The Standard Bank Luju Festival Fashion Police will be on the hunt for this year’s best dressed winners! If you aren’t shy to stand out from the crowd and flaunt your unique sense of style, while artistically incorporating this year’s theme – A Return to the African Future – then we are looking for you. Afro-futurism, as we are calling it, is all about embracing Africa’s rich history, colourful traditions and unique style, while celebrating the prospects of a bright African future. Our judges will be looking for a sense of style that exhibits the following:

  • A unique approach to our Afro-futuristic theme
  • An African vintage look inspired by the township jive of the 50’s in Sophiatown and Accra’s highlife jazz bands
  • A creative design that demonstrates an understanding of Luju as a colourful social space and lifestyle hub.

PRIZES INCLUDE:

1st Prize – A night for two at the Happy Valley Hotel

2nd Runner-Up – A full body massage for two at The George Hotel

3rd Runners-Up – Dinner for two at Malandela’s Restaurant

                                                                                                                                      

 

LUJU BEST DRESSED JUDGING PANEL

Jewel Coza

Jewel is the founder, director, and “Editor in Chic” of JEWELCOZA, a lifestyle brand which reaches tens of thousands of people globally through social media.

As the face of Sir John (Beyoncé’s makeup artist) x WBeauty, she has travelled to New York through the campaign and engaged young girls on the essence looking stylish and classy.

With 5 years’ worth of experience in styling individuals and brands, developing businesses and increasing their visibility editorially and through style mentoring, this fashion and style expert is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Jewel has empowered countless women to take control of their looks by mastering styling skills. Her insatiable knack for fashion has inspired her to master the art through education. She is currently studying at FEDISA in Cape Town towards her Honors in Fashion.

Mncedisi Kunene

Mncedisi is a young creative and freelance artist in the fashion industry in Eswatini and most parts of Southern Africa. He regards fashion and art as a calling that has been strengthened through his training in fashion.

Growing up, he was exposed to a lot of creative fashion designs through his grandmother whom he says was exceptionally talented and gifted in the eye of fashion design. In the broad fashion industry, he has been particularly interested in vintage clothing through which he gets to channel his grandmother. His appreciation for vintage is also allows him to visit to the old days that he never got to experience

 

Thobeka Manyathela

Thobeka is a passionate writer and the current editor of the Times Swazi News and the Sunday Times. Her previous role as the publication’s Style Editor offered her a platform to express her passion and further sharpen her eye for fashion. Thobeka believes that fashion transcends current trends. According to her, it captures timeless pieces that leave an unforgettable style trail that will inspire generations to come. This undisputed fashionista boasts several vintage pieces that she stylishly mixes with the latest trends. She believes that fashion is a magical way of making a statement.

Sakhile Gumbi

Sakhile is a designer, poet, musician, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker and creative director. As a designer and photographer, he expresses his interest in portraiture and the idea of a presentation of self as a lived performance. He also engages on how fashion interacts with identity, connectedness, creativity and association with changes in tradition and subcultures.

Ur Gal Zee

Ur Gal Zee is an MTN brand ambassador, MC, voice of Entertainment Eswatini, social media personality and a lover of all things fashion and music. She has a sharp eye for style and assembling breath-taking looks. She acknowledges the role that Instagram has played in helping her identify the latest trends. Her style icons are Bonang Matheba for her daring looks, Victoria Beckham for her classy, chic style, and historical beauties like Audrey Hepburn for her timeless Hollywood glam. She describes herself as a simple girl who knows how to steal the spotlight when the occasion calls for it.