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Fashion trends we’ll be seeing everywhere in 2020!

Fashion trends come and go and as 2019 come to a close, new designs are on the rise and some older styles are coming back. Next year will come with a range of trends from hoop earrings to leather looks, stylists and designers established. They have revealed fashion trends that are going to be popular in 2020, and they say we should expect to see psychedelic prints and flared cuts from the 1960s and 1970s everywhere. And on top of that, they said current trends like hoop earrings and puff sleeves are here to stay. 

Peplum-style tops could be pretty popular in the spring. According to Luis Escudero, Creative Director and Designer of the Rene Ruiz Collection, peplum, a style that features flared or gathered fabric at one’s waist, is sure to be popular once spring and summer roll in. he said peplum designs ‘’flatter the lower abdominal area and hide any imperfections’’, adding that people can expect to see the cut incorporated on just about everything, from evening gowns to casual street wear. Linear lines like stripes will probably be everywhere. Escudero shared that stripes, both horizontal and vertical, will continue to be popular in 2020. In particular, he said vertical lines will be big because they look great in photos and ‘’flatter any body type.’’ Leather will also make an appearance in just about every form of clothing. From shirts and dresses to shorts and trench coats, leather is going to be everywhere in 2020, according to Emily Sanchez, a celebrity stylist. She said we’ll also be seeing leather in a wide range of colors, which will give the trend a fresh look.

Ok, now, puffed sleeves are a growing trend that will still be popular next year. Sanchez told Insider magazine that the puff-sleeve trend ‘’has been growing for the past few seasons but seems to continue to have interesting iterations on the runway’’. She said you can expect to see even more types of puffed sleeves, from structured designs to whimsical sheer ones, in 2020. 2020 will bring back big trends from the 1970s. Samantha Brown, a New York-based celebrity stylist said prints and patterns from the 1970s are coming back-we’re already seeing a nod to the decade in current fall-fashion trends with corduroy clothing and colors like mustard and burnt orange. She said that many design elements from the 1970s will be big in 2020, including wide lapels, double-breasted styles, and flared hemlines. But all in all, Brown said the biggest decade-ascending trend will be bell-bottom pants. Deconstructed suits are also here to stay in 2020. They have been popular all year long- and they’re going to continue to be spotted on red carpets and runways in 2020, Sanchez said. Some popular variations of the trend include suit jackets worn with no pants or suit jackets styled with crop tops or bras underneath.

‘’For spring, we definitely saw some new takes on suiting like a three-piece suit with a vest, suiting with a Bermuda short, or a knit bra in place of a white blouse underneath a blazer’’ she said. Neon colors will likely make a big splash in early 2020. Sanchez said designers will likely be incorporating extremely bright colors into their spring collections. She said that we can likely expect to see neon’s aired with other vibrant colors or soft neutrals, explaining that dark colors like black provide ‘’too much contrast’’. Further, it was revealed that hoop earrings and collar necklaces will be all over streets and runways in 2020. This hot jewellery trend of 2019 isn’t going anywhere for the New Year. ‘’Hoops are here to stay, and 2020 will offer them in all shapes and sizes, said Brown. ‘’From big and bold to twisted and tiny, all variations will be fair game next year’’

She also said ‘’sculptural jewellery like collar necklaces and bangles’’ will also be very popular in 2020. Spring will probably be filled with crocheted pieces. ‘’We will also see some late-1960s trends emerge, including crochet and retro floral’’ brown said. She underlined that crochet will be especially popular early in the year- and people can expect to see it paired with light dresses and denim. Polka-dot prints will also have their time to shine. Sanchez said 2019 was the year of leopard print, but 2020 will bring new playful designs into the mix- polka dots. She told Insider magazine that she’s already seen a lot of feminine dresses and blouses covered in dots and we can expect to see designers mixing polka dots with other prints or with bold colors.
As for shoes, loafers are still going to be fashionable footwear option. Kimmy Erin, a professional stylist said that the loafer trend ‘’isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Women suits are all the rage. They dominated the catwalk this year and sales went up. The cocktail dress is dead- long live the soiree suits. Sales of women’s suits have increased by 178%, according to Asos Design, while fashion search platform lyst.co.uk says searches for ‘’women’s pantsuits’’ and ‘’women’s suits’’ have collectively increased by 78% since the beginning of November.

