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Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv Bridal Range Brings A Spin To Traditional Wedding Dresses

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Taking inspiration from the multiple cultures in South Africa, TN Collectiv’s bridal range Collectiv Culture caters for the western woman looking for a modern twist on traditional wedding dresses. Instead of creating looks that already exist, Collectiv Culture has taken what is currently available for brides looking for traditional wedding dresses and reinventing them by using different techniques, finishes and embellishments in order to introduce a new class of traditional wedding dresses. Without completely westernising the dresses, the core aesthetic for each culture was kept without compromising the traditional look so that they can be clearly translated, while staying true to the fashion needs for the modern bride. Part one of the range drew inspiration from the Ndebele, Xhosa, Tsonga, Swati, Zulu and Setswana cultures. Besides having a past working experiences with the all of the women in the bridal campaign, they are beautiful, hardworking and successful women in their own right. Making them the perfect embodiment of the brand and the ideal models for the campaign.

I feel like the collection was specifically made for these ladies as I cannot imagine another person wearing the wedding gowns that they are wearing. Before I was drawn to the dresses, I was first drawn to these ladies and felt that they belong in those dresses and nowhere else. I love that these wedding dresses have evolved with time but there are still embracing our cultures. I think it is safe to say that Africans are moving away from “White Wedding” and I love that. We are beautiful and our cultures are too beautiful, it really warms my heart to see fashion designers like Tuelo Nguyuza showing the African bride that they don’t need to walk down in a white wedding gown in order to be considered beautiful.

Photos by According to Jerri

Accessories: by NtoZinhle Accesorise

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#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

#MBFWJ: Colour By Nandi Mngoma And Inga Madyibi

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Nandi Mngoma and Inga Madyibi made their label debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg last night in Sandton. It truly was a great collection with lots of colour from the garments themselves and the choice of make-up. It’s a chilled back collection for a woman who loves to look great but still look simple. I loved the collection and the accessories complemented it very well. The Cleopatra inspired wigs were also highlight for many, especially me as I imagined what I would look like in one. It will be interesting to see Nandi and Inga grow as fashion designers because last night they certainly proved that they have the talent.

All photos by AFI

#MBFWJ : David Tlale Intern Ntando Ngwenya Stands Out in AfroFuturism Inspired Collection

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For the second time this year Intern By David Tlale had a show at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week Joburg and as always the six interns did not disappoint. Comparing their show in March to their show yesterday there was significant improvements and we all expected nothing but the best from them seeing that they are being taught by David Tlale one of Africa’s best designers. One designer who stood out for me was Ntando Ngwenya whose collection was inspired by  what he sees as AfroFuturism taking African fashion to the future.

This collection is the highlight of my creativity, staying away from the norm of basic clothing to architectural lines. – Ntando 

Ntando says he is taking African fashion to the future and there is a new approach to pattern engineering that he has discovered and that is the seamless front cut. He used sports luxe to put the message accross. The use of lipstick on the male models was simply to re-enforce that in the near future men will be more comfortable with wearing make-up and the beauty industry is also now making beauty products for men. After his internship Ntando plans to go back in to business and improving his brand . With what he has learnt he believes that he stands a chance to stand out in the fashion scene In South Africa.

All photos 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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Jenevieve Lyons Wows Fashion Lovers At #SAMW

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Jenevieve Lyons always leaves us talking after every show and last night’s show was no different. The LISOF graduate has sure came a long way since her AFI FastTrack days.  Her latest collection titled Deferential which she debuted last night at South African Menswear Week in Cape Town is all sorts of amazing. She says that the collection plays on the ugly, gender fluidity and juxtapositions. It is the new movement of anti “being”  and anti categorization. So basically the collection is about not being and my take on this is that it is not just for men but for women as well. I love the layers and her amazing skill with the cut-outs. It’s a true work of art and that green grass had me looking forward to summer. The garments allow for easy movements and are suitable for all kinds of weather. I love that the kind of person to wear a Jenevieve Lyons creation is one who cares about looking great and is not bothered about what people think is masculine or womanly. The contrast of the colours draws you in and when you thought that was the wow factor, the tailoring and the creativity with the belts and the layering gets you. This is my favourite collection from Jenevieve thus far and judging from the people’s reactions on social media, I am not the only one. Which is a good thing because as a designer your current collection should be better than your last and that is what Jenevieve Lyons has nailed to the T.

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All photos by SDR Photo

The Fashion Torch Incubation Hub Launch

 

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After three months of product testing, evaluation and thorough research, on 25th June 2016  my friends at Fashion Torch Africa officially launched East and Central Africa’s first Business incubation and mentor ship hub for fashion and and creative arts brands and ideas. FTA HUB works with a vision of Growing Africa Fashion and creative arts brands and ideas into successful sustainable businesses. FTA HUB equips these brands with training, access to funding, investors, office space, mentor ship, PR and marketing, media coverage and a space where Africa fashion entrepreneurs co-work from, collaborate, meet up, network together in a bid to grow Africa fashion and creative arts industry..

The launch had a total number of 109 people creatives in attendance who not only came to witness the occasion but also took part in themed concussions among them the impact the hub will have in the growth of Africa fashion industry. the main speakers of the day were Evelyne Odongo CEO Mefa Creations ( Kenya),  Mr Obileye from Nigeria, Beata Otieno Award winning Stylist and Head Stylist at Couture Africa Magazine, Wendy from Couture Africa magazine,

This year has been the most inspiring year in my life as an entrepreneur, this is the year my heart started  beating heavily for Africa fashion and creative industry… This is the year i felt a huge burden in my heart to see creative entrepreneurs doing well. This is the year i felt i needed to create something tangible that will spearhead the growth Africa fashion brands into successful sustainable businesses.-Wilkings Odinga Fadhili, Founder and CEO of Fashion Torch Africa

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 I remember when the incubation hub was still an idea and I always take pride in the African Youth who  make moves and make things happening. There is no doubt that this hub will surely change and improve the lives of the entrepreneurs around Africa and especially Kenya.

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Esnoko Shines At SA Fashion Week

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Zambian designer Chiza Ngulube showcased his latest collection at South African Fashion Week. His brand Esnoko prides itself in creating unique garments and accessories using African print. This year was Esnoko’s second appearance at SA Fashion Week and I must say that I personally loved the collection and the collaboration with Palladium Boots was a great one even though some people would have preferred  more formal shoes. I appreciated the unpredictability of the entire collection. Esnoko is for the sophisticated man who loves to stand out and was inspired by culture and music. And yes an Esnoko man also does not mind carrying a bag. The bag range is really trendy and can be paired with any outfit even for us ladies.

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Photo Credit Planet Ivan

#SAFW SS 16 : Zamaswazi

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It has been a great pleasure watching Zamaswazi growing his brand. The amount of growth that has impacted his brand was evident at last weekend at South African Fashion Week for the GQ Scouting Menswear Competition. Although he did not win the competition, I know for a fact that he impressed a lot of people with his attention to detail and his unique suits. The detailing of the print and the pleats as well as some strings(if I may call it that) made the collection very interesting to me. Truth be told; I definitely would not mind wearing a Zamaswazi suit. It warms my heart when I see young Africans succeeding and being a step closer to realizing their dreams. Most important I am happy to see that Zamaswazi has really grown, our conversations about his brand have really changed since he first began. I have high hope for this young man and I cannot wait to see what milestone he climbs next.

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Photo credit: Planet Ivan

#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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Photos by Planet Ivan