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
This year Originally Kasified Clothing has been showing women’s collection starting with the Autumn/Winter collection that they showcased earlier this year at Soweto Fashion Week, which I absolutely loved. but by far this Spring/Summer collection inspired by elements of Art is my favourite.”Not only was it a part of this year’s plans but also because I’ve always wanted to make a womens wear collection since I’ve started showcasing at SFW and other shows. It gives me an ability to tell a story through the style that I’ve created in a more realistic and understandable way” , says Afrika Mabena the designer. He wanted to show his other creative side.
The collection is telling a story of a young woman who loves shopping. A clean example of someone who just got paid, looking all nice and classy, feeling herself and comfortable in her outfit. And all this happens in a mall, heading to her favourite shoe store, to pick up her favourite shoes…the rest of the story is just the imagination of how this fun concept ends. Afrika used lines, shapes and colours. The colour combinations of the outfits was amazing, it was the right amount of black and white and the equally amazing touch of mustard and burnt orange. the stripes and the blocks draw you to the collection and the colours keep you there. I imagine that it was fun for the models to wear these outfits and there is no doubt in my mind that I would have had a blast on the runway. There is nothing more sexy than an outfit that makes a woman looks stylish and still allows her to have fun and I believe that Afrika Mabena achieved style and fun in this collection.
All photos by Eunice Driver
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.
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
All photos by https://www.facebook.com/Ngash-Sage-Photography
It is always a great feeling when you finally meet friends you have been chatting to online face to face. On my visit to Kenya in December 2015 I finally met the Fashion Torch Africa team. A team I had been conversing with since Fashion Torch was merely an idea. What was meant to be a few friends hanging out turned out to be a small talk on fashion with me as one of the speakers.
Being the person who I am; a person who has a touch time standing in front of people, talking and being the centre of attention I decided to hold a discussion instead. We discussed challenges that many fashion entrepreneurs faces; from legislation to lack of funding among other things and solutions were shared among the group and I am glad that the Fashion Entrepreneur Meet Ups are going to continue every month tackling issues that we face as photographers, models, presenters, fashion designers and so on.
I am really inspired by the number of young people in Africa who are not making excuses about being unemployed but instead they are taking initiative and starting businesses in things that interest them. For instance I met Sally and Lola who are starting a publishing business and they will have a fashion magazine covering African fashion. I also had a chat with Tyrus who started an events company which happens to be doing very well regardless of being less than a year old.
Effective communication and complying with policies or legislation were key issues that were discussed. Most of the time creatives often overlook legislation they run unregistered businesses. I know how boring admin can be but it must be done. A right team is very important in order for the business to succeed. Someone whose name I cannot quite recall said you must take care of your team or employees so they can treat your customers right.
Speaking of customers, fashion designers always have problems with customers who demand lower prices for high quality products because they say they can always buy some cheap Chinese replica. As customers we need to support our local designers and we must try understand that material, labour and the time it took to bring the product into its present condition form part of the price.
I had so much fun interacting with my brothers and sisters in Nairobi and big up to Wilkings and the entire fashion team for having me around and showing me a great time. I cannot wait to see the empire grow #AfricaReign.
” A NEW MAN” by Hauz Of Lenze is for the man who is confident, strong, not afraid to take risks and break fashion rules. The man who is new and has evolved and is likely to set fashion trends.
Models: Francis Mubanga and Alan John
Designer: Brian Ndienze
Photographer: Philly Mohlala
I love the selection of the colours, the earthy tones that most designers usually neglect in their collections and I love that Hauz Of Lenze always offers something unique and says that it is okay for men to wear lace and be a bit risque.
The Zambia Fashion Week is once again upon us with the 2015 edition to take place from 15-17 October. This year’s theme is “create, design, empower….love local” and all roads lead to the Mulungushi International conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The Zambia Fashion Week can arguably boast to be a platform that has contributed to the growth of fashion, glamour and glitz.
50 designers took part in celebrating what was Zambia’s Jubilee independence anniversary last year with special guest Mustafa Hassanali from Tanzania. This year over 50 designers will be showcasing including 4 designers from Zimbabwe and the renowned David Tlale.
The show is about reaching out to the public, to emphasize and promote talents in the fashion industry. It’s more about valuing our own designers and building brands and taking them to greater heights each year. Their long-term goal as Zambia Fashion Week is to promote “fashion as a trade”, a concept whereby the fashion industry is seen locally as an income generating trade that creates direct and indirect revenue for both individuals and the country as whole, leading in part to poverty alleviation.
So if you are in Lusaka from tomorrow make sure that you attend the fashion week.
For more info contact Zambia Fashion Week on https://www.facebook.com/TheZambiaFashionWeek
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.
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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Ghanaian Fashion label Mina Evans released their Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook and it looks great. The collection was mostly inspired by leaves and a modern African summer. I love the choice of colours and the styling is on point. For more of this amazing work check out www.mina-evans.com
Model: Benita Oyeka
Designer: Mina Evans
Make-Up Artist: Valerie Lawson
Styling: Supriya W and Afua Rida
Fashion Designer Loza Maléombho has released her Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook and I absolutely love it. The brand is a fusion between traditional cultures and contemporary fashion. Her collection has electric aesthetics a great prints with a touch of colour.
I absolutely love the setting and the contrast of the colours of the setting and the garments.