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Thursday 29th of September 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

For The Love Of Classic Cars, Vintage Motorcycles & Fashion: Concours D’elegance Kenya 2022.

The Golden Africa Concours d’Elegance in 2022 will commemorate the Alfa Romeo Owners Club’s 50th year of hosting the annual Concours (Kenya).


The most upscale event on the Kenya Motor Sports Federation calendar, it is open to all models of vehicles and motorcycles. Additionally, it is a happy family day and a social occasion. The judging of 40 motorbikes and 70 classic and vintage cars serves as the event’s focal




A children’s amusement area, live music from a band, flyovers, a parade of all the Concours automobiles and motorbikes, and a grand finale following the award ceremony are additional attractions.




Gate Tickets: KES 1,500 for adults and KES 750 for children.

The Entries

The field is limited to 70 cars and 40 motorcycles on a first come first served basis. The entries in the Concours are of a high standard. Among the past overall car winners are a 1928 Chevrolet, a 1928 Ford, a 1926 Fiat, a 1934 Alvis Firefly, a 1934 Railton, a 1951 Daimler DB 18 Barker and a 1952 MGTD.

In recent years, the overall motorcycle winners have been a 1941 Indian Scout, a 1937 Moto Guzzi, a 1930 Ivory Calthorpe, a 1925 DKW, a 1922 Douglas 4HP and a 1915 Indian Model B.

Method of Judging

Judging is based entirely on cleanliness and condition and there are bonus points for age. As the Concours is open to all makes and types of cars and motorcycles, it is not possible to assess originality and this characteristic is not taken into consideration. The detailed method of judging is contained in the Regulations.

Future and the Past
The Africa Concours d’Elegance is a yearly event that takes place on the final Sunday in September at the grounds of Nairobi Racecourse. It is now in its 50th edition in the annual series and has established itself as the most upscale competition on the Kenya Motor Sport calendar.

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Kenya) celebrated its first birthday in 1971, which inspired the committee to organize an event. The anniversary was a source of great pride for the club’s members.

The committee drew design cues from the late 1960s Giulia coupes and Spider sports vehicles as well as Concours d’Elegance competitions held in numerous nations worldwide.

Content courtesy of Alpha Romeo, Capital Lifestyle & NFH

Rwanda: Rwandese Lady Mugabekazi Lilliane Detained For Inappropriate Attire

In Rwanda, a 24-year-old woman is currently imprisoned for wearing “indecent” clothing to a performance.
The woman wearing the See me through dress with her pants completely exposed can be seen in the viral photo that went popular on social media.
As far as one could tell from the picture after noticing her black pant, one could tell she was braless, but it was impossible to tell if she actually wore a bra.
The Rwandan government then detained this woman and accused her of wearing indescent clothing. Mugabekazi Lilliane has been denied bail and will remain in custody as requested by the prosecution in a closed-door hearing.

News of the arrest sparked outrage among some Rwandans, but government officials including former justice minister Johnston Busingye backed the move.

Mugabekazi Lilliane has been denied bail and will remain in custody as requested by the prosecution in a closed-door hearing. She was accused of “Public Indecency,” a crime that carries a maximum 2-year prison sentence under Penal Code Article 143.

A 24-year-old woman named Mugabekazi Lilliane is in court today on counts of indecent dressing.

The image was captured during a concert in Kigali. However, her attorney requested that the matter be heard behind closed doors. The administration has committed to control indescent clothing.

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Prosecutors claimed that she committed a “major criminal” by attending the event in “clothing that disclose her private parts…things that we label shameful.”

“We want the court to remand Mugabekazi for 30 days based on these significant grounds.”

“She may have engaged in public obscenity,” “Faustin Nkusi, a spokesperson for the prosecution, told AFP that the court would decide on Tuesday whether to grant her bail.

Some Rwandans expressed outrage upon hearing of the arrest, but government officials, including former justice minister Johnston Busingye, supported the action.

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Busingye, who is currently Rwanda’s ambassador to Britain, tweeted, “The current issue of our young men and women who drink and drug themselves unconscious, stand in public literally nude, is unpleasant.

I support the initiatives taken to address it.

