Last night saw the opening of South African Fashion Week with the House of Rubicon showcasing their latest collection entitled Mahovhohovho.
As with the previous showcase in 2021, the AW’23 season collection is heavily inspired by the late Dickson Ralushai, father to founder and lead designer of Rubicon Hangwani Nengovhela. The collection pays homage to her father’s endless signature of strength and perseverance.
In addition this year’s theme is underlined by the flow of water. There is no denying there is something truly fascinating and powerful about the way water flows, without being compromised by rocks or any other obstacles that hinders its path. So too is the new collection entitled Mahovhohovho:- a flowing and serene yet powerful and enchanting waterfall.
‘The past two and half years have been a true testament to our resilience and persistence in an almost non-operational industry. This year’s AW’23 collection is inspired by the power and strength that we possess. And just like still waters we never compromise our form but rather adapt to any trials and tribulations that come our way. The new collection will interpret the way in which water flows smoothly whilst never losing its formation, but rather adapting to the different streams that may come our way’ stated founder and lead designer of Rubicon, Hangwani Nengovhela.
Descended from Venda heritage, Hangwani and her Rubicon brand have always drawn inspiration from her homeland. Aligning with the classic elegance that is the image of Rubicon, the new collection will mimic the different flows of water, specifically taking reference to the majestic Phiphidi Waterfall in the northern part of the Limpopo province of South Africa.
In alignment with the theme of the collection, music by Limpopo’s own legendary musical genius Lwei Netshivhale was played during the live showcase.
With over 20 years built on high end fashion, Rubicon is a forerunner in uplifting women across the country and have proven time and time again that in order to stay on top of the fashion world, quality is highly imperative and is the true art of fashion. Hence the brand spans longstanding relations with loyal clients for over 20 years or more.
Guests in attendance included Futhi Mtoba, Basetsana Kumalo, Judy Ranoto, Melanie ‘Hypress’ Ramjee and fellow fashion designer Paledi Segapo.
For additional information and to view the latest collection, check out Rubicon’s social media platform as per below:
Last night saw the official opening of one of the country’s most prestigious fashion gathering hosted by CRUZ Vintage Black Vodka, with all the who’s who of the South African fashion world in attendance. And what a night it was!
Kicking off SA Fashion Week celebrations, luxe vodka brand and official headline sponsor CRUZ Vodka together with over 180 fashion and entertainment industry players celebrated their long standing SA Fashion Week sponsorship with an invite-only, star-studded red carpet affair at Fergusons on 5th in IIlovo, Sandton.
As a prelude to the week of upcoming runway shows and fashion festivities, guests got to experience the brand that is strongly rooted in New York provenance and is associated with the high-end fashion you would expect to see in the Big Apple.
Esteemed guests adorned in sparkling fashion included media personalities Kim Jayde, Chris Jaftha, Ayanda MVP, Kamo Moth, Lesego ‘Coconut Kelz’ Tlhabi and Lerai. Reality TV stars included Annie Mthembu, Mpho Wa Badimo, Nicole Capper and Angel Pather dazzled in colourful local numbers. Current Mrs South Africa Jo Judnick-Wilson graced the red carpet alongside ex Miss SA, the ever stunning Tansey Coetzee. Model Ponahalo Mojapelo ‘killed’ it in shades of pink drip by designer Thebe Magugu while radio personality Teboho ‘Caddy’ Tsotetsi arrived in a one-of-a-kind Loxion Kulcha combo.
SAFW’23 showcasing fashion designers Ole Ledimo and Rubicon’s Hangwani Nengovhela ‘showed’ up as did other local favourites Paledi Segapo and Scalo. YouTube sensation, Birth of Stars trio Oratile ‘Coachella Randy’ Masedi, Kamohelo Pule and Kagiso Mogola stole the ‘show’ with their self-styled ensembles and crazy dance moves.
Also in attendance were sweethearts AKA and Nadia Nakai, artists Anele Zondo, Money Badoo and KLA. Other guests include House of Zwide cast members Nefisa Mkhabela and Khaya Dladla as well as LGBTI activists Thami Kotlolo and Yaya Mavundla.
Treated to an exclusive evening of glitz and glam, where many of the country’s favourite personalities came out in numbers to enjoy decadent Cruz cocktails and high fashion – all inspired by New York City and set against the backdrop of Sandton skyline. Super talented DJ Lerato Kganyago alongside DJ Enzo delivered the beats while Sun El and Nomfundo Moh performed their latest hits to an electrifying audience.
CRUZ the handcrafted New York Vodka served as the perfect complement to kick-start a week of what can only be described as a celebration of SA fashion second to none.
Runway shows will take place from this evening to Saturday 22nd October, with 3 days of incredible South African fashion being showcased to not only an eager SA audience but fashion enthusiasts from around the world. SA Fashion Week will conclude with trade shows, taking place from 23 – 24 October in the Mall of Africa, where store owners, buyers and stylists will be able to interact with the designers and attend educational seminars hosted by the experts of the fashion industry.
