ON THE RADAR-MISS ACALACA

2. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MAIN PASSIONS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

Art gives us a chance to express it knows no boundaries, it doesn’t discriminate. I see art everywhere in everything all the time.

Black excellence! I love that we are progressing as the black community, we need to stand together to build, conquer the challenges we are still facing coz I believe we are not yet uhuru maan and unity is the key to our social and economic freedom.

Music gives me freedom to escape, the rhythm, and the beat just keeps me going .

5. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE APPS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

WhatsApp keeps me connected with loved ones and clients
Instagram is my work and playground, I also get some inspiration, keep up with the world, and try to post interesting pictures.

Facebook I get a lot of clients from Facebook I don’t post as much as I do on Instagram though

6. WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR INSPIRATION?

I visualize a lot so I can draw inspiration just from about anything people, food, objects, buildings, clouds, just anything!

7. DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My style is versatile, but it can depend on my mood as well, I wear my heart out lol just kidding, but yeah I can do sexy chic and retro like in one day.

8. FAVOURITE COLOUR OF THE MOMENT?

Pale pink

9. WHAT IS YOUR GO TO OUTFIT/ LOOK?

The classic denim and white look, I just put on a basic white tee or crisp white shirt and my good pair of jeans, dress it up with heels or comfy sneakers to keep it simple

10. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE FASHION ICON?

Rihanna she’s my slay Queen, everything Riri puts on just suits her and she’s a trendsetter and she’s fearless.

17. WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN YOUR CITY?

Explore the city, travel to different locations, and experience the different cultures around Johannesburg before deciding on where to position yourself, visit the social markets, nightlife is always buzzing as well, there are a lot of shopping malls as well. One can never get bored in joburg like for real. There’s a lot do and see museums, art galleries maybe?

18. ARE YOU PART OF ANY SOCIAL COMMUNITIES IN YOUR CITY ?

Not yet it’s hard to find individuals that share the same vision as you, I’m not ready to be part of something that will take a bit of my identity away, so I prefer working with individual creatives for now.

1. ON THE RADAR – MISS ACALACA

My name is Akona Carol Lali, I’m from a small town called Komani in the Eastern Cape, and I’m the second of 3 girls, I’m a free spirited being, an introvert at heart, my passion for fashion started way back, when I was young I got in trouble for cutting my grandmother’s curtains, sometimes old clothes to make clothes for my dolls, and so over the years my passion was grew stronger, after high school I went to study fashion design , fashion buying and merchandising management and graphic design, 2012 I started my brand ACALACA, now I’m working as a stylist and creative director for ACALACA. I’m a small town with big dreams so I decided to move to joburg to make my mark. Soon they’ll know who Miss Acalaca is.

3. WHAT ARE THE FIVE INVALUABLE TIPS YOU CAN SHARE FOR SHOOTING LOOKS?

Lighting– I love natural light and how it highlights my skin, giving me that sun kissed tone.

Background– always check out the background before uploading pictures and just crop or blur out flaws

Location– if you following a theme chose a complimentary location and different locations make pictures look interesting

Angle– you should know which angle to shoot from to capture your looks, good positioning of the camera will give you a great picture

Photo Editing –find a good app to edit your pictures, but don’t overdo it, maan

4. WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE TO SHOOT, AND DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE LOCATIONS OR BACKDROPS?

Most of the time I use my iPhone it takes really great pictures and has different filters to play with. I love the self-timer feature so much then I can shoot myself lol
My photographer uses a Canon camera.
I like shooting outdoors because of natural lighting, but if I’m indoors I like a crisp clean backdrop does it for me,

11. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Locally, Tony gum I just love her she’s amazing I get what she stands for and think we can totally rock it out.
Internationally, Pharrell Williams his music combined with his great sense of style makes me a happy chappy, sometimes I listen to his music while I pick out an outfit or when I get dressed

12. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE TO YOU ?

Honestly I am not a morning person so usually wake up around 7, check and respond to my email/notifications do research.

Brew a pot of tea or coffee while I do yoga or meditate, prepare for my day, meetings, my job gives the freedom to work from anywhere anytime as long as I have my smartphone and internet.

13. WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BEAUTY ROUTINE ?

I follow a simple one, cleanse, moisturise drink water and sleep sufficiently

14. WHAT ARE SOME DREAMS OF YOURS?

Establishing my brand internationallyTravelling the world

15. ANY HIDDEN TALENTS?

Imaginative, innovative, acting, intuition, health and fitness

16. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS’ TIME?

I see myself well established in the fashion industry, working on a lot of projects and collaborations with amazing people and brands, I want to focus on building my brand.