Last week, police spokesman John Bosco Kabera condemned what he called “immorality and vulgarity among young people” in a television appearance.

“This problem is getting worse… you see people walking about in just shirts, no shorts, no pants,” he remarked.

Then, wearing attire that resembles nets, these folks enter public spaces.

The first right is to dress correctly, not to wear indecently, he said in response to the program host’s question on whether “such people did not have a right to dress as they pleased.”

Content Courtesy of New 18 , Chimp Report & NFH

Ghana’s Fashion Revolution Is Centered On The Secondhand Market.

The largest secondhand market in Ghana, Kantamanto, is inspiring a new generation of designers to support a local fashion scene.
Tourism is big in Ghana, where I’m from, especially now that more people are coming to celebrate Detty December. The country’s emerging creative scenes, including those in the arts, music, and fashion, have yet to be fully investigated.

Recently, the fashion industry in particular has flourished in this country as more and more young people take an interest in it and work to develop a style culture that is distinctive to their country.

Although they are affected by western media, local fashion creatives have learned to expand on what they observe there. Due to the lack of retail presence of the majority of the glamorized popular American and European brands in Ghana, designers and stylists in Accra have not only drawn on their ingenuity to create something out of nothing, but have also excelled in doing so.

However, the expansion of our fashion ecosystem is not just dependent on the creativity of these individuals but also on a market that existed much before the fashion revolution. Ghana’s largest secondhand market is located at Kantamanto. It is the go-to location for inexpensive clothing and is credited with popularizing the phrase “Obroni Wawu,” which translates to “Dead Man’s Clothes.”

All of these garments rest in Kantamanto Market, which is also a source for designer goods and uncommon fabrics.
Accra now has a strong thrift culture thanks to Kantamanto. Everyone can readily access the market, making it convenient for those looking for trendy accessories to make a quick trip and purchase what they require.
Adom Gee, a self-taught stylist and designer, travels to Kantamanto at least three times every week since he needs to buy fabric there for his clothing line, “Adom Gee The Brand.” “Walking around Kantamanto really gives me the inspiration to produce more,” he says.

He has experience in the fashion industry and is familiar with every corner of this vast market to get what he needs, but even he acknowledges that “you never know what you will arrive and find here.”

“I feel like Kantamanto will forever be a relevant part of Ghana’s fashion ecosystem” – Larley Lartey

As one of the up-and-coming designers, Adom is appreciative of markets like Kantamanto that enable him to design unique items for his business. His style of the Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur and his African-inspired brand designs are starting to gain him recognition.

Speaking with model-turned-stylist Larley Lartey in Accra, she revealed that she first encountered Kantamanto during her school years, when she always aspired to be the coolest person in the room.

I distinctly recall leaving senior high school in the middle of a class to go to Kantamanto and buy some clothes because I wanted to stand out. In her styling job, Larley produces the looks she sees in her head using Kantamanto, whether she buys a specific piece of clothing or makes it from scratch with fabric she finds in the market.
However, as more individuals join her in using Kantamanto for their fashion requirements, she regrets that “the demand is larger than the supply.” Lartley now works with several well-known Ghanaian musicians, including as Stonebwoy and King Promise, and she hopes to work with foreign musicians like Dua Lipa or Kali Uchis in the future.

Nutifafa is a multihyphenate creative who works as a model, stylist, creative director, and environmentalist. She takes pride in having a distinctive viewpoint that doesn’t just follow the latest trends. Young and newly arrived in Accra, she rapidly observed that the majority of locals were simply copying what they were seeing in the west at the moment.
However, she dared to stand out and has distinguished herself in her field. Her unconventional approach to fashion has been the secret to her success in the industry as she has worked on fashion projects in a variety of positions, including styling and creative directing. Because she openly claims that the majority of her clothing is secondhand from the market, Kantamanto serves as the foundation for Nutifafa.