For more show info, follow the Cruz Vodka social media pages on both Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively follow the hashtag: #CruzSAFW
Cruz Vodka, owned by Distell, is a premium vodka brand made from hand-selected American wheat, imported from New York. The brand boasts a premium, Vintage Black edition, as well as a range of popular flavoured vodkas which can be consumed neat, on ice, in cocktails or with mixers. Cruz Vodka celebrates fashion, music and the finer, more luxurious things in life
On the 26th of November, Y, the biggest commercial youth radio station in South Africa, takes its LYFE music festival to the East Rand.
Globally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning, superstar Black Coffee returns to South Africa in November following an unparalleled 5-month, European summer tour to take the reins of this highly anticipated summer festival.
Carnival City Lawns will witness performances by global Amapiano stars Focalistic, DBN Gogo and Musa Keys. AKA, who has one of the most impressive catalogues in South Africa, will be on the stage too. Hip Hop royalty Nasty C, internationally acclaimed DJ Lag, together with A-Reece, Maglera Doe Boy, Sha Sha and SAMA Winner Nomfundo Moh, Y’s own Venom, Legendary Crisp, Candii and Fif_laaa are expected to set the stage alight as they officially usher in Summer 2022.
Focalistic, DBN Gogo and Musa Keys, celebrated for the local Amapiano genre, are creating waves internationally while touring the world. Nasty C is a respected hip-hop artist who has dropped over four albums and continues to be one of SA’s biggest exports. A-Reece is one of the most successful and lyrical rappers in Africa. Rightfully known as the pioneer of Gqom, DJ Lag will definitely bring his distinctive sound to LYFE. AKA has just dropped his successful Lemons (Lemonade) and Sha Sha has also released her album. With both Maglera Doe Boy and Venom having just released albums – there will be so much to celebrate and enjoy.
Y’s Managing Director, Haseena Cassim, said, “We are excited to host artists of this calibre on the Y stage. We are honoured that Black Coffee will be with us at LYFE and we are looking forward to sharing the LYFE experience with our listeners in the East Rand. They can expect a day filled with great music, fun, with a festival atmosphere and a few surprises.”
This November, LYFE, will be an expression of lifestyle and entertainment brought together against a colourful and vibrant backdrop. With food stalls and trucks, as well as chill out gardens, LYFE will be the perfect outdoor experience.
After two years, it feels great to be celebrating a big summer, and Y is definitely a part of making sure it starts on the 26th of November. Additional announcements about LYFE will be made closer to the time.
Tickets are available at ticketpros.co.za. and SPAR.
Listen to Y on the Y App, OpenView, DStv Channel 859 or FM 99.2.
Leading African media management company Culture Management Group (CMG) announced today “Road to Afrochella,” an experiential popup activation designed to introduce and highlight Afrochella to the Sub-Saharan market to kick off in Johannesburg, South Africa later this month.
As we get closer to ‘Detty December’ in Ghana, the “Road to Afrochella” series will make a stop in the entertainment capital on Sunday, 30th October at the premium Altitude Beach venue. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg’s vibrant city, this first-of-its-kind Afrochella one day event will be the ultimate destination for luxury and exclusivity.
“Afrochella has always been more than just a festival in Ghana and because of that, we’re so excited to bring our “Road to Afrochella” series to South Africa! Through this popup event, we have the opportunity to bring our platform to other regions across Africa, help elevate their homegrown talent and design a unique cultural experience that merges the exciting worlds of fashion, art, music and food together.” stated Abdul Karim Abdullah, CEO & Co-Founder of Afrochella
Afrochella is a celebration of Africa’s diverse culture and vibrant work showcased by the continent’s many emerging creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs. This year, Afrochella’s theme is “AfroFuturism,” a term created to reflect on the past, explore the future and create a progressive path for the present African diaspora.
To bring “AfroFuturism” to life, the “Road to Afrochella” series will feature the following on-site activations in South Africa:
THE KILLER MUSICAL LINE UP
The Road to Afrochella event will feature some of the hottest African Afrobeat / Amapiano artists including:
Venom & Shisilize
Leddi G and Kojo Manuel (HOSTS)
Other activities include:
FACE PAINTERS AND HENNA STATIONS
Face painting and henna stations will be available during the event for guests to receive beautiful designs on their faces, hands and feet.
To promote the theme of unity, party-goers can take part in a community mural and contribute pieces of art to the painting throughout the event.
Limited tickets are available at Howler from R250 upwards HERE Alternatively tickets at the door on the day. VIP tables booking can be made by calling +27 11 516 0569.
The 6th annual Innovator Trust Women In Tech (WIT) Appreciation Experience is almost upon us. Set to take place on Wednesday, 16th November 2022, the awards aim to honour female tech entrepreneurs from across the country for their outstanding achievements in leading their businesses.
South African Female Tech Entrepreneurs called to #PowerUp at the 6th Women In Tech (WIT) Appreciation Experience.
Amidst the ongoing challenges facing women in South Africa, tech entrepreneurship presents a remarkable opportunity to empower women and girls in our country through the use of technology.
