Feb 9, 2011

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Less Is More With Convertible Clothing

At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a swath of fabric. After some deft and swift handiwork, involving a tuck here and a knot there, that same bit of material magically morphs into a sexy halter neck dress.

On a whim, the wearer changes her mind. But instead of changing into something else entirely, she simply performs some more origami on the cloth, redraping, tying and twisting and voila: the same fabric transforms into a chic, off-the-shoulder affair.

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May 25, 2010

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Gaga’s Gala

The New York Costume Institute Gala falls on the first Monday of May and is hosted by Vogue. It is the premier party for aspiring fashionistas and those lucky enough to attend allow us an insight into who Fashion currently believes is a la mode.

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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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Mar 12, 2010

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The Oscars – fashion’s friend or fashion’s foe?

The Oscars have arrived.  Lauded as one of the highlights of the fashion season by the Hollywood elite, but are they?  When we think of haute couture do we just mean dresses and tuxedoes?  I don’t think we do.

The Academy Awards is one of the most watched events on television and dwarfs the viewers of the Prêt-a-Porter shows that have recently preceded them. Savvy designers therefore know that to get their dress on the back of a nominated actress is worth more than any spectacle and fanfare of a fashion show.

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