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SA Menswear Week AW18: Magents amplified #MeToo

February 12, 2018

The SA Menswear Week AW18 shows kicked off the South African fashion circuit on Friday 9 February. Hosted by co-founder Simon Deiner and his team, we’re seeing this event – now in its 7th season – grow in stature from a hot as hell basement parking lot at the V&A Waterfront to Cape Town City Hall, nogal. Someone’s doing something right.

I have so much to tell you, from slow-dancing with Duncan Pape in the Belvedere Vodka lounge to my interview with hottie model Jimmy Ogunlaja for Spice TV. *cringe* But all of that will have to take a back seat as I need to talk about the Magents show.

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Spring 2014 trend: metallics

December 27, 2013

Why wait for the new year  to kick in when December parties are all about glitz and glamour? Shine bright in metallics, one of the top trends for spring 2014. Worn with white, against a contrasting background or paired with nudes, don’t be shy in shimmering gold and silver.

Altuzarra Spring 2014 RTW
Altuzarra Spring 2014 RTW
Christopher Kane Spring 2014 RTW
Christopher Kane Spring 2014 RTW
Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2014 RTW
Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2014 RTW
Thakoon Spring 2014 RTW
Thakoon Spring 2014 RTW
Jason Wu Spring 2014 RTW
Jason Wu Spring 2014 RTW

If the thought of head to toe foiled reflections leave you rigid with fear, opt for shoes or accessories instead. Less overpowering yet still futuristically edgy.

Topshop 'Helena' sequined dress
Topshop Helena sequinned dress
Asos quilted backpack
Asos quilted backpack
Soviet black & silver shopper
Soviet black & silver shopper
Zoom gold midi heel sandals
Zoom gold midi heel sandals
Forever New Stephanie clutch
Forever New Stephanie clutch
Jimmy Choo 'Ayers' sling glitter cage sandal
Jimmy Choo ‘Ayers’ sling glitter cage sandal
Topshop Flipped Out skater skirt
Topshop Flipped Out skater skirt
Saint Laurent metallic sneakers
Saint Laurent metallic leather sneakers
Diane von Furstenberg metallic classic tweed shorts
Diane von Furstenberg metallic classic tweed shorts

Happy shopping and cheers to a glitzy party season.
love & light
Clouds xxx
Runway photo credit: Style

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1970’s Classic icons turn 40

May 2, 2013

The other day Nederburg wine estate sent me a bottle of their Baronne Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011 along with David Bowie’s latest album, The Next Day.

Nice people work at Nederburg but I was like, what’s the deal? I knew of the David Bowie art exhibition at the Victoria & Alfred Museum in the UK earlier this year. And I remembered Baronne being served at my first dinner party about 15 years ago; but no connection between the two came to mind.

2013 album which features his 1977 hit, Heroes.
2013 album which features his 1973 hit, Heroes.

Then I read the press release (a very important document) and learned that both icons were celebrating their ruby anniversary. No ways! 40 years?

In a day and age of instant gratification and speed; like tweets which last all of a nanosecond on our iPhone screens, there are still classics around which survive the test of time.

Nederburg Baronne was born in Paarl in 1973, the brainchild of then cellar-master Günter Brözel. He wanted South Africans to enjoy an affordable, elegant, satisfying smooth red blend. Quite simply an everyday wine which would add nobility to any occasion. Ah ha! So I was destined for greatness back then already even though I recall serving bangers and mash.

Nederburg Baronne 70s styled shot with metallic radio (LR) 1
Nederburg Baronne can hold its own over Christmas, on birthdays, at graduations or weddings. Pretty much all rites of passages. In fact, I’ve been known to do my best work with a glass of red at my side.

Word has it there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing about the name, until Baronne was settled on for its classic French association. Since then, the wine has received a gold medal at the Michelangelo International Awards, earned commendations from the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.

Clearly a true classic which retails for only R47.oo and perfectly accompanies any meal from ribs to Sunday roast. It has been said that the wine-maker still regularly enjoy a glass of this friendly, lively fruitiness with his meals.

Anyhoo, so this whole 40-year-old classic thing got me thinking about fashion, and what went down at the time Günter was pottering around in his wine cellar.

Right on, brother!
Right on, brother!

We know about the popular 1970’s fashion like disco flares, tie-dyed hippie stuff, mini’s, maxi’s, platform shoes, Charlie Angels flicked hair and one-piece swimsuits. The era when flight attendants wore hot pants and Abba dressed like superheroes(?)

However, I was pleasantly entertained when researching this time in fashion history and learned some interested couture facts.

