Asked & Answered: GaTsh Fros

21 Nov

This one is going to be a marathon. I once got it into my head to feature these two fashion stoned ladies for a magazine article on something called contemporary culture. Don’t ask me what it is, I once asked someone for their definition the answer was eloquent and oh so right , I would have loved to write it here word for word, but my daughter in a very contemporary culture gesture flushed my phone with the message saved in it. And so began my secret love affair with their sometimes jarring but never boring marathon eruptions on the subject of fashion. I promised them a date to a regional Fashion Week one day, and it shall be done even if is only so the Monsieur can bask in their spotlight for a night or two… it does wonders for the ego’s tan. Well then, Gaone and Tsholo… GaTsh Fros… settle in and geTsh some.

Right ho! Ladies, what do you do for GaTsh?
Ga: We translate fashion based on our inner creativity. Through this we promote our own fashion styles which we term “GaTsh”… MIX and MISS. Yes we have inspirations, but an inspiration can only do as much “inspire”.

Tsh: That’s a good question… well on my part, I’ll talk about GaTsh any day, with any and everyone, till the social networks run outta business, till the second coming of Jesus Christ. We plan, inspire, innovate, advocate, encourage life principles through fashion. As GaTsh, we get our voices out there. We organises your Life. When I struggle with words, GaTsh gives me a voice, I speak fluent gestures through GaTsh.

What does GaTsh do for us?
Ga: Our job is to transform you into a person you would like to look at every minute of every day simple because you love how you look. Look forward to opening you closet and choosing an outfit that you would look good on. We crave the challenge to be faced with opportunity to style an ordinary person who is into fashion but does not have an idea on what would look good on them and what wouldn’t. GaTsh Fros provides outsourced style consulting and personal shopping services and update individual/company looks.
We DO NOT style based on what we define our fashion as (mix and miss), we style according to what the client prefers based on their occupation, body shape etc and translate that to a better fitted look for you. But if you want to go GaTsh, then let the transformation begin!!

Tsh: GaTsh, is here to inspire you to think beyond the box of ‘what is’ to ‘what can be’ .To encourage you to look beyond the limitations of ‘other’ created rules and follow your own vibe…wear what makes you feel good about yourself…we are here to open your mind, kick the rules out of the window and help you follow your heart and your own sensibility. Forget what Glamour says and frankly if being a ‘don’t’ is the only way that makes you feel good then by all means GO FOR IT! Don’t worry about the whispers and the finger pointing. As long as you are expressing your own self and not merely trying to replicate the selves others created, you win. GaTsh is your voice of reason, you shouldn’t have to dress safe just so you can blend in and avoid people staring. We advocate for confidence. ‘Regular’ and ‘safe’ are opinions and you don’t have to agree if you don’t share them. But remember. You don’t have to be bold if that’s not you. GaTsh is here for you. GaTsh is, your guardian gods of fashion.

If there was no GaTsh… lets rephrase, what would you be doing if you weren’t into fashion?
Ga: GaTsh is here now, later and beyond time, but if I was not into fashion the next best things would have been interior designing and a new found love is cooking. I’d probably be exploring my chef skills. Best thing has to be experimenting on a new dish and garnishing the food. These two come close to how I would like to spend most of my energy if I wasn’t into fashion because they both have an element of creativity.

Tsh: I’D BE a god of gesture, a god of swift movement as in, a choreographer. I’d be somewhere around the world touring with Janet Jackson as her choreographer or choreographer of this year’s season of “So you think you can dance”. I am a very artistic soul.

So Fashion… what is it?
Ga: Fashion is only a guide to what lies beneath your style sense. Fashion and its trends come and go with every page turned.

Tsh: Fashion is WHAT money can buy. Fashion is the science of appearances. Fashion is what’s in. FASHION is expensive. I always say, a lot of people who are fashionable think they are stylish. Same way that a lot of people think money can buy u style-misappropriation of terms. HUGE DIFFERENCE. GET IT RIGHT

Is there such a thing in Botswana?
Ga: Is there fashion in our motherland!! Mmh, I would say we are getting there a slow pace but gotla siama.

Tsh: Yes, there is fashion in Botswana. It’s semi-conscious. Batswana now know what’s trending and what’s in. They know the science, it looks promising. You got your local designers even; they know what’s HAUTE what’s NOT. It’s a palpable awakening.

How does it manifest locally, what can we say is 100% Botswana fashion?
Tsh: 100% BOTSWANA? Di sandal tsa matlalo a podi… hahaha… OKAY, seriously… Our fashion is borrowed.

So who are your top three style icons in Botswana? Oh, and why?
Ga: Mpho Laing… My Mum.

Tsh: My top 3 style icons in Bots are; style icons? Whaaat a title for Botswana, okay… my mom, my style is influenced by my mum (she has a good eye for detail, cut and ALL things clothes… I guess she’s a big part of my “inner style”… the insane ladi in me is just an extension of her… another Bots style icon, yess… GAONE my right boobie, GaTsh Fros and Mpho Laing. These fros are EPIC. They do NOT follow rules. They make their own rules 🙂 they are fearless… They make shifts.

This year saw some movement on the local fashion scene; out of 10 how did you rate each of the following; Gabs Fashion Nite; Colour in the Desert Fashion Week; Botswana Fashion Week?
Ga: 7/10, 8/10 and 5/10 respectively.

