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NEW AFRICAN WOMAN COVER GIRL & FASHION SUBMISSION, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 Issue 26

tsolo What a freeing feeling it is to tell the world about a system that is not written by anyone but you? A system that lives dangerously free within your thoughts that you can uniquely address, express and expose willingly!

I realized that marches don’t work anymore, but that there is a new kind where you do not really have to SHOUT, or walk it out with a large white board. This new kind, you show. I have never felt so much euphoria and joy to be given such a great platform by the editor of NEW AFRICAN WOMAN EDITOR, REGINA, who asked me to share my work for the New Africa Woman fashion section a while back (5 months ago). This submission made it into the fashion section for NEW AFRICAN WOMAN issue 26, August/September 2014. Moreover, I am humbled and honored to be one of the few, (if not the first) motswana to grace an INTERNATIONAL FASHION MAGAZINE COVER. TSHOLO KAONE MOREMONG

Surreal.

What a great opportunity it is to expose Botswana’s precious gems of creatives and show the world who we are and what we stand for? It would be a sin to miss an opportunity to help another being get the recognition they deserve. Hence we turned this amazing opportunity into an ode to Botswana’s fashion industry featuring BW team of fashion creatives- the “creme de la creme” of BW fashion multipliers & designers, Neo Ooke (AFRICAN LACE) and Kaone Moremong (House of Kay),the amazing models Naledi Mabena and Palesa Kasale, amazing photographer Kago Seatile (Kagography), professional make-up artist Tuauana Reetsang (SCOTSWANA MAKE-UP) for their active minds and amazing point of view on fashion. For the cover, many hearty thanks goes to Raees Abdoola for the rich (billion dollar) cover and photography, Jennifer Osei-Mensah for the face beat (make-up), and Thapelo Letsebe for his unique styling on the spread.

We exposed Africa’s diverse, rich fashion and culture, through the new model of African designers epitomized by these 2 talented Botswana designers who I thought were fitting, have a unique eye and hand finish to best tell our African story. Their garments exhibit a new style of African fashion- a combination of creativity and new culture, a re-visit of time and a diverse message of futurism through their designs. Their intricacy,craftsmanship, and detailing are indeed exquisite. They immaculately design the Africa that we have always known, the Africa that is a portal of inspiration and which is not a trend. This is the new Africa, an increasingly prosperous continent which has become the yardstick for defining fashion across the globe and defying judgmental platitudes.

Welcome to Africa, the Africa they don’t tell you about.

HERE is the work I did – styling for New African WOMAN magazine (ISSUE 26) with my partner Gaone Mothibi.

OUR FASHION CONTRIBUTION _MG_9813 An exceptional headdress, which instantaneously makes any African woman a queen that she knows she is Rich, textured, and proud of her uncontaminated roots _MG_9706 _MG_9876 _MG_9804 _MG_9854 _MG_9555 Practical, desirable with minimalism details proving why her ladylike gestures whose quiet beauty will ensure long after the spotlight has dimmed. _MG_9511 _MG_9648 _MG_9947 DESERT FLOWER: Playing with what it means to be African, fused with African tribal elements to create a contemporary feel. _MG_9952
Get transported and immersed in Africa’s global trotter of bold prints, exotic accents, and earthly brights that take you in and out of Africa. Just a colourful stream of consciousness and creativity that flows out of Africa to the world, perfectly capturing the new Africa- Africa that is vibrant, rich, diverse and most of all, modern and authentic. Now tell me, where to from here? Every home needs a signature piece, and you know Africa’s: Printed, embellished, high-voltage or dual textures. _MG_9767 _MG_9665 _MG_9537

Kaone Moremong’s collection draws inspiration from the sexy 50’s: flowy cuts fused with a touch of African print and chic African Lace head-gear. A case of West meets South.

TILL NEXT TIME BECAUSE..Africa is calling!

CREDITS

FOR FASHION CONTRIBUTION
PHOTOGRAPHY | KAGO SEATILE (FASHION CONTRIBUTION SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | TUAUANA REETSANG
MODELS | NALEDI MABENA & PALESA KASALE
STYLISTS | TSHOLO DIKOBE & GAONE MOTHIBI
DESIGNER | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)

FASHION COVER

PHOTOGRAPHY | RAEES ABDOOLA (FASHION COVER SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | JENNIFER OSEI-MENSAH
COVER GIRL | TSHOLO DIKOBE
DESIGNER DRESS | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
DESIGNER ACCESSORIES | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)

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BRAND AMBASSADOR AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2014

TO: YOU

FROM: ME (Tsholo, The KHOI-FRO)

SUBJECT: BRAND AMBASSADOR AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2014

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I am honored and pleased to announce that I am the BRAND AMBASSADOR for Africa London Fashion Week 2014.

Africa Fashion Week London is a prestigious and esteemed platform that continues to be one of the biggest shows for Africans, Africa and the diaspora in the UK. I am humbled to continue providing my community with this platform that encourages a more proactive role and be a conduit to the public in providing efficient and developed information in all fields of fashion and culture.

The appointment was made by Ronke Ademiluyi, founder of AFWL who stated that I am the right voice of African Fashion , moreover I embody AFWL’s identity in appearance, demeanor  values and ethics. Though I am this year’s brand ambassador, I have also been chosen to represent Botswana to Africa Fashion Week London 2014 with my business partner and friend, Gaone Mothibi as Botswana Representatives. Our role lies in our ability to use promotional strategies that will strengthen the African fashion, as well as Botswana Fashion to bigger platforms and influence a larger audience to buy Africa and embrace its presence in the world of fashion.

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I act as a conduit and a gateway between African designers and the global fashion community to engage and promote our local African industry. This title offers vast fashion industry, much exposure to green economy, coupled with skills to take my career and my intended profession to another level hence enriching and raising Botswana’s fashion climate, further drawn international attention and acclaim from magazines across Africa and the world, as well as attracting a host of international buyers for Botswana designers.

AFWL will help brand a new Botswana where now the focus is in favour of raiment designs by local Botswana talent. Furthermore, we are hoping to raise awareness to the challenges facing young artists and designers and raise funds not only to support their talent but also present their best in creative innovation and commercial success.

This delegation in developing and unearthing emerging or upcoming designers for Africa Fashion Week London 2014 is a clear nod and indication that African Fashion is spoken for all we need to do is think global to go global. Fashion is story-telling our cultures, and I believe in celebrating and indulging in different cultures as opposed to keeping our culture to ourselves.

What a fashion defining moment! I knew all along that I could do it but never in a million years like this…

It’s the extra-ordinary moments like these that I can’t take credit for. To God be the glory!!

Love

Tsholo Dikobe  

Co-Founder of GaTsh Fros

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CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHY | Raees Abdoola  

MAKE-UP ARTIST | Tuauana Reetsang at Scotswana 
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