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Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Nairobi, Kenya

Zari All-white Party: Young Famous And African Cast Arrive In Ugandan As Rick Ross Endorses Zari Hassan’s All White Party

On Thursday, December 22, 2022, as Zari Hassan’s All White Party made a triumphant return, pomp, glitter, showbiz, and all the good things shone brightly on Motiv in Bugolobi, Kampala.
The Zari the boss lady All White Party was returning to Motiv on Thursday night, and socialites, performers, actresses, deejays, media personalities, and other public figures descended upon the venue.

As you approached the location, shiny rides, gorgeous ashers, and decor made it obvious that you were entering somewhere frequented by wealthy elite Kampala partygoers.
It was quite a sight that may have caused some eyes to go blind: revelers clothed in white, appearing pretty heavenly, save for the pricey liquor brands that crowded the tables.

The evening began with red carpet arrival when Zari’s ardent followers showed off their sense of style before her South African guests also showed up dressed like celebrities.
Andile Ncube, Naked DJ, and Kayleigh Schwark, the stars of the Netflix reality series Young, Famous, and African, arrived first and looked glam.

Later, Zari showed up there with Swanky Jerry and Shakib Cham, and her outfit must have made some people’s jaws hit the floor.
The night continued with champagne popping, DJ mixes, performances from musicians, and all the other activities that occur at the illuminated parties.

#ZariAllWhiteParty

Content courtesy of #ZariAllWhiteParty & NFH

 

 

Full List Of Winners At ASFAs 2022: Who Won What At The 2022 Abryanz Style And Fashion Awards

The annual Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2022 presentation, with the theme “The Awakening,” took place on December 16, 2022, at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

An extraordinary selection of skilled nominees and a star-studded guest list kicked off the eagerly awaited evening with a red-carpet extravaganza of glitz and flair.

The Covid epidemic has had a significant impact on the fashion industry, and the gathering of fashion-forward celebrities and a larger fashion community of the general public recognized and honored the remarkable individuals who have made this contribution.
This year’s categories included representation from a wide range of the fashion community, and many Ugandan and foreign celebrities stepped out to celebrate fashion.

The “Most Stylish Music Video” category honored the stylish efforts of singers in producing visually arresting music videos, while categories like “Emerging Fashion Brands” highlighted the new yet excellent fashion brands that built a reputation for themselves in the industry.

The public voted on 18 categories for the ASFA this year, which featured 8 categories for the honorary award and highlighted individuals, businesses, influencers, and designers who are having an impact on the industry.

Below Is The Full List Of Nominees And Winners At ASFAs 2022

Honorary Awards
1. Fashion Influencer Award – Angella Summer Namubiru
2. Business Maverick Of The Year – Motiv
3. Best Fashion Contributor Diaspora – Mko World
4. Trailblazer Award – Aamito Lagum
5. Lifetime Achievement Award – Eric Raisina
6. Icon Award – Trevor Stuurman
7. ASFA Visionary Award – Kasule Raphael
8. Award For Postive Charge – Mitchel Omamteker

Other Categories
Designer Of The Year (Africa)

1. Thebe Magugu
2. Moses Turahirwa – Winner
3. Rich Mnisi
4. Kenneth Ize
5. Larry Jay
6. Taibo Bacar

Designer Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Sheba Kasami
2. Kaijuka Abbas
3. Monica Kansiime
4. Dyna Vence -winner
5. Sham Tyra
6. Anita Beryl
7. Ras Kasozi

African Fashion Brand Of The Year (Africa)

1. African Boy – Winner
2. Ahluwalia World
3. Daily Paper
4. Tiffany Amber
5. Moshions
6. Rich Mnisi

Model Of The Year (Africa)

1. Anok Yai
2. Adit Priscilla
3. Achan Biong
4. Anyiel Piok Majok
5. Alaato Jazyper – Winner

Emerging Designer Of The Year Menswear (Africa)

1. Rogue-ng
2. Colrsbaby
3. Trax Apparel
4. Ajabeng
5. Kente Gentlemen
6. Teddy Ondo Ella – Winner

Emerging Designer Of The Year Womenswear (Africa)

1. Ladunni Lambo
2. Hertunba
3. Fruche Official
4. Wyne Kirabo – Winner

5. Fumi The Label

Beauty Brand Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Tk Berries Skincare
2. Minama World
3. Mb Cosmetics Amsterdam
4. Bt Beauty Uganda – Winner
5. Qwezi Beauty
6. Fabiola Beauty

Beauty Brand Of The Year (Africa)

1. Huddah Cosmetics – Winner
2. Zikel Cosmetics
3. Beauty By Ad
4. Epara
5. Colorbox Cosmetics
6. Juvia’s Place

Emerging Fashion Brand (Uganda)

1. Seamline Atelier
2. Miss Shee
3. Loumbier
4. Tru Ikon – Winner
5. The Creative Hub Ug
6. Mul C

Makeup Artist Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Peter Russell
2. Imani Makeup – Winner
3. Nahya Glam
4. Saida Beauty
5. Shillat Makeup
6. Glam By Keith

Makeup Artist Of The Year (Africa)

1. Tammi Mbambo
2. Moshoodat
3. Manal Makeup
4. Beezglam Makeup Studio
5. Reham Khalifa
6. Makeup By Zulky – Winner

Hair Artist Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Mbajja Sean
2. Mirrors Salon
3. Hair By Zziwa
4. Afros & Mo -winner
5. Jeff Jingo
6. Lana Barber 256
7. Sammy Barber Ug

Hair Artist Of The Year (Africa)

1. Laetitia Ky
2. Corrine Muthoni
3. Nikiwe Dlova
4. Kehinde Are
5. Joke Lawal
6. Ricky Kish – Winner

Fashion Stylist Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Mavo Kampala
2. Kwagala Kevira
3. Top Stylist
4. Gangstar Magic
5. Allan Senior
6. Cham Ronnie – Winner

Fashion Stylist Of The Year (Africa)

1. Luxury Recycle – Winner
2. Tiannahs Place
3. Yartel
4. T. Dosumu
5. Chuck Mbevo

Image Maker Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Kiba Shots
2. Walter Photography
3. Sasha Vybz – Winner
4. Dc Photography
5. Martin Kharumwa
6. Drimax Photography

Image Maker Of The Year (Africa)

1. Trevor Stuurman – Winner
2. Kwame Koda
3. Chuchu Ojekwe
4. Bless Dollar
5. Prince Gyasi
6. Daniel Obasi

Fashionable Music Video Award (Uganda)

1. Personal – Zulitums
2. Mbaga – Nsimbi -winner
3. Thank God – Vinka
4. Forever – Chameleone
5. My Year – Azawi
6. Wandiisa Ki – Rema Namakula

Fashionable Music Video Award (Africa)

1. Tales By Midnight – Tiwa Savage
2. Selema – Musa Keys & Loui
3. Rush – Ayra Star
4. Bandana – Fireboy & Asake – Winner