Diane von Furstenberg unveiled her world-renowned wrap dress in 1973. Today it still walks the runway as fresh and stylish as ever.

(l) DVF wrap dress unveiled in 1973. (r) The designer's first mag cover; Newsweek; in 1979.
(l) DVF wrap dress unveiled in 1973. (r) The designer’s first mag cover; Newsweek; in 1979.
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Diane von Furstenburg at her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection runway show.

In 1970, Coco Chanel launched the Chanel No. 19 fragrance; named after her birthday celebrated on 19 August. A year the later, the designer died while still working on her Spring/Summer collection. The classic Chanel tweed suit still remains one of the most desired pieces around. I want one.

(l) Wool & Silk suit from Chanel Spring/Summer 1970 Collection (r) the designer who died a year later, in 1971.
(l) Wool & silk suit from the Chanel Spring/Summer 1970 collection (r) The designer, Coco Gabrielle Chanel.
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection by Karl Lagerfeld (r) Chanel No. 19 fragrance which launched in 1970.
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection by Karl Lagerfeld. (r) Chanel No. 19 fragrance which launched in 1970.

Vivienne Westwood got her empire off the ground in the 70’s. Back then she was shacked up with Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols. Together, they owned a stylish bondage shop called Let it Rock. Over the next few years, the store changed names to Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die, then to Sex and finally Worldes End. The address always remained the same and is still the location of her current boutique.

(l) Leather lace-up boot, 1973. (r) Vivienne Westwood and Malcoml McLaren back in the day.
(l) Leather lace-up boot, 1973. (r) Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren back in the day. Notable employees of their store, ‘Sex’ include Cryssie Hynde from The Pretenders, and Sid Vicious. So to all you wanna muso’s working in shops right; keep the faith. There’s hope.

More recently, the designer has had her shoe designs on display at an exhibition which has travelled the globe. Titled, Vivienne Westwood Shoes An Exhibition 1973 -2012, it chronicles her career as the queen of footwear for 40 years. Pieces include a leather lace-up boot from 1973 and the killer heels which brought Naomi Campbell down on the runway in 1993.

Even the poster's crazy!
Even the poster’s crazy!
(l) Yowzer! (r)Oops!
(l) Yowzer! (r) Oops!

Let’s raise a glass to Louise from DKC PR company and Nederburg Baronne for the sweet memories of my first dinner party. And a Happy Ruby Anniversary to all classics.

Have a great Monday, nice people.

love & light

Clouds xxx

Photo credit: FIDM Museum, NY Mag, Zimbio, Cafleurebon, Tom & Lorenzo, Farfetch, Luxpresso, Met Museum, PastreUnited, MarozandRosoz, Hubpages and FashionThroughTheDecades.

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Luminance Trunk Show at the V&A Waterfront

April 25, 2013

“Names, darling. Gimme names!” is one of my favourite lines from Brit sit-com, Absolutely Fabulous.

Designer-Labels-01Well darlings, I’m happy to announce the V&A Waterfront has all these names. Oscar de la Renta. Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen. Marc Jacobs. Diane von Furstenberg, Nicholas Kirkwood. And then some.

But only until Sunday!

See, on Wednesday evening I popped into The Forum; the conference hall of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel for the opening of the Luminance trunk show.

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IMG_4614Now, you may remember Khanyi Dhlomo as that newsreader with the most beautiful skin in Africa who was on SABC then went onto CNN. Well she’s a little bit more than that.

Khanyi, whose name means ‘light’ is the CEO of Ndalo Media and founder of Destiny Magazine. I know. Busy lady. Anyhoo, after a long stint in Paris, she realised us Saffa’s don’t really have access to a host of couture designers. The lady felt our pain.

So like any self-respecting business woman worth her weight in Loubi’s, Khanyi started a luxury designer clothing store. And so Luminance was born; first online and now for realsies.

It’s a one-stop treasure chest carrying all the labels our hearts desire. *sigh* The store will launch in Hyde Park, Johannesburg on 17 July this year – yip, Jo’burg again. Til then, little pop-up shops around the country will be preening themselves like peacocks on heat, tempting us to buy, buy, buy. Like the one on Wednesday night.

Me with Khanyi Ndlomo
Me with Khanyi Dhlomo. (Photo: Werner Ryke)

My chat with Khanyi was too brief but long enough for me to scoop that she was wearing a Diane von Furstenberg dress with a Balenciaga leather biker jacket. Her black clutch was also DVF. Sorry, I didn’t check out her shoes as I was totally fixated on her incredible skin. So I got myself a little touch up at the Bobbi Brown makeup station…

Manolia at the Bobbi Brown make-up station perfected the smoky eye.
Manolia at the Bobbi Brown makeup station perfected the smoky eye.

and then went shopping. Ok, not really but a girl can dream. Wanna see what’s there?

