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Tina Lobondi Showcases At We Are Africa Fashion Extravaganza

Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi

The Department of Arts & Culture, as part of its Africa Month Festival, hosted  the We Are Africa Fashion Extravaganza on 27 May 2015. Appointing African Fashion International (AFI), the leading fashion promotions company in Africa, to coordinate the Fashion Extravaganza. The event, held at the Museum of African Design in the fashionable and culturally diverse Maboneng area in Johannesburg, featured fashion designers from across the continent.

Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi

The evening celebrated the style, design and heritage of the African continent. Showcasing designers include Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), ARAPAPA at Santa Anzo (Uganda), Sindiso Khumalo (South Africa), Alphadi (Niger), Sophie Zinga (Senegal), Tina Lobondi (DRC), Kiko Romeo (Kenya) and MaXhosa by Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa). Garments, rooted in African heritage and re-imagined in a global context, were showcased on a runway, worn by models from South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the DRC.

Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi

Fashion and clothing is a central aspect of cultural identity. In further celebrating this, guests were be given the unique opportunity to view a fashion exhibition of garments created by The Carnival Company – in conjunction with the Department of Arts and Culture – as part of We Are Africa Month celebrations. These garments are inspired by the diverse African heritage, particularly African masquerade and carnival attire.

Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi

The evening’s event was held together by Master of Ceremonies Gaetano Kagwa, a Ugandan media personality. Alongside the fashion showcase, Xhosa songstress Simphiwe Dana and spoken-word by poet Naima McClean, known as the First Lady of Urban Cool, performed, bringing together the evening’s celebration of African culture. Adding to the cultural experience of the night, Sanza Sandile (a Swaziland-born chef known as the ‘king of Yeoville’) served a “journey through African cuisine”, his take on Afro-fusion cooking with a modern twist.

Tina Lobondi
Tina Lobondi

The We Are Africa Fashion Extravaganza was part of the exciting programme for Africa Month that took place throughout the month of May. Africa Month is a festival of ideas and cultural exchange, organized by the Department of Arts & Culture. It provided a platform and network for conversations about the African continent. These will go beyond the challenges to successes experienced and a recommitment to work for the continued development and integration of the continent. The theme for this inaugural Africa Month, launched by the Minister of Arts & Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at Freedom Park (Pretoria) on 1 April 2015, is We Are Africa – ‘Opening the doors of learning and culture to promote peace and friendship from Cape to Cairo’.

By Marica Quarsingh

Transitioning Into A/W 2014…#BurberryProrsum Inspires…

An injection of colour into your wardrobe can really brighten up your transitional style. Work some mellow yellows into your colour palette and ease into autumn with uber chic stylish layers.  For the colder months, add colourful tights for a bit of quirk, personality and warmth. Inspired by Burberry Prorsum London Fashion Week A/W 2014 collection, I hope you like the styling x.

Get inspired, define, create & splurge.

BY Adaobi Iwenofu

As Seen At Burberry Prorsum London Fashion Week A/W 2014
Riko cutout patent-leather sandals

Renee felt-paneled leather jacket


black Up Lipsticks in: no 17 Matte Finish & no 20 Matte Finish
HERVÉ VAN DER STRAETEN Hammered gold-plated necklace £365
HERVÉ VAN DER STRAETEN Hammered gold-plated necklace £365
Gold-plated pyrite earrings

High-rise pleated wool-twill culottes

KENYAN Model Malaika Firth Rocks In Vogue Japan Fashion Editorial

Check out 20 year old Kenyan model Malaika Firth in Vogue Japan fashion editorial ( July 2014), aptly titled called “The Fiesta of Solitude”.

Looking divalicious in various designer togs: McCartney, Givenchy, D&G, Donna Karen, Valentino, PRADA and others, beautifully ethereal is one word that springs to mind, utter lushness.



Model Malaika Firth;

Photography:  Emma Summerton

Styling: Giovanna Battaglia

Hair: Moodie

Make-up: Mathias van Hooff

Kelly Rowland Scorches At Houghton’s Runway Show – NY Fashion Week

Oh my giddy aunt! Kelendria takes the plunge as the temperature plunges! Almost tempted to hand over a hot flannel for her to place on her oh so frozen chest, a momentary pause is required as this diva looked scorching hot already. Daring to bare – I would if they [two breast friends] weren’t already warming my knees.

