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CAREFREE By Red & Kalai – FILM-ED Cinema | REconnecteD TV

REconnecteD TV takes the next step in their quest to bring the world as much great content on African fashion as possible with the launch of the FILM-ED Cinema.

This is a section of their YouTube channel just for fashion films – of all kinds- from all across Africa. The playlist is open to submissions for filmmakers who has something they believe more people deserve to see. The film itself must be 100% created by creatives living and working on the African continent.

The first film recently launched with a short performance art fashion film titled “Carefree”. This short film examines the daily fear womxn face when entering unguarded spaces alone, even in daylight. Sexual violence has come to the forefront of millennial popular debates. Experiencing harassment in some way or the other is a daily occurrence amongst many of the struggles young womxn are burdened with today. Red & Kalai teamed up to conceptualise a film to bring attention to the volatile environment in which the sexual harassment of women occurs due to their clothing choices.


Aspiring designers face off in the “Intern by David Tlale” reality show With David Tlale

The Intern by David Tlale is a 13-episode reality TV show shot in Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg which follows 12 contestants on their journey to becoming David Tlale’s next intern. The first episode of the Intern by David Tlale will air on the 4th of July 2017 on SABC 3.

The Intern by David Tlale is a new reality show about the South African fashion industry that is committed to the development and support of the country’s budding talent and this platform gives them an opportunity to hone their skills and puts South Arica on the fashion landscape. It gives the youth an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with celebrated designers, stylists, photographers, models and learning the ropes of the real world of fashion.

I have great respect for every contestant who took part in this first season because they all come from different backgrounds and some with no specialist fashion training and so I know it has been challenging for them, especially to do this in front of the camera”, says Tlale.

Throughout the show the audience gets to witness 12 shortlisted contestants from across South Africa via online applications as they battle it out for the chance to win a full year mentorship with world renowned designer David Tlale. On each episode, contestants are given a fashion design project and are judged on their work. One or two participants are then eliminated each week.

The mentorship includes specialised training and development by industry experts, exposure to all facets of the David Tlale brand and business including: design, fabric sourcing, range development and production, quality control, marketing and retail, media training, basic business management skills.

The grand finale will be aired live from Nelson Mandela bridge in October 2017 where one or two winners will be announced.

For more information on this reality show and mentorship kindly visit www.theintern.co.za  


Nigerian Shoe Brand Keexs, collaborates with South African Designer for SA Fashion Week

Nigerian brand, Keexs (The first innovative and social Footwear brand in Africa) and South African based Afrikanswiss (Africa’s premier denim brand) recently collaborated on a new collection for South African Fashion Week 2017. The recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners, especially Nigerians living in South Africa did not deter these brands from working together to promote unity in the African fashion industry.

Showcased at the Hyde Park corner in Johannesburg on the 31st of March; the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, “Naija man in Soweto” tells the story of a modern merge of cultures, with interesting pieces like the denim ‘fila’ to the denim embroidered ‘buba’, it’s safe to say that there’s no limit to the creativity of African fashion designers.

The Keexs sneaker collection with art curated by self-taught artist Lemi Ghariokwu, draws inspiration and pays tribute to the legendary Fela Anikulapo – Kuti, a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist and political maverick who has inspired millions of people all over the world.

The Afrikanswiss collection fused Nigerian traditional wear with pantsula street wear. Pantsula, a highly energetic dance originated in the black townships of South Africa during the Apartheid era. It developed into a form of social commentary for black South Africans and although it has undergone several transformations with the country’s changing political tides it still stays relevant till today.

Nigeria and South Africa could be likened to the Biblical Aaron and Moses, endowed with the responsibility of bringing Africa out from the bondage of despair, decline and underdevelopment. As regional powers, history has imposed on them the enormous task of finding solutions to some of the most pressing African concerns.

