Wednesday, 26 November 2014

THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Yes, you have the right to vote, so don't delay and vote for Fiftyfabulous on the Icon to the right of the blog post to give us a chance of winning the  SA Blog award! Just think of it, you can make a difference if you decide to give me a chance, and so you get to say your say in whose to stay!

The right to vote can be compared to the right of freedom of movement, which brings me to today's trend. This is nothing new, but just a subtle reminder of just how popular this phenomenon has become over the years.   When I was younger ( much younger!) leopard print was sort of associated with nocturnal girls wearing fishnet stockings stalking dark alleys preying on vulnerable men for their sustenance. The animal print evolved and is now found on anything capable of print. The big cats have made such a profound impact on fashion that we should elevate them to regal status. They roam the wild with the freedom of the world, and they hunt with the stealth of a blade runner. Their coats are a magnificent piece of art and worthy of reproduction! 

I had great fun when I joined forces with a friend in a photographic stunt using light experiment, making us look all glitz and glam with more lights shone on us than celebrities..... these lights are not very forgiving, leading me to think that I should develop my Photoshop skills instead of my styling ability!

Now all you have to do, click on the SA Blog awards icon and get started!

Photography by Shane Newman, check out his facebook page for details!




Pants - C&A
Breton top - H&M
Shoes- Zara
Leopard Print Dress - Old

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

STYLE SOCIETY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Prepare to be morbid if you lost out on the opportunity to attend the Style Society pop up event in Cape Town on the 29th November 2014, as you will miss out on a great deal of fun and opportunity to stock up on fashion and trends, with items sourced from different designers and sought after brands, there is no room for boredom!
 
The lucky entrants to the give away who will each be receiving 2 tickets to the event, are Dalene Rossouw and Liezel Franken who were the winners-congratulations girls! Step into your heels and prepare for a fashion adventure! With a little luck anybody else may still find tickets online.....don't miss out!
 

Monday, 17 November 2014

MONOCHORME IN PRINT

Black and White ensembles need no explanation, nor justification. It simply works for everybody, notwithstanding your height or size. One should just be mindful of the size of motifs, as print could easily confuse the eye to make one look bigger... My favourite trend is blending print on print. Wearing stripes with any other print in the same colour scheme just takes the outfit to another level. If in doubt, experiment with different tops and bottoms until you get the desired effect. Have fun, play with your clothes. As for two tone shoes, well there's nothing I can say to enhance the effect, they just work magic. I had a minor adjustment made to the skirt which was not designed with a mature women in mind, so with a little improvisation, it was made longer.
 
 
Jacket - Hobbs
Skirt - Peter Pilotto
Shoes - Topshop
Handbag - Mulberry
 
 

Monday, 3 November 2014

INDIAN SUMMER

When in Rome, you do as the Romans do, and when in Rajasthan, India, you  succumb to the bright colours and share in the joy of wearing bright costume and attire. I grew a progressive fondness for the bright and vibrant colours as we proceeded further North into the province, and by the time I reached Udaipur, I sported full regalia in the brightest green and blue imaginable. Our port of entry was New Delhi, where we approached Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal. I was determined to wear traditional garb for the occassion to the magnificent monument. I scaled the street stalls, markets and bazaars of New Delhi, and  found this lovely dress at Westside, a department store in India, where one can shop for every colour and style that you can imagine from traditional Saree's to tunics and dresses, all worn with pants or leggings. It represents a typical Rajasthan style, with a slightly fitted top  and  flair bottom embellished around the seam, and worn with pants tapered down to the ankle. I should have added a scarf that ought to be twisted around the neck, falling down the side, but the tropical heat, even in winter, deterred me from adding any more cloth than already engulfed in. 



Dress - Westside, India
Shoes - Old
Location, India

Friday, 31 October 2014

GIVE AWAY! Tickets to Style Society Pop Up Boutique

The Style Society Pop Up Boutique is an event not to be missed. This year it is taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on the 29th November 2014. So if you haven't purchased your tickets yet, now is the time to stand a chance to win 2 of 4 tickets for you and a friend! Two sets of two tickets each will be given away, allowing you and a friend to  attend this event of high style and glamour! Entry starts soon, and ends on the 15th November 2014, open to South African Entrants only, unless of course you would like to fly in for the event.......

 

The event will host a number of trend-setting boutiques, local fashion and jewellery designers,
coveted accessory brands with an incredible line up of designer bargains and new season wardrobe
wows, handpicked by StyleSociety’s Fashion Director, Kumari Govender.
 
Meet designers and connect with creatives behind the brands and get all your Christmas shopping
in style. Shoppers can look forward to inspiring collections that suggest brands with a vision
equalled to their commitment to dress women with confidence.
 
If chain stores and corporate malls leave you feeling uninspired, get your style fix with these
oh-so-covetable tickets to StyleSociety Pop up Boutique.
 
Tickets are available at R70 per person
 
Join our Facebook event page for updates:
 
Saturday, 29th November 2014
CTICC  - The Clivia Conservatory & Jasminum Restaurant
10am to 4pm
R 70 per person
 
To enter, simply follow the instructions below:

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

IT'S IN THE JEANS

My fixation with jeans go back a long way, when a pair of Ronald Sassoon's  were the "it" jeans. The 80's dictated tight fitting jeans tapered down to the ankle, and needed a fair amount of energy to be applied to get in and out of them. I suppose the skinny trend merely represents a revival of the "hold your breath" era in a slightly different shape. However, pear shapes must steer clear of skinnies as it makes you look like a butternut pumpkin. I opt for the skinny bootleg, which fits tight around the thighs but is cut straight down to the bottom instead of those cut on  a curve around the hips.  I might still have to hold my breath getting into them but perhaps that's due to my recent submission to Lindt chocolate.
 
Come on girls, show us how to squeeze into them jeans, without suffocating or sustaining a hernia...
 
Jacket - Martin Visser Couture
Top - Studio W
Jeans - unbranded
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik
Silver - From a Collection
Handbag - Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
Sunglasses - Dior
 
 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

REMIX

The added advantage of clothing that does not represent fast fashion is that it can take you into the next season without looking dated. I knew that I would get optimum use out of this sale find at Reserved Clothing in Prague when I first laid eyes on this Chartreuse jacket, a colour that seems to return to the fashion scene regularly. I've styled this jacket in another post before, but remixed it today with snake print. The introduction of a third print on the shoes picks up on the snake print, working in harmony with each other. My best advice to anybody asking me about mixing print, is to ignore grandmother's advice and simply join different things in print that you would normally perceive as a mismatch. However, there are limits, like paisley and animal print which works about as good as Tom and Jerry in the same pen. Some prints worn together just don't get on.  Spots and stripes, plaid and polka dots, and animal print with stripes seem to fall into the category of workable mismatches. You can ad virtually any single colour to print, as it picks up on a pop of collar like an ice bear to snow. The best way to mix and mismatch is to display different prints on a flat surface and to then decide which is more in harmony with each other. The trained eye seldom misleads. Take your eyesight out exploring, and consider as many options as you can on Google images or street style blogs, and then decide what works and what doesn't. Nothing scientific about mismatching outfits, and no intellectual reasoning required.
 
Jacket - Reserved
Pants - Trenery
Pony Skin Shoes - Topshop, not from horse hair, but Cow hide with hair on!
Handbag - Louis Vuitton Alma bag
Belt - D & G,old