Spring Fever

Just a few more days until Spring is here and after a winter filled with somber colours, I for one am happy about the colours that will emerge with the season change. It’s time to celebrate the sun, the trees, the flowers and the ocean! Here is how:

Sunny glow

Yellow is one of the key colours for this Spring. So don’t be afraid to stand out and dare to try an outfit in a shade that fits your skin tone best. If you have a pale skin, try an outfit in a lighter, more dull shade of yellow. Any darker than that, a bright yellow will suit you perfectly.

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Seafoam happiness

Different shades and tones of sea colours are taking centre stage this season. Turquoise to powder blue will be seen on the streets and definitely on the beach. As long as the blue is clear or bright, it will be a hit everywhere.

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Still Minty

Mint follows the over obsessive girlfriend trend and is clinging on for another spring/summer season. But hey, just because you already have a dress in this colour, doesn’t mean you can’t buy another one… Right?

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Feeling Rosy

A feminine, rosy pink is another happy colour for Spring and as a girly girl, this is first on my shopping list!

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Cloud Nine

White is the perfect colour for this romantic season. While on cloud nine…why not dress the part?

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“Wood” you dare?

Doing some street surfing in places such as White river, Juta street (JHB) and Long street (CPT), I discovered a trend starting to brew in South Africa which is quite innovative and refreshing to see. Drawing inspiration from furniture comes accessories made from; or made to look like wood. Who would have thought that such an everyday material can make a person look so hot and stylish?

This is incorporated in everything from iPhone covers to sunglasses – evolving these fashion items into trendy and sophisticated accessories. Listed are some of my favourite sites to scout and buy this trend.

Hout Couture

Hout Couture sells the most stylish and beautiful wooden sunglasses I have ever seen. You are guaranteed to stand out in the crowd with a pair of sunglasses from this brand. Not only are they innovative with their take on sunglasses, but their name proves innovation itself as Hout in the name is the Afrikaans (South African language) word for wood and is used as a pun for the fashion term Haute Couture, which means fashion of high class and elegance. Either way, this is a must-have for the summer. Check out their website at http://www.houtcouture.com

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Toast

Searching through the web, I came across Toast who specializes in wooden covers for everything from iPads to Macbooks, iPhones to Samsung Galaxys and even other Android smartphones. The great thing about these covers are that some of them have engravings on them of birds, butterflies and a whole list of other beautiful pictures, all done in a sophisticated and classy way. So here is a toast to finding a new way of making your phone fashionable. Check out their website at http://www.toastmade.com

Toast

Toast

Toast

Toast

The Branch Jewellery

The Branch is a wooden jewellery company who combines handcrafted wood with precious metals and stones to create a beautiful line of wooden accessories. “Wow” is the only word that can truly do justice to their jewellery line as they find a way to incorporate wood into jewellery in a sophisticated and stylish manner, making every piece look expensive and classy. Check out their website to complete your outfit with the perfect accessories at http://www.the-branch.co.uk

The Branch

The Branch

The Branch

The Branch

EMBAWO

The last fashion item we need to go on that perfect date or even better, go shopping with, is a purse. And my favourite site incorporating the wooden trend into this item is EMBAWO. Their designs are unique, elegant and some of them quite funky. What better way to stash all your necessities in than one of these fashion purses? Check out their website at http://www.embawo.com

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

Trend Report

Dark, dramatic, somber. These are words that come to mind when thinking about the A/W 2013 season in South African fashion. But this is to be expected, we survived the “2012 the world is coming to an end, but not really” scare and now in 2013, everyone is rethinking their lives and all the decisions they have made along the way. What if this is it? What if there isn’t more to life than this?

No wonder we are dressing in such a dramatic way, expressing our emotions and concerns, showing the world that now is not the time to worry about what we’re wearing.

However, the Zeitgeist is starting to change and new beginnings, hope and growth are warming up in everyone’s hearts around the globe. Soon this will affect the way we dress, causing fashion to move away from dark and dramatic colours and moving more towards a brighter future (pun intended).

