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Embracing definitive African fashion trends

Le 24 juin 2017, 08:45 dans Humeurs 0

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A LOT of times, we like to criticise fashion designers. I know I do whenever they screw me over and waste my material in the process.

Often we paint fashion designers with the same brush. That they’re unreliable and will cause you unending chest pains.

I still can’t get over my mustard dress boob. All I wanted was a simple mustard dress to wear to a friend’s wedding and I got a mustard mess!

The dress was hideous and didn’t even fit. Come to think of it, I never got a refund or replacement for that dress.

Anyway, they’re not all bad. Fashion designers I mean. I was recently reminded of this by Sisa Senkosi, a Bulawayo-born maskandi artiste based in the United Kingdom. She recently embarked on a project to celebrate African fashion designers and I thought this was pretty cool. It’s nice to have some positive vibe happening around you.

She got different female fashion designers to make her outfits, promote them and in the process celebrate the work they’re doing. Sisa Senkosi said she was motivated to do this because the fashion design industry is as cut throat as the entertainment industry. One has to constantly come up with new ideas to stay relevant.

“We attend red carpet events and people are wowed by our outfits but the designers behind these dresses are never celebrated. They hardly ever get recognised for their work,” she said.

A lot of us think engaging a fashion designer for any outfit is expensive. You think it will cost you an arm and a leg but this is not always the case. Of course it may not cost $20, a price you’d like, but it can be quite affordable.

You know what though; $20 deals are not always the best. The finish may not be great and before you know it, you won’t love the outfit anymore. Whenever you can afford it, enlist a fashion designer who comes highly recommended to hook you up for that special do. Ask someone who has gotten something done by them before or look at pictures of their previous work.

With her project, Sisa Senkosi sought not only to showcase the wonderful designers we have but also highlight the richness of African inspired wear.

“The designs are inexpensive and every woman should have a chance to wear an African inspired custom designed dress. This project is aimed at highlighting the amazing, world class, unique designs that incorporate our culture,” said Sisa Senkosi.

She said catering for the African market abroad is difficult as African fashion designers have to compete with those from western countries.

In this project, Sisa Senkosi collaborated with two designers from Zimbabwe; Yvonne Gambe Ndava of the Yvonne Yvette brand and Beauty Sibanda of House of Gogoz as well as a South African designer, Nde Khumalo of Cucicio Couture.

Having lived in the United Kingdom for over a decade, Sisa Senkosi said the project was a way of also reminding herself of her heritage.

“Just like my music, this project is a way of remaining cognisant of my roots and where I come from, which can easily be lost when one is in foreign lands.

“I sincerely hope that aspiring fashion designers will be inspired by these ladies’ work and that we’ll continue to support our own,” she said.

Speaking of supporting our own, the Bulawayo Arts Awards are just around the corner and you’re probably in way over your head.

It would be a great idea getting a fashion designer to make you something. We have a lot of talented ones in Bulawayo. I know for one Yvette Ndaba of Eve-O designs could hook you up and make you look like a million dollars.

There’s also Bernard of Scarless Designs if a custom made suit is what you need. There isn’t much time left before the event on June 30 at the Large City Hall so you need to get to stepping. They’re rolling out a red carpet and you need to slay unapologetically!Read more at:plus size formal dresses

Fashion designer dons passion for cosplay in costumes

Le 22 juin 2017, 04:50 dans Humeurs 0

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Former Wichitan Meaghan Jordan discovered anime in junior high school, when she watched the TV program “Inuyasha.” She soon persuaded her mother to take her to the Dallas A-Kon anime convention.

Because she had seen pictures of people dressing up as anime characters at conventions, she ordered a costume off the Internet of Kagome Higurashi, a fictional character on "Inuyasha."

“I still remember that moment when we drove up to the hotel,” Jordan said. “People were walking up and down the street in costume. And I realized, ‘Wow, I was home. This is where I am supposed to be. These are my fellow people, my nerds.’ It was life-changing for me. I was hooked.”

Jordan took on the persona of Viverra Cosplay for cosplay conventions, just as others dress as their favorite characters from video games, anime programs, movies, comic books or graphic novels.

Fourteen years after her first A-Kon, the anime and video game fan works in fashion in Houston and will return to her hometown as a special guest to judge a 100-contestant cosplay contest from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the two-day Animania Wichita Falls convention at the Multi-Purpose Event's Center's Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall.

The convention, in its debut year, runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25.

Following Jordan's first-ever convention, her grandmother began making her anime costumes and eventually taught her to sew.

“I realized pretty quickly that I was pretty good at sewing, and I enjoyed it," she said. "When college came around, I investigated fashion colleges and found a great program at Texas Tech.”

As much as she loved making cosplay costumes, she also was very much drawn to fashion design.

“Because sewing was literally my homework, and I didn’t want to burn out, I only made four or five costumes in four years.

“At the time, no one thought of cosplay as a career. It was really all about fun.”

