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Timeless and Sophisticated: Luxury Fashion Made in Africa

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If the number of fashion weeks, art exhibitions and increasing attention and exposure to African fashion and design is anything to go by, I think its fair to say that it’s a buoyant time for creativity and artistic expression within the continent. For this reason I find fashion-weeks happening in various cities on the continent to be both inspiring and motivating. The emerging African fashion narrative is varied, diverse and evolving. It’s a melting pot of many stories embracing the past, present and future. The recently held AFI Mercedes Benz fashion week Joburg 2016 was testament to that. Since the end of year is fast approaching and the social calendar may be filling up, here are highlights of two bespoke African fashion brands that take pride in quality and craftsmanship. Made In Africa. Orapeleng Modutle recently presented a truly...

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Scents of Summer : 5 Fresh Fragrances to try

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As we beckon summer to come into full swing, we can’t help but get excited about the fresh scents that will occupy the better half our beauty shelves. After all, your chosen fragrance is the final touch to your look as it stays with you all throughout the day and well into the evening. These are our top five summer ’16 fragrances and we can’t wait to make a splash with them come sand-and-sea season. TOM FORD SOLEIL BLANC If your idea of summer is a remote island getaway where the sun shines all year round and one day fades into the next, then Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is right up your alley. This latest private blend creation evokes seductive refinement and refreshing decadence as bursts of cardamom and pink pepper occupy the top notes while Benzoin, amber, tonka...

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Interview | Artist Neo Matloga – the next Big thing

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It was such a delight to meet Artist Neo Matloga recently. I stopped by his booth at Joburg Art Fair and it felt like I was witnessing the Next Big thing. His works reminded me a little bit of the incredible Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare. As we were having a casual chat, a group of Art lovers on tour of the Fair arrived en masse, led by renowned Art critic Ashraf Jamal and I felt privileged to listen in as he spoke so passionately about Neo’s works. Neo gave me an insight into his Art and his world in the interview that followed. What is your process when creating Art: I watch a lot of theatre and without rejecting other genres I have developed a keen interest for jazz music. Oh, some of the books and short stories I read have contributed to the theoretical...

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Joburg Art Fair 2016 – a Great success

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Joburg Art Fair 2016 Wow, what a show. The Joburg Art Fair this year took African Art to the next level. There was so much excitement leading up to the events, and they did not dissapoint. With Mandla Sibeko at the helm, as Director, the fair was filled to capacity with a well curated programme. It is no surprise that this was the most successful fair to date with Art Sales almost double that of last year. One of the prominent galleries shared with me that one of their works sold for a hefty price at the Pre-opening sales for Private Collectors earlier on opening night. This is of course great news for those of us who want to see the Art world thrive. Firm favourites like Nicholas Hlobo, Mohau Modisakeng, Athi Patra Ruga and Zanele Muholi had strong showing and it was refreshing...

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Book review | Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi

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Summer is here (almost) and wether you opt for the Beach, the Bush or lazing by the Pool – a good book is as good a companion as any. Sweet Medicine is set around the life of a young woman, Tsitsi in modern day Zimbabwe. It is about love, family, religion, African tradition and  a woman’s fight to maintain her status quo by all means necessary. The story is also a take on feminism and the choices women make on the daily to survive. Tsisi does her best to please the people she loves, whilst doing the utmost to maintain her own success. She tries hard to be this sophisticated version of herself while hiding some debilitating fears about losing it all. It is beautifully written, and one of those that will be hard to put down. This Sweet...

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Architecture | David Adjaye’s new project in Rwanda

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The Cancer center by David Adjaye David Adjaye is currently the most respected and sought after African Architect with works that span the globe. Born to a Ghanaian Ambassador father in Tanzania, David studied in Britain and is a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) since 2007. He has pioneered modern African architecture which he fuses into his world globally. David has built homes for Alexander Mcqueen, was selected in a competition to design the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. with design features a crown motif from Yoruba sculpture. He is also very well known in the architectural world for his international work such as the Alara concept store in Lagos, Nigeria, the Marian Goodman Gallery in London, England...

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