Those who know me can attest that I am all about street-style, and I thought it would be fitting for my first Frock Report post to be street-style inspired. And as we pay closer attention to one of this season’s hottest trends – the print. I couldn’t help but notice how our local fashion editors personally embraced the trend.
From the fabulously stylish paisley prints worn by Kelly Fung from Marie Claire magazine and her Fashion Director, Sharon Becker who wore a white Ndebele inspired print peplum dress.
To bold tropical, graphic and floral prints embraced by True Love’s Fashion Editor Palesa Mahlaba and Siyamthanda from Real magazine.
And the fun-approach-to-fashion spirit that we have come to love and expect from You/HuisGenoot’s Fashion Director Chu – who mentored us on how to pull-off the print on print look.
I will be bringing you more fabulous street-style images with this trend and more. In the meantime though, you can surely take notes on how you can rock your print from the ladies and gentlemen who reign over some of our favorite glossies.
By Vincent (Zondo) MHLANGA
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 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.
Last week I posted about international street fashion blogger Yvan Rodic’s trip to Cape Town and in no time at all it seems, the photographer behind the widely acclaimed blog Facehunter, has posted several features on street style in the mother city.
Here are some of my favs…
-To view more images visit Facehunter
Internationally acclaimed street style photographer Yvan Rodic is due to hit Cape Town this week to promote his book on global street style. Featuring images taken in almost 30 countries, Rodic’s book captures the style of real people whose sense of dress represents a diverse and contemporary urban aesthetic. Visiting his blog is visual bliss…I often get sucked in for hours browsing through image after image of hipsters with an inspiring sense of style.
Join him at Studio One in Bree Street for an exclusive book signing followed by an undoubtedly stylish party in partnership with Adidas, A Store and We-Are-Awesome.com. A limited number of copies of Rodic’s book will be available for purchase at the event.
-For more information contact email@example.com
Frequent readers of The Frock Report will know that late last year I started a feature titled “Spotted: Looks I Liked This Week”. The feature has not appeared for quite a number of weeks and a number of reasons. One, street style scouting is not the easiest of jobs. Two; most people in Jozi tend to stick to trends, which is something I would like not to spot as my look of the week. The “Ama Kip Kip” top, cap, baggy jeans and sneaker look is overly played out and it seems to me that Mome and Abiah of Cream Cartel fame have earned themselves a number of imitators (I spotted five different Abiah’s at a recent party in Soweto, for instance). In short; Jozi has stiffled my appetite for street culture. I simply can’t find creatively styled folk in this town (if you have any idea where I can spot them, let me know. Or better yet, mail me the pics of people you find interesting).
The moaning you are currently reading on this post is inspired by one New York Times article I’ve just read about a dandy New Yorker I first spotted on The Sartorialist blog. His name is Ouigi Theodore and he runs a clothing store in Brooklyn from where he dreams of seeing more men on the street corners taking their style game more seriously. His Brooklyn Circus store has apparently become a tourist attraction as people from all over the world- even Joburg, they report- find it an interesting place to shop (if any of you reading this have been there, t’would be great to check out your taste; mail me). Read here to see how fast his influence on street style is spreading.
As for “Spotted: Looks I Liked This Week”, I hope to resume it… Soon. Do mail whatever you think deserves to be featured on The Frock Report’s Street Style features.
So, “The September Issue” made Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington a rock-star and catapulted an already influential Anna Wintour to greater heights of fame. Look through The Sartorialist and men.style.com (or any other blog that records the epitome of street style, or purports to do so) and you’ll realize that those who have, over the years, driven the world of fashion through editorials are these days the subject of style observers themselves. Their personal style, and not their work as it were, is becoming more of a talking point. An article in the New York Times suggests that fashion editors- people whose names would have eluded the average reader of a magazine not so long ago- have now become household names and, consequently, the “new icons of fashion”. Click on the pic to read the article.