Tsh: Gabs fashion nite, was a first, was like a baby taking its first steps, a breath-taking moment for Botswana fashion industry. It was the first step to the staircase. It was that first garment worn to make that first impression. I give it a 9/10, beautiful but likkle bit short. Colour in the desert 7/10—wonderful nite… but the turn out wasn’t up to par, don’t know if I should blame it on the advertising or stubborn minded people. Last “Botswana Fashion Week. Botswana Fashion WEAK” that’s how some people saw it as. I’ll give it a NO COMMENT. Thank you.

What was the stand out moments in 2011’s local fashion scene?
Ga: Fashion Night, Miss Botswana Fashion show and Colour in the Desert Fashion Week.
Batswana ne ba kgabile, it’s good to know now that people do not rely on purchasing clothes from stores, they can wear local designer clothes
Tsh: Stand out moments? ME, WEARING A TUTU. I SHOCKED DA hell outa myself coz my style is 60% tomboyish 40 vintage… sometimes vice-versa. So a tutu, it was a 1ST. Really. It was me steeping outa my comfort zone. KOKETSO CHIEPE, KAONE KARIO 🙂  thought I looked woowza 🙂 too. GaTsh Fros, we just compliment each other. Gaone rocked a self made belt/corset kinda belt. YAYA(America’s Next Top Model) WAS SHOCKED. WE PROMISE. OHH AND THE VH1 GLAM GOD, INDASHIO. It was a special night for US and for the Colour in the Desert I got another compliment from Kaone Kario, my green cassette neck piece..ohh A.T.I HAVE HAD MOMENTS too. AND rapper K-BOS’ Chinese outfits for MISS BOTSWANA fashion show.

What were the low lights of the same scene in 2011?
Ga: Turn out at Bots Fashion Week was disappointing the first night of the show, and people did not put much effort into their outfits. The vibe was just not what we expected. But I’m sure they will up their game next time.
Tsh: LOW LIGHT? Everyone playing it “regular” or “safe” or and the low lights 🙂

What about performing artists, which ones need help and which ones are doing it right.
Ga: Ba ba sharp; Internationally: Lady Gaga, her music allows her to the crazy things she does, Kanye West, CB etc
Locally: Touch, ATI, Shanti Lo etc…
Not; Locally, baba ikitseng ba nna ba apere jeans and T-shirts all the time, its time for a change please.

Tsh: DOING IT RIGHT: first and foremost, K-Bos, Juju boy, A.T.I, Touch, Ozi-F Teddy. Doing it wrong; Am sorry… Slizer… and y’all “BITISTS/copy cats” Go to your rooms, think and SET YOUR OWN TRENDS. Re lapile.

So you are Fashionistas of the month (October) on http://www.the4acesdate.com what is that all about?
Ga: We’ve been following the blog for some time and from there they asked to feature us on their blog as fashionistas of the week sometime in October, before we knew it we were competing with some other fashionistas/ bloggers from abroad for the fashionista of the month spot. People had to vote for their favourite fashionistas and GaTsh Fros got the most votes. To all those who took the time to vote for us, thank you. All we had to do was speak the universal fashion language.

Tsh: 4aces are American based fashionistas, stylists, Bloggers. They loved what they saw, contacted us for an interview, next thing we were fashionistas of the week and now we off to competing for Fashionistas of the Month (October) and oh yaa we the only Africans 😉 so please vote for us. Thank you fashion nerds. Bless. www.the4acesdate.com

What is the next fashion eruption out of your creative volcano?
Ga: All you have to do is keep your eyes glued to our FB page and blog spot. Fashion will never be the same in Bots once we get to where we want to be.
Tsh: Hehe… watch this space… NO REALLY. watch.this.space… if you don’t see anything a year from now. BLAME IT ON GLOBAL WARMING… and while you are at it, show love still. Mix and Miss.

What is your favourite fashion sin, one you repeat again and again?
Ga: Prints, I seem to always choose bold printed clothes that plain ones and I’ll forever love high wait pants and skirts I’ll repeat this sin till I grow a big belly.

Tsh: SOME might think it’s a fashion sin but I mix and miss deliberately all the time. Am a “vintage ho 🙂 ”. May rock clashing prints from head to toe, big man shirts, big padded blouses, loose big vintage clothing, oversized blazers, that’s me. Go loose and big or go home. I feed off it.


What was your top international fashion moment last month?
Tsh: Top of my mind now… International fashion top moment? Kanye West’s ladies fashion line for his late mom, DW. *fashionistas group hug*

What was your take on Africa Fashion Week 2011 in 5 words?
Ga: Timeless fashion, intriguing, inspiring,
Tsh: BRAVERY.INNOVATION.TIMELESS.UNDATED.COLOUR.
So far it’s only two of you, any plans to recruit any more “GaTshians”?
Ga: Ga+Tsh=GaTsh. PERIOD

Tsh: Never say never… BUT for now GaTsh is GAONE AND TSHOLO.3rd party… umm…You know what they say about 3rd parties.

Last word… how would you add GaTsh to your head of state?
Ga: Think he should try new suit designs, a new approach to fashion. He still looks good for his age, and personal stylists like GaTsh Fros would help him turn many heads. The afro suits him, but it still makes one wonder how he would look if he had shorter hair 🙂

Tsh: Yeesss!!!.. colour, fitted tailoring, a clean cut 🙂 THATS HOW I’D GATSH HIM UP 🙂 ANYWAYZ, Be a fashion nerd, mix and miss, it’s your choice, really. Anti-rules SHOULD be the title of your life story and the best way to a fulfilling life. GaTsh it.

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