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#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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Down To The Final 8 For Elle Style Reporter 2016

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With over 300 entries showcasing the latest trends in the world of fashion, the search for the next ELLE Style Reporter by ELLE in association with Orms & Canon, began. Through blog posts and storyboards, the stiff competition made the judges’ deliberation all the more difficult. Now, narrowed down to eight finalists, the best behind the lens will be awarded with the incredible opportunity to be the next ELLE Style Reporter.

The ELLE Style Reporter property was created just three years ago, crowning two successful winners, Trevor Stuurman and Niquita Bento; the announcement of the third winner is now just around the corner! With an ever-growing interest for local fashion in South Africa, the idea of the property was to find someone who’s perfectly attuned to what’s new on the streets and the catwalk. The winner should have an eye for fashion, be social media savvy and have the ability to narrate what’s on the ground through their lens. ELLE’s publisher Gisele Wertheim-Aymes says, ‘With the growth in social media, this really serves as an example that anything is possible and ELLE wanted to be the catalyst!’

The first winner Trevor Stuurman successfully created a niche in the industry by developing his own distinct trademark, and the second winner Niquita Bento, balances playful fashion quirks with interesting architecture through her lens as ELLE’s creative assistant. Together they prove that the ELLE Style Reporter is a sought after platform for emerging talent.This year again, the competition is powerful: ELLE Editor, Emilie Gambade says, ‘The eight finalists have really brought a unique point of view. A fresh look at ‘home-grown fashion & style’, away from the usual street style images we often see. Each of them brought something different and allowed for their own emotions, their personality to softly tint their work and imprint their images.’ 

The Finalists are:

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CRAZY, SMART, WORKAHOLIC, DETERMINED, CHILLED BUT A LITTLE CRAZY!”

                                                     SIMZ MKHWANAZI, 25, DURBAN

 “This will really have a positive impact on my career – This is only just a start to greatness!”

“I actually feel like I’m going to win this! (fingers and toes crossed). You feel me?”

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“INVENTIVE, SPONTANEOUS, UNCONVENTIONAL, PERCEPTIVE, CURIOUS!”

YETUNDE DADA, 25, PRETORIA

“I’m really excited, as I feel that I’ve stepped into a different paradigm because I was a previous entrant in 2013 – managing only to get into the Top 20. Being part of the Top 8 now is a sign of growth for me and I’m ready to move forward! I feel that I have now focused on storytelling during my photography journey because I am a blogger who fell in love with photojournalism, fashion and writing at the same time a few years ago, and I think these things are elements in my work and helped with my selection for the Top 8.

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“HUMBLE, CREATIVE, ADVENTUROUS, SMART AND COOL.”

               THEMBA MBUYISA, 23, JOHANNESBURG

“Being a Style Reporter sounds like a cool thing to do actually. I feel cool!

This is something I’ve been doing for years, and I think I’ve been selected because there is someone out there who believes in my work and me as a creative person.  I love what I do and I believe that it shows on my work!”

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“ARTISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SOMEWHAT SASSY, TEA ADDICT, WITH PANACHE!”

GEMMA MARY SHEPHERD, 22, CAPE TOWN 

“I feel honoured to be a finalist in this year’s competition given the high level of talent in South Africa at the moment.”

“I think I’ve been selected because I have both the photographic and writing skills to report artistically and journalistically on events and fashion trends in South Africa.

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“FUN, STYLISH, YOUNG, CHRISTIAN MAN!”

LUNGILE JAMANI, 22, JOHANNESBURG.

“I am so excited and yet a bit nervous about being a finalist.

I think I’ve been selected because of my eye for style. The way I try to depict street style is most certainly not the same as the other – I’m probably one in a hundred

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“PASSIONATE, CURIOUS, SENSITIVE, ARTISTIC AND ROMANTIC!”

NIKKI ZAKKAS, 24, JOHANNESBURG.

“A street style photographer for an inspiring fashion publication such as Elle would be a dream come true, combining my two studied interests: fashion and photography perfectly!

