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Young, Famous & African Season 2 Stylist, Mbali Rose Ntuli shares the inspo behind her favourite looks

The stars of the popular reality show, Young, famous & African served drama and looks in abundance this season. We caught up with the lady behind some of these memorable ensembles. Here, she lets us in on her creative process.

Sebabatso in Ortiz Seflo, Rent-a-Couture

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This look is designed by Ortiz Seflo, sourced from Rent-a-Couture, a black female owned designer boutique in Pretoria. This was Seflo final look that I styled, and I wanted her to close off with a bang of glitz, glamour and confidence, which is why I went for this richly coloured, heavily embellished Ortiz Seflo gown.

Sebabatso Wears Bayanda Khatini

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The dress code for Zari’s party was “African Royalty”. Sebabatso attended as Xhosa Royalty in this intricately beaded Bayanda Khatini gown with an illusion neckline. Bayanda beautifully heroes the signature traditional Xhosa black and white and repeat binding. I styled the gown with pops of red in the accessories and a bold red lip. This felt like the perfect stand-out look to introduce her to the group.

Rosette Ncwana wears David Tlale

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Rosette and I decided we were going to go for an equal part Classy, Sexy and Lady-like look for her diaries. Rosette wears a texture, tailored, brocade mini dress with Structured ¾ sleeves from David Tlale’s Spring Summer 21/22 Collection. I kept the styling minimal on this look, letting the stunning fabric with its metallic features highlight, and draw attention to her beautiful face.

Rosette Ncawna wears Malondie

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This was my favourite look on Rosette, mostly because I managed to push her out of her comfort zone with this bold coloured, bold printed and bold structured gown. Diary looks are all about making a statement, and this gorgeous, structured dress supplied that impact in heaps. I let the dress and Rosette’s beauty do all the talking, by keeping the styling minimal and her hair up, and she carried it incredibly well. Unfortunately, this look didn’t make the edits, but fortunately for you, you get a never-before-seen sneak peek.

Diamond Platnumz wears Tshepo Jeans

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In our initial consultation, Diamond explained to me how his style, much like his music, is always evolving. Diamond is currently exploring a more contemporary sound and looking to appeal more to his younger listeners and wanted his style to reflect that. I thought, what better brand to match Diamond’s Cool, Creative energy, than Tshepo Jeans. I was immediately drawn to the salmon-coloured denim suit in the Tshepo Showroom. I styled the look to be inspired by Diamond’s “Loverboy” energy this season, with a printed headscarf, pink shades and dainty gold accessories.

Andile wears Presidential

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Swanky hosted an “Egyptian Gods” themed party to close off the season, and I decided to draw from the Egyptian themes of gold, opulence, and geometric patterns for the dapper Andile. This Jacket, by Presidential, designers of the Madiba shirt, styled with classic tux elemets, presented a beautiful combination of all of my chosen Egyptian themes, and Andile’s classic style. For the accessories, incorporated African touches, with Andile sporting a pair of African Continent shaped gold studs from South African jewelry designer, Ditsala Designs.

Meet the Stylist

Mbali Rose Ntuli is a 26 year old Fashion Stylist, born and raised in the Eastern Cape. She is the founder and brains behind MBALI Rose Styling, and rapidly building a name for herself in Film, Television and Entertainment. She boasts a wealth of experience, and her work continues to capture the attention of globally recognised productions and brands. This dynamic Wardrobe Head of Department is excited to take African Fashion to the world.

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