The South African Style Awards commemorates its’ twenty-fourth 24th year with a celebration honouring individuals across various industries who have not only made an indelible mark on local soil but who have become powerful vehicles for change globally too. The exclusive Awards Ceremony, by invitation only; was hosted by Ayanda Thabethe in the luxurious Diamond Walk on Sunday, the 22nd November 2020, powered by Vodacom Red, and observing all COVID regulations. This year’s theme was ‘Denim Couture’ and the celebrities showed up looking glamourous!
From Most Innovative Style to Most Stylish Business Person, from Most Stylish Media Personality to Most Stylish Model; from the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV to the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Music, from the Most Stylish Designer – Interior or Fashion to the Most Stylish Couple; from The Next Big Thing to the Most Stylish SA Icon, the prestige of The South African Style Awards pays tribute to South Africans who continue to elevate their industries.
Nadia Nakai scooped the Most Stylish Performing Artist in music award, whilst Sindi Dhlathu walked away with Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV. Blue Mbombo was named the Most Stylish Model and Yasmin Furmie was the winner of this year’s Most Innovative Style award. The Most Stylish Couple Award went to Siya and Rachel Kolisi.
From young South Africans forging their African footprint, to professionals pioneering iconic ideas; from brilliant creative minds using their passion to fuel their dreams, to fearless females who are changing the business landscape across major South African markets; The South African Style Awards celebrates style and business innovators, as people who want more, and who continue to elevate the benchmark for ingenuity, excellence and innovation. This year marked over two decades of bestowing the honour upon South Africans who possess the passion and flair to make their dreams possible.
The 46th People’s Choice Awards were on November 15, 2020, to honour the best in popular culture for 2020. The show was hosted by Demi Lovato and was broadcast live by E! at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Jennifer Lopez was honoured with People’s Icon Of 2020. The singer-actress was honoured for her work in cinema and music over the years. At the award ceremony, the superstar was given a surprise through a video message each from Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman before her acceptance speech. Both the actors congratulated her on the big award and lauded her hard work. Then, Lopez`s 12-year-old twins Emme and Max shared a sweet message and appeared virtually as they supported their mom on stage.
As she began her acceptance speech, the singer spoke about how 2020 was a “great leveler.” “Man, 2020 was no joke right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” People magazine quoted Jennifer as saying.
She then went on to thank her fans for their “belief,” and “faith,” in her. “Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I`m tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it`s my family, friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn`t lift myself. I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life,” she said. In the following section of her speech, the 51-year-old actor is seen giving inspirational messages to “girls in all ages and all colours.”
She also addressed that being a Latina had its share of struggles. “As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you,” Lopez said in the emotional speech.
“The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colours, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want, and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination, and willingness to never give up,” she added.
The actor-turned-singer-turned-businesswoman has seen massive success over the year. The star has had 10 of her songs reach the Billboard Hot 100`s top 10 and two No.1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Shudufhadzo Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020 at the glittering pageant finale held on the 25th of October at the Table Bay hotel in Cape Town.
The Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate from Ha-Masia in Limpopo, appeared at a press conference, the following day with first runner-up Thato Mosehle (25) from Klerksdorp in the North West and second runner-up Natasha Joubert (23), from Pretoria, Gauteng.
“Firstly, I had to make sure that this is not a dream. I had to wake up just to pinch myself to make sure that this is happening, and I realised that it is real. I slept like a baby and for the first time in my life I did not dream maybe it is because I’m living my dream right now,” says Shudufhadzo.
Shudufhadzo says that she doesn’t feel the pressure to follow in the footsteps of reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi: “When I first saw her, I saw my own face reflected. Before that, I didn’t realise that people who looked like me could compete and win on international stages. She opened the door for me and allowed me to take up my own space. I am not worried about comparisons – they aren’t a bad thing at all. I’m awed to be following in her footsteps,” she says.
The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup took place on Saturday, 24th October 2020 in a different format – a match streamed virtually. Influencers like Mihlali Ndamase and Kefilwe Mabote gave us glam fashion looks!
The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup is a unique knockout polo championship that offers an action-packed day with a display of exceptional horsemanship amongst competing teams from all over the African continent.
On Wednesday the 16th of September 2020, global luxury brand MaXhosa AFRICA, created by Laduma Ngxokolo, presented their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection called “INGUMANGALISO IMISEBENZI KA THIXO” or “God’s Work is Miraculous”, during New York Fashion Week.
Laduma 2021 collection is one of Africa’s finest, and most intriguing designers he didn’t disappoint on the virtual stage! He presented what we would call his best work, thus far. MaXhosa’s aim is to become Africa’s leading luxury lifestyle brand presented a collection of eclectic prints and patterns that utilise African traditions to swift through its pieces. The collection is titled after a song composed and titled by Laduma’s late paternal grandfather, Mike Ngxokolo, who was a renowned jazz artist, choral music composer, visual artist, actor, and radio presenter.
