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.
 


 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

MBFWCT STYLE SNIPPETS

I take great pride in discovering women of substance, and when I prowled the foyer of Fashion Week in Cape Town in search of the superwomen, dressed immaculately  yet stylish, fashionable but not overwhelmingly trendy, I spotted this chic lady.
 
I was in awe with her monochrome outfit. She carried it off with the confidence of a queen, looking regal and elegant. She is none other than Roshan Isaacs, the editor of online publication and magazine, Style Africa. Look at the detail of her beautifully constructed turban...... how gorgeous is that?
 
She certainly is a force to reckon with, although she appeared humbled by my request to photograph her. I took a peak at her interview with Spice4Life, who wrote the following:
 
A MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN
 
I think the most significant barrier to female leadership is… trying to be someone else, and worse trying to fill a mans shoes.  Women are nurturers and when applied in a workplace it’s amazing what you can accomplish.
 
The biggest challenge for the generation of women behind me will be… to define the role of women in the workplace as not equal to men but different and for men to acknowledge that a women's role is far bigger than the office role alone.
 
My top three tips for women in business are…
  1. to be successful you must have a thirst for knowledge,
  2. Never drop your standards, know yourself and always deliver your best.
  3. Don’t be greedy, perfect what you do and your efforts will reap the right rewards.
After having read her story about how she got to the top, I am convinced that she is the epitome of inspirational women. After all, that's what this blog is all about, women who aspire to inspire.
 




 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSONS CHOICE - LEOPARD PRINT

The allusive cat may be an endangered species, but the phenomenon to sport leopard print will never become extinct. And even if it does, it has a charm and beauty in a league of its own. If the executive chairperson of AFI, the stylish Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe wears it, there must be something to it! By the look of the outfits worn at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town at the end of last month, it is evidently clear that it's here to stay. The opening night saw Marianne Fassler showing a magnificent collection of ethnic print, with leopard firmly entrenched in her display of African inspired frocks. Watch this blog for more about her collection at a later stage. I myself took to the jungle for inspiration, and wore a little leopard to add some spice to my look. 

If you find fur offencive, my coat is not for the faint hearted as Swakara is the subject of many heated emotions, remaining a controversial issue.  Processed in Namibia, and highly sought after in the rest of the world, it's the only country who may call the wool of the Karakul lamb, Swakara.  The pelt of the curly lamb is also known as Astrakhan elsewhere in the world. The harvesting is a painful thought, but the beauty of Karakul fur is everlasting and strikingly elegant, each piece becoming an heirloom and a work of art, skilfully crafted by expert furriers. 

I captured a few attendees who represented the leopard print in many different looks, have a peek, and get use to it. No wonder DvF calls animal print the new neutral....


Compliments to Mercedes Benz who hosted the Fiftyfabulous team in the VIP lounge, allowing us to be duly rehydrated between shows on the opening night.

Also seen wearing the trend, the stylish Executive Chairperson of Africa Fashion International (AFI), the charming Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
The uber chic and sensational new C -class, driven by innovation.
Unknown attendees, each wearing it in a unique way.
 Look at the subtle blend between print on print...
  Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe with Jen Su, Sky News Anchor
 A sneak preview of Marianne Fassler's collection...
Coat - Swakara
Napp Leather skirt - Asos
Suede Boots - Faith
Clutch - Marc Jacobs
Gloves- Prague street market
Leopard Print shirt - Belle Epoque

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

MERCEDES BENZ CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK- WHAT I WORE

The beauty of Fashion Week is that you can be a little bold, or wear anything creative, hence my decision to sport bright mustard yellow tights with an otherwise monochrome outfit. Monochrome is always chic and elegant, but sometimes you have to bend the trend a little further to give the look a creative edge, hence my decision to ad some spunk to my bold window pane print and mismatched skirt, yet still blending harmoniously. I call this harmoniously mismatched. I am smitten with the trend, and in spite of not enslaving myself to trends but rather to dance to my own tune, I welcome this phenomenon with open arms. One can ad any striking colour with a single accessory to break up the monotony of single colours, and still preserve the carefully matched look. With the addition of my over the knee boots, I felt like a true musketeer.
Coat - Tesco
Skirt - Peter Pilotto, modified to make it longer!
Boots- Kelsy Dagger
Handbag - Chanel 

Monday, 4 August 2014

MBCTFW featuring NICHOLAS COUTTS

When this young promising designer was bestowed with the honour of Mr Price Rising Star by Elle Magazine in 2013, they meant business! He certainly lived up to the expectations of such an award by presenting a glamorous collection at Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week at the end of July.
 
The African continent sure does it's bit for the fashion industry, imprinting their creativity in the global stamp of approval! The metallic shades  combined with the finest linen is noteworthy.....
 


 

 

Friday, 1 August 2014

OPULENTLY FASHIONABLE AT OPULENT LIVING STYLE NIGHT

I knew instantly that when the email said "By Invitation Only" and the dress code being "Opulently Fashionable", that this was an occasion that required some mindful consideration to what to wear. As it coincided with fashion week, my coffers were already packed and ready to roll. The Opulent Living Magazine celebrated their Jubilee with a smashing event at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa in Century City, just outside Cape Town. The event was attended by a considerable number of elegant guests who all had the same thing in mind, opulent living.....

Our  hosts, Barbara and Florian made sure that the occasion was presented with uber chic flair and grandeur. The guests were lavishly entertained with the acrobatics of Zip Zap Circus artists who displayed their agility to the delight of many well heeled guests. The idea of opulence resonates very well with my idea of getting dressed for the cocktail hour, so I decided to wear my most comfortable colour for the occasion, Black. I gave it some spunk with Baroque printed stockings and added some glamour with Gold.

Style Night was hosted by Mercedes Benz and Opulent magazine, masterfully directed by Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast. 

Well worth visiting:

www.opulentliving.co.za for a taste of the good life...

www.uber.com who can get you there safely...

Opulent living, as they rightfully claim, the brand for the finer things in life.....








Photos 1,3,4,5, 6 & 7 courtesy Opulent Living Facebook Page
 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

ERNEST MAHOMANE SHOW AT MERCEDES BENZ CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK S/S 2014

There is only one word to describe the absolute fabulous collection of Ernest Mahomane who showed at MBCTFW on Saturday, and that's spectacular ! He dazzled with his sexy feminine dresses sporting flouncy pleated skirts in chiffon gently sloping and flying away down the runway, with a Red so brilliant you could shine light with it. His collection was quite impressive, considering the fact that he was introduced to Fashion Week in 2013!
 
Very industrious young man indeed.....he clearly has a feminine women in mind when taking to the sketch book, and he sure knows how to assert himself by working Black fabric into opulence of this nature!