Category Archives: Models
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
Last night Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2017 kicked off at Mall of Africa in Johannesburg and day 1 has set a good pace for the rest of the days. Fellow fashionistas and I braved the cold and windy Joburg weather for the love of fashion.
AFI Prive which is an African Fashion International inhouse fashion brand made a return last night on the runway and I must say that I was impressed with the collection. “Under the African Sun” is what the collection embodied and the garments were made of soft and comfortable fabrics. The kind of clothes that one wears in an African summer next to the pool, river or beach; whatever floats your boat. The cute thin waist belts were significant in giving the best view of the outfits. My absolute favourite outfit was the off the shoulder crop top with multi-layered sleeves and the matching pants which give off a relaxed look.
All the looks from the AFI Prive collection can be shopped at the AFI Prive store at the crystal court at Mall of Africa and soon on the website http://afiprive.com/
Thula Sindi is showcasing again and I couldn’t be any happier. Before the show, everyone who follows Thula Sindi on Twitter and I got to see a sneak peek of what to expect at his show and true to his word; his collection reflected his obsession with hard edged details on soft fabrics.
My favourite dresses from Thula Sindi’s collection are the dresses above whose details are hard to miss, I definitely paid so much attention here and I could not help but see a peacock in its glory as its covert feathers are displayed during the courtship ritual.
The collection also featured some of the best embroidery I have ever seen. Everything was just so precise, in the right colour and paired with best pieces. I love that you can switch up the TS garments and you can wear them for any occasion.
Other designers who showcased included Gavin Rajah and Spero Villioti. Even Though their collection were nice, I would have loved to see something different because I feel like we always see the same collections from them. Spero Villioti had models wear fake colourful locks which did nothing for the collection and we have seen this before in international designers. I honestly did not see the point of the fake locks as they added nothing to the story.
Photo Credits: SDR Photo
It is always great to see my favourite creatives progress in their careers and one such creative is Julia Ese Otobo. Julia is a 23 year old Nigerian born Half Delta and Half Igbo model who has taken New York by storm after being signed by MSA Models.She is in love with Afros and black hair, something that is evident in her blog www.nappyese.com. The decision to keep her hair natural came about because of a guy that she was in love with, she started keeping her hair natural because of him and eventually fell in love with her natural hair, her brave stance back then was admirable as the modelling industry had not yet fully accepted natural hair. Besides modelling, blogging and vlogging, Julia is taking a course in Digital & Affiliate Marketing to up her game.
Julia decided to start modelling after she listened to her favourite fashion model Doyin Haastrup Olatokunbo talk about the Pearl Look Model Nigeria modelling competition that she was producing and Julia knew that was the time for her life to change. After having to drop out of University because of lack of funds, Julia enrolled in the Pearl Look Model Nigeria competition and knew that she needed to win in order to make her other dream- being a Victoria Secret Model come true. Being a part of the boot camp was very difficult but she was determined to win and win she did! As the winner of Pearl Look Model Nigeria she won an all-expenses paid trip and a contract to South Africa to work with Ice Model Management in South Africa.
I believe that Julia is one of the best models that Africa has to offer, she knows how to own the runway and her fashion editorials are always pleasing to the eye and I remember when I first saw her on the runway at Mercedes-Benz fashion Week Joburg, I was really captivated by her. I have been following her career ever since. In one of our talks she explains that although modelling takes a lot of hard work, patience and persistence, she is grateful for each and every opportunity that she has ever gotten as she’s had the opportunity to work with amazing brands and fashion designers.
She recalls one of her favourite shoots to date was when she worked with her twin sister Janet Otobo for Luminance Magazine in South Africa while also having graced the cover twice. Julia is currently living it up in ‘The Big Apple’ and has booked multiple shows for a number of designers like Chromat and Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week. The model’s ultimate goal is to walk for Victoria Secret in a glorious Afro (like Maria Borges recently did) in order to show the world that Black hair is beautiful. I can surely imagine that, can you?
Tim Hulme Photography
Steven Love Menendez
Luminance: Sivan Miller
Article originally published on Moon-Look Mag
” 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
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?
