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The Golden Movie Awards, for the second year running, has been a largely glamorous event when it comes to fashion, although the same cannot be said for the main award ceremony.  This year the ladies came to slay, and most of them did with grace and poise. A trend I observed with the ladies was the love for floral and petal details…and that Chanel globe clutch seems to still be in vogue. Anyway check them out and share your views on on had a hit and who had a miss on the red carpet!! ]]>

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Designer Shopping Tips For The Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday has really taken off over the past several years. The annual sale, which was originally initiated in the United States and takes place on Thanksgiving weekend, is now also a bigger shopping event on this side of the pond than Boxing Day Sales.

 

To prevent getting caught up in Black Friday excitement and ending up with a lot of unwanted objects in your wardrobe, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before making any designer Black Friday sales purchases.

 

Do you own similar items already?

 

Begin by acknowledging what you lack and require. Do you own anything similar in your wardrobe that performs the same task? Make a list of things you want to buy and stick to it before you go shopping so that you don’t make impulse purchases that you’ll later regret.

 

Take a good look at your wardrobe and put anything you haven’t worn in the last six months in storage; if something has remained unworn for more than six months, it’s unlikely to be worn again soon. Only then will you notice the holes in your collection.

 

What if it wasn’t on sale?

 

It’s easy to get carried away while purchasing on sale, but items that have been severely discounted aren’t a bargain if you won’t use them. It isn’t worth spending even half of what it costs if you wouldn’t buy it at full price.

 

To save money, remember that the greatest bargains only apply to clothing you’ll wear on a regular basis rather than clothing that will be stored in your closet.

 

Is it love?

 

Buying something should make you feel good. It’s pointless to buy anything unless it makes you feel awkward or gives you any cause for worry. Shopping should make you grin from ear to ear.

 

Does it work with other items you own?

 

If you must obtain additional goods to complete an item, don’t buy it. If a component is correct, it should work with your current pieces; otherwise, it will go unused in your closet.

 

Have you done enough research?

 

Do your homework ahead of time – most stores will tell you what they plan to do ahead of time, so make sure you know where to get the greatest bargains. If you’re looking for a certain designer item that is available at multiple shops, this is especially crucial. Looking around in advance might save you a lot of money.

 

Are you panicking?

 

The Black Friday sales are only the beginning of a lengthy line of sales, so if you don’t obtain what you want right away, relax and wait for the next chance. The January sales are fast approaching, and you may have better luck the next time around. When it comes to transportation, don’t just grab anything that’s on sale for the sake of it; wait for the best deals.

 

Is it on-trend?

 

Avoid trendy things and stick to long-lasting investments. While everyone on the front row may be wearing that exact thing this season, it’s likely to look outdated quickly, and if it’s already on sale, the moment may have passed. Pick capsules that are unlikely to get old.

 

FAQ

 

Now that you have some questions to ask yourself regarding whether a Black Friday sale is worth it, let’s take a look at some other questions that might help with your journey. After all, the more information you have, the better a purchase will be!

 

What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday?

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t really that different; both provide massive discounts and take place either side of a weekend of sales shopping. It’s always worth keeping an eye out, however, since certain fashion labels may execute separate offers on the two days.

 

If you missed out on getting the product you desired on Black Friday, it may be available on Cyber Monday. It’s well worth a look.

 

Are the sales only available in store?

No, many of the same discounts and offers are also readily available over the internet. Today, there are more options for consumers than ever before, and some of the internet’s top retailers offer a wide range of goods. Shopping in the comfort of your own home may be a fantastic method to avoid the notoriously loud crowds and lengthy queues that exist at certain stores.

Why are the costs of goods so low at some shops?

Retailers provide goods at such low costs in order to increase their profit margins when the items are purchased in large quantities. It’s also a method of making space for new products by offering bargain-basement pricing on existing inventory.

 

 

 

 

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Urgent: Uplift your Fashion Sense this Holiday Season By Adding 10 Outfits to Your Closet

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Men often get a bad rap for being less fashionable than women, and it is their fault since most men don’t even try to look stylish. You wouldn’t see a man reading about changing fashion trends like women do because men tend to be conservative in their clothes. This is the reason why we see more women in fashion shows than men.

However, it is equally important for men to look stylish and present their A-game in fashion just like women. Men need to understand the importance of style, men who strive to dress better bring out their best and encourage other men to look as classy as them.

