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Zimbabwe’s Ishmael Tsakatsa Unveils Zargue’sia’s SS22 Collection “Stones Of Fire” During Paris Fashion Week – Forbes

While fashion weeks are about the official shows on the calendar with onlookers being enamored by big brands, it’s also an opportunity for emerging brands to get their name and brand in front of buyers, media, and the masses. There is move in fashion to bring more African talent to the forefront, like the IFFAC Investment Holdings Company, an investment fund aimed at supporting Africa’s creative and lifestyle industries. One such emerging brand that has sparked waves in his native Zimbabwe is Ishmael Tsakatsa, founder of Zargue’sia. His Paris Fashion Week show fell in line with the trends that’s already being seen for the spring summer 2022 season.

We’re seeing a lot of rich color from brands and Zargue’sia’s unveiling revealed a lot of rich color and use of light textiles. Earth tone browns and oranges are part of the color palette, as well as orangey pinks, cremes, and baroque inspired prints. Themed “Stones of Fire,” it took Tsakatsa over 11 months to create from first sketch to fabric selection, pattern making, and last stitch. “It was inspired by the innate human ability to pursue purpose with courage and determination irregardless of the challenges and obstacles faced. Taking a literal example of a volcano, the hot molten lava is able to destroy anything standing as an obstacle in its way as it flows like a trailblazer,” he shares.

This is his first Paris Fashion Week and creating the collection had its challenges. “The preparations were very demanding but worth every single sweat. There were high expectations to be met with regards to how best l can represent Zimbabwe and Africa at large on my debut at Paris Fashion Week.”

Using and matching contrasting fabrics, another SS22 trend, Tsakatsa includes printed silk satin, beaded tulle, stretch duchess satin, soft linen, crepe, cationic chiffon, brocades and poly metallic satin and organza.

A collection of seven looks, one look, with a pussy bow neckline chiffon blouse with ruffles on the sleeves is paired with an empire waistline fitted brocade pencil skirt with piping detail. And Tsakatsa created a voluminous gown, a strapless tired ball gown with a beaded tasseled shoulder neckpiece.

Not originally trained in fashion design, Tsakatsa studied physiotherapy. “I was inspired by the love of a royal aesthetic with elegant drama and opulence,” he muses. “It started as a hobby way back then in my school days until I noticed that with my creative ability l had something fresh to offer to the world. I then launched my brand and since then I have never looked back.” Presenting at Zimbabwe Fashion Week in 2012 in a young designer’s competition he decided to launch Zargue’sia in 2013, where he was nominated for the Emerging Designer of the year award. The following year he won the Zimbabwean Designer of the Year award. Zimbabwe isn’t known for fashion but for Tsakatsa he offers, “acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in the fashion business and trade for economic development, growth and sustainability,” to his country’s fashion industry. And for him, his collections are inspired by the Word of God from the Bible and the essence that lies behind the magnificence and radiance of God’s beauty.  

It’s a collection of color, inspired by nature, God’s beauty, that’s in sync with the trends fashion is seeing on the major runways for the SS22 season. Tsakatsa will be hosting a re-see later this month in Paris.

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Society must not be judgmental on models: Kaisi – NewsDay


MALE model Omar Qassim Kaisi says society should not be judgmental on models, but value the arts as a profession just like any other career.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Kaisi said it was not easy to flourish in the modelling industry as there were so many stereotypes associated with the art.

“There are so many theories that people associate models with.

“Some think models are sex symbols, which is wrong. There are also many challenges that need models to be thick skinned to overcome them,” he said.

“Many times, you get rejected and denied opportunities and that is common even with household names. As a model one is expected to look like a model everyday and that brings a lot of pressure sometimes.”

Kaisi said commitment, hard work and courage had kept him going in the demanding industry.

“Modelling is not as easy as it appears, it takes creativity, confidence and imagination to bring artistic visions to life. It is very demanding such that the strength needed to keep going is too much,” he said.

“Hard work, believing in myself and commitment is power. I am fully committed to what I do, that is how I fully express myself.  I overcame challenges by being daring.

“It takes a lot of courage to claim that you are a model in a space that does not believe greatness can come out of it. I have not let difficult circumstances bring me down.”

Kaisi believes positive change in the sector should start with agencies for society to have a better understanding of modelling.

“I think agencies should be open to collaborations and helping talents. There should be more support not only from the big industry names, but models should also support each other through collaborative projects. Maybe that way the value of the arts might be understood,” he said.

“Public broadcasts have also failed to support and make young creators believe in themselves.

“Most creators and models give up and pursue careers they do not love just to survive and make their dreams come true.”