Most Stylish Male Artist Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Fik Fameica
2. Grenade Official -winner
3. Rickman Manrick
4. Zulitums
5. Gnl Zamba
6. B2c

Most Stylish Male Artist Of The Year (Africa)

1. Diamond Platnumz
2. Adekunle Gold
3. Rema
4. Fireboy – Winner
5. Kidi Music

Most Stylish Female Artist Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Spice Diana
2. Kataleya & Kandle
3. Pia Pounds – Winner
4. Azawi
5. Lydia Jazmine
6. Vinka
7. Winnie Nwagi
8. Sheebah Karungi

Most Stylish Female Artist Of The Year (Africa)

1. Ayra Starr – Winner
2. Uncle Waffles
3. Zuchu
4. Sho Madjozi
5. Nomuzi Mabena
6. Tiwa Savage

Male Fashionista Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Trend Masta
2. Dice Rich
3. Q Senior -winner
4. Mugagga Alex
5. Adnan Turan
6. Baraka Ting
7. Spy Gadget 256

Male Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)

1. Eni Oluwa – Winner
2. Dr. Akin Faminu
3. Tijesunimi Olupekan
4. Ooreofe Oluwadara
5. Denola Grey
6. Efe Tommy

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Uganda)

1. Sharne Natukunda – Winner
2. Fifi Parker
3. Aron Hilson
4. Katrina Nilzero
5. Mbabazi Kim

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)

1. Hali Oduor
2. Nancie Mwai
3. Priscilla Anyabu
4. Denise Dainty – Winner
5. Diana Eneje
6. Chevonne Spirine

Most Stylish Male Personality (Africa)

1. Kat Sinivasan
2. Ebuka – Winner
3. Eni Oluwa
4. Sir Uti
5. Maps Maponyane
6. Denola Grey

Most Stylish Female Personality (Uganda)

1. Etania
2. Malaika Nnyanzi Tenshi
3. Sandra Twinoburyo – Winner
4. Evelyn Kironde
5. Bettinah Tianah
6. Sharon O
7. Natasha Sinayobye

Most Stylish Female Personality (Africa)

1. Anele Mdoda
2. Hassan Sarah
3. Nana Akua Addo
4. Official Doyin – Winner
5. Toke Makinwa
6. Allysyn Audu

Fashion Journalism Excellence Award (Africa)

1. Guap Magazine
2. Bella Naija Style – Winner
3. Fashion Bomb Daily
4. The Native

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards are an African fashion award show that honors and recognizes members of the fashion industry, such as fashion designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, media figures, and influencers on the African Continent and beyond our borders. Since the 2013 opening ceremony, this event has been conducted yearly in Uganda. The ASFAs is an evening of glitz and glamour with the biggest red carpet in Africa, in a genuine celebration of fashion and style, with A-List guests from the entire continent.

The evolution of ASFA categories The exception to this rule is the Lifetime/Style Fashion Icon Achievement Award, which presents two trophies for both Ugandan and continental winners. The nominees are chosen by public voting, with the public taking 30% of the vote and the judges from the awards academy taking the remaining 70%.

Content courtesy of Abryanz Style And Fashion Awards & NFH

The Body Shop Enters The Kenyan Beauty Market And Plans To Launch An E-commerce Platform In The First Half Of 2023.

In an effort to address the rising demand for cosmetics made in an ethical and sustainable manner, the international beauty brand The Body Shop has announced its arrival into the Kenyan market.

Through their exclusive franchisee, The Mask Retailers, the British-founded, trend-setting cosmetics business, which sells over 800 products, opens its first location in Nairobi at the Village Market. The Body Shop also announced intentions to introduce an e-commerce platform in 2023 to make its products more accessible to customers in the East Africa region.

“Kenya is a fast-developing economy that is well-positioned to attract major brands looking to strategically have a portion of this market,” stated Sarah Jackson, The Body Shop EMEA & LatAm Franchise Business Director regarding the launch.

Kenyan customers are very concerned with a company’s value for their money as well as how morally and socially responsible it is along its full value chain. Over 800 goods from The Body Shop are available to consumers who want high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care, and cosmetics that are made ethically and responsibly.

The Body Shop is renowned for its high-quality, naturally-inspired cosmetic and toiletry products. It is also well-known throughout the world for having pioneered the idea that business can be a force for good, for setting new standards for business ethics, and for persistently advocating for change on behalf of those who lack a strong voice.

The Body Shop Kenya store was created with the brand’s objective to reduce its environmental impact in mind, Ms. Jackson added.
Reclaimed wood and recyclable plastic that was going to the garbage were used in its construction.
Worktops are built entirely of reclaimed wood, while the facade is constructed out of low-energy metals that are infinitely recyclable: zinc and aluminum.
Customers may also buy a refillable 300 ml aluminum bottle, which they can fill with any of the top-selling shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, and hand washes from 12 different brands.

The Body Shop began obtaining tea tree oil from the east coast and the foothills of Mount Kenya in 2020. They did this in collaboration with the Kutoka Ardhini (Swahili for “from the ground”) group, which obtains the essential component via a network of more than 1,000 farmers.

This is done through The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade program, which assists producers in opening up new markets and funding community-beneficial social and environmental initiatives. The Community Fair Trade program is a global initiative that includes around 13,500 farmers, producers, and craftsmen.

Products from The Body Shop are created with a regard for the environment and a dedication to ethical and sustainable business practices.
They are free of cruelty and support people in feeling good about themselves, their bodies, and their futures, especially women and girls.
The company creates unique products using premium natural ingredients that are ethically and responsibly raised and purchased.

About The Body Shop

The Body Shop has stated that this year, as part of its Christmas community support, it is undertaking an activism campaign dubbed “Be Seen. Be Heard” to amplify young voices in the halls of power. This is in addition to helping local farmers.
Each purchase made over the holiday season will assist The Body Shop in donating a minimum of £500,000 to organizations worldwide that support young people who are giving back to their communities and working to make the world a more just and joyful place.

The Body Shop is a well-known beauty brand that was established in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Brighton, England. It is also a B CorpTM accredited company. By providing high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, body care, hair care, and cosmetics that are ethically and sustainably made, The Body Shop hopes to have a good impact on the world.
By providing high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, body care, hair care, and makeup that is created ethically and sustainably, The Body Shop hopes to have a good impact on the world. Having established the notion that business can be a force for good, this ethos continues to be the inspiration for the brand. In more than 70 countries, The Body Shop runs almost 3,000 retail outlets.

Over 70 nations are home to about 3,000 The Body Shop retail stores.
The Body Shop is a member of Natura &Co, a global, multi-channel, multi-brand cosmetics conglomerate that is dedicated to achieving positive economic, social, and environmental impact, together with Avon, Aesop, and Natura.

