African Fashion International (AFI) launched Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town yesterday. The annual event is scheduled to take place between 24 and 26 July. The 24th is my birthday, so I'm hoping to merge my 27th birthday celebration with what will hopefully be some great fashion. Nicholas Couts, who won the Elle Rising Star Designer title last year, is on the bill and that's one show I am looking forward to. I haven't attended any fashion week this year, so this will be my first since last year. I hope to be pleasantly surprised because I'm really looking forward to plugging myself back into what's popping in the South African fashion industry. Pictured above is fellow blogger Aisha Baker and below are pics from a shoot we attended at Everard Read gallery as part of the launch. By the way, it was so lavish being transported around Cape Town in a Merc Sprinter for the entire afternoon. Forward little me connected my bluetooth to the sound system and appointed self the selector! That was fun! I want to ride in that Sprinter again. This time with lots of chilled champagne, preferably on a long road trip.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Yes. That's him! The cult writer? The guy everyone wants to be Facebook friends with? This is him. Roger Young! Last night we kicked off what is set to be a series of boozy evenings all over the city and I suspect that the legions of Roger's adoring fans will turn up for the turn-up. Why, it's his birthday, of course! My apologies to those who did not make the cut for last night's dinner. Let me tell you... Don't let these pictures, where everyone looks all cool and chilled out, fool you. Shit got stank, boo! This was the dinner- a calm before what became quite a bit of a storm. Well, even if you were not there there's a great chance we might be bumping into you out on the streets because, as I said: it's a series of boozy sessions that awaits us. At the dinner hosted at Beijing Opera, Mali's camera was idle so I grabbed it and snapped a few pictures because my own camera is manyolz!
It's only Thursday but I feel like it's the weekend already thanks to last night's fuckery, courtesy of Roger Young whose birthday we are celebrating for the next few days. So, when it feels like the weekend we might as well make it the weekend. Borrowed Anthea's amazing jacket to pair with my denim and those fucking amazing self-designed Puma sneaks! Bitch, you love 'em! The bear's about to get loose on these Cape Teezy city skreets and fabulous he will be! This is an ego post! It may be Roger's birthday, but I'ma go ahead and grab a bit of shine for myself.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10 years ago on June 7, if memory and Google serve me correct, Thandiswa Mazwai's debut solo album Zabalaza hit music store shelves. I'm surprised I haven't seen any media reminding us of this day, maybe no one bothered to remember. I've bought and lost the album three times since it's release and by pure co-incidence, about a week ago I downloaded a few tracks from it. Tracks that I just missed hearing. First it was that haunting Transkei Moon, next thing I knew I was on to Ndizakulibala, which is playing as I write this, and on to Nizalwa Ngobani!
I was in school and still possessed by the "consciousness" that I assume most black kids go through. You know, the ganja-smoking-and-dreadlock-wearing stage that, for some, continues right through to adulthood. Lol. It was a marvellous time and a time when I learnt to appreciate the fact that we have some major talent of our own right here at home.
Zabalaza served to reinforce this for me because it wasn't only an album that totally had me by the balls with a proverbial "vice grip" (beautiful production) but also because of the singer's lyrics about how meaningless uMzabalazo and it's gains had been for many of the masses of the poor in our country. I loved and still love the idea that one should never forget one's origins as Thandiswa sings when she asks Nizalwa Ngobani? "The world changes, revolutionaries die and the children forget. The ghetto is our first love and our dreams are drenched in gold..."
I could wax lyrical about this album all day. Hell, I don't even go to church but the gospel sound of Revelation got me hella excited! I have a feeling most of you reading this, if you were as manic about this classic work as I am, don't need a reminder of just how great an album it was. You just know it! It's ten years and a few days later and it still sounds as good as it did a few minutes after I bought it at a store located at the Sunnypark Shopping Centre in 'Scummyside', Pretoria, in July 2004, about a month after it was released. I'm convinced I have the date right, but please do correct me if I am wrong about it and, if I am mistaken by any chance, fuck! It is still an album worth being given an ear by those who were perhaps too young to understand and appreciate its significance.
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If I was styling Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage for the recent MTV MAMA red carpet I would have pinned hoop earrings, gold rings for days and some fresh sneaks on her. Maybe something from that Solange-PUMA Girls of Blaze vibe or perhaps something from adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott. I would have kept the dress (love the sporty vibe of it) and maybe even the purse, too.
In spite of my own ideas of how this look could have been vamped up I have to say that her look stands out as perhaps one of my favs at the recent awards event. Many would probs point out that the look is too simple for a red carpet do, but that is the very reason I like it. There's a perception that all awards events warrant over the top matric dance-esque costumery- that's what it comes across as- and this often turns out horribly for a lot of our young starlets because most of them end up looking like they are spending all their red carpet time trying to make up for those ugly matric dance memories. Wearing a ball gown to an awards ceremony like the SAMAs or SAFTAs is perhaps great. Those events are trying to reflect the music and television industries, respectively, as actual industries so I guess- for me- the formal vibe flies there because of that. I find events like the MTV Awards, which are far less about how your industry peers see you and more about the fans, to require far less of a formal disposition. This is an opportunity for one to step out looking all swag and no play! This is where you rock the latest streetwear trends and pitch up in something that speaks to the MTV demographic: young, fresh... cool! Definitely not stiff, so why the fuck are you stiff, then? Why are you out here trying to look like you've just stepped out of a Disney production? If you are going to rock up in a gown, then make it look rock 'n roll, please! Even I don't know what that means, but I guess what I'm trying to say is: think latest trends rather than simply going couture (even the seamstress who lives down the road from your mom's and thinks he is a designer probably has 'couture' attached to his brand name).
