Since Sandiso and I were attending shows at SA fashion week, we asked artist, curator and all-round cool girl Naadira Patel to give us the low down on all things sartorial at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair.This is what she had to say:
The 2011 FNB Joburg Art Fair opened last Thursday evening feeling like a fairground for adults; a beautiful, shiny, blinding, expensive and delicious one. The smell of Fair Trade coffee fused with Chanel No 5, it is the amusement park, a playground for grown ups with big bank accounts or young ones with trust funds. It IS hyper-reality and it is where the beautiful play their cards and stake their bets on what is believed to be the hottest items of 2011.
Once you cross the carpeted threshold between the ticket sellers and wristband marshalls, you have entered the twilight zone, a hyperreal space, a time warp of wine and champagne; Meerlust, Tokara, Delaire Greef and Idiom; air kisses and precariously perched legs on seven-inch heels. Thirty-second “Hello’s” to friends and fiends, contemporaries in suits all saying things like “Yes but I think the earlier work was much better!” or “Oh my god, did you see Julia Rosa Clark’s breasts? What gallery is that from?” Mastrantonio are quick on their feet delivering hot pizza’s, delicious pasta’s and keeping the weel-heeled art journo’s content to tackle the unfolding schmooze. Everyone dons their Thursday best.
Here are some of the hottest looks from the opening night:
Seems like we missed out on a great party – hope the dates don’t clash with SA fashion week again next year!
-Images courtesy of Naadira Patel
The SAFW A/W 2012 collections came to a close yesterday at Crowne Plza Johannesburg: The Rosebank. Here is our round-up of highlights from the shows.
Amanda Laird Cherry added doses of tailoring to her A/W collection which featured a range of warm brights grounded in a palette of navy, charcoal and white.
Designer Shaldon Kopman presented a renegade, cowboy-inspired collection for Naked Ape featuring embellished leather coats and pants with military-inspired detailing.
Emphasis was on the sleeve at Tiaan Nagel, with minimal detailing and a refreshingly sober colour palette.
46664 launched their debut collection at SAFW this season with the focus on bright, punchy colours and prints.
Vesselina Pentcheva presented an all-velvet French boudoir inspired collection of eveningwear.
By far the highlight of the event, Suzaan Heyn’s much anticipated collection had a distinct reptilian feel in the metallic scale detailing on jackets, bodices and skirts.
The winner of the the 2011 ELLE New Talent Awards in association with Mr Price was announced last night. After hours of deliberation at the judging, Kelly Esterhuyse was selected as this year’s winner.
Esterhuyse showed a hand-crafted range made from mohair – a South African fibre that is gaining international acclaim. Her range was inspired by the form of the human skeleton and featured a range of textures, all uniquely crafted from fibres that come from different stages of the mohair spinning process.
Esterhuyse’s range is fresh, edgy and shows renewned interest in the niche sector of knitwear design. We look forward to seeing more from her.
Other highlights from the show include:
-Images courtesy of Ivan Naude
The SAFW Winter Collections kick off tonight at The Crowne Plaza Johannesburg. Stay tuned to The Frock Report for daily reports and photos from all the shows as well as street fashion and behind-the-scenes exclusives.
With a model dressed in a camel Thula Sindi dress in the October issue, popular blogger and former editor of Seventeen Magazine, Justine Stafford, makes her debut as the new editor of Edgars Club Magazine. The Frock Report caught up with her during the launch of the magazine’s new look at the Melrose Arch Edgars store last night.
FR: What changes have you brought to Edgars Club Magazine and why did you deem this necessary?
JS: On a higher level the changes are that it’s not just a magazine, we’ve gone digital, we’ve gone in-store. We’re also doing quite a targetted supplement strategy. The biggest change is that the magazine is now a woman’s fashion and beauty shopping guide. Before, it kind of catered to everyone, but our bigger initiative is to cater to our biggest consumer base, which is women between the ages of 25 to 45. It’s aspirational, it’s fashion-forward. We are applying our knowledge of consumer magazines to a custom title. At the end of the day, the aim is a custom aim which is to sell products but in a way that is very consumer led. We want to give back to the club member who is very loyal.
FR: People out there are tired of being marketed to, they want to be spoken to directly. How are you going to approach this through your content?
