Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Everybody Was Kung-Fu Strutting

In 2012, the blogosphere was dominated by the Russian fash-pack, a group of incredibly beautiful women with impeccable taste. Designer's were fixated and street style took a leap from being a market to dress, to being a market for high fashion inspiration.

Take Note. The key-words for this high fashion herd are Actress, Model, Singer.

This year though, there is a new fash-pack on the run, and they come from much further east than Moscow.

Fan Bingbing: 

Actress, Singer & Producer. 


Model, Actress, Singer.

Zhang Ziyi:

Actress & Model.

Pace Wu:

Model, Actress & Singer. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Ultimate Fall 2013 Edit

Here's the thing. We love fashion, and we go positively bonkers when Fashion Week descends on the world. But how many of us have the career or the time that allows for us to sift through hundreds of slideshow images, show after show after show. That's why we buy fashion mags anyway right? 

But fashion mags like to tease us, feeding us one trend at a time, when all we really want, is to have the entire season's trends in one place. Lo and Behold, I bring you the Ultimate Fall 2013 Edit. 

Now ladies, let's try to keep those undergarments dry...

Rounded Sleeves:

Marco de Vincenzo, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Antonio Berardi, Anthony Vaccarello, BCBG Max Azria, Belstaff, Balenciaga, Rochas, Rue de Mail, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Donna Karan.

Marco de Vincenzo, Missoni, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Antonio Berardi, Anthony Vaccarello, Balenciaga, Akris, Andrew Gn.



Alberta Ferretti, Antonio Berardi, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Rue de Mail, Lanvin, Andrew Gn, Collette Dinnigan, Dior, Christopher Kane.

Salvatore Ferragamo, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Rue de Mail, Lanvin, Akris, Dior, Donna Karan.

Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, Rochas, Rue de Mail, Lanvin, Akris, Andrew Gn, Christopher Kane, Donna Karan.

Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Rochas, Lanvin.

Mesh Inserts:
Salvatore Ferragamo, Missoni, Altuzarra, Antonio Berardi, Bottega Veneta, Akris, Givenchy, Andrew Gn, Donna Karan.

3.1 Phillip Lim, Balenciaga, Andrew Gn.

Glitter and Shine:
Marco de Vincenzo, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Antonio Berardi, Anthony Vaccarello, Band of Outsiders, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Rue de Mail, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Givenchy, Collette Dinnigan.

Double Breasted:
Marco de Vincenzo, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Anthony Vaccarello, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Akris, Dior, Altuzarra.

Marco de Vincenzo, Genny, Anna Sui, Antonio Berardi, Band of Outsiders, Chloe, Donna Karan.




Alberta Ferretti, Anna Sui, Antonio Berardi, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Dior.



Alberta Ferretti, Emporio Armani, Antonio Berardi, Andrew Gn, Dior.



Missoni, Emporio Armani, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra, Anna Sui, Antonio Berardi.


Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra, Anthony Vaccarello, BCBG Max Azria, Balenciaga, Andrew Gn, Dior.


Alberta Ferretti, Anna Sui, Band of Outsiders, Christopher Kane


Optical Illusions:
Marco de Vincenzo, Anna Sui, Rue de Mail.



3.1 Phillip Lim

Dolce & Gabbana, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Belstaff, Rochas, Lanvin, Givenchy, Celine.


Felipe Oliveira Baptista

John Galliano

all images courtesy of style.com 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blog Focus: Renaissance Men

South African fashion blogs tend to be built on the ideas of successful international blogs, that have been crudely adapted to fit the market further South. And while the intention behind it seems reasonable,  the coverage and focus on these half-arsed sites is incredibly disheartening. 

A camera does not The Sartorialist make. Designer goods do not a Tala Samman make either. Luckily, there is hope for the young blogosphere in South Africa, and that hope comes in the form of fashionistas like Monde Mtsi, founder of Cape Town scene pulse monitor blog, Renaissance Men.

Think of it as the blog to visit if you want to know where you should be going this weekend, and where you should have been last night, all while tempting you with news-worthy fashion line promotions. You know how far too many labels get caught up in being positively sub-standard? Monde manages to shed some light on the lines worth noticing.

Tell us more about Renaissance Men and the inspiration behind the site.

Renaissance Men is an online portal for men (and women) that focuses on providing great content related to men's fashion and grooming. Its primary focus is South African designers and brands, then African, then International of African-descent.

I don't want to isolate those looking for news about your Tom Ford's or Louis Vuitton's but there are plenty of other blogs for that. 

The inspiration behind the blog has been selfish from the beginning. It was and still is, about writing about all those things that genuinely interest me. Menswear + grooming + Africa.

You seem to have your finger on the pulse of the SA fashion scene in a big way, particularly menswear. What is your take on the evolution of the industry thus far and where you'd like to see it go?

The menswear industry in SA is coming along very well. A lot of the times you never notice any developments in an industry unless you're active in it. 

Before I started my blog I only knew of the department stores selling men's clothes and literally three designers with their own labels. Now I see all the other, smaller players who are active and providing men with alternatives to the regular mannequins we're so used to seeing. 

I would personally like to see the industry develop even further and for men in SA to support it by buying local designers and talking about them. I'd like to see more brands for men showcase at fashion weeks and would like more cooperative workshops and expos on menswear and grooming.

Does street style play a big part in your blog's focus? How so?

Street style and my blog are not exactly the best of friends. For street style to have a genuine content/interest factor it needs to be aligned with analysis and commentary on why it works, where it stems from and how one can adapt it to their own individual style. 

A lot of street style blogs I come across merely photo-blog. They don't talk you through the look and why it works and how to recreate it with your individual twist. I personally don't enjoy that kind of content development and therefore have not consider running street style posts on the blog.

Now I would call you the most in touch blogger I've ever seen, what sets the fashion scene in in Cape Town apart from the very gritty vibe that sums up Johannesburg?

Oh wow... I think there is no real benchmark to answer this question from or against. I believe what sets the two cities apart and what predominantly comes across is the fact that Cape Town has a larger European influence and there is a larger more visible community of old money. Cape Town is much smaller than Joburg so these fashion styles are evident. There's less anxiety to prove a point, we have a much more Mediterranean climate which means much more relaxed clothes and styles. 

Cape Town people also pride themselves in a less blinged-up fashion scene. A focus on tailoring, quality, comfort and less demanding brands.

 In Joburg, there's this huge hip hop genre permanently floating in the air. Girls look like they live in music videos and guys look as though they run the BET Awards. It's about a heavy punch of fashion. Also, the adrenaline rush the city constantly experiences encourages a much more aggressive consumption and expression of fashion.

Lastly, if you could wear one outfit, and have one dinner party guest before you kicked the bucket, what and who would you choose?

This is a highly unfair question. I would wear something by Stiaan Louw to dinner with Tom Ford.

I may not be a fortune teller, but with blogs like this, who needs self-portraits of mediocre styling?

images courtesy of Monde Mtsi and Renaissance Men