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 loved the CnrMain Fashions Shoot because I had to put on “iduku” popularly known as a head wrap and the white dress really brought out the royal in me. I also felt like my boobs where a “Double D” ( don’t ask me why)
Model: Vuyiso Tshabalala
Make-up Artist: Mapule Maile
Designer: CnrMain Fashions
CnrMain is a fashion house that creates unique garments for different occasions from their studios in Tembisa. They provide convenience and sophistication in one bag with garments selected with a keen eye for fashion.
So a few months ago I met photographer Edward Odonkor at an event and he was really impressed by my outfit so much that he decided that we should have a photo shoot.
Model: Vuyiso Tshabalala
Photographer: Amarte Photo
Make-up Artist: Mapule Maile
Designer: Kuda Matiza
Brand Name House Of Hohwa
House Of Hohwa is a fashion house of urban-ethnic clothing. “Hohwa”means Mushroom in native Shona is the connotation of the brand which speaks stories of modern culture.
For orders contact:
Kuda Matiza +27788869037 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
His Closet “Our Closet”
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/
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is set to take place for the second time in Nigeria on the 23rd and 24th of May. Fashion Designers have heeded the call and will be showcasing only the finest of their collections. With brands like: Elikem Kumordzie. The tailor , Eminence 1129 , Grazee Stitches , Hemera , House of Pambal, House of Solange Lumiere Couture Osuare Souza Revolution by Yetty D JPKOUTURE by Hadassah Lines by Chaab Marco Martinez Omaemihe Qozie Vhor T-Ngazy JReason Lorenore My Olaedo On-Ru Couture Saziis Tina Lobondi Zeeno Dee Okiki Marinho Ady by Linda ALABI COUTURE Big Ben Kilani Chaivo De laurels Debby African Stitches Adora’s African Things Bisola Daramola Colours of C.U.E Day_idah Buchiver Anuba African Fashion Today then you can be assured that the fashion week is going to be on fire.
So if you are fortunate enough to be in Nigeria DO NOT miss out. Check out what is in store for you. You have to agree that these designers are talented. Now we wait to see if they blow us out of the water, personally I have no doubt.