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Friday, November 24, 2017 | NEW ERA 26 entertainment FASHION TANA PATSA Thigh-highs, warm coats, thick stockings, scarves and gloves have served us well in winter, but summer is nearly here and we are so ready to embrace the new season and, most importantly, we are ready for new fashion trends. The coolest thing about summer is that you get to make the rules. You can be playful with your look and experiment with new styles. 2017 has been a good year for African designers to showcase the best of Africa, and the summer trends will, undoubtedly, crossover internationally. Some of Africa’s top designers took part in South Africa’s Fashion Week. The designers who showcased brought in fresh, vibrant colours that are synonymous with African summer. They spoke to Africa. com about the reasons they took part in the event, what to look out for this summer, and, most importantly, how their collections will represent Africa abroad. Lace Floral Print Usually, brides come to mind when you think of lace. Or, maybe an evening wear. Well, for summer, designers hope to change your mind about this timeless trend, and they are clear that lace is here to stay. Lace is light and easy to wear, so many of it. You just have to keep the balance and carefully combine it with your is to pick the right colour, fabric, and style says fashion designer, Carla Pinto. Pinto showcased her latest collection at the SA Fashion Week. Pinto’s House – African Style Story print that contrasts beautifully with a geometrical crochet print. Pinto says her main source of inspiration was the antique lace and crochet patterns. She says she has a way around to refresh and revitalise lace. Kimono Dress prettiest thing to wear this summer. The historic and traditional kimono comes from Japan and has a long list of different traditions and styles. But, one needs to be careful with this trend, as it can be easily mistaken for a loungewear robe. South African fashion designer, Vanya Mangaliso, says that when choosing this look, it is important to choose the one that you are most comfortable with and a lengths. Mangaliso says to try and avoid ankle-length versions and rather choose calf-length designs instead. South African actress, Pearl Thusi, and Nigerian musician, Tiwa Savage, have found modern ways to show off the historical trend. Off The Shoulder Fashion designer, Loubna Ayouche Combalat, says that off-the-shoulder tops and dresses will be a fashion phenomenon this summer. “It is no longer just about the straight-cross style, but a diversity in wearing them: Two-shoulder, one-shoulder, asymmetrical, cut-out. Summer is always a fun, happy season to explore new ideas,” says the designer. The one-shoulder look is not a new look. This trend has made a remarkable comeback from the 80s. Cameroonian the shoulder cut-out look is chic, unique, versatile, and easy to style. She says you will definitely steal attention if you pair a one-shoulder top with high-waist pants, or even with a pair of tailored trouser pants with side pockets. South African fashion designer, James Moroeng, added that oneshoulder dresses are a massive hit this season with shirt styles being in the spotlight and evening gowns with the one-shoulder design looking ever. Moroccan designer, Combalat, around with this trend … “from mini dresses to maxi styles, gowns to casual – one-shoulder styles are the detail that make a simple dress or top look interesting and give some edge or chicness to an otherwise too-common All White White is always the ‘it’ colour for summer. Whether you are off to the beach, having lunch with the girls, or painting the city streets this summer, there is something about an all-white ensemble that keeps things clean and simple, yet chic, and is an easy way to look fresh all season long. Designer Loubna Ayouche Combalat says that wearing white has always been a trend during the summer everywhere in the world. “I expect to see white again around this season, because of the popular notion that white leaves us cooler, hence fresher during the heat days, says Combalat.” She adds that the more layers you include, the more Designer Kibonen Nfi says that it instantly adds an elegant and sophisticated vibe for every occasion. Bright Colours Welcome to the season of colour freedom and exploration. It is time to show your true colours, and going colourful is a perfect way to express that. South African fashion designer, James Moroeng, says the girlier, the better this season. But, he warns that to style. Moroeng says it is easy to rock this trend if you stick to solids and make sure to colour block. Designer, Loubna Ayouche Combalat, also adds that mix-andmatch colours and colour-blocking will definitely give you that glow. Combalat says we must not play it safe with bold colours. Statement Sleeves Attention-grabbing sleeves are stealing all the spotlight this summer. One cannot afford to miss out on this cool trend. The look is chic, girly, sophisticated, and elegant. One should bell-shaped, bishop to balloon and a unique dose of fashion to even the Moroeng, says when you choose to adopt this style, always remember to keep the rest of your look minimal and allow your statement bell sleeves to drive your outfit. And for those who are hoping for something a little have in their wardrobe. These sleeves are loud, fun, and attention-loving. Moroeng says, “Forget loud colours and patterns and opt for minimal black and white shirt with simple designs such as cropped, straight-leg trousers. The straight-forward style will keep your look super stylish and chic, rather than letting it go over-the-top.” For those looking for something more conservative and simple, bishop sleeves are a must to have. These sleeves are soft and feminine. Most commonly spotted on lovely dresses, to which they belong while remaining