Category Archives: Design

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

It’s Down To The Final 8 For Elle Style Reporter 2016

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With over 300 entries showcasing the latest trends in the world of fashion, the search for the next ELLE Style Reporter by ELLE in association with Orms & Canon, began. Through blog posts and storyboards, the stiff competition made the judges’ deliberation all the more difficult. Now, narrowed down to eight finalists, the best behind the lens will be awarded with the incredible opportunity to be the next ELLE Style Reporter.

The ELLE Style Reporter property was created just three years ago, crowning two successful winners, Trevor Stuurman and Niquita Bento; the announcement of the third winner is now just around the corner! With an ever-growing interest for local fashion in South Africa, the idea of the property was to find someone who’s perfectly attuned to what’s new on the streets and the catwalk. The winner should have an eye for fashion, be social media savvy and have the ability to narrate what’s on the ground through their lens. ELLE’s publisher Gisele Wertheim-Aymes says, ‘With the growth in social media, this really serves as an example that anything is possible and ELLE wanted to be the catalyst!’

The first winner Trevor Stuurman successfully created a niche in the industry by developing his own distinct trademark, and the second winner Niquita Bento, balances playful fashion quirks with interesting architecture through her lens as ELLE’s creative assistant. Together they prove that the ELLE Style Reporter is a sought after platform for emerging talent.This year again, the competition is powerful: ELLE Editor, Emilie Gambade says, ‘The eight finalists have really brought a unique point of view. A fresh look at ‘home-grown fashion & style’, away from the usual street style images we often see. Each of them brought something different and allowed for their own emotions, their personality to softly tint their work and imprint their images.’ 

The Finalists are:

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CRAZY, SMART, WORKAHOLIC, DETERMINED, CHILLED BUT A LITTLE CRAZY!”

                                                     SIMZ MKHWANAZI, 25, DURBAN

 “This will really have a positive impact on my career – This is only just a start to greatness!”

“I actually feel like I’m going to win this! (fingers and toes crossed). You feel me?”

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“INVENTIVE, SPONTANEOUS, UNCONVENTIONAL, PERCEPTIVE, CURIOUS!”

YETUNDE DADA, 25, PRETORIA

“I’m really excited, as I feel that I’ve stepped into a different paradigm because I was a previous entrant in 2013 – managing only to get into the Top 20. Being part of the Top 8 now is a sign of growth for me and I’m ready to move forward! I feel that I have now focused on storytelling during my photography journey because I am a blogger who fell in love with photojournalism, fashion and writing at the same time a few years ago, and I think these things are elements in my work and helped with my selection for the Top 8.

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“HUMBLE, CREATIVE, ADVENTUROUS, SMART AND COOL.”

               THEMBA MBUYISA, 23, JOHANNESBURG

“Being a Style Reporter sounds like a cool thing to do actually. I feel cool!

This is something I’ve been doing for years, and I think I’ve been selected because there is someone out there who believes in my work and me as a creative person.  I love what I do and I believe that it shows on my work!”

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“ARTISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SOMEWHAT SASSY, TEA ADDICT, WITH PANACHE!”

GEMMA MARY SHEPHERD, 22, CAPE TOWN 

“I feel honoured to be a finalist in this year’s competition given the high level of talent in South Africa at the moment.”

“I think I’ve been selected because I have both the photographic and writing skills to report artistically and journalistically on events and fashion trends in South Africa.

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“FUN, STYLISH, YOUNG, CHRISTIAN MAN!”

LUNGILE JAMANI, 22, JOHANNESBURG.

“I am so excited and yet a bit nervous about being a finalist.

I think I’ve been selected because of my eye for style. The way I try to depict street style is most certainly not the same as the other – I’m probably one in a hundred

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“PASSIONATE, CURIOUS, SENSITIVE, ARTISTIC AND ROMANTIC!”

NIKKI ZAKKAS, 24, JOHANNESBURG.

“A street style photographer for an inspiring fashion publication such as Elle would be a dream come true, combining my two studied interests: fashion and photography perfectly!

I think that I have been selected as a finalist because the role of street style reporter is uniquely suited to my educational background, putting my knowledge and skills in fashion and visual communication to good use.”

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“CREATIVE, PASSIONATE, INTROVERT, HARDWORKING AND ECLECTIC!” 

LUSANDA NDITA, 22, JOHANNESBURG 

“I am thrilled to be one of the finalists, because this competition is a great platform to promote aspirating photographers like myself.  I am looking forward to sharing my ideas on youth culture in my society.I think I have been selected because my photography explores a “home-grown” style characterized by fashion forward individuals.”

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“‘ALWAYS HAPPY’ (CAN WE COUNT THAT AS ONE WORD HAHA), PASSIONATE, CONFIDENT, MOTIVATED, CONSCIOUS!”

