Friday, 12 September 2014

TARTAN, ROYAL SALUTE

This post is dedicated to London Fashion Week starting today, and in true style of Highland Fashion.
 
Had it not been for King George IV who popularised Tartan after his visit to Edinburgh in 1881, Tartan would probably never have become a fashionable commodity. After his visit to the city, the Monarch's keen interest in Tartan led to it being widely documented,  in turn leading to different Scottish clans adopting it's own unique design, each with a distinctive print. Queen Victoria developed the Victoria Tartan, and Prince Albert, the Balmoral.
 
The Queen's fondness for it contributed towards Tartan becoming  fashionable for women, a great departure from the concept considered to be reserved for men at the time.  It's  resurgence to the fashion scene has been seen on numerous occasions, and even worn by a pop cult as a sign of revolt at some time.  It has become synonymous with Scotland, one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The Isle of Skye has been nominated the 4th most beautiful island in the world, and hosts landscapes that leave you breathless, indeed a paradise for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
 
Needless to say, my wide leg trousers were inspired by the travel destination, which just moved up to the top of my bucket list. I am in dire need of shopping for print.....
 
 



Images of Scottish Highlands, Island of Skye & Tartan courtesy to www.jrstextiles.com, www.airtransat.ca, www.eriksimonic.deviantart.com, http://alumni.umich.edu, www.redbubble.com
 
Trousers - Belle Epoque
Shoes - Gorgeous Feet, New Look
Jacket - Milan
Cross body bag - Chanel
Sunglasses - Dior
Leather belt - Hermes
 

Monday, 8 September 2014

NOT QUITE SUMMER

The calendar may dictate otherwise, but summer has not quite arrived yet. I was just about to shake out my tail feathers and slip into my summer wardrobe when all of a sudden winter returned, and with a vengeance that is. The floral print had to make way for Boucle, much more appropriate for the Cape of Storms! The best option for transitioning from one season into another, is to keep the trench coat readily available, a must have in every women's wardrobe. This light Red coat might not be a trench, but the weight of the fabric is just perfect for light cover up. The boots are made of a Jacquard fabric, not suffocating you when all of a sudden the temperature heats up again later in the day. The hat was added to give the look a whimsical edge.
 
 
Coat-Belle Epoque
Skirt - Trenery
Boots - Old and of unknown origin
Hat - Spain
Handbag - Mulberry
 
 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

SALUTE TO SUMMER

With spring being into it's 4th day already, I deliberately saved this bumper pack post to coincide with the bliss of summer. Danielle Margaux showed this collection at MBCTFW in July this year, and needless to say, left us breathless. She needs no introduction to women familiar with classic clothing and a penchant for timeless beauty. She is a graduate from  Cape Peninsula University of Technology and pursued her career in fashion by starting of as a pattern designer with the famous due, Kluk CGDT from Cape Town. She later advanced to creative design assistant and production manager before she introduced her own line in 2009. She takes pride in high quality and maintains high standards in crafting each piece. She also worked with Gabi Rosenwerth, another acclaimed South African designer. The tactile beauty of her fabrics can not be described in words.....
 
 
Where to find her collection:
 
 

 

Monday, 1 September 2014

THABO MAKHETHA, EMERGING STAR

When a 26 year old is nominated as one of the Top 10 Must See Designers at the Design Expo in Cape Town, she is about  to emerge as a star! She has turned something traditional into a modern "must have" item in your closet and reached a global audience when the Elle magazine's editor, Jackie Burger,  was seen wearing one of her cropped capes outside the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. That occasion certainly took her to international stardom! I mentioned her designs before when I spotted it at Cape Town Fashion Week worn by an attendee, and  immediately logged on to www.hellopretty.co.za where I found a cropped cape made to order! Being cut on difference angles to the pattern of Basotho blankets, each one sports a different motif.
 
This emerging creative is  a Lesotho born South African designer, and had no idea that her love for drawing dresses as a little girl, would turn her into a successful  designer of international calibre. To crown it all, she was invited to showcase at Vancouver Fashion Week this month!
 
Her designs can be found at Merchants on Long in Cape Town as well as a number of other stores countrywide, but if you wish to shop without leaving home, simply log on to hellopretty who will have it delivered to your door!
 
Where to shop:
 
Thabo Makheta Cape can be found at www.thabomakhetadesigns.co.za
Plaid Pants - Belle Epoque
Brogues- Gorgeous Feet, New Look
Turtle Neck - Queenspark
Leather gloves - Woolworths, previous season
Sunglasses - Dior
Embossed Leather Handbag -  Florida Road, Buenos Aires
 

Friday, 22 August 2014

IN THE SPIRIT OF SUMMER

One of the many designers who showed at MBFWCT recently  was Lazuli, a trio of women who commands attention with their very feminine collection. This year's show  presented  soft hues of White, Crème, Grey and Taupe, with swinging skirts and flouncy jackets falling down to the floor. The mother and daughter team continues to impress with their  very wearable styles, and other than the midriff tops, the pants and skirts are most suitable for women of all age groups. The floral printed skirt was received with great admiration, and most of these items should be in store soon. I can just imagine myself slipping into that  full circle skirt with a crisp White button up shirt. After all, summer will be here soon, and to my mind, that skirt needs a good home...... The never ending trend of Nude shoes definitely calls for these prints !
 The design trio, Foziah Cassim, Layla Cassim and Zarah Cassim
 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

PRINT ON PRINT PER EXCELLENCE!

A fashion affair is an occasion to challenge your creativity without turning it into a freak show, and during which you may  create a platform for exploring your own personal style, to set trends and to rock your look with confidence. A matinee show is way to early to dress up in to much bling, but a perfect occasion to experiment with the trend of print on print.  I took random shots of outfits that grabbed my attention, and for the Advanced Style event that took place just after lunch on a Friday afternoon, this is what grabbed my attention, print on print per excellence!
 
 

Monday, 18 August 2014

THABO MAKHETHA, A FORCE TO RECKON WITH

I captured a few sensational outfits during MBFWCT recently, some of which were unusual and others eclectic, some outrageous and others just simply stunning. One  such outfit which simply could not escape my  intrusive lens, was that of Allana Foster Finley, a women with a long history in fashion and a dynamo on the front of social  development.
 
Although she consults for different industries, she focuses on fashion to develop social issues, and is certainly an ambassador for South African brands. Here she wears Thabo Makhetha,  a young designer from Port Elizabeth, who uses Basotho blankets to construct these beautiful and elegant capes, a piece that has the potential of becoming very sought after, if not  a collectors item! 
 
Thabo's garments can be bought online at www.hellopretty.co.za, or directly from her website with the same name. I neglected to introduce myself to Allana, but I know the unauthorised publication of her stylish looks will be well received.