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DAY THREE @ ZIMBABWE FASHION WEEK 2014

On 30/09/2014 by Bonafide Supernova

Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2014
Saturday 27th September
DAY THREE

Saturday, saw the last of the runway shows and it ended with a bang. After two days of continuous shows; by Saturday the crowd were eager to see what the Zimbabwe Fashion Week team had in store.
It was a mixture of collections, from urban wear presented by; Faithwear. The label is well-known for creating the ‘I am Zimbo’ t-shirts which are well loved by the locals and those Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. The Faithwear catwalk show was followed by ‘Taf the Taylor’ who presented a tailored and structured collection- embellishing his designs with distinct prints. The afrocentric detail on the shirts, gave that whole vibe of the afrocentrica theme, ZFW 2014 had in store.

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RAAAH presented her collection on the night to the Zimbabwean audience. Having had a successful showcase in the UK, at the biggest fashion trade show (Pure London), at Africa Fashion Week 2014 in August this year, RAAAH came to Harare to showcase the beautiful collection titled: ‘Fly/Fly High’. It was sophisticated and chic; with the use of bold tones, high shoulder pads and flowing lines. It was a stunning collection with a clear direction.

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My favourite collection of the night was by design house: Zargue’sia!! I have to say out of all the collections at Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2014, fashion designer Ishmael definitely had his style game on and no wonder why he won: Designer of the Year 2014……

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Other pictures from the last of the catwalk shows:

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Official Blogger @ ZFW 2014: Samantha Thodhlana
Images by Simon Deiner
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FRIDAY EVENING @ ZFW 2014

On 30/09/2014 by Bonafide Supernova

My Friday night at Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2014:

I really wanted to ensure that I posted all the fun and action of ZFW 2014, straight after the shows but sadly I couldn’t manage to do so but I am managing to tell you all how it was over the four days. On the Friday, I decided to take my son with me to watch the shows and boy was it a blast. We now have a new nickname for him…’FROW BOY’, lol! There were more pictures taken of him than me on the day. Lucky for me or more so for my little one we got to sit front row for Friday’s catwalk shows; thought it would be a nightmare but he sat there nice and still watching the shows.

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There were some amazing collections showcased on the Friday, we saw designers; Mustafa Hassanali’s collection from Tanzania strut on the runway- loved his pieces.

Coco Seed Couture, a very popular Zimbabwean fashion brand by Constance Karoro and Evonne Boka showcased their collection, along with other fashion designers; Rumbie by Rumbie, Alpha Rose by Yvonne Ndawana, Countess K by Alice Knuth, LiZa by Kudo Chigariro (Winner of Emerging Designer 2014), Ingo & Towa and Teez-M by Thembani Mubochwa one of my favourite designers from ZFW 2014.

The Three collections I would say stole the night were:
o Teez- M
o Coco Seed
o LiZa


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The theme for this year’s fashion week was ‘Afrocentrica’. It was all about going back to those African roots, evolving the African essence into imaginative design pieces. A lot of the designers chose to implement this theme into their collections; however they added their own personal styles into their own pieces creating vibrant and eclectic collections.
For saying it was fashion week, I went dressed very plain Jane….. (I know I will work harder at next year’s show..Promise). With an 8 month year old baby, do you blame me? However, here are a few snaps from the evening

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Official Blogger for BS @ ZFW 2014: Samantha Thodhlana
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Images by Simon Deiner live on the SDR Photo site

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On 30/09/2014 by Bonafide Supernova

As of tomorrow, Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins and there are plenty of ways to donate. Very recently my aunty was diagnosed with breast cancer and it’s truly inspiring to see how positive she is. Life is short and I’m a firm believer in making the most out of it. This week I’ve been busy chatting with Made In Chelsea’s, Riley Uggla and her business partner Jonny Kaberry about how you can do your bit too donate to such an important cause.

As part of their next charity collaboration, Riley has launched the new ‘Live Your Life’ sweater. The sweater donates 20% of the retail price (£20) to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The sweater reads: ‘It’s not just about the way you LIVE your life. It is also about the way you help others LIVE theirs…’

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Bonafide Supernova: What was the inspiration behind your collection?

We went to Zambia on a trip to help out at the Zamcog School in Kabwe. It was inspiring to see the work the charity was doing for the kids at the school. Upon our return to the UK we came up with a business plan to help us raise money for the charity through fashion.

