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Suennel Original Clothing: The Afrikan Princess Edit

 

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Model: @telly_nthabi

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Accessories by @lebo.visagie

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.

Suennel Style: Afrikan Princess Edit

Model: @xhosagodd

Suennel Style: Afrikan Princess Edit

Accessories by @lebo.visagie

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.

Suennel Style : Afrikan Princess Edit

@telly_nthabi Shot by @erem_malo

Suennel Style: Afrikan Princess Edit

@xhosagodd Shot by @erem_malo

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,

Suennel Style Afrikan Princess Edit

@telly_nthabi Shot by @erem_malo

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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

Models : Nthabi Sebota     @telly_nthabi & Nwabisa Tafane @xhosagodd

Accessories: Lebo Visagie    @lebo.visagie

Studio: Sanusi Olatunji Art @sanusiolatunjiart

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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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The Africa Fashion Exchange

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The Africa Fashion Exchange (AFX) took place on the 23rd to 25th of June in Durban hosted by the KZN Fashion Council in partnership with Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, (EDTEA) and the Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit (ED&IPU) of the EThekwini Municipality. The Africa Fashion Exchange is a market intelligence, thought-leadership, business exchange and market access platform programme . The purpose of this event is to drive fashion and design in the province, ensuring national and continental competitiveness and establishing sustainable business for the clothing and textile sector.It is envisaged that it will begin to address the most inherent challenges of the industry – the lack of the necessary sustained exposure and suitable platforms from which South African and African designers can market their products, exchange business ideas and set the agenda for the fashion sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Africa Fashion Exchange has secured representation by designers through their Sister Cities programme”. African designers such as Anna Ngann Yonn (Cameroon), Christine Njoki (Kenya), Juliana Ella Nasasira (Uganda), Fatmah Naeem (Tanzania), Fikile Dube (Zimbabwe) and Chic Therapy (Nigeria) will surely make their mark on South African soil as they have already done in their respective countries in celebrating “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

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AFX attracted the attention of Fashion Enthusiast from all over South Africa and beyond. I really love the fact that the event did not just address the clothes but also addressed the business of fashion, fashion trends and fashion PR among other things. Designers and people in the creative industry tend to forget to take care of the admin like registering your business. All the nitty gritties of fashion were discussed with industry experts.

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All photos by Siya Meyiwa