SIBUSISO “ZEUS” FENI, 21, CAPE TOWN

“I am actually stocked, because it feels like I am in arms reach to achieving one of my biggest goals in life, which is shooting an Editorial for Elle Magazine!“I am doing the “money dance”!(Kevin Harts Dance) I think to be honest what Elle is looking for this year; best describes what I do on a daily basis, especially in terms of candid street style photography. Passion is another thing they looking for which I think they can see through my work.”

  

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: Announced on the 5th Of May in Newtown Johannesburg 

·         An exclusive one-on-one session with acclaimed photographer, Ed Suter

·         A Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM lens to the value of    

·         R30 995, courtesy of Orms & Canon

·         A monthly stipend of R5 000, from July – December 2016 in his/her capacity as the 2016 ELLE Style Reporter

·         The opportunity to tell their stories through the pages of ELLE, creating content for all platforms under the leadership and guidance of the editorial team and the editor Emilie Gambade.  

 

 Watch! ELLE Editor Emilie Gambade, ELLE Fashion Director Tarryn Oppel and ELLE Contributing Editor Malibongwe Tyilo on more of the juicy details here: 

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On the 28th of April, the finalists will be treated to a technical workshop, under the leadership of sponsors Orms & Canon. There, they will also have one-on-one time with the judges before the final deliberation is made. The journey will culminate on the 5th of May at the Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg.

 

TO FOLLOW THE JOURNEY, STAY TUNED TO: www.elle.co.za/enter-elle-style-reporter-2016-2/

Tweet who you think will win: @ELLEMagazineSA 

TAGS: #ESR2016 #OrmsandCanon

 

#SAFashionWeek Day 1 Favs

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South African Fashion Week kicked off last night at Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg with the renowned fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee opening the fashion week. My favourite collection was The Geisha Wars by Clive Rundle. Judging by the title of the collection you can already tell that it is Asian Inspired. I thoroughly loved the layering and the choice of fabric as well as the pairing of the garments with Doc Martens. The garments are obviously for ladies who love being comfortable and free in their clothes as well as edgy women who love to stand out

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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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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”

Earthy Tones For Hauz Of Lenze’s SS15/16 Lookbook

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” A NEW MAN” by Hauz Of Lenze is for the man who is confident, strong, not afraid to take risks and break fashion rules. The man who is new and has evolved and is likely to set fashion trends.

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Models: Francis Mubanga and Alan John

Designer: Brian Ndienze

Photographer: Philly Mohlala

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I love the selection of the colours, the earthy tones that most designers usually neglect in their collections and I love that Hauz Of Lenze always offers something unique and says that it is okay for men to wear lace and be a bit risque.

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“Create, Design, Empower And Love Local” by Zambia Fashion Week

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The Zambia Fashion Week is once again upon us with the 2015 edition to take place from 15-17 October. This year’s theme is “create, design, empower….love local” and all roads lead to the Mulungushi International conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The Zambia Fashion Week can arguably boast to be a platform that has contributed to the growth of fashion, glamour and glitz.

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50 designers took part in celebrating what was Zambia’s Jubilee independence anniversary last year with special guest Mustafa Hassanali from Tanzania. This year over 50 designers will be showcasing including 4 designers from Zimbabwe and the renowned David Tlale.

The show is about reaching out to the public, to emphasize and promote talents in the fashion industry. It’s more about valuing our own designers and building brands and taking them to greater heights each year. Their long-term goal as Zambia Fashion Week is to promote “fashion as a trade”, a concept whereby the fashion industry is seen locally as an income generating trade that creates direct and indirect revenue for both individuals and the country as whole, leading in part to poverty alleviation.

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So if you are in Lusaka from tomorrow make sure that you attend the fashion week.

For more info contact Zambia Fashion Week on  https://www.facebook.com/TheZambiaFashionWeek

The Fashion Village Workshop To Be Hosted By Style Icon Gilmore Tee

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As part of developing Zimbabwean Fashion, Hunnar Management Agency and Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 presents The Fashion Village Workshop on Saturday the 5th of September at the Palm Estate in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Fashion Village Workshop will be hosted by Global Citizen & Style Icon, Gilmore Tee who will present on Fashion & Globalization. The workshop is aimed at highlighting on the linkages between fashion and other sectors of interests. Those to attend will gain a better understanding on how they can commercialize their works and reach out to greater heights through collaborative works with Musicians, Retailers, Actors, Stylists and ordinary individuals that think of what to wear when going to church, school, wedding or for a meeting.

The Fashion Village Workshop will challenge, especially designers, to be able to realize that it is not about themselves, but they should aim to cater for the client who after all is the king. If NIKE as a brand is able to reach the furthest areas of Zimbabwe such as Tsholotsho, Mhondoro and Chivi, what then is the challenge with our local brands and designers?

