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Originally Kasified Clothing Revealed Art Inspired Women’s Collection

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This year Originally Kasified Clothing has been showing women’s collection starting with the Autumn/Winter collection that they showcased earlier this year at Soweto Fashion Week, which I absolutely loved. but by far this Spring/Summer collection inspired by elements of Art is my favourite.”Not only was it a part of this year’s plans but also because I’ve always wanted to make a womens wear collection since I’ve started showcasing at SFW and other shows. It gives me an ability to tell a story through the style that I’ve created in a more realistic and understandable way” , says Afrika Mabena the designer. He wanted to show his other creative side.


The collection is telling a story of a young woman who loves shopping. A clean example of someone who just got paid, looking all nice and classy, feeling herself and comfortable in her outfit. And all this happens in a mall, heading to her favourite shoe store, to pick up her favourite shoes…the rest of the story is just the imagination of how this fun concept ends. Afrika used lines, shapes and colours. The colour combinations of the outfits was amazing, it was the right amount of black and white and the equally amazing touch of mustard and burnt orange. the stripes and the blocks draw you to the collection and the colours keep you there. I imagine that it was fun for the models to wear these outfits and there is no doubt in my mind that I would have had a blast on the runway. There is nothing more sexy than an outfit that makes a woman looks stylish and still allows her to have fun and I believe that Afrika Mabena achieved style and fun in this collection.

All photos by Eunice Driver

Qhama Maswana Art: The Kind Of Art That Speaks To Me

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Artists in Africa have been documenting their work in the best way possible. I love what their art does to me when I look at it. They produce art that is easy to relate to us African children and they capture it in the best possible. I have seen so much beauty in the work of these African artists, I have seen a beauty that I would have otherwise missed should I have been watching their subjects with my naked eye. One artist whose painting speak to my heart is Qhamanande Maswana  a 24 year old Fine Art graduate from the Eastern Cape whose passion for art began when he was still in high school.

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Culture is very much a driving force behind Qhamanande’s paintings, one cannot help but engage with the subjects in his paintings. My favourite painting is of a woman who looks absolutely amazing with flowers as her crown and her eyes are so intense and I feel like I can see what she is seeing even though she is facing the side and her cheek bones are beautiful bandla! Qhama says that he only paints when he is inspired and that he works hard at being inspired. I like that he just doesn’t sit and say today I am not inspired so I will not be painting. You have to get out and seek inspiration even from the smallest of things. Qhama boasts about being different from other artists because his work has a cultural feel to it which is inspired by his young days in the rural areas and he enjoys painting females because he grew up among females and he feels that the body gestures and expressions of females makes it easy to tell how they are feeling at that particular time.

The aim for my art is to engage the viewer with the roots and beauty of black people’s culture in South Africa as it has a modern and spiritual approach which is meant to take the viewer through the daily life of black Africans.I paint only when I’m inspired and I work hard at being inspired every day, if something touched my soul enough for me to paint it, the chances are there is someone out there who may feel the same because I think as an artist it is my job to inspire people What I enjoy doing the most is female portraits it might be because I grew up being surrounded by female siblings. Females, with their gentle, caring features filled with love. Their body gestures and facial expression makes it easy to tell what one was feeling or going through at that particular moment, and those expressions I capture to tell a story through my artworks.- Qhamanande Maswana

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Qhamanande Maswana’s biggest highlight was when he was commissioned to do a portrait of Doctor Mangosuthu Buthelezi for the Fort Hare University Centenary celebrations and when he had a solo exhibition at the Arts on the Lain in Berea East London. As a consumer of art I tend to like art pieces that speak to me and pieces that I can relate to in one form and another. Qhama works hard in developing paintings that speak to both him and the consumer of his art and he loves to show the beauty that is in Africa. Part of his painting process goes into researching a specific theme that he wants to create as he does not want to just capture an image but he also wants to give the image life. Tools are also important for the painting process, pen and ink are great for strong detailed lines while oil paints are used to capture colour and form; and fast drying acrylic paints are for projects that need to be completed quickly.” Africa inspires most of my art, the beautiful people, their full lip and thick hair, their amazing skin tone. I am inspired by the strength of the people and I see royalty in all of them, my artwork speaks, not only for me but for people who were long silenced”, says Qhama.

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You can order Qhamanande’s work from Qhama Maswana Art

 

 

 

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

All Hail The Honey By Rendani X Kgomotso Neto

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Creative graphic designer Rendani Nemakhavhani and photographer  Kgomotso Neto have been serving us some visual pleasures with a series called All Hail The Honey. I have absolutely enjoyed all the 3 chapters  and I cannot wait for more to follow. The series started off with the Honey (Rendani) in water and with a whip and of course it is interesting and we were intrigued and hoping for more. The narratives are very interesting and keep the audience up to date with the story. And they got me adding some of my own in the story.

21/10/25 The Honey, a collaborative effort between Rendani Nemakhavhani(Illustrator) and Kgomotso Neto Tleane (Photographer).

21/10/25 The Honey, a collaborative effort between Rendani Nemakhavhani(Illustrator) and Kgomotso Neto Tleane (Photographer).