I think that I have been selected as a finalist because the role of street style reporter is uniquely suited to my educational background, putting my knowledge and skills in fashion and visual communication to good use.”

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“CREATIVE, PASSIONATE, INTROVERT, HARDWORKING AND ECLECTIC!” 

LUSANDA NDITA, 22, JOHANNESBURG 

“I am thrilled to be one of the finalists, because this competition is a great platform to promote aspirating photographers like myself.  I am looking forward to sharing my ideas on youth culture in my society.I think I have been selected because my photography explores a “home-grown” style characterized by fashion forward individuals.”

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“‘ALWAYS HAPPY’ (CAN WE COUNT THAT AS ONE WORD HAHA), PASSIONATE, CONFIDENT, MOTIVATED, CONSCIOUS!”

SIBUSISO “ZEUS” FENI, 21, CAPE TOWN

“I am actually stocked, because it feels like I am in arms reach to achieving one of my biggest goals in life, which is shooting an Editorial for Elle Magazine!“I am doing the “money dance”!(Kevin Harts Dance) I think to be honest what Elle is looking for this year; best describes what I do on a daily basis, especially in terms of candid street style photography. Passion is another thing they looking for which I think they can see through my work.”

  

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: Announced on the 5th Of May in Newtown Johannesburg 

·         An exclusive one-on-one session with acclaimed photographer, Ed Suter

·         A Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM lens to the value of    

·         R30 995, courtesy of Orms & Canon

·         A monthly stipend of R5 000, from July – December 2016 in his/her capacity as the 2016 ELLE Style Reporter

·         The opportunity to tell their stories through the pages of ELLE, creating content for all platforms under the leadership and guidance of the editorial team and the editor Emilie Gambade.  

 

 Watch! ELLE Editor Emilie Gambade, ELLE Fashion Director Tarryn Oppel and ELLE Contributing Editor Malibongwe Tyilo on more of the juicy details here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDMjfQ6xDk 

On the 28th of April, the finalists will be treated to a technical workshop, under the leadership of sponsors Orms & Canon. There, they will also have one-on-one time with the judges before the final deliberation is made. The journey will culminate on the 5th of May at the Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg.

 

TO FOLLOW THE JOURNEY, STAY TUNED TO: www.elle.co.za/enter-elle-style-reporter-2016-2/

Tweet who you think will win: @ELLEMagazineSA 

TAGS: #ESR2016 #OrmsandCanon

 

EQLBRM SS15/16 By Haus Of Stone

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Haus of Stone SS15/16 Lookbook is such a feast for my eyes. It was shot at Birchenough Bridge in Manicaland Zimbabwe. What caught my attention is how the clothes and the model stand out even though surrounded by a beautiful scenery. Haus Of Stone is one of my best Zimbabwean designers.

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Make-Up: Langa Cosmetics

Designs By: Haus Of Stone

Photography: Focust Images

Compiled By: curateNOW

Shoes: Shoko Bespoke

“The hope and the desire to find balance in a time and space where it is non-existent…. where noise can co-exist in harmony with silence, and where purity resides between the lines. The embroidered linear and geometric patterns are abstract representations of Zimbabwe’s urban structures, specifically that of BirchenoughBridge in Manicaland.”
–Danayi Chapfika Founder

 

 

 

For orders email info@hausofstone.com and visit http://hausofstone.tumblr.com/

Pub Crawling in Gaborone

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My recent trip to Gaborone in Botswana was filled with a lot of first times. My friend Kagiso was celebrating his birthday and we had to do it right by going pub crawling.

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What’s a pub crawl? you may wonder (I certainly did) .A pub crawl is a tour that takes in several pubs, clubs, drinking places and eateries, often in one night, with one or more drinks at each. I am not a fan of alcohol but I was so excited for the experience and the best thing about these pub crawls is that there are usually themed. Last month’s theme was Halloween and I must say that there are so folks who definitely looked the part.

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This fellow right here thought it was a good idea to come as Morupule B and as someone who has experienced load shedding because… Eish Eskom. I thought his outfit was so cool.

