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'Rhythm City' actress Nolo Phiri ventures into fashion

Phiri, in collaboration with Abongile Gwele, launched the clothing line 'Apples and Oranges' last night.

Nolo Phiri at the launch of ‘Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri’. Picture: Itumeleng Mthethwa.

JOHANNESBURG - Rhythm City actress Nolo Phiri, who plays the character of Nikki, has spread her wings into the world of fashion.

Phiri, in collaboration with Abongile Gwele, launched the clothing line 'Apples and Oranges' at the World of Yamaha in Sandton last night.

Abongile Gwele and Nolo Phiri at the launch of Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri.

The actress says she wanted to bring out one of her many talents that people don't know about.

"As an actress, you want people to know that you can do more, because I can do more; people don't even know that I have a production company. When you have been on screen for as long as I have, you get to a particular place where you feel that you need to do more."

An Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri dress.

Gwele, who is the designer of the 'Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri' said, "We decided to have this joint venture where I designed a range around her and around her brand. This particular range was centred on suiting - including a lot of jumpsuits and different styles of de-constructing a suit. We wanted to highlight the space that Nolo Phiri is in, that people don't know about, which is her entrepreneurial ventures."

Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri outfits.

Phiri says the line is created for modern women who are aspirational, willing to knock on doors and do it for themselves.

The crowd was treated to models of all sizes, heights and ages - a unique runway experience in a world where models are expected to be certain height and weight.

#AOforNP @nolophiri_ Abongile Gwele tells us more about the clothing line

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#AOforNP @nolophiri_

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The launch was attended by the likes of Nthabiseng Tau, former 'Meiki' in local soapie Muvhango, Tebogo Khalo and Mduduzi Mabasa, 'Puleng' and 'Suffocate' from Rhythm City, as well as singer Donald.

Former Rhythm City actress Nozipho Nkelemba, who played Charlotte, said the line is "simply amazing".

"It's nice, it's easy to wear, yet stylish and I want it all."

An Apples and Oranges for Nolo Phiri jumpsuit worn by Tebogo Khalo (L), 'Puleng' in Rhythm City, and Samkelo Ndlovu who was the MC at the launch.

While another woman echoed the sentiments of those in the crowed by describing it as "fresh", adding that these are the kinds of clothes many wish they could easily find in store.

Apart from the line, the biggest talk of the night will be the performance given by local singer KB Motsilanyane.

She took the stage shortly after the line was revealed and entertained the crowd with older hits such as O a lla, Rock Lefatshe and newer songs such as Find a way.

It wasn't just her magical voice that had the audience singing along, but her classical dance moves that had people on their feet as well.






@mamosadikb showed us flames at the launch of #AOforNP she still got the moves


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Those who attended shared their feelings about the night on social media.

It's done ! @NoloPhiri apples_and.oranges job well done #AOforNP https://t.co/ziayEiTL8O

. @NathiMthethwaSA congratulates @NoloPhiri for launching her clothing line in partnership with #AOforNP. pic.twitter.com/oH5Ak6XZht

Watch: @NoloPhiri getting down during the launch of #Applesandoranges #AOforNP pic.twitter.com/dfqGGF4exs

Great opening...... @SamkeloNdlovu #AOforNP

@SamkeloNdlovu Now opening the launch of @NoloPhiri's clothing line #ApplesandOranges #AOforNP pic.twitter.com/Y9DscODdzC

All pictures by Itumeleng Mthethwa.

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