9 December 2014

There is something I find rather vain  yet charming about a woman who incorporate jewellery in her everyday ensemble. If there above shapeshifters collection by Black Betty is anything to go by, then one does not need an ensemble to exude charm, more especially if the refinery is dear to you.
Inspired by the notion of African Geometry, found in everything from the the cities’ overarching skyscrapers, Cape-fold mountains and interesting graphic patterns of the continent’s design language, the Shapeshifter Range is an expression of this fertile land and its evolving shapes. These silhouettes have been interpreted into angular-designed earrings, necklaces, rings and pendants using diamonds and black and gold rhodium plated silver. As the name suggests, although these facets of the city, it’s natural surrounds and textured products seemed fixed to the naked eye, they are continuously growing and changing and as the ages and decades pass so too does their energy and the way they are perceived, reminding us to do the same. 
I love the use of one of the elements of inspiration (architectural city landscapes) in the lookbook.  photography by Lar Rattray | jewellery (Also, shop the range) by Black Betty .


24 November 2014

I have came to know Selfi for the youthful minimalism that is sometimes sharp with clean folds, a celebration of thy self  that is not only wearable but timeless.

Selfi makes a transition away from muted tones for its Spring/Summer 15 with the use of bold colors and print.  A somewhat androgynous collection that draws influences from the 90's with tailored shirts and oversized shift dresses. The cut and folds of the garments create a windswept the illusion. Taking inspiration from 1920s abstract expressionism, collage art and the work of late Spanish painter and sculptor, Joan MirĂ³, Selfi presents a playful, dreamlike state of mind by incorporating abstract elements from nature. Finding motivation from the scarves, oversized cardigans, maxi skirts and large tote bags donned by elderly women. Shop the lookbook online here


6 November 2014

I lead a very active lifestyle; well, relatively active. Residing within close proximity to work means, I can walk to and from the office on most occasions which I find to be rather difficult in my slip-ons or moccasins . Also, working in a traditional office environment, injecting a bit of casual spirit in your formal attire with a per of sneaks can be greatly frowned upon. That's why I love the direction Nike has taken with the new Air Max, they are one way of adding the casual spirit into your office wear and get away with it.

I love the all black colourway with an added crocodile patent leather ornament in the paneling and upper with a sleek nubuck finish. The sneaks are said to be available in South Africa this December at selected Sportscene outlets.  The croc pack is only available for women; so, here to hoping sportscene will cater for women with size 8 feet.


3 November 2014

Yayness! Your call has been heard, local boutique Mungo and Jemima has joined the link in the e-commerce chain by launching their online store, along with their summer/spring 14/15 lookbook.  The online retail space will play host to collections by Hannah, GOOD, Coppelia, Selfi and many others.
We know our Joburg customers in particular will be thrilled. We get messages weekly asking for our ranges to be available online.
Also, M&J is officially open at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Get summer ready  by shopping the new collections here.


28 October 2014

Anisa Mpungwe, designer of Loin Cloth and Ashes continues her journey with MRP with yet another collaboration. The collection plays with visual that draw influences from traditional Africa striking prints in bold and bright hues with Nigeria being a major focus. 
I recently travelled through Africa where I was seduced by the energy of African cities. During my travels, I attended a wedding in Nigeria where I noticed how people embrace colour. They weren't afraid to be loud and expressive, both vocally and in dress! I also enjoyed how people followed current fashion trends while staying true to their African roots.
I absolutely love the energetic print juxtaposition in straight and structured cuts yet still conscious about feminine form. The range is available at selected MRP stores and online here.


20 October 2014

So here a thing,  I have never gave much heed to South African Fashion Week (SAFW) and one of the prime reasons is that; I was never afforded time to be present at the event (Likewise MBFWJ and MBFWA). The state of ennui that I have succumbed,  has lead me to the programme which accelerated my jaws to the floor at terminal velocity by the unfamiliarity of designers who showcasing. Do not get me wrong, I have a close association with most of the designers on the programme ( and by close association I mean; I can familiarise the name from a bar of soap) and one such designer that I have a close association with is Anmari Honiball.

I was initially introduced to Anmari Honiball in 2012 when she was selected as a finalist for the ELLE NEW RISING STAR design awards and have grown to appreciate the beauty underlined in her work ever-since.   The AW15 collection plays with colour (Think: red, pink and blues) in a childlike manner. I am absolutely obsessed with the use of bright play dough-like, amoeba shaped collage-esque detailing, especially on the black black drop, 


16 October 2014

Amazing local jewellery brand Pichulik freshly launched their S/S15 Lookbook. Habitually drawing influences from the rich, vibrant and eclectic continent of Africa, the brand remains true to this aesthetic while the delicate craftsmanship progresses further North and the Middle East.
Baraka is the beneficent force from god that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres as prosperity, protection and happiness. This collaborative capsule collection is informed by Islamic Mailian architecture of North Africa and the garb of Islamic tribes that wander these lands.
 I am obsessed with the use of more gold and the use of white plains of linen. The collection is available to shop online here. Photography by Kope Figgins and wardrobe Kat van duinen.


14 October 2014

Dear Rae, a local Jewellery brand has launched their summer/spring 2015 lookbook which I am super excited to share. The range has maintained the Dear Rae minimalistic form and natural lines aesthetic yet still elegant and sophisticated.
"The range is inspired by the sensations of Summer. The bright sun, cool leafy shade on your face and the feeling of fruity juice running down your chin."
Think summery sweetness and all things tropical, from pineapples to palm trees in glittery silver gold and gold.  The Let's get tropsi  collection is said to launch this Thursday at the Woodstock foundry.

Remember to shop the collection here


12 October 2014

Therese Sennerholt is a Sweden based art director living in Stockholm. Her graphic prints with new and old quotations are very sought after and witty. I  am super obsessed with the current shapes and words collection. 

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