NAMA 2019 team ropes in a diverse group of fashion and beauty experts.
The Namibian Annual Music Awards are the country’s biggest local
music event, honouring artistic excellence. On the side-lines, the musical extravaganza has evolved into a celebration of fashion and all things beautiful. Namibians continue to go all out in a bid to turn heads while strutting their stuff on the NAMAs blue carpet.
This year, the NAMA organisers have assembled some of the best young talents in the country to transform NAMAs’ presenters into blue carpet royalty. Armed with just their make-up brushes and sewing machines, these designers and make-up artists will play fairy godmother(s) behind the scenes – each offering a unique touch.
One such designer is Melisa Poulton, the brains and creativity behind House of Poulton. The 30-year-old Poulton hails from Windhoek and specializes in all aspects of fashion and design: from ready-to-wear, evening wear, bridal, sportswear, and African attire. House of Poulton already has two of Namibia’s biggest stars as its brand ambassadors, songbirds Lize Ehlers and Oteya. Poulton has also dressed some presenters and performers for the NAMAs over the last five years.
She describes her signature style as unique with a bold and strong touch.
“My designs are inspired by the motto freedom, strength, and independence,” the Cape Academy of Fashion and Design graduate explains.
Joining Poulton in the transformation room is hairstylist Emma Shilongo. She describes herself as an efficient and organised salon owner with over 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry. A graduate of the prestigious School of Cooperative Technical Education in New York, she says her goal is to help clients
improve their personal appearance and self-confidence. As a professional hairdresser, Shilongo has a fine eye for anticipating her clients’ needs and thus is sharp at developing solutions and recommendations.
“I am fully licensed and equipped to design and implement a look that is customized for you. I am a hairdresser who does not stop with adequate, but rather makes it my goal to ensure that you are thrilled with your look, hence proficient in any number of styles, whether you desire your hair down, half-up, or an up-do looking
elegant, couture, or simply chic,” she explains.
Also contributing towards creating the perfect look is top grade Brazilian hair supplier, Getruda Malawi. She is the founder and owner of G M Fashion Namibia.
This will be the second year, Malawi is sponsoring hair for the NAMA presenters.
No look is complete without daring nails and ensuring that happens, the NAMA organisers have roped in Samuel Shimhanda. Known as Fantastic Sam, the nail technician is the founder of Fantastic Samuel Nails Perfection Salon.
Shimhanda has been in the industry for more than six years and says that he is motivated by the idea of seeing everyone who sits in his chair leave happy. Constantly abreast with what’s happening in the beauty front, he always offers new trends and is often very experimental, with a bag full of creativity.
Also joining the NAMAs 2019 glam squad is Lumière – The Style Avenue. Lumiere is the brainchild of Vistorina Ilonga and means light in French. Ilonga says she started fashion as a hobby powered by a deep love for exquisite style and personal care. This led her to register and formalize the business in 2009 and officially establish the Lumière brand in 2014. Lumière started by retailing and marketing on social media and providing a pop-up shop concept.
Further joining the team is fashion designer Nicoleen Menjono. Hailed from Swakopmund, Menjono burst onto the fashion scene when she exhibited her work at Young Designers Fashion Show.
“I did various other shows like Himba in the mix, and placed second overall best designer, and at the Queen B Fashion show, I was accorded the title Show Stopper. From there the fashion industry was mine to conquer,” she explains with a laugh. She has since offered her creations to 2015, 2016, and 2017 NAMAs.
Adding a touch of experience to the mix is veteran designer Dawn. The Mariental born fashion designer, whose real name is Donald Diergaardt, is a self-taught local fashion designer, who says he takes passion in making high-end clothing for ladies of all shapes and sizes. Founder of the brand, THE BREAK OF DAWN, Dawn has dressed former Miss Namibia contestants and winners. His lists of high profile clients include former Miss Universe Michelle McLean-Baily.
“My brand represents classic, sophistication and elegant designs from evening gowns to wedding dresses, he explains.
The glam squad wouldn’t be up and running without one of Namibia’s most sought after young fashion designers, Simeone Johannes. Johannes is a graduate from the University of Namibia, and holds a BA Honours Degree in Public Relations and Fashion Studies. He founded synEDGY in February 2018. SynEDGY draws inspiration from sources outside the realm of fashion, particularly music, film, visual and performing arts as well as streetwear. Simeone has dressed some of Namibia’s
most celebrated celebrities like Miss Namibia 2018 Selma Kamanya and songbird Lize Ehlers.
Among those ensuring that the presenters’ hair matches their look is hairstylist Merino Kandjii. A creative in her own right, Kandjii has a good eye for fashion, style, and color.
“I pursued my career in hairdressing after cutting my friend’s hair at school. I now have over 15 years’ experience under my belt. I’m a real people’s person and enjoy talking to my customers, he explains. Kandjii says he is passionate about hair techniques and starting new trends.
And then, there is an award-winning make-up artist, Hannah Nangula-Kolokwe. Nangula-Kolokwe has been barrier-breaking; taking the local fashion industry by storm and establishing herself as a real trailblazer with her self-titled makeup range. With over nine years’ experience, the makeup artist who early in her career
was only armed with a plastic back of makeup has gone on to set the benchmark for excellence in makeup. Dubbed “queen of the brush”, she is the founder of Hannah Nangula Cosmetics. When she is not turning her clients into swans, she is
also empowering people through job creation and skills transfer. Juggling motherhood, being a wife and still being a leading force in the local cosmetics industry, Nangula-Kolokwe represents every facet of the powerful 21st-century woman.
Completing the incredible NAMAs glam squad is Suoma Ndapandula Katshuna. She is a wife, mother and a certified makeup artist from Shadonai Beauty School and further went to advance with celebrity makeup artist Beez glam in South Africa. She comes from the beautiful Northern town of Oshakati, but is now based in Windhoek. She joined the makeup industry about two years ago and has since worked on various productions such as Miss Namibia 2017, the Windhoek Fashion Week 2017 as well as several NBC TV productions.
This year’s Namibian Annual Music Awards will be held at The Dome in Swakopmund on 7 September 2019.