Kelly Rowland gave things some serious swag in a shimmery tailored jacket and the widest palazzo pants in same fabric that just went with the wind! Talk about wide, statement and some. Teaming this with a plunging silk shirt, girlfriend sure knew her A-Game was on as she attended Houghton’s runway show for NY Fashion week.

To complement her look, she teamed her ensemble with gold accessories, an edgy churned bold gold necklace with gold tassels, rocking web-mesh gold earrings and hold it….those gold stilettoes. Someone fan her down she is too hot!

The four time Grammy winner turns 33 next week and we can’t wait to see what look this purrrfect cat knocks out for us.

By: @LovingMedia

Image Credits: Sam Deitch [REX], Mireya Acterto [GETTY]

Let’s Gwaap….Lupita Nyong’o For Vogue Italia

If this acting lark doesn’t pay off this sister has another career to comfortably fall back on. By the way, the acting has been going swimmingly well.  Stealing our hearts again [enough  already Lupita], this sister twerks* it up with some sizzling poses in the latest VOGUE Italia spread – where she adorns some edgy chic couture that leaves you wanting more.

The beautiful dark shinned Kenyan diva graced only with the most stunning of smiles. Lupita Nyong’o keeps on transcending in many fields, you name it, movies, modelling, public speaking……Oh gotta stop here and gawp again. Please enjoy the heart-warming show stopper that is Lupita Nyong’o, if you like, share the link.


Styling: Patti Wilson

Photography: Tom Munro

Style Crush…Our FAVE Style Icon – Lupita Nyong’o

It’s official we have a new style icon by the name of Lupita Nyong’o. Not content with her Screen Actors Guild Award for her spectacular performance in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave”, the 30 year old Yale Drama School graduate’s spectacular rise in the fashion stakes is nothing short of remarkable. Who can forget ‘that’ red Ralph Lauren dress at the Golden Globes which kick-started fashionistas frenzy that commanded rave reviews by various lifestyle journals, internet bloggers and fashion bible Vogue. Though she lost out to Jennifer Lawrence at the Globes our East African diva is tipped to win the ultimate prize next month at the Oscars.

And guess who should be credited with setting her acting juices on fire? Ralph Fiennes. Nyong’o says: “He asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and so I very shyly said I wanted to be an actor too, and he sighed deeply and said, ‘Lupita, only act if you can’t breathe without it.”

Loving everything about this girl, we were swayed by her unassuming innate sense of style, ability to pull it out of the bag on every occasion, and the simple chicness of her style that screams effortless glam – I wear this dress it doesn’t wear me. In an interview with Vulture Online, on her sense of style, the black beauty states:  “It was not my agenda at all! But it’s fun, and I’m flattered that everyone is digging my style. It’s great to have something to dress up for. You know, I spent three years in slacks at drama school, so now I like putting a dress on.”

With fashion label endorsement from PRADA, Lupita is the face of the brands Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, we love everything Lupita and here are some of our fave looks by the fashionista and we look forward to seeing more from Lupita fashion and movie wise!

Grey Cashmere Dress & Metalic Shoes …denotes: CALM

Tailored Grey Jacket, Black Sequin Skirt & Gladiator Inspired Strappy Heels, denotes: Not To Be Messed With
Cream Coloured Petal Embellished Dress With Metallic Silver Shoes, denotes: Coy & Coquettish Diva
Black Bandeau Inspired Jumpsuit With Polka Dot Heels, denotes: Party With Fun & Without A Blemish
Tuxedo Inspired Wrap Dress, A Show Of Gorgeous Pins With White Heels, denotes: Strength, Feminine Sexuality & Vulnerability
Bold Yellow Hepburn Inspired Jacket & Ethnic Print Short, denotes: Confidence In Own Identity
Tan Coloured One Shoulder Dress With Delicate Strapy Sandals, denotes: Body Confidence
Black Dress With Midrif Silver Accents, denotes: I Can Do Fierce But Subtle
Scarlet Red Cape Floor Length Sweeper, denotes: I Am A Winner!
Turquoise Floral Embellished Floor Length Sweeper, denotes: In Tune With Nature