Designer Anthony Vacarrello is bringing out new versions of Yves Saint Laurent’s classic Le Smoking suit for spring and summer 2020. ‘’Cocktail tailoring is a nice point of contrast from all the feathery, bejewelled, sequinned frocks out there,’’ says Kenya Hunt, Grazia’s fashion director. ‘’Also to mention it looks effortlessly cool.’’ Practically, too, the suit provides a welcome alternative to the evening dress. ‘’You don’t have to think of the new dress, the right colour, the right hemline, the right sleeves or cleavage, the right heels to go with the right dress, a matching bag, a matching coat or something warm. Shoes for daytime, shoes for dancing, what jewellery to wear; it’s exhausting. The suit is silhouette just felt right for now. It is femininely masculine.

I believe suits for women have now been on trend for so long that, almost like jeans or the perfect white T-shirt, they’re here to stay. I believe every woman should have at least one epic suit in their wardrobe.’’ said Phoebe Gormley, the founder of the women’s-only tailor Gormley and Gamble.

 

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Death or Divorce – a tough choice for many

24th May 2022
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Rebecca* is a woman in her late thirties. She holds her head high and walks with a sway in her steps. There is an air of confidence when she speaks. So when she tells me how her husband has been abusing her throughout their 17 years of marriage, I am taken aback.

“Everyday is a new experience for me. I don’t know what version of husband I’ll meet; the one who will scold me for forgetting to lay out his clothes or the one who will hit me for putting too much salt in the soup,” she says while wiping tears. 17 years is almost two decades. I ask her why she has had to endure all that pain for a long time but she only shakes her head and does not answer.

Like Rebecca, hundreds of women experiencing domestic violence find it difficult to leave. For some, it is for reasons best known to them, for others, they simply do not know why or have the words. People who have not experienced abuse find it unfathomable that survivors stay in their relationships and not leave. It seems almost like they enjoy it. But until an experience has been felt, it is easy to give directives on how to act.

For Ms. Ilavbare Goldfish Rahmatulai, it took 6 years to escape the suffocating grip of her abuser. “It was a traumatic experience,” she tells me. “I can tell you this for free; the same intensity used to abuse you is the same intensity used to beg. When he does this, pity begins to set in and you become confused on what to do.”

Ms. Ilavbare Goldfish Rahmatulai

I ask Ms. Demilade Lawal, a psychologist from the University of Chester, in an interview, if there is a psychological reason behind this and she affirms.

“For a lot of women, it’s a glimmer of hope that things are going to get better. And that glimmer of hope can be understood when we are aware of the social cycle of abuse. There is a tension phase, an abuse phase and a honeymoon phase. In the honeymoon phase the abuser temporarily changes his ways and alters the victim’s decision to leave. Then the tension starts and then abuse follows.”

Another reason women remain entangled with their abusers is the fear of the unknown, the unclear reality of what would be after leaving.

“The truth is, as much as this person abuses them, there is an emotional connection. They love this person, there is a traumatic attachment whether they are aware of it or not. It is not the best love environment but it doesn’t change the fact that this is how they feel about the person that abuses them. So the thought of starting afresh without this person whom they have grown to love despite the abuse is just as frightening,” Ms Lawal says.

Although this may sound like an unjustifiable reason to some who have not walked this path, Ms. Rahmatulai agrees.

“In my case, I loved him very much. I could not imagine going to tell my family members or friends that the man I loved started hitting me as early as a month into our marriage. I was embarrassed. So I stayed back, hoping it would get better,” she says.

Research shows that one of the many reasons why women remain in abusive marriages is a lack of income which results in total financial dependency on the abuser. Could this be a strategy to trap the victim in an abusive cycle?

“While I was married, my husband would give me very little housekeeping money. He knew I did not have a job and the money would be insufficient but I could not say a word. I had to feed my children. If I complained I would get beaten. He provided for everything in the house, what authority did I have to question him,” Ms Rahmatulai says to me.

I ask Rebecca if she has a job and she says no. She mentions she’s an interior decorator but she barely gets offers. When she does, her husband collects everything.

A major factor for avoiding abusive marriages is to identify red flags. However, these flags are sometimes mistaken for natural behavioural traits. In Ms Rahmatulai’s case, she tells me she noticed her husband was quick tempered and ill mannered before marriage however she waved them aside as he had never hit her during courtship.

How then can abuse survivors find the courage to leave?