“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.
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.
The city of Tshwane will be buzzing with models and designers from all parts of Africa, not forgetting fashionistas at the forth coming Retro Vintage Kolektion Africa Fashion week.
The popular fashion event has managed to attract designers not only from all parts of Africa but also Europe. Some of the designers who will be landing in the Capital city for this big fashion event are Onyansani from Ghana, Mary Martin London from London, Prince from Togo, Chimwemwe from Kenya, Malawi, Maria Emmanuel from Namibia, Joseph from Nigeria, Gazibo from Swaziland, Martin Mokena from Tanzania and 10 best local designers from Gauteng and surrounding areas.
The monumental Ditsong National Museum of cultural history (in Tshwane) will be the host of this event. The event will be spiced up with some performances by brave D from Nigeria, Tinashe also known as Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe and not forgetting our own local hip hop stars from Gauteng.
A kaleidoscope of artists, fashion and exhibition will be a feast for the two days
Date 11-12 September 2015
Venue Ditsong National museum of cultural history
Time 18hrs -21hrs
Tickets are available at Computicket from R100 standard and R150 VIP.
The main aim of this event is to bring young Africans together as they share cultures and love.
For those who wish to take part or know more about this event.
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SA Menswear Week is putting African menswear designers on the international map. First of its kind in Africa it is surely going to encourage more young designers to get into designing for men as there are already a whole lot of womenswear fashion designers. Designers from Nigerian, South Africa, Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe presented the best of their collections at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town.
I am so excited and I am looking forward to see SA Menswear Week grow and to see more Africa designers take part.
There are obvious designers that I follow who always bring their best to the table. I always love seeing Rich Mnisi’s collection and I never run out of imagining ways I would rock certain pieces ( Yes I love menswear)
I love how Rich used his colours. The Orange, navy, blacks and the whites blended in together so well. It’s the easy to put on and take off outfits that got me going. So free flowing I could definitely see myself in all those pieces ( altered of course). My favourite item was the orange leather sleeveless jacket ( there might be a more appropriate technical term for it). Also the light coats are a super win for me. Who says you can’t wear coats in spring and summer?
Lukhanyo stuck to Navy blue and I must say that it looked amazing. His use of chiffon and silk is a different and a much welcome perspective of the overly masculine man. My favourite item is the jumpsuit that I will rock with a bright pair of heels.
Nothing wrong will a little bit of formal. I love how Martin played around with his colours, nothing was too much the bright were not too bright and dark not too dark. Of course this is for the dapper gentlemen who like to dress up and look good and still look relaxed and laid back. Would I suit up? Of course I will. that Maroon suit (it could be another colour, magenta or red, who knows) would look absolutely great on me. Maybe I could take it further and rock a bow-tie.
One look at the set then I knew that something amazing was about to happen. A man who wear Projecto Mental is a kind of man who is ready for anything. His boys can call him up for a drink and he would leave the office and head straight to the club without change. I feel like this collection was simple, comfortable and really trendy. I love the pop of colour that comes in here and there among the grey, it just blends so well together.
Imprints By Mzukisi Mbane
Imprints By Mzukisi took me to a very cool summer day at a beach somewhere in Africa enjoying a cold refreshment while looking on as some eye candy struts around. The choice of prints chosen are so rich and an eye catcher ( also the models were super fine if I might add). This collection made me miss spring even more. I love the accessories: the oversize straw hats, the neck pieces made from all sorts of interesting things.
I love the simplicity of Julia Mpoko’s collection. Its for a chilled guy who loves looking good but he still wants to feel comfortable in his clothes. The contrasts between white, navy blue and green got me all excited (as a visual being, that was a total visualgasm for me)
An Eastern inspired collection from Kola Kuddus. I loved the colours, the material and the complementing scandals. The head gear was also on point.
Obvioulsy this collection is for the man who is not afraid to be different. In fact he lives on being different, what I would like to call “Expressing his softer side”.
For the cool and laid back gentleman.
All photos by SDR Photo http://ramp.sdr.co.za/
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.