MaXhosa Africa is a South African knitwear brand founded in 2012. This was with the desire to explore knitwear design solutions that would be suitable for amakrwala (Xhosa initiates). His initial vision was to create a modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear collection that would be suitable for this market. As a person who has undergone the process, Laduma felt that he had to develop premium knitwear that celebrates traditional Xhosa aesthetics.
Laduma encourages people to be at their happiest during this time. “During the lockdown, in the midst of sadness, I thought it was very important to give people hope with my craft. I wanted to showcase happiness so that people would feel very excited about next summer,” says Laduma.
Expressing that happiness is the luxury and hopeful that this collection will encourage everyone to be mindful of our blessings despite the odds that we have faced in 2020. “God’s work is so wonderful that we don’t even acknowledge how powerful it is,” he says.
When Laduma Ngxokolo’s mother Lindelwa taught him to knit, she sparked a love of fashion that inspired him to become a designer. Today her son’s collections are showcased on the catwalks of Europe’s fashion capitals.
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How it all started
As a person who has undergone the ritual, he felt that he needed to develop a premium knitwear range that celebrates traditional Xhosa beadwork aesthetics, using South African mohair and wool. Since then, Laduma has received numerous achievements and captures the hearts of many fashion lovers and media from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, and New York.
When he was in Grade 8, Lindelwa sat Ngxokolo down and taught him how to use the family knitting machine. Knitting became his hobby and changed his life. He went on to study textile design and technology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth.
“I was influenced greatly by my mother as I grew up doing craftwork and beadwork with her,” he told digital publishing company Between 10 and 5 in an interview. “I believe that that was the beginning of my design experience.”
His 2010 thesis project revolved around innovation. Inspired by traditional Xhosa patterns he designed a range for initiates to wear. This project was the first stitch in his knitwear company – MaXhosa by Laduma – and also his winning submission to an international design competition sponsored by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
“This gave me the opportunity to speak about my project at Design Indaba 2011, which led to a lot of positive press coverage. It ultimately helped me establish my knitting brand in February 2011.”
His own Xhosa initiation, in 2011, confirmed to Laduma that there is a market for his brand. “I felt that the outfits for the initiation ritual were too westernised. Xhosa initiation is a traditional ritual and even though we are all living in a modern time, I felt that there should still be an element that resembles the Xhosa culture.”
Laduma’s creations are inspired by his Xhosa background and the local mohair industry. Visits to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum helped him discover the richness and creativity of Xhosa cultural beadwork. Incorporating those designs into his own work has helped him celebrate and preserve his own cultural identity.
“I also decided to use mohair from my hometown and discovered that Port Elizabeth has the biggest mohair industry in the world, and has the biggest wool industry in Africa. So, I decided to take advantage of the local material, which is usually exported.”
Laduma was fortunate in his choice of university. He arrived in the year the institution set up an Art and Design Incubator. NMMU provided him with seed capital to start MaXhosa, but his ongoing success is also a result of his talent and hard work.
His sister Tina, also a designer, has become one of Laduma’s collaborators at MaXhosa. According to the MaXhosa blog, he has also worked with several Norwegian entrepreneurs, and given the chance to showcase their joint creations in Norway.
In 2014 he won a WeTransfer-sponsored two-year scholarship to study for a Masters in Material Futures at London’s prestigious Central St Martins of the University of the Arts.
That same year he received a standing ovation for his Buyel’mbo women’s range at Johannesburg Fashion Week. He described this local appreciation as overwhelming, even more than being identified as 2015’s Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize winner.
According to the international news broadcasting agency BBC, most of his sales are from Merchants on Long in Cape Town.
When Lady Gaga shows up, she shows off big time! In true Gaga fashion, she made a statement with nine spectacular outfits.
The pop legend won big at the MTV Video Music Awards with 5 moon-person statutes and a thrilling performance of “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande.
Gaga provided the evening’s fashion fix as she cycled through Christopher John Roger’s larger than life emerald ball gowns, Valentino Couture catsuits, and dominatrix-worthy latex from Vex Clothing, she did so in custom face coverings that spoke to her legacy of outré style. Detailed with sequins, rubber, and even tusks, they added visual interest to outfits already brimming with elaborate embellishments.
The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 30, 2020. Keke Palmer hosted the 37th annual ceremony, which was presented primarily from New York City, but with no in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were the most nominated acts, with nine each, and Gaga received the inaugural MTV Tricon award for achievements in three or more fields of entertainment. Nominees for Push Best New Artist were revealed on July 23, 2020, and other categories were announced on July 30. Fan voting began on July 30 and ended on August 23. Nominees for Song of Summer, Best Group and Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers were additionally released on August 24. The show was dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer two days before the ceremony.