Thursday, December 5, 2013

DKNY Pre Fall 2014: Nothing Short of Amazing

Let's take some time out to talk about DKNY, where the brand has been, and how far its come. The "fast fashion" essence has come a long way, from body-sculpted dresses, to the street style showstoppers we've been seeing recently. It's clear that DKNY is the brand to watch, not just because the designs are easy-on-the-eye, but because of the brand's complete dedication to what the brand has always been about, innovation.

DKNY's Twitter campaign set across 10 different countries for example, the DKNY PR Girl who has changed how a fashion house should talk to its fans and followers, these are only two examples outside of the store-windows where DKNY has put itself way ahead of its competitors. Forget the Rita Ora hype

 or the fact that DKNY brought the Onesie back in spectacular style

 here's a brand that knows who its dressing, and isn't afraid to get with the people, and get with the program.

And so, we arrive at what is going to set the Street Style scene alight next year, the DKNY Pre Fall 2014 collection, a series of punchy luxe sportswear and yet, items that can move between formal and casual with ease. I guess, as usual, DKNY has provided an entire wardrobe for the fast woman, the DKNY woman that its been dressing since the start.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The SA Fashion Disorder

Now here's the thing, Fashion may be dictated by the season's trends whether they be local or international, but there is no excuse for stealing another designer's work and calling it your 'interpretation' of the trend. Especially not when any person who compares the two can see your blatant disregard for creative intellectual property.

Most of my readers and followers are aware of my former client Rina Chunga who is the mastermind behind Ri.Ch by Rina Chunga. Her signature direction for ready to wear is vibrant prints, unconventional materials and luxe sportswear, and her designs are set apart from the average Afrocentric Print Designer by the workmanship and contemporary crafting of her pieces.

So this girl, who goes by the Instagram handle of @stylealert_thuli has been jumping on a few of Rina's designs and replicating them for a while (Please Note: she is not referencing ideas or trends, you can see in the comparisons below that she is blatantly copying) but the real shocker was when she replicated an entire Ri.Ch by Rina ensemble, posted it on Instagram and acted like nothing was wrong.

Now this is Rina's Tulle Skirt which she'd been making since last year, she wasn't too upset about this because she regarded it as quite a broad trend that was everywhere.

This is @stylealert_thuli 's tulle skirt posted on the 17th of October:

This is Rina's Bandana Print Bustier which we showcased around May this year and her Leather Pencil Skirt from June:

This is @stylealer_thuli 's post on the 19th of November, the plagiarism is obvious, as is the terrible workmanship.

Rina's fiance commented on it expressing his disapproval of her antics and she responded with this:

"U'll probably make more money instead of having those sleepless night[s], and thinking about how Style Alert SA operates!"

These are just two examples of what has been going on for quite a while now.

When did it become ok for designers to steal other designers entire concepts and run with it on the basis that bigger brands do the same thing? Where on earth is the integrity of our design industry that people like this can still be supported and funded?

I'm not writing this post purely because Rina is a good friend of mine, but because I love the SA fashion industry, and I want to see it grow into something that becomes a global commodity, something to uplift us as creatives, but I absolutely refuse to support an industry that supports trashy ethics like this and I'd like to know if other fashionistas and designers feel the same.

If the true fashion lovers in SA don't weed out the people in the shadows who are more concerned with money than the love of art in fashion, then we'll be looking at a very very sad future.

She says she doesn't call herself a designer, so can we call her a leech instead?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Muse of the Day: Cindy Bruna

Fashion Week means a lot of things for the fashion community, but for me it means trend analysis, all day everyday for the next month, and I guess it all comes down to the way my brain works.

I don't just see shows as designs I might want to own. I spot items that I know will be all over every street style blog for the next year, I see fashion trends that will shape the creative direction for fashion publications for the next season and what I enjoy, is spotting the new hot young models that will be gracing covers and fronting campiagns.

One of these Fashion Week Finds is French model Cindy Bruna who this season walked for Balmain, Antonio Berardi and more.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Muse of the Week: Kerry Washington

Look, i should start by apologising to all of you, I haven't posted anything in AGES and i feel properly awful about that. But i'm back! And i'm still as obsessed as ever. 

