MANTSHO BY PALESA MOKUBUNG

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By far one of the most beautiful collections I have ever had the privilege of seeing at SAFW was Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung for the Luxury Collections SS19. I have never in my life been so grateful to be sitting front row for a show. Her designs are beautiful in their intrinsic simplicity which runs through and connects the entire collection. The lines of the garments are equal parts strong and feminine with strong lines juxtaposed with soft curves and frills.

The dresses are full and voluminous with big oversized sleeves and frills and all of them are brightly coloured. The whole show was a beautifully colourful event with Mokubung creating all her own patterns for Mantsho. The music in the show was also a departure from the usual heavy bass vibes of fashion shows with Palesa instead opting for a classical piece to back her show. Mantsho is definitely clothing made with all women in mind regardless of body shape or height

It has also just been announced that Palesa will be collaborating with H&M and bringing us the Mantsho X H&M collection which will be available in stores from 15 August 2019. She is officially the first South African designer to have their own collection in the H&M flagship stores worldwide as well as all SA H&M stores.

Mantsho is a deserving collection and Palesa is a deserving individual and I simply cannot wait for her collection to hit H&M stores - I look forward to supporting it in a big way. Let’s all do our bit on August 15th to show H&M how much we love seeing South African designers celebrated by selling out this collection.

Congratulations and all my love Palesa X

Photo credit: Megan Smit for Ari&Me

BEST 'TRUE CRIME' PODCASTS

Hi guys

So I get a lot of questions from people about what kind of podcasts I listen to. I have always been a huge fan of true crime most especially unsolved cases and disappearances. Below are my all time favourite podcasts to get your true crime fix. Together, with TCATT, TCATT Unsolved and Crime Junkie, there are 275 episodes of fully fledged true crime to keep you going.

TRUE CRIME ALL THE TIME

On ‘True Crime All The Time’ most commonly referred to as TCATT, hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson also known as Gibby guide you through the most fascinating of true crime stories including the likes of Russell Williams, Fred and Rosemary West, Gary Alan Walker and Richard Ramirez to name but a few. They give as much time and thought to the lesser known cases as they do to the most famous

Mike and Gibby both have very interesting and often very different takes on the murders and their perpetrators. This podcast is always a fascinating listen, full to the brim with interesting tidbits of information and very well researched throughout. These two manage to be respectful of how awful the murders they talk about are and still include a healthy sprinkling of humour throughout.

Talented guys with a brilliant podcast! A real must listen of you are a true crime fanatic like me. Find them here on apple podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-all-the-time/id1179629560?mt=2

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TRUE CRIME ALL THE TIME UNSOLVED

Probably my favourite of all the true crime podcasts out there, TCATT Unsolved is also hosted by Mike Ferguson and Mike ‘Gibby’ Gibson (see above).

Unsolved delves into all the weirdest unsolved crimes and murders of our time. As with TCATT, Mike and Gibby guide you step by step through the crimes sparing none of the details. They tell the stories of the victims of these unresolved crimes, look into the facts that surround the case and all the suspects. All while maintaining a light but respectful tone and a bit of humour throughout.

Just as good as, in fact probably better than TCATT and my absolute favourite listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-all-the-time-unsolved/id1195484262?mt=2

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CRIME JUNKIE

This weekly podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and co-host Brit Prawat will definitely give you your true crime fix for the week. Ashley has a brilliant way of telling the stories in such a way that you feel like you are with friends discussing the case. The storytelling is well thought through with a good balance of facts and speculation.

Ashley and Brit both have great voices for podcasting and tell the horrendous stories in a brilliant and caring way. Generally, Crime Junkie is great for lesser known cases and unsolved crimes.

Crime Junkie is out every Monday for your true crime fix: https://crimejunkiepodcast.com and on apple podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-junkie/id1322200189?mt=2

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