The only situations in which we see most men being dressed well are either attending a formal occasion or going out on a date. They do this because not only do they want to impress other people, but they also want to strengthen their confidence. However, things have changed since the pandemic, the fashion world has completely changed, and men now understand the importance of looking good more than ever.

Holidays and Men’s Fashion

The pandemic taught us to live to its fullest and always present ourselves in the best way possible, and since the holiday season is just around the corner, there could be no better time to bring out our best style. This holiday season dressing well can become an essential aspect for men from all over the world, and if you are a man, you too will get a chance to look dapper holiday occasions such as Christmas, New Year, and thanksgiving.

Since you would have a packed schedule and so many essential commitments where you would want to look chic, we have prepared a guide that will help you add ten-holiday outfits that will make you look contemporary.

  1. A Weather-ready Parka with Slim Fit Bottoms

Since winters are almost here, most of our outfits would consist of excellent layering items that would keep us warm during this festive season and help achieve that voguish look. A Parka was initially made from seal skin and is still used for warm and safe hunting in Arctic temperatures, but many things have been trending no matter how non-conventional they were initially.

A Parka comes in numerous styles, but the ones that would look best on you this winter season are the minimalist ones and those with clean lines. The best thing about a parka is that you can stuff a pile of sweaters and scarves beneath a parka, and no one would notice.

A parka comes in different sizes, but the ones that are classier than the rest is the one that ends just above your waist. The most suitable clothes with a parka would be a turtleneck, a scarf, slim-fit jeans, and thick worker boots.

  1. Winter Coat and Fit Bottoms

This outfit is for people who want to look brighter and sharper than everyone else in the room. The outfit is straightforward to carry as all you need is a winter coat that is neither too big for you nor too short; the coat wouldn’t only provide a classy look and help you combat the cold. It would be best if the skin is waterproof as you would be facing wet conditions during this winter season.

Beneath the coat, you can wear a long-sleeve t-shirt for added protection and because the tee will stick to your body much better. Below those skin-fit jeans are vital because they make your legs more visible and provide a sharp look; in the end, you would be walking on snow and need something waterproof.

  1. Denim on Denim

Denim jackets look incredibly cool on men, but there could be no better combo than a denim jacket with denim jeans. Although a denim jacket would not suit sub-zero weather conditions but still in chilly weather, it can give you a sleek look.

A denim top with a denim bottom goes perfectly when the bottom is of a darker shade, and the top is of a lighter shade. A dark base helps make your body look slimmer, and a light top can help you draw attention to yourself.

  1. The Work from Home Outfit

During the pandemic, the virus forced the world to work from home, and during these work hours, everyone had to attend zoom meetings. These zoom meetings would only show our tops, and most people took advantage of this as they wore shorts and sweatpants with their dressy tops.

Wearing a WFH outfit this holiday would let you be relaxed yet comfortable; you can wear any shirt or sweater with a relaxed-fit chino instead of sweatpants. The chino would give you a relaxed look, whereas the top would define your style. The thing goes on with this outfit, but the outfit gets a little more polished as people would see us entirely from top to bottom.

Since you keep it relaxed at the bottom, you can wear sneakers and joggers for a simple style.

  1. The Winter Workout Outfit

During this holiday season, owning a winter workout outfit is a must for most men. The purpose of a workout outfit is to make you look fit and to be extremely lightweight. Since the holidays would be in the cold season, you wouldn’t have to wear shorts to replace them with leggings. The top would consist of an excellent graphic t-shirt and a stretchy and lightweight puffer jacket.

  1. The All-White Look

An all-white outfit is considered boring, but that is because most people don’t know how to carry it. It would be best to try to incorporate different textures since a monochromatic look can turn boring; you should also try to break it up with accessories such as scarves and add neutrals. The best combination in an all-white look includes a white coat, formal white trousers, and white shoes. White represents perfection and cleanliness, and there could be no better time to express such things than a holiday.

  1. The Christmas Party Outfit 

The Christmas party is one of the most significant events of every holiday season. What could be better than a classy Christmas outfit with a primary red sweater, blue jeans, and brown Chelsea boots? The red sweater is one of the main things you can wear this holiday and especially on Christmas; the sweater should also have some exciting designs and textures so you can attract people and stand out from other men.

