Get wardrobe revived in Pai's design

Paichideya Demoyo

Are you in the market for a powerful wardrobe that's also stylish in every seam? Meet Paidemoyo Chideya, also known as "Pai," the notable emerging designer behind the clothing brand, DeMOYO.

The DeMoyo collection, mostly produced in Canada with hopes of also adding Zimbabwe to the list, consists of bold hued silhouettes that play on the art of draping. For example, the Bustier/Cowel dress, or the Princess Seamed/Cowel skirt, which comes in Regal colours with unique style lines. There's also garments like the Princess dress, that offers a contemporary and edgy take on the LBD, a must-have staple item in every woman's wardrobe.
Demoyo Fashion collection
For her Spring 2011 collection Chideya attributes her inspiration to her mother, Mazano (referencing her middle name). "She taught me to be limitless, and thus, my ode to Majestic Mazano," says the designer. Chideya's creations has already captured the eyes of many and for good reason. When a woman wears her garments she immediately exudes confidence, and daring style.

The unequivocal influence of Chideya's travels and eclectic background is one resounding element that attracts women to her clothing, with having lived in places like London, and Sweden. Yet, it's the sophisticated qualities she acquired living in New York that adds depth and eloquence to her designs.

Holding past apprenticeships with fashion gurus like Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, and all American celebratory designer, Ralph Lauren it's clear that Chideya has started off in a dashing path with outstanding mentors. "New York is a melting pot of unlimited possibilities and people," says Chideya. It's her eagerness to learn, proper timing, and tenacity that has immensely helped her in her career thus far.
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What does this emerging designer live by? It's this simple motto, Remember thee, remember thee. "We are all created to be magnificent reflections of God. I strive to live by this everyday. We all have great purpose on this planet, its just that most of us have forgotten," says Chideya.

The DeMoyo collection uses silks, chiffons, and satins, but also provides eco-friendly fabric choices with natural dyes, using broadcloths and sheen cottons, amongst other materials for an added casual elegance. She manages to arrest the essence of a stylish woman, one who wants to make her presence known in a fashionable way. Your closet will surely be revived and freed from boring apparel!

Chideya is an inspiring designer who has high aspirations, and will stop at nothing until it is fulfilled. She hopes to expand her brand in the next few years to specialty boutiques located in Europe, and North and South America, in addition to creating a Flagship store in Africa.

What's next? Well, look out for the DeMoyo collection in South Africa Fashion Week next year.

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Photos: Courtesy of Paidemoyo Chideya

Dark Homme: Industrial worker-chic, or Warrior masterpiece

I grew up around wonderfully artistic people who dressed daily in what they either had tucked in their closet, created themselves, or found at local vintage shoppes; modifying everything to their individual style, which was often in printed form. Needless to say, being encompassed by this at an early age also affected my fashion choices.  However, when it came to my love for men's design I always tend to gravitate to organic silhouettes with tailored details, or dark, very abstractive, and often extremely unique pieces of art.

During my travels with a friend, I was completely enamoured by a young man's outfit that we'd seen in-passing on the street. After making haste to introduce myself and chat about the pieces that he wore, he mentioned that it had been purchased from one of his favourite boutiques, DarkLands. Oh, yes! How could I have forgotten ... it's an ultra-special place! This boutique exemplifies my highest adorations of "outside of the box design," as well as contemporary worn art. 

DarkLands is a Berlin-based men's fashion store that carries some of the most innovative, dark, edgy, and raw designer clothing and accessories. You'll find pieces from designers like Damir Doma, Rick Owens, and Obscur, hanging alongside other avant-garde peers such as Boris Bidjan Saberi, Yohan Serfaty, or MA+, to name a few. Campbell McDougall, a Canadian native and owner behind this vanguard of dark garb, initially started selling similar-styled clothing in his (then) Vancouver residence at the Komakino  guerilla store. But, when he made the move to the art inspiring streets of Berlin, he also carried a roster of high-end designers to add to his new clothing racks. 

This multi-locale, changing store has a diverse and international clientele as well as stylish locals that welcome DarkLands' clever, board game-like move of say, every 6 months to a year or so, which allows them to take advantage of spaces in many areas to set-up shop with a skillful imagination.

The store much like the clothing has an esoteric quality that makes it intriguing. After viewing these selections, I am inspired once again to go back to my roots of designing men's wear, which for me was the passion that started it all. I'm sold on this place, and there's also an on-line store for those of us who don't reside in Berlin. If you're like me and absolutely love cutting edge men's wear or possibly know a male who's worthy of these threads head over to the DarkLands. Have a look at these forward creations. 
I call it: "Tale of a Nomad: Battle-shield, goth, and roll!"  

Aitor Throup


Boris Bidjan Saberi
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Top photos: Yohan Serfaty

Proper finishing, Because One Can't go naked

Okay, the moment that you've been waiting for is here; the curtain has been drawn for an exciting handbag company that awaits for your special purchase. Would you like to add the right finishing touch to your wardrobe? Perhaps you just want to give your wallet a new and improved comfortable home that's fashionable and eco-friendly. 

You're in the right place because Fashion Tales is proud to collaborate with a new brand sponsor Can't go naked. Can't go naked is a high-end fashion handbag company that produces well-crafted designs, that are both multi-functional, and sustainable.

You likely possess a great shoe, necklace, and a pair of staple denim to accompany the stylish print that you're wearing. However, there is still one thing missing ... a versatile bag to complete the look! I am happy to share with a new handbag company that I love and will be providing a nice little discount for you in the next week.

Their use of exquisite leather and materials that are quality conscious, as well as concept driven is extremely favoured by their diverse clientele. Designer, Katja Marschner started the brand with the simple theme of expanding the idea of versatility with practicality. As a result, Marschner's product has grown an international and enthusiastic client base. 

Can't go naked offers a multitude of fashionable selections that will add luxury to your favourite ensembles. There's designs like the 3 in 1 collection that allows you to wear a bag in a variety of ways. You have other savvy options such as, the 24hours or the Bowling bag, which can be described as a travel worthy, lightweight shopper (for the modern and organic-shape loving customer). There's also must-haves like the Folding Pouch, as it converts into a waist-bag, clutch, and even a shoulder bag!

If you wanted options there's plenty of them, and you may choose from colours that blend seamlessly into your closet.

Your clothing will not matter as much until you try 'Can't go naked!' Fortunately, these are absolutely perfect for holiday giving or a mere token of self-gifting love. So, go ahead, make the right statement and indulge in these sustainable treasures for your everyday needs!

Stay tuned for more specials!
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