The awards are hosted by the Innovator Trust – a small-business training incubation facilitator established in 2014, whose mission it is to support and nurture the development of sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SMMEs in South Africa.
Now in its 6th year, the auspicious Women In Tech (WIT) Appreciation Experience was initially conceptualized primarily to recognise female beneficiaries from the Enterprise Development, Supplier Development and Young Entrepreneurs (YEP) programmes facilitated by the Innovator Trust. Since inception, the Innovator Trust has successfully incubated more than 190 black-owned ICT small businesses, some who have been able to grow from start-up phase to medium and large-scale enterprises.
For the last two years, the WIT event was virtual and offered a captivating line-up of keynote addresses and panel discussions featuring renowned women in leadership such as Minister of Small Business Development Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams; former Public Protector of South Africa, Professor Thuli Madonsela; Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Bay University, Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, and Vodacom Chief Officer and Executive Director for External Affairs, Takalani Netshitenzhe.
Click here to watch highlights from WIT 2021
This years’ experience will be hosted as a 1-day hybrid event to include those unable to attend in person. Leading women of industry, innovators, government, academia, media, and small business owners are expected to attend the event in recognition of the female beneficiaries being awarded.
“WIT 2022 presents a call to action for women to #PowerUp in support of one another and unite as a collective toward creating the opportunities for economic growth that exist within the realm of tech entrepreneurship, despite the dire economic and social climate of the country,” commented Tashline Jooste, Chief Executive Officer of the Innovator Trust.
In addition to a spectacular awards ceremony, the programme promises an impressive lineup of guest speakers and panel discussions engaging on topics such as women and sustainability, African entrepreneurship and the effects of the energy crises in the SMME sector, challenging the current status quo on the state of women in technology and entrepreneurship.
Complimentary virtual registrations to WIT 2022 are now open until 16th November 2022.
Register here to claim your FREE virtual seat to WIT2022
WOMEN IN TECH APPRECIATION EXPERIENCE – THE FUTURE OF TECH, POWERED BY WOMEN
For more information, visit the Innovator Trust website or follow the updates on the official social media channels below.
The highly anticipated Feather Awards is almost upon us and earlier today the colourful list of 2022 nominees were announced following the hoisting of the Pride flag at the home of human rights Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
The intimate affair boasted speakers including this year’s Award hosts the Modiselle sisters, Refilwe, Bontle and Candice, Thami Dish as well as the reigning Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri alongside Miss SA CEO Stephanie Courtney- Weil. Other speakers included Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe, Constitutional Hill’s Janine Muthusamy and Dawn Robertson, Zingisa Jemsana – COO of Market Theatre, PFSAQ’s Linah Ngwenya, Fundi Ndaba from FEW and Sign language activist Andiswa Gebashe.
The awards return to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and set to take place on Thursday, 10th November 2022.
Category nominees which comprised of individuals and organisations from both the private and business sectors are selected by a knowledgeable panel consisting of members of the media and entertainment industry, who are firmly in touch with what’s hot and what’s not on the South African social circuit.
Each nominated individual, organisation or brand, have in one way or the other either represented, inspired, or celebrated the LGBTIQ+ community with excellence and distinction over the past twelve months. These nominees are selected from industries across lifestyle (entertainment, arts and sports), politics and even business.
The Feathers Awards, now in it’s 14th year is done in partnership with the Thami Dish Foundation who focus on desensitising the LGBTIQ community to the public at large, via the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues, Workshop and Trainings done in communities across South Africa.
“There is still much work to be done. COVID19 slowed down the process and now it’s time to accelerate the transformation and get back on track. And it’s going to take all of us to do it. From the public sector and the private sector, government and businesses need to put their money where their mouths are” commented Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards. ‘Inclusivity is not about celebrating the community for a few days in a year. Government and corporates need to support the community, get involved in programmes and initiatives 365 days of the year, not just in June or October when the exercise of ticking boxes needs to happens. We, the queer community, are unfvcken apologetic about being heard, being seen, being recognised and been included. This doesn’t take away from organisations who offer unwavering support for the community. We see you and value your support. To all the nominees best of luck for the upcoming awards next month.
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AND THE FEATHER AWARDS 2022 NOMINEES ARE…
Best Styled Individual
Hunk of the Year
Diva Extraordinaire of the Year
Sports Personality of the Year
Role model of the Year
Koleka Putuma and Robyn
Lamiez Holworthy and Khuli Chana
Boity Thulo and Anton Jefta
Hot Chick of the Year
Media Award of the Year.
Fag hag of the Year
Designer of the Year (new category)
Sello Medupi for Scalo
Socialite (Seen at every opening of an envelope or an erection of a stop sign)
Birth of Stars
Social Media Personality of the Year
Birth of Stars
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector
Proctor and Gamble
Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector
Department of Social Development
Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement
Best Rainbow Parenting
Treyvonne Moo (House of Diamonds)
Buhle and Botshelo
This year, the Simon Nkoli Award will be awarded to internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Gregory Magoma.