Struggling to find loyal customers as a local designer?

Local fashion designers often complain that South Africans do not support local fashion and would rather opt for luxury international brands such as Louis Vuitton once they’ve ‘made it’. On the other end of the scale, there’s also an increasing amount of competition from popular fashion brands such as H&M, Cotton ON and Zara which offer cheaper stylish options that locals rush to get at every chance … Continue reading Struggling to find loyal customers as a local designer?

Q&A with Ati Nwai

I met with the graceful beauty, Ati Nwai, at her design studio in Port Elizabeth. This talented local designer creates striking outfits for women and has recently started making kids clothing too. In this Q&A feature, Ati shares her perspective on the meaning of fashion and how she stays inspired to design beautiful clothing… What would you describe as the common thread evident in Ati … Continue reading Q&A with Ati Nwai

South African Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter Collection 2016

This time of year, South African Fashion Week showcases the Autumn/Winter fashion for ’16. I got to see the collections of a few South African fashion designers’, namely “Sies!”, “Mantsho” and “Sober”. Here are my impressions… Sies! The fashion label Sies! aims to create clothing items that flatter and complement the womanly shape. The designer hopes that her garments will provide a sort of blank canvas that the wearer … Continue reading South African Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter Collection 2016

SAFW: Thabo Makhetha AW16 Collection

Thabo Makhetha’s AW16 collection for SA Fashion Week demands the descriptions of “Sophisticated”, “African”, “Chic” and so perfectly aligns to what her brand is known for.  I loved the personification of African culture being moulded in a way that manages to perfectly balance tradition with modern. The upbeat, African music in the background also complemented items showcased. The crowd loved it too, exclaiming at each … Continue reading SAFW: Thabo Makhetha AW16 Collection

Outfit Inspiration from miss RIRI

There are certain outfits that grab my attention more than others, such as this one worn by Miss RIRI.  I had to try out the concept behind this cool summer ensemble… What I like about it is the use of colour blocking in an atypical way…matching a bright lipstick colour to the shoes… Also love the use of a basic t-shirt, just tying it up with feistiness and voila…a summer outfit that stands … Continue reading Outfit Inspiration from miss RIRI

Q&A with Thabo Makhetha

Thabo Makhetha is driven, this is evident in her persona and seeps through to her surroundings…from the look, feel and quality of her creations, to the accolades she’s received since the start of her label, e.g. one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top 40 under 40, to being featured in magazine, to her designs worn at Louis Vuitton Fashion week in Paris by the Elle editor, … Continue reading Q&A with Thabo Makhetha

“Save the Tie, Save a Child” Fashion Show

  The androgynous look has always had a chic appeal.  The act of recycling ties to make beautiful dresses, takes this concept to the next level – using a typically male accessory and transforming it into something fully feminine. Ties have an interesting origin; it was first used as a badge of honour. The first Chinese emperor was buried with a life sized, terracotta replica … Continue reading “Save the Tie, Save a Child” Fashion Show