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“Globalization as a concept has come to our advantage. We consume goods from China, listen to the same music as in the USA and wear an outfit from Tanzania, our aim as the fashion industry is to over populate our streets with our brands, and also take our brands to the outside world.  Platforms on how to expand ones brand will be highlighted at the workshop and also linkages will be highlighted so as to assist those individuals with a greater vision for their brands.”Gilmore Tee

The Panelist is made up of PrayerSoul, an Afro-Soul Zimbabwean Musician, who is known for touring the world with his music. Just like many, he is a vehicle of driving Zimbabwean Fashion to different parts of the globe; Mbo Mahocs, a Style Icon, Fashion Muse & Socialite. Mbo Mahocs is known for pulling creative outfits at every event she goes to; she has become one of Zimbabwe’s outstanding fashionistas. Her role in promoting Zimbabwean Fashion involves helping designers to be exposed through the events she attends & also she has a consuming fashion following; Haleema Mekani, a Milan Trained Stylist who runs a fashion house called Nguwo.Inc. She is known for styling some of todays’ contemporary and outstanding photoshoots and looks that have featured in multiple magazines. Her linkage to fashion is very strong and she plays a he role in Zimbabwe Fashion; Marshal Malikula, a Retail Marketer & Stylist. He is involved with some of Zimbabwe’s Major fashion houses and through some programmes he is involved in, he promotes the intake of local designers in these major fashion houses. Each of the panelists will do a 10 minute presentation on the influence in Zimbabwean Fashion and how designers, fashionistas and fashion lovers can use those links to promote their brands and projects.

Conversely, Gilmore Tee who is known for promoting Zimbabwean Fashion within and outside the country will do a 15 minutes presentation on the linkage of Fashion & Globalization and his experience with local designers and international designers. He will be heading the workshop in collaboration with the members of the panel and the audience in attendance. He is an award winning Style Icon and also a Nominee at this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week Awards. Gilmore’s works involves doing Quality Assurance Workshops, Young Designers Development Programmes & also mentorship programmes for local designers.  He recently attended the Durban Fashion Fair with 3 Zimbabwean Designers who showcased as part of the 55 South African and International designers in Durban, South Africa.

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

 

First Lady Of AfroSpanish Hip Hop Famosa Nkumu Stuns In Recent PhotoShoot

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Ghana based Equatorial Guinea songstress, Ferlania Victoria Ntongono popularly known in the music fraternity as Famosa Nkumu release promo photos ahead of official premiering of her ‘Lokeloke’ single featuring Yaa Pono and produced by EddyKay Beatz.

MONEY POWER FAME – MPF group first lady take a pride to be the first AfroSpanish Hip Pop Dancehall artiste with blend of English, Spanish and her local dialect to heat West Africa and Africa at large by storm.

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Nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards Have Been Announced

The list of nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards is out and it is up to the public to decide who gets to win the title. There are seven categories that need public vote and those are Blogger of the Year, Style Icon of the Year, Fashion Photographer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Accessories Designer Of the Year, Emerging Designer of the Year, Make-Up Artist/ Range of the Year and Young Designer of the Year.

To Vote simply Email the name of the person and the category to pa@zimfashionweek.com or send an inbox to Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Facebook.

THE NOMINEES:

Accessories Designer Of The Year:

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Dee-Kaw-Zee

Shorai

Ndau Collection

Vee Hatss

Nix And Sam Accessories

Emerging Designer Of The Year

Natsai Mujuru

Mehreen Kamal

Humphrey Salimu

Tariro Muza

Crystelle Natasha Khan

O’Brien Methuselah

Kay Terera

Stylist Of The Year

Haleema Mekani

Welshman Sibanda

Craig Zoowie

Make-Up Artist / Range Of The Year

Flori Roberts Cosmetics Zimbabwe

Vault Cosmetics

Make-up By Gamu

Langa Cosmetics

Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe

Blogger of The Year

That Fai Daji

Kicking It With Mimi

Zimfashionista

Signature Toscie

Concrete Jungle “Nkosikadzi”

The Harare Girl

The Royal Fashion Files

Style Archive ZW

Young Designer Of The Year

Brian Makubise

Irvine Kambodzi

Kudzaishe Bunhu

Nyaradzo Olga Pedzisai

Taonga Badza

Tawana Nyamupingidza

Tendai Mhaka

Tinashe Sockie Chikoti

Style Icon Of The Year

Welshman Sibanda

Pokello Nare

Craig Zoowie

Samantha “MisRed”Mussa

Gilmore Tee

Lorraine “Lochnation”Charlotte Bgoya

Trish Carmen

Fashion Photographer Of The Year

Michele Fortmann

Tinashe Njangu

Kudzai Chakaingesu

Mike Wall

Elton Marengedze