You may discover your sense of style at Kantamanto, she claims. Even while Kantamanto has its advantages, Nutifafa is concerned about the effects the tons of clothing that arrive each week will have on the environment. She promotes recycling and repurposing of clothing through her company Upcycled Ghana in an effort to stop this.
“Kantamanto is the source for all the high-end apparel products we typically wouldn’t have access to,” – Style in Drip Drip
Champagne, 40K Phyll, and Webster are the three buddies who make up the collective Drip Drip Styling, which is swiftly rising to prominence in the field. When they first met at Kantamanto, they shared the aim of earning money by selling used clothing, but they have since become well-known personalities in the styling sector.

The group explains how simple it is for them to locate uncommon apparel in bales. As a fan of Prada bags, 40K displays some merchandise from the high-end company he found while thrifting. When describing some of the difficulties they encounter, Champagne remarks that “the quality of the things that come presently in the bales is declining.” Despite certain difficulties, the lads credit their success in styling in part to the easily accessible sector they operate in.

In addition to styling some well-known figures in the African music industry, the trio is expanding into designing for a brand they have founded called D2 Essentials.

Content courtesy of Dazed Digital & NHF

Lagos Fashion Week And Africa Fashion Week Nigeria Make A Triumphant Return.

As two Nigerian powerhouses, Lagos Fashion Fair Exhibition and Africa Fashion Week Nigeria join forces to host their events together in September at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites on the 7th to the 9th of September, fashion lovers, designers, industry experts, and enthusiasts are in for a special treat.

Ayo Olugbade, CEO of Lagos Fashion Fair, and Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, founder of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, have joined forces in this historic cooperation to jointly stage their events. This unprecedented collaboration is expected to transform the way that fashion shows are conducted in Nigeria. For their eighth edition, both brands are making a spectacular entrance.

The Lagos Fashion Fair Expo powered by Atlantic Exhibition seeks to provide the ideal platform for fashion enthusiasts to interact with fashion suppliers from throughout the nation.

The Lagos Fashion Fair will bring together fashion suppliers and merchants to develop new avenues of distribution for the industry.

In order to highlight the best of Nigeria’s and Africa’s up-and-coming creative design talent, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria was established as a sister event to Africa Fashion Week London, the largest festival of African fashion in the United Kingdom (UK).

This year’s event promises to be at the forefront of promotion of African indigenous textiles, colors, and design with the sole goal of exposing African creatives on a worldwide platform as African fashion continues to dominate the global fashion landscape.
The LFF and AFWN joint event this year will provide fashion consumers, industry experts, trendsetters, stylists, models, and designers with the opportunity to shop at discounted prices, forge business connections, and build networks with domestic and foreign firms.

Some of Nigeria’s top up-and-coming designers, including AdirestylesNG, Ego by Ego, Fashion by Ashani, HardleySeen,

Nivaldo Thierry from Mozambique, YawsCreations from The Gambia, and Hortense Mbea Afroplan from Ethiopia are among the designers joining us this year on the Pan African catwalk in addition to KaffyKreate, PnJofficial, Dushin Craft, and Max Chidera Official.

Additionally, adire workshops by Adire Oodua Textile Hub and celebrity designer Kunle Afolayan displaying his Kunle Kembe Adire line will be included during the three-day event, which will take place at the Eko Hotel from September 7 to 9.

Exciting attractions that have been thoughtfully packaged for the guests anticipated to congregate in Lagos for this year’s event are lined up to light up the fashion runway and exhibition.

Attendees at this year’s event will enjoy a series of non-stop fashion moments, including a masterclass session by serial entrepreneur Toyin Lawani, who will offer a refreshingly different fashion experience to all fashion lovers and enthusiasts yearning for a breath of fresh air in the Nigerian fashion space. The event also serves as a platform for emerging fashion designers to grow their businesses and connect with a global market.

Content courtesy of Business Day & NFH

Attirety Fashion Services and The JW Show: Celebration of Womanhood at Salama Center & Mentorship Hub, Thika

Join us for a day filled with positive empowerment as we give back to our fellow women by volunteering our time and talents at a charitable event.

April 16, 2022 | 10 am
Salama center & mentorship hub, Thika
By girl child network
To give in kind, cash or time, WhatsApp 0703620598
Mpesa Paybill: 899790
Account: 1003006000224

In tandem with the JW Show, Attirety Fashion Services is collaborating with the Girl Child Network, a charity. An organization dedicated to empowering the young girls, women, and youth of Kiandutu slum in Kiambu county, who are survivors of gender-based violence and live in poverty.

