Ella Buter’s show put such a smile on my face. Her clothes are simply beautiful , I must have one of the neckpieces. But most critically she had the best track of the week – Ma Brrrr’s Vulindlela
Aaah – I get a tear in my eye and a jive in my two step.
( BTW the pic is by Times photographer Alon Skuy)
I believe Clive is going to start blogging soon, which makes me super happy. He may have caught the disease when guest blogging for the Frock Report from Paris – I’m just speculating here.
In the interim here is a small vid he made at the fittings for tonight’s show…
SA Fashion Week is on – the shows kick off on Thursday and there is an advanced gathering this afternoon – a little launch at Black Coffee of the work they have developed in partnershio with DAC, working with crafters. Of course the big question is what to wear? Actress Lorcia Cooper gets a little help from designers Abigail Betz and Palesa Mokubung. The Times was there to get some handy tips.
I am starting to panic – Thursday is going to be social hell- what with the Art Fair, SA Fashion week, M.A.C. party, Wanted Party, Puma Art Fair party – I need a dematerialisation machine.
But this is really a post about Dasha Zukhova, Moscow’s answer to contemporary art, oligarch’s arm candy and girl of the moment if you go by all the paper inches she is getting. I am thinking Art Fair so bear with me and my lateral brain patterns. The FT lunch interview is amusing – Peter Aspden the inimitable FT art critic seems both in awe of her beauty and slightly befuddled by her ready Russian cash and the looming presence of the oligarch.
Regardless she is a serious player – her latest project at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture Moscow, is an exhibition of the of François Pinault’s foundation collection, she has her own fashion label and will be editing a new fashion mag.
Today is Sunday so everything in Paris is closed but it is also the 1st Sunday of the month so it means free museum day!!!!
We started at Museum Orangerie
Monet’s waterlillies are quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen – I was so filled with emotion I thought I was going to cry!
We then jumped on a bus and went to museum Palais Galliera where we took in a collection of 19th century dresses, including corsets, shoes, day dresses, shawls, bonnets and wedding attire. The textiles were astonishing, hand made lace, moiré taffeta,
I was so happy I didn’t live in those times – Clive suggested we make a collection of corsets with guts and organs spilling out the top – very gruesome but who knows it might be a powerful reflection.
Next was lunch at Café Marly, a very “chi-chi” café at the Louvre Museum. Everybody that was anybody was there. It was so packed we had to sit outside in the freezing cold. We then fought our way through the crowds in the gallery to see the Mona Lisa.
It is astonishing how people line up to see her.
Enough!!!! Back to the hotel to thaw out.
Clive’s comment for the day – what I wouldn’t do for some moiré taffeta and “Thank God for bandages”
Ephraim’s comment for the day – I am so very happy!!!!
If you have not seen the Creative Recreation sneaker campaign and stand at SA Fashion week – go right now – I think the brilliant minds behind Tiltt are reinventing the sneaker South African style….I for one want to know more….
A friend once described long-established Durban designer Amanda Laird Cherry as a frustrated artist. I was reminded of that description when I asked her about her Spring/Summer collection and got this rather cryptic answer: “The words I’ve chosen to describe the collection are ‘complicity’, and ‘shifting dust’. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now.”
Luckily she also gave me some more concrete clues. “The range has natural fibers, linen and cotton and textured silks; colours are from bone to cream and ivory, and a myriad of greys from light to charcoal; jade, and beetroot. The styling is a mixture of avant guarde and wearable.”
Once again, Amanda enlisted the help of traditional crafters to create her new look. “I’ve used them in various ways, for fabric printing and embroidery and accessories. It brings a wonderful depth to what I’m doing.”
Amanda Laird Cherry’s Spring/Summer range is unveiled at the Sandton Convention Center on Wednesday 27 August.
Ahead of Fashion Week The Times speaks to top designers about their favourite Spring/Summer moments.
For Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit, the design duo behind Kluk CGDT, it’s the decadence of champagne floats and toffee apples.
BREAKING NEWS: The Frock Report has been hijacked by The Times Fashion Team who plan to bring you the best and brightest coverage of Sanlam SA Fashion Week which starts on August 27 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
In the run-up to the event our team of writers, multimedia producers and photographers will bring you all the fashion, gossip, drama and hottest trends on and off the catwalk with in-depth features, on-scene blog reports, And all-access photographs and video stories.
Stay tuned for more…
I found this little pic of Ms Sharon Becker Fashion Editor at Elle mag and Andrew Chandler, I had forgotten about it , I love Sharon’s vintage dress and her perfect little pair of Marc Jacobs heels and Andrew’s perfect yellow sweat shirt. Speaking of Elle – I will do something on the Elle New Talent competition on the morrow so look out for it in build up to SA Fashion Week.