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Themba Mbuyisa is a young brilliant photographer from Soweto who took up photography as a way to keep himself busy because he had the time and a creative eye. Photography was an impulsive decision for him and not having a camera was definitely not going to stop him from being a photographer, so he decided to enrol himself into a photography course. Themba does not believe that photography is set in stone for him. I mean, after 4 years in the industry, he’s still trying to figure himself out while not allowing ‘fame’ to get to his head. He is currently studying for his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand.
After entering Elle Magazine South Africa’s ‘ Elle Style Reporter’ for the second time after his first attempt in 2013, Themba finally won in 2016 and has been working with the magazine ever since. His win only registered in his mind when he did his first photo shoot, which he describes as being a great experience. The photographer’s creative process starts with a collage of images and notes that get revised until a clear picture comes up for the shoot. “I construct images,” he says. “My work has a thought process behind it and I decide what needs to be and how the lights need to shine on it.
Themba, who values friendship above most things, enjoys working with people who believed in him when he first started out in his career and works with young people in most of his shoots. Although he says that he does not have favourites, he especially loves working with Sthembiso Mngadi who has helped him transform his initial ideas into great images. 2017 for Themba is all about making connections and exploring other parts of photography that he has not given much attention to in the past while also putting himself out there by applying for exhibitions that he would not normally apply for. In April this year, the photographer is looking forward to being a part of the 32 nd Villa Noailles Hyeres Fashion and Photography Festival in France.
Youth Excellence Award
Sony World Photographic Awards 3rd Place National Award (South Africa) 2015
Sasol New Signatures finalist 2016
Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2016
Article originally published in Moon-Look Magazine
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”
MAASAI CRICKET WARRIORS X ONE LOVE SKATE EXPO
Photos by: Ole Ngais
Location: Randburg X Constitutional Hill Braamfontein
In promotion of a United Africa, The Maasai Cricket Warriors and One Love Skate Expo got to hang out in Braamfontein and did a small shoot. we had so much fun as we got to connect and learn more about each other.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send an inbox to Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Facebook.
Accessories Designer Of The Year:
Nix And Sam Accessories
Emerging Designer Of The Year
Crystelle Natasha Khan
Stylist Of The Year
Make-Up Artist / Range Of The Year
Flori Roberts Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Make-up By Gamu
Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Blogger of The Year
That Fai Daji
Kicking It With Mimi
Concrete Jungle “Nkosikadzi”
The Harare Girl
The Royal Fashion Files
Style Archive ZW
Young Designer Of The Year
Nyaradzo Olga Pedzisai
Tinashe Sockie Chikoti
Style Icon Of The Year
Lorraine “Lochnation”Charlotte Bgoya
Fashion Photographer Of The Year
Boyzn Bucks a well-known South African group that has positively influenced Pop Culture will be dropping their Boyzn Bucks Racing Club LookBook video very soon. I am so excited to see what they have been up to, judging from the pictures they had a lot of fun. I wonder if they will have open days for the public, the inner racer in me would love that.
On his Facebook page Okmalumkoolkat, Boyzn Buck member had this to say about the group and where there are headed: “#Boyznbucks is the coming together not only of a group of friends but a collective of skills with a love for music. With music as the starting point the Boyzn are poised for future projects in everything from fashion to art and beyond. The aim is to export South African culture and ultimately influence the kids, letting them know that they can do the same, be proud of who they are and where they come from”
While we wait for the lookbook video, they have released some dope photos. Check out the pictures below
All photos courtesy of http://boyznbucks.tumblr.com/
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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.
Kagiso Koyabe, is an Economist with a degree from the University of Johannesburg, entrepreneur and designer from Botswana. A South African graffiti artist who told Kagiso about the history of the Hip Hop Culture in Southern Africa and taught him about design, materials and art inspired Kagiso to start an urban lifestyle company called Lucky Charm Creations.
Lucky Charm Creations started out focusing on initial designs for t- shirts as well as customized graffiti apparel. During his timein UJ Lucky Charm partnered in sponsoring with the Hip Hop Association of UJ the annual Break Dance Competition which ran for 2 years, as well as partnering with Film students at UJ together with some from AFDA in organizing the FYTA Independent Film Festival in collaboration with Coal Stove a South African film house.