21/10/25 The Honey, a collaborative effort between Rendani Nemakhavhani(Illustrator) and Kgomotso Neto Tleane (Photographer).

21/10/25 The Honey, a collaborative effort between Rendani Nemakhavhani(Illustrator) and Kgomotso Neto Tleane (Photographer).

As black girls we can relate to the 2nd chapter of All Hail The Honey series- The Hair Struggle. Our hair has suffered a lot from relaxers, braiding, weaves and plaiting. It is a struggle that. The Honey says that everyone should know that black hair shrinks in hair, it really does. Once you get your hair ‘DID’ you really avoid water because it all goes down and goes back to being nappy (But we still love it nonetheless)

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We all dread those salon visits but they have to be done so we can keep our hair “fly” and most importantly healthy.

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In the 3rd chapter Kgomotso steps in front of the lens to star as Gavini in a story inspired by Yizo Yizo. A story of love in the township, that kind of “Skhanda love” if you will. The visuals are absolutely amazing and they really did a good job.

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The duo keep it real all the time and most of us can relate to their series. On being real Rendani has the following to say:

Real is always what I aim to show off in the work that I produce. That is exactly how I want the work to be received as genuine.  I don’t believe in fronting about what I’m selling. In The Honey series we are selling you what makes up a typical outfit for most girls. We don’t necessarily buy everything that we have (from fancy shops). People must also know that when black hair meets water it shrinks. It’s just a matter of understanding the basics of how you make what you have work.

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To follow more of their work go to allhailthehoney.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

 

O.M.O by Felipe Bedoya

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Colombian artist Felipe Bedoya is super talent and I really love how his work is presented. I fell in love with one of the photos on instagram. I do not want to ruin the photos by saying to much. For more of the work of this amazing artist check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/30812975/OMO

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The Ndere Coupe Beautifully Captured At Ndere Cultural Centre in Uganda

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On his recent trip to Uganda, American photographer Nadere Johnson captured dancers and performers at Ndere Cultural Centre. I absolutely love the way these dancers look in their traditional clothes and for some reason they have my heart singing songs I have never heard before yet they feel so right and so familiar. So in Spirit of Heritage Month commencing in South Africa tomorrow I would love to celebrate The Ndere Troupe. They look very beautiful in their traditional regalia and this makes me proud to be African.

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The Ndere cultural troupe is very diverse and it was founded to instill a sense of  pride towards cultural practices and to bring together the rural and the urban. Aaaah this pictures are really breath-taking and are adding and fueling my strong desire to visit East Africa.The Ndere Troupe can perform folk dances and songs from any part of Uganda.

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For more of Nadere’s amazing work follow www.naderephotoblog.com

 

BOYZN BUCKS Racing Club Lookbook Video Coming Soon……

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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

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Date And Venue For Intwasa Fashion Show Announced

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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.

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Press Release: Ecowas Fashion Week 2015

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ECOWAS FASHION WEEK 2015 (SECOND EDITION)
The Economic Community of West African States marks its 40th Anniversary with a fashion Week in Cotonou, Republic of Benin that is to take place from 28 August to 30 August 2015. Ecowas Fashion Week currently in its second edition is recording successes already on the building “fame board”. The organizers of EFW are mostly interested in building, expanding and encouraging fashion, and a common market hub amongst the West African States. ECOWAS-governed region is comprised of fifteen (15) countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The objectives of this fashion week are:
  • 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
 MODEL CASTING
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I f you are a model and would like to wall for some of Africa’s greatest designers then email pictures to casting@ecowasfashionweek.com .The casting is on the 4th of  August 2015.

Africa Reign: Ruramai Musekiwa

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Ruramai  Musekiwa is  a creative activist who’s passionate about art life and effecting positive social change through creative mediums and campaigns. She is a graphic designer by trade, writer, visual artist and aspirant muso. “Rudo” as she is affectionately known strives to find the balance between an extremely philanthropic business model and a focused profitable value proposition. “Sibahle”which means we are beautiful: is a campaign that was started by Rudo that is aimed at celebrating Africanism through the use of creative mediums and activations, an electric lifestyle brand with the African woman at the helm of its vision. 

African Reign to me is us owing our space and purpose individually and collectively and building on a foundation of passion and awareness of our beauty as a people.

According to Rudo building the “African Dream” starts with recognizing our power, potential and beauty. Once we have a new frame of reference, one that speaks to power and positivity, that energy will flow into progressive endeavors. through the Sibahle initiative, book clubs have been started in major cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town and even spiraling into London. Rudo is doing  a remarkable job by getting more African youth involved and showcasing their work on Sibahle Magazine. For us as the youth to help develop Africa, there should be campaigns that encourage active citizenry. Ruramai believes that there is hope for the youth and there is a generation of youth that are running with innovative concepts.

I think the media needs to stop perpetuating negative stereotypes and start highlighting the positive things that are happening on out continent. The subliminal impact of seeing negativity frequently is crippling.

Check out more on Sibahle and Ruramai’s work on www.sibahle.com

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