Balenciaga Shoes - Luminance Trunk Show
Balenciaga
Balenciaga
Balenciaga
Guiseppe Zanotti - Luminance Trunk Show
Guiseppe Zanotti
Pierre Hardy shoes - Luminance Trunk Show
Pierre Hardy
Kara Ross - Luminance Trunk Show
Kara Ross
Alexander McQueen Luminance
Alexander McQueen
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Alexander McQueen
Valentino-10
Red Valentino
Red Valentino
Red Valentino
Marchesa Luminance Trunk show 12
Marchesa
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Marchesa
Dries an Noten
Dries van Noten
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Dries van Noten
Muberry
Mulberry
Oscar de la Renta Luminance Trunk Show
Oscar de la Renta
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Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg Leather Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel
Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
St John Luminance Trunk Show
St John
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St John

And for mummy’s little darlings.

Stella McCartney Kids
Stella McCartney Kids

I know. I know. I also wanted it all.

Ahead of the Luminance store grande opening on 17 July where you’ll also be introduced to their Private Label, here are the details for trunk shows in your area.

Johannesburg: 17 April-14 July, Upper Mall, Shop 36, Hyde Park Corner.
Cape Town: 25-28 April, Victoria & Alfred Hotel, On the Waterfront Pierhead.
Bloemfontein: 25-28 April, Protea Hotel Willow Lake, 101 Henry Street, Westdene.
Nelspruit: 2-5 May, La Villa Vita, 21 Klipspringer Street.
Durban: 22-26 May, Urban Park Hotel Umhlanga, 60 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge Town Centre.
Port Elizabeth: 23-26 May, No5 Boutique Art Hotel, 5 Brighton Drive, Summerstrand.
Polokwane: 30 May-2 June, Fusion Boutique Hotel, 4 Schoeman Street.
Pretoria: 6-9 June, 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel, 131 Herbert Baker Street, Groenkloof.

Now let me give you a little hint. Trunk shows or pop-up shops may not carry the latest collections but are designed to test the market. If Cape Town shows a resounding success in terms of sales figures, we’ll get Luminance to open here. If not, we don’t. A simple equation of supply and demand. So the onus is on you, style lovers. Get to the V&A Waterfront this weekend and shop til your credit cards glow red-hot. Or the only time we’ll ever see these labels again are on the catwalk. And in Jo’burg! We can’t have that.

Speaking of catwalks. My date for the evening was Cape Town couture designer Jacques Lagrange. You’ve heard of my brunches and lunches with him quite often.

Jacques is pretty camera-shy so it's a coup of note that  Werner got a pic of him. (Photo Werner Ryke)
My darling Jacques is pretty camera-shy so it’s a coup deluxe that Werner got a pic of him. (Photo Werner Ryke)
Jacques wore a Lacoste Plo shirt, cashmer thrown casually aroind his shoulders. He's belt and shoes were Louis Vuitoon, his fave label. He styled me in my black Paige jeans and  Loubi's. I got the vintage clutch from my sister. The deal was all black with only red lips, nails and soles.
Jacques wore a Lacoste polo shirt, cashmere thrown casually around his shoulders with belt and shoes by Louis Vuitton; his fave label. He styled me in my black Paige skinny jeans and Pigalle Loubi’s. I got the vintage satin clutch from my sister ages ago. The deal was all black with only red lips, nails and soles. (Photo: Karisa Nicholls)

Well, after hours of Champagne o’ clock at his kitchen table, he finally deemed me worthy to wear one of his creations. This French lace, hand-dyed and hand-beaded jacket with a silk organza belted bow (I had to say it all) debuted at the Pepper Club private viewing last year (he doesn’t do many big shows these days) – then walked the runway at Mozambique Fashion Week. I’m blessed and love him so much. Thank you, Jacques.

Jill's girls and guy: (and my fave peeps) RitzRico from Luxo-blog, Karisa from My Love Affair with Cape Town and LipglossGirl, Leigh.
Jill’s girls and guy: (and my fave peeps) RitzRico from Luxo-blog, Karisa from My Love Affair with Cape Town and LipglossGirl, Leigh. (Photo: Werner Ryke)

And a huge ol’ arm-punch thanks to Jill Grogor from Zebra Square who takes such good care of us bloggers.

Happy shopping, luxury lovers.

love & light

Clouds xxx

Photo credit: All pics my own unless otherwise accredited.

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