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Africa Reign: Kagiso Koyabe

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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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4 May 2014: Day 5 in Namibia

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On my arrival- Selfie with Loux

As the hours were passing by, I started feeling sick (well at least I thought) Then I realized that it was actually the depression of having to leave my brothers and all the wonderful people that I had met during my short stay.  As we were driving from the coast to the airport, I could feel my tears nearing and I was not so jovial anymore. The thought of leaving this beautiful land really bothered me and the fact that I had made so many connections who felt like my siblings.

Tensions were high as we finally made it to the airport. I wanted to scream and hang on to one of my brother’s leg and refuse to move ( It took me back to my first day at school, holding on to my uncle and not wanting to let go) I had to be a big girl though and smile for a selfie.

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With Loux and Mario at Hosea Kutako International Airport

Note: The difference in my smile between the two selfies. The last one is sad and silently begging God to make this day longer. In the plane coming back I sat next to an amazing Namibian woman who kept me company and gave me pointers on places to visit next. Big up to all the Namibian who directly and indirectly made my stay super awesome

So long Namibia, I shall be seeing you soon

 

30 April 2014: Day 1 in Namibia

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So this morning I boarded a plane to Namibia to visit friends and attend the much acclaimed Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). It was my first time on the plane and I must say that it was the exhilarating and I could not wait to explore the beautiful land. So at 7:45 am (Namibian time) I landed in Hosea Kutako International airport which is located 40km outside Windhoek.

So as a celebrity *hides*, found two people holding cards with my name on it waiting to pick me up. I felt really special at that moment and since there is only one Vuyiso I could only get into one car. Nafis( the friend) who I drove with was very receptive. You can imagine my excitement when I got into the car and there was South African gospel music playing. I definitely felt at home and felt that all was well with my soul and journey was blessed. Even though he does not understand the words, Nafis actually loves all of the songs.

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So as my designated tour guide he (Nafis)  took me around Windhoek and I must say that it is the cleanest city that I have ever seen. It felt familiar because it had all the major banks and stores that we have in South Africa. I totally agree with the survey that found Windhoek as the cleanest city. As a woman who loves her food I had to ask about the best spots to get lekker food. A kapana is a place where they sell and braai meat more like a shisa nyama but the difference is you eat your meat on the braai stand as it is being  braaing provided you want medium rare or well done. It was an experience I tell you.

I met the most energetic 12 year old boy who dances so well and is up to date with the South African music scene. He is full of life and is so receptive. You would swear that we have known each other for ages, he is like a little brother to me and he is so eager to teach me Oshiwambo (his home language).He even taught me how to make buttons, he is a young stylist who takes after his uncle Loux.

And guess what? There is a township called Soweto. It is not as big as our Soweto in South Africa.

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A shop called Soweto  Bakery and mini butchery in the township of Soweto

The night ended with some work being done at the taylor helping to make buttons and being a stylist nyana. It was absolute fun and of course we had kapana, meat galore.

Back To The City Festival 2014

The Skate Park

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The Fashion Show

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Johannesburg

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Thanks to Jenevieve Lyons I got to attend The MBFWJ in Sandton this past weekend and all I got to say is people are talented out there. I was so inspired by all the different designs and the creativity put into it. The music selection was on point

Although most designers cater for women, some have ventured into men’s designers and Jenevieve Lyons’s designs were magnificent and they sure looked warm, after all winter is approaching.

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The opening of Avant Apparel show had me sitting in anticipation as I watched a video of a model in the wild and I could not wait to see what they had in Store.

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I loved the fact that the designers took us to different journeys. Ruald Rheeder certainly took me somewhere I liked. The soundtrack went well with the designs and on the screens there was a video of a cemetery on the screen which I found very cool.

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Photo Credits: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

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Viyella designs catered for the sophisticated gentleman
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Fabiani definitely had my kind of guy in mind. Playful yet serious and can easily adapt to any situation. A gentlemen who can be in a business meeting, go on a date and have drinks with buddies in the same outfit.

