KAJAL TALKS ROSE GOLD GLAM
Kajal Bagwandeen, TV Presenter
You no doubt recognise the beautiful Kajal from your TV screens. This hard-working presenter, actress, dancer and model (who also has a BCom Honours in Accounting FYI) has chosen our glamourous Rose Gold collection as her ultimate look this season. "Rose gold has such a beautiful, feminine yet versatile quality. I love the understated glamour." Her tips when it comes to wearing this look are to treat it like any other gold. "Don’t shy away from it because you’re unsure what to pair it with," she says. "It goes with anything. It’s beautiful with neutrals, warm colours and pastel shades."
WHY KAJAL LOVES SUMMER?
Being an actress and presenter, I’ve always found it important to take time out to support events from my hometown, especially if it’s the launch of the hottest growing community in South Africa, called “I Love Durban” launched, by award winning company Carver Media. I was honored to be invited as the programme director for the launch and even more humbled to be dressed by internationally acclaimed designer Gavin Rajah who teamed up with creative Cape Town food genius Annalize Buchanan to provide the fabulous food and fashion segment on the night, held at the beautiful five star Beverly Hills hotel.
This event had all social media platforms a buzz, as people couldn’t stop talking about the exciting launch and its wonderful food, entertainment and atmosphere. Invited speakers who came to share messages of support and admiration of the brand and its purpose. Speakers such as The Head of Durban Tourism; Phillip Sithole, City councilor; Logie Naidoo and Canadian best selling author of book, Mind Power; John Kehoe. These speakers were amongst other valued partners to the brand which included Durban staples; King Shaka International Airport, Durban ICC, Tyson Properties, Durban Tourism and Transnet.
Avilash Aniruth, Co-Founder of I Love Durban and CEO of Carver Media shared his gratitude with his guests at the end of the night’s formalities. Speaking on his vision for the brands future and the importance of the message behind the I Love Durban brand in the city, he went on to thank his wife, ICT entrepreneur of the year award recipient, Praneetha Aniruth who is also the Co-Founder of the I Love Brand and played an important role in the growth of this online brand which has reached 8 million people to date, on its Twitter (@ILuvDBN) and Facebook (I Love Durban) platforms.
I am very excited about the future as “I Love Durban” has many projects in the pipeline that will showcase the true beauty and dynamic nature of this city. One of them being the launch of Durban’s first “I love Durban City Guide” in 2014 with Gavin Rajah as the first guest editor.
A special thanks to Neil Ramataur for doing my hair and make-up, you really know how to make a girl look and feel beautiful.
Luminous orange top (Parooz Fashions) Studded skirt (robot) Jewellery (Lovisa)
Crop top (reverse YDE) Sheer Skirt (Parooz) Peep Toe Heels (Palazzo Pitti)
Dress (ICON, YDE) Clutch (Robot) Blue Heels (Palazzo Pitti) Jewellery (Lovisa)
Triangle earrings (Tessa Design) Blazer (Romeo and Juliet) Deconstructed Denim Shorts (Parooz Fashions) Gold snakeskin Clutch (Robot) White Heels (stylist’s own)
Black cap (Stylist’s own) White Vest (Rozanne and Pushkin) Denim Playsuit (Rozanne and Pushkin) Gold Chain Cuff (Lovisa)
Publication: People Magazine SA
Stylist: Suzy Mukendi
Photographer: Caileigh van der linde
Make up Artist/Fashion Assistant: Carli Linde
Clothing: Robot, YDE, Parooz Fashions, Rozanne & Pushkin, Palazzo Pitti, Lovisa, Tessa Design
With a name that means “to look at”, it seems Bonang Matheba was destined for greatness. Her passion and determination has made her one of South Africa’s top media personalities and a force to be reckoned with.
Bonang always aspired to be a television presenter, so paved a way to achieve just that and so much more! She not only believes that hard work pays off, but is a fine example of it.
A word or two with Queen B.
From Bonang Matheba to Queen B, Tell us about your incredible journey.