Content courtesy of The Body Shop & NFH

Work With Smile Leads To Success: An Exclusive Beauty Business Interview With Sina Tsegazeab Founder Of Natna Natural Hair

The renowned and high-quality hair distribution company Natna Hair, with headquarters in Uganda, recently debuted its newest item as part of the launch of its new collection.
The brand has been on the fast track to success, even releasing products not just for women but for men, in a time when appearance and self-care are the norms.
A couple of the products that the company’s catalog highlights are hair extensions for balding men and beard extensions.

We had an exclusive opportunity to speak with the company’s executive Sina Tsegazeab, who explains to us what this new collection means to their customers and why self-care and beauty are no longer a luxury but rather a way of life.

Ann Mumbi: What is Natna Natural Hair all about?

Sina Tsegazeab: Natna hair is a brand that deals with carefully selected human hair weaves, wigs, lace wigs, ponytails, closures, lashes, and so on.
All our products are made from 100% human hair that has no plastic, fiber or synthetic added.
You’re able to wash, dye, color, set, and do everything with them.

AM: When and how did you get into the hair and beauty industry?

ST: I started working in the cosmetics industry in 2013. It’s funny how I got into the business.

To cut a long tale short, buyers began to complain that the items weren’t up to par and were of poor quality after receiving a sizable purchase.
They were going through a terrible period, so they started seeking someone to give them advice.

As they were doing this, they remembered me, so I joined to offer assistance.

Because I used to plait weaves frequently, I had some knowledge.

They later found the business to be tough to manage, so they offered me an opportunity if I could take over.
I took over, changed the brand, and now I’m here.

AM: What were you doing before you decided to set up Natna Hair?

ST: I was a student at Cavendish University studying online marketing prior to starting the company.

AM: What was the catalyst in your journey?

ST: I constantly strive to be at the top of my game.

AM: How would you describe your signature look?

ST: decent, corporate office appearance.

AM: How important are the ingredients in hair care products?

ST: In brief, it’s like food, and nutritious food is necessary for our bodies, and the same is true of hair and hair products.
The components in hair care products are more significant than you can possibly understand.

AM: What’s a hair care secret that you wish more people knew?

ST: Using natural treatments prior to washing your hair and being aware of your hair type’s requirements.

AM: How important do you think it is for people to have a regular hair care regimen?

ST: Most individuals overlook the fact that taking care of one’s hair should be part of a routine, much like taking care of one’s skin or exercising.

AM: A client comes in and asks for a style that you do not think will suit their face.
How do you respond?

ST: So, in situations like that, the first thing I do is tell them why that wouldn’t be ideal for them. Most of the time, they comprehend and are willing to attempt what I advise. If not, I value their viewpoint.

AM: What treatment methods would you recommend if a client came in with hair damaged from excessive dye?

SM: They should first take a break from dyeing their hair for a while before deep conditioning it.

AM: What credentials and licenses do you have in fields related to hair styling?

SM: I am a qualified hair technologist (not a hairstylist), and I am familiar with all the procedures involved in producing and gathering human hair from donors, as well as the industrial process, how to distinguish between different hair grades, which origins are best for various styles, etc.
An expert in this process is referred to as a hair technician. I learned how to style, make wigs, and ventilate hair on my own.

AM: How do you try to stay up-to-date on current hairdressing trends?

SM: This is simple for me because I now understand how to start a trend rather than just follow one.

AM: Have you ever experienced a situation where a client wasn’t happy with the finished look?
If so, how did you handle a case?

SM: I am not a hair stylist, so I can’t really point anything out.

AM: Why should anyone use your service or product?

SM: That’s a really lovely question.
One is that customers will receive excellent value for their money, long-lasting products that will help them preserve their appearance, and the greatest possible customer service.

AM: You started working in the hair and beauty industry several years ago, how has the industry changed since you began?

SM: It has undergone numerous changes.
People can distinguish between the many hair types and whether or not it is human hair, which makes our job simple.

AM: Any plans to come up with a new product line?

SM: Oh yes, it’s 80% done, and we are going to launch it very soon.

AM: What is your brand philosophy?

SM: To constantly offer high-quality hair and products at reasonable costs, together with customer service that makes each engagement with our brand satisfying for our customers.

AM: What are the 5 most popular beauty products you use?

SM:

  1. Neutrogena scrub
  2. Dove hair conditioner
  3. MAC foundation studio fix
  4. Bio-oil
  5. Olay sunscreen

AM: How long have you been in the Hairline business?

SM: My brand is currently 7 years old, having started in 2015.

AM: What are your 5 beauty do’s and don’ts?

SM:

The beauty do’s for me are:

  1. Moisturizing
  2. Deep conditioning
  3. Exercising
  4. Steaming
  5. Scrubbing

The don’ts on the other hand are:

  1. Bleaching
  2. Using cheap products
  3. Having heavy makeup on daily

AM: Does everyone look better with weaved hair or wigs?

SM: Everyone can look good wearing weaves, for sure. The same cannot be said for wigs, though.

AM: If you turn up at a show/shoot and the model has terrible hair, what do you do?

SM: Well, this can’t happen because for photo shoots and shows we come knowing what to do and the model also comes knowing that she has to come in a specific style.

AM: Beauty Instagram profiles have become a major influence on the hair and beauty industry, but you keep yours quite personal, how important social platforms are for you?

SM: Yes, you’re correct that Instagram influencers are growing in popularity, but I chose to promote my brand on my own instead because it seemed more logical to do so.

AM: Where our readers can find you and keep in touch with you? (Provide your Instagram, website, and Facebook page if any please)

SM: You can follow us across all platforms @Natnahair.

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Twitter
  4. TikTok
  5. YouTube
  6. Pinterest
  7. Website

Thank You

Content courtesy of Natna Natural Hair & NFH

How to Become a Commercial Model, Modeling Advice for Aspiring Fashion Models

Interested in making a career in fashion modeling? These dos and don’ts from seasoned experienced models give advice on how to succeed as a fashion model.

Do you want to learn the steps to modeling?
Do you envision yourself as the next Gigi Hadid to grace the Vogue cover?
With thousands of hopefuls vying for the title of the next supermodel, modeling has emerged as a highly coveted employment option. The likelihood of getting caught now is one in a million, so the days when you could rely on luck are long gone.
It requires self-control, perseverance, and work to become a role model.
To stand out and get recognized, you must plan, organize, and adhere to a strategy.

How to become a model?
To help you break into the modeling business and launch your modeling career, we consulted with various successful models and agencies and put together the list of recommendations below. So, here’s a guide on how to begin modeling.

  1. Develop your modeling skills
  2. Practice model poses in front of the camera
  3. Get a killer modeling portfolio
  4. Find the right modeling agency
  5. Do your research about the modeling agency you sign up with
  6. Learn to embrace rejection
  7. Make yourself constantly look better
  8. Be safe
  9. Be Professional
  10. Commit to work
  11. Build your social media following
  12. Never let your pride down

1. Develop your modeling skills
Learn the art of posing. Runway walking drills. Posing skills and walking style are what set one attractive model apart from another. It takes art to model.
Whether it’s watching endless episodes of America’s Next Top Model on Netflix, flipping through the pages of Vogue, watching tutorials on YouTube, reading modeling e-books like glamour pictures photography, or picking a favorite model.
On a runway, it can be incredibly uncomfortable to pose and move around. Practice. A piece of advice for modeling is as follows: Get used to posing in front of a camera and another person by having a buddy take photos of you. Alternately, before beginning your path to becoming a fashion model, start small, mount a camera on a tripod, and practice alone until your confidence increases.