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Photo Credits: http://www.malefashiontrends.blogspot.com

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For me the Augustine show had a futuristic element about it and again the soundtracks were on another level. They had me dancing. Black and white seemed to be their colours and I loved the sneakers with bright colours

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Photo Credits: http://www.malefashiontrends.blogspot.com

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RVK Fashion Week Poses and Runway

In a nutshell RVK Fashion Week was Africa United

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Photographers: Lukas Amakali
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RVK Fashion Week Designer Profile: Amira Selimangy

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Q: Who is Amira?
A: Amira is a Young Designer from Mozambique

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Q: When did you discover your love for fashion?
A: I’ve always been interested in arts in general and used to draw/paint since I was a little kid. But in 2010 I started drawing dresses and then sketching prom dresses for clients which ended up landing me my first fashion show in 2011.

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Q: What should we expect to see at RVK Fashion Week?
A: My latest collection which is boho chic inspired with lots of flowy skirts/dresses, ethnic peaces, exquisite details, all very trendy and with a modern twist.

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Q: What is your personal vision?
A: “Aspire to inspire before you expire”
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Q: What is your vision for the African youth and fashion?
A: Africa is the future! Such an inspiring continent and we are we truly blessed to have such different cultures . The African designers just keep getting better and better, I believe we will be the center of the world in years for now.

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Q: Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
A: Hopefully I would have graduated in fashion design, opened my own boutique and expanding my brand overseas.

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Come catch Amira at RVK Fashion Week from 28 feb-2 March in Pretoria from 5pm
SEE YOU THERE.!!!!!!!!!

RVK Fashion Week Designer profile: Lourens Loux Gebhardt

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Q:Who is Loux?
A:Baptized in the name of Lourens Loux Gebhardt full Born and raised in the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. Loux is a dynamic friendly person that loves vintage items. I am down to earth and love being creative and unique. Call me LOUX as that is my brand or call me Vintage Guru 🙂

Q:You are referred to as the Vintage guru, how did that come about?
A:It all started when I got the feel of vintage, I decided to change my style into vintage because my late-grandfather told me to always look well dressed and dandy, and I picked it up that what makes me look well elegant is wearing my vintage suits. suffice to say, my brothers and I grew up wearing suits. Our parents had that feel of always making us look well groomed, since childhood we wore suits and so my friends decided to call me the guru of vintage because of how I dress.

Q:When did you discover your love for fashion?
A:From a young age I was inspired by my late grandfather, the old man always dressed in suits and shiny shoes and he would often say “son, fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are, make sure you are always well dressed”. so I grew up loving fashion. I define my style as a Hipster, for me this just means, I get to express myself and influence other peoples fashion-sense. I call my style sophistication-punk, its a bit of a mixture. but I think style is an expression of your day to day mood it comes with in ones inner self.I fell in love with vintage pieces especially from the 1960’s, and normally will alter them to fit me and modernize them in my own way. Most to the suits I wear are actually my late Dad’s suits. I wear a hat with every outfit as well as vintage club ties because to me they are both stylish and respectful. I dress like this every day.
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Q: What should we expect to see at RVK Fashion Week?
A:Well I don’t want to reveal too much, all I can say is expect pieces with bright colors . These colors represents unity in the African continent, they tell a story.

Q: How did your collaboration with Khumbula come about?
A: The collaboration with Khumbula was initiated by Harness Hamese, our photographer. This collaboration is to show the fashion world that we can unite as one in the African continent. We call ourselves LIA (Love is African) and we are currently playing a big part by simply inspiring fashionistas around the African continent. We are all passionate vintage lovers who pay tribute to the legendary vintage clothing era. Love is African makes us discover our style and personality by reaching in the depths of our past for the rich cultural heritage left to us by our ancestors. We busy with projects in uplifting the fashion industry in Africa, we are also working with international non-profit organisations in countries such as United States of America. We will keep you all informed as developments unfold.

Q: Should we expect any other collaboration with other people?
A:A big YES – my aim is unity. to work together with everyone and bring change to the fashion industry in Africa.

