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Monday, 04 December 2023

House of Kings give mens suits a nonchalant spirit!

Men in suits are said to be women’s weakness. They plainly fascinate their attention from a distance. Some attractiveness comparison studies say younger women are particularly interested in dating the man in the suit.

Fascinating enough, because suits are more flattering to the body shape, making the wearer seems taller and slimmer. A man in a suit projects himself as someone who is successful and reliable this suggests that he is good boyfriend material.

Wearing a suit for a profile photo shows that the man takes care and pride in his appearance. Thus, he must take pride in other aspects of his life, including his relationship! Also, taking centre stage on the red carpet getting playful and adventurous on a vivid and imperturbable suit seems to be a thing of this moment. You know, it’s always fair seeing a young man up the stage receiving an award working a classic tux and patent shoes, or having paired a stylish lapel pin with tux or bowtie. It’s incredible. 

All-black look has always been fascinating, and to this date, some men still contemplate that look. I mean, just recently I saw American actor Mahershala Ali rocked the Oscars red carpet with an all-black tie-waist suit with an extra touch of jewels: a box chain necklace and cufflinks with black diamonds. The look was incredible. They all know that The Oscars have a strict dress code: formal attire. Even members of the media covering the show must stick with dark suits and dresses, no ‘’club wear’’, sneakers or jeans allowed.

But when you’re an A-list celebrity, you can take some liberties with your attire. Black tie doesn’t necessarily mean a man must wear a boring tuxedo. In the case of this year’s red carpet events and after parties, it could also mean colourful suits, fun textures, unique cuts, a dress, some bling, a zip-up, a brooch and attribute to a legend.Locally, The House of king’s boutique has been thriving in transforming men into impeccable classic freshness and bringing out the gentlemen within them in an instant.

This men’s store make them look extra sizzling with the best fabric for romantic dinner dates, Valentine’s as well as for meetings at the board rooms! In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, Stylist and Founder of The House of Kings Peace Mogale indicated that the desire for chic and hip wear was espoused from his momma, who he claims is the greatest stylist in the country. ‘’My mother taught me to appreciate textures, textiles and colour from a tender age. That was when my craving for fashion begun. It grew with me, and the older I got- the more creative I became. It dribbled over to my love for people and making them feel decent at all times.

So I styled my friends and some close family members and this advanced into the two stores I opened to serve my customers. We do not only sell suits, we also dress people and style them.’’Coming in a multitude of styles, colours and fits, Mogale added that their suits determine the statement that a customer wants to make when it. Whether that is deciding upon a slim fit double-breasted blazer to church, one is in control of the statement they wish to present, Mogale said. ‘’fashion fades, style is eternal. We do not follow trends, we are trendsetters.

We do not just hand you clothes, we clothe you to have serious impact and to turn heads at every event you attend, or maybe, help you make that grand entrance. Our suits make you look great and feel confident. Whether you prefer bohemian, street, high fashion, minimal or classic, we can make your style look classy when the occasion calls for it’’ he underlines why he feels his suits give men calm spirit.Quizzed about how these particular suits are unalike that already in the fashion industry, Mogale was quick to draw attention to eminence and sturdiness.

‘’We are very particular about the quality of suits that we sell to our clients. We do not just buy our suits because of random cheap prices, but we purchase a peculiar grade of quality clothing that our customers will love and use for a long time. This has been our competitive advantage as customers realised ours are of high quality and are robust and resilient. This has proven to be a fact, even for corporate clients.’’However, the business has been dared with minor challenges that are facing the industry. ‘’The retail industry is facing a lot of challenges because trade regulations do not favour local. If this can change, then our businesses would do exceptionally well.

Sometimes customers would want to negotiate prices that they want to favour them in return, forgetting about us. Other than that, the business is doing well especially at times when there are lot of events, in particular around festive season. During the year, it’s just normal business.’’On that note, The House of Kings is also a shoe plug. ‘’We have a whole collection of stylish, classic yet fashionable men’s shoes. It’s a variety of shoes for all occasions from weddings to the office. They say good shoes will take you places, and we share the exact sentiments.

We have collections to take you there.’’Meanwhile, Behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings accentuated that a good suit makes all the difference, saying it makes someone look powerful, confident and ambitious, but a bad suit can undo that. ‘’Guys in suits are attractive, but if it’s poorly looked after or not clean, or the tie is at a weird angle, all those things add up to someone who isn’t concerned about their appearance. Rather than even just looking neutral, they become the opposite of that handsome person we associate with the suit. They look like a fraud.’’

She however noted that ‘’A man’s suit redefines his body shape to create an alpha outline and it impacts on his body language too. It’s linked to affluence and maturity and resonates with memories of times when men became more serious and ‘stepped up to the plate’ like weddings and funerals or business-led events.’’

But what about novelty socks or tie? Anything a bit ‘out there’ is a huge No! ‘’It can look like a man is rebelling, but in quite a basic way. If you are going to put in the effort to wear a good suit, don’t spoil it by wearing something comical, it can appear immature.’’

 

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.

 

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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.

 

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Women in Science: Breaking Glass Ceilings

16th November 2023

Women scientists have made significant contributions to the field of science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Despite their remarkable achievements, women represent only a fraction of researchers globally, and their work often goes unrecognized. The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is urgent. However, organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community.

The Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have collaborated for over two years to support and recognize women scientists who have achieved scientific excellence. These organizations have awarded more than 100 laureates, with five of them going on to win Nobel Prizes. These women researchers, who have worked in various scientific fields across different continents, are not only changing the world through their discoveries but also serving as role models for aspiring women scientists.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programs annually support over 250 talented young women researchers. Through regional and national programs, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO provide crucial support to these researchers during their thesis or post-doctoral studies. While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to achieve true gender equality in science. However, both organizations remain determined to make this vision a reality.

Recently, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO hosted thirty winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 14th Rising Talents Sub-Saharan Africa awards in Kasane. These awards recognize African women scientists for their outstanding research. During a press conference, Fondation L’Oréal CEO Alexandra Palt emphasized the importance of empowering women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, a continent that suffers greatly from climate disruption. Palt highlighted the challenges these women face, including overcoming prejudice, sexism, and harassment, to become accomplished scientists.

The finalists of the awards are scientists, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers who are advancing various disciplines such as biology, agronomy, physics, mathematics, genetics, and engineering. Their goal is to improve the daily lives of Africa’s people, whether through advancements in health or the environment. These women, such as Dairou Hadidjatou, a pioneer in cardiovascular disease treatment in Cameroon, Esther Uwimaana, conducting research on potential tuberculosis vaccines, and Mwende Mbilo, innovating clean energy solutions in Kenya, are driven by their desire to advance science and society.

The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is crucial. Palt emphasized that Africa currently represents only 2.5% of scientists globally, making it challenging for young girls in Africa to pursue scientific careers when women researchers in their countries are often invisible in the media, scientific publications, and international forums. To address this, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have increased the number of young talents awarded from 20 to 30. These researchers also receive leadership training to enhance their communication and negotiation skills, as well as their ability to address harassment and speak publicly or with the media.

By highlighting the achievements of these women scientists, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO aim to break the glass ceiling and provide them with the recognition they deserve. It is essential to take urgent action on multiple levels to enable these talented women to emerge onto the public stage and be acknowledged for their excellent work. Only then can we truly achieve gender equality in the scientific community.

In conclusion, women scientists have made significant contributions to science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community. By recognizing and supporting these women, we can inspire the younger generation and create a world where women in science are celebrated and their work is valued.

 

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