Thursday, April 29, 2010

Further b*#ching about Journalism

“Kaput” is the word chosen by Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani as she blogged about the disappointing direction journalism in her beloved Italy was taking.

“Our country,” she wrote, “known for having, in such a short stretch of land, the greatest works of art, churches, museums, palaces, is now full of trash”
She was referring to the tabloid journalism that is gripping the Italian media. She goes on to say that the trash journalism in that country serves only the egos of those who practice within it, trashing anyone who is anyone and only applauding “friend” designers and businessmen.
Sozzani’s sentiments about her country’s shameful state of journalism echo my own as I’ve previously expressed on this very blog, where I spoke of the “cronyism that grips South African fashion journalism”. We are writing junk, where only our friends can do right and whoa unto those designers who have no media friends; their work will forever be relegated to second best, or even irrelevance.
I continue to urge those of us in the media industry who call themselves journalists to question every scribble of their pen by asking the simple question; “what purpose am I serving by writing this piece?”
This copycat journalism of trying to replicate british or American tabloidization and sensationalism is hurting us badly. The trash that Sozzani refers to is just all too familiar for the South African audience. What we need is a critical fashion media that realizes that we too have a role to play in the growth of our fashion industry. Ask yourself if you have indeed descended to “trash”!

Gaga Makes TIME 100

Up there with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Conan O’Brien and Kathryn Bigelow is pop music messiah Lady Gaga on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential individuals in 2010. And how could Gaga not be on that list? She’s the girl who put “art” back into performance art in a way that I believe we have not seen since Michael Jackson. Anyone disagree? We can argue about it all day long, but the fact remains Gaga’s intelligence is so sublime an uninitiated ear may just miss it.

Cyndi Lauper explains right here
And... how can I not mention? Marc Jacobs cracked the list too.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Movies that shook Fashion

Leonardo DeCaprio in "Aviator" a Martin Scorcese Film

Having gone on about the pending premiere of Sex and the City 2, I now stumble upon a Times Online article about 25 movies that they feel “shook the world of fashion”. I don’t know half the movies they’ve listed but as I’m sure many would expect “The Devil Wears Prada” and Tom Ford’s “A Single Man”- my movie of 2010, BTW- are listed.

Some surprise listings include The Matrix, Zoolander, Coco Avant Chanel, Pulp Fiction as well as Avatar. I don’t know why Zoolander is there (lots of fashion, but can we remember what we got out of it?) but I understand that The Matrix, as they elaborate, defined turn of the millennium wannabe futurism. This translated into a distressing vogue for wraparound sunglasses and tight leather. And remember those mobile phones? Now Versace’s winter 2010 mens collection is channelling the Trinity/Neo vibe afresh. Mmmmmhhhmmm… Some great analysis right there.
Avatar, I believe, is now a case study for fashion students at LISOF (trends forecasting). Pulp Fiction? I’m sorry, Quentin Tarantino is my action master, the costume design in Kill Bill is… not so great. Although that is open for debate (I didn’t think Thurman’s yellow jumpsuit was quite the **ish).
There is not one Martin Scorcese film listed and methinks that costume designer by the name of Sandy Powell is a genius!

But then again we all have our preferences. Go check out the list and decide for yourself.

Sex Sells. Ask the producers of Sex and the City 2


And you thought this was a cliche, right?
Reuters reports that the tickets to the Sex and the City movie sequel are selling like hot cakes and have been for six weeks prior to the premiere on the 27th of May.
I, for one, cannot wait to go to the cinema to watch "Sex 2". It will probably be he first commercial movie I've seen in years. The first "Sex", I watched on DVD. This time, though, I think it's best to don my fashionista hat and be part of the celebrations. See you there, right?
Note to Ster Kinekor: Are you selling tickets already?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Item: Plimsolls


Yes! I want those and a project I have assigned myself for this coming weekend is to go on a plimsoll bargain treasure hunt. I’ll return next week to tell you all about it as well as where in Johannesburg to get a good deal on this practical canvas sneaker. It’s stylish and it has regained its footing on the sneaker market.
It's a must-have, never mind that we're way past the summer. I will get me a pair of these regardless.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Note to Self: Dressing for cheap does not mean a compromise on style!

This guy's entire outfit cost less than R 2, 200 for everything; the jacket, the watch, the jeans, shoes, hat, shirt and undergarment. Is he the King Of Cheap or what?
I must say, I'm very jealous of him. I don't know how to go on a cheap shopping spree. I always end up with two items for this amount, which I think is quite ridiculous as I'm no Richie Rich.
I need to start shopping for cheap. Mr Price, maybe YDE. Oh, and, yes... Woolies. I'm always surprised by how cheap the good quality there is.
So, come end of this month (payday), I'm definitely going on a "dress for cheap" experiment. I'll share my experience with you, right here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wazwa! Volume 1: Joburg's Live music Circuit comes alive

The Bassline, Newtown, is where it was at!

Wazwa! Volume 1; the monthly gig that promises to halt the lack of good music on Johannesburg’s rather thirsty live circuit.

Kwani Experience, Zubz (whose performance I was late for) and indie-rockers BLK JKS lit up the stage infront of a small but quite energetic crowd of bright young things.

The man behind Loxion Kulca's "Zulu in a botsotso", Felipe Mazibuko, was a Zulu in a pair of Harem pants at the gig

Kwani is always a gem on stage while, for me, the BLK JKS lacked stage presence but came alive towards the end of their set with “Zabalaza” (or is it “umzabalazo”), an awesome track that is reminiscent of the now much debated struggle songs. The audience jammed and stomped the floor like a protesting crowd as the BLK JKS strummed their guitars and banged those drums like true rockstars (which they are).

Wazwa! Volume 2 comes up on 8 MAY and if you’re into good live music, you’d be a fool to miss it.

Dope! I tell you!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Putting the 'social' in "Social Media"

A wise man by the name of Richard Quest once said; “Nobody knows how to use social networking correctly,” but not using it is just as incorrect. Marketers and publicists, I’m afraid, have for the most part failed to use the worldwide web to sell their products and/or brands. Simple engagement with consumers via Facebook and Twitter may sound like it does the trick, but what good is a message that says “50% off on all items this Saturday” or “DJ So-and-so is playing at such-and-such on such-and-such”? Sounds like the same old advertising approach on a different medium to me.
Where marketers and publicists have failed, Hollywood celebrities seem to have been spot on; using social networking to put their own spin on what would have been candy coated tabloid junk. The New York Times uses the example of Ricky Martin and how he came out to the world. He simply posted an update on his website and let the story unfold having been the first to break it, rather than having TMZ or People run with it at their own discretion.

Read the full story here