The upcoming Empire Fashion Week slated to take place between 26-28 April at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), will this year stage local upcoming designers and sell their crafts as a way of empowering them.
Empire Fashion Week is an event run and organized by a local talent stable organisation that houses fashion, modeling and photography in Botswana. The company which has just turned five years in the fashion industry has been doing exceptionally well in grooming and grounding local models and designers. In an interview with WeekendLife, Founder of Empire, Letlhogonolo Brian Dintwe explained why they have staged upcoming designers especially students from Limkokwing.
“As you see from the lineup of designers we have both upcoming and established designers. Currently a lot of our upcoming designers are from Limkokwing University. They are studying fashion and creating such a platform for them to be able to showcase their clothes will help open doors and also activate their goals,” he highlighted. Not only will the Empire Fashion Week feature upcoming designers, it has also engaged several young people who will be actively involved in actualizing the event.
“We found it fitting to engage a lot of youth as this fashion week is a youth initiative. The majority of our sponsors are youth owned businesses like, Bk Proctor collection ‘shoe brand’ which is owned by Bk Proctor, and local eye wear brand Dehandz. Our brand strategy is done by Arnold Nagafela,” Dintwe explained. Dintwe said hosting a fashion week was a step to cover the gap which has been in the industry for the past few years.
“This year our company turned 5 years. Last year we had an amazing turnout at the final runway fashion show at Sky Lounge. This is when we saw the need to push our limits and levels by hosting an Empire Fashion Week,” he added. The fashion week will feature 23 designers. These include Agora suits, Artcappella, Afro pink and Saint Lazarus just to name a few. The official launch will focus on art and fashion exhibition. “Day one (Friday 27th April) of the fashion show will feature designers who make clothes that are ready to wear. The target markets are the corporates,” he explained.
On the third day of the fashion week there will be more for the youth, as the fashion will be more about the current trends and styles that are in season. “The fashion week is going to be different in the sense that, it's more of a youth initiative and production. I have approached more youth owned business to be part of this fashion week to show that as an industry we can unite, and have a local production to the same standards as Mercedes fashion week, “he added.
To promote these designers, there will be mall activations to promote their work. Furthermore, their work will be documented as a way to show people what to expect. “This year, we have taken in teen models under our wing to help grow and nurture them from a young age,” he explained.
Dintwe, however, acknowledges the growth of the fashion industry. “The industry has grown but the fact that we as creatives don't support on another, but instead see each other as competition make it hard to gauge the growth. The majority of the people who attend events are friends and family as compared to creatives,” he lamented.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.