Sunday, 21 December 2014

Kombe Collection

Happy Holidays Beautiful people!!

So my sister and I finally settled on a name for our clothing label. We decided to call it Kombe Collection, after our surname and because of how our mother would write "Kombe Collection" in her sewing,pattern and design books and pretty much all other books in the house.

This has been a long time coming and finally we can put a name to it. Our label is entirely us, fashion as we see it, fashion for the modern and urban African woman and child.
We are working on what our men's wear will look like so watch this space !

So far here's a few snaps of what Ive been working on with my lovely friends modeling the garments.
The tutu ; my favourite little fashion junkie celebrated her 3rd birthday in a tutu by Kombe Collection
 The midi skirt tutu

 The hot pink was my favourite!

The patriotic garments as Zambia celebrated its Golden Jubilee of freedom

Its an exciting time for us as we take those leaps of faith and do what we love, making clothes! Thank you all so much for the encouragement and faith in our skills and creativity. There is so much more to come.
Contact us directly via email
Check us out of facebook here .

Thanks for reading,
Miss Kombe

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

High-Low Skirt

Hey beautiful people! So here are a few recent shots of me in a Chitenge (tribal print) high- low skirt I made and wore a few weeks ago. I wore it to the September edition of ‘Fashion Fridays’, a monthly networking event here in Lusaka for fashion junkies like me!

A Little History Lesson;

The high low skirt is a Victorian Era trend from as far back as the 1870s, the standard floor sweeping hem and long tail was pretty popular back then and was coined “fishtail” due to its asymmetric appearance. By the 1980s the trend changed and began to be considered unpopular and was then referred to as “mullet”.
The high-low asymmetric trend has since made a comeback, having first made reappearance in the Spring/Summer 2012 designer collections in places such as New York and Paris.

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The Little Photo Shoot;

We shot the photos on the ground floor of Foxdale Mall, the usual venue for the event I mentioned earlier, the art on the wall immediately caught our attention and so a photo opp presented itself! Photo cred to Linda xoxo 

Fast forward to 2014 and the see how the high-low hem line has gotten higher!

At the show;

My dates for the evening Maz and Linda

With Mu of VALA Design House

It was a great night!

Thanks for reading,
Miss Kombe

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Little Red Tutu and a Mini Fashionista

Meet Hailey Noah a budding little fashionista, and who as you can probably already tell loves the camera!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of constructing a cute little red tutu for an even cuter little person, for a Minnie Mouse themed party she was invited to. As I am pretty good on my sewing, this was easy and fun.

Hailey's aunt provided me with elastic, black and red lace fabric for the tutu as well as these two pictures that inspired the red tutu and Hailey's outfit.

The tutu took up an entire 3 metres of fabric; 2m of the red lace and 1m of the black lace.
I started by threading through the red fabric to make gathers, ran a sewing machine through it to fasten the gathers and broke 3 needles while I was at it!

Making gathers

Fastening the gathers

Small red lining to hold the black lace

Attaching black lace inner to lining

This is how the skirt looked after a few hours at the machine.

Finally it was party time!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, 11 August 2014

How I Bleach My Hair Extensions : 5 Step Tutorial

Forgive me, I've been a terrible blogger! Here's me ending my six month hiatus with a post about hair extensions and how to bleach them. I very often get asked about my hair extensions and how to bleach them. This post should answer all those questions!
Anybody that knows me knows I am a sucker for for a good weave. I love to do as much as I can with my weaves, and bleaching is one way to turn (old or new) plain extensions into fresh new hair.
In Zambia, (and probably all around Africa) it's quite common to reuse 100% human hair extensions. A good weave such as Virgin Brazilian Remy Hair, through costly, is reusable and very durable as it can be manipulated with colour and heat multiple times and still yield great results. Any quality 100% human hair extension can be bleached as well.

100% Brazilian Body Wave courtesy of StyleStruck :)

Step 1

For this tutorial, I used 100% Brazilian hair extensions 6A. So here's how it goes and here's what you will need:
  • 100% human hair weave. This doesn't necessarily have to be Brazilian hair, but a quality 100% human hair extension able to withstand the exothermic reaction of the chemical bleaching process will do.
  • Foil paper from any supermarket
  • A towel and a plastic bag,
  • A fine toothed comb and a pair of gloves
  • Shampoo and conditioner. Pantene Ice Shine conditioner is best, in the absence of it any sulphate free conditioner will do.
  • Hair bleaching kit (Excellence or Kair bleach kits).
 what you will need

Step 2

Start by mixing the contents of your bleach kit, creating a thick paste depending on your brand choice follow instructions usually found on the back of the kit. For a full head of extensions, you will need upto 2 bleach kits.
Using a fine toothed comb, with gloves on, apply the bleach and spread it throughout the hair strands. Spread the bleach as far up the the weave as you wish to bleach, spread it evenly and generously.

Step 3

Once the bleach paste is on the weave and ready, place it on the foil paper and tightly wrap it around your weave making sure no bleached hair strands are exposed, you may use rubber bands to ensure this.

Step 4

Processing time is between 30 to 40 minutes . Check the development of the bleach during this time to see the development . When your desired degree of lightness has been achieved, rinse off the bleach thoroughly with warm water, followed by a thorough shampoo to get all the bleach out. Hair texture will be course at this stage.

Step 5

The final step is to deep condition your weave to get back the soft and silky texture of the weave lost during the chemical bleaching process. Use a generous amount of conditioner and leave it in for several hours, I like to leave it in overnight. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry your weave. It is now ready to be weaved in and styled as normal.

 Silky texture and shine restored by deep conditioning

 The results

Special S/O to Briannah Noah who taught me this skill and is as obsessed with weaves as I am !

Feel free to leave a comment or request for a tutorial :)

Miss Kombe

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Gavin Rajah for LEGiT

Happy New Year beautiful people,
My first post of the year is about one of my favourite South African designers,Gavin Rajah!

Gavin Rajah has for a while now been one of my favourite SA designers, his clothes are always fabulous,very high end and are made for that confident woman who loves to make a statement.
Late last year it was announced that this designer would be collaborating with Legit Stores, a local SA department store chain, so you can imagine my excitement at the time! The hype and excitement for this limited edition of on trend and classy pieces was enormous and very well marketed on both Gavin Rajah and Legit Stores' social media pages,and very well received by all the fashionistas out there, as this meant  the Gavin Rajah Style brand would (for a limited time) be affordable in fabulous ready-to-wear clothes, shoes and accessories.
The collection was launched on 25th November 2013, here's my pick of what i loved most from the collection.

Beautiful, bright and bold dresses,very summer appropriate.

The to-die-for sequin dress was the priciest piece in the collection at R500

The monochrome dress and my personal favourite,the monochrome sling-back heels. I love how the heels are very functional and can be worn both at work and play.

The must-have clutch; Of the two, I preferred the monochrome clutch, that i managed to get my hands on. This too is very functional as it can hold all the little things I'd want to have with me on a night out, not to mention its very on-trend and the gold detailing sets it apart from most monochrome clutch bags out there.

The accessories;

Finally, the heels and most (of the rest) of the collection!

However, this gorgeous collection had no handbags, this would probably be because the Gavin Rajah brand is mostly evening-wear centered.

Know more about Gavin Rajah here and Legit Stores here.

Miss Kombe