Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Mermaid Awakens Her Warrior

Mermaid and Warrior Underwater shoot by ilse moore and fuaad abdool Models: Bianca Koyaba and Fuaad Stylist and creative director: Fuaad Abdool

The Mermaid Awakens Her Warrior is a great underwater shoot conceptualized and directed by Fuaad Abdool in collaboration with amazing young African  women. From what I gathered the story line is that of love. the mermaid wonders deep into the ocean where she meets the warrior, motionless and she radiates her energy into him thus awakening him. The project was a way of combining and illustrating the artistic skills of South African female creatives and more over Fuaad wanted to change the perspective of how people view mermaids. He says that he couldn’t find images of black mermaids so he wanted to create a modern rendition of mermaids and challenge the perception of how mermaids are supposed to look like.

Mermaid and Warrior Underwater shoot by ilse moore and fuaad abdool Models: Bianca Koyaba and Fuaad Stylist and creative director: Fuaad Abdool

This was model Bianca Koyabe’s first underwater modelling shoot and I personally think she looked great and she absolutely nailed. The mermaid costume was designed by 21 year old fashion designer Savannah Caster who had never made mermaid costumes before. Humiraa Mahomeds had never done body art for an underwater shoot before and she used eye-liner to draw the tattoos of the warrior. She had me believing that the warrior actually had tattoos. I give her a thumbs up for that.

Mermaid and Warrior Underwater shoot by ilse moore and fuaad abdool Models: Bianca Koyaba and Fuaad Stylist and creative director: Fuaad Abdool

Details of Team:
Art Direction & warrior: Fuaad Abdool
IG @fuaad_abdool
Photography: Ilse Moore.
Her website, www.ilsemoore.com and IG is @ilsemoore
Costume Design and Fabrication: Savannah Caster
Instagram @vasannah
Male body art painting: Humairaa Mahomed.
IG @hummingbird_127
Mermaid: Bianca Koyabe.
IG @bkoyabe

Mermaid and Warrior Underwater shoot by ilse moore and fuaad abdool Models: Bianca Koyaba and Fuaad Stylist and creative director: Fuaad Abdool

Mermaid and Warrior Underwater shoot by ilse moore and fuaad abdool Models: Bianca Koyaba and Fuaad Stylist and creative director: Fuaad Abdool

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Dress The Part By Superbalist

So I hardly wear dresses, in fact I own less than 5 dresses in my entire wardrobe. Thanks to Superbalist I might just change that and they have amazing dresses for every occasion. do check out my favourites, I had to choose 5 but believe me I have so much more.

Everyday

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I am laid back person and I like to be comfortable so I would wear this amazing Nadia sueded dress with flat scandals or sneakers sometimes. I would even wear wedges if I am doing lunch with friends or a movie. I am likely to throw a jacket over it and add stockings when it’s chilly.

Day Adventure

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Because being comfortable is such a big deal to me when I am trying out new things or visiting a new place. I would choose this tied down halter dress and pair it with sneakers and a light shirt for just in case it gets a bit chilly. On a hot day I would just wear the dress and a straw hat and of course a pair of sunglasses.

Party

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I hardly party but when I do, I love to look great and not draw attention to myself. This faux leather button through shirt dress screams stylish yet laid back. Together with gladiator scandals or sneakers then you got a killer look. I can pair the dress with red heels if I have a date afterwards.

Wedding

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This 70’s romantic flocking velvet maxi dress would look very great with a very colourful headwrap and very bright heels at a wedding. colourful beads will also add colour and spunk to the sophisticated look.

Office

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The La Mode Dress is perfect for a number of occasions but I would choose to wear it to the office and since winter is approaching, I would add a beige or white coat and red boots and socks.

Shop these dresses and more on Dress The Part

 

Imprint A/W 2016: Haboring Hope

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I was introduced to Imprint By Mzukisi Mbane last year at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town and I have been hooked ever since. I love the way Mzukisi styles his look books and how he takes you to places. The choice of models is always the perfect fit, on Haboring Hope he works with Corine and Lesala Mampa.

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Clothing :  Imprint
Stylist : Mzukisi Mbane
Models: Corine (female) and Lesala Mampa (male)
Photographer : Dylan Louw
MUA : Prada

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Haboring Hope is a collection inspired and dedicated to changing and challenging the concept of menswear and the meaning of being a men in Africa in a very beautiful, calm and less dramatic way.
Last season we started on a journey, creating gender bending looks. Also referred to as unisex. Inspired by the woman who gave birth to us all. This season we are still on that same gender bending tip. But this time inspiration is taken from various cultural group as well as religious group. Translating this in a more edgy, futuristic and clean way.- Mzukisi Mbane- Founder & Creative Director

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Mzukisi the Creative Director of Imprint says Haboring Hope is unapologetic and it is definitely not about fitting in, it’s simply about being you and it is peaceful and calm. In creating this collection, he says he was taken to a place where creativity is limitless and I can surely see that from his collection. You are immediately drawn in by how simple yet unique his designs are and the combination is just RIGHT.

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I found myself having this freedom. I got taken to a place where creativity was basically limitless. I became free to challenge the very idea of what menswear is (to the society). How it is supposed to be constructed, the silhouettes and well which lines to cross. In this collection you see me playing around with a lot of geometric shapes. Most shapes taken from a deconstructed a – line skirt.I also found my self challenging and exploring  the term over-sized and fitted. I was able to just create and have that “so what” attitude. I wanted to tell the story of believing in your dreams and who you are from a different side. A side where you don’t have to fight. Aside of beauty and peace.- Mzukisi

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“Hope on bravely”

EQLBRM SS15/16 By Haus Of Stone

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Haus of Stone SS15/16 Lookbook is such a feast for my eyes. It was shot at Birchenough Bridge in Manicaland Zimbabwe. What caught my attention is how the clothes and the model stand out even though surrounded by a beautiful scenery. Haus Of Stone is one of my best Zimbabwean designers.

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Make-Up: Langa Cosmetics

Designs By: Haus Of Stone

Photography: Focust Images

Compiled By: curateNOW

Shoes: Shoko Bespoke

“The hope and the desire to find balance in a time and space where it is non-existent…. where noise can co-exist in harmony with silence, and where purity resides between the lines. The embroidered linear and geometric patterns are abstract representations of Zimbabwe’s urban structures, specifically that of BirchenoughBridge in Manicaland.”
–Danayi Chapfika Founder

 

 

 

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Imepa Designed Stuns In Greek Inspired Collection

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Imepa Designed is a jewelry brand by Craig Mbouroux from Gabon who now lives in Accra Ghana. Everything about this shoot gets a thumbs up from me. From the choice of clothing to the styling and most importantly the jewelery.

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The trick with the latest collection is that you don’t have to wear overpowering clothes. Let the jewelry do the talking and just channel your inner higher being and  feel like a god or goddess.

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