The innovative Butterfly Twist footwear brand is coming to Johannesburg this July with a pop-up store at Morningside Shopping Centre, starting on the 1st. The British brand is a hit with stars including Amelle Berrabah from The Sugarbabes, Sophie Ellis Baxter and Hollywood actress Jane Seymour who have all become big fans of the label started in 2009 by four friends. Styles include ballerina flats and the new slouchy boots which are both not only designed for comfort but also offer convenience as you can fold them up to fit into your handbag. The pictures below demonstrate how the shoes are folded.
I’m not particularly crazy about it but it is certainly a coup for the designer. Durban-based Leigh Schubert will be jetting off to London for the Olympics on the 27th of July where the South African team will be wearing a kit designed by her at the opening ceremony for the games.
In Leigh’s defense and as much as I love the SA flag, I am yet to see a designer who has successfully translated the five (if you leave out the white), very bright colours that make make up our flag into anything stunning. If you have a Brit or American national next to you, the time to give them a green-eyed glance would be now. I should mention, however, that nobody liked Stella McCartney’s kit for the British team. Some of the athletes who will be wearing it are said to have even tweeted their disappointment at her design.
Anyway, the kit design was put out to a vote by the South African public who chose Shubert’s over those of fellow top designers Craig Native, Colleen Eitzen and JJ Schoeman among others. Let’s just be glad it wasn’t outsourced to China. Remember the storm over the Olympic Committee’s decision to have the kit manufactured there?
Prior to her London trip, Schubert is expected to unveil her spring/summer collection at the African Fashion International/Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. The event takes place between the 25th and 28th of July at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Reports confirm that one of the world’s most recognisable luxury brands Yves Saint Laurent will soon be undergoing a name change, thanks to Hedi Slimane, the man charged with taking YSL into the future. The brand will now be known as simply ‘Saint Laurent Paris’, but the logo will remain the same.
Slimane joined the iconic label in March as its creative director. He was previously head of its menswear division before he joined Dior in the same position. His appointment- and return to YSL- earlier this year followed the sudden resignation of Stefano Pilati who left after seven years at the helm. A name change is reportedly just the beginning of what is said to be a major facelift that Slimane is planning in order to reinvigorate the brand founded by the late Yves Saint Laurent back in 1962.
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“All because of the list,” says a victorious Miranda Priestley to her assistant Andrea Sachs as the two sit at the back of her chauffeur driven car. “The list of designers, photographers, editors, writers, models all found by me and nurtured by me and have promised to follow me whenever and if I choose to leave Runway.”
She had knocked the final nail into her rival’s coffin. If you haven’t seen ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ I’ve probably lost you.
I am reminded of these words following reports that Conde Nast chairman Jonathan Newhouse has ordered employees at the publisher not to work for Carine Roitfeld’s upcoming magazine titled CR Fashion Book. The former French Vogue editor left Conde Nast at the end of 2010 and her new magazine is scheduled to make its first appearance on the shelves in September this year. She is launching it through Fashion Media Group LLC, whose assets include V Magazine and V Man.
It is alleged that Newhouse sent a word of warning not only to staffers but also to world-renowned photographers like Mario Testino and David Sims, ‘reminding’ them that they shoot exclusively for Conde Nast titles that include Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour and GQ, among others.
Oh, the drama!
If you’re still unsure about what to wear at this year’s Vodacom Durban July, it may just be time to get cracking. Lord knows I’m on that boat.
Anyway. I can’t say this is what she’ll be wearing on what will hopefully be a sunny day in Durban, but Claire Mawisa is definitely among many who are preparing to dazzle at this year’s Vodacom Durban July. Or so I am told.
In this picture, befittingly shot with Mawisa standing next to a horse, she is wearing a Thula Sindi creation. The theme for this year’s July, as you may already know, is ‘A Material World’. Maybe I should channel Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’… I think I’ve just given my outfit idea away.
The Vodacom Durban July takes place on the 7th of next month at the Greyville Racecourse.
Jane Raphaely, the woman who became the first editor of the South African edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine, has penned an autobiography telling the story of her determination as a young woman to make the best of her life. 27 years after launching Cosmo in South Africa, Raphaely is now Chairman of Associated Magazines, her company and publishers of the country’s best loved international titles. These include Marie Claire, House & Leisure and O: The Oprah Magazine. ‘Unedited’ shares the secrets of her success and those of a world many of us know very little about- the women’s consumer magazine industry. I know many like myself are hoping for a Devil Wears Prada-esque literary delight but I guess we will have to wait until the 14th of June when the book is launched at Exclusive Books, V&A Waterfront to find out. In Johannesburg the book will be launched on the 19th at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park. If you are lucky enough to be at the Cape Town Book Fair on the 16th, you are in a position to have your copy signed by Jane Raphaely herself.
Veterans and newbies alike are sketching and sewing away ahead of the Cape Town leg of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which takes place on the last week of July, starting on the 25th. Celebrated South African brands including Hip-Hop and Rosenwerth, both of who have been absent from the Cape Town Fashion Week schedule for years, make their return to the runway. Menswear designer Keith Henning of the label Adriaan Kuiters makes a fashion week debut and Rachel De Mardt becomes the latest to join the African Fashion International stable having showcased with SA Fashion Week in seasons gone by. South African runway favourite Gavin Rajah is also on the bill for the spring/summer season’s shows. Says African Fashion International Global Brand Manager Allana Finley; ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town will bring a new interpretation of iconic fashion to this pre-eminent preview of South Africa’s spring-summer seasonal trends.’
More designers will be announced ahead of the scheduled date.
I could sit here and blog about the resort collections all day. I’ve just browsed through pictures of the Lanvin Resort 2013 collection and I am in love with the construction of these garments; the body-consciousness of some and the loose-fitting silhouettes on others. I love the looks that give a nod to the athletic and pyjama trends- the soft silks that can be worn both in broad daylight and dressed-up as evening wear. It’s like a whole new, elegant take on the tracksuit. Love it!