2. Practice model poses in front of the camera
Getting practice in front of the camera is the next stage to learning how to start modeling. The supermodels you see in stunning magazine photographs didn’t just stand in front of the lens and hope a talented fashion photographer caught them at the right moment. They assisted the photographer in producing a masterpiece.
A model will use her posture, facial expressions, and artistic sense to help realize the photographer’s vision. They are both equally talented in their respective fields.

An important prerequisite for being a model is having the appropriate posing abilities. To make everything come to life on his end, the photographer will use his understanding of lighting, aperture, framing, etc. It’s a choreographed dance, therefore you should practice as much as you can.
It will be 20 times more difficult to acquire a great image if you can’t pose and don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. Make an effort to improve as a model!

3. Get a killer modeling portfolio
Having a well-rounded modeling portfolio that highlights your best qualities through gorgeous, high-quality photos is one of the most important steps to becoming a model and building a solid profession.
The modeling portfolio is one of the first things agencies and clients look for in a model to make a good first impression.

It helps to have both a printed copy that you can present when you meet someone in person and an online version (your modeling portfolio website) that you can send to anyone via email. To climb the modeling ladder, you need as much exposure as you can get.

4. Find the right modeling agency
A modeling agency is necessary for every fashion model. Getting seen by a prominent modeling agency in your area is the first step to being signed by one. Snapshots of oneself must be submitted in order to be seen.
In the business, these photos are frequently referred to as “digitals” or “polaroids.”
The most straightforward and unposed photographs are what modeling agencies are searching for so they can see you for WHO YOU ARE. Send in pictures of you with minimal to no makeup on at most a light coat of foundation and mascara.
Include images of both your hair up and down, pulled away from your face, and don’t style it (just make sure it’s clean).

The background must be simple and underacting (standing against a plain wall works best). Use natural lighting when taking pictures; a friend can simply serve as your photographer. If you have friends that are studying fashion design, be sure to heed their suggestions for your wardrobe.
Your digitals should have the following pictures: full-length, up-close headshots, left and right side profiles, smiling (with teeth, without teeth), and non-smiling shots (both facing the camera and turned away from the camera). You should wear pants and a solid-colored t-shirt for your attire.

5. Do your research about the modeling agency you sign up with 
Do your study before submitting it to every modeling agency on the planet and see what sticks.
Do your research about the modeling agency you sign up with Do your study before submitting to every modeling agency on the planet and seeing what sticks. List everything. Is this agency legitimate, which comes first and foremost?
Do they have any negative reviews, and can their company be easily verified? Are models with your appearance and stature now being accepted by this modeling agency?
What is the submission procedure for the modeling agency (detailed instructions differ by agency, but you should be able to obtain this information on their website)? Who are the current and former models for the agency? What are the newest advertising initiatives for the modeling agency? Are they collaborating with reputable brands and businesses?
Do you WANT to be represented by this firm, which would mean that you would also be representing them?

Send digitals to your top choices once you’ve identified the modeling agencies you are convinced will be a good fit for you.
If you get a call asking you to meet with an agency in person after submitting your digitals, do even more research ahead of time.

Learn about notable fashion designers, the ‘it’ supermodels of the time, and recent news in the fashion, beauty, and modeling industries. By no means do you need to be a walking “encyclopedia of fashion models”; just be observant and knowledgeable.

6. Learn to embrace rejection
Prepare your mind to accept a lot of rejection. You MUST be capable of accepting doors closing in your face without hesitation. Even the most beautiful supermodels to ever walk the earth were given the “NO” signal. Numerous people told them “NO” in various ways and numerous repetitions. It comes with the territory to be rejected. You will do better if you realize and accept that as soon as possible. Do not measure your value by how you appear to others or by their approval of you.

Start getting ready by committing to ignoring any criticism you get this week. Find out if it was simple or challenging. You needed to develop tougher skin even more so the harder it was.
Are you offended that I just encouraged you to develop a thicker skin? If so, the point is just that! Start honing your capacity to accept criticism with a smile! But don’t worry, with enough practice, anyone can pick up this skill.
Every “NO” is simply one “NO” closer to a “YES,” so keep that in mind when you encounter rejection.

7. Make yourself constantly look better
Take good care of your physique, health, skin, and hair. Whether you like it or not, modeling is an aesthetically focused industry, and appearance/beauty is unquestionably important. (Despite this, anyone can succeed as a commercial model regardless of physical attractiveness or body type.) The height and weight requirements for fashion models are, however, more stringent and severe than those for any other type of modeling. Although there isn’t much you can do about genetics, it IS up to you to utilize the genetic makeup that was given to you.
You must follow your meticulous beauty routine if you want to become a model. The following routines, which are used by many supermodels, include but are not limited to the following:

Drinking copious amounts of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and maintain supple skin, quitting smoking, and consuming alcohol sparingly. Others include taking a multivitamin, working out 4-5 days a week, according to a strict diet/meal plan, wearing SPF, never going to bed in makeup, exfoliating/washing/moisturizing their face every morning and evening, and many others.
Whether you are looking at it from a business or personal perspective, feeling and looking your best will only be beneficial to you. Win-win situation. But for any aspiring fashion model, having your beauty routine down pat is unquestionably a career benefit.

A model who takes pride in her appearance is far more valuable than one who is unmotivated to maintain good hygiene and attractiveness.

If your height and weight don’t meet the current standards for fashion models, you can still pursue modeling in a variety of other fields. To discover which genres you might be a good fit for, please read this essay on the many types of modeling.

8. Be safe
Being a fashion model makes you vulnerable, especially in the beginning. So be cautious and stay safe. The most crucial advice I can give aspiring fashion models that are working with fashion designers or photographers is this: Avoid being duped by fake modeling schools (you DO NOT need to pay money to attend any modeling school or training, period).
To begin started, you shouldn’t have to pay for any photos. It should be your agency that arranges for test shoots.
Other frauds include modeling competitions, dishonest “agents,” “casting directors,” or “photographers,” phony casting calls that offer thousands of dollars in pay and a photo shoot abroad, etc.

Establish a reliable support system.
The modeling profession might be intimidating, and it’s simple to become a victim of numerous other problems (party scene, eating disorders, etc.). Inform your family and friends about your professional development.

If anything seems off or strange, they can serve as a sounding board. They could take you to a shoot and wait outside for you. When you experience rejection or a difficult time, they can keep you motivated. Have a safety net and an assistive network!