a standout feature in their own right. Print Clashes Prints are never going to go out of style, and now the next big thing this summer is print clashes. For true fashionistas, clashing is a head-turning fashion statement and a fun way to transform outdated soloist pieces into revived ensembles. South African fashion designer, Rina Chunga, says it is time to spice things up this summer and break the rules by mixing different patterns and prints. Pattern-clashing is not an entirely new dimension to re-emerging on the runway. Chunga showcased her African print collection at SA Fashion Week last month. She says her collection was inspired by her deep love for Africa. The Zambian-born fashion designer says that normally with African prints, people would also go for a safe option and pair them with a plain skirt or a pair of jeans. Chunga says think crop tops, peplum tops, boxy cuts and even blazers paired with another African print skirt, pants or shorts. South African fashion designer, Ekta Kalan, also adds that clash prints and patterns are the next big thing to welcome the new season. Kalan says the focus for next season should be on contemporary styles from Africa, modern shapes and styles that are global, but yet truly authentic and unique to Africa, where heritage in prints, colours, and culture are incorporated into modern and global looks. Floral Prints Some fashion trends never actually go out of style – like that little black dress, denim shorts, or high-waist pants. One of the biggest style statements that print. So, if you are hoping to achieve that girly-girl look this summer, then to your wardrobe. Floral is one of those fashion features that can instantly make any woman feel feminine, says fashion designer, Carla Pinto. She adds that this girly look allows one to be creative and playful. “Floral prints allow for a mix of colours – from pretty pastels to moody taupe shades.” Pinto also went very big during her show at SA Fashion Week. Denim shift in the shapes and cuts of denim. It allows fashion designers to get more and more creative. Kenyan-born fashion designer, Liz Ogumbo, says this timeless trend is universal and is suitable for every season and every body shape, and, of course, we can go even bigger this summer. From denim shorts to dresses, pants, and skirts, one can never go wrong. Ogumbo says for some it can be tricky at times to hot summer months. South African fashion designer, Phiwase Nxumalo, adds that a classic denim jacket is a must for when the summer sun sets and can be worn with everything. Accessories According to fashion designer, Mangaliso, “African fashion accessories are the next big wave. This will now see more of them become better refined, everyday lifestyle items as opposed to exotic ‘costume’ from bags to jewelry.” Just like with style concepts of African jewelry have evolved, one of the best pieces that illustrate this is the Ndebele choker. Not only does it elongate posture, but gives one a glow that makes a bold statement. Another accessory that has been embraced is the Kenyan Masai Beaded Collar Neckpiece as it has often popped up in the most interesting places. Imagine a simple black bodycon dress paired with the Masai Beaded Collar…it brings the outfit to life regardless of the occasion. Of course a sun hat is a must-have for summer. Mangaliso says not just any old hat… “Not all sunhats are created equal and the wearer often knows the difference. Hats to marvel are the way, conversation pieces that what we are looking forward to this summer.” Block heels need to be in your closet whether you are looking to add some height to your look. Designers at SA Fashion Week incorporated the style into their collection in several ways during the shows.

Friday, November 24, 2017 | NEW ERA entertainment 27 29 We have been taught to value what our elders teach us because they have years of wisdom. Maturity is indeed necessary to navigate through adulthood, but there are some valuable and wise childhood qualities that are worth keeping. Ambition Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a child? You MUSIC Ocrhain Sampaya Windhoek Still going strong... Phurah Duwe has been in the music industry for over a decade and still the King of Ma /Gaisa music He strutted music, grooved and gave every household a taste of what Ma/gaisa is, and one can never complete the list without mentioning his name as the king of Ma/gaisa. For more than two decades, Phura Duwe has been Namibia’s icon in producing music that elevated from local to international appreciation. The evolution of his music career started in his hometown Khorixas. “The evolution of my music career began when I was a young keyboardist in 1996. As an energetic young artist, I joined a local band from Khorixas known as ‘Moonlight Boys’, where I was a second keyboardist until 1999. I then moved to Swakopmund where I joined a band known as the ‘Midnight Stars’. As a second keyboardist and backing vocalist, I had the opportunity to meet a fellow legendary artist Stanley ‘Ou Stakes’, who was a lead vocalist for the ‘Midnight Stars’ band. Learning and walking the talk was never hard for the artist, as in 2003 he saw no limitations to what you could accomplish because the world was your playground. Our ambitions change as we grow older, mainly because of what other people told us we can or cannot do. Imagine what you could achieve if you had that Perseverance When you were a toddler, you discovered everything through trial and error. You did not worry about how ridiculous you looked when you stumbled because falling down only made you more determined to succeed. You kept your eyes on your goals and even applauded yourself for every little achievement. We all have an instinctive capability to view obstacles as challenges, overcome failure and to persevere. Forgiveness You cannot always prevent