I don't know any of Tiwa Savage's music but what her look says to me is that she knows what time it is. Others just came across as too excited. Who wouldn't be for a chance to look all hot in Miguel's company? But quite frankly, being overly excited can result in overdressing. Get the idea that all that glitters is gold out that handsome head of your's sometimes. Damn it, Miss Savage! Why didn't we pin some rollerblades on you too, boo?!!! Ok, I kid, but you know what I'm getting at, don't you? It's the god damned MTV Awards!!! This IS the time to give something unexpected. Rihanna didn't get the CFDA Award for style icon of the year by being predictable, after all. Unless of course you want to set the bar for yourself real low, because that has its benefits too: Mzansi loves mediocre!
DISCLAIMER: I did not see all the red carpet looks, just the few that were selected by the MTV Base publicists for the post show media pack.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
After yesterday's strongly worded post on feminism, slut-shaming and that controversial Rihanna dress from the CFDA Awards, it's nice to take a breather and just have a look at beautiful things. Not that Rihanna's look wasn't beautiful, by the way. I know a lot of people said it was nasty, but I thought she looked gorgeous! Anyway. Local accessories label Pichulik by Katherine-Mary Pichulik have just released images from the autumn/winter 14 collection. Inspired by teh photography of Helmut Newton, the collection features jewel tones, wood, suede, agate stones and tassels and has been described as evoking "the glamour of 70s disco and the soul of psychedelia".
PHOTOGRAPHY: DANIELLE KLOPPER
STYLING: LEONIE VON HASE
MODEL: MIGNONNE VAN EEDEN
GROOMING: YOLANDA VILJOEN
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
It’s been a day well spent. Thanks to Rihanna and her revealing CFDA Awards dress I’ve spent the morning on various people’s social media timelines debating things like “appropriate” and “sophisticated”. See, many felt that Rihanna’s choice of dress was “inappropriate”. They feel that she shouldn’t be parading her gorgeous body for all to see, because, as one lady on Facebook put it, it makes her look “cheap” and it makes her “uNondindwa”. For those of you who don’t know what the last word means, basically, this lady thinks Rihanna deserves to be called a whore!
She went on to say it wasn’t a celebration of her sexuality but that Rihanna was rather “spreading sexuality”, whatever this means. In my mind, I interpreted this to mean Rihanna’s choice of dress may attract the wrong kind of attention. That women who choose to dress up in a way that is less than what society says is “appropriate”- I think “covered up” would be the term- it makes them a target for rape.
I find this sort of view to be explicitly apologetic to the worst kind of treatment for women. Remember the mini-skirt Noord Taxi rank debacle where a young woman was ridiculed and told she deserved it because she was purposely seeking the attention of men by wearing what she was comfortable in?
I find it hard to reconcile the idea of other women being critical of what others choose to wear to the extent of calling them “sluts” with the idea of progressing feminism. I don’t see how this is any different to the treatment of women by men, which makes feminism necessary to begin with.
Now, its one thing to think of Rihanna’s dress as ugly or whatever it is you want to think of it, but how does it warrant her suddenly being labelled a slut?
This is little more than slut-shaming disguised as some sort of progressive view on how women should present themselves. Who gets to set the standard? The many centuries of norms entrenched by patriarchy? Women who see themselves as the guardians of what womanhood is? Whatever anyone may want to say, the one thing we should not allow as a society- I certainly can’t let it slide- is the labelling of other people according to a standard. Whose standard is it anyway? It breeds discrimination and opens the floodgates for ridicule, insults and the slut-shaming.
Being a young man, I know there are many women who have misgivings with me entering into a debate about feminism and womanhood. Who are you to be talking about this subject, I guess would be the question. You are not a woman! Well, let me just say that I may not be a woman but I have women in my life who are very dear to me and I can’t sit back and be seen as a proponent for allowing a situation where they may be subject to ridicule because of the choices they make. The question I have for the women who have made it their business to insult other women in this manner is: where does it stop? At what point do you draw the line to say men can’t call women whores, bitches, sluts while at the same time you engage in the kind of behavior that perpetrates this name calling? What makes you any different from those proponents of patriarchy?
Some would say by saying Rihanna should be allowed to wear whatever she wants one is condoning nudity. Far from it, but even if that was the case, is the human body so vile that it must be covered up and people must be made to feel shameful for their ideas of its beauty and what is flattering to them?
We can’t hold people responsible for the failures of those who lack respect and home training. If, as a man you find it impossible for you to appreciate Rihanna’s beauty without losing your twinges of conscience, how is that her fault? Be responsible for you own behaviour.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
So, last night I went to the 5forChange event held at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront. It is basically an event put together to promote awareness and give people a platform to give and have a party while doing so. People turned up looking real fab and, for the most part, stuck to the Black Tie theme. I've never been one to put on a tux or even a suit, but I do like dressing up more and more as the numbers stack up and my alcohol tolerance declines, so off I went dressed as best as I could. I have to say, it is always a great feeling when people come up to you and tell you just how awesome they think you look, especially in a sea of people who made as much of an effort. And, yes, I am vain like that!!! Anyway. Speaking of alcohol, I am still on the sober stilo but I couldn't say no when Leonie von Hase offered me a tequilla. What kind of rude bitch would that make me? Lol.
I am usually one for emptying out bottles so having one drink and still having an awesome time on the dancefloor and just chatting to people was quite a surprise. What a fine evening indeed.
And...... #SELFIE... Of course!
(in the pictures: malibongwe tyilo, alix-rose cowie, katherine-mary pichulik and leonie von hase)