9. Be Professional
It’s not simple to break into the modeling industry. You must act with complete professionalism. Respond to phone calls. Answer emails and voicemails right away.
Being 30 minutes late for a meeting, casting call, or photo shoot is never acceptable. You should, at the very least, arrive 15 minutes early.
Planning and time management are required for this. When aspiring models think, “Well, I’m pretty enough to be a model, so I will just glide by with my looks alone and no effort,” they are making a big error.

Many aspiring models in the past quit the modeling business because their lack of professionalism, bad attitude, and reputation started to overwhelm their attractiveness.

With a diva, no one wants to work. There are many other stunning women in the world who WON’T be disrespectful or snobby.
When you book a gig, you are speaking for your agency as well as yourself.
Treat EVERYONE with respect while you are on set. If your makeup artist followed a precise instruction that was provided to her but you don’t like the way your makeup turned out, it’s too bad. Do your part now that she has finished hers.

Regardless of your preference for cosmetics, take some killer shots and refrain from disparaging the makeup artist in public. In your modeling profession, showing respect and consideration will go a long way.

10. Commit to work
Although modeling may look glamorous and simple, that is far from the truth.
To become a model, you’ll need to put in a lot of effort.
Are you prepared to stick to your diet, exercise, and beauty routine even when you are having a tough time finding work? Are you prepared to work a 12-hour photo session in chilly, windy weather while donning an outfit that provides no warmth, all while obtaining the shot and being compliant?
Have you acknowledged that, after signing with a modeling agency, it can take years before you achieve success (if ever), as your agency works to advance your modeling career?

Are you prepared to spend a large amount of time away from your significant other, your family, your friends, and the comforts of home while taking lengthy overseas trips? When business is sluggish, are you prepared to take a side job that is utterly unappealing? Are you adaptable and willing to undertake a drastic hairdo change if your employer asks you to? By no means are these obligations designed to terrify you; modeling CAN be enjoyable, gratifying, thrilling, and glamorous. Make sure you are prepared to commit regardless of what, and that you are aware of the positive and negative potential on both sides!

11. Build your social media following
If you want to become a fashion model, you probably want to be represented by a modeling agency.
As previously indicated, while you wait for responses from modeling agencies, upload your digitals, practice posing and walking, build a beauty routine, etc.
Amass a following on social media in the meanwhile. Unbelievable as it may seem, it might help you be signed to an agency! Social media following creation is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Nowadays, modeling agencies analyze a model’s online viewership when deciding whether or not to sign them.
Models are frequently used by advertisers, but they increasingly want to hire models that already have a following that they can market to.

Although it is not a prerequisite, having a sizable social media following is a key quality for fashion models. There are currently no indications that this tendency may slow down. So as soon as you can, join the bandwagon. Be judicious in your social media messaging and strategy.

Know your values, be genuine with your followers, communicate with them frequently, and share beautiful photographs! Even further, you can launch a blog, a YouTube channel, or something similar. Due to their massive followings, several unintentional influencers have transitioned into successful professional models.

12. Never let your pride down
You have seen most of the procedures to becoming a model up to this point, but maintaining your pride is just as crucial. You are still a worthwhile person with feelings, thoughts, and opinions regardless of what happens.
Much more than just a gorgeous face, you are.
The majority of fashion models agree to the bookings made for them by their agency, which is acceptable and rather common.
But you must learn to speak out and express your opinion before it is too late if something ever crosses the line or makes you feel uncomfortable. Although we just emphasized that devotion is a crucial quality, there is a thin line.

Never let your career become so important to you that it takes precedence over you and your needs. What do you believe in? Make it clear from the beginning and don’t budge.
The better wealthy you will be, the less anxious you will be about acceptance and approval. Always have your own back and know when to use force. Who will defend you if not yourself, after all?

How many types of fashion models are there?
1. Runway Modeling
2. Plus Size Models
3. Fitness Model
4. Glamour Models
5. Alternative models
6. Parts Model
7. Promotional model

Now that you know how to become a model, you must also know the various career alternatives in modeling and choose the one that best suits you.

1. Runway Modeling
Runway models participate in runway events and are required to routinely change their attire and cosmetics.
A runway or ramp is a platform where models walk to display clothing and accessories during a fashion show. A runway model’s experience affects whether they are hired.

2. Plus Size Models
Plus-size models can be defined as those whose dimensions are larger than editorial fashion models. They participate in the promotion of cosmetics, stylish accessories, and plus-size apparel.
More and more plus-size models are appearing in fashion magazines and working in the fashion business.
The idea of creating clothing for the plus-size market is growing among designers.

3. Fitness Model
A well-defined figure with toned muscles characterizes a fitness model. These models are leaner and heavier due to their increased muscular mass.
These fitness models frequently appear in magazine advertising, but some of them also work as fitness trainers and participate in fitness-related competitions. To find out everything you need to know about how to become a fitness model, read this tutorial.

4. Glamour Models
Glamour model agencies don’t have a set standard for the model’s physical attributes; instead, it varies from location to location what standards they maintain.
These models can be found in calendars, men’s magazines, lingerie modeling, and music videos, with a general focus on a person’s sexual appeal.

5. Alternative models
Alternative models are those unorthodox women who favor participating in punk, goth, and fetish photo sessions and who have unusual physical characteristics.

6. Parts Model
According to a certain bodily part, parts models are used. I can take the form of hands, legs, chest, lips, etc. Unattractive portions are also in demand, despite the fact that attractive parts are the majority of the time. Some representation firms only work with models whose body parts are in demand.

7. Promotional model
A promotional model is a visually beautiful person hired to interact with clients in order to draw them to a product or service. By providing information about the goods, they give customers a real experience. Trade exhibitions, events, shopping centers, nightclubs, and other public locations all feature them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you become a fashion model?
There are many different categories of fashion models. So the first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of a model you want to be. Once you have a category determined, you would need to start setting up a portfolio which you will need to field to various agencies so that you can start getting modeling gigs.

What should a fashion model be like?
Generally, fashion models are expected to be tall and capable of carrying a lot of different looks and clothing. While being skinny used to be a common enough requirement, plus-sized models are also increasingly in demand these days.

What do you need as an aspiring model?
The most important thing for an aspiring model is to have a good quality professional modeling portfolio. Your modeling portfolio is a curated sample of your previous work or sample shots that can show potential clients what you look like and what kind of work you are capable of doing.

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Bonang Matheba And Steve Madden Announce A Summertime Collaboration.

South African powerhouse Bonang Matheba will launch the Steve Madden Bonang Matheba Holiday Select Collection, marking the brand’s first-ever African partnership.
This partnership demonstrates Steve Madden’s trend-setting edge yet again as part of the brand’s build-up in honor of its ten-year anniversary in Africa.

Six shoe types and two handbag designs make up Bonang Matheba’s holiday collection, which, in the view of the fashion star, best captures the joyous spirit of a South African summer.

