We’d like to congratulate Anisa Mpungwe on, what is surely every designer’s dream, opening her Loin Cloth & Ashes flagship store in the Maboneng Precinct in Jozi.
It was announced earlier that the store is opening on July 1, and she couldn’t have chosen a better spot too.
The 28-year-old Tanzanian-born designer said of the exciting news: “This is a big step for me and a daring move for my label. I’m thrilled to have found just the perfect spot for people to come shop and try on our clothes. We’ve been working so hard towards this and I’m glad it has finally come. It’s been a divine journey.”
Just last year she left Pretoria to come and open her studio in the Main Street Life building.
Lady Gaga says she didn’t write her latest hit song, “Born This Way,” but rather the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen did so when he channeled it through her from beyond the grave.
Gaga told Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a recent interview that McQueen, who committed suicide by hanging on February 11, 2010, “planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote ‘Born This Way.’ I think he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing.”
In a class of great designers on the second night of SA Fashion Week, the urban label Loxion Kulca stood out. The Fashion label which collaborated with artists J.R, Prokid and Phumeza still wasn’t able to capture the eye with their collection. In an industry which has new urban labels like Ama Kip Kip and Head Honcho; Loxion Kulca is fighting to stay relevant and cater to the urban market. Yet their image hasn’t moved post Yizo –Yizo era. When nokia 3310 and Zola was still cool.
Another show that provided entertainment was Reggiestar. Despite Reggie (the designer) offering entertainment for his show and having Rhythm City star Relebogile Mabotja model his final ensamble, the collection didn’t please critics. The designer -come-singer performed throughout his collection as the models walked down the ramp with clothes that had seam lines that were not properly sewn.
Courtesy of guest blogger: SANELISIWE MALIZA
The inner city, face brick walls meshed in with Joburg’s bright lights and Africa’s premium designers all came together for SA Fashion Week. SA Fashion Week kicked off with style at the Jameson launch party in Braamfontein last night.
Amongst our local starlets spotted at the event were: Sonia Booth in a dress designed by Sello Medupe, actress Pam Andrews in more clothes than usual and Relebogile Mabotja who was the star of the night as she closed off the Reggiestar collection.
Gert Johan Coetzee showed face for two seconds, he’ll be showcasing his line tonight. The former Diamond Face Couture understudy shot to fame after reality stars Kourtney Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari wore his designs earlier this year. His summer collection is one of the most anticipated at SA Fashion Week.
Gert’s former business partner, Uyanda Mbuli was also there. She looked gorgeous in a feathered black number, complemented by killer heels. Her Diamond Face Couture line was the final show for day 1 of Fashion Week. Also amongst the starlets was Somizi Mhlongo, rocking military inspired regalia.
By guest bloggers, Sanelisiwe Maliza and Chivimbiso Gava
Last week I was fortunate enough to receive an exclusive invite to the Nine West & YFM Shopping experience at the Nine West store at The Zone in Rosebank. Nine West teamed up with YFM to officially launch their new store. We were served champagne and canapes as we shopped. Well, I shopped with my eyes while the rest of the guests looked for shoes and accessories to buy with their one-night-only 15% discount voucher. Bonang Matheba hosted the event and YFM’s DJ Josi Chave and DJ Warras played some tunes while we shopped and mingled. Local celebrities such as Uyanda Mbuli, Rosie Motene, Pam Andrews, Claire Mawisa and Kendra attended the event and I got an opportunity to chat to them on camera.
Congratulations to Nine West and YFM for hosting such a chic event. And many thanks to my colleague Lebogang Tsele for producing this video. Enjoy!
P.S. wait for the video to buffer after you’ve pressed play now.
There’s no set dress code for how an accused should dress for a court appearance/ trial. But a courtroom is a formal environment, where serious life changing decisions are made. Simple and sensible are the words that come to mind when I think of courtroom attire, regardless of whether you’re the accused, a witness or there to offer moral support.
Yesterday Molema “Jub Jub”" Maarohanye and his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo returned to the Protea Magistrates court where Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, as well as reckless and negligent driving.
The first time his pop star girlfriend/ baby mama, Kelly Khumalo, attended one of his court hearings, she wore a pair of pants with an over-the-top leather and fur jacket and over-sized shades (which she wore throughout the proceedings).
And yesterday Ms Kumalo was dressed like she was going clubbing. She wore a LBD (little black dress), gold high heel sandals and her signature over sized sunglasses.
I know Jub Jub is not getting judged on the basis of his clothing or his girlfriends for that matter. But I do believe that dressing appropriately indicates that you take the trial seriously and respect the proceedings. I don’t think dressing too casually, expensively, frivolously or in excessively sexy clothing is a good look.
Jub Jub’s lawyer needs to advise Ms Khumalo on what is appropriate. Or maybe Kelly should take a queue from (the late) Anna Nicole Smith, who had a major makeover when she went to court over her late husband’s estate. She wore a conservative black suit and wore her hair straight.
Maybe I’m just too old school…
He’s often spotted in the Front Row at Fashion Week and now he wants to put his knowledge to theory.
The Grammy winning rapper wants a Masters degree in fashion!
No stranger to controversy, Kanye has reportedly applied for a Masters degree in fashion, at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College in London.
One thing Kanye can’t bank on, is his fame. He was interviewed by the school’s board, who will now decide if he’s made the cut.
Previous students include Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.
As much as he’s known for his artistic ability, he does know a thing or three about fashion. In 2009, Kanye collaborated with Louis Vuitton – they released a sneaker collection.
I for one, would line up to buy clothing from the Kanye West label (well, that’s if I could afford it).
Lady Gaga took to the runway at the Thierry Mugler fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
The Grammy winning star made her entrance in a cloud of moke.
The models, which included Alek Wek and Coco Rocha, strutted down the runway to Gaga’s new single, Government Hooker.
Gaga looked every inch the professional model as she made her way down the runway, which she closed off with the last ensemble, a white corset dress.