It's only May but 2011 has already been a big year for 16-year-old Nyasha Matonhodze. Not only was she handpicked to front the Louis campaign, she also walked the fall runways for Halston,Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Emanuel Ungaro, Loewe, and the Louis Vuitton shows in New York and Paris. She has also appeared in editorials for Harpers Bazaar and Teen Vogue. The girl's obviously reppin hard for Zim.... ..I just hope their still letting her eat her sadza.
A Man’s Story is a full-length documentary film covering the last 12 years of Ozwald Boateng’s life. Capturing the journey and evolution of Ozwald Boateng as a man as well as a designer.
Due to be released late 2011.
Ozwald Boateng has evolved as a designer over 26 years in the fashion industry. He has defined his trademark as adding a contemporary twist to the traditional form, unifying the classical tenets of bespoke tailoring with strong vibrant colours, rich textures and a distinct, sharp silhouette.
Since being the first tailor to stage a catwalk presentation during Paris Fashion Week in 1994, Ozwald Boateng has gained a reputation for putting on breathe-taking catwalk shows and fashion related events. The brand has continued to show during Milan and Paris Men’s Fashion Week as well as closing down Savile Row to present the Spring/Summer collection in 2002.
2010 saw Ozwald Boateng cement his place in British history as he closed London Fashion Week with an epic fashion show that saw over 100 models take to the streets of London for a monumental walk back to the Savile Row HQ after a catwalk show at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square.
“The most talked about tailor on Savile Row.”
John Walsh, The Independant.
Sartorial Sounds integrates both music and style, two elements embedded in every culture past and present. We think it’s important to remember that everyone is an artist in their own right. And it’s the life experiences we encounter that provoke what we splash on our own blank canvas. We assembled seven individuals to partake in this editorial. The finished product incorporates their individual talents such as spoken word, rapping, singing and tap.
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is introducing rapid prototyping to the catwalk, and her marriage of high-tech production methods with the old art of couture is getting fashionistas very excited.
While African designers may complain of getting little exposure on the international stage, it looks like American designers are certainly paying attention to the happenings on African runways. This year’s most surprising collection came from rocker Gwen Stafani’s label, L.A.M.B., which was a colorful collection of African-print motifs splashed on everything from mini-dresses to tailored suits.
Farai Simoyi was born in London, England, the child of Zimbabwean parents. She lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she got her first taste of textiles and fashion, from her aunt’s lingerie company at age five. Her aunt would give her scraps of fabric, which Farai would sew together by hand to make clothes for both her and her dolls. And, thus, her passion for fashion was born.
Leaving Zimbabwe as a 10 year old, Farai headed to Morgantown, West Virginia with her family, where she eventually attended West Virginia University. There she studied Fashion & Design and started to hone the skills she began learning as a child in Africa. After graduation, Farai spent a summer furthering her knowledge, studying at Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy.
After her summer in Italy, Farai moved to New York City, where she hoped to be able to combine the knowledge and styles gained from her experiences in Zimbabwe, West Virginia, and Italy. Starting as an assistant, Farai accepted her role as one of support, but knew it was a role she would soon grow out of. Indeed, she was quickly promoted to technical designer, where she was exposed to the cut-throat technical underside of fashion, coming to appreciate that there is a science to the art. Struggling to find a balance between working for a large brand and working on projects of her own, Farai was also featured on a television show, TLC’s “I’ve Got Nothing To Wear!” In addition, Farai was invited to participate in, “Style Wars,” a style competition that presents young designers and their Avant Garde designs to the public.
With her dues paid in the technical fashion circle, Farai was able to break into the forefront and was hired as a designer for a major denim company. Seeing her designs worn by the masses on the streets of New York only further galvanized her drive to bring her vision to the public through her own line.
Farai Simoyi debuted her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at NYC Fashion Week in September 2010. Calling her new brand ‘FARAI’ a representation of Soft/Steel/Bohemian”, it is a symbiotic juxtaposition of the styles and experiences gained in Africa, Appalachia, Europe and the streets of NYC: woman, warrior, wayward traveler.