Let's talk about Kerry Washington, or rather, let's shriek!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Menswear Staple Face-Off

Quick question, what makes a guy's outfit pop, what's the one piece that every man should have? Is it something that can move between formal and casual with ease? Or would it be the statement piece, the signature of any man, that announces his arrival and cements his impression?

Here's the first face off, between the Desert Boot and the Denim Shirt. Which would you deem ESSENTIAL?

Menswear Essential: Denim Shirt or Desert Boot?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Trend Alert: Dropped-Waists

It wasn't just Gatsby that sparked the trend was it? Or maybe it was the Flapper Fever that was stalking the globe for a good few months in the build up?

But enough about that, let's talk about the trend, Drop those Waists ladies!

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

BCBG Resort

Carlos Miele





Temperley London

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Who Wore It Better: Rihanna vs Ciara

Hear Hear, the Queens of the Mid-Section are at war, remember when Ciara had a slight twitter beef with the current style leader Rihanna? Well methinks that she is hell bent on copying her now.. 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery dears.. 

Rihanna in T by Alexander Wang vs Ciara in Saint Laurent

Who Wore It Better

Monday, June 3, 2013

Comfy Fashion (The Ultimate Oxymoron)

Anna Wintour goes into cardiac arrest every time she sees a Onesie*, but the fashion world is taking notice of the cozy trend sweeping the nation. Quirky has never been this Toasty. 

Now if you're still a bit sceptical, here are my shamelessly Fashion Focused opinions why you should own a Onesie. 

1. Cara Delevingne, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Rita Ora & Cheryl Cole rock Onesies constantly. 

2. (This reason is reserved for the Tween at Heart) One Direction are into Onesies. 

3. DKNY did a Onesie. Need we say more?

Now off the runway, remember this Dolce & Gabbana Winter campaign? I do, and I still love it. 

While none of us will ever look as good as this in a Onesie:

At least we'll be comfy and care-free. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Black Cake: Haute Headpieces

The West has the likes of Phillip Treacy, but all the way at the tip of Africa, is a label which has an aesthetic so outrageous, but still so elegant, that it has become something of a legend among fashionistas. 

Black Cake, founded by Junaid Moosajee in 2012, has grown fast to become one of the most sought after headpiece labels in the country, particularly because of the brand's attention to detail and consideration of geographical trends. If there's one thing that's evident, it's that Black Cake is as African as it is relevant, and is at the forefront of South African designers that are keeping with their own style, and thus, catapulting themselves to global recognition.

Black Cake is one of SA's best kept high fashion secrets, what was the inspiration behind the brand?

The love of art and fashion inspired the brand. We see headpieces as functional art and feel that this is lacking in SA. We draw inspiration from nature, other designers and all things avant garde.

What's your trend pick for the coming season and why?

I think fur and lace will be big this coming season. Black and white and splashes if colour are key for Winter.  

Give us your opinion on the South African fashion industry. Do you think there is room for improvement? Where and how?

There is certainly room for improvement, however, SA designers have done amazing things and we can compete with the best of them. Just looking at designs showcased on hellopretty.co.za is testament to that.

What has been your favourite Black Cake design or collection thus far?

Green affair is our favorite piece :) it epitomizes avant garde and is a real eye catcher.

If you could go to dinner with one person and only wear one designer, who would you dine with and who would you be wearing?

Alexander Wang and locally Stefania Morland. We live the cutting edge designs of Wang and the beautiful feminine pieces by Morland.

I would like to dine with Emilio Pucci.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

10 Best Dressed Men: 2013 Met Gala

Gerard Butler in Dolce & Gabanna 

Kanye West in Givenchy

Damian Lewis Prada

Armie Hammer in Ralph Lauren Black Label

Frank Ocean in Givenchy

Tom Sturridge in Burberry

Nicholas Hoult in Tom Ford

Marky Ramone in Tommy Hilfiger

Pharrell Williams in Lanvin

Eddie Redmayne in Dior Homme