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’Tis the season for fashion weeks, and this time Cape Town will be your host for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in July, when leading and emerging fashion designers will be showcasing their Spring/Summer collections. MBFWCT, under the umbrella of Africa Fashion International, is set to run from the 24-26 July, bring-ing together fashion insiders, designers and the media as well as buyers. MBFWCT has been recognised by the City of Cape Town as a major catalyst for the growth and creation of jobs in the fashion, design, textile and tourism industries, both locally and countrywide.
Designer website of the month – www.taibobacar.com
Looking through his collections leaves you in desperate need of getting your hands on one or all of them. Taibo Bacar from Mozambique is worth every award he has received and is considered one of the leading brands in Africa.
Style tip – Storytelling on your wall
A home is not simply a placeholder of randomly assorted items but a visual expression of who you are. One of the ways to tell your story and express your personality is through art pieces. If you haven’t started your art collection, perhaps this is the time. One type of art form is photography and with a host of growing Kenyan photographers, supporting their work and decorating your home is a win-win situation. Check out Sebastian Wanzalla’s photographs (a Kenyan-based photographer) and imagine them coming to life in your living room.
Best Designer Buys
1 The Asila
Might as well dub it the warrior necklace because it feels that way. Wear it and you feel like you are conquering something (and you look great doing it). This necklace is a true representation of its brand; rough edge with a touch of glamour and femininity. Designed by The Pink Savannah (US$66).
2 Men’s Wallet
Men, these leather wallets are for you. Carefully handcrafted in beautiful Nairobi, Zeebaan Designs’ men’s wallets are textural and simple. Furthermore, Zeebaan has carefully placed kitenge fabric touches inside the wallet. One shade on the outside, vibrant and colourful on the inside; what’s not to love about that? Created by Zeebaan Designs (US$31).
3 Ostrich Shell Necklace
Poetic Trends’ pieces are carefully designed, refurbished and assembled antique pendants and ornaments from across Africa. This ostrich-shell necklace is made of semi-precious pyrite stone with antique telsum and old Yemen beads. Designed by Poetic Trends (US$214).
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