Thursday, March 28, 2013



Fashion collaborators Gaschette have announced their selection of their 2013 Faces of Joburg initiative. With a simple brief- 'are you tall, slim, young?'- they managed to attract over 100 entries from young people who want to be models. The platform is not a modelling competition but one that gives exposure to models, signed or not, to be noticed. The initiative is now in its second year and according to Gaschette some of the faces they featured last year have gone on to work both locally and internationally. I think it is a great initiative and hope that the guys and girls at Gaschette will be looking to open this platform up to those who live outside of Johannesburg. 

Friday, March 22, 2013


The military trend has found its way onto the store rails and as autumn begins hopefully this means we will also start seeing shades of green and olive! That's camo! The trend made a big splash on the streets and the runways of the world's fashion capitals this past winter- well, winter for them anyway- and the street style blogs attest to this. I hope the same will happen on the South African streets. I see it happening. I've seen several women rocking it but no men just yet, which I hope will change soon. If I could make a wish, I'd want to get my hands on the (pictured) Mark McNairy jacket with the quirky flower prints on camo! Go camo!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013



When Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ album dropped a few months ago and many were going crazy about the controversial pop star, Beyonce’s fans were on hand to remind them that ‘the Queen will return’. And right on cue; the modern day Michael Jackson has released a song reminding us that she is indeed the Queen Bee!
Some of the lyrics on the song, titled Bow Down include; ‘Don’t get it twisted. This is my shit. Bow down, bitches’
You’ve got it right. Beyonce knows that she is a huge superstar and she won’t let no other bitch take her shine. Thanks to twitter, we already know that should Beyonce decide to release the track she put out online this Monday as a single it will be an instant hit. Her fans have been defending her and attacking those who dare to say they do not like it. Fellow singer Keysha Cole has already felt the heat after she raised her ire at the Queen Bee’s lyrics. She was called a hater by some.
But... Singing about bitches? Really? Is this the same Beyonce who often speaks about feminism and was just two years ago singing about how girls run the world? Not now. She’s the only girl that runs the world and other women must just sit down! Her fans are okay with this new Beyonce, it seems. The reason? They couldn’t be bothered about the conflict between what Beyonce appears to stand for and what she says in her lyrics. This is most probably because none of them are paying attention to the lyrics despite the fact that they are singing them. All they know is that their Queen is back. I’ve once pointed out that I think Rihanna is Beyonce sans the unnecessary dignity that she carries around even to the halls of the White House. The fact that she is calling people bitches won’t matter though because all will bow down to the Queen. I’ve always liked Beyonce’s music and, quite frankly, I do not like this track very much. The hypocrisy that oozes from the words is part of the reason, but the other reason is that I just don’t particularly enjoy listening to Beyonce in ‘chopped and screwed’ mode. I like her voice in its natural state without the technical gimmicks. Who knows, maybe I'll soon forget about all I've just said, start liking the track and you'll find me breaking it down at a club telling them bitches to bow the fuck down! I've been known to be a bit slow on the Beyonce uptake. I wonder if I'll be able to shake off my thoughts on her and calling people female dogs though. It's just not the Beyonce I've come to enjoy. Can I be granted at least a little bit of forgiveness now that I admitted to liking her voice?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


