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Zodwa Wabantu rocks the runway at Durban Fashion Fair in bridal wear

Zodwa Wabantu Durban Fashion Fair

Local entertainer Zodwa Wabantu hit the runaway at the Durban Fashion Fair. The Vosho Queen was modelling for Muzi Mlambo bridal collection.

ALSO READ: The 2018 Durban Fashion Fair ‘New Faces’ Models Are Nearly Ready For Their Close Ups!

Speaking to TshisaLIVE about the experience she stated that: “I was told four days ago. There was no reason why I was chosen. I am a businesswoman and they saw I am multi-talented. They were surprised I had done my hair. I had put on make-up. They used to say I was so ugly. They said I looked like a man. Now they say I am beautiful.”

Wabantu also told DRUM Magazine that the experience was beautiful. She had to sit down and get her face, her hair done and the wardrobe was just beautiful… everything was beautiful. There was no alcohol and people were just focusing on her. It was a great experience and she’s glad she was invited.

Image Courtesy: Twitter.com/PhilaMadlingozi

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Cassper Nyovest and Thando Thabethe slam South African Airways on Twitter

Cassper Nyovest and Thando Thabethe

Hip-hop artist Cassper Nyovest and television personality Thando Thabethe have slammed South African Airways (SAA) after their connection flights to Germany were delayed. 

ALSO READ: Rapper Cassper Nyovest On His Upcoming Album

The rapper took to Twitter blasting the airline and calling them a “Sh** Airline.”

“SAA IS A SH*T AIRLINE. After 4 hours of waiting to take off , we are told to go home cause we’re flying tomorrow morning nje fela yalo? Lmao.. waka hlemn!!! Moer,” – Cassper tweeted.

Cassper and Thando were supposed to head over to Italy on Tuesday for the Ciroc X Moschino campaign launch.

“We have been traveling for two entire days instead of 11 hours because of @flysaa!!! Missed our connection to Italy and subsequently missed days off our work trip!!! Very disappointing and frustrating!!!” – Thando Thabethe tweeted.

The official FlySAA Twitter account then responded by saying that they had investigated Cassper’s claims and he was apparently booked on an SA Airlink flight and not an SAA flight.

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Former Muvhango actress Buhle Samuels looking hot

Buhle Samuels looking hot

Actress Buhle Samuels is one of the most admired South African celebrities. Buhle gained prominence after she begged an acting role as Matshidiso Mofokeng on the SABC 2 flagship soap opera, Muvhango in 2014.

ALSO READ: Buhle Samuels Leaves Muvhango

Buhle Samuel’s bum used to be the topic of discussion, with some people debating whether her bum is real or fake.

Speaking about her bum in an interview on SABC3’s Afternoon Express in 2016, the former Muvhango actress said: “Sometimes it’s very upsetting to me. It makes me sad, sometimes it makes me very angry ’cause it’s something that I’ve had all my life. Even in high school I stopped wearing skirts because when I would wear skirts, I would just drive the boys crazy.

“I don’t know, it’s just like, it’s crazy. It’s a body part, get over it… If you think it’s fake, please don’t ask me if it’s real, because they’ll be like ‘oh, did you leave your bum pads at home?”

Buhle is currently outside of the country on a vacation. Taking to Instagram, the actress shared some of her vacation photos living her best life.

Take a look at the below photos:

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Presidential debut at AFI Johannesburg Fashion Week

Presidential debut at AFI Johannesburg Fashion Week

Africa Meets Asia in a Collection Radiating Gold. Presidential will debut at AFI Fashion Week on Friday 5th October at 8.30pm in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg with The Presidential Gold Collection for Spring/Summer 2018.

ALSO READ: The Revitalisation Of Durban’s Fashion Industry

Expect a fusion of African and Asian design in vibrant patterns & textures and a thread of luxurious gold throughout.

The brand, already well-known for the distinctive hand-painted silk batik shirts made famous by Nelson Mandela, has crafted a collection marrying African artisanal crafts and styling with Asian prints. Every piece is lined with gold and has distinct golden finishes.

With hand embroidery, patchworking, hand quilting, hand-painted silk and batik fabrics used throughout the collection. The effect is unique, luxurious yet undeniably Presidential.

