Known for their expressive Afrocentric fashion feel and retro clothing, siblings Tjay and Debbie Chirwa of Homegrown Lifestyle are on a mission to form and transform Malawi’s promising fashion industry. It began as an experiment mixing African print, or chitenje as it’s known in the local language and grew into a fashion powerhouse. “We just wanted to do hip,trendy and boundary-pushing clothing with an African touch as well ALL sorts of vintage clothing.” The duo’s diverse, stylish and out-of-the-box artistry has given them platforms on runways in New York and Johannesburg, along with recognition by a number of influential international bloggers. ‘There’s a bigger need for young passionate Africans to develop style, how people present themselves can bring about li
Miss Malawi first princess Nthanda Manduwi has earned a slot to represent Malawi at the World Miss University beauty pageant in Cambodia. Manduwi, 22, is representing Malawi as an undergraduate of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College where she pursued a bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Economics and Demography. In an interview, the Miss Chancellor College 2013 said she landed in Cambodia on Monday for the contest which will take place on December 20 2017. She said: “It is an absolute honour to represent Malawi at an international pageant. Malawi hasn’t been represented at such an event. So, I am really honoured to be here.” The contest has brought together participants from 82 countries, with 10 of them from Africa. She is the only one from Malawi. “This is a great oppo
The Miss Malawi beauty pageant contest stepped up its focus when it held regional finals on Saturday. This is the second stage in the search for the next beauty queen after the recent countrywide auditions. The search, or say the regional finals, will begin in Mzuzu and then move to Blantyre next weekend. Miss Malawi event spokesperson Africano Phiri said this is an advanced stage of the contest as they seek to select the crème de la crème for the national finals in April next year. “We are looking at character of the person, beauty and ability to express oneself. We are not looking at one aspect, but a combination of these three,” he says. The event last year set the bar high with the crowning of University of Malawi graduate, Cecilia Khofi, as the country’s beauty ambassador. Phiri
Local marketing and business consultancy firm, Alpha Agency in association with United for Purpose will this coming month, launch an initiative dubbed Fashion4achange fashion expo aimed at campaigning for environmental sustainability practices across Malawi. The fashion expo which will be held on the 7th of October at HS Wine House in Namiwawa, Blantyre will run with the theme; “Help make deforestation unfashionable with chitetezo mbaula”. Alpha Agency Director, Ausa Kamanga told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the initiative’s main objective is to curb deforestation and lobby for the protection of Malawi’s beautiful environment. “As a company we discussed and conducted a research to figure out which issues needed urgent attention and which we could see ourselves involved in and envi
Malawian nationality, Hannah Mhone was born on 19 February 1994 and is Tumbuka by tribe. She is the reigning Miss Blantyre. Currently residing in Manja, she is a banker and studied Business Management at The Polytechnic Management center. Her hobbies are dancing and traveling. In terms of fashion, Hannah is a classy woman. Having been in the modelling Industry for a year now, she says friends comments motivated her. “They could always tell me l look like a model why not do modelling, so l thought why not give it a try,” says Mhoni. “I love inspiring my fellow youth because i strongly believe we are the future generation and if the world is going to change and became a better place it will be because of us” she says. She adds “I will aim at changing the modelling industry per
Beauty and modeling lovers will on October 13th, 2017 converge at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre to witness the crowning of this year's most beautiful queen for the city. Under the slogan and theme Beyond Beauty, Miss Blantyre has gained momentum for the past year following its re-branding and the re-introduction of Miss Malawi by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS). Miss Blantyre chairperson Daniel Ngwira said the renaissance of Miss Malawi has revived hopes for many aspirants to fight for the highest office. "Miss Blantyre 2017 will write a great page in Pageantry. Thanking friends and everyone that believes and supports us for the years. I announce a feast. Please help spread the word. Be there," said Ngwira. The organizers have this year partner...
Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) featured designers MisK and Za Clemoh will be sending pieces to Scotland to feature in the annual EMMS International Fundraising Fashion Show set for October. The show will host the latest winter collections from 8 designers and boutiques on the catwalk including collections from Mzuzu Fashion Week, Emma Roy of Edinburgh Wedding Boutique and Halina North, Gold Award winner at the London Graduate Fashion Week last year. And according to MzFW organizers, the event is expected to be include entertainment and prizes, and promises to be a night of fun. "And all in aid of girls in Malawi who are so often overlooked. The show will also have in attendance Linda Fabiani, MSP (Scottish politician, with Italian origins. A member of the Scottish National Party, she is the ...
WHAT IS FASHION DESIGN? Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of outfits and other lifestyle fittings. A designer must possess an artistic and creative mind as well as the right personality. A true designer must be original and authentic. This should be evident in his/her works. From time to time, a designer can get inspiration from other designers’ creations. But a true designer must perfect his/her own signature. Such distinctiveness sets the designer’s work apart thereby getting recognition. Being a fashion designer or having a distinctive signature alone is not enough. Designers need to be aware of the fashion market requirements such as protecting their Intellectual Property (IP). IP is the result of applying your mind to intellect to create something new or o
Miss Blantyre Beauty pageant organizers have appealed to the private and public sector to sponsor this year’s beauty contest. Miss Blantyre Committee Chairperson, Daniel Ngwira made the appeal Saturday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana)in Blantyre soon after 2017 Miss Blantyre auditions which was held at Malawi Institute of Tourism campus in Blantyre. He said Miss Blantyre attracts people from all corners of the country and it gives a platform to companies and organisations to sell their products to the nation. “We are calling upon the private and public sector to come and support this year’s beauty pageant. This is an opportunity for them to advertise their brands to the world considering that Miss Blantyre contest attracts people from all walks of life,” the Chairperson
They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but surely the organizers of Miss Malawi Ireland might have a different context of beauty all together in their minds when they crowned three women who have instantly become social media sensational as Malawians are enjoying taking turns to mock and question their worth to represent the country in foreign soil with their looks that are being regarded as below average. Mogs or beauty? surely, considerations or standards of crowning beauty queens might not have been applied in this contest, if the pictures of the crowned trio are anything to go by. And the organizers might be biting their fingers in regret for staging the greatest comedy of all times by allowing the crowned queens represent the country in a foreign soil which unarguably is ...