Category Archives: Designers

Roberto releases new song: Salaula

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Roberto is Back this time with a super Afrocentric tune from Zambia sang in
Nyanja, Bemba and English called Salaula, Salaula means Second hand
material or clothing

The song talks about how everyone disapproves of a relationship between a
couple stating that the partner is a second hand material and he/she isn’t
good enough, and in return the other partner starts to state the qualities
that the friends and onlookers publicly disapproved, and showers the
disapproved partner with blessings.

Top Model of the World: Nokuthula Jane Ingwe

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Top Model of the World: Nokuthula Jane Ingwe

 

Top Model of the World 2012 was recently held in Dortmund at Casino Hohensyburg where 43 models all over the world strutted down the runway for the coveted title of Top model of the world.

Zambia was represented by Nokuthula Jane Ingwe from Ndola. Nokuthula’s journey was bumpy and even though she did not place anywhere she represented Zambia well.

This is the second time Zambia has participated in Top model under management from the UK though Winifrida Mofu did represent Zambia in 2008 in Egypt under the guidance of the late Eunice.

Last year Percivia Mulenga Chimfwembe the current Miss Southern Africa Zambia and second runner up Miss Southern Africa International participated in the competition in Usedom, an island off Germany.

Four African nations participated in this year’s show, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe’s Malaika Mushandu was the first runner up breaking history to be the first African to reach this high position though last year’s Vanessa Sibanda also from Zimbabwe was the  second runner up.

 

Nokuthula’s journey was made possible by Xmodels who sponsored part of the return ticket to Germany. Her casual and cocktail  wardrobe was sponsored by Nada Fashion who also did makeup and grooming.

Her shoes were sponsored by Ayoub fashions in Lusaka and hair by Spectrum. Fitness regime sponsored by Universal Fitness and trainer Damien Musuka.

 

The ultimate final night’s gown was designed and made by Stella Shapi of Stella designs,  a Zambian based in Durban. The gown was in champaign colour with heavily hand beaded and sequined bodice with flower petals, the gown symbolising a gracian godess but with a modern touch a flared skirt with a side slit perfect to model in.

Nokuthula is available for bookings as a fashion spread, advert or runway model kindly contact her managers Hildah at missmalaikauk@yahoo.co.uk or Washington Ali at washingtonali@hotmail.com

 

Towani Clarke launches Yali-Cious collection

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Towani Clarke launches Yali-Cious collection
One of the most talented and trending fashion designers in Zambia just launched her fashion collection on the 7th of March and we just love the collection so much. You can see a lot of trends of 2012 which are bright colors and elegant means casual. The combination and mix of African and Western culture is on point and perfect.
Towani Clarke’s latest fashion collection was launched on the 7th March 2012 at a Women’s Day Eve Celebration dinner and dance hosted by Prosoft Events Management. The collection was simple yet classic and an exciting start to this year’s fashion calendar in Zambia. For more information and to follow Towani’s collections this year, please “like” the Kutowa Designs Facebook page. We decided to have an impromptu fashion shoot in the hallway of the hotel’s 7th floor just for fun!  Says photographer Enoch Kavindele Jr.
Here are some of the pictures of her launch.
 
Images: Enoch Kavindele Jr

IT’S ALL ECCENTRIC COUTURE HOUSE!

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IT’S ALL ECCENTRIC COUTURE HOUSE!

IT’S ALL ECCENTRIC COUTURE HOUSE!

 

 

Here are three of my latest garments from my current collection called ‘SUN KISSED’ for this summer.

  They are fabulous pieces designed to clear simplicity and elegance with a couture finish to each of them and a golden glow in the fabric.

  They are  perfect outfits to wear to any elegant evening event this summer. 

 

 Clear Fabulosity!  Eccentric couture House, Creativity and Uniqueness at it’s Best!

Eccentric.couture.house@yahoo.com

Contact Numbers: +(26)0975421332

 Facebook page:  Eccentric couture House .

Mwangala Mwangi, Fashion Diva

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EZM had the chance to meet up with one of the youngest,talented and skilled designers in the country. Every single designer we feature in our magazine we truly cherise and appreciate their creativity and design in so many ways and Ms Mwangala is one of those who stand out.