Bonafide Supernova: You work with other charities too right?

Riley & Jonny: Our first collection donates to Zamcog and then Human Rights Watch. We chose Zamcog as that was our initial inspiration and then we wanted to to choose a very different charity that works in a completely different way and so made the decision to donate to HRW.

Bonafide Supernova: Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?

Riley & Jonny: Our favourite designs would have to be the sketched man and woman as they are quite unique and were done by a very talented artist friend of ours Alice Wilson.

Bonafide Supernova: What’s next for Riley and Jonny?

We are currently doing a few pop-up stalls across the country and working on the next line of garments for men and women.

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I’ve suggested a few ways you can wear your ‘Live Your Life’ sweater.

1. You can look casual chic at ease by teaming up the sweater with a pair of ripped jeans. Complete the look with a pair of killer heels. Neutral and Navy tones compliment each-other really well.

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Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana Cutout Crisscross-Straps Keira Sandals, Jeans: Empire-waist Ripped Skinny Jeans, Jacket:V-neck Buttoned Md-long Woolen Coat, Bag: J.W. Anderson Large Moon Bag

2. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this Sex & The City inspired get-up. Sophisticate your slogan sweater with a girly and glamorous signature red lip, add a pointed court shoe for a high fashion finish.

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Skirt: Pleated Full Skirt with Ombre Lace and Plaids, by Get The Looks, Shoes: Gilda Black Suede shoe by Lauren Marinis, Lipstick: Burberry in Ruby No.18, Bag: Lanvin Evening Private Quilted Clutch

3. For a comfy day-time feel, this final look incorporates all of your suggested A/W staple pieces, you may also want to add a pair of tights. A cut-out ankle boot is essential for AW14 and a timeless leather jacket is super easy to team with your sweater. Along with Claret and Khaki your A/W colour palette should definitely include Navy and Tan.

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Jacket: Forever New Heather Quilted Biker Jacket, Boots: Mango, Cut-Out Leather Ankle Boots, Skirt:Red Valentino Leather Flared Skirt, Hat: Whistles Felt Fedora Hat

You can purchase your sweater at: How Do I Save The World and in the Natasha Coote boutique in Fulham.
@hdistw_uk
www.howdoisavetheworld.com

Words by @tamaratweetheart

Simone Rocha SS15

On 28/09/2014 by Bonafide Supernova

When it comes to British designers, Simone Rocha is one of the diamonds in our crown. Rocha’s designs ooze understated chic; bringing the tomboy and the romantic together in a union which is surprisingly both easy and elegant. Fashion is in Simone’s blood, her father is the designer John Rocha, who is arguably Ireland’s most famous fashion designer. Yet, Simone does not live in his shadow; she has her own aesthetic and has truly earned her place amongst the fashion élite.

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Rocha’s collections remain exciting due to her profound ability to bring two contrasting trends together, thus creating a fashion antithesis that is both enigmatic and refreshing. Rocha has an adept ability to blur the lines, her designs encapsulate and embrace the contrasting ideals of her art – masculinity and femininity; delicate yet tough; opaque and sheer.

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Silhouette plays a major role in Rocha’s collections, her designs often feature full skirts paired with a sculpted bodice to form the shape of her new breed of femininity. Whilst the full skirt is undeniably girlish, the peek-a-boo gashes mirror that of a little girl who could have easily ripped her Sunday-best by partaking in some tomboyish game – it is this sense of challenging preconceived gender roles that Rocha explores in her collection; she creates a perfectly formed hybrid of the genders and encapsulates that sense of adventure.

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Rocha often defines her designs using a simple phrase – they are “a little bit lady.” Whilst this seems like a fairly simplistic and vague summary, it is actually a very precise way to sum up Rocha’s sense of style. It is evident that Rocha adores feminine textures and details, such as pearls, lace and anything that shines, yet she herself is undeniably a tomboy at heart. Speaking of her teenage self, she outwardly states “I was so scruffy before”. She recalls that she “was a city kid. Lots of sportswear. There was a real-ness to it.”

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The practicality of sportswear is still a major influence in her designs; her flowing dresses of sheer lace will often be teamed with a boyish brogue, or trainers. If she were to pair her dresses with a high-end stiletto then the entire dynamic of her collection would shift. Rocha keeps it cool, effortless and pays homage to that adventurous tomboy that still exists in the heart of every girl.

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