Rich Mnisi has revealed his latest collection, Hiya Kaya ’21, a colourful celebration of the vaTsonga culture. The internationally acclaimed luxury high-fashion designer’s new collection comprises a traditional Tsonga xibelani skirt with a hefty price tag which got many people talking!
The most talked-about item from the collection, the xibelani skirt which retails at R59.00.00 is crafted from 5km of 100% Merino wool knotted onto nickel-plated d-rings attached to a leather waist belt.
The collection received mixed reviews where the price is concerned, as usual. People feel that his clothes are too expensive and not affordable to all his supporters, but celebrities like Somizi Mhlongo feel differently.
The inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards (KZNEA) took place on Tuesday the 15th of December 2020 at the Durban ICC, and KZN celebrities showed up dressed to the nines as usual.
The awards ceremony was created to celebrate artists, movers, and shakers from the province and Somizi Mhlongo and Pearl Thusi held it down as the event’s hosts and served the most stunning looks!
Performances on the night included the likes of Durban-kwaito pioneers Big NUZ alongside DJ Tira, L’vovo Derrango, Nomcebo Zikode, Khuzani, Nasty C, Sjava, Babes Wodumo, and others.
Nomcebo Zikode for the Best Female Artist accolade. Other big winners included SK Khoza and Thandeka Dawn-King for best male and female actors, Sjava for best male artist, and Bonang Matheba who won an award for being KZN’s favourite cousin.
The fourth Royalty Soapie Awards hosted took place on Saturday evening the 26th of September 2020. Hosted by TV Host, Radio and Club DJ, Lerato Kganyago and the spectacular comedian Mpho Popps Modikoane, the event marked a moment in history as 2020 winners took centre stage in a broadcast at 20:00 on SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho.
Egoliwood put up a brave front and showed solidarity, as they weathered a storm through trying times as the world, is faced with a pandemic. South Africa’s favourite soapie stars brought the glitz and glam as they graced the red carpet during a studio recording and gathered to celebrate fellow thespians who were recognised for their commitment to their craft and playing a vital role in the performing arts.
The show kicked into gear with the announcement of the winners in the technical categories honouring outstanding editing, lighting, art direction and directing teams in a soapie. Ushered by the sound of award-winning songstress, Shekinah with her track ‘What a Love’.
The creative categories followed paying homage to the writing teams that pens imagination to tell stories loved by viewers alongside the beauty gurus (make-up and hair) and fashionistas (wardrobe) that sets the trends in the make-believe world of soapies.
One of the highlights of this year’s awards show was a special moment with the public vote winner and superfan, Frans Mohale who co-presented the public vote category the Most Popular Soapie of the Year alongside Lootlove.
Another first for The Royalty Soapie Awards was a beautiful ‘In Memoriam’ tribute to all the entertainment artists, pioneers and legends who have left a legacy in the industry remembered through a touching tune from Toya Delazy accompanied by a dance duo’s performance, Thabiso Lekuba and Tholakele Nkala.
“This season is the biggest show yet for The Royalty Soapie Awards as we celebrated our novelty of first experiences from giving a superfan a platform to co-present an award; introducing two new recognition awards and featuring a tribute to those who are no longer with us. We are honoured at the support that keeps on pouring in from sponsors, media partners, viewers and my fellow actors,” says Winnie Ntshaba, Founder and CEO of the RSAs.
The awards shows which is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture funding the youth and industry development made possible by the Royalty Soapie Foundation and the National Lotteries Commission, broadcasting channel SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho, and make-up partner BX Cosmetics heated up fuelled by excitement.
All actors waited in anticipation for the announcement of the winners in the supporting and leading role categories. Ami Faku took on the stage with her performance of ‘Into Ingawe’ song.
Leading the way with a song of hope titled ‘Pieces’ by actresses Siyasanga Papu and Sihle Ndaba who showcased their singing talents and handed the baton to guest presenters, actress Deirdre Wolhuter and diversity advocate, Thando Hopa who had the task of announcing Getroud met Rugby as the winners of the new recognition award, Social Cohesion.
The Background Actor Recognition Award went to Sphiwe Msebe from Isidingo, who was essential in creating the tone, mood and atmosphere of the Soapie. Msebe always dreamt to be an actor but did not have formal opportunities to make his dream a reality until he became a background actor on Isidingo.
