further and rock a bow-tie.
One look at the set then I knew that something amazing was about to happen. A man who wear Projecto Mental is a kind of man who is ready for anything. His boys can call him up for a drink and he would leave the office and head straight to the club without change. I feel like this collection was simple, comfortable and really trendy. I love the pop of colour that comes in here and there among the grey, it just blends so well together.
Imprints By Mzukisi Mbane
Imprints By Mzukisi took me to a very cool summer day at a beach somewhere in Africa enjoying a cold refreshment while looking on as some eye candy struts around. The choice of prints chosen are so rich and an eye catcher ( also the models were super fine if I might add). This collection made me miss spring even more. I love the accessories: the oversize straw hats, the neck pieces made from all sorts of interesting things.
I love the simplicity of Julia Mpoko’s collection. Its for a chilled guy who loves looking good but he still wants to feel comfortable in his clothes. The contrasts between white, navy blue and green got me all excited (as a visual being, that was a total visualgasm for me)
An Eastern inspired collection from Kola Kuddus. I loved the colours, the material and the complementing scandals. The head gear was also on point.
Obvioulsy this collection is for the man who is not afraid to be different. In fact he lives on being different, what I would like to call “Expressing his softer side”.
For the cool and laid back gentleman.
All photos by SDR Photo http://ramp.sdr.co.za/
Everyone who knows me really well knows how much I love great initiatives that help others and spread positive messages. SA Menswear Week dished out it’s second installment last week at the Green point Stadium in Cape Town. The National Sea Rescue Institute in Collaboration with Hendrik Vermeulen and Jenny Le Roux showcased a range of stylish life jackets.
The underlying message was: “Would you wear a life jacket if it was fashionable?”. Well personally I have never had to be at sea but this is a good question to ask. Fashion as a form of art is emotive and I really love that SA Menswear Week provided a platform to really reflect and realize the importance of life jackets
Real life Sea Rescue volunteers also graced the runway in their full gear.
Magents Lifestyle Apparel has always have a strong message behind their collections. I had a word with Co-founder and Creative Director Didier about their showcase and he told me how they wanted to celebrate Akon for what he is doing for Africa, something that everyone else seems to be ignoring. “Akonscious 600″and “Bikoz we are” stood out for me.
Magents is for the casual laid back gentleman who loves to feel free in his clothes and is very fashion forward. Rocking the latest and sickest kicks and fashionable Tees.
Photos from SDR Photo www.ramp.sdr.co.za
After five months of internet,street and radio activations Jean Daniel releases the visuals to His “In My Circle” video,the video was shot at Faraday Taxi Rank in the Johannesburg CBD,its a paradox between the everyday ordinary life and the high fashion taste that Jean Daniel portrays with his image.
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“It all starts with an idea, right?” I believe that this is exactly the statement that sparked the creation of the Ideas Expo 5 years ago founded by young Africans from Botswana Calvin and Tumiso. When opening the expo Tumiso highlighted that they wanted to use creativity to provide solutions. The world has become so connected, but are the ideas? Gabriel Mothibedi one of the speaker’s presentation focused more on design and he highlighted that Design is a driver of innovation and that nowadays it is difficult to make money off people’s ignorance because the world is so connected.
Kelvin Twissa the HOD of Branding and Communications at Vodacom Tanzania also attested to that wherever there is a problem there is always an opportunity. He took us on a journey of how Mobile Money is succeeding where the banks are failing in Tanzania. To solve the cumbersome distribution of music for Tanzanian musicians an app called www.mkito.com was created and it has been a booming success as users joined plus 99% of the downloads are free.
In order for an idea to be effective communication must be kept simple.- Kelvin Twissa
Dr Carla Enslin National Academic Head at Vega School of Brand Leadership highlighted the importance of branding and leadership. As business people in Africa we need to build businesses that will always matter to the people so much so that should your business disappear then care should be aroused in your consumers. It should be clear what a brand stands for, the sense of being, the value it brings and decisions taken.
Understand why you matter- employ people who matter.- Dr Carla
As creatives it is very important to invest. Bakang Sereste from Afena Capital touched on the importance of collaborations and investments. His advice was for creatives to setup an innovation fund and develop an Index to measure brands and businesses.
Get professional advice and buy a lot of shares- Bakang
Khaya Dlanga’s presentation was on the importance of borderless ideas that not only transcends borders but cultures, individuals, differences and time. Borderless ideas have an impact globally even thought they are intended for a local market and they work on single, strong, powerful and emotive insight. It is important for us as creatives to be what we say we are and to the things that we say we do.
Africa needs to create, control, own and export borderless ideas.- Khaya Dlanga
Didier the Co-founder and Creative Director of Magents Lifestyle Apparel told the story of Magents, where it started, where it went and why it had to regroup. He emphasized the importance of staying true to yourself and your brand.
Learn from the East and the West but make sure that your DNA is Afrikan.-Didier
Pretty much all the speakers agreed on a number of issues including that we can use ideas to solve problems and that greatness is born from very bad situations. Most of us are starting businesses because we couldn’t find jobs or because we were not happy at our jobs. We can start business but we also need to know the importance of investing and finding the right investors.
Nothing drives anything like purpose- Pepe Marais
Musa Kalenga’s presentation was based on change, we need to accept that things change and be able to adapt to it. America and Asia have plans for Africa, but what is Africa’s plan for Africa?. Young Africans need to start taking charge of Africa and devise clear plans for Africa.
Learn. Unlearn and relearn- Musa Kalenga
Words that were left ringing in my head till this day are: What is YOUR plan for Africa? Even now as I type this I can hear Musa Kalenga’s voice. So I ask myself: What is MY plan for Africa? Hyping each other at these type of gatherings is great but we need to start doing instead of just talking about changing things.
More from the Exhibition shot by Elvis Dambe- @LordElvo on Twitter
Fashion Designer Loza Maléombho has released her Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook and I absolutely love it. The brand is a fusion between traditional cultures and contemporary fashion. Her collection has electric aesthetics a great prints with a touch of colour.
I absolutely love the setting and the contrast of the colours of the setting and the garments.