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Lookbook: Groomsmen GH presents the Phoenix Luxury line

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Breathable ,versatile , easy to iron Our PHOENIX LUXURY line provides all these benefits without compromising on stylish elegance.

This season we have designed a range of effortlessly cool ad relaxed hand made printed shirts in 7 cheerful motifs which are highly inspired by nature …BE BOLD THE FABRIC REVOLUTION 2021 PHOENIX COLLECTION

Kofi Asante Owusu ( Creative Director ) @groomsmengh

Kofi Asante Owusu ( Creative Director ) @groomsmengh

Groomsmengh focuses on providing naturally distinctive fabrics which come in linen and cotton compositions. This touch of nature influences the styles and designs of our uniquely hand made Men apparels for all occasions.

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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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Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2021 – What to expect

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Ghana’s biggest fashion event is back with its ninth edition – a week of all things fashion: seminars, presentations, exhibitions, photo shoots and runway shows. It is slated to take place from 21st to 24th October, 2021. The theme for GAFW21 is Creativity and Sustainability.

As always, Glitz Africa has an exciting lineup of activities for fashion industry players – designers, creatives, entrepreneurs, influencers and enthusiasts alike for GAFW21. They include:

Beauty Forum – this is an exclusive side event to the Fashion Week; an engagement opportunity for beauty entrepreneurs and to interact with beauty enthusiasts about their products and services.

Free Street – this is a fun casual fashion show highlighting streetwear designs and collections in Accra.

Business of Fashion Seminar – It is a forum which brings together industry players to discuss relevant issues and trends in fashion with fashion students and young designers.

Presentations – Fashion enthusiasts get an up-close opportunity to examine the fashion/accessory collection on the models.

Runway shows – the shows crown the Fashion Week with stunning designs showcased by Ghanaian and African designers to a diverse crowd of influencers, media, celebrities, socialites and industry stakeholders.

 

If you are a designer looking for the platform to give you the needed exposure into your designs, look nowhere else. Book your slot today.

 

Pre-order your early bird tickets to enjoy this year’s GAFW and have a fashion experience of a lifetime.

For enquiry, kindly call 0501581265/0501581260 or send an email to info@glitzafricaweek.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips To Identify Quality Pakistani Dresses

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Are you in the market for Pakistani dresses? The South East Asia region fashion landscape is impressive, inspired by ages of culture, passed from one generation to the next. While the exciting fashion pieces are appealing, you need to be prepared as you hit the market. With all sorts of knock-offs, replicas, master copies, and original items, you have to be on top of your game to ensure that you identify and buy quality Pakistan dresses. Here are straightforward tips to help you identify quality Pakistani dresses.

Learn the lingo

Knowing the difference is a good starting point. For instance, knock-offs are basically poor versions of the original, selling at a low price. While not as good as the original, replicas can be of good quality, especially from reputable brands. Master copy is usually at least 80% similar to an original. From the fabric to embroidery, the items are almost a copy of the original but cost a little lower. The original is a no-brainer; nonetheless, many people stay away due to the significant financial implication. They are costly, making it harder to keep up with the trends, especially noting how fast an item can get out of fashion.

While the stores might not volunteer the information, learning the lingo comes in handy. For instance, you can learn a lot from user reviews, helping you establish if the store sells quality items. It’ll also help you as you compare prices, as you won’t fall for those irresistible prices since you’ll have an idea about the fair price of a Pakistani dress.

Check the fabric

The label should be the first check while shopping. If you are shopping in a physical store, touch and feel the fabric. Online is a little tricky, but the description should provide you with all the needed details. Avoid vendors who don’t provide detailed dress descriptions. Read through the label and description and only stick with quality fabric. Natural fabric is the go-to. Nonetheless, if it isn’t 100% natural, it can still be of good quality, but only if it meets the 80/20 rule. This means that the fabric is 80% natural and only 20% synthetic. Natural fabrics, either extracted from animals or plants, including leather, cotton, linen, silk, and wool, are the best. They are easier to maintain, comfortable, and last longer. These are all quality checks that make Pakistani dresses great wardrobe addition.

Tips To Identify Quality Pakistani Dresses

Tips To Identify Quality Pakistani Dresses

Embroidery

Pakistani outfits have, over the years, maintained that unique hand embroidery. This is among the top tells of quality. It is in the details; check for missed steps and uneven stitches. Look at the buttons and buttonholes. Those details can easily give away a poorly constructed Pakistani dress, meaning it won’t hold as promised. Hand-crafted Pakistani dresses are detailed, from the fabric choice, colors, to the finishing and detailing.

While looking for the best dress, it is more than your fashion statement. You want a quality dress that you’ll treasure for an extended period. As such, taking your time to examine the dress can’t be emphasized enough. Look beyond the price tag, color, and fit and you’ll uncover important details that tell you if it is a quality Pakistani dress.

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