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2016’s Top 10 Best Dressed South African Celebrities: Female Edition

It’s tradition to appreciate the goodness that has transpired in a year that has been, just before you wrap it up and get ready for a new year! In this list, we are celebrating the 10 best dressed female South African celebrities

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Many can attest to the fact 2016 was definitely the year of highs and and lows.

And when it comes to celebrities and their fashion choices, the same can be said. Some nailed it consistently with impeccable style, while others opted to look expensively tortured.

As we wrap up the year, we take a look at the best dressed female celebrities in South Africa.

BONANG MATHEBA

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Bonang Matheba has been the undisputed Queen of impeccable chic for a few years now, at least when it comes to South African celebrity land. Inside The 10 Things Everyone Is Dying To See On Bonang’s Upcoming Book, we begged the 29 year old to share her supreme style secrets for posterity. In 2016, Matheba was able to top the best dressed list at the MTV African Music Awards with all her outfit changes, even though she only found out days before the event that she’ll be replacing Trevor Noah as the host.

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Well, here’s hoping everyone will be able to grab a couple of tips jotted by the Style Queen herself!

DINEO MOEKETSI 

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At the beginning of 2016, she vowed to her fans that she would be pursuing more and better for herself on Instagram. And not only has the actress had a big year in front of the cameras in the past year, she’s also upped her game in threads!

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What we love about Dineo Moeketsi is that she does not avoid a bit of drama. Her style choices for the red carpet are always over the top and jaw dropping. She loves playing around with different silhouettes, drapes, frills, prints and sheer. Girl, get them.

NANDI MADIDA

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It goes without saying that Nandi Madida never gets it wrong. Ever!

The mother of one, actress and fashion designer wowed crowds and the press at the BET awards in the US earlier this year with her stunning dress from her clothing line Colour. She landed on Best Dressed Lists on big publications such as Elle and E! News across the Atlantic.

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Here at home, we are used to Nandi getting things perfectly right with her style. In 2016, she served maternity goals.

NOMUZI MABENA

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Nomuzi Mabena is fierce and bold – it’s all evident in her style. She’s had a great year with no less than 5 television shows under her belt, leaving Cashtime Fam to start her own record label which will house her upcoming album, the Recipe rapper did all the cooking this year. Together with all of that, she made sure her style does not get compromised.

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The face of Adidas keeps fans on their toes with her fashion choices and in particular, her clear penchant for interesting accessories. Last year it was all about the choker on her thighs and the beaded crown. We’ve been enjoying the shades this year!

LOOT LOVE

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Look, we aren’t opening up a platform to discuss whether or not Luthando Shosha aka Loot Love is a style icon. It’s a fact!

We find her so absolutely refreshing in the game. We love her constant play on androgyny. She’s a helpless sneaker – head who does not mind wearing some of her fave kicks with a dress.

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The way she switches between feminine and masculine styles makes her stand out. She’s so true to herself it couldn’t be more obvious.

SARAH LANGA 

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Well of course! This whole list would have lost credibility had Sarah Langa not been featured. Her whole Instagram account could be a trip for hours. The Stylista ambassador and face of  Woolworths quite evidently loves fashion and is not scared to show that off.

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KHANYI MBAU

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When Khanyi Mbau is not making headlines, something she wore is.

The Katch It With Khanyi host clearly loves playing around with fashion on an everyday basis, if the snaps on her enviable gram are anything to go by. But make no mistake, she takes every risk left when it’s time to hit the red carpet.

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We love that she never attempts blending in. She’s definitely a fearless woman, and it shows in her clothes.

NHLANHLA NCINZA

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When you’ve garnered yourself respect for your style through the years, you design for others.

Nhlanhla Ncinza snatched herself the 2016 ABryanz Style & Fashion Award for The Best Dressed Female Artist in Southern Africa. Deservedly so.

The Mafikizolo singer boasts a 20 year musical career with hundreds of different vibrant looks she typically rocks for the iconic duo’s stage performances, and she still manages to get things exciting and just right all the time.

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Now an award winning fashion designer for her fashion label NN Vintage, Ncinza gets to share her beautiful designs with others.

NOMZAMO MBATHA

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Nomzamo Mbatha is an all round winner. She’s smart, beautiful and super talented. She’s also quite stylish, and we love how she’s embraced African prints and silhouettes to live truest to her ‘Nubian Princess’ title.

“Over the years, I’ve learnt not to conform to the norm of what fashion styles and trends are”, she penned down on her Instagram as she gushed about her 2016 SA Style Award for Most Stylish Artist in TV and Film. And it certainly shows!

