Wednesday, 13 March 2013

#MBFWJ - Night One.Part One

Thursday was the first night of the incredible weekend of fashion that followed, so after preparing some temporary business cards and slicking my hair back into a low ponytail (with an amazing gold hairpiece I got from Me.Co) I arrived super early and extremely eager.

Encouraged further by two very sweet interns who gushed at my outfit, I was determined to make myself noticed at my very first AFI Fashion Week. At about 16h30 I was snapped by the event's street style photographer and I was continuously completed on my shoe choice and graphic print sheer blouse.

Eventually the time was nigh and the amazing Kesh planted a photographer's pass in my hands and I was in. Guided by the fashion photographer Waldo Pretorius, I was led to the magical world of backstage of the runway. I felt like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory ,although possibly a little bit more familiar than Charlie was with that factory, but still it was holy-shit-balls exciting to be there.

I met the marvellous head of make up Michelle, a crazy beautiful woman who works in platform high shoes with a cheery smile on her face despite any surrounding chaos.

I was fortunate to have chatted to the cute interns out front whilst waiting for my pass because they were working with the designers Lauren and Bailey of Avant.Apparel and they showed me the delicate garments that were going to hit the runway in a matter of hours. It was a breathtaking experience, not knowing what to photograph first I was slightly overwhelmed by it all. What was most interesting about all of this was having had a look at the clothes on the hanger and knowing what was coming before I watched the show, but still being blown away when every model came on stage. 

Khosi Nkosi

I got to meet models, designers, make up artists, fellow photographers and bloggers and had an all round blast. Being in the film industry, I have to compare the backstage and the front row to being on set. Whilst it is work, it's crazy fun work.

But let's chat about the clothes now...

Khosi Nkosi's designer made a runway appearance longer than any other designer at Fashion Week, taking a long stroll and pose to the end of the runway. 
Khosi Nkosi
 Whilst there were some pretty boring shoe choices among the collections, Khosi Nkosi was certainly not one of them. Plenty of her outfits were accompanied by heel-less wedges ranging from Mary Janes to boots and I was in love. 
Khosi Nkosi

Would kill for these shoes. #justsaying

Sunday, 10 March 2013

#MBFWJ 7-9 March 2013

This weekend went by in a complete whirl. Like the whirl of all the mesh skirts that I witnessed these past 3 days at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg #MBFWJ. I was so fortunate to attain two photographer's tags for me and @markstry to attend and cover all the fabulous shows. Finally, finally I attended a ThulaSindi show. The man is an artist, I have been drooling over his twitpics since I've been on twitter and on Friday night my mind was blown beyond my expectations. Amazing. Amazing amazing amazing. 
Thula Sindi
And Suzaan Heyns, oh wow Suzaan Heyns. Using recycling as an element in her work, her collection comprised a number of show stopping dresses made from cork. And this was my first show where I sat in the front row. You've never seen anyone so excited to be sitting on white melamine chair. And goodness, that is the absolute way to watch this kind of art on show.
Suzaan Heyns
David Tlale decided to allow the audience a chance to walk with his installation show of his latest collection, which was sold by the exterior of City Hall at 81 President Street in Joburg. And engraved on the steps of City Hall "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" and yes, absolutely, I will never never forget.
David Tlale
These upcoming colder seasons we can look forward to the military trend as Gavin Rajah had a helluva lot of fun with, and the utilitarian cut that also featured in Stefania Morland's collection. Across all collections there was a broad use of neutral tones, lots of greys, beige, cream, blush with splurges of the Autumn colour palette; green, purple, cobalt blue, burnt oranges and mustard. 
Stefania Morland
I loved the textured detail of the hand-stitched ribbon that was first introduced on the runway in the Avant. show. There were some astounding creations using that technique in the Avant. collection and the ribbon texture featured in a number of designers' pieces.
Peplum is still doing the rounds this season, which is, as Kim K proved, to be a very flattering way of hiding extra pounds so it's perfect for that time of year where we turn to comfort food. And the mesh, gosh how I love the mesh. It's that similar love affair that I have for sheer is how I feel for lace and mesh. 

My favourite dancer and original fashionista - Manthe

Gold and all things shiny and sparkly, from embellishments, to sequins, to gem encrusted fabulousness, metallica is very much in for winter. A wonderful way to stimulate the neutral tones.

Gavin Rajah
Karabo Gibbs wearing Moschino belt, strawberry collection skirt and "Mommy Vintage"sheer top. LOVE this look!

It was a truly magical experience for me, being backstage and meeting some of the designers. One of my funnier moments was meeting Lauren of Avant. and asking if I could feel the texture of her dress and finding myself first going for her chest - embarrassing much? Luckily I stopped myself half way and she was good humoured of my little faux pas. 


I also gushed like a school girl groupie when grabbing
@ThulaSindi's attention for a super quick introduction. I was incredibly star struck and overwhelmed by his humility. I squealed to Cara when he thanked me for my tweet complimenting his show. Utterly obsessed.
Me and Cara in the front row at Suzaan Heyns. I love her lace Paris dress xx

My shoes - Diesel. Cara's shoes - nude with python print skyscraper heels
I made a new friend, Vuvu, a fellow fashion blogger whom as fate would have it, I met sitting next to at the Thula Sindi show. He has such a cute pocket-chief, lilac with orange polka dots. I snapped him at Gavin Rajah's show, I really love his bowtie. I look forward to seeing him again soon soon. Check out his blog here.
Dear Vuvu :)
Ruald Rheeder

Life by Andre Martin - Model Ash
Me and @ChuSuwannapha. How amazing is his print mix? LOVELOVELOVE

Blonde bombshell Hayleigh Evans

The radiant Candice Wyatt

Meet @sheenabagshawe wearing @raynefashion. 1980's leather shorts, 90's dress made into a top

a little bit of "Grandma Vintage" clutch
#whatIwore on Day 2 - vintage sasha bianca fringe dress, steve madden shoes


photo credits:
runway: @markstry


Monday, 4 March 2013

The Collective 3.0 #TheCollectiveJHB

 This Sunday I decided to debut my new haircut to the fashion industry at #TheCollectiveJHB. I heard about this amazing market when I realised that I had some other obligation on the day it was the second edition since its launch in December. #TheCollectiveJHB is a sweet little spot to indulge in some rather beautiful and delicate things, from dainty necklaces from Scarlet to the exquisite precious stones on double gold plated rings at Black Betty to truly and heartfully local, Red Oker genuine leather luggage and accessories there was something for everyone. Even @markstry after reportedly tweeting that he hopes there'll be 'stuff for men' didn't come home empty-handed.