Saturday, September 15, 2012


Unpaid bills land gabs fashion queen in prison
Koketso Chiepe wowed Gaborone last year with the inaugural Fashion Night that brought here Hollywood stars in New York model Sessile Lopez, Hollywood actress and model Yaya Dacosta, USA fashion designer and television celebrity Indashio, and Poland-based Motswana television celebrity chef, Joseph Seeletso; but the debts she accumulated for the extravaganza have now landed her in prison..... these were the opening words on the front cover of  the MONITOR newspaper early in the week( Monday, 10 September 2012  |  Issue: Vol.13 No.34) . 

 Koketso Chiepe the designer originally hails from Botswana who was arrested on the grounds of bounced cheques and  was carted away for questioning. Last year, she was one of the designers who participated at the first ever MTN Lagos fashion and design week. 

 According to the reports ...When she finally breathes fresh air on Wednesday this week albeit momentarily, Chiepe will have spent 20 days and nights at the Gaborone Village prison. On Friday Gaborone West Police's CID Division confirmed to The Monitor that the fashion designer has been locked up since August 24, further explaining that this was on account of  debts that resulted in one of her creditors applying for  civil imprisonment.

The globe-trotter who has been living in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (US) was locked up on August 24, after one of her creditors (name known to The Monitor) applied for civil imprisonment on the grounds that Chiepe had been playing hide- and-seek after booking flight tickets through them for her celebrity guests for the inaugural Gaborone Fashion Night last year.
The celebrities also included Botswana's US-based model Kaone Kario, Lopez and Lopez's mother. On Wednesday, Chiepe will be let out of her prison cell at the Village prison to appear briefly at the Broadhurst Magistrate's Court, where lawyers acting for the creditors, Isaac Seloko Attorney's will, among other things, ask the court to confiscate the fashion designer's travel documents so she does not disappear again.Another creditor, this time a top class hotel in Gaborone, embarrassed Chiepe on the night of this year's Fashion Weekend that was held last month, when they had the police whisk her away in the middle of the show to Gaborone West Police Station.
Thanks to her family, the fashion designer was able to go back to her event after family intervention that saw her debts of P18,000 at the hotel settled quickly to secure her immediate release.However, on Thursday Gaborone West Police told The Monitor that they have a pending criminal case of fraud against the well-travelled fashion designer. Officer-in-Charge at Gaborone West Police's Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Superintendent Tlotlanang Mogwase, said the hotel had reported that Chiepe paid them with bouncing cheques......
You can view the rest here - -MONITOR 


Ace photographer - Reze Bonna , was mentioned in Photo Vogue section of Vogue Italia on one of his works titled - The African Headpiece .
For more info , check  VOGUE  .

All is set , as the organizers of the Ghana Fashion week have unveiled the list of designers taking part in this premiere event . Only 3 Nigerian brands would be blazing the runway this year.


Orange Culture is more than a line; it’s a movement. A movement for men and women, who do not allow clothes to determine who they are, but make an individual stand out from a crowd. It’s a line for people who enjoy beautiful colours, textures and movement. The designer, Adebayo Oke-Lawal has consistently been involved in a broad spectrum in fashion since he began designing at age 10. His work ranges from styling and designing to journalism and writing. Adebayo has worked with renowned fashion & Lifestyle magazines and which today has greatly influenced his creative work.


The Mimi Lee London label is driven by the ethos of a London ‘it’ girl who loves to play and experiment with her looks. She is always on the hunt for that uber exclusive garment that ensures she stays way ahead of the pack! The Mimi-Lee London girl lives a jet setting lifestyle, today she sailing at an exclusive strip in St. Tropez . Tomorrow she is at the front row of Japan fashion week eyeing up the hottest fashion trends. With sales territories in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the Mimi Lee London label is rapidly gaining recognition as a ‘Hot’ new and exclusive brand to look out for! Mimi Lee London is an element of surprise, delicate silk fabrics, and Japanese hand painting techniques adorn some of the garments. All garments come in dress boxes with crepe paper for that ultimate luxurious buying experience.



Alali Boutique Inspired by the subconscious thoughts of Creative Director, Oroma Cookey-Gam, her designs fuses together surface water sports’ wear with the glamour of the 1950s to create effortlessly stylish pieces. Alali boutique brings a fresh refined looks and a contemporary attitude, the brand is an emerging retail fashion brand in Nigeria that specializes in eclectic pieces for the daring individual. At the heart of the ALALI Boutique philosophy lies individuality, expressed in both its basics and elaborate pieces, which are all, tailored to exude an effortless chic lifestyle. ALALI Boutique’s signature style manipulates silhouettes, prints and colours, with an emphasis on casual elegance. 

To view the complete list click - GFDW


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