people from hurting you but you can control how you react to it. As a child, you could easily forgive because you did not fully develop the capability of holding a grudge. As an adult, you have to learn how to amicably resolve disputes in your private and Did I quit music? Phura “The year 2003 was my breakthrough year. I met Steven !Naruseb (producer of Welwitschia Music Production) with whom my good for me my love) was recorded. In the very same year, I won a talent competition known as ‘Fame Factory’ with this album. In addition, I won the ‘Best new comer’ award at the Sanlam Music Awards.” His music career never stuttered, as he was focused and ambitious of more “In 2005, I released my second album ‘Tihana tsa xue’ (Is it like that?) with which I also won a second award at the Sanlam Music Awards but this time around it was in the category of ‘Kwiku & Sukus’. At the beginning of 2007, I released my third album, ‘Mama’s /Guis a =/an’ (Only the mother knows the father), which was a resounding success CD project.’’ In collaboration with Khomas Music Productions, Phura recorded a fourth album ‘Buru tara’ (I wonder) during mid-2009, right after that Phura Music Productions started to professional life. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and others for their shortcomings, because this is what ultimately sets you free emotionally. Humour The most genuine laughter comes from children, it is in their nature to laugh at the most random and silly things. Laughing is a natural way of de-stressing, it makes you feel instantly happy and puts your mind at ease. Be comfortable with the sound of your own laughter because it is a part of who you are. Instead of worrying about an awkward situation, relax by simply laughing it off. Learning People who have a “know it all” attitude do not allow themselves to evolve intellectually. Children have an open mind that is ripe and humble for knowledge because they are not yet conditioned to judge, stereotype and make assumptions. Life is a journey we can choose to limit our own development with ignorance or we can be enthusiastic to keep learning. /=khi’ (Be happy with what you have), which became a big success in 2011. The story does not settle the dust for a sleep over and a catch of a breeze, as in 2013 he diverted to political campaigns that’s when fans started to miss his presence. “In 2013, I travelled to China as travelled to South Africa for a festival in Riemvasmaak. In 2014, I released a political album for President Dr Hage Geingob by the name of ‘!Khari !gam Phura released his eighth album last year. “In December 2016, I released my eighth album called ‘Ta !husen’ (Don’t give up). And that’s my style; Phura has been here and will still be here. I did not quit music, one year I give a break for the album to sell, and the following year I release.” Phura Music Productions’ mission is to uplift the music industry and preserve the sensation of Ma /Gaisa music, as this is not only art but a heritage for fellow Namibians and fans. NSK Industry Loop WhatsApp has got to be a radio DJ’s worst nightmare. It certainly is mine. For some reason artists don’t like emails, as a mode of communication. What did email ever do to you my dzia? Artists tend to think that if they WhatsApp you a song that their song will magically make it to radio. No my friend. It does not work like that. There are procedures that need to be followed. I’m yet to hear of my colleagues in the industry accepting that as I’ve had instances where an artist would WhatsApp me their whole album. N**ga?! Who the hell do you think you are, etse? How on earth do you WhatsApp me your whole album?! 13, 14 songs…boom just like that? It’s different when you want a radio DJ to perhaps help you with an However, that should be the communication. Don’t just send music randomly to me and expect me to make something of it. I speak on behalf of every radio DJ when I say… downloading a song requires data. Even if I am connected to Wi-Fi, do you help me settle my Wi-Fi advancement to be able to buy jaiva or aweh to download your songs? And even if I do download your songs, what are you hoping would happen? That I would Tweet or Facebook your song? And “promote” it? Mich, the comedian, once asked on social media if artists listen to radio shows. About 99 percent of the comments from the artists were, “no”. So you don’t even listen to my radio show, not once have you ever tweeted or posted about my show. Not even withstanding that, not once have you called me for something else apart for “I got a new song” or “please promote”. It doesn’t work like that way my friend. Nothing in this life is a one way street (with the exception of those annoying one way streets in Swakopmund brand but you don’t even return the courtesy. Radio stations have WhatsApp lines now. How about you maars abuse those lines with your 13 songs, amae? Because my WhatsApp is mine and not that of the radio station. If you’d like to submit your music, please email it to the station or whoever is in charge of play listing at the station. Some artists don’t even greet. Kutcha, Awe NSK, how are you doing omes? you 13 songs. Ano? Who says I even have space on my phone for your songs? Even if you do listen to radio shows or follow radio DJs, we still don’t want you sending us songs on WhatsApp. WhatsApp even reduces the quality of the product. Honestly, if you WhatsApp me music do not expect anything from me. Ninety percent of the time I don’t even download it. It’s another story if you submit your material via mail. Than I can forward that to the station manager and due process will follow. Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Oldie of the week: Lupemba: Chez Ntemba (2001) NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email @naobebsekind (twitter)

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