She stated, “I was looking for styles that would be fantastic for holidays, celebrations, dancing the night away in, or perhaps be the perfect gift to spoil someone special throughout the holiday season. Looking at the collection, which is distinguished by its distinctive Bonang packaging, Bonang has done an excellent job.

 

The line will debut during the 7 November Steve Madden Spring/Summer collection unveiling and go on sale in stores and online on November 6, 2022.

The Steve Madden Spring/Summer collection’s official debut and fashion show were invite-only events that took place at the Zeitz Mocaa Museum in Cape Town on November 7.

Guests were treated to a sunset fashion presentation themed “Walk in Central Park” that featured Steve Madden’s just released SS22 Spring/Summer clothes collection as well as the footwear line for the next season.

The well-known American brand Steve Madden entered the South African retail industry in 2013 with the opening of its first African location in Fourways, Johannesburg. To date, the business has grown to 14 retail locations around the country. The local team members, however, are aiming for market share in Africa, and Steve Madden has expanded its reach to include Namibia in keeping with its growth strategy of exposure through strategic locations on the continent.

Country manager Michelle de Fonseca stated at the launch that the brand’s emphasis is on its online offering, which ships throughout Africa, as well as standalone storefronts in chosen locations throughout important African markets. 20 standalone locations are planned for the end of 2023 as part of the company’s “goal to continue our successful retail expansion,” the spokesperson added.

De Fonseca stated the following in regards to the season’s debut and fashion show: “Steve Madden is synonymous with must-have footwear, and we are the most admired and sought-after shoe brand in SA. We set trends in the market for footwear, bags, and accessories, therefore we are thrilled to be entering the men’s and women’s clothes space with the same edginess and Steve Madden trademark of our shoes.

 

 

The Steve Madden Bonang Matheba Holiday Select Collection, the result of this season’s collaboration with South African giant Bonang Matheba, was revealed and announced at the event’s fashion showcase of the newest footwear and clothing.

The marketing manager for Steve Madden SA, who came up with the idea for the partnership, Tumelo Mmusi, called it “history in the making.” For the first time, Steve Madden International has partnered with African talent, demonstrating the brand’s dedication to the South African and African markets.

A variety of go-to holiday looks were chosen by Bonang for the Steve Madden Bonang Matheba Holiday Select Collection. Everyone on the earth, according to Bonang, would choose Steve Madden if they were to collaborate with a business.

Speaking on the relationship between the USA and South Africa, Ian Funk, president of international sales for the company based in New York, who was present at the event in Cape Town, said, “Our staff is enthralled by South Africa and the potential that lay ahead. We are thrilled about the collaboration with Bonang and eager to grow and work our magic together.

Lift Airlines, Home Suite Hotels, House of BNG, SoHo, and Mac Cosmetics are just a few of the well-known companies that have teamed up with Steve Madden for the launch.

Content courtesy of Front Page, Zalebs & NFH

African Fashion: Lagos Fashion Week 2022 Featured 5 Noteworthy Shows.

The fashion market in Africa is expanding significantly. Inspiring collections that highlight their brands’ aesthetics are released by designers in the continent’s major fashion hubs every season.

The African fashion industry is about to go worldwide, with events like Lagos Fashion Week, Glitz Fashion Week, Hub of Africa Fashion Week, and more. In Lagos Fashion Week, we observed models walking down the runway in outfits created by imaginative designers from all over the continent.
For three gloriously beautiful days, fashion enthusiasts from Nigeria and around the world gathered in Lagos, probably Africa’s largest fashion hub, to celebrate the continent’s industry and take in the new season’s collections from designers.

Lagos Fashion Week 2022 came to a thrilling conclusion with a premiere party, an after-party, public shows, and private ones.

Although some designers, including Dye Labs, Eki Kere, Sisiano, Iamisigo, Banke Kuku, Lagos Space Programme, Imad Eduso, and Andrea Iyamah, held private viewings off-site, the public exhibition of more than 30 established and up-and-coming designers were held at the Balmoral Hall of the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Long braids, bold eyeliner, heavy makeup, Afro hair, patched denim jackets and pants, corsets, long and short dresses, crop tops, cargo pants, high-soled boots, cliques of twos and threes, brightly colored hairstyles and piercings, and camera personnel peering through lenses for perfect shots were just a few of the eccentric looks we saw.

The runway promised a completely different experience from the street style and its immersed culture, as designers produced their best collections yet, including expertly designed suits, loose-fitting shirt dresses, classic textiles, knits, tasselled purses, and even hand-beaded apparel. I discussed the collections with some of the designers.

TJ Who
TJ Who eloquently spreads the gospel of luxury through their attire.
The company was established and is creatively driven by the outstanding Taju Ibrahim. Its approach is based on structures, minimalism, and astute comfort, giving its users a subtle sensation of strength.
They used textiles like cotton-bonded scuba, a blend of cotton, polyester, and viscose materials, to make jaw-dropping designs for their SS/23 collection. The stage included cuffed pants, divided sleeves, and subtle yet noticeable details in the threading.

According to Ibrahim, “this collection has been two years of experimental idea refining, rethinking, and revision, and this collection was us showing the world the number of designs we’ve diligently worked on over the years.

We kept to our avant-garde, sci-fi, and ageless aesthetics with this collection, but we also discovered ways to incorporate our African roots and hand-embroidery techniques into them. They debuted in womenswear during this season.

Elie Kuame
The Ivory Coast-based Elie Kuame womenswear brand bears his name. After establishing the company in 2016, Kuame has continued to release clothing that is motivated by the love and encouragement he gets from the women in his life.
The majority of his creations are done by hand, and he gives each one a beautiful finishing touch while feeling a surge of love and joy. The designer has dressed royalty and graced the cover of the Ghanaian magazine Debonair Afrik.

The Elie Kuame brand’s SS/23 “This Is Couture” collection, which was inspired by African heritage, served as evidence that the continent was capable of producing much more. Models paraded wearing heavy, opulent clothing and traditional caps worn by queens. There were also visible details like hand beading, gold decorations, and indigenous materials.

“We aim to demonstrate through our roots that fashion is possible in Africa. All of the pieces were produced by hand and beaded, according to Kuame. “We want to use this collection to demonstrate that we can meet international standards as well,”

Jermaine Bleu
Based in Accra, Ghana, Jermaine Bleu is a rapidly expanding menswear and womenswear brand. In order to portray insightful tales about the African continent through the eyes of Africans, Jason Jermaine Asiedu started it in 2015. The brand has so far changed directions and graced the digital pages of publications like Teen Vogue and i-D.
The Jermaine Bleu brand returned to Lagos Fashion Week this year with the “Harmony” collection, which was motivated by duality, fluidity, and self-love. The collection is about crafting calming, peaceful narratives or travels.

According to Asiedu, this year, “we’re sharing stories about how we’ve been put in so many boxes by society that we forget who we are, and it drives us to tension, chaos, anxiety, and feelings we don’t even understand.

This is our way of advising folks to take a deep breath, relax, and not take themselves too seriously.
They interpreted this concept through tangible components like color explosions as well as a design methodology and fabric selection.

