Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Friday, October 28, 2011

Littlest

I am very much a "little bag" kinda person. I don't lug alot around, I prefer things to fit neat and proper into small spaces (so that they don't get lost in the glooms of "ultra-big-bag-darkness" of course). I have this mock-crock black bag-let, but this Alexander Wang Devere metallic leather shoulder bag, would compliment lighter pieces quite nicely wouldn't you say?
I would. Ah.
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Get it here. Or get it for me?? I'd gladly supply my postal details ;)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

AFW sight seeing

So in between the hype and madness involving producing breath taking shows, I did manage to catch a few shows my self :) 
Of which a highlight was the Thula Sindi show. 
"Glitter-glitter-butternut-go" was a phrase shouted by a model rushing to makeup for Thula Sindi after a previous show, and that it was! Personally I loved the show and all its glitter. Most of all, I love that it came from a SA designer. You had to be there to experience the lighting which literally took to the glitter, lace and the gold, the sequins and the netting, the animal print and the 50's shapes. Marched in by breath taking African models, to live sound, donning sleek hair, bejeweled vertical buns, spun in navy thread. It really was a beautiful sight.
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images sourced from: http://www.afiphotos.com/1110AFW/

Africa Fashion Week 3

The 3rd day of fittings was all about Soucha! When I met Soucha Mlihigue, Tunisian-born designer and co-designer Tido, I instantly fell in love with the Egyptians eccentric hand gestures, loud yet beautiful Arabic lingo and of course their breath-taking collection! 
There is no way to describe it without having seen it, felt the fabric or witnessed the genius behind styling the pieces! Watching Tido and Soucha work was a sight to see.
I loved the head wraps and use of simple (yet beautifully printed) scarves. Amazing how such a simple item can be so versatile. Aaaand just before the Africa fashion Awards Soucha gave me a gift :) A Scarf from his collection. I nearly died.
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my scarf is the purple one pictured below:)
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All images sourced: http://www.afiphotos.com/1110AFW/

Africa Fashion Week 2

Day 2 was craziness! Fittings for the entire Southern Sun Swimwear show as well as the arrival of the lovely twin sisters from Mataano!
Sisters and designers Ayaan and Idvl were lovely! Their collection straight from NYFW was a breath of colour into a so far black and white world at AFW! Their show was shared with Tart, which was a contrasting pop of upbeat tropical flavour into the show! Accompanied by an electro remix of the Beachboys and a tropical wall of plants on the set!(I painted the logo ;))
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Amazing women right there and a pleasure to work with!

The Southern Sun Swimwear show was a shared show among: Adama Paris, EKI Orleans and the wonderful DAX MARTIN.

Adama herself was amazing! Such a strong women, one can see she is solely responsible for her success in the fashion industry. Her bikinis and monobikis were bright and made of print-faaaantasic material and mirrored a true African reflection yet in a super stylish manner!
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EKI Orleans was a more glammed up twist on African prints with the incorporation of peacock feathers. As well as full-of-movement maxi and mini dresses. Styled with amazing jewelry by UNKNOWN.
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Dax Matrin closed the show with yet another amazing collection!!! At CTFW we saw floral imagery yet at AFW models donned more earthy inspired imagery, sticking with a white canvas which brought shells, animal inspired prints and earthy colours to life. Dax, yet again, AMAZING!
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All images sourced: http://www.afiphotos.com/1110AFW/

Africa Fashion Week 1

Africa Fashion Week was amazing! So badly wanted to update _modepret throughout the experience, but working 8am-12pm hours made my sleep take top priority.. 

I have to much to share! Met so many amazing people and worked with the most amazing team!
Team Redman.
 Day 1 kicked off with fittings for Stefania Morland as well as Tart and Alexander Koutny.

Greeted by familiar faces from CTFW made the transition into AFW all the more graceful. 
Stefania Morland's collection took, like many other designers, a turn for more monochromatic shades this season, as apposed to the brights we saw at CTFW, but wow did she do that transition with effortless style, incorporating amazing textures and details. Lace, fur, sheer, tweed and always beautiful embellishments, with antiquey jewelry. 
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Cari from Tart was yet again one of my favorite designers to work with and when she arrived for the fitting, I found myself loving each and every piece she unpacked! Amazing! Also, steering away from the bright colour blocking of CTFW, she kept it effortlessly simple with only black garments and gold jewelry. 
Her ability to use simple shapes and to capture a certain feature is top-class. The jewelry just complimented those perfect shapes through and through! Bold rings, 3 on each hand, along with cuff-like arm bands and LOVE TART lettering on chains. Wow.
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And then.... Alexander Koutny arrived. And blew my mind!
He was so professional and on a mission of note! He had each model come in one at a time, tried on at least 3 looks per model, tweaking and modifying the garments with the use of giant black safety pins. It was crazy how he could change the whole look of a garment with the touch of a pin. The shoes though are what caught my eye, the same shoes throughout the collection- Black velvety ankle boot wedges. Which complimented each, yet again, black outfit. 
Alex is a true artist and that can be seen through, not only his work but in his presentation too. 
Models were matched with glossy slate black nails from MINX and the runway was pitch black, with red lipped models marching slowly to deep music. It truly was art. I loved his initial idea of having each gift bag, which fill the seats, contain only a piece of paper with the lettering "STOP WANTING" on it. This how ever was scrapped closer to the show, loved the concept though.
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And guess who walked away with a pair of those BEAUTIFUL heels? Yes ;) meee! They are my new favorite shoes of all time. Ever. and are sooo comfy. I worked the last day in them, till 3am!


All images sourced: http://www.afiphotos.com/1110AFW/