“The decision to leave is a process, it takes a shift in perspective – realising that you deserve better and that your kids deserve to grow in a healthy home where they don’t learn to be abusers or think it’s okay to be abused,” Ms Lawal says.

“When I pack my bags to leave, my husband would hit me. When I unpack, he would hit me. I started going to school to get a degree and then later I started trading. When I had what seemed like enough then (N80,000/ $192), I left my husband regardless of the worst that could happen. I realised if I stayed long enough, I would be dead,” Ms Rahmatulai says.

“It’s been 20 years since I left. I’m 51 and a lawyer now. I have dedicated my life to helping women in abusive marriages leave. So many men have called me a home breaker but I say it’s better to break a home and save a life.”

*Rebecca has asked to stay anonymous by using a pseudonym.

Claire Mom is a Nigerian journalist and an advocate for human rights.
Email: clairemom26@gmail.com
Twitter: speakclairely

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7 Days to go before As One Music Concert

24th May 2022
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Multitudes of music lovers are expected to throng Francistown’s Obert Itani Chilume Stadium for the highly anticipated As One Music concert next weekend.

Updating WeekendLife on the preparations of the event, Kesego Okie said the preparations for the show are going well and they are working around the clock to make sure that they fulfill all logistics that need to be concluded. She said, ATI has been working hard alongside the featured artists to give Batswana the best experience at concert.

She said that the concert has been accepted well by Batswana and they are very happy with the ticket sales. ”But of course we are looking forward to more ticket sales as more people are showing more interest in being part of this historic event and we are grateful to all our partners and sponsors.”

She appealed to the Francistown Business Community to come on board and support the initiative as it’s a concert for the people. Okie said Francistown was chosen for a reason as they believe it is a gate way to a number of other strategic places in Botswana like Maun, Orapa, Phikwe and Kasane.

“We also felt that since the city has been greatly affected by COVID-19 an event of this magnitude was befitting to be held in Francistown so that we can also play our role in uplifting the socio-economic livelihood hence we believe it is vital for the business community of Francistown to embrace us so that collectively we can contribute meaningfully together as one to the community of Francistown”.

She indicated that they have a large number of artists particularly from Francistown that have shown interest during the show activation and other artists that have collaborated with ATI in the past and those that have contributed in the growth of his music, and it would be very difficult for them to fulfil the mandate of the show without support particularly from the corporate community in Francistown.

Tickets for the event are sold at P50 kids, P150 general, 500 VIP silver circle and VVIP for P1500. All tickets are sold at all Liquarama Outlets across the country.

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Phakalane soars to new heights

24th May 2022
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Founded 30 years ago by David Magang, Phakalane Estates came from humble beginnings to gradually expand into developing one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country which attract high income dwellers.

When the development began in the early 90s the estate was to be developed into 13 phases. It is then that a decision was taken by the developers to come up with plans that would be appealing to certain groups of the society.

Phakalane Estates continues to make its mark in the property development space, this year, they have managed to invests over P45 million on major renovations to the Golf Estate properties namely the hotel, golf course, and conference center.

Already the company has erected 84 single and double bedroom apartments which commenced early this year. The construction of these new apartments has been set for Peto Estates, a gated community within the Phakalane neighborhood strategically placed a stone’s throw away from multiple shopping centres such as Mowana Park and Acacia Mall.

“We want the best for our clients that is why even in Peto, we have various apartments for every one and also bearing in mind that the people should be not far from the complex,” Phakalane Estates’ Lesang Magang said in an interview.

So far the roads tarring has started at Sebote estate which is part of the estate expansion, it is expected that even things electrically will get handed to the Botswana Power Corporation which will be the last stage plus the lights on the streets. “In terms of infrastructure we don’t compromise we ensure that it is world class so that we don’t disappoint our clients. Those that brought houses earlier when they sell them it comes at a profit.”

Following the success of the launch of Peto Estates back in 2014, when over 300 plots ranging in cost from roughly P300, 000 to P1.4m were immediately sold out with a high surplus of demand, Phakalane Estates boasts strong confidence in the market demand for new apartments in the area.

The apartments are set to follow the trend of the estates with state of the art modern designs and facilities that will unequivocally catch the eye of professionals in the market for a smaller yet upscale rental property in Gaborone. Phakalane Estates CEO Subramaniam Parthiban has expressed plans for the creation of an all-new industrial park in Phakalane aiming to expand and consolidate the existing industrial strength the community already boasts.

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