Category Archives: Lookbook
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
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.
Clothing : Imprint
Stylist : Mzukisi Mbane
Models: Corine (female) and Lesala Mampa (male)
Photographer : Dylan Louw
MUA : Prada
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
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.
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
“Hope on bravely”
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
Nigerian Fashion brand “Souza” speaks to the experimental woman who is not afraid to try new things and wants to stand out and far from the crowd. the collection has a lot of lace and colours that pop enough to make the “Electric” Souza woman to be the envy of other women.