After graduation, she got a job in Houston in technical design and now works in product design, specializing in a wide range of sporting goods.

Although a number of designers over the past several years started making money from their cosplay creations, Jordan only makes costumes for herself. “I have somewhere between 20 and 30.”

At a recent anime convention, she donned costumes for a different character for each day of the convention.

A cosplay outfit is more than just clothes, she said. It’s accouterments, sometimes armor and also props, such as weapons.

For a character called Sole Survivor, she 3D printed pieces of the gun, sanding them, gluing them together and painting them.

Jordan said she’s drawn to a variety of cosplay characters, but most are the strong female ones.

She said she sometimes chooses to cosplay a character because she loves them, such as Commander Shephard from the Mass Effect science fiction video game.

“It was one of my most popular, I think, because I loved the character so much, and that made her easy to channel.”

Her current profile picture depicts her as Sole Survivor from the post apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 4.

“I waited for the game so long, I had to cosplay her character,” she said.

Jordan likes to dress as characters she looks like, but that isn't always the case.

“I don’t look a thing like (actress) Emilia Clarke playing Daenerys (from HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones"), but I did the costume because I like her so much.”

Judging the cosplay contest this weekend, she will focus on several major elements. She looks at costume craftsmanship, the design, finishing and detail. What she calls face presence is next, then elements such as mannerisms, attitude and what cosplayers do to resemble their character.

The cosplay contest in Wichita Falls allows each contestant 30 seconds on stage. At larger conventions, there can also be skits, voiceovers, singing or dance. But most cosplayers don’t do all that.

Most, she said, wear costumes to walk around in during conventions. If they want to involve themselves in a certain community, they may dress with their friends in the same series. There are also photo shoots at conventions and off-location.

Jordan is excited about an anime convention coming to her hometown

“When I heard about it, I told everyone I had to be there. I never dreamed it would happen here. It’s exciting, and I think people will open up more. It happens with me. I am more shy and quiet, but when I’m at conventions, I’m loud and talkative. It changes who I am, because I’m comfortable. I can’t wait to see that happen with other people.”Read more at:celebrity dresses

Female Models Are Paid More Than Male Models

Le 20 juin 2017, 04:23 dans Humeurs 0

It is a rare exception to the rule: the gender salary gap in the fashion industry means female models are paid more than their male counterparts for the same job.

None of the dozens of buffed and toned men parading at the latest Milan menswear shows since Friday can dream of earning anything like female catwalk stars, or of equivalent fame.

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While the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have long since passed beyond the confines to fashion to become A-list celebrities, their male equivalents, like the American Sean O'Pry or Britain's David Gandy, remain largely unknown to the general public.

Gandy once observed: "Trust me to end up working in the only industry in the world where women get paid more than men, and treated loads better.

"In the hierarchy of a shoot, you have the photographer, the female model, the stylists, the assistants, then the male model. You are the lowest of the low." Frederic Godart, a sociologist who specialises in fashion's place in society, explains: "Even if the markets for designer men's and women's clothes generate roughly the same sales, about US$30 billion (S$41.5 billion) each, fashion remains an industry primarily aimed at women."

Gisele's Millions

"The brands and the fashion magazines are more interested in a women's aesthetic assets, which help to sell product better and as a result that pushes up the value of female models," he told AFP.

Godart says there are around 1,000 young women worldwide who can make a comfortable living from top end modelling.

"In this world, it's 'winner takes all', which means the top female models tend to hit the jackpot and increase the gap with their male counterparts." A 2013 survey by American magazine Forbes estimated that top model Bundchen had earned US$42 million in the previous year, 28 times the amount the best-earning male model, O'Pry, managed to pull in.

Brazil's Bundchen however is an exception in the fashionsphere. At the top of her game for over 15 years, she can command fees that exceed those paid even to the likes of her compatriot Adriana Lima or Australia's Miranda Kerr by tens of thousands of dollars per show.

"The more you go down the hierarchy, the pay gap tends to narrow," says Godart. "The average salary of a model in the United States, male or female, is only around US$30,000 a year."

Price Of Fame

Not everyone manages even to arrive at even this modest level. Many models live precariously and are forced to take on other jobs to make ends meet between assignments where sometimes employers will expect them to accept clothes as part of their payment.

French male model Baptiste Nicol however insists that "you can still earn a good living without being in the top 100 in the world".

"Working 15 days a month on average for catalogues, shows and tests, I end up with the same income as a company executive," says the 32-year-old, who describes himself as having had a modest career without ever leaving his home country.

Pay differentials with female colleagues? "They exist but also between different men. And you have to take into account that a male model will have his best earning years between 30 and 50" — by which time most female models' maximum earning potential is behind them.

Rosa Sarli, director of the Elite modelling agency in Milan, says there is no set rule to determine how much a model gets paid.

"It can depend on a lot of things apart from physical attributes, like fame for example.

"If the model is married to a star or even the child of a celebrity, all that will push their price up."Read more at:formal dresses

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