Wednesday, 22 March 2017

BOKEH FASHION FILM FESTIVAL

 
When Mercedes-Benz partners with the mastermind behind Bokeh Fashion Film Festival, Adrian Lazarus, it's guaranteed to dazzle. This year's event takes place in Cape Town over two days on 7 and 8 April 2017 with two Red carpet events being hosted this year. Imagine the glitz and glamour of fashion, hair and beauty mixed with the talent of film directors using ultra modern technology, producing awe inspiring entertainment! The Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival guarantees inspiration to budding film makers and enthusiasts, and with Mercedes-Benz being involved in more than 50 international platforms, it sure promises grandeur on a large scale. It kicks off with a plethora of workshops, seminars, screenings of films and earth shattering designs, with only the best technical innovations, as described by Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz. It is hosted over two days, and ends with a grand affair comparable with the Oscars, on the Red carpet off course. Fashionistas and aspiring film makers are drawn from all over the country, and the event serves as a platform to showcase the sensational style of attendants, with the well-heeled swaying their glamourous gowns.

An impressive line-up is promised with this year's event being one of the most prestigious Fashion Film Festivals in the world. It comes as no surprise as the production is lead by a very talented team who promises to impress! Merging fashion with film is not a new phenomenon, but a production of this scale can hardly be beaten. With that said, brand manager of Oude Meester, Sihlo Dangazele showed their confidence by sponsoring the Best Picture Award carrying a grand prize of a R100 000 4k camera system. 

Day one is bumper filled with the Emerging Creative Talent Showcase, Fashion Revolution, a discussion on sustainable clothing, a master class in Make Up to be presented by an international make up  artist, Einat Dan, and the doyenne of International Hair championships, Ethereal Lust. With the concept of sustainable clothing on everybody's tongue, it's going to be hot and trendy, and environmentally friendly!  Day two consists of a master class in the use of Adobe by Carla Ralph, the Fujifilm Showcase, and Gothic Couture, a master in Body Art and Make Up. No doubt that film makers and other industry related producers will benefit extensively from the workshops!

No wonder Fujifilm's National Sales Manager rightly claims, "We are proud to partner with the glamorous Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in April this year."  

Over 512 submissions were received this year, and the aim of the event is to have more impact than ever, with amazing prizes to be won like Excellence Awards, Best Picture Award, and the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award, honouring and acknowledging young and upcoming producers.

The festival is also aligned to be associated with the likes of great artists likes Carol Boyes, Cape Town Fashion Council, Organic Canvas, Havaiannas, M.A.C, Label.M, Amplify Studios, Lime Lens, Thunderfund, Wings Group, Art Lab and Kim Gush. Label M has a very impressive curriculum vitae having associated with London Fashion Week as the official hair care product. Their brand ambassador, Izik Abergel is in the line-up of experts to judge the best South African hair stylist at the festival. Rumour has it that some of our best industry leaders are in the line-up as judges!

The festival promises to showcase a world class event in line with international talent, celebrating the industry with local talent. Apart from these workshops, Label M and M.A.C will be presenting free hair and make up applications, with Fox Box having express manicures on offer. Redrum Culture Club will tend to the men's grooming while Caffeluxe and La Vie will replenish your liquids to maintain your hydration levels.

So now that you know what's in store, make a bee line to www.bokehfestival.co.za to book your tickets, and rush to your local designer to take your measurements for your gown! Both red carpet events  promiss to be a grand affair, so hang out and step carefully, for you might just be caught on camera!

 
Adrian Lazarus, the power behind the throne, founder and
Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz
Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival.




 

Friday, 20 January 2017

BAVARIAN MEANDER

My constant attraction to winter holidays when most people retreat indoors, leads me to think that perhaps I was an Eskimo in a previous life. Winter poses a real style opportunity to me, and it is an excellent occasion to challenge your layering skills. It takes a little skill to dress warm enough and allowing you to peel down the layers when you move indoors as most winter destinations warm up the interior of stores to the point that I would reach a melt down. So how do you layer? I start off with a thin long sleeve under garment or vest, but not thermal as dropping in and out of buildings often causes overheating and discomfort in thermal underwear. The second layer can be a turtle neck top, and perhaps a light quilted vest, then ad a scarf, and a weather proof coat or jacket, preferably one that reaches down below the bottom to keep the hind quarters warm! I would wear tights underneath a skirt, and if it's really cold, a pair of short socks over the long tights, and then a skirt or pants. To top it all, I would wear long boots, gloves and a fur hat. Being duly armed against the freezing outdoor temperature, I was more than ready to hit the sights of this charming and incredibly beautiful city of Bavaria. Munich has a very charming atmosphere, with many interesting places to visit, and a delightful Christmas Market. I met up with my long time blogger friend, Annette Holdrich from the www.ladyofstyle.com blog, toasting life at the elegant Emporio Armani CafĂ©, within walking distance from the uber chic Maximillian Strasse, not to be missed if you have the chance to shop..... Do stop by at the odd coffee shop to warm up, or perhaps a shoe store..... Bavaria has so much to offer that one would have to return. Hopefully soon enough. My dear husband had very little choice but to brave the cold and accompany me to the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein where we were transported to the top by horse carriage.