We’re collaborating with health professionals and other groups to help these mothers and youth. We intend to start a regular program with the help of well-wishers who are in better financial conditions.

We want to reach out to 100 young women and girls. We want them to know that they are not forgotten. The backbone of civilization is made up entirely of women. We honor them because they raise generations of leaders, thinkers, innovators, and doers.

Content courtesy of The JW Show, Attirety Fashion Services & NFH

The UK’s Largest Ever Exhibition of African Fashion is Coming to the V&A this Summer

The V&A’s landmark exhibition will be the UK’s largest of its kind and will showcase the work of 45 designers from over 20 countries.

Designers from the African diaspora are set to be showcased in the V&A’s upcoming exhibition of the continent’s fashion, which will be the UK’s largest ever.

Africa Fashion, which will showcase the work of 45 designers from over 20 countries, will celebrate the irresistible creativity, ingenuity, and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions.

Over 250 objects will be exhibited, with many of the items on the show set to be donated from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-20th century African designers, including Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah, and Alphadi, marking the first time their work will be shown in a London museum.

“Our guiding principle for Africa Fashion is the foregrounding of individual African voices and perspectives,” Dr. Christine Checinska, senior curator African and African diaspora: fashion and textiles, said. “The exhibition will present African fashions as a self-defining art form that reveals the richness and diversity of African histories and cultures.”

African Fashion will also showcase and celebrate the works of contemporary designers, including Imane Ayissi and Thebe Magugu, who won the coveted LVMH prize in 2019 for emerging talent.

“African fashion is now. It’s not just designers, there’s a whole ecosystem of models, make-up artists, photographers, illustrators – imagine bringing everybody’s work to life season in season out,” says Omoyemi Akerele, founder of Lagos Fashion Week. “Fashion that’s created by our people for our people and for the benefit of growing and developing our economy.

This exhibition is important because, for the very first time, fashion from the continent will be viewed from a diverse perspective which spans centuries.”

African Fashion will open at the V&A Museum on 2 July 2022 and will run until 16 April 2023. Tickets can be booked here.

Content Courtesy of Stylist & NFH

Africa’s Top Fashion Influencers

PARIS – With a steadily expanding middle class, Africa holds plenty of untapped potential for luxury brands. But who are the influencers who are moving the needle on the continent and beyond?

These days, global brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Hermès are competing with a growing number of homegrown labels, as designers like Rich Mnisi, Kenneth Ize, Hanifa, and Thebe Magugu tap into rising demand for African-made fashion.

To succeed, Western brands must harness the power of local influencers, ranging from stars of Nigerian cinema, dubbed Nollywood, to television presenters, singers, and influencers, technology company Heuritech said in a webinar titled “Discover the African Fashion Scene.”

“The narration of African fashion cannot be done without African creatives,” said Amélie Rotsen, fashion analyst at Heuritech, which offers brands fashion trend forecasting using artificial intelligence to translate pictures shared on social media into market insights.

“People are now really quick to call out a brand for cultural appropriation, so stop any narrative based on Western imagery, and try to really call those creatives to create stories that will highlight their culture, the way they know-how,” she added.

Total private wealth held in Africa is expected to rise by 30 percent over the next 10 years, reaching $2.6 trillion by 2030, according to the “Africa Wealth Report 2021” published by AfrAsia Bank. South Africa is home to the largest luxury market in Africa by revenue, followed by Kenya and Morocco.

The bank expects Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda to be the strongest-performing wealth markets in Africa over the next decade, with growth rates exceeding 60 percent. Solid growth is also forecast in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia.

“To enter the African market, it is very important for international brands to really understand the specificity of the markets and have teams directly in the field. This is especially true for influencer communication,” said Jenna McFeely, fashion curator and trend analyst at Heuritech.

“Picking the right brand ambassador requires foreign brands to do exhaustive research on the market, along with the influential figures of a particular country or field. And lastly, it’s important to consider the weight of the diaspora,” she added.