Presidential has evolved through its collaboration with Italian born designer Pietro Giannuzzi. With over 20 years of experience in haute couture and menswear in South Africa and abroad, Giannuzzi has an innovative approach to design, creating an unprecedented standard for the brand through the use of luxurious and refined fabrics. “To be able to present our collection at this event, alongside so many established and upcoming designers from all over Africa is a great honour” says Giannuzzi.

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The revitalisation of Durban’s fashion industry

Senzo Ntuli Durban fashion

The revitalisation of Durban’s fashion industry could be the ultimate rags to riches story and the annual Durban Fashion Fair (DFF), which is hosted by the eThekwini Municipality, could play a significant role in providing jobs for the city’s talented youth.

ALSO READ: The 2018 Durban Fashion Fair ‘New Faces’ Models Are Nearly Ready For Their Close Ups!

This year’s event, which takes place between September 19 and 22 at the Durban ICC, will showcase the work of 40 South African designers and nine designers from the rest of the continent.

While there are some big names and established designers such as Amanda Laird Cherry, Karen Monk Klingstra and Chu Suwannapha included, the largest portion of participating designers are under 35.

According to Stats SA, the national youth unemployment rate (15 to 34 year-olds) is approximately 40 percent. A large proportion are graduates. Durban has a number of tertiary institutions, many of which teach fashion design.

In light of this, Honourable Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede, says she is particularly proud of the mentorship programme which culminates in the DFF.

Each year, a group of young talents are handpicked and mentored in order to make their debut into this extremely tough sector a little easier. Overall, approximately 200 young designers have completed the DFF mentorship programme. This year, 20 mentees participated.

The theme for this year’s event Afrofuturism. “We hear about the unfolding fourth industrial revolution and the impact of technology and disruption on companies. But, sometimes, it is also good to start with the basics and inculcate a belief in the future of the African fashion industry in our youth. We may not have many large clothing manufacturers to snap up our new talents but we do have a spirit of entrepreneurship that is alive and well and could create thriving new businesses going forward,” says Gumede.

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An example is Mxolisi Mkhize (House of St Luke) who made an entrance at the DFF 2012. “My Business has grown from strength to strength. I have grown as a business man and I see tremendous growth in revenue,” he says.

In just six years, Mkhize has created jobs for an illustrator, pattern maker, a personal assistant and three cutters and machinists.

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Miss SA Tamaryn Green reveals she is a TB survivor

Miss SA Tamaryn Green

Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green has revealed that her focus will be on Tuberculosis (TB) as her official year of reign campaign.

ALSO READ: Tamaryn Green Crowned The Miss SA 2018

Tamaryn Green also spoke publicly for the first time about her own battle with TB in 2015. She was diagnosed with TB three years ago but failed to disclose her story because of the stigma associated with it. This made the process of diagnosis and treatment much harder and more traumatic for her.

“It took me three years to talk about my story. I could have avoided a lot of trauma speaking about it sooner. I am now in the process of dealing with it. I want to encourage people not to be afraid to speak up about their problems and get the help they need. It is the only way we are going to beat TB,” – Green said at a press conference.

Through her #breakthestigma campaign, TB survivor Green, will be lending her support to raise awareness of global and national TB campaigns, with the hope that people suffering from tuberculosis will come out of the shadows and are not stigmatised.

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Bonang Matheba is the first ever South African woman to front the STAND-ALONE cover of GQ South Africa

Bonang Matheba GQ South Africa

GQ South Africa has unveiled their September cover on Thursday. Television personality and radio host Bonang Matheba is the first ever South African woman to front the stand-alone cover of  GQ South Africa. 

ALSO READ: Boity Thulo Graces Cosmopolitan Cover

The magazine revealed on Instagram that Matheba is the first ever woman to grace the front of the “stand-alone cover.” She covers GQ’s September “The Power Issue”.

“Presenting @bonang_m for #ThePowerIssue this September. The first ever South African woman to front the stand-alone cover of #GQSouthAfrica, @bonang_m discusses the role of power in the year of the woman, divulges her hopes for the future and reveals what you’ll never hear her talk about. #GQxBonang (sic),” GQ captioned a photo of the cover.

