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Botswana’s Delayna Scott to grace New York Fashion Week 2018

Local fashion designer, Delayna Scott will be showcasing her new collection named Afro Chic at the Plitz fashion show during New York Fashion week. The show slated for 8th -9th September 2018 will bring together and highlight 35 international talents from all around the world.

Delayna Scott (eponymously named after the designer) is the second ever African fashion brand and the first ever Botswana based fashion brand to showcase at the event. Afro Chic is an exciting collection for the Scott as she’s played around with more African prints, bolder colors and elements in order to reinvent her classic silhouettes. The collection which boasts fifty pieces in total is the largest collection Scott has worked on to date.

By bridging traditional craftsmanship with modern designs, Delayna Scott offers contemporary pieces which inspire transnational and intergenerational conversations through fashion. “I created DELAYNA SCOTT for women who love their bodies and want the world to know how good they feel through their bold fashion choices,” explained Scott.

Delayna Scott is a Botswana based bridal and women’s wear fashion brand. The brand brings to life the Caribbean and African traditions that greatly influenced the designer’s childhood.  She complements the modern and audacious women through the use of both straight and elegantly curved lines, luscious fabrics and intricate details in order to create beautiful silhouettes that show off the African figure.

Shared opportunities are better at PLITZS New York City Fashion Week creating an affordable and professional showcase platform. PLITZS Fashion Marketing founded the “PLITZS New York City Fashion Week” in 2004. Working with international and domestic emerging fashion designers they provide showcasing opportunities, brand exposure, networking and only charges “approved emerging fashion designers” a nominal designer package fee ranging from $ 700 ($400 Deposit), $1,700 ($800 Deposit) and $2,500 ($1,500 Deposit).

PLITZS New York City Fashion Week has created an independent network of international and United States domestic Fashion Week show productions not affiliated with any other industry association. This helps showcasing your fashion design brand with PLITZS New York City Fashion Week in true New York City landmark setting. It takes place at the heart midtown Manhattan.

Over 1, 000 attendees will enjoy the sophistication, innovation and high style of 35 emerging international and USA domestic fashion designers. Affordability- Designer fashion brands are looking for better value on their budget spend. Designer participation in many New York Fashion Week productions are expensive and coupled with travel expenses or product material expenses, a typical designer fashion week participation can easily cost thousands of dollars in one year to showcase their designer collection during New York Fashion Week.

Fashion Week Show Cost – A fashion designer can almost buy a small car for the price of showcasing their fashion design brand at some New York Fashion Week show productions – multiply that by three to five trade shows per year and it comes to quite an investment.

Expectation Level – Fashion Designers maybe smarter today than they were 20 years ago. In the past many fell into the industry by accident. Today, fashion designers have undergraduate and post graduate degrees in fashion design and business management. They expect more from a New York Fashion Week show production.

Each Fashion Week season only 35 position opportunities will be available for emerging Fashion Designer brand collections to apply to be featured in the PLITZS New York City Fashion Week “Designer Showcase Presentation”. Their Designer Showcases will take place in the heart of Midtown Manhattan during the Fashion Week seasons in New York City.

Fashion Designers can capitalize on their one day presentation which will afford them the opportunity to present their brand collection to potential clients, retail fashion store/boutique owners, buyers, general managers, potential investors, trade organizations, editors, bloggers, public, media and press. Designers will talk to audience attendees first hand directly after their showcase via their media/ press junket – Fashion Designers should get ready to showcase and invest in their fashion brand and show why they’re a hot Emerging fashion brand.

Legally and historically there has never been a single entity behind New York Fashion Week. Shows have been organized and spoken of as “New York Fashion Week” in various forms for more than 70 years, by a variety of different entities.
This means any show held during the historical timeframe of New York Fashion Week (roughly speaking, the second week of February and September), is an official New York Fashion week show.

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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