 

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K NAOMI

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K Naomi makes it looks so easy. Her style is discernibly ultra glam and chic, and we love the fact that she is pretty consistent with her plunging necklines and sheer gowns on the red carpet.

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Her recent looks at the Durban July and the Chevy Feather Awards were absolute winners for 2016.

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SAFW Day One – Gallery of The Hottest Action

Here’s a glimpse of the hottest trends, threads, collections and glittering action on the first day of SAFW

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Fashion aesthetes and the South African fashion industry assembled to witness the display of the freshest collections from some of the land’s hottest fashion dab-hands, as well as welcome surprises from new players in the field.

The first day of South African Fashion Week was an explosion of much colour, plenty of experimenting with silhouettes and textiles, and a lot of play on texture. I love the freshness with some of the collections that found a creative way of incorporating the classic ‘African’ aesthetic – playing with traditional patterns – without limiting the scope of what that looks like.

It’s always an exciting time, both on and off the runway.

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adidas Switches up The Nite Jogger

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adidas Originals offers up new iterations of the Nite Jogger model this month, reinterpreting the iconic road running sneaker through another unmissable aesthetic update.

The reflective silhouette returns to stake its claim as an essential for any night time creator, backed with a campaign created by a global network of artists working in their fields of expertise.

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With music by electronic duo Mount Kimbie, British artist and filmmaker Frank Lebon directed the campaign film as a poetic ode to the people and things that thrive in spaces generated by darkness. The campaign demonstrates how night time can act as the perfect backdrop for expression.

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Shining a light on three young creators, the film features New York rapper Wiki, London born poetic singer Obong Jayar, and Cai, a spoken word poet and member of Say it Out Loud Tokyo.

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Illuminating its wearer after dark, the campaign shows how the Nite Jogger silhouette brings together function first technology and forward thinking design, in order to push today’s night time creator firmly to the forefront.

Harnessing the reflective hi-vis technology of its past iteration, the silhouette is engineered for those who know it’s never too late to pursue their vision.

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Accompanying the film are photographs shot on film by London based photographer and multi-media artist Bafic, which oscillate naturally between day and night, demonstrating the unrelenting creative spirit that Nite Jogger shoe seeks to embody.

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Returning this month, the new Nite Jogger sneakers feature lightweight nylon ripstop, soft mesh knit, and suede overlays.

Combined, these materials offer advanced adaptability for the unrelenting grind of 24/7 creativity. Hi-vis reflective details complete the upper, adding a new dimension to the shoe’s name and establishing it as a must have in the arsenal of any creative that thrives at night.

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All of this is then rounded off with a BOOST midsole and durable rubber outsole, resulting in a silhouette that is elevated for comfort and engineered for night time exploration.

The Nite Jogger sneaker is capped off by the message “speed of nite” written in morse code on its outsole and tongue. Offered in a flurry of distinct new colourways, featuring tonal greys, pastel greens, and eye-catching orange hits, the result is a striking expression of the Nite Jogger silhouette’s enduring aesthetic, presented in an exciting new context.

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adidas Consortium Partners With ShelfLife

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Since it first came into being, adidas Consortium has been committed to bringing together partners, retailers and collectives who exemplify a unique, fearless approach to collaboration.

Each new partnership offers up a creative new take on the iconic styles that adidas has developed over the decades. In doing so they shine an entirely new light on the sportswear brand’s high-performance technologies and commitment to craftsmanship.

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The latest adidas Consortium release is a global first that exemplifies the international mindset of the wide-ranging Consortium family.

First launching in 2006, Shelflife are O.G. trailblazers, bringing an utterly distinct, cutting-edge curation of streetwear and sneakers to their South African devotees, via their Johannesburg and Cape Town stores.

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Taking on the formidable heritage of the adidas ZX running shoe series, Shelflife bring their own eye-catching approach to a new iteration of the ZX4000 model.

Viewed straight-on from the outside, the Shelflife version is defined by its understated use of luxurious greyscale nubuck and woven fabric underlays that evoke the historic craftsmanship of the retailers’ home country. On foot and in action however, the medial side of the shoe is revealed, showcasing a colorful, jacquard-printed panel.

All campaign assets for the release were created and shot in South Africa by local creatives Paul Ward (photographer) and Gabrielle Kannemeyer (stylist), further strengthening the bond between one of the most memorable Consortium releases of the year and the place, people and heritage that brought the shoe to life.

adidas Consortium x Shelflife will be available for purchase on April 13th 2019 at the Shelflife stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as online at www.shelflife.co.za from 6pm. Sneakers will be releasing on a first come first serve basis.

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