 

Seeing her creations and designs,they truly are up to date and more inspired by the western world also very focused on african fabrics and designs.

 

Mwangala is definetly one of the designers to look for in the coming years of the fashion industry.

  

  

UPCLOSE AND PERSONAL

 
FULL NAME: Mwangala Luhila

AGE: 24

ANY NICK-NAME: Mwangi

 UNIVERSITY ATTENDED AND PROGRAMME OF STUDY:Vaal Unversity of Technology – Fashion and Design

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FASHON ITEM THAT ONE SHOULD NEVER GO WITHOUT?

– Ladies never ever leave without your hand bag!! Absolute no no!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY? 

Les Nubians, Erykah Badu, Beyonce knowles, Boris Kodjoe, Tinie Tempah, I just love them!

 
WHICH INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHY?
  
–  David Tale, well because I know he is very talented and I look up to him.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PASS TIME ACTIVITY? :

– I love listening to music in my free time ,old school pretty much my favourite *smiles*.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME?

– America’s got Talent!

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC? 

– I’m very diverse when it comes to music, i listen to anything that sounds good basically lol, but, my favourite genre’s are RnB, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Soft Rock and Zouk.
 
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE GLAMOUR? :
– To me, glamour is bling, eligance, a great ‘cut’ outfit that eccentuates your body and a great pair of signature shoes ;).

GIVE THREE TIPS ON GLAMOUR?

 – Do not over do your accessories because that might just spoil your whole outfit. 2, A great pair of shoe compliments your outfit so be watchful and wise when selecting your shoes. eligance is glamorous so pick a dress that is graceful and chic if you want to experience that wow moment…short is ok but too short is trashy.

WHAT DIFFERENCIATES YOU FROM OTHER DSIGNERS OUT THERE? 

– Hmm well, i guess i don’t set any limitations or boundaries when it comes to my creations, i can go wild with my imagination. Whats the point of dreaming if you don’t dream BIG!!
 
WHICH IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
 
– hmm, my most memorable moment….it was when my mum and dad and practically my whole family came to watch me model at the Zambia Super Model finale 2010.  That was realy overwhelming for me because it had been the first time in my modelling career that they had ever attended. It made me realise how much love and support i had in my life from my family, and it realy brought my family closer, that for me was just the best present i could ever have for christmas. 
 
WHICH IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT?
  
– lol, that I clearly remember like it was yesturday.  I ‘had’ a tendancy of carring too much laguage when travelling so this one time my laguage actually beat me down to the floor. I fell flat on my bum while trying to reach my passport at OR Tambo International airport infront of a whole lot of people. I could not believe i FELL. I couldnt do much about it but sat on that floor and laughed at myself, it was soo hilarious *laughs*, oh well c’est la vie!  
 
Contact Details.

 Eccentric couture House
contact number:
+260979696959.

 

 

 

 

By: Kafula Mutale.

Clare Chona! Meet the designer behind "Ubuntu Designs"

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 ZAMBIAN DESIGNER CLARE CHONA,  UBUNTU DESIGNS.

Clare Chona is an average Zambian who grew up on the copperbelt in Kitwe. She later moved to Lusaka where she worked for Ridgeway Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel. At both hotels she wowed the guests with her musical talent of playing the piano. Yep! Bet you didn’t know she could play..
Clare is married with five beautiful children; four boys and a girl of whom two are in lower primary, two in secondary school and the oldest of the five just completed high school.Besides being a mother, a wife, an inspiration and a marvelous fashion designer Clare Chona is a fashion and beauty advisor. She is also into the Advertising business, her major clients being Shoprite and Pep Stores. She is currently building another outlet on the Copperbelt, Kitwe, where she hopes to wow many with her skills and give back to her home town.
Another thing you probably didnt know about Clare is that she plays the piano and sings in her church choir.Talk about being multi-talented.Her creativity is displayed once again on her village-themed light blue dress that saw itself scooping the first position at the 2009 Redds Competition.
 