“As a result of colonization, people of African descent are present throughout the world with their heart and their wallet lying between the Western world and their roots, and this will to consume Black[-owned brands] has been reinforced,” she said, noting the power of U.S. beauty influencers like Jackie Aina and Nyma Tang.

Among the top African influencers, she listed was Nigerian actresses Adesua Etomi and Genevieve Nnaji, who have 4.3 million and 8.2 million followers on Instagram.

Nigeria has also produced major music stars such as Burna Boy and Wizkid, who posted a message on Instagram last week saying his concert at the O2 Arena in London, scheduled for Nov. 28, sold out in 12 minutes.

“While the link between film, music, and fashion does not need to be proven anymore, these artists’ global audience and edgy style make them ideal representatives for African and international designers who are hoping to attract aspirational or entry-level consumers,” McFeely said.

Popular TV personalities include Bonang Matheba, known for her catchphrase “Champagne, darling!”, who has launched several fashion lines and her own sparkling wine brand, House of BNG, in addition to starring in the reality TV show “Being Bonang.”

Citing Nigerian public relations firm Redrick, McFeely recommended that brands targeting luxury consumers rely on high-net-worth individuals like the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection for Dior with her essay “We Should All Be Feminists.”

“There’s also the influencer market with entrepreneur women and travel enthusiasts like Boity Thulo, who showcases the lavish side of Africa, which is aspirational, to say the least,” McFeely added.

“And finally, there’s the promise of Afro cyber influencers who might be a new fun outlet, given the success encountered by Lil Miquela, who is another virtual influencer,” she said, citing the example of digital model Ivaany.

In parallel, WWD asked data research and insights company Launchmetrics to compile data on the top five African influencers ranked by media impact value or MIV. Based on a proprietary algorithm, the measure estimates the value of coverage across social networks and in the media.

1. Mihlali Ndamase (@mihlalii_n): 1.4 million followers on Instagram, 59 percent of the engaged audience from South Africa

The makeup artist and content creator, also known as Mihlali N, bills herself as the biggest beauty YouTuber in South Africa with 345,000 subscribers.

She recently generated $143,000 in MIV for a post with Fashion Nova, $112,000 for a post with Revlon, and $80,000 for a post with Dior makeup.

Featured on Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” list this year, Ndamase has expanded into luxury and lifestyle content, via paid partnerships with the likes of Radisson Hotels and Protea Hotels by Marriott.

2. Temiloluwa Otedola (@temiotedola): 1.2 million followers on Instagram, 54 percent of the engaged audience from Nigeria

The daughter of Femi Otedola, a Nigerian billionaire active in sectors including energy, and younger sister of music star DJ Cuppy, Temi Otedola established her presence with the launch in 2014 of a blog covering areas spanning fashion, travel, and a book club.

Her Instagram post about Etro’s Forte Dei Marmi pop-up in June generated $113,000 in MIV, while a post with Farfetch in 2020 was worth $68,000, reflecting the progression in her follower count.

Otedola made her acting debut last year as the female lead in Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan’s film “Citation,” the story of a university student who accuses a professor of sexual harassment, which is available to stream on Netflix.

3. Kefilwe Mabote (@kefilwe_mabote): 1.2 million followers on Instagram, 56 percent of the engaged audience from South Africa

Born in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg, Mabote last year published her autobiography “Kefilwe Mabote: Influencer De Luxe – From Soweto to Milan,” which doubles as a guide to becoming an influencer.

Known for her glamorous style, she generated $49,000 in MIV for a post with Ugg in May, but can generally be seen in high-end designer clothing by the likes of Burberry, Tom Ford, and Versace. She even has a dedicated website, kefiscloset.com, to sell her castoffs.

Mabote’s personal life made headlines last year when her then-boyfriend, businessman Edwin Sodi, was caught up in a corruption scandal. She subsequently lost a defamation lawsuit against the weekly tabloid Sunday World.

4. Lesego Legobane (@thickleeyonce): 765,000 followers on Instagram, 66 percent of the engaged audience from South Africa

Photographer, plus-size model and body positivity activist Legobane known professionally as Thickleeyonce also has her own online clothing store, Leebex.