A couple of years ago when I started blogging it wasn't a very competitive industry. Well, I call it an industry for lack of a better word. It really isn't. Not until companies stop asking bloggers to do things for no compensation but let me just stick to the point of this post. There were only a few of us bloggers attending fashion week and we all knew each other. A lot of us even struck up friendships from that time of meeting on the sidelines of fashion week. Personally, I was attracted to the blogosphere because here was a free platform where I could be heard without having to be commissioned by the mainstream media where one's opinion will often be censored. Here I can be myself without reservation. I can say what I like or hate about any brand without upsetting 'clients'. Most of us never thought of advertising revenue that comes with blogging, let alone the fabulosity that I believe has now choked blogging, making it nothing more than a surefire way for some to just get invitations to events and to pose with celebrities as if they are their buddies. This is why every Tom, Dick and their dog have a blog. Tweeting about how fabulous life is on the front row and at VIP parties makes it worth it. No doubt this works well for publicists who can just claim that such posts are exposure for their clients, but really, it adds no value to a broader conversation about anything!
I'm no doubt starting to sound like a lot of my fellow journalists used to when blogging first became a 'thing'. Bloggers were seen as nothing more than a bunch of freebie-chasers and I have to say, for me, looking at myself and several of the bloggers I know from when I first started; some of them are more dedicated to their craft than I can say for a lot of journalists. A lot of them have unique voices and have carved out a nice niche for themselves. These days, however, I can certainly be forgiving of anyone who calls bloggers whatever name; glamourzon, freebie-chaser, whatever. More bloggers than ever are attending fashion week but more and more there are less and less street style reports to look at. Never mind the show reviews. It seems people are just there to schmooze. Many take weeks to post whatever work they may have done at fashion week and I'm sorry to say but weeks later your work has no worth. The internet and blogging itself owes its success to being that place people go for instant news or, at least, unique content. I don't see what value you are adding by posting your story weeks after even the weekly mags and the news media have exhausted the subject. This is especially true if you are not necessarily giving a fresh perspective on anything; 'Look at what I did two weeks ago' just doesn't cut it! Who are you? Why do you think anyone cares? Bloggers have had to work hard to earn the sort of credibility some of us enjoy today and I am proud of that. It just annoys me to see that bloggers that pop up almost everyday these days seem to have no concern for taking this medium forward. All they seem concerned about is hanging out at parties with Jen Su. Am I the only one who cares about adding value to whatever environment I am operating in?

Friday, March 8, 2013


Diesel and Bono's label EDUN have collaborated on a 25-piece 'ethically conscious' capsule collection that celebrates African creativity. It is called Studio Africa and launched at Paris Fashion Week this past Sunday. "We married the competencies of EDUN in African trade, with our know-how and outreach, to create something that was never done before: denim which is completely sourced and manufactured in Africa and distributed all over the world," Diesel founder Renzo Rosso tells ELLE UK. "But even more, with this project we want to show to consumers and to industry alike, that it is indeed possible to source, produce, and generate sustainable trade in Africa."
According to the Studio Africa tumblr, the collection "was built around a reinterpretation of the four pocket jean of the 1970s popular on the streets of South Africa. Malian textile prints are echoed in the denim lining and across the jersey pieces in the collection. Embroidery details reference traditional Zulu weaving patterns, while the dresses feature Kenyan metalwork. Running through the collection are four original symbols designed to reflect the heart of the DIESEL+EDUN collection." 
The associated campaign has been described as a virtual 'loudspeaker' for African creativity featuring talent from across the creative arts including the South African blogging trio from 'I See A Different You', copywriter and photographer Uviwe Mangweni and Yannick Illunga who is the singer you probably know as Petit Noir. From other parts of the continent are Zimbabwean stylist and blogger Tanya Mushayi, Senegalese actor and model Sy Alassane, Ivorian menswear designer Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud, Tanzanian model Flaviana Matata, Congolese rapper Baloji and Abdellah Taia, the first openly gay writer to come out of Morocco.
Solange Knowles has been named ambassador for this Diesel + EDUN collaboration.








Thursday, March 7, 2013


Stiaan Louw is perhaps the boldest of all menswear designers in South Africa. His shoots are even bolder, like this one for his latest made-to-order collection called 'Lace and Leather'.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Today I went to the launch of fabric designer Heather Moore's new collection called Rough Cuts. I don't usually go to launches outside of the fashion and entertainment industries, so this was a bit of a delightful surprise. I'm already a fan of great South African design all-round so it is rather awesome to be able to interact with designers beyond fashion- my comfort zone.
Heather's collection- from her label called Skinny laMinx- takes inspiration from Scandinavian styles but as you can see in the pictures it doesn't feel out of place on African soil. Last year, the designer collaborated with Design Afrika's Binky Newman who sources and designs basketry from across southern Africa. The two spoke of how their collaboration ended up being a realisation of the synergy between their products despite the fact that Binky's baskets are from Africa and Heather's fabrics are Scandinavian inspired. I find the fabrics beautiful and I couldn't help thinking of some of them as print pants, something I am totally in love with lately, as I am sure most of you are. It's just that trend I cannot resist! At the launch they also had some furniture upholstered in Heather's fabrics. To die for!
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