Thursday, November 13, 2008

street style

While looking around Joburg for a street style feature we noticed that the guys are making a much more concerted effort than the ladies!
Working the prints

Great vintage framesLove the mix of plaids

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nicholas Kirkwood

After seeing these images on - an amazing shoe spotting blog, I have a new favourite shoe designer...
Nicholas Kirkwood- fine arts student and Cordwainers (also home of Jimmy Choo) graduate, has made an incredible debut- showing for Belstaff, Tommy Hilfiger and Philip Lim on the Spring 2008 runways.
I am in love- from his Autumn Winter collection!

Check it out on

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tiaan Nagel opens his new store

Talented young designer Tiaan Nagel has opened his new store in Parktown North, with stylish interior design by Tonic.

Tiaan Nagel and Lindie Ferriera, for whom he once worked.

Tonic co-owner Phillipe van der Merwe and his wife Carmen.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Its really feeling like Spring in Joburg. I love the heels and floral print jacket!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Burberry launch

Me and my date jewellery designer Pierre- he made my earrings and his signet ring!

It's finally open! Went to the Burberry store launch last week in CT. The champagne flowed, and the crowd seemed to wear predominantly black- those Capetonians! Luckily I chose to save my orange vintage sixties dress with matching ostrich shrug for a different occasion, as it may have stood out a little too much!
I need a Burberry trench, desparately!
How beautiful is this store...

ELLE Beauty shoot

Yesterday we shot beauty for the December issue, getting all inspired and geared up for the party season!
Photographer Mia and Beauty Editor Zanele on the set
Hair maestro Saadique was on top form all day, with some wonderful, inspirational hair ideas while ELLE fashion intern Phahamiso was the on call as hair assistant using some dangerously hot old school rollers.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Harvey Nichols London Fashion Week windows

Harvey Nichols' window display for London Fashion Week is an inspired work using a complex array of coat hangers to create dinosaurs. They stretch across several windows at the famous Knightsbridge store.

Alexander Koutny

One of my favourite South African designers- although he is no longer based in SA- is exhibiting at The Royal Academy of the Arts in London. He is a master patternmaker that studied at St Martins and is making a huge splash in London and New York. Alexander uses geometry and stylised structural silhouettes to create a darkly organic form.
All I can say is that I wish he was available here, these draped and pleated dresses are truly beautiful!

Out and about

So this Friday was The Boy's birthday party. Had an amazing tapas dinner at The Gypsy Lounge at The Bluebird centre, I must say I am loving the idea of long, drawn out dinners with a million courses. Everyone was dressed up- I had a huge wardrobe crisis due to it suddenly being winter again, and having packed away all my warm clothes, but was told to move it as it wasn't my birthday dinner...

Love the detail on this silk top, matched perfectly with a vintage bag

Usually I am not a fan of leopard but she really pulls it off, especially with a red lip...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kangol underwear

We at ELLE have tried and tested Kangol's new underwear range, just launched and new in SA! I can say its got a great fit and is really comfortable with some cool Brittania designs. Available at Edgars nationwide

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Return of the fullpiece

If like me you are so not ready for that bikini yet, you will be glad to know that it's all about the fullpiece, it's pared down and grown up. This is from Black Coffee
Black Coffee
Lunar- love the lace ribbon effect
Terence Bray, also a great cover up
If I had to choose a bikini, I would go with Terence Bray's great 50's style one!

from runway to realway

This was the number I had to have, my first purchase from Tiaan! Took her dancing, felt like a princess, a definite winner

Monday, September 1, 2008

Clive Rundle

When Clive spoke about recycling, we had no idea that it would involve his own couture garments being taken apart and painstakingly reworked into something completely new and fresh!
It was like trainspotting, wondering which era the next garment had come from, considering the labels long history...
The looks were layered with second hand men's jackets which were deconstructed and became pockets, collars and detailing.
An exciting range that all at ELLE fell in love and lust with...

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Enjoyed the crafted detachable collars, a definite must have!

Great silk maxi dress with hand painted print detail, a beach holiday essential


Palesa's use of colour and print in her fabric was sublime

This is street couture

The garments were constructed with engineered precision


The showstopper, loved the fringing on the inner coat
The inspiration was their favourite things, a little girls idea of playing dress up in a playful fairytale world

Beautiful sequined cardigan, with a vintage feel. These are ELLE's top 3 looks from the show

Friday, August 29, 2008

ELLE wins again at Sanlam SAFW Journalism Awards

ELLE features director Tamara Rothbart has won the prestigious Sanlam South Africa Fashion Journalism Awards for the second year in a row.
Rothbart scooped the fashion writing category with her article I am Koto Bolofo in ELLE.
Jenny Andrews won the visual fashion editing category for her Licensed to Thrill feature published in Business Day's Wanted magazine.

ELLE's features director Tamara Rothbart and Ferial Haffajee, the Mail & Guardian's ever-stylish editor and one of the judges.

Wanted's contributing fashion editor Jenny Andrews with editor Gary Cotterell. Wanted has won the Advantage ADmag Gold Award for ‘Best Magazine Supplement’ for two years running.

Dancers show off Abigail Betz dresses in an innovative performance by the newly-formed Mzanzi Productions dance company. Using ballet and other dance movement techniques, they displayed designs by Black Coffee, Ephymol, Julian Couture, De Mil, Ruby, Strange Love, Stoned Cherrie and Clive Rundle.

Underwear by Ruby.
Julian Couture on points.

Clive Rundle - the images are a bit blurry but you get the picture.