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Q: What is your personal vision?
A: My vision is to strive and work hard in the design industry. I want to be one of the best designers in GENTLEMAN collections in my country Namibia. I also strive to produce high-quality designs that fit into the contemporary lifestyle and that hold maximum functionality in terms of producing up market and latest fashionable suits and blazers.

Q: What is your vision for the African youth and fashion?
A: Again UNITY. We strive at working together as brothers and sisters in the African continent.

Q: Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
A: Being ‘cat-walked’ by models in international fashion weeks such as PARIS and MILAN fashion weeks as well as my designs being sold not only locally but internationally.

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Catch Loux at Retro Vintage Fashion Week 2014 from the 28th of Feb-2 March. you might get to talk to him
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

RVK Fashion Week Designer Profile: Zodwa Carol Mabuya

Retro Vintage Kolektion Fashion Week will be taking place on the 28th feb-2 March 2014 in Pretoria. Carol Ngwenya hailing from Swaziland will be one of the designers showcasing.

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Carol Ngwenya is the founder and director of Carol Crocs Creation.
This fashion house was established in March 2012 with the aim of
offering one of a kind clothing for the elegant women that want to
stand out from the rest. We do custom designed clothing for special
events and everyday kind of outfits. It was established by a young woman
passionate about seeing ladies being elegant,classy and stylish. Carol is based in Manzini,SWAZILAND.

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Carol discovered her love for fashion 5 years ago and she her designs are nothing else except stylish,elegance and classy. Her vision is standing out from the rest through excellence in fashion and her vision for the African youth and fashion is to see young people coming together all over the African continent to unite and celebrate their youth in fashion and sharing ideas of style. In 5 years’time she sees her brand being well known across Africa and beyond.

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Although Carol is based in Swaziland, she hopes to also cater for clients in other countries in the long run.

For more details mail to zodwacarol@gmail.com

Road to Retro Vintage Kolektion Fashion Week 2014

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RVK Fashion Week 2014 is the first bi-annual fashion show that will be held in Pretoria on the 28th of February 2014.Retro Vintage Kolektion Fashion Show is founded by Bongani Tambo and Esnarth Nkosi RVK Fashion Week is aimed at unearthing fresh and talented fashion designers and future leaders of the ever-changing and expanding fashion industry. RVK Fashion Week seeks to unite young, gifted, African youth through Fashion, Arts and Culture.

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Talented Designers from countries like Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria,Swaziland,Mali,Mozambique,Malawi as well as South Africa will be showcasing at this event. These designers will be showcasing their creations to well-known fashion lovers from around Europe, who frequently attend prestigious fashion events around the world. The project manager of Africa Fashion Festival from Ghana is also set to be attending.

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Fashion designers to showcase include:
Loux from Namibia
Suzanna from Tanzania
Alexio from Malawi
Kamol from Nigeria
Manjo from Mali
Carol from Swaziland
Retro vintage kolektion from South Africa
And 7 other Gauteng best young designers

Not only are the fashion designers from different countries, the models come from Germany, Namibia, Taiwan, Korea, Tanzania and South Africa. There will also be performance from different artists.

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Event Details
Event: RVK Fashion Week
Venue: Old Parliament Chamber of South Africa(church square)church street and Paul Kruger street.
Date: 28th February – 2 March 2014
Time: 17:00 – 21:00
Entrance Fee: R100 Standard, VIP R200 Premium “tickets” (valid for all 3 days).

The fashion show will start at 17:00 with an hour dedicated to interviews with guests prior to the fashion showcasing. The three hour long fashion show will then commence at 18:00 until 21:00 for all three days, with three 15 Minute breaks and performances in between.
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Contact Details:
Bongani Tambo :(+27744941983)
Esnarth Nkosi :0744331106

For more information
Email: rvkfashionweek@yahoo.co.za
Twitter : @retrovintage2
Facebook : Website: http://www.Facebook.com/RetroVintageKolektion

Photo Credits:
Harness Hamese for Khumbula
Bongani Tambo
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http://www.bluevintage.com
http://www.cutetrendyclothes.org
http://www.fashionmania.co.uk
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I AM DEFINITELY HEADING THERE ON THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY. SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!