“We are grateful to have played such a pivotal role for an award ceremony celebrating home grown talent. The Royalty Soapy Awards are a platform that recognises excellence both on and off screen and with that SABC1 congratulates all winners on their well-deserved achievements,” said Pumzile Zonke, Head Of Channel at SABC 1.
South African television presenter and radio personality, best known for co-hosting the SABC 1 Friday night music show Live Amp Luthando LOOTLOVE Shosha was one of tour best dressed!
As the awards drew to an end, a significant special award presented by Gauteng’s sport, arts, culture, and recreation MEC Mbali Hlophe and award-winning businesswoman and author, Amanda Dambuza went to Angus Gibson who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his immense contribution to the film and television industry, his dedication to storytelling, scouting new talent and paving a way for a generation of filmmakers.
The prestigious category of the evening, the Outstanding Soapie Award closed the chapter of the awards show as Binnelanders bagged the title for 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards.
Sunday the 1st of March 2020 saw the final sizzle of summer!
It was the crisp chill of champagne, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and
the culmination of the series showcased at the most exclusive polo event of the
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Series took place at Val de Vie
Estate in Cape Town and it was a fashion showstopper. Hosted by actress and
philanthropist Nomzamo Mbatha, the most sought-after polo experiences brought
together local celebs who looked their best in coordination with the theme;
Here’s a look at the celebs at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Series:
Art has always influenced fashion, but when designers move beyond references and subtle nods and instead work directly with artists, truly extraordinary and original work is created. Such collections occupy an exciting new space where the two fields meet, standing not only as works of art in their own right but as fun, highbrow sartorial offerings that allow designers to create beyond the normal realms of fashion.
The fashion world is constantly clamouring
for collaborations left and right, breathing new life into its products by
incorporating another creative’s vision.
While many of us consider fashion an art form itself, both industries continue to collaborate to forge deeper creative conversations. Painters, illustrators, and photographers have become important contributors to the fashion industry, their input often adding instant value to a collection. The direction is often set by the designer and fuelled by a mutual appreciation of each other’s work.
In this feature, we shine a light on The Julian Art Fashion, a ladies wear collection, which is a collaboration between established local fashion designer Julian and select South African contemporary artists represented by Art Eye Gallery. The artists they currently work with are Thokozani Mthiyane, Trevor Coleman, Toni Bico, Kobus Walker and Lionel Murcott. Julian established his label in 1986 and is widely supported by loyal clientele for his understated style and exceptional craftsmanship.
Fashion and art each require precision, imagination and an
in-depth understanding of colour and shape. This is perhaps why the two crafts
often collide in a professional sense. When fashion and art collaborations do
occur, masterful products and designs will usually ensue.
The Julian Art Fashion clothing collection is developed into a modern African interpretation fashion of the colorful rainbow nation. Artworks are selected from artists paintings and using sublimation printing the artwork is then printed onto fabric. The collection pays a royalty to the artist on clothing that is sold using their artwork.
Various fabrics are used in different weights throughout the collection, quality is of utmost importance and they ensure print retention for a prolonged lifespan since the items are uniquely individual (no two items are exactly alike). This range has an exclusive and collectable feel as opposed to chain store mass produced fashion items. The exclusive artist prints, garment silhouette and finish set the brand apart, the sizing is a slim fit perfectly suited to the active lifestyles and toned bodies of their customers.
“Art and fashion have always been parallel to one another; fashion has a crush on unusual and outrageous prints that create alchemy by mixing wild colour and texture. We as local designers should celebrate and create a symbiosis of our rich and abundant local artists and their immense talent collaborating with these artists in creating exciting and totally South African products. Fashion art will become unique collectible items and precious pieces. Fashionistas are no longer interested in mass-market reproduced clothing, they want rare garments that tell a story,” says Julian.
On 1 February 2020, the horses and celebrities graced the Kenilworth
Racecourse for The Sun Met. The day’s theme was ‘African Luxury: Visionaries’ and it
inspired a varied display of looks. Media personality Bonang Matheba, actress
Nandi Mbatha, and Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier were among the
celebrities that dazzled on the red carpet.
Bonang, who was one of the official
faces of the event unveiling a new
Prestige Reserve from her bubbly brand, House of BNG, wearing a gold gown heavily encrusted with bling.
A-list racegoers included TV presenter Roxy Burger, celebrity chef Lorna
Maseko, as well as social media
influencers Kefilwe Mabote and Sarah Langa, who twinned in co-ordinating looks
from House Of Fabrosanz.