A recent post with Fashion Nova Curve generated $39,000 in MIV; another with Bombay Sapphire was worth $63,000, and a third for Beyoncé’s Ivy Park collection with Adidas generated $50,000.

Legobane revealed last year that she had been selected as an influencer for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line, but last week called out the brand on Twitter for not offering any pay. The tweet was subsequently taken down, but she posted a separate message that read: “Pay Influencers. Creating Content Is Work.”

5. Sarah Langa (@sarahlanga), 579,000 followers on Instagram, 61 percent of the engaged audience from South Africa

A close friend of fellow influencer Kefilwe Mabote’s, Langa landed her first paid gig with South African department store chain Woolworths in 2015. She has frequently countered criticism from haters by highlighting her academic achievements, which she lists on her Instagram biography.

Langa works with a variety of brands including hairstyling appliances company GHD and mobile phone maker Samsung. She generated $31,000 in MIV for a recent post with fast-fashion e-tailer PrettyLittleThing; $26,000 with Nespresso, and $16,000 with Patrón Tequila.

One of her most recent Instagram posts shows her unboxing an Hermès Birkin handbag in a promotion for luxury goods sourcing service Aquarius Luxury Concierge.

Content courtesy of WWD & Nairobi fashion hub

 

 

Creative DNA x Fashion Scout present WAUZINE ‘Matatu’ Cross Cultural Collaborations

The first issue of WAUZINE titled ‘Neighbourhood’ came out in December 2020, and it explores Nairobi’s cultural landscape. In this issue, Sunny, with photographer and artistic luminary Maganga Mwagogo, showcase the striking and beautiful work of the designers through models Shekinah Imani, Adhel Bol and Ronnie Nyongesa, against the contrasting architectures of two socially significant parts of Nairobi—Kariokor and Kilimani. The issue is accompanied by a captivating piece by the amazing Awuor Onyango that speaks on the relationship between Kenya’s colonial past and its contemporary artistic output.

The second issue of WAUZINE titled ‘Joy and Rebellion’ is out now, and it explores Nairobi’s CBD through a fashion story by the talented photographer Sarah Waiswa. From Uhuru Park to the streets of Nairobi’s city centre, Sarah showcases the bold and diverse work of the designers through models Janet Muthoni, Chuony and Alex Kirimi.

This issue is accompanied by a fun piece by Abigail Arunga, who writes about the life and heart of Nairobi’s city centre. Issue 002 is also a reflection of the many Nairobians who go against the law to have a good time (enjoyment) and as Sunny puts it in his letter from the editor, “…this issue joins thousands of other funny stories and love letters by defiant Nairobians to their city as part of their overarching super narrative of joy, mischief and rebellion.”

WAUZINE issue 003 titled ‘Matatu’ will be out in February just before the London Fashion Week. In issue 003, Sunny and photographer Edwin Maina showcase the bold and beautiful work of the designers alongside Nairobi’s iconic matatu art. The issue is also accompanied by an insightful piece by Wanjeri Gakuru telling the story of the matatu culture, reflecting on the designs featured of the matatus, and their specific cultural resonance.

The WAUZINE short film was co-directed by our very own Sunny Dolat and Noel Kasyoka. The 5-minute fashion film is an audiovisual accompaniment to the magazine, and features the models and the beautiful work of the designers, moving in, and as part of, the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi city centre.

Photoshoot Creative team

Creative Director: Sunny Dolat
Producer: Njeri Gitungo
Production Assistant: Jane Pauline
Photographer: Edwin Maina
Styling Assistant: Bryan Emry
Make-up Artist: Sinitta Akello
Hair: Richard Kinyua,
Model: Juliet Kiruhi, Steven Juma, Silvia Tonui

Project Manager Kenya
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Designers part of Creative DNA:
@endasportswear  @epicajewellery @favolosobynanu @genteel_ke @ohanaswimwear  @sevaria.ke  @styletech_by_teshie  @suitedbygordon  @thenisisifactory @vintaracollections @we.are.nbo

Larry Casual Returns with a Bold, Timeless & Sophisticated collection

While the wedding guest numbers may have been taken down, in a bid to observe S.O. Ps, your attire shouldn’t be a letdown as well.