JS: What I think is amazing is that Edgars as a brand has got access to incredible content. So, when you look at the brands that they house, when you look at the events that they put on, when you look at the people that are involved in Edgars. We keep on saying ‘wow, this person is coming and will be at the Melrose Arch store’, so there is a lot of content that is happening in the world of Edgars that we are simply bringing to life. When you think from a reader’s point of view, I always try to put myself in their shoes and say ‘would I want to read this, would I be interested in this magazine?’ And so I think by making it aspirational and by bringing the Edgars brand to life… you know, we’ve just done a story (in the October issue) about the retail sponsorship of SA Fashion Week; that is groundbreaking news in the fashion industry. It’s something that, as a fashion blogger and a journalist, I’ve been writing and talking about for a long time. And now it’s happening.
FR: How do you, as a journalist, draw the line between having to obviously push the products that Edgars is selling and being an actual journalist.
JS: What has been amazing is the support we’ve had from Edgars. Before, I think they really led the direction of the magazine. They’ve really handed over that responsibility to us. We are leading the creative direction and they are completely supportive of this. We have one or two moments where they might say ‘we’re not sure about that’ but they’ve also said to us, ‘push back, fight for what you believe in’. As a journalist I come from a very strong base of ethics, so I always have to think about, is this coming from the right direction?
FR: When you first found out that you have the editor’s position for the magazine, what did you first think and what vision do you have for the future of the magazine?
JS: I was eight months pregnant with my second child and they phoned me out of the blue and said they want to chat to me about a project. I’d been freelancing and blogging for several years and not too keen to get back into mags, just because I didn’t want a kind of 9 to 5 job and they sat me down and kind of told me where they saw the magazine going and how my influence would come in and I just became more and more excited about the opportunity. Club speaks to almost a million subscribers every month. When you come from a consumer magazine base- you know most are lucky if they speak to 50,000 people- to speak to a million people, you sort of go ‘wow, that’s a lot of people’. So I became very excited. In terms of vision, I am a magazine junkie. From InStyle to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar to Wallpaper and even custom publications. At the end of the day my custom line with the team is ‘just make it pretty’. We’re really trying to bring a really beautiful face to the fashion side of Edgars.
ELLE Magazine New Talent search, in association with Mr Price, will tomorrow unveil the 2011 winner for this annual competition as SA Fashion Week gets underway in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Eight young designers will exhibit their collections based on this year’s theme “Show us your pattern” and they include last year’s finalist (and critically acclaimed young talent) Kutloano Molokomme, Lameez Claasen, Anneke Koster, Danielle Hartman, Kelly Esterhuyse, Khumo Manota, Charl JVR and Sammantha Constable.
From these eight designers ELLE’s now former fashion editor Kirsty Stolz, current senior fashion editor Poppy Evans, Jo Coelho from Mr Price, trends forecaster Dion Chang, blogger Milisuthando Bongela, Marion and Lindie’s Danica Lepen and my co-Frockster, Sarah Badat, have the truly unenviable task of selecting one winner.
Last year’s winner was Capetonian, Cleo Droomer, who impressed all with his collection of digital print on soft textiles and that oh-so-memorable blue PVC jacket with an exaggerated structure. This year, Droomer will showcase his latest collection alongside this year’s eight finalists.
SA Fashion Week commences on Thursday the 22nd, ending on the 25th of September 2011 and will be held at Rosebank’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Acclaimed designer Suzaan Heyns will be launching her first range of handbags alongside her True Colours Autumn/Winter collection at SA Fashion Week on the 25th of this month.
The handbag range is produced in collaboration with world renowned, South African-born custom label, Leather Rose, which opened a store in New York in 1996, winning international awards, including “Best Custom leather shop in NY”. The label will, in conjunction with Heyns, create a capsule collection of bags to compliment the designer’s latest collection. The collection is based on “internal and external perceptions if the individual”. Heyns previously showcased at a fashion week earlier this year during Joburg Fashion Week, which is run by Africa Fashion International.
What does fashion have to do with the legal application or oppression of free speech? It probably had zilch to do with it until one Paris court found former Dior Creative Director John Galliano guilty of hate speech in what is, in France, a criminal rather than civil case. One TIME journalist argues that the judgment may have some critical consequences for the free press in other parts of the world. And what a compelling argument it is. Read it here.
The popular Neighbourgoods Market from the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town opened their Jozi site today. After spending the night at the uber-chic Hotel Lamunu, I spent the day snapping away at the stylish crowd that gathered in Braamies.
The market will be open every Saturday (come rain or shine) from 9am-3pm at 73 Juta street.