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At a pub crawl you don’t pay entrance few at the clubs that you will be going to plus there is a bus that takes you everywhere so you save on petrol and you save yourself some money and get to make new friends. The Gaborone Pub Crawls are usually themed and that’s one of the reasons why I really love the concept.

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I did not dress up for Halloween but I showed up and played like it was my mama’s back yard. I met new interesting people at the pub crawl. We even did the zombie walk (well I watched in fascination).

The Afrikan Princess escapades

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Socials At The GIFD Market Botswana

The Gaborone International Food and Drink Market took place for the 3rd time this year at Bojanala Waterfront in Gaborone. I attended it for the first time and it was my first ever food and drink market. I had fun and for a change it was fun connecting with my friends from Botswana in their home.

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Maasai Cricket Warriors X One Love Skate Expo

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Photos by:  Ole Ngais

Location: Randburg X Constitutional Hill Braamfontein

In promotion of a United Africa, The Maasai Cricket Warriors and One Love Skate Expo got to hang out in Braamfontein and did a small shoot. we had so much fun as we got to connect and learn more about each other.

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The Fashion Village Workshop To Be Hosted By Style Icon Gilmore Tee

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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?

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“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.

Press Release: Ecowas Fashion Week 2015

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ECOWAS FASHION WEEK 2015 (SECOND EDITION)
The Economic Community of West African States marks its 40th Anniversary with a fashion Week in Cotonou, Republic of Benin that is to take place from 28 August to 30 August 2015. Ecowas Fashion Week currently in its second edition is recording successes already on the building “fame board”. The organizers of EFW are mostly interested in building, expanding and encouraging fashion, and a common market hub amongst the West African States. ECOWAS-governed region is comprised of fifteen (15) countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The objectives of this fashion week are:
  • To revive the African culture through fashion.
  • To promote the dignity of womanhood.
  • To open new windows of business opportunities.
  • To encourage indigenous fashion designers.
  • To redefine fashion shows by showcasing other fashion accessories.
  • Encouraging the exportation of local designs in the region.

Ecowas Fashion Week will also have an awards segment where people who have made great contributions to the fashion industry.In this second edition, anticipation gets a step higher as the organizers – IBCNL, Lagos Nigeria team up with major corporate bodies in the Republic of Benin such as Trinity Events (handling the event) and Angels Modeling Agency to launch the 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Fashion Week. The event will be attended by many International Super Models, Celebrities, Renowned African Designers, and several other fashion brands.

 I am overwhelmed and honored. I am excited about this event and I think, the West African people especially the people of Benin Republic are more excited than me. _ Joan Okorodudu
 MODEL CASTING
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I f you are a model and would like to wall for some of Africa’s greatest designers then email pictures to casting@ecowasfashionweek.com .The casting is on the 4th of  August 2015.

#SAMenswearWeek : The Positive Side Of Fashion

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Everyone who knows me really well knows how much I love great initiatives that help others and spread positive messages. SA Menswear Week dished out it’s second installment last week at the Green point Stadium in Cape Town. The National Sea Rescue Institute in Collaboration with Hendrik Vermeulen and Jenny Le Roux showcased a range of stylish life jackets.

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The underlying message was: “Would you wear a life jacket if it was fashionable?”. Well personally I have never had to be at sea but this is a good question to ask. Fashion as a form of art is emotive and I really love that SA Menswear Week provided a platform to really reflect and realize the importance of life jackets

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Real life Sea Rescue volunteers also graced the runway in their full gear.

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Magents Lifestyle Apparel has always have a strong message behind their collections. I had a word with Co-founder and Creative Director Didier about their showcase and he told me how they wanted to celebrate Akon for what he is doing for Africa, something that everyone else seems to be ignoring. “Akonscious 600″and “Bikoz we are” stood out for me.

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Magents is for the casual laid back gentleman who loves to feel free in his clothes and is very fashion forward. Rocking the latest and sickest kicks and fashionable Tees.

Photos from SDR Photo www.ramp.sdr.co.za