And with the new fashion collection that has been released by Larry Casual, your wedding
fashion just went a notch higher.
The bespoke luxury men’s designer has just released a new 20-piece collection, that he says was birthed last year during the lengthy lockdown.

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“Because we were stuck home for a really long time, I began looking at things differently and realized that we needed to experience and create something new with the men’s fashion when it came to weddings. And that is how this collection was born,” Martyn Larry, the designer explains.
He adds that this collection was made for the man/groom who is seeking to make a statement with their fashion, not afraid to go bold, and also very expressive.

“I need the man who wears any of the pieces from this collection to feel bold, bright, and truly Africa, which is something that we endeavored to emphasize with this collection.

The Larry Casual man is unapologetic, stylish, and fashion-forward. And that is what this collection is aimed to achieve!” he adds.

South Africa Team to wear the Locally Designed Kit to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for First Time in History

South African Olympic and Paralympic athletes, will for the first time ever, be kitted out in locally designed athletic apparel at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The proudly South African kit was unveiled at a fashion show in collaboration with Mr. Price Sport, The City of Durban, and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on Thursday.

Team South Africa’s kit will comprise the opening ceremony ensemble, which incorporates a proudly South African look paired with vellies leather field shoes provided by Durban-brand, VeldskoenTM, the official off-field shoe of the country’s athletes.

Four young Durban designers worked together with Mr. Price Sport to develop the garments. The designers are a product of the Durban Fashion Fair development program which provides skills development and mentorship to emerging designers.

SASCOC President, Barry Hendricksm said it was wonderful for Team SA to be able to showcase the young designers’ talents.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to put their work on the global map. Our Team SA athletes will wear the kit with pride,” he said.

SASCOC Acting CEO, Ravi Govender said of the Olympic collaboration: “The combination of the homegrown brand Mr. Price Sport and Veldskoen with our young and upcoming designers dressing Team SA tells our story like it should be told.

The designers’ brief was to create a look that would be so memorable and outstanding, that all eyes would be on the country’s athletes and to create an authentic kit that competing countries would want to wear.

Durban Institute of Technology graduate and founder of a clothing label, ZuluM, Mbali Zulu, shared her experience as one of the designers.

“I have always loved to watch the Olympics so getting this amazing opportunity to design the opening outfit was a dream come true,

Nompumelelo Mjadu earned her Fashion Diploma after graduating from the Lindiwe Fashion Skills Academy in 2019. She has been the director of her own label Jado Mjadu since 2015.

“I knew our combined skills would result in remarkable work. This has motivated me to work even harder – being part of such a big project shows I’m going in the right direction,” Mjadu said.

Multimedia Fine Arts graduate, Sandile Sikhakhane is a young Durban artist with his own brand, sAnd!Le_da_creActive.

“At school, I was constantly drawing. I’ve always been a creative person. My first thought when I found out, ‘It’s my time to showcase my creations.’ Knowing that I’ll be part of the Olympics in my own way.”

Sipho Lushaba graduated from the Lindiwe Fashion Skills Academy in 2019 with a fashion design diploma and is now the director of his own label, SVL Designs.

“I thought that maybe it’s a prank, so I was in disbelief. When it was confirmed, I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with the team, and to tick one item off my bucket dream list.”

eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda congratulated the designers on their Olympic designs.

“It is not every day that emerging designers get an opportunity to be featured in designing clothes that will enjoy international appeal,” Kaunda said.

This is the first time that the South African Olympic and Paralympic team apparel is designed locally.

“This is a progressive stride for local fashion and the textile industry, and it is in line with our Buy and Invest Local campaign.  It is encouraging to see our program is recognized. This is proof that we are headed in the right direction in terms of Durban becoming Africa’s fashion capital.”

Mr. Price Sport’s Head of Marketing, Dylan Cherry said: “We agreed with SASCOC that our team needed a strong graphic icon visible on camera. As our athletes are captured on various media platforms, our proudly South African protea will be recognized across the world.”

For the games as the official technical apparel sponsor of Team South Africa – Mr. Price Sport will supply both the technical apparel required for the multiple sporting events, as well as the tracksuits worn on the podium after each event.

Content courtesy of The South African 

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