JZO
Joseph O. Ike and Olamide E. Akindeinde founded the Nigerian company JZO. The two are creating a new type of menswear company that adds a whimsical element to African design by utilizing their backgrounds and abilities. Pieces have a strong brand voice, which makes them easy to recognize.
They build, then dismantle before rebuilding.

The fabric selection is perfect, and the styling and silhouette are flawless, always current, and unmistakably noticeable. Their SS/23 collection, “Pan-The-On,” is inspired by ancient African deities.

“We haven’t created or illustrated any of our own African pantheons. What, really, are gods to us? Says Ike. “This is our interpretation of that tale or the first in a series of tales along those lines.
What would they resemble? In order to create this collection, the color scheme, drapings, shapes, and everything else were taken into consideration.

Rick Dusi
A high-end clothing brand called Rick Dusi creates minimalist silhouettes. Their selection of textiles and color schemes is solely focused on the kinds of narratives they hope to tell and the sources of inspiration.
The company, which was founded by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi, has styled celebrities like Tim Kubart, a two-time nominee for the Grammy Awards and one-time winner. It has also contributed to the creation of some of our favorite fashion events, like Lagos Fashion Week and GTBANK Fashion Weekend.

Rick Dusi looked into the depressing past of the creative director to produce a collection for SS/23 that was a symbol of hope and light. A few months before the collection emerged, the designer, who had recently lost his father, produced looks that were influenced by the event. These looks included brilliantly colored lipsticks, metallic and checkered textiles that glittered, glittering accessories and neckpieces, and bold cosmetics.

According to him, his collection was inspired by a dark past and a hopeful future. This is one of the explanations for my choice of sparkling colors. It serves as a reminder that we are not defined by the past but rather are looking forward to what is ahead.

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DFW 2022 Themed “Celebrating Culture & Fabric Manipulation”: How Delight Fashion Week Unfolded at Delight Tailoring Fashion Design School In Nairobi

Delight Fashion Week (DFW) is one of the Kenyan biggest fashion events.
Held in October each year, the event celebrates emerging Kenyan fashion designers’ and models’ collections, showcasing them to the world, this year’s theme was “Celebrating Culture & Fabric Manipulation”
DFW is also a hotspot for celebrities, who are spotted attending runways for inspiration, the event was hosted by Azeezah Hashim and Co-Host  by Jemimah Nempiris
This year, October’s DFW ran from October 3 – 7. Receiving over 50k online mentions during the event, this year’s Delight  Fashion Week has been the most discussed since 2020. So, what got fans talking?

Designers & Models

A total of 60 students participated in Delight Fashion Week 2022, showcasing and modeling one item from each of their individual designs.
The list of student designers from Delight Fashion and Design Tailoring School who debuted their collection on October 7, 2022, below is the list of designers and models.

Delight Fashion Week 2022: Student’s Single Piece Presentation as per the categories.

Designers & Models Group A
1. Rose Alinda
2. Joyce Mwangi(Mudafa)
3. Stancey Norah
4. Juventer Awuor
5. Sharon Muriithi
6. Joy Nyaga
7. Janis Koki
8. Jheria Mohammed
9. Emelda Akinyi

Designers & Models Group B
1. Lucy Ndanu
2. Jeanette Nyapela
3. Stacy Agnes
4. Stecy Jane
5. Regina Wothaya
6. Sarafina Julius
7. Ashley Nereah
8. Sylvia Nduta

Designers & Models Group C
1. Moreen Oroma
2. Mercy Nga’ng’a
3. Teresia Kirika
4. Amy Mbinya
5. Rosemary Munguti
6. Oreu Nadupoi
7. Gladys Wambui
8. Cynthia Kimaiga

Designers & Models Group D
1. Grace Waithera
2. Celine Sangwa
3. Teckla Mukami
4. Keziah Githinji
5. Jacqueline Alivizda
6. Sephora Naruba
7. Mercy Wangoi
8. Grace Baraka

Designers & Models Group E
1. Sandra Kalama
2. Amina Arif
3. Trizah Akoth
4. Nyandeng’ Priscilla
5. Vicky Mumo
6. Elizabeth Adhieu Makuach
7. Jedina Nyarinda
8. Stella Amwayi

Designers & Models Group F
1. Lucy Ngolo
2. Nyibol Mary
3. Maggy Kibe
4. Maureen Akinyi
5. Sylvia Mwagongo
6. Joyce Chepkorir
7. Joyce Kinuthia
8. Risper Msembe
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Designers & Models Group G
1. Richard Mwangi
2. Samuel Poisa
3. Peter Kariuki
4. Abdinoor
5. Sammy Finest
6. David Dimba
7. Jaebet Twite

Miriam Kanama talks about sustainable and eco-friendly fashion and “recycling”, The collection by Demitu Toje, Raissa Ipollo, and Brenda Lemama focused on East African culture.

Global cultures were the focus of Joyce Wanja and Brenda Mwendwa’s collection.

The Invited Guest Designers

Crocheted items are made by Stickning Creations, and pieces made of bamboo and bottle caps are made by Ottyman Arts (Dan).

The Celebrities Guests.

  1. Carol Ng’ang’a Founder and Creative at Crafts With Meaning.
  2. Ashok Sunny CEO and Founder at Ashok Sunny Tailored.
  3. Lucy Rao Founder and Creative Designer at Rialto Fashions.
  4. Mercy Wilson Director at JW Show.
  5. Brightstar Kasyoka CEO Of Star Tailored Designs.
  6. Bevern Oguk CEO and Creative Designer at BOGUK.
  7. Musa Oyoo Founder at Terra Models Management Mombasa.
  8. Royd Bosire Founder at Entrepreneur Fashion Week.
  9. Branice Mayienga Head of Membership Services at Kenya National Chamber Of Commerce & Industry.
  10. Purity Manga Director at Pureza Beauty PALOUR.
The Round-Up
As with most live events, such as Delight Fashion Week, there is always a lively discussion going on online.
Brands may benefit from providing coverage of live events in order to gain exposure in a widely publicized conversation.
Furthermore, influencer marketing is more popular than ever. Brands can increase the impact of their campaigns with a much larger audience by utilizing influencers who have an engaged fanbase.
Don’t miss out on the next Delight Fashion Week which will be held on 13th-19th October 2023 marked your calendar and stay tuned for more of the talents from Delight Tailoring Fashion Design School.

About Delight Tailoring Fashion & Design School
The Peak of Sartorial Excellence: Preparing the Next Generation of Elite Tailors, The highest standard for training tailors By educating aspiring tailors to the greatest standards possible, the School seeks to safeguard, promote, and expand the value of bespoke tailoring.
For those looking to get the advanced knowledge, expertise, and experience necessary for work in reputable tailoring companies throughout the world or to start their own businesses, the School offers a singular chance. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the knowledge and abilities necessary to find a satisfying job in the tailoring industry.