  1. A Leather Jacket with Literally Anything

A leather jacket has been the oldest and most versatile piece of clothing ever to exist, this classy and timeless fashion staple can make anyone look good, and you can pair it with anything. Adding a leather jacket to your wardrobe this winter season would mean that you can have a rugged and manly style at every party and every occasion.

One fantastic thing about wearing a leather jacket is that you can also wear custom leather jackets with different styles and graphics. A tailored coat would define your style and separate you from everyone in a unique way.

  1. The Safari Park Look

This holiday season, you can do something different as the safari park look would help you achieve a quirky look. This outfit would look the best during the daytime, to achieve this look you can wear a double pocket shirt and it would be best if it’s green. Below that, you can wear a rolled-up beige chino and a pair of casual shoes. You can also enhance this outfit with dark-colored scarves and hats.

  1. The Athleisure Wear

This holiday outfit is a must for your wardrobe as it has been trending for a long time now; the word Athleisure comes from athletic and leisure, and the purpose of this outfit is to involve both aspects in an attire. This outfit has gained immense popularity because it allows you to look fantastic and feel comfortable at the same time.

Adding an Athleisure outfit to your wardrobe for holidays means that you will feel more active and healthy when you wear it. You can wear an overcoat with relaxed sweatpants and sweatshirts.

Final Note 

These were some of the best holiday outfits that you can add to your wardrobe. However, it is not mandatory that you strictly follow these outfits. All you need to do is to keep practicing and wear costumes that would represent your style.

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PlatAfrica and Africa Fashion International bring metamorphosis theme to life at 2021 Joburg Fashion Week

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Joburg Fashion Week

PlatAfrica is again partnering with African Fashion International (AFI), as part of its ongoing strategy to build the platinum jewellery market, to showcase this year’s finalists’ pieces as part of 2021 Joburg Fashion Week.

The winners in the student/apprentice and professional categories, as well as the popular People’s Choice Award, will be announced during a virtual showcase event on 29 October.

Now in its 22nd year and hosted annually by Anglo American Platinum in partnership with Metal Concentrators and Platinum Guild International India (PGI India), PlatAfrica aims to promote innovation and technical expertise in platinum jewellery design and manufacturing in South Africa.
This year’s theme – Metamorphosis – was developed in consultation with PGI India and was inspired by the transformation phases that a caterpillar undergoes to morph into a butterfly.

Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, said: “Platinum has been a highly sought after jewellery metal for consumers for decades and we are proud of the part we continue to play to promote platinum as a precious metal of choice for discerning jewellers and consumers. Building on the success of last year’s event, we are very excited to again partner with AFI who have continued to stand at the centre of the evolution of the fashion industry in South Africa. Our partnership with the Metal Concentrators and Platinum Guild International (PGI) continues to provide us with a platform to contribute towards developing consumer demand for platinum.

“PlatAfrica is a highlight on our calendar, and we have again been very impressed by the quality and creativity of the pieces. We trust that initiatives such as PlatAfrica will continue to inspire and introduce this versatile precious metal to a wider audience of jewellers and consumers, while also creating space for emerging creative talent.”

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, founder of AFI, said: “PlatAfrica has built a reputation for inspiring creativity and quality in platinum jewellery design in South Africa. What excites me about our partnership with PlatAfrica is the opportunity to showcase our local talent to an international audience, thus contributing to our creative capital.”

Pallavi Sharma, Head of Strategic Design and Development from PGI India, said: “PlatAfrica is a project that blows one’s mind away every year. Yet again, the finalists have exceeded all expectations in the delivery of jewellery pieces that will continue to cement them at the cutting edge of platinum design.”
All the one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces entered for PlatAfrica will be available from 29 October for sale online. The pieces will be hosted on the House of Nala AFI online store for a limited period and will go live after the show on 29 October. For an in person preview, the pieces will be available at the House of Nala Concept Store at The Leonardo Apartments in Sandton, Johannesburg only on 30 and 31 October 2021
This year’s finalists are,

Professional category:

Agose Jacob Mokoena from Pneuma Jewellers
Alva Brycke in collaboration with Jack Friedman and Aurum Manufacturing Busisiwe Sinini from The Platinum Incubator- MillowMakings (Pty) Ltd Chris & Jannie Janse van Rensburg from Studio C
Christina Toros from Prins & Prins Diamonds
Johann Claasens from Piccolo Fine Designer Jewellery
Lené Swartz from David Bolding
Reitumetse Choene & Lesedi Seabelo from The Platinum Incubator Phumlani Mngoma from Pneuma Jewellers
Sifiso Khumalo from Sivana Diamonds

