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EYE ON THE KHOI-FRO

We love it when fashion bloggers from the African continent land their style in our inbox.

ELLE’s online editor met Botswanan stylist, fashion blogger and Solange look-alike Tsholo Dikobe over a chance email.

We’ve had our eye on her ever since…

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1. Who is the Khoi-Fro?

I am a young creative, fashion artist from Botswana. Khoi,  because I am kissed by the sun twice. Fro (woman), because I love and have the capacity to love the whole world. I feel a need to advocate for creativity and confidence building through fashion communication.

2. Why/how did you start blogging?

I started blogging because of my continual creative energy. Through my blogging I share my voice – how I am feeling and how I look when I feel a certain way. I have many stories to tell and I love to share them.

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3. Your style icon/s?

I am in love with JULIA SARR JAMOIS (Fashion Editor of Wonderland magazine UK) and LEAF GREENER ( Senior Fashion Editor for ELLE China). They both look like they were dipped in stardust! I also adore Elena Perminova, Lady Gaga and Solange Knowles.

Here, south of the equator, I appreciate CHU Suwannapha (Drum Magazine’s Fashion Director) and singer, Camagwini. At home my style icons are my mom, the Governor of the Bank of Botswana, Linah Mohohlo, blogger Tshepo Kutjwe and Karabo Mothibi.

4. Three  fashion blogs you follow?

Street Peeper, The Sartorialist, Urban Bush Babes.

5. Where do you shop?

I shop any and everywhere. But for now my aim is to buy Botswana. I love flea markets for their authentic one-of-a-kind pieces. Stores like Mr Price are also doing an excellent job in retail. I must add, I shop when I have to, not when I want to. My favourite designers have to be Alexander McQueen for the simple reason that his fashion is incredibly artistic, Nicholas Kirkwood – he is a visionary to say the least and his shoe design is like a piece of architecture and Mary Katrantzou – she is the designer to watch right now.

Locally I admire Palesa Mukubung Mantsho’s work, Mustafa Hassanali, Maki Oh, Black Trash (Botswana), David Tlale, Loin Cloth & Ashes by Anisa Mpungwe and  accessories designers such as Babatunde,  Boitshoko Kebakile (House of Divinity – Botswana) and Neo Motseosi Ooke (African Lace – Botswana) . These designers are African gems.

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6. Favourite fashion trends for S/S2013?

I was invited to the Berlin Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in July  and I gravitated towards the sporty trend. It continues on the direction of sleek, minimal and luxurious. I also adore anything handmade with detail and craftsmanship like grommets, prints and embroidery. But this season I am definitely trying dungarees, huge hats, more graphics, off-kilter colour schemes and head-to-toe colour.

7. Most expensive item in your wardrobe?

I am a frugal fashion nerd. My most expensive item has to be my recent purchases – two light floral coats. The colour, the feel and the texture are expensive, but they are the cheapest items I own. That said, I feel priceless when I am wearing them. My MJ sequin blazer and Jeffrey Campbell-Aldo suede 22-inch half boots cost me the most money in my wardrobe.

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8. What’s on your spring wardrobe wish list?

The postage dress by Mary Katrantzou, a graphic Balenciaga sweatshirt,  and I’d like to finish off the look with Nicholas Kirkwood Picasso geometric slippers.

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to be Anna Wintour – I would love to hold her position. I am working towards that and more.

10. Any tips for aspiring fashion bloggers?

Start soon, in fact start now. Find your niche and stick to it. Try to stray from what’s already out there in the fashion blogosphere and switch things up. Do not compare yourself to the most successful bloggers and never copy what they are doing. Know why you want to blog and what message you want your blog to deliver.  Most importantly, love what you do and be original – trend in a new light.

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See more: thekhoifro.wordpress.com

Photographer: Khwezi Mphatlalatsan