Monday, 22 April 2013

Smells like Roller Derby #SkateWars

It is my pleasure to announce (and yes, possibly boast some) that The Magazine Club was offered the wonderful opportunity to cover C-Max's Roller Derby this passed Saturday. And who would pass up on the chance to photograph sexy girls' bums, especially when they hit the floor like it's hot. Thanks Sade and Michele - kisses!

It was a freezing evening in Johannesburg and I was coming down with a flu but I pulled on my big girl burgundy brogue boots with a matching oxblood coat and braved the wintery night. I was thankful that the venue was indoors, as I'm sure the derby girls were too. The venue was, for me anyway, in the middle of nowhere, at Wembley Indoor Stadium which if you glance around long enough at the bar you would notice how it was used for sporting events like karate and judo. Sincerely not as sexy as roller derby.

Doors opened at 6pm but me and @markstry had remarkable timing and arrived 10 minutes before the kick-off (would that be the correct terminology?) begun. The stands were packed with cheering fans; there were cheerleaders, motivational message boards, funny hats and loads of beer-filled plastic cups.

I chose the unfortunate seat in the front row which ordinarily would have been quite an awesome one - close to the action, nobody blocking the view. But due to this front seat being the front seat adjoined with the walkway and this walkway being the pathway to the bar I got to see a lot more of the audience than the rollerskating girls. Sigh. The highlight of this, until I gave up and moved away during halftime, was that I saw a Jake Gyllenhaal doppleganger. Only he was shorter and so hideously dressed that my heart never skipped a beat. Cara warned me that everyone in attendance would be in atrocious attire from her experience the previous year so Mr Doppleganger didn't disappoint my preconceived expectations. However, this made me all to warm and happy inside to see familiar faces that never disappoint in matters of style. Although @markstry couldn't take his lens off the girls long enough to get some evidence of this.

As much as I love summer and baring skin, I find that winter has a certain elegance that conspires with outerwear. I think it may be that we have to think harder about our ensembles, to ensure we have enough layers to keep us warm and nobody's afraid to splash out on a fabulous coat that keeps for the whole season. And the wonderful selection of boots, oh the boots. My friend Bryony LOVES boots, she has quite an extensive collection which she is rocking out these passed few cold days whilst the rest of us scramble to get some.

But now, let's get back to the scantily clad girls that were ripping up the track in a very vicious fashion. Wow. I get bruises walking into furniture, I can't imagine that even a slight tap from these chicks and I would go flying. The game was between the Starship Troopers and Mars Attacks. The Starship Troopers had more of a uniform uniform than that of the Mars Attacks ladies. Although that could be perception because they did try personalize with their stockings but it still seemed very uniform - which goes with the team name. Little grey tank tops and black skirts with black knee-high socks and black helmets. Black, black, black, very uniform.

Okay so I might be a little biased because Mars Attacks won me over with their cute peplum tops. But come on, they're embracing some fashion into their ensembles, of course that'll win my affections! In addition to the peplum, they wore sparkly green hot pants and had pink brain helmets - ohmgee it just screams cute! Of course until you see ass, ass, ass, ass... Which still had me thinking cute!

Pamela Mann sponsored some of the girls their hosiery choice for the event and there were some attractive pairs both on the track and for sale at the pop up stand at the event. I thought it was quite a smart move, although at R200 a pair it was a lil' too rich for my taste. Even if they are thick and cozy, I know stockings ladder even if you say these will less likely so. They obviously don't take into consideration Friday nights.

So whilst I was admiring all the fashionable details to the derby, @markstry was documenting the neck to neck game of said derby. It was fascinating to see what a huge following this sport has, the crowds never stopped cheering even those that had not a single understanding of how the game worked. And then during half time there were performances from this interesting act called Gay Thing. Really interesting, foxy red head in a short kimono dancing across the track. The lighting display made me think of an ice-rink and it made me a little jelly; I always wanted to sing and perform on the ice rink. LOL, the dreams of being a rockstar I had when I was twelve.

It was a very engaging evening, especially after having forced my sorry self out of bed to drink the effervescent cocktail to fight the flu and really not feeling up for it, I had a most enjoyable and sober time.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A Fairytale Collection - Joel Janse Van Vuuren

Firstly I must gush how I have had the honour to drink tequila with this designer. I remember attending my first #SAFashionWeek last year and being blown away by the young designers' collections that Joel Janse Van Vuuren happened to be a part of. Who was to think that not even a few months later I would be introduced to the man through dearest Cara? Well, if you know Cara that shouldn't actually surprise you, my gorgeous girlfriend knows err'body.
may I present to you Joel Janse Van Vuuren
But back to the lecture at hand. I was delighted to discover that Joel would be presenting his spring summer 2013 collection at this #SAFashionWeek and I was set to wear one of his marvellous dresses from his previous range but unfortunately for me the weather was not favourable for that beautiful summer frock.

So with much anticipation, I scrambled tickets to the sold out show, which to go off on a bit of a tangent was quite a mess up -- Cara had front row seats and when we walked into the marquee the ushers told us we could sit anywhere. Oh surprise surprise how the front row had been filled out already. And not by those immaculately dressed may I add. So we flitted about trying to find some seats that could actually offer us a decent view - I don't understand the point of sitting behind the front row, you'd be lucky to catch a glimpse of the models' heads at a chance. So we opted for the back row to give us a somewhat elevated angle of the runway - which may I add was not itself elevated by floor-level, bizarre much?

Anyhow, that was a lengthy tangent, let's get back to the fairytale story that was Joel Janse Van Vuuren's collection of hand dyed silk dresses. #Dies. Opening with a Cinderella number that was perfectly formed to his choice of model I was immediately taken to a far prettier place than the seat I was given. 

Mesmerised I couldn't take my eyes off the simplicity yet intricate detail of the dresses as they flowed effortlessly down the glossy runway. The delicate colours that he had chosen for his designs were amazing, I couldn't believe that one could make such near-perfect lines with dye and by hand, it was all just incredible and mind-boggling for me. 
this was hand dyed!

And then came the finale, oh the finale! The exquisite creature that entered the runway literally caused silence in the marquee. Breathless people strained to get a better look at what was the most spectacular ensemble that night. The killer head piece that enthralled us all in combination with the magnificent dress with remarkable beading that ended in sheer mesh - well all I can say to that is #Dies.

It is a privilege to know you Joel, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Imprint - the genius of #BlackCoffee S/S 2013

Patience is a virtue and during #SAFashionWeek if you have such virtue it can pay off with front row seats. And front row seats to the one and only #BlackCoffee. Last year My breath was taken away by the elegant winter collection of floor length skirts and customized shoes. With the intriguing brochure as an intro to the show, we learnt that this season's design was around the idea of IMPRINT.

Jacques' summer collection is that of which I love most - sheer and textiles. Inspired by geometry, the colour leather textures represented triangles, squares and straight lines.

the intricate detailing drives me wild

The spectacle opened with haunting music and the vintage crew throwing pale yellow rose petals on the slick (read slippery) reflective black runway giving @markstry to capture amazing stills of the artwork that proceeded.
Genuis Man

Jacques also has this unique ability to choose the most beautiful models to wear his creations - not a single one without a striking feature, flawless skin and killer lips. The elegance in which they carried the interesting head pieces - created in collaboration with Candice Wyatt from Wyatt Hairdressing and Barbering - was astounding. Not every model can pull of such a raw look, the entire package of the impeccable clothing, model and hair certainly imprinted on me. 

Cant describe the love I have for this garment. Wow.


photo credit: @markstry