“Phew! Where do I even begin?! As a young girl, I had always had a fascination with the entertainment industry, from watching my idols Basetsana Khumalo and Oprah Winfrey on television. So, I thought instead of just having this dream, how about I do something about it?! I started attending presenting classes after school, which led to a number of auditions. After numerous attempts, I eventually got my first gig as the host of SABC’s tween show – Manhattan’s Fantasy Challenge, which was followed by my big break on Live and as they say, the rest is history.
What drives you?
Honestly, my supporters drive me! They are a constant reminder that what I do is not just for and about me. To have someone walk up to me and say “B* you are my inspiration” has to be the most humbling experience ever. That encourages me to keep going and getting better at what I do.
Your career started off in presenting, but you are now a media force to be reckoned with – has your plan unfolded as you envisaged?
I think it has! I have always had this idea of how I would like my career to pan out. I used to dream about being on the most watched music show in the country, I fantasized about being a Top Billing presenter, having my own radio show and so on. I still have a long way to go as far as my vision takes me, there are still a lot of ideas I have for my production company. I still dream about seeing my face on a can of Coca Cola *smiles*
What do you feel has been your greatest challenge thus far?
My greatest challenge thus far? I would have to say my decision to leave Live, which was doing very well at the time – averaging 7 million viewers. It was difficult due to the fact that I had obviously been with the show for a couple of years and viewers had grown accustomed to the “Live Bonang”. This is one of the main reasons I decided to take on my role at Top Billing, I didn’t want to be typecast and known as just the “Live Bonang”, but rather, as a talented and versatile entertainer. The transition wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked, but within weeks, I was b*dazzling and in my comfort zone.
Tv presenter, Radio presenter, Brand Ambassador, Producer, Actor – you wear all these hats with such ease and determination. Do you secretly love one more than the other?
I enjoy them all, but TV presenting will always be my first love as it has enabled me to dabble in all these.
SA’s first Revlon brand ambassador! How does it feel?
It still feels surreal! I still pinch myself each time I see the TV commercial or a campaign I’m headlining in a billboard or high profile magazines. It truly has been a dream come true for me.
You effortlessly settled into Top Billing, what has this experience been like for you thus far?
Having dreamt of being a Top Billing presenter over the years, the experience has been more than what I could have imagined. Being on Top Billing has granted me access to the most beautiful places in the world, meeting and interviewing the biggest stars in showbiz. It has also opened so many doors for me, introducing me to a whole new audience. It’s the best.
What would your advice be to young South Africans who want to enter the media industry?
My advice to them is to follow their dreams, I know it sounds cliché but that is the reason I am doing what I do today. I would also advise them to work hard, I’m a firm believer in this.
What’s the most valuable lesson you have learnt by being in this industry?
In order to be sustainable in this industry, one has to align themselves with the best team of people, who have your best interest at heart. Not everyone has good intentions.
You are always on point when it comes to fashion, how would you describe your style?
I always try to describe my style as a cross between Victoria Beckham and Olivia Palermo – “Classic Elegance” meets “Chic with a hint of Edge”.
Your top 5 summer must-haves?
• Sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
• Swimming Costume
• A camera to make sure you capture all your special summer moments.
• The perfect cooler this summer: Brutal Fruit’s Mango-Goji Fusion.
If you could save only 1 fashion item you own, what would it be?
Does it have to be 1? Lol. Mhhm it would have to be my recently bought Tom Ford thigh high boots.
What does Queen B do, when she wants to relax?
I love spending time at home, catching up on my favourite tv shows and checking out my favourite fashion blogs.
What’s next for Queen B?
I can’t say much at this stage, but I can promise you that 2014 has a lot in store. I have a huge project launching in February, which I’m very excited about. Also, as part of my work as Revlon SA’s official Brand Ambassador, we will be teaming up on a number of projects next, which you can look forward to.
As a little girl she lived in England, Mozambique, Sudan, Nigeria, Lesotho and South Africa strapped to her mother’s back in cloth and eventually having a collection of her own till this day, Maria Mccloy’s heritage and travels have inspired her to create accessories like no other. Accessories that reflect who we are as Africans. She finds it slightly strange when she is referred to as a designer, but she’s getting used to it because her passion has surely turned her into exactly that! She has been featured on CNN’s African Voices and in prominent South African publications like Marie Claire, True Love, Elle , Destiny, Cosmopolitan, Elle Décor to name a few. Let’s find out more about this talented eclectic woman, Maria McCloy.
