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.

Abigail Betz

Abigail was all about spring gardens, fresh flowers, ruffles and roses, clouds and romance

Seen out and about

Sibling love, great neck detailing
Suzaan Heyns intricate plaited leather piece
ELLE loves The Smarties, as seen in our September issue

Tiaan Nagel

Look at the draping on this Techno fabric, Tiaan achieved this by using silk with a parachuting weave which was industrially heat washed to make it more pliable. This gave an amazing wobbly paper effect!
I am completely in love with the monochromatic minimalism of this dress...
We loved the jewellery by Marchandt, and the sheer skeletal feel of the collection
One of Tiaan's favourite pieces

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tiaan Nagel

Tiaan we will get to you as soon as we have your show pics!

Franz Grabe Flower Couture

Franz does things with flowers that some designers can't even do with fabrics...The smell from the front row was amazing
Anglo Gold Auditions and Franz Grabe had a perfect collaboration

All in the details

Love Palesa from Mantsho's new fabric, it's her hairdo!
Yellow was definitely a theme
great corsage
Loving the yellow shirt
Pics by Alexandra Ross

Black Coffee finale

Black Coffee

We were desparate to show you the Black Coffee show, so please excuse the quality of the pics, but they were taken from front row by the ELLE fashion team, because we are completely in love with this collection!
Jacques says the collection all started with some Mozambican fabric with a geometric print, which led to experimentation with geometry and repetition. The overall idea was a modern African aesthetic.
ELLE loved the origami , and how the folded repetition of the African fabric formed it's own new pattern. We loved the engineered sculpting of the ribbon which had a skeletal effect. Black Coffee was able to transport us into their vision of what is contemporary with African spirit, uniquely South African.
Some of these dresses took 6 days to make and have over 100 metres of ribbon!

Dress of the day

She was a Kenzo, crochet chevron stripe. Definitely made for dancing, you should see her twirl. High maintenance number? Of course look at it . Lots of compliments

more cute people

Chevron stripes and great shoes
Great metallic sixties coat
Cute couple, great Amish style

Cute People

Ran into artist Alexandra Ross who kindly agreed to take our pictures!
Great print on shirt
Yellow everywhere
Love the flat lace up brogue