Category Archives: Dresses
Too few fashion brands celebrate the curvy and big boned people. I was delighted to be invited to Suennel Style Fashion Show for the curvy women. The fashion show was in Kagiso in the west of Johannesburg and as I watched a collection of spring/summer and autumn winter outfits, I immediately developed ideas on how to style the outfits for this platform. Suennel Original is owned by Neliswa Motsuenyane, a young black woman from Kagiso. The collection had some bridal gowns which were amazing.
I fell in love with how these ordinary women looked in the amazing designs and how the unconventional fashion show was inclusive of everyone. To create this Afrikan Princess Edit, I decided to create the lookbook at an art studio owned by a good friend who is housed at August House in Johannesburg.
The lookbok was shot in an art studio because I wanted to merge painting and fashion design together as forms of art and show the beauty that they have separately as well as the beauty that comes out of their combination. The painter and artist Sanusi Olatunji works mostly with paper in his painting and I loved how the outfits complemented the art work in the studio,
Designer: Neliswa Motsuenyane @suennel_style
Stylist: Vuyiso Tshabalala @vuyiso_afrikanprincess
Assistant Stylist: Thobeka Mbane @thobekambane
Photographer: Vuyo Thloloe @erem_malo
Assistant to photographer: Shana Nkosi @shana.king
Make-Up Artist : Siyabonga Motsuenyane @ceedazz
Accessories: Lebo Visagie @lebo.visagie
Studio: Sanusi Olatunji Art @sanusiolatunjiart
” 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.
Models: Francis Mubanga and Alan John
Designer: Brian Ndienze
Photographer: Philly Mohlala
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
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.
At only 17 years of age Khensani Mohlatlole has covered many a fashion show for her Blog Glitter Daiquiri and a reputable African Magazine. Khensani describes herself as a high school zombie from Johannesburg moonlighting as a cool kid on occasion. She is crazy about film, low art, prose and poetry and all these can be reflected on her blog.
I say a lot of things about fashion, photography and feminist rants on my blog, Glitter Daiquiri.
Khensani feels that Africa is arguably the wealthiest and richest continents in the world: not only mineral wealth but in its people, its histories and possibilities.”Africa Reign for me is basically about getting people to remember that we are rich and to utilize those riches”.
Glitter Betty is Khensani’s upcoming online store for the average South African girl who has assigned herself as “broke with expensive taste” and wants affordable fashion that is not seen on everyone. Glitter Betty promises to be your go to place for thrift clothes and some pretty rad jewelry. I am very optimistic and excited for Khensani’s future.
I don’t beleive that an African Dream needs to be build so much as I think it is all about abandoning concepts of what could be and then changing and bettering what is.
In realizing the African Dream or in trying to achieve the so called “Africa Dream” this youngster feels that is is too easy to get lost in narratives about some sort of cohesive future as opposed to making the most of your present.
Check this young lady’s style below
For more go stalk her blog www.glitterdaiquiri.com
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria has announced the warm and delectable Miss Abiola Okoya as their Global Goodwill Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015. Abiola Okoya is very excited about this opportunity and she has went on to say that she believes that creativity is not lacking in the African community. What’s needed is the platform to showcase and the funding for the African creatives to nature their talents.
The Ad campaign that gives you a glimpse of what Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is going to look like was shot at Inagbe grand resorts in Lagos featuring designs from some of Africa’s greatest fashion designers like Abebayo Jones. The amazing fabrics were from DaViva.
Take a look at the beautiful photos below:
Photos by: Africa Fashion Week Nigeria
AFI Next Generation keeps emerging designers on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015
Three of South Africa’s most promising young designers will reveal their 2015 Autumn/Winter collections at the foremost fashion event of the season, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ) 2015, at Melrose Arch from March 5-7.
All are part of the AFI Next Generation acceleration programme, the second phase of AFI’s Fastrack™ incubation programme, which asserts these designers as established brands in the South African fashion industry.
AFI Fastrack™ finalists or winners from previous years are given the platform, through AFI Next Generation, to showcase their collections in the various Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks, affording them continued exposure to key media, buyers and industry players.
“Young designers, who have come through AFI Fastrack™, like these AFI Next Generation talents, have all shown great entrepreneurial spirit. Most have started their own labels and this is testament to what African Fashion International is about – to help evolve and bring sustainability to our fashion industry,” says Group Marketing Manager for AFI, Sizwe Nzimande.
Previous AFI Next Generation designers are already becoming household names in the South African fashion industry, including Khothatso Tsotetsi, who will be showcasing his first independent, ready-to-wear collection at MBFWJ under his brand, Tsotetsi KL. AFI Fastrack™ finalist and 2013 Next Generation designer, Tzvi Karp, meanwhile, was recognized as one of the most influential young South Africans in 2013.
This year AFI Next Generation Designers who will all showcase collections are L.A.N.D by Jess Sutherland, Akedo by Eleni Lebrou and Oath by Rich Mnisi.
Oath, the label from AFI Young Designer of the Tear 2014, Rich Mnisi, promises a collection with pop culture at its soul. Inspired by the 90s cult movie, “Clueless”, the contemporary sportswear-influenced collection balances ease with ultra-chic, minimalism with carefully curated details, shapes and colour palettes.
AFI Fastrack™ Designer of the Year 2013, Eleni Labrou’s Akedo label will present an aesthetic that melds a vivid color palette with simplistic, tailored silhouettes, interpreting African traditions in a contemporary collection that speaks for the country’s rainbow nation of cultures.
AFI Fastrack™ 2013 finalist, Jess Sutherland’s label, L.A.N.D., meanwhile, occupies a space between pure minimalism and highly-detailed embellishment. Her collection, “The Seduction of Impermanence”, will present athletic/work-wear inspired pieces that reflect ease and comfort as well as the colours and textures found in nature.
Alongside the Next Generation designers, some of South Africa’s most popular and established designers like David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Stefania Morland and Ruald Rheeder will show their latest collections at Melrose Arch for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, running from 5-7 March.
Fashion Designer Grace Wallace Announces Global Rebranding of Fashion Company in 2015.
JOHANNESBURG — (TROPICS MEDIA GROUP) – KILIMANDJARO FASHION by GRACE WALLACE a wholly owned subsidiary of K-F Group Corp. officially kicks off the rebranding process of its company’s men’s and women’s apparel and ready-to-wear collections as GRACE WALLACE®. The official roll out of the name change will be effective from January 2015 (Fall 2015). The soon-to-be global fashion business is currently conducted under the brand name KIL FASHION by GRACE WALLACE.
Grace Wallace, Award-Winning Creative Director and Founder of GRACE WALLACE® stated, “We are thrilled to unveil this new chapter in the GRACE WALLACE® story to our customers,” commented Ghislain HAÏKOU, GRACE WALLACE® Manager, “Our new brand image combines fashion and fit in a relevant way to her lifestyle. We continue to evolve with her, knowing she loves fashion and the latest trends, demands the best fit and function, and wants to feel confident and happy.”
The new branding effort and current fall 2015 campaign speak to the latest on-trend GRACE WALLACE® fashions, while bringing an emotional connection to the imagery. Product features showcase timeless designs around key season’s trends as well as exclusive technology for superior fit and fabrication, proudly designed and made in Africa. It is planned that the official launch of the brand in selected parts of the world will follow its African introduction, in a phased manner over time.
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