The Creative Womxn Hookup, a regualar conversation series, is back for the first edition of 2019 themed, A Fashion Forum. The event is happening on March 30th at The Living Room in Maboneng. This edition will be unpacking all things fashion with some of the best women in South African fashion including award-winning designer Marianne Fassler, style guru Yasmin Furmie, interior and fashion designer Keneilwe Mothoa and fashion photographer and designer Lesego Seoketsa, who will share their journeys, a few tricks of their respective trade and more with us.
Meet The Speakers:
Design Powerhouse: Marianne Fassler
One of South Africa’s renowned and iconic designers, Marianne’s designs are profoundly influenced by the socio-political landscape of South Africa, drawing inspiration from her African milieu and her hometown, Joburg. Marianne Fassler designs focus on creating a sustainable South African contemporary Haute Couture brand, incorporating traditional hand-made techniques such as beading and weaving as well as the repurposing of fabrics and objects trouvés. #CraftIsTheNewLuxury.
Marianne has received many awards and accolades for her work and contribution to SA fashion. In 2010 she received the AFI Fashion Award for Exceptional Contribution to Fashion in Africa. In 2014 Fassler won the Africa Fashion International (AFI) Designer of the Year award following the presentation of a groundbreaking Fashion Week show, while in 2018 she was recognised and awarded the Marie Claire Image Makers award for Iconic Fashion Designer.
Style Guru: Yasmin Furmie
Her look has become a statement of its own and manifested itself in a number of global campaigns for different brands, such as being featured in Elle and Marie Claire SA, The Sunday Times lifestyle feature, Refinery 29 in the UK and Blonde Magazine in Germany. It is easy to see why everyone is intrigued by her style and the way she combines dissonant garments to create a unified but challenging ‘look’. Yasmin (along with her friend Cynthia Allie) is in the 3rd season of her SiSi Collection, all while still managing to be a judge on SA’s fashion talent show, Raw Silk on SABC 1.
“I have become strongly identified in the public mind with defiance of established age boundaries in my choice of garments and their combination. Yes, I am out to shake up the conservative ways we define what is appropriate and inappropriate for people of different ages. And I do wear such items not only because I like them, but also to provoke reaction and questioning, and hopefully some laughter,” Yasmin says.
Aesthetics Kween: Keneilwe Mothoa
Keneilwe Mothoa, known by many as Nei, is an interior designer currently specialising in retail design, as well as a fashion designer/ co-founder of Prime Obsession. Nei doesn’t like to box herself when it comes to her passions within design and fashion. “I am a multi-faceted individual with an interest in various forms of design; I’m very open to change and anything that challenges me mentally and physically because this brings out my eagerness to expand my knowledge. I am a free spirit, fun and outgoing and also serving with a friendly personality,” Nei says.
The Fashionable Eye: Lesego Seoketsa
Lesego Seoketsa is a fashion design graduate from LISOF. Seoketsa says she has always loved visual arts and studying fashion broadened her perspective on clothing as art. Seoketsa is better known by her work name Azania Forrest, as she pursues her love for photography.
“There is a lot of experience I have gained from being a student to collaborating with other artists and brands,” says Lesego.
In 2017 she had an exhibition of her photography at the Alliance Francaise Gerard Sekoto Art Gallery, and since then has moved towards merging fashion and visual arts to tell different narratives.
“My previous work is mostly inspired by reclaiming lost identities, particularly concerning black women. I am also inspired by the intersectional feminist movement, my art is ever changing because I am consistently learning on how to improve my skills,” says Lesego.