Brocade and Fur Trim Coat - Rocco Barroco
Turtle Neck - Old
Skirt - Old
Sued Boots - Zara
Crossbody bag - Gucci
Fur Hat and Leather Gloves - Prague Fur Crafters
 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

MOSCOW STYLE, THE PACKING LIST

Traveling in style always poses some practical problems as you have to be find a balance between being comfortable, wearing shoes that are made for walking, looking chic and feeling great at the same time, not to mention the luggage restrictions. When the cold suddenly sets in, you start layering, and when my head is covered, I am ready to go! The Russian weather took us by surprise in Moscow as we were prepared for autumn, but met with much colder weather. I always travel with a blazer to fix things up, and being smitten with denim and culottes, I found the perfect match to meet all the requirements for traveling in style. Blazers are timeless, and the weight of this Brocade jacket the perfect travel companion as it gives you a few options to style it in different ways. My boots were made for walking, the tights kept the blaze at bay, and the blazer could take me anywhere. If it was any warmer, I would have draped the blazer across my shoulders sporting the micro trend. A cross body satchel keeps your hands free (for shopping of course) allowing you to take a brisk walk, swinging the arms along to contribute towards burning up some calories after the morning's indulgence in our fabulous hotel's sumptuous spread, the Royal Aurora Marriott, smack in the middle of all the designer stores on Petrovka Street. With Dior on our doorstep, Chanel next door, Gucci across the street, and Burberry decorating the next corner, I had to look the part.... My Astrakhan hat was a very cute discovery in a fur shop hidden away in a small street completely off the beaten track. Keep your eyes open for these little gems when exploring a city! Packing list: Breton Top, Equestrian Scarf, Brocade Blazer, Denim Culottes, Printed Tights, Snake Print Ankle Boots, and Cross body satchel.









Blazer - Belle Epoque
Denim Culottes - Country Road
Tights - Department Store
Fur Hat - unknown store, Moscow
Ankle Boots - Solsana, available at www.superbalist.com
Satchel - Gucci Disco Bag
 

Monday, 29 August 2016

MBFWJ16

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg rocked the city with a bumper filled event showcasing designers from the entire continent. Our very own Tasleem Bulbulia from Bulbuliathreads had the audience in awe with her breathtakingly beautiful designs in vibrant colours announcing the arrival of spring. Her collection displayed bright colours in multiple floral prints, ranging from floor skimming tunics to wide skirts and soft flowing dresses with cropped bombers with an edge.
 

 
 
 

 


 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

POP UP OF NOTE

When a pop up of this nature springs up, you don't decline the invitation, as the location alone is well worth travelling a long distance for.  Although slightly of the beaten track, the Atlantic Tintswalo Lodge graciously sits on the slopes of Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay. The venue hosted a number of South African designers including two of my favourites, Anneen Henze and Tamara Cherie. Tamara renders fabulously classic garments in heavy tweeds and wool, whilst Anneen's collections lean more towards a more relaxed style with comfort as key. I was awestruck by the beauty of Coast & Koi's beautiful handcrafted pumps and shoes, each representing a work of art. Pop up stores are such a novel idea, and always attracts a lot of interest, especially when it's hosted by the likes of these noteworthy designers. The event kicked of at noon, allowing guests to languish in the beauty of Hout Bay, and perhaps having lunch on the deck overlooking Hout Bay.  If you needed rest, you could kick back your heels and  succumb to the skilled hands of the beautician performing skin analysis and threading of the eyebrows, leaving you all refreshed with eyebrows well defined,  framing your face. The rest speaks for itself. Immerse yourself into the beauty of these hand made slippers, fit for Cinderella. 








 Style with a view, Collection by Tamara Cherie.


 My kingdom for this cape by Anneen Henze




 Beauty products by Dr Hauschka







 
Anneen Henzecollection on Instagram