Additionally, the school provides group Master Classes and Professional Workshops, which are perfect for people looking to improve their tailoring abilities in specific areas.

The School’s curriculum emphasizes the ancient techniques of soft-structured hand-craft tailoring, as well as cutting and fitting in accordance with body shape for style, elegance, and comfort. It is provided by highly educated Master Tailors.
For inquiries, call us at +254 722 533 771.

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Fashion Show: The “Mud Show” From Balenciaga Summer 2023 Dared To Delve Into The Vanity Of Fashion.

When it comes to its presentations during Paris Fashion Week, Demna’s Balenciaga never fails to put on a groundbreaking, attention-grabbing runway display.
Earlier occurrences included the emotive Winter 2022 show in the French capital, a red carpet presentation for SS22, and an episode of The Simpsons for the same latter season.
Earlier occurrences included the emotive Winter 2022 show in the French capital, a red carpet presentation for SS22, and an episode of The Simpsons for the same latter season.

The glitterati that has gathered in Paris for Spring/Summer 2023 was excited about Balenciaga and eagerly expecting today’s show in light of this.
Was it going to be another star-studded runway like the 51st Couture show, which featured Christine Quinn, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, and Naomi Campbell, or was Demna going to buck conventions & spin the story in an unexpected way?

Balenciaga did precisely the latter for SS23. It appears that Demna is up to his antics once more after being invited with Natalia Antunes’ misplaced pocketbook, the identity of whom now sets the tone for a mysterious Balenciaga presentation.
Such encoded language has impacted earlier presentations, like Winter 2022, which examined consumption, and Balenciaga’s takeover of Wall Street, which featured a pile of fake cash.
What’s up with the Balenciaga wallet that was found and lost by “The Mud Show”?
The runway will be the only judge.

Driving miles outside of the Parisian city center, Demna also defies fashion week conventions by not having a local presentation. This is an effort that shouldn’t be dismissed because a Balenciaga show frequently ends up being the season’s high point.

In terms of “The Mud Show,” that is. Christine Quinn, Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, North West, Anna Wintour, et al., as well as hundreds of other attendees, sat in a warehouse that was engulfed in a mudslide.
Ahead was a mud hole that was 20 feet deep, cavernous, undulating in texture and height, and had several pools and puddles of water. The walls and some areas of the floor were covered in a thick wash of black mud.
While the high fashion crowd’s luxury Balenciaga coats and pointed heels slid through the sloppy materials, the area was filled with a swampy odor.

Demna mentions identity and self-expression in his concert notes and stresses how wonderful it is to stand out from the crowd. Additionally, he asserts that “fashion loves labels and packaging more than anything else. Who cares if it’s luxurious, not luxurious, street, couture, nice, awful, buzzy, or viral? It’s limiting and a bit outdated to categorize fashion as polished, exclusive, and visually expensive.

Demna concludes by saying that he “decided to no longer speak my designs and explain my collections, but to depict a state of mind… This show’s set serves as a metaphor for seeking the truth and staying grounded. Let’s make love, not war, and let everyone be who they want to be.

The show couldn’t have been more natural if it tried, keeping that in mind. Models (including Bella Hadid) followed in full force and with a drive to push on, splashing into the deep mud and water after Kanye, who was wearing a complete security outfit.
In other places, infants were carried around in Balenciaga harnesses, tops were glittering, and others were made of latex with 404 error messages.
Teddy bears became handheld accessories, another bag was transformed into a wearable in the shape of a glove, and Demna’s widely shared Lays chip bag was transformed into a pochette.

Dresses ranged from active neck-hanging pieces to glitter bombs made of lamé that were pleated and dragged in the mud. In addition to a host of new track-like shoes and the reintroduction of the Knife Boot, glitter was used to dazzle on chunky platform clog versions of the Space Shoe.

In conclusion, Demna sent out a Le Cagole outfit. This entire leather garment was adorned with Le Cagole-isms, bag handles, and swinging ornaments dangling from the body, just like the boots and the bag that give it its name.

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The Bole Festival In Port Harcourt In 2022 Will Feature Food, Entertainment, And Thrills.

A month ago, Port Harcourt’s largest food and music festival, the Bolè Festival, was held. The sixth iteration of the festival took place in August and filled Yakubu Gowon Stadium with thousands of spectators. For many people, the dynamic city’s thrill, experience, and memories are still very fresh.

The sixth iteration of the food festival, Bolé Festival 2022, with the theme Level up, was started in 2016 to honor the renowned Port Harcourt street food. The festival draws food lovers and chefs from all over the world to celebrate the rich culture and variety of popular food with a focus on Southern heritage. Bolé Festival had an increase in attendance from 300 guests in 2016 to a record-breaking 25,000 attendees in 2021.

The festival featured kid-friendly activities including musical performances and the visually magnificent bamboo Bolè village, where people lined up until three in the morning to enjoy the famed Bolè booths’ bole and fish. There were also dance competitions, culinary stalls, comedic performances, and games.

Nonso Iwuh started the Bolè festival in 2016 out of a love for showcasing a southern history and way of life. Despite the bad weather, over 28,000 people came to the Bolè festival 2022 over the course of two days, and there were over 100 vendors from all over Nigeria. We Pin!, a common Port Harcourt slang expression that implies “we are immovable,” was used in this situation.

The founder and creative director of Bolè, Nonso Iwuh, stated that the 2022 event would be the festival’s sixth and largest iteration. I am grateful to my team of smart, committed young brains who never fail to deliver, and I am astounded by the Bolè Festival’s evolution throughout the years.
Our Bolè BFFs (attendees and well-wishers) are our biggest inspiration, and we appreciate their confidence in us and their assistance.

The festival’s theme for this year was “Level Up,” which represents how, despite the pandemic’s setbacks, we increased our standards, resilience, and festival experience.

“Our identity and message at Bolè Festival are firmly founded in food, culture, and community. We are now able to draw thousands of foodies, brands, and companies every year to celebrate our unique street food culture.” Bolè Festival marketing and communication lead, Elsie Alasia.

The audience were treated to fascinating musical performances by Ruger, Cavemen, and a range of Port Harcourt’s greatest acts in addition to the food fair and games during the festival. Nedu Wazobia, Nas Boi, and Mr. Funny were among the other famous people and influences who performed.

Regarding the upcoming Bolè Festival, Iwuh said: “We anticipate that our 2023 edition will be even more thrilling. We are always searching for fresh approaches to improve the festival experience for our partners and visitors.”

Nigeria Breweries (Tiger Beer), Chipper Cash, La Casera, Bolt, Tecno, Imperial Blue, Chateau Varterly Winery, Bulzano Wine, Red Bull, Sun Ville Group, Fan Ice, Marie Stopes, Fire Condom, Trash Coin, Ceemore Global, YEO Foundation, Starchaser Wine, and Odibola Properties provided financial support for and sponsorship of the Bolè Festival 2022.

Content courtesy of The Bole Festival & NFH

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