Student/ apprentice category:

Asisipo Njemla from Cape Peninsula University of Technology Dumisani Mahlangu from The Platinum Incubator
Gaorelatlhe Mboweni from The Platinum Incubator
Godfrey Olebogeng Kobi from The Platinum Incubator

Jané Schoeman from Prins& Prins Diamonds
Lebogang Ledwaba from Limpopo Jewellery Business Incubator Patricia Ntombizodwa Tshabalala from J Hind Jewellers
Rudi Travis Campbell from Rare Earth Creations
Tokelo Mphomane from Pneuma Jewellers
Tor Kaplan from Stellenbosch University

ONLINE : SHOW SCHEDULE 

 

Thursday, 28 October 2021
15h00 – 16h30AFI Masterclass:

BE YOU! TRULY AFRICAN.

African identities in the 21st century: What is the role for the creative sector?  

 
Friday, 29 October 2021
16h30 – 17h00K. Moraba & Collective / Lufi D / House of Stevolution
19h00 – 19h30PlatAfrica 2021

Metamorphosis Design and Manufacturing Competition 

19h30 – 20h00AFI Fastrack 2021 / Urban Zulu / Amen
 
Saturday, 30 October 2021
10h00 – 10h45Be Connected with SUCO Sessions
13h30 – 14h00Senegal Collective / Love Jane
16h30 – 17h00Imprint ZA / Fabro Sanz / Seditsi Collection
19h30 – 20h00TBC
 

 

 

IN PERSON EXPERIENCES: SHOW SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, 28 October 2021 [THE CAPITAL ON THE PARK]
15h00 – 16h30AFI Masterclass:

BE YOU! TRULY AFRICAN.

African identities in the 21st century: What is the role for the creative sector?  

 
Friday, 29 October 2021 [ALTO234, THE LEONARDO]
15h00 – 17h45K. Moraba & Collective / Lufi D / House of Stevolution
18h00 – 20h45AFI Fastrack 2021 / Urban Zulu / Amen
 
Saturday, 30 October 2021
11h00 – 14h45Senegal Collective / Love Jane
15h00 – 17h45Imprint ZA / Fabro Sanz / Seditsi Collection
18h00 – 20h45TBC
 

 

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“We have Shatta Wale and three others in our custody,” – Police dispels bail rumours

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The Ghana Police Service has revealed that dancehall artiste Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, known popularly as Shatta Wale, and three others that were arrested have not been granted bail. (more…)

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Powerhouse of timeless style, Larry Jay connects with rurul artisans to construct sustainable fashion pieces

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Set to outdoor their latest collection, dubbed ‘Soyayya’ at a presentation show in Accra on October 23, unisex Ghanaian brand Larry Jay has teamed up with rural and community artisans to create iconic looks for the catwalk.
Building a successful tailoring house with a strong stylish brand, Larry Jay, a powerhouse of ethically sustainable garments and accessories, works with artisans in rural and zongo communities to create the brand’s timeless pieces.

For the upcoming show, which will feature accessories by Nuava and Kati Torda of Sun Trade, Larry Jay’s rather stylish cuts and flowing gowns will be paired with bags and satchels made from natural jute fibers, and the Arabian influenced mules and shoes made by their head designer, style maestro, Jafaru Mohammed himself.

In addition, they will also feature fascinating large straw hats woven by crafts women in the Upper East region, as well as some rather breathtaking handwoven natural indigo yarns he designed, and commissioned the tradesmen who dye them traditionally up north.

Inspiration for Soyayya, which is Hausa for “Love”, came from an exploratory trip head designer Jafaru Mohammed made to Ghana’s northern regions, from where his ancestors hail. There, he engaged dyers and fugu spinners in Daboya and Bolgatanga to intepret his unique designs.


Adding value to their ecosystem, insisting on working within their community, and putting something back that can sustain the people as well as their craft is what sets this fashion house apart from others. The fact that the head designer, Jafaru is himself, a master tailor is another. His intrinsic understanding of the techniques of sewing makes him able to better style and cut into the human shape and figure.

Launched in 2012, Larry Jay has sustainability at its core. Focused on ethical fashion; clothes and accessories, it is inspired by nature, ethnic art and cultures, and is strongly influenced by fashion from the 1970s.

