Esthetique – Japan
On Friday the 13th I will be having a fashion show featuring some of my latest collection for a benefit and would love for you to come.
It’s all in support of the empowerment of Southern African women via Shared Interest.
There will be wine and yummy South African appetizers prepared by Madiba Restaurant.
The invitation is attached and tickets are $50.
Please forward the invitation to anyone you think might be interested.
I hope you can make it.
Angelo Lambrou’s work will be featured on the runway Friday, November 13th at Shared Interest’s Southern African Fashion & Craft Showcase. Join us in celebrating the creativity of entrepreneurs like Angelo, as we strive to improve and empower communities in Southern Africa.
Southern African native, Angelo Lambrou, a Southern African native, began his professional career studying fashion in both Johannesburg and London. Following his studies, he returned home, operating out of a small studio in Botswana. There, Angelo teamed up with his dear friend, Mpule Kwelagobe in 1999 for Miss Botswana, combining his fashion sense and skillset with her intelligence and beauty. After winning the competition with a dress designed by Angelo, the two successfully worked to include Botswana in the Miss Universe pageant for the first time in the country’s history. In May of that year, with another dress honorably designed by Angelo, Mpule stunned the world, becoming Africa’s first black African woman to ever win the Miss Universe pageant. Upon being crowned, Mpule was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations, and Angelo moved to New York to set up a fashion boutique in the East Village. He remains in New York today, continuing to design a line that is unique to his roots.
The world sometimes only gets to see a dismal and hopeless side of Southern Africa. Forgetting that there is a side that is brilliant and creative in so many ways.
Angelo’s work will be featured on the runway Friday, November 13th at Shared Interest’s Southern Africa Fashion & Craft Showcase. Join us in celebrating the creativity of entrepreneurs like Angelo, as we strive to improve and empower communities in Southern Africa.
ALSO FEATURING RUNWAY BY:
Emerging designer, South African Phumelele Kunene debuted her collection at this year’s New York Fashion Week. Her passion has manifested in the creation of Black Phumele Clothing Line, based in Brooklyn.
FASHION DISPLAYS BY:
Soweto-born, Thulare Monareng launched her original Fashion Deli store in Cape Town in 2011. She has since moved her ambitions abroad, and will be opening the doors of her 2nd store this fall in NYC. Fashion Deli will specialize in ethically produced African fashion and lifestyle products.
Farai Simoyi is a rising star of the catwalk with her self-titled clothing line, Faria. Born in London, raised in Zimbabwe and now based in NY, she has worked with Beyonce and is currently senior designer for hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj’s clothing line.
For 21 years Shared Interest helped provide credit and jobs for Southern Africa’s “emerging” entrepreneurs, smallholder farmers, cooperatives and homeowners- benefiting more than 2.2 million, mostly women. Join us and our Board of Directors for this festive event celebrating Southern Africa’s creativity and enterprise-and Shared Interest’s work!
Wedding planning is fun and exciting but it’s also incredibly exhausting. It’s easy to make mistakes and commit the accidental “faux pas” when you have so much on your plate that you have to worry about. Why not take advantage of the mistakes other women have made and learn from them to prevent yourself from falling into the same situation? Here are the 30 mistakes most brides make and how to avoid them:
Continued at: Inspired Bride
The quest to find the perfect bridal gown should be happy, stress-free and—most importantly—fun. However, many brides get nervous during the first round of wedding gown fittings. Sometimes they just don’t know what to expect from the experience, but often it’s because they don’t know if they can trust the sales assistant to put them in a gown that will actually suit them the best. To compensate, brides put their trust in their friends and family, which turns the personal experience of wedding gown shopping into a tiring group effort.
Then, what begins as a day filled with excitement becomes one quickly engulfed by frustration and annoyance, as you, the bride, stand overwhelmed by all of the opinions!
Your mom isn’t quite sure about the dress you have on, as she’d prefer you in a super-traditional gown that everybody is wearing. Your sister hates it. Your friend thinks it should be poofier.You’re looking for simple, sophisticated, and flattering elegance, but your aunt thinks you should have a train and a huge veil.
So, who has the answer? You do! Trust your gut instinct. It is not unusual for the bridal party to be opinionated, but never underestimate your own opinion. It’s the most important one. You know what feels right.
So, Go It Alone!
After all, you are looking for the gown that will best fit your personality, your body, and the wedding venue. No one knows you better than you do, so if you don’t feel right in a gown it probably isn’t the one. This test should stand true throughout your wedding planning experience.
It’s okay not to know exactly what you are looking for, which is why you should see and try on a variety of designs. That said, knowing what kind of wedding (venue, budget, and theme) you are leaning towards will help you to narrow down your favorite choices!
On your first visit, keep an open mind. Explore silhouettes and styles until you find one that you love. Here, you’ll also get a good sense of whether you are getting the right advice from a trustworthy sales assistant or consultant. (Watch to see how they listen to, and handle, your requests.)
This is your dress! Speak up and express your opinion, as this will help the process. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel pressured or constricted for time. You should have a chance to meditate on the dresses you liked the best and the opportunity to visit the bridal boutique for a second time, if you’re not quite sold on your dream gown yet.
Friends and Family
Weddings are a family celebration, and create a proud family moment, so family approval is obviously very important…but this is your wedding, and the event should reflect your own personality. Your family has your best interests in mind, and they will respect your decisions!
Now pop the champagne bottle and enjoy!