May 24, 2010

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Proof That Style Has No Age Restriction

Normally, when waif-like girls who have barely entered their teens make waves in the global fashion industry, it is as the Next Great Supermodel. They hardly ever garner attention as widely respected commentators on high fashion.

But if you are still under the impression that Vogue’s devil editor Anna Wintour has the final and most influential say about what is à la mode these days, then you are hopelessly behind the times. (And not necessarily in a cool, vintage or retro way either!) Because for the last few years, those shoes – and in this instance the shoes in question are often outrageously towering Miu Miu platforms – have increasingly been filled by one Tavi Gevinson.

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Apr 22, 2010

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Things that have tickled me this month

Why you have to bag a bag

Being interviewed this week in The Guardian newspaper, Mulberry’s chief executive Godfrey Davis said that, “women use their handbags all day every day, so it is very easy to rationalise why having a jolly nice handbag is a good thing”. This is the company’s reason for calling their bags ‘heirlooms’, enabling them to convince women that spending £1,000 on a handbag is an investment for the future. Read more…

Spending again

It was reported in Wealth Bulletin that the wealthy have finally become bored with acting frugally. They believe that their enforced austerity can now stop and they will cease to no longer spend by getting right back to building up their wardrobes. This is supported by the fact that top fashion brands are outperforming others on the MSCI world index – splendid news! Read more…

Cheap chic

J.Crew, the American clothing chain continues to make headlines with its affordable fashion.  Spearheaded by role models like Michelle Obama, the brand is apparently the ‘go to shop’ for fortysomethings in need of a chic reality check. This high-street brand puts it high fashion credentials down to one thing – Jenna Lyons (their hyper-trendy creative director). Where they differentiate themselves from throw away fashion is that while affordable, there is an inherent quality to their garments. What impressed me is their attention to detail.  Take, for instance, their boucle tweed jacket that sold out moments after it was seen on the First Lady; the tweed came from Linton, the Cumbrian company that also makes tweeds for Chanel. Read more…

Virtual advice

‘Ask a Stylist’, a fashion application which threatens to take away my job was released on 12 April 2010.  iPhone have released a real-time fashion best friend, one whom you send pictures of yourself in certain outfits and ask for feedback; or ask specialist advice such as “can you wear a spaghetti strap with a chunky chain link necklace”. The worst bit it that it is free – unlike me. Read more…

by Léonie Tovell

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Mar 24, 2010

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Snap Up Rarely Worn Women’s Designer Duds

A stunning and always stylishly feathered little birdie told us about a fabulous fashion sale coming up this Thursday, 25 March 2010 in Cape Town. Not in the Mother City? Or even in South Africa? Trust us, skatties; this sale is so totally worth hopping on a plane for.

The second Rarely Worn sale will again offer exclusive designer goodies at bargain prices. Now, we realise that the word ‘bargain’ is a bit of a relative one that often has vastly different meanings to different people, but in this case the word is actually an understatement. Case in point: at last year’s event, one lucky shopper reportedly scored a pair of genuine Versace sunglasses for R100 – and no, you do not need to get your eyes checked, because you really did not overlook a few zeroes!

So wipe away those happy tears, because that’s not all…

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Feb 17, 2010

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What Will Be The Most Beautiful Object In South Africa This Year?

If you’ve always harboured the desire to judge a beauty contest, here is your invitation to do so.

But instead of being presented with a handful of bikini-clad lovelies parading down a runway, the finalists in this pageant include a curvy coffee table, a fluidly designed Flow ring and an elegantly shaped barstool that pays homage to the skillful art of… riding an ostrich.

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Jan 23, 2010

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Agency of the Urban Subconscious

Found this cool video, something totally different 🙂 Thanx @LiamLynchPhoto and @faithfourseven.

It’s a stop motion experiment called La Puerta.

From YouTube: “A stop motion animation represented by Limow and created by Sam3 during the Fame Festival in Grottaglie and after in Barcelona and Murcia.”

Some clever trickery involved and extra sound effects. Something unique 😉 Worthy of a Skattie mention…

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Jan 13, 2010

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Wonki Ware: Too Pretty To Be Plates

Diet? What diet?

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to throw more brunches and dinner parties for your friends – not that we’d know if it is one of your resolutions, because you were all too terribly coy to tell us what resolutions you’ve made – we have something that will definitely beautify your table.

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