Kaisi, whose vision is to be the most influential Muslim model, is one of the brand ambassadors for Intricate Lifestyle.

“I have worked with brands like Juvenile Glide, Tribe and Push Athletics and the goal is to be one of the greatest creative directors for fashion and the end goal is giving back to the community,” he said.

“I am going to bridge the gap between me and my ideal self by creating the best content that is timeless and brings value to the modelling and creative industry.

“God willing my work will reach the right people and a lot of doors are going to open.”

  • Follow Kimberly on Twitter @lizellekimkari

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T20 World Cup: Looking back at six editions of smart cricket at its best – Gulf News


On top of the world: West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite (right), who smashed four consecutive sixes in the last over to help them win the 2016 World Cup, erupts. Marlon Samuels, who played a key role on both occasions the Caribbeans won the title, is seen with him.
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Kolkata: The T20 World Cup may have seen only six editions, but it has certainly come a long way from being an ambitious experiment of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2007 in South Africa.

As it’s time for the seventh edition to start in the Oman and the UAE from Sunday, it’s worth taking a look at some of the memorable moments from the past editions – be it Carlos Brathwaite hammering four sixes in the final over for the West Indies in the last edition of 2016, Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad or Umar Gul taking five for six.

Five different teams have lifted the trophy and the West Indies are the only country to win it twice in 2012 and 2016. The other winners are India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010), Sri Lanka (2014). As the duels in the desert will give rise to more extraordinary cricketing feats over the next month, it’s also time for a quick recap of the last six events:


A leader is born: India’s triumph in the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup saw the birth of a new leader in Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
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2007 (Winners: India)

The first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup began in South Africa with Chris Gayle striking the first-ever international T20 century in the opening game. The ‘Universe Boss’ plundered 10 sixes against the hosts in a brutal 117, coming off 57 balls and in a stunning partnership of 145 for the first wicket.

Two days later, Gayle fell for a third-ball duck and West Indies slipped to a shock defeat to Bangladesh, who chased down 165 with two overs to spare.

The upsets didn’t end there as Zimbabwe stunned Australia to claim their first win over an ICC full member in four years, with Brendan Taylor to the fore with an unbeaten 64.


Pakistan won all three of their games in the Super 8 stage as skipper Shoaib Malik led from the front and Gul was potent with the ball to down New Zealand and reach the final. Yuvraj Singh was the defining player of the tournament, starring with 70 from 30 balls in a semi-final win over Australia that set up a final between cricket’s greatest rivals, won by India by just five runs.

Meanwhile, his six sixes in an over against England made Yuvraj an international superstar.

Herschelle Gibbs was the only batter to have done it in international cricket before Stuart Broad bounded in to bowl to Yuvraj in their group stage clash.

Yuvraj reached 50 in 12 balls and wrote a chapter of still unmatched T20 history.


Shahid Afridi was a standout performer with both bat and ball in Pakistan’s World T20 triumph in 2009.
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2009 (Winners: Pakistan)

The second edition of the tournament moved to England, a country which gave birth to both the 50-overs game and then the T20 format.

The tournament started with a sensational upset when the Dutch, an Associate member, claimed an incredible four-wicket victory at Lord’s.

Later on, Gayle would be a headline act once again, thumping 88 from 50 balls against Australia with sixes that broke records for the furthest Oval crowds had seen the ball travel at the historic ground.

Packed English crowds watched on as Australia were beaten by a Kumar Sangakkara-inspired Sri Lanka to fall at the first hurdle in the group stage.

The hosts claimed a thrilling three-run win over India in the Super 8s but finished third in their group to miss out on the final four.

All of the youngsters watching tried to recreate the ‘Dilscoop’ as Tillakaratne Dilshan lit up the event, making an unbeaten 96 to down West Indies in the semi-final and ending as top run scorer.

Shahid Afridi hit his straps with bat and ball in the knockout stages and made half-centuries in the semi-finals and final as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in a low-scoring Lord’s affair.


England’s Kevin Pietersen was the Man of the Tournament in 2009 World T20.
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2010 (Winners: England)

England ended their long wait for a win in an ICC global limited-overs event as they dispatched arch rivals Australia to be crowned champions in the West Indies.

Kevin Pietersen was named the Man of the Tournament for his contribution to England’s triumph, finishing with 248 runs from six matches despite getting off to a slow start. His vital stand of 111 with Craig Kieswetter against Australia was his most decisive contribution, scoring 47 from 31 balls to help England claim their first major ICC tournament win.

In the group stages, Paul Collingwood’s side progressed from Group D in second behind the West Indies after a Duckworth-Lewis induced loss to the hosts and a no-result against Ireland.

