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Women’s Month 2018: Support small businesses with Word Power

August 1, 2018

I’d intended to commence Women’s Month with a fanfare of bubbles. Instead, I’ve been inspired to share this idea which I hope you’ll indulge me in. Don’t worry, the bubbles are coming.

I don’t know about you but I always feel pressured to do something amazing for Women’s Month. Last year, Grant Davison wrote a daily post about women who inspired him, and I’m humbled to say, I was featured too. Thank you, Mr G.

Then there are the companies who are supporting charities, Instagrammers are sharing personal battles they’ve overcome. Some women are even liberating themselves by going makeup free. Colour me vain or weak but I can’t just yet.

It’s all so overwhelming and intimidating, where does one begin?

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – ThrowAway Twenty

July 12, 2018

When I saw ThrowAway Twenty on the SA Menswear Week SS19 show schedule, I wondered where the hell event owner Simon Deiner was digging these people out from? I’d never heard of ’em. Haha, it’s evident I don’t know much because this me eating humble pie.

Designers Rome Wepener and Lana Eslin describe themselves as, ‘an unapologetic menswear brand for boys and guys. We are all about offbeat and suave design with a youthful tongue-in-cheek point of view’.  You don’t need much more than that so let’s take a look.

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha

July 10, 2018

I want each of you to leave a comment below on an alternate introduction I could use for Chulaap at SS Menswear Week SS19 – or subsequent seasons for that matter. The reason I’m asking is that I’m constantly repeating myself. Designer Chu Suwannapha always brings a show to an absolute standstill – before it explodes into a rapture of absolute awe. I always sit there wondering how could such a quiet, charming, humble man pack so much punch. I couldn’t tell you, so do what I do. Enjoy!

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – The frocks which failed

July 8, 2018

Right, let’s talk about you lot at SA Menswear Week SS19 who put a c*ck in a frock to shock. And failed.

For the record, it’s encouraging to see gender neutrality getting the attention it deserves. We’re clearly moving in the right direction where men feel comfortable and safe enough to reveal who they are.

This brings me to the designers who attempted to add shock value by putting men in dresses and skirts. Sorry for you. It didn’t work because it’s not new. Priscilla did it, Marc Jacobs did it. And the Scots have been doing it for over 3000 years. HashtagOldNews. (Now do you get that feature image?)

Secondly, a runway is a fashion platform, not a pantomime. I want to see style, design, superbly crafted and beautifully finished garments, not a mock gay wedding in cheap tulle. I wasn’t dressed for a wedding and we all know the importance of being event appropriate. Friday night felt like theatrics were used to detract from badly produced clothes.

Now, about those dresses and skirts, the so-called fashion garments you produced for a runway show.

Those see-through fabrics; Jesus on the Starship Enterprise! A diaphanous fabric should reveal a liquid silhouette. We saw your hot mess. A baggy top scrunched into a waistband then peeping out underneath is messy. Fold it, pin it, tuck that shizz in somewhere.

And what’s with the skirt only going around 75% of your model’s waist. Did you run outta fabric? Did the model have McDonald’s sometime between casting and the show? Or is the reverse-mullet look a thing? No man! Finish it off!

I think any designer who wants to deviate from traditional menswear needs hours and days and months of crafting before showcasing on a platform as auspicious as SA Menswear Week. The target on your back is bigger because you’re making a powerful sociological statement. Your garments need to be flawless or you’ll keep getting reviews like this which detract from your cause.

Furthermore, there are incredibly brave and simultaneously afraid men who are sacrificing their comfort zones, their family life, even their lives to wear a dress in public. Dignify them with a piece they can be proud of not the poor executions you showed on Friday night.

The designers and the showgoers who had cheered for bad design let the side down. I was not happy.

Still a lotta love but not much light.
CDx

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – Jason Porshe Review

I have a naughty little secret. I did not see the Jason Porshe SA Menswear Week SS19 show. At the time, I was being interviewed on the black carpet by the very dapper Colin Schouw and Jimi Ojunlaja for Spice TV Africa. I’m bleak as his was one of my top three most anticipated shows on Friday night. Fortunately, the buzz created around this Nigerian designer and his first show on this platform should equip me for a little review. Let’s see how it goes.

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