Studs, leather panels and black will be replaced with sequins, embriodery, beading and colours such as emerald green and seafoam blue. Silhouettes will flatter the body once again, hitting curves in all the right places. Glitz and Glamour will take over the world as we celebrate our lives and our hope for what the future holds.

The question now is: are you ready for this change? Are you ready to hope and dream? Are you ready to believe once again?…

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Trend Alert

Whether you are living it up in the summer or freezing in the winter in your side of the world, this trend applies for both scenarios. I am talking about what I like to call innovative shorts. Gone are the days where jeans are the only form of shorts available at stores and seen in street fashion. Trend innovators have now revamped this item and made it fun by creating shorts in every texture, print and material known to mankind. My favourite being sequins, ofcourse, as this relates to the 1920s fashion seen in the Great Gatsby film, which is about to reach the closets of every fashion fan across the globe.

Which short will your closet adopt?

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Rainbow of the season

Winter started with a sudden bang and you, MyBFF’s, didn’t wait to change the rainbow in your closets. Roaming through the malls with the mission to change my own rainbow cupboard, these are the colour trends that I spotted by the help of your street fashions:

Dramatic Maroon

Dark Maroon is taking over the whole fashion scene, being used for everything from skirts to tops and even expensive coats.

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Punk Black

Black is one of the main colours this season, mostly paired up with leather, taking inspiration from punk fashion. Add studs to any black ensemble and you will be considered as one of the fashion forwards.

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Royal Navy Blue

Navy blue is also fighting for centre stage, but different from the other 2 colours, it is incorporated in sophisticated dresses and coats, giving off a sense of royalty.

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Powder Pink

This soft colour shows off your feminine side, perfect for the girly girl this winter.

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Gavin Rajah Catwalk Report A/W 2013

Gavin Rajah already created a buzz before his show by giving the audience a preview of what to expect. A model posed on a large bedazzled army truck outside of the venue while a photographer shot all the action. Everyone scrambled around this set-up, full of curiosity and they had reason. This ensemble was a true show stopper and only a glimpse of what is yet to come.

Entering the venue you could find wired gates at the start of the ramp. The lights dimmed and a mission was projected on the white wall. As this wall opened, an army of models stood ready for their turn on the ramp. The first few outfits had a military feel to them, whether it was through print or structured blazers and sharp shoulders.

Next to come was the more elegant evening dresses being black and white. Some could say that this is a battle between evil and good. The dresses were sleek, soft and some areas sheer. It was finished off with sparkly embroidery.

Two camouflage evening dresses were thrown in between these dresses and made this show more edgy. Both styled in a more high fashion way.

As all the models made their way off the ramp only one remained. The music changed to a more softer sound and a model wearing a soft white wedding ball gown strolled down the runway leaving everyone breathless.

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Suzaan Heyns Catwalk Report A/W 2013

The first thing that catches your eye as walking into the venue for the Suzaan Heyns A/W 2013 Joburg Fashion Week show, is the corridors spread all over the ramp. This contributing to the A/W 2013 collection of Suzaan Heyns called Doors of Perception.

For the A/W 2013 collection, Suzaan drew inspiration from doors and labyrinth alleyways. Throughout the styling of the models however, you can sense a look and feel from the Arabic culture as the models’ hair were draped around their faces and necks as scarfs.

A special soundtrack was also created for this show in particular, by Audio Militia and you found the models being guided through a “seemingly ever-deepening maze filled with mystery and the unknown”, as described on the flyer.

For the collection itself, light and filthy pantones were used to design this collection. Colours like washed out hues of Regatta blue, Beeswax yellow, Peony and Russet, Peapod green, Milk White and Browns were the main focus in most garments. The style of the collection was mostly male inspired as there were a lot of suits and blazers evident on the runway. Most outfits had a formal work clothing atmosphere as high waisted skirts with tucked-in shirts also featured in this collection.

Unfortunately, the show itself never wound up to a “wow factor” garment and there were no surprises nor drama in the collection. This made it a bit disappointing to watch and left the audience without awe, making this collection forgettable.

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