The Keexs and Afrikanswiss collection will be available in select retail stores in Nigeria and South Africa by Spring 2017


AW17 FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA #FENTYxPUMA

Last night, in front of the global fashion community, FENTY Creative Director Rihanna and global sports brand PUMA presented the third installment of the beloved FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA collection. For the rebellious and daring, this season takes inspiration from the halls of FENTY University, paying homage to the kids gone rogue, who hit honour roll and serve detention in style.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  Rihanna pose backstage with models before FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Fenty Puma ) *** Local Caption *** Rihanna

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: Rihanna pose backstage with models before FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Fenty Puma ) 

Amongst the bookshelves of Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Rihanna and PUMA brought to life the collection muses: Classic American social circles and cliques – Nerds, Jocks, Skaters, Preppies, Goth kids and of course, Bad Gals. Models charged on top of library tables and overlooked from the balconies. The collection spoke to the FENTYxPUMA signature oversized look and featured unexpected, sexy styles with gender bending pieces and over-the-top school frocks. With inspiration stolen from school gymnasiums and chic locker room attire, the Autumn/Winter season includes coach’s jackets, soccer jerseys-turned dresses, uniform style skirts, velour and poly track suits, bodysuits, cropped and oversized polo shirts, baseball tees and much more. With bespoke collegiate and high school style graphics, the FENTY Class of 2017 was in high session.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  (LOOK 34) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: (LOOK 34) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

“When I was in school, it was always my dream to be able to dress up in whatever I wanted,” said Fenty Creative Director Rihanna.  “But in Barbados it was mandatory to wear a school uniform, so I had so much fun this season creating these “Back to School” inspired looks, and I’m honored to present the collection in such a majestic national monument.”

 The collection took the crowd back to the halls of their respective high school and colleges. Chunky hand-knit sweaters were showcased in plaids, chenille PUMA Cats and varsity F’s adorned rib knit sweaters and dresses. Outerwear in all shapes and sizes ruled this season with a wide selection of FENTYxPUMA coats in faux shearling, faux furs, ultra-suede and technical nylon. Rihanna once again reinterpreted the traditional hard lines of sport by breathing new life into uniforms, tracksuits, tops and bottoms with technical sport fabric and fashion touches. Sexy schoolgirl skirts and cheerleader style fashion corsets brought the audience to full attention. Detention hall never looked so good. 

Signature branding details were featured throughout such as Rihanna’s lucky number 13, her birth year 1988, the FENTYxPUMA piercing zipper and FENTY PUMA branded buttons and trims. Unique patches, hardware and sporty taping gelled the collection’s sport theme even further.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  (LOOK 35) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: (LOOK 35) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

New evolutions of the infamous PUMA Creeper were reimagined with stacked soles and ankle straps. New heels, translucent wedges, wellies, high knit styles and over-the-knee boots never failed to impress the student body. Oversized teddy bear bags, puffer-inspired hats and accessories, vanity cases and envelope bags were adorned on the arms of this season’s models, who were also styled with a selection of warm and stylish trappers, caps, balaclavas, hoods, beanies, durags and ivy league style scarves. Collegiate chokers kept models in check using silk tie and varsity jacket style collars.

The Autumn/Winter 2017 FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA show was conceptualized by Rihanna and her teams alongside agencies Prodject and OBO. Make up design by Pat McGrath for PatMcGrathLabs. Hair styling by Yusef Williams (Factory Downtown) and L’Oréal Professionnel. Nail design by Jenny Longworth (CLM) with co-nail design by Tracy Rierson of Young Nails Inc. Styling by Tom Van Dorpe (Management & Artists). Jewelry by Lynn Ban.

The footwear, apparel and accessories collection presented in Paris will launch at retail stores worldwide in Autumn 2017. Yesterday’s presentation comes days before Rihanna’s second season, inspired by what Marie-Antoinette would have worn to the gym, which begins hitting stores this upcoming Thursday, 9th March.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  (LOOK 38) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: (LOOK 38) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

For more information about FENTY, PUMA and the partnership, visitwww.puma.com/rihanna or rihannanow.com. Follow @PUMASouthAfrica and FENTYxPUMA on Instagram for the latest updates. 

#FENTYxPUMA

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  (LOOK 17bis) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: (LOOK 17bis) A model walks the runway during FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)


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