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5 Tips for Looking Effortlessly Stylish

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5 Tips for Looking Effortlessly Stylish

Style is of immense importance to so many of us today. However, it can be a struggle to rummage through your closet and put together an outfit with the perfect trendy accessories to create a stylish look. Who doesn’t want to look effortlessly stylish, right? We’ve crafted a few tips that will never fail you to look stylish even if you have 10 minutes before you walk out the door. Here are five tips that will help you look effortlessly chic:

  • Chains Can Transform Anything:

When it comes to effortless yet jaw-dropping, chains are a great option. There are different types of gold chains for you to choose from. If not that, you can always pick out a classy silver chain instead. The sizes of the chain depend on your preference and whatever you feel the most stylish in. Some of our favorite chains are mentioned below:

  • Cuban Link Chains:

These chains can be small and delicate or big and bulky. Both looks are fabulous and incredibly stylish. We love the look they give and how they can easily be layered with other necklaces even if they aren’t chained necklaces. Feel free to experiment because these chains are very forgiving. If you want some of the most fabulous Cuban link chains out there, check this out!

  • Snake Chains:

Snake chains are delicate chains that fall beautifully on your neck. These settle down and produce a unique and gorgeous look. They are often worn as chokers along with longer necklaces. However, you can wear it alone for a chic and stylish yet effortless look. The best part about snake chains is that they go with almost any outfit. You could pair it with a casual denim jacket for an everyday look or even a formal dress for a work dinner.

  • Rope Chains:

Rope chains are some of the more popular chains out there. Numerous people wear them because of how easily it allows you to take an ordinary outfit to the next level. Put one of these chains over your regular clothes and turn them into a stylish look. Rope chains are a must in every closet if you’re looking for style.

  • The Right Bag:

An accessory we often forget the importance of is a bag. They come in all shapes and sizes, which is why there is an endless possibility of options that can make your outfit look stylish in an instant. Of course, the type of bag you pick depends on the occasion you’re going to, but if you picked the right bag, you could kiss another bad outfit day goodbye. Here are some tips for picking the right bag:

  • Clutches:

Have an evening out with a special someone? Perhaps you can’t figure out how to look stylish enough at a formal event? A clutch is an answer to all your troubles. Carry this little bag, and it’ll make your outfit shine.

  • Cross bodies:

Cross-body bags are the way to go for a casual day. You can sling it over your shoulder or wear it across your body. The long strap makes them easy to carry and allows you to make yourself feel and look much more stylish.

  • Totes:

Looking for a bag for a casual day at the office? A tote bag is a game-changer for something stylish yet formal. These look good with any outfit and add a little extra flair to your clothes. Adding a tote bag makes anything look stylish.

  • Add a Cute Hat:

Do you feel as if your outfit is lacking? Maybe it feels like you’re missing something that would tie it all together? The answer to all your worries maybe a hat. Whether a simple bucket hat or a beanie, a hat is a perfect accessory to make your outfit stand out. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

  • Bucket hats:

This cute addition is perfect for a casual summer look. No matter what you wear, a bucket hat can make it look way more stylish. They come in a range of colors for you to choose from. All you need to do is pick the right size.

  • Beanies:

If you want a casual winter look, pick out a beanie. These hats will instantly make you look edgy and stylish. Fold it to make it smaller or let it hang; it’ll look amazing no matter what.

  • Statement Earrings Steal the Show:

When in doubt, always opt for the earrings. They come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s a pair that goes with every outfit you have. No matter what the occasion, a pair of beautiful earrings is bound to make everything better.

We recommend a statement piece. These will help you stand out, and you’ll be flooded with compliments as you feel like the most stylish person in the room!

  • Stacked Rings for a Subtle Yet Stylish Look:

If a big show isn’t your thing, bring the party to your hands! Stacking rings will make people wonder how you seem to be so stylish yet so effortless. No matter what the occasion, rings are never a bad idea. Since they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, there is something for everyone. 

Try out knuckle rings, fancy ones, simple ones, or even statement pieces. With gorgeous rings, the sky is the limit. You can even make your rings at home with a few beads and some wire. Everyone loves a little DIY project they can wear.

Conclusion:

When it comes to effortless style, accessories are the best way to amp up your look. No matter what you’re getting dressed for or how much time you have, these five quick and straightforward tips can make you look effortlessly stylish instantly. Our favorite part is how it hardly takes any access time to add these items to your current look. Grab these fabulous items now and get ready to

 

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