But England came alive in the knockout stages, topping their Super 8s group with victories over defending champions Pakistan and one of the pre-tournament favourites, South Africa.

On the other side of the draw, Australia also topped their group to progress along with Sri Lanka as the West Indies and 2007 champions India bowed out.

Australia then won a thrilling contest against Pakistan to reach the final where they came up short against England, who chased down 148 to take the title with a seven-wicket win.

2012 (Winners: West Indies)

The first T20 World Cup to be held in an Asian country, Sri Lanka, delivered another first-time champion as the West Indies stunned the host nation to clinch their maiden title on a balmy evening in Colombo.

The likes of Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, who had by then cast their influence in Indian Premier League (IPL), exploited their familiarity with the sub-continental conditions to win the tournament in sensational fashion.

Darren Sammy’s men were consistent from start to finish as they ended an eight-year wait for global silverware following West Indies’ ICC Champions Trophy victory in 2004.

Windies finished second in their group behind Australia before also finishing runners-up in their Super 8s group behind Sri Lanka, who won their first meeting by nine wickets.

The other group saw table-toppers Australia progress along with Pakistan, with the latter falling at the semi-final hurdle to Sri Lanka in a narrow 16-run defeat. The West Indies turned on the style in their last-four encounter with Australia, with Gayle’s electrifying unbeaten 75 from 41 balls helping his side storm into the final with a 74-run victory.

However, it was Marlon Samuels who took centrestage in the silverware showpiece, striking 78 from 56 balls in Colombo to fire Windies to a memorable 36-run success.


Lasith Malinga (left), who captained Sri Lanka during their successful campaign in 2014 World T20, along with star man Kumar Sangakkara.
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2014 (Winners: Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka finally shed their reputation as the nearly men by winning the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, beating India by six wickets in the final in Bangladesh. Since lifting the 1996 50-over World Cup, Sri Lanka had lost in the 2007 and 2011 finals while also finishing as runners-up in the 2009 and 2012 T20 editions, the latter on home soil.

In the final, it was a superb exhibition of death bowling by Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara who restricted India to 130 for four and an unbeaten 52 off 35 balls from Kumar Sangakkara saw his side home.

Virat Kohli had made a half-century of his own with 77 off 58 in India’s innings and finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 319 at a mightily impressive average of 106.33.

South Africa’s leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Ahsan Malik, of surprise package the Netherlands, jointly topped the leading wicket-takers with 12 apiece.

2016 (Winners: West Indies)

The West Indies entered unchartered territory with a sensational T20 World Cup win in 2016 in India, becoming the first side to claim the title twice.

Marlon Samuels had blasted his nation to glory in 2012 and he was at it again four years later, scoring 85 off just 66 balls to pick up his second Player of the Match gong in a T20 World Cup final after the four-wicket win over England. However, it was certainly an unheralded allrounder Carlos Brathwaite’s night as he smoked Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over at the Eden Gardens.

After 2014, 2016 was the second tournament to feature 16 teams and Afghanistan were the main beneficiaries as the only Associate nation to make it to the Super 10s. Allrounder Mohammad Nabi topped the bowling rankings with 12 scalps and bowled expertly in tandem with 17-year-old leg-spinning sensation Rashid Khan who claimed 11 victims.

India’s Kohli was again in supreme form – making 82 not out against Australia to ensure his side made the semi-finals. In the last four, he struck an unbeaten 89 and although his team came up short against West Indies, he was named Player of the Tournament with 273 runs at 136.50 in five innings.

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Popular South African Influencer Mihlali Ndamase Spotted In Bulawayo –

Popular South African Influencer Mihlali Ndamase Spotted In Bulawayo 

Popular South African Influencer Mihlali Ndamase Spotted In Bulawayo-iHarare

Popular South African Influencer Mihlali Ndamase Spotted In Bulawayo-iHarare

Multi-award-winning content creator and social media influencer Mihlali Ndamase was recently spotted in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Mihlali jetted into the country yesterday for “The Pichani” event.

Taking to her social media handles, Mihlali revealed that she is  in Bulawayo attending “The PiChani” which is a Pan African premier fashion, lifestyle, and networking event that is held annually in Bulawayo.

 Gilmore Qhawe Khumalo popularly known as GilmoreTee is the founder of “The PiChani.” He is an award-winning media practitioner, curator, publicist, and content creator. 

The PiChani event brings together young achievers from different fields of interest in Zimbabwe and South Africa to network and celebrate their success.

Popular media personality and author MisRed was also in Bulawayo attending “The Pichani” event. MisRed and Mihlali were spotted hanging out and whilst at it, they took some pictures which they shared on social media.

She also took some pictures with some fans at the event.

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