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Brave Hearts Never Fail: The Kidd Hunta Story

 

From the primordial wasteland where survival is the only thing that matters, comes Kidd Hunta – fighting through harshest environments with only his wit, and his spear handed down from his father. The Kidd Hunta is here to take on the world with no apologies. With his spear, he aims and strikes true to his target.

The story of this young African Boy fighting is the inspiration for Kidd Hunta. He encapsulates an entrepreneurial go getter spirit with a uniquely African outlook. With Kidd Hunta we bring the traditional values of bravery, courage and fearlessness into the modern world, and stake our claim.

This is no ordinary clothing label, because this is no ordinary kid. Kidd Hunta, has found the beast within himself, and uses that to survive. Today – his same spirit ignites a flame expressed in the design of the Kidd Hunta label.

Kidd Hunta shows no mercy, but does so in a modern setting-with style.

For the modern day fighter, comes Kidd Hunta – a label which draws strength from a strong African Past and runs courageously into the future. Brave Hearts Never Fail.

Couture D’Afrique by #MBFWJ And Puma Select

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My favourite shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was Couture D’Afrique which featured 12 designers from the rest of Africa. I truly enjoyed Senegalise fashion designer Adama Paris‘ show with amazing headwraps and layering like I have never seen before. I loved the patterns and the styling really represents the modern woman that the brand is aimed at. Seeing that collection made me want to get myself a gele and I can safely say that it was one of my favourite collections from the show.

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Soraya Da Piedade a fashion brand from Angola caters for everyone from women to men to kids. I loved the simple yet sophisticated garments showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg. The kind of woman who wears Soraya Da Piedade is a woman who knows and loves her body, the kind of woman who loves to look great and still feel comfortable and I feel that the collection at MBFWJ16 was comfortable and sophisticated.

SHERIA NGOWI

Tanzanian menswear brand Sheria Ngowi showed the most amazing suits. I loved the cuts and the choice of colours and the way the colours are mixed together to form a great looking suit. A suit doesn’t always have to be one colour, you need to switch it up and a decide on scandals instead of formal shoes. With this collection Sheria Ngowi showed that a tie doesn’t always have to accompany a suit and that sneakers also complements a suit very well.

CISS SAINT MOISE

What caught my attention about Ciss Saint Moise ‘s collection were the details on the suit. It seems details are what makes Ciss Saint Moise stand out and have always been a signature of the brand. The involvement of Puma brought a new perspective on suits and sneakers and I must say that I have always loved suits worn with sneakers and no ties because it does away with the serious look.

HAUTE BASO

Rwandan brand Haute Baso‘s collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was casual and stylish. The kind of clothes  a woman would wear on a date, a family gathering and practically anywhere chilled. i love that you can play around with the garments til you get the kind of look that you want.

All photos by Simon Deiner for AFI

#MBFWJ: NN Vintage Perfectly Portrays The African Queen Trend

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Last night NN Vintage wowed fashion lovers with a star-studded showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg in Sandton. I was eager to see what NN Vintage had in store for us because I have always been impressed by their previous collections. I really relate to the garments and I am definitely the kind of woman who wears and understands NN Vintage. The African Queen trend has really taken over with women all over Africa embracing headwraps and really taking pride in their cultures. NN Vintage keeps up with the times and the collection is modern and played a lot with stripes, grays and a pop of colour just to brighten it up.

What stood out for me is that the showcasing was more than the fact that the Queens are proud of who they are. African queens love each other, they dance together, the have fun together and they generally encourage each other. African Queens uplift each other and provide opportunities to each other. That is what the African Queen trend is all about and I believe that  the celebrities who walked for Nhlanhla Nciza’s show cemented the fact that African Queens support each other and they are happy for the other’s successes.

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All images by AFI

Hauz Of Lenze: Enough Is My New Freedom

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Fashion Design label Hauz of Lenze has released their SS16/17 lookbook and it is all about celebrating women.
As the Spring /Summer season unravels.Hauz of Lenze apologetically tells a story about his SS16/17  collection for the women themed “Enough is my new freedom” he uses fashion to express a feeling or experience that many fear to speak about because of fear of loosing that someone or the ‘What if I told the world’ but on this journey we see how Hauz of Lenze’ uses fashion to mend that caged and broken heart..letting him or her know that there is still love and I mean genuine love out there. She finally finds true love and remarries as the story unfolds.

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The Poem

He shot the door and walked away leaving me bruised…

Shattered and naked.
My self-worth, loyalty was stripped off minute after minute

Until there was nothing left in my personality,

I was almost losing the meaning of being a woman,

My feminity had reached its expiry date.

I felt empty, trapped in a world I called love..

Yet I never forgot about that strong and great woman I was growing to become,

That powerful woman lived inside a soul that had been insulted, emotionally beaten, called worthless names,

Waiting for that day resurrection would knock on her caged soul and set it free

That day when the power of light will cause darkness to lose its dignity,

Then the light will shine through her soul ones again bringing her hope and believe for a better life and a new journey to endless possibilities …

Today I stand next to my possibilities

Because that strong and powerful woman has been reborn..

And saying “ENOUGH” to all these bruises is the only way my new strong,

Powerful me can be separated from the “Darkness” I was ones called

Don’t let loyalty become slavery, let your story inspire and change lives..
ENOUGH is My New FREEDOM

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Ghana’s Fashion Brands Exhibited Their Work At AuntieOboshie’s Design Installation

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AuntieOboshie hosted an installation exhibition  with Ghana’s leading fashion brands on the 24th of April 2016 at the Accra International Conference Centre. The exhibition took guests on a journey through time by showcasing the story of Ghanaian fashion from the 60s till now.The exhibition, a celebration of Ghanaian fashion through the years, featured 59 installations that showcased different eras in Ghanaian Fashion. Brands presented various clothing that showcased Ghanaian Fashion style as it was in the Past (60s through to the 90s) and then Ghanaian Fashion as it is now.

I love how the people took the theme seriously and showed up looking their best. The creativity put into it is amazing.

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Source: http://www.auntieoboshie.com

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: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDMjfQ6xDk 

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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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”

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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African Princess X AmartePhoto X Sydney Designs

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What I discovered from this shoot is that I look frikken great in green. I think green is my colour now. I fell in love with this collection when I first saw the pictures from Sydney’s showcase about a month ago and I knew that I need to get my body into some of the pieces. Look how I was Queening and slaying like a true royal should.

Big ups to everyone who mad this shoot amazing and to everyone who has been applauding the great work done by the amazing creatives.

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Model: Vuyiso Tshabalala

Make-up Artist: Mapule Maile

Designer: Sydney Designs

Photographer: Amartephoto

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