During his time as a student of Economics, Kagiso worked at building his company and was selling his merchandise at 3 stores in the Melville – Newtown area. Being back in Botswana Lucky Charm has been registered and has started off by working with community and charity projects to generate funds through entertainment and art activities and exhibitions.
Currently Kagiso is working on ways to make an innovative impact through fashion and Art, this has put him on a path to try and research, test and improve the garments and products being released under the Lucky Charm brand, in order to establish his second full line of clothes, beyond t-shirts and plain hoodies, incorporating fabrics (African prints and others) into my garments to make them more comfortable, unique and of a high enough quality to make it comparable to international brands. In the future once the company structure is stable, He aims to convert Lucky Charm into a NGO that will run as an Urban Lifestyle company with regional and international reach, that distributes its Profit to various charities on an annual basis, ensuring that its purpose outlives him. The purpose being to encourage people to Dream, and be Creative in actualizing these dreams, and lastly to Give back to the communities that raised them in order to improve the options marginalized youth have in current times of high youth unemployment and frustrations
Africa Reign means a celebration of African entrepreneurship, talent and drive. I believe that this project can help sing praise of some of the bright stars of Africa and motivate many other hopefuls to continue pursuing their dreams and goals, moreover, this can help us see how alike we are as Youth in Africa, how we share challenges and frustrations, and demonstrate the necessity for African Unity
According to Kagiso the only way for there to be an “African Dream” is for the youth in Africa to unite over its hardships and challenges, and bond together in generating sustainable solutions and options for the development of Africa. This can be done by African to African internships, skills exchanges, regional youth business forums and programmes. In this way not only will we learn tolerance to our fellow Africans, we will also understand their history, their challenges and also opportunities.
The Youth is definitely motivated to provide solutions in developing Africa, but need a high level forum that can engage them on their ideas, and assist them in building them up towards assisting with improving lives of other youth and their own countries.
–What is fashion’s role in developing a better Africa?
Fashion has as pivotal role to play as it is an expression of culture and personality. Culture in itself is dynamic and ever adaptive to innovation and shifts in trends in traditional structures, which are often fused with modern ideas and expressions. this makes the current fashion scene very vibrant and competitive, with more and more Africans going into the industry and more regional fashion shows and exhibitions, Fashion and the creative sector as a whole will have a strong role to play in unifying Africa and giving us an identity we are proud of, to lead us into the future.
Stay in touch with Lucky Charm Creations on https://www.facebook.com/OrganicUrbanCulture
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Belinda Phofu is a 21 year old creative entrepreneur and alternative jewelry designer. Belinda’s brand SIIC,which stands for Style Is InCalculable, is an alternative jewelry brand that was created in 2012.
She began making jewelry in 2012, which was the year she had to take a gap year because her mom couldn’t afford to send me to varsity.Belinda wanted to study wardrobe and costume design at AFDA.
Having too much time on your hands and nothing to do can drive anyone crazy so for Belinda making jewelry at the time was something she was doing just to keep me busy.It was only when she noticed that there was a demand for her products that she decided to establish a brand. SIIC was born mainly because that is what people would say when they saw her jewelry.
I really loved the ring that the word had to it and so I decided to use it as my brands name. I just wanted it to have meaning,which is where Style Is InCalculable came from.
Belinda’s approach when making my jewelry is basically taking mundane every day objects and tuning them into creative jewelry pieces. SIIC is different is that it’s an alternative jewelry brand that believes that Art is a culture and SIIC is about preserving and growing that culture, as well as using that culture to tell stories. Art Is Currency was Belinda first big project, she collaborated with 10 visual artists and they created illustrations that interpreted Belinda’s jewelry pieces. The aim was to show SIIC from a different eye, the eye of the visual artist.
It was a huge success, I’m reallly happy with how everything turned out and I’m really greatful to the visual artists, blacknation family and Mpho Makua from StylaGang for all the help.I couldn’t have done it without them.
To Belinda African Reign means inspiring creatives to keep following their dreams and helping them achieve their dream. In comparison to Art Is Currency, Africa Reign is also about preserving culture as well. Creatives can help push Africa forward by collaborating on projects.
Check out Belinda’s Work on http://styleisincalculable.tumblr.com
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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