Maria, you’re a journalist, publicist and owner of a fashion business, we can’t really say the vintage fashion and accessory business is on the side is it? Tell us about Maria McCloy accessories.
It’s definitely not on the side! Officially during the day I work at Viacom home to mTV Base, MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy central, I’m a publicist and I love it, but I also love my accessories line. Once during a holiday trip, home to Maseru, Lesotho I came across David Maokae selling earrings on the street. I said please do these gorgeous styles just much bigger, he said "oh! Your ear will fall off" I said never mind! I came back to Jozi with my earrings and everyone wanted them, they were given to staff and colleagues and then Mokgadi Itsweng (True Love Food editor) said she’d like 5 pairs and will show them to Nkhensani Nkosi at Stoned Cherrie. That’s how I started selling. Soon they featured in Stoned Cherrie, Sun Godess and on the catwalk at Marianne Fassler and Palesa Mokubung.
I started selling at craft and vintage markets and since 2011 I’ve been at Market on Main every Sunday. I’ve been doing this for about 7 years. It was a turning point when I started creating clutches made of the kind of cloth I’ve always loved, cloth associated with the entire continent warn in outfits and round the waists of Nigerian, Congolese, Zambian, Ivory Coastan Mozambican and Kenyan women, these cloths have always been part of my life, as a little girl. In 2012 I started the African print shoe range and in 2013 came many more clutch shapes like the ‘Lutch” (laptop clutch) as well as briefcases and suitcases. I have a feeling clothes are next…
I’ve always loved them, I remember my dad taking me to buy my first watch at 10, I had to remove a whole bunch of bangles. At home I have three tables of accessories! You can imagine how crazy I go when I visit my favourite place India. I’d love to travel India, North, South, West & East Africa as well as parts of Asia and Latin America sourcing cloth & jewellery. How amazing would that be!
You transform pretty much anything from dull and dreary to bright, African and on trend. What are your most popular print and/or item?
People love all of it, and the cloth changes every week, which assures not too many people, have what you have when you buy! My customers also inspire new ranges with their requests, which is great I love the vintage denim embellished with African print. My items resonate with so many people!
Celebs like Lira, Andele Mdoda, 5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana, Simphiwe Dana, Zaki Ibrahim, Thandiswa, Nomsa and Ntsiki mazwai as well as MTV presenter Nomuzi Mabena rock my stuff and so do so many awesome women. The media love has been incredible, I get surprised when people describe me as a designer, but I guess I am!
What can one wear your accessories with?
Oh everything, whoever you are! I’m all about wearing our heritage all the time not just at special occasions like weddings and traditional rituals, so you can wear my items in the club, at work, at lunch, at fashion week.
What was your inspiration behind it all and what are some of your favourite pieces?
I’m so proud of the suitcases right now, but I love the shoes and clutches. If you want to know what’s cooking next – shoes made of vendor bags! (The woven plastic checkered bags with red blue or black and white stripes) I also want to work with woven cloth like Ghanean Kente, Nigeria Aso Oke, West African Kuba and Mud cloth – those will make up a luxury range.
Some people never know how to wear certain accessories, what’s your advice in that regard?
Well it depends, I would never wear anything dainty but others do so prettily, for me, the bigger the better and the more the merrier but always, do YOU. Don’t pretend to be something your not, mix and match and be creative, have fun!
Your summer must haves?
Anything by me in these Pan African prints! I recommend denim shirts and jackets, white T’s, black or blue jeans and a biker jacket and vintage, always! Accessories are the way to differentiate yourself and what better way to do so with gorgeous accessories inspired by your heritage and or your surroundings.
If you want to own one of Maria’s exclusive pieces, (which I believe is a need, not a want ) get to Arts on Main (Johannesburg) on a Sunday or contact her via her blog www.mariamccloy.tumblr.com