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Street Style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg

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Fashion Weeks are not just about runway shows, they are also about the unique styles of the attendees and that is why the street style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was trending over the weekend. It is always great to see the people go all out and look beautiful and cool as they take snaps while waiting for runway shows to commence. Photographers are always on the lookout for the best and coolest looks. One such photographer is Ben Moyo who captured the best dressed this past weekend at #MBFWJ17 at the Mall of Africa.

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See more of Ben Moyo’s work here

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Originally Kasified Clothing Revealed Art Inspired Women’s Collection

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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

Bulbulia Threads In The Streets Of Johannesburg

I was first introduced to Bulbulia Threads on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg runway this August and I instantly fell in love with the brand and the amazing work done by Tasleem Bulbulia who has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years (If you ask me she does not look a day over 20). From the fashion week I loved how her show was styled, from headwraps to jackets over evening dresses. It all looked too cool. I was so thrilled when Tasleem granted me a chance to style her collection my way and I must say that I had fun playing a model for the day.

The moment I laid eyes on this pink shirt dress I was sold. For a girl who doesn’t like pink I really had fun wearing it with the colourful and very springy jacket. #ShirtDresses are the in thing and for me what was interesting was how I was gonna style it. I didn’t wanna go with the typical scandal or sneaker so I went for a high heeled ankle boot. The dress is really comfortable and I think Ghandi Square as a location really brought the STREET to my street style.

It made sense for these denim pants to be styled with my favourite printed jacket to make the look pop . I loved how comfy the pants are and the detailed buttons are everything.

Seeing this coat at the Bulbulia Threads studio meant that I just had to have it even though I was not sure how to style it. Thobeka and I decided to go with all black and just let the coat and headwrap stand out. This look made me feel like I was in a movie playing some superhero.

I really love this skirt. It is my second favourite  and wearing it was loads of fun. It is full and it really turned heads in Ghandi Square. It looks like I just walked out of some movie set and I own an upmarket penthouse in Johannesburg. I had fun playing a model and now I truly believe that I can be an actress because of all the roles that I played in this shoot.

These pants are everything. Tight at the bottom but a little loose at the top allowing you to be comfortable while looking stylish.

Now this is my favourite look. I love how the yellow pops and goes so well with my skin tone. I could not wait to get into this show stopper of a dress. We styled it with Maasai beads and a shuka to make it more dramatic.

Photographer: George Lewis

Co-styling: Thobeka Mbane

 

#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

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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Fashion Illustrations By Tiwatope

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Tiwatope Adetoye is the Creative Director of Sapphire by ‘tieri Ltd, a 21st century fashion solutions company. She is a fashion entrepreneur based in Lagos who started illustrating when she was young but really started when she saw an illustration by Ominigho-Aita Imona and had the chance to be mentored by her. She has been illustrating since. Tiwatope is inspired by everything from contemporary alternative music, a crawling ant inside the sugar cupboard to everyday happenings around her and of course fashion shows, social gatherings even a good book.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time- Thomas Merton
Tiwa says this quote resonates with her, she has lost and found herself in illustrating.
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Find her on instagram @sbtillustrations

Afrikan Princess Street Shoot By Simz Photo

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So last week at the final of ELLE Magazine SA Style Reporter Awards I did a little shoot with Durban based photographer and blogger Simz Mkhwananzi. He was being featured on a fashion TV programme and he needed me to be his model. I had lots of fun shooting this outside Workshop Newtown in Newtown Junction Mall, Johannesburg.

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Simz enjoyed zooming in on the details of my outfit like a great photographer that he is.

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All photos by Simz Photography http://styleincheckbysimphiwe.blogspot.co.za/

Location: Workshop Newtown Johannesburg