  

UPCLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH CLARE CHONA
 Full names: Clare Bwalya Chilombo Chona
Any nick-names: Nope, don’t have any
 What would you say is the most important fashion item that one should never go without?
(She stops to think about it)..uhm…I think earrings.. Do you ever have bad hair days? If so how do you cope with that?
Yes I do..lots of bad hair days (She laughs). On such days I tie a “duku” or just have it plaited.
 Which international designer would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with Italian designer Michael Kors because his outfits are for all occasions and normal outings. They are not only meant for stage performances and runway.
 What is your favorite pass time activity?
Watching television..
 Which is your favorite T.V programme?
Uhmmm…there’s lots of them; the Style Network, Home Channel, Fashion TV and Gardening programmes.
 Do you have any pets?
Yes I do. I have 4 dogs; Sara, Bruno, Buttercup and Blossom.
 How would you define Glamour?
Glamour is from the inside mostly, how you present yourself. For outward (clothing) glamour, keep your outfit simple but pleasant. Do not over-accessorize. (I hear you loud and clear!)
 What differentiates you from other women out there?
That’s easy, my hair!!! (We both laugh…I must say she has very beautiful hair) 

 When did you get into the fashion industry and what inspired you to do so?
– I joined the industry in 2003 and I never really anyone I looked up to in the fashion industry, well, maybe my mother because she used to sew a lot. I got my inspiration from magazines and catalogues. I would reap up my mother’s cushions and make something else out of them..(She laughs as she recalls). 
 Is Ubuntu designs for a specific age group? Like the elderly?
Take a look at these..(She shows me some still pictures of models in her clothes). Now tell me, how old do they look? ‘In their twenties’ is my response. Exactly, so Ubuntu designs is for everyone who love traditional outfits and are proud to be Zambian. I also have foreign clients that order my outfits. 
 How has it been so far? What challenges do you face seeing that it is very difficult to survive in the industry?
It has been pretty slow. The major challenge I have faced is finding workers that are equally as passionate as I am. Most of them just work for the money and are not really passionate about fashion. 
What do you think are the fashion trends for 2011 in Zambia?
Hmmm..people are diverse. Most people love to wear western made clothing as compared to African clothing so for 2011 people will most likely wear western clothing but I hope this changes as the years go by..(We hope so too..)

 

 Where do you get your motivation to aspire to be a fashion trend-setter? 

Like I said, I have a deep passion for fashion and that’s what drives me. When you have a passion for something you can do anything.
 

 How do you think Zambia is fairing in fashion as compared to other African countries? 

 

Well, I think we are still lagging behind a little as compared to countries such as Nigeria and Ghana when it comes to African fashion because there are very few that are proud to wear traditional outfits unless they are attending a kitchen party or traditional function. When it comes to western fashion we are doing well. 
8. Where do you see Zambian fashion in the next 10 years? Will people preserve our culture and begin to proudly wear our traditional outfits or will they stick to “American-European” imported clothing?
There is hope that people may begin to appreciate our Zambian culture. It may take some time though so we just have to be patient and not rush for the “American Dream”. 
 Are other local designers helpful? Do you work hand-in-hand or do you consider one another to be pure competition?
Of course other designers are competition. Your line is your line and you cannot share your ideas with other designers. However, when it comes to national projects we come together and put our minds together so that we can come up with a master-piece. 
 Finally, what advice would you give to upcoming fashion designers and all fashionistas in general?
Be passionate about what you want to do. This passion must start when you are really young and build up as you grow. I for one never attended any fashion school but I managed to bring my line to life because of the passion I have for fashion and my mother’s sewing machine. Don’t do it for the money, cash should just come as a bonus!

Here we have displayed extra pictures from the Ubuntu Designs

Prices depend on how detailed the outfit is and what fabric is used. If it has alot of involving details it will be quite costly. Custom-made outfits are also alittle expensive. Prices range from K250,000 to K2,500,000.
Ubuntu Designs is located at Number 21, Manda Hill Road, Olympia. Or you can call Clare Chona on: +260977842682

 By: Mutale Kafula