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Simphiwe Ngema serves some sauce in her bikinis

Simphiwe Ngema pictures

Actress Simphiwe Ngema and her best friends hit the beach in Mozambique for some girl time. 

ALSO READ: Simphiwe Ngema Shows Her Toned Body

It’s been almost a year since Simz lost her husband Dumi Masilela who was killed in an attempted hijacking. She said the trip was part of her journey of picking up the pieces.

“I’ve learnt to appreciate that smile. Behind it lies a million tears” – Simz captioned her Instagram photo.

“Learning to live again,” Simphiwe said.

Here’s Simphiwe’s sneak peek of her vacation:

Simz Ngema

Simphiwe Ngema bikini

Simphiwe Ngema

Image Courtesy: instagram.com/simzngema

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La Tete Hair and Beauty JHB placed as one of the finalists for the Wella Professionals’s Trend vision awards 2018

Jenna Durocher – Yvon La Tete Hair and Beauty JHB

La Tete Hair and Beauty JHB has been chosen for the South African Trend Vision Awards (TVA) finals 2018 in the colour vision category.

ALSO READ: The 2018 Durban Fashion Fair ‘New Faces’ Models Are Nearly Ready For Their Close Ups!

The TVA awards will be held at Emperor’s Palace on 12 August 2018. Stylists will prep their models on the day and show off their creations, to both judges and audience, at the live hair show that evening. One winner from will go on to represent South Africa in the international Wella TVA competition – this year it will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

La Tete Hair and Beauty JHB run and founded by highly talented hair stylist Jenna Durocher – Yvon who has had the opportunity to work with various international celebrities such as Celine Dion and Naomi Campbell.

What sets Jenna apart from other hairstylist is her international qualifications through Toni & Guy and also her experience working on national and international projects such as fashion weeks, shows and endless shoots, with the ability to get great results under limited time and major pressure during these shows.

“To have reached this far in the competition is a great achievement for me and also the fact that I am the only one from Johannesburg who made it this far in the colour category. The competition has given me and my business great exposure and I am looking forward to the finals at Emperor’s Palace on 12 August,” expresses Jenna Durocher – Yvon.

Image Courtesy: Supplied 

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The 2018 Durban Fashion Fair ‘New Faces’ Models are nearly ready for their close ups!

The 2018 Durban Fashion Fair ‘New Faces’ Models

As the excitement is building for the annual Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) 2018 where over 50 designers – including nine from other African countries – will take to the ramp in 15 shows at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, between Wednesday, September 19th to Friday, September 21st, they are preparing to make their marks in the wonderful world of fashion.

ALSO READ: FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO THE CATWALK

The shows will be followed by the DFF Recognition Awards Show on Saturday, September 22nd which honour and recognise the top designers and models taking part in this year’s DFF 2018. The DFF 2018 will also be taking place alongside the Durban Business Fair which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary.

Presented by the eThekwini Municipality as part of its successful Fashion Development Programme, the DFF is now in its seventh year of wowing designers, the media, fashion buyers and the public. It brings out the very best in local fashion with top class shows that allow local creative’s to strut their stuff alongside the best in the world.

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To discover hidden talents that can put Durban on the fashion map as well as ensure that, when it comes to design, Durban is a top contender, the eThekwini Municipality has invested substantial sums in internships, industry related training programmes, networking sessions and various lifestyle and modelling programmes and boot camps. The current “crop” of new faces are evidence of just how effective this has been.

These models, which were scouted throughout the greater eThekwini Municipality, have been provided with invaluable training over two months – from runway skills, posing and posture presentation and photographic editorial techniques to posture and poise, all things “model etiquette”. This will give them the tools to reach for their dreams and take full advantage of the opportunity to participate in a high profile fashion show such as the Durban Fashion Fair.

To win double tickets to the opening show on Wednesday, September 19th enter our DFF New Faces Model Competition on the facebook page. “Like” your favourite model to stand in line to win double tickets for the opening night show! One lucky winner from each of our female and male models category will be randomly selected. T’s & C’s apply.

Shows start at 18h00 each night, with tickets costing just R100 per person per show and R50 per student per show, with tickets going on sale at Computicket from the 1st September. Visit http://www.durbanfashionfair.com for more information.

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