COLOUR, charisma and a variety of fabric textures characterised the Matabeleland Fashion Week that came to a close at Fazak Home and Hyper in Bulawayo on Saturday night.
From cotton to chiffon, silk, African print and crotchet, 15 designers brought their A-game to the ramp over the three-day fashion fest.
Fashion designers showcasing at the event each displayed something different and kept the runway alive.
The captivating collections, which ranged from street wear to avant-garde fashion pieces, had the crowd in awe with some earning standing ovations and rapturous applause.
VonsDesigns by Brenda Gogwe, Sanah Designs by Saneliso Mpofu and Spunk by guest designer, South Africa’s Millicent Nkagane were unanimous crowd favourites as their work was multi-dimensional.
Nkagane, the wife of accomplished actor ‘Sechaba’ of Isidingo said fashion designers in the country should continue to work hard as their work is promising.
She expressed confidence in the country’s fashion industry.
“It’s good to be in Zimbabwe; it’s been a colourful ceremony and the designers’ works are promising. I’m honoured to be a part of this fashion show. Everyone has been welcoming and it has given me so much joy,” said Nkagane.
The fashion week which was in its second edition this year, ran under the theme, “Promoting economic development through fashion” and sought to empower designers.
Nkagane urged designers to continue perfecting their craft as designing is not an event but a process.
“For these designers to make a mark internationally, they should believe in what they do for them to be able to compete anywhere in the world.
“This comes through hard work because designing isn’t an overnight thing,” she said.
One of the fashion week’s highlights was a Lingerie Party held at Club Eden on Friday night.
The party saw models strutting the runway in sexy lingerie such as bras and g-strings, French knickers and nighties.
Former Miss Personality Cyclone Ree also debuted as a DJ at the nightspot alongside Noma that Girl in a ladies only affair on the night.
Wrapping up the fashion week were the Fashion Awards where Welshman Sibanda won the male style icon of the year and Bren Mupa the female style icon of the year.
The rest of the winners are . . .
Best Male Model – Shadel
Best Female Model – Nobuhle Nkala
Promising upcoming model – Nicole Norman
Best Male Designer Enyioma Enwerem, The Ministry Clothing
Best Female Designer Saneliso Mpofu, Sanah Designs
Outstanding Makeup Artist- Renee
Outstanding Hairstylist- Daphne
Outstanding Photographer -Le Cyril Photography
Partner of the Fashion Week -Boom City Advertising
Partner of the Fashion Week – Fazak Home and Hyper
Male Style Icon -Welshman Sibanda
Female Style Icon -Bren Mupa
International Fashion Contributor -Vault Cosmetics
“I was 14 when I started training as a hairdresser at the Australian Institute of Technology. I was also working part time after school and on Saturdays at a hair salon. My responsibilities included cleaning up the space, organising the towels and so on. I loved the atmosphere.
My boss eventually offered me a job, but my father told me that I couldn’t take it. He told me it was not something that men should do. In that era, jobs such as window dresser, fortune teller and airline steward were frowned upon. As was being gay. All of dad’s friends used to tease him for having a son who was a hairdresser. But when I won the apprentice of the year award for hairdressing, he shut up. Now he’s the proudest dad I know.
At the beginning, I wasn’t entirely sure if hairdressing was right for me. I just liked being there. It was fun and cool, the people were friendly and I enjoyed it more than being in school. Studying at the Institute of Technology was difficult, and working with Alexandre de Paris, and later with Vidal Sassoon, was very tough and technical. Nothing was ever good enough, and everything was very stiff.
I didn’t discover the love until this one day in Paris. I was working at Alexandre’s salon when I saw Grace Kelly. She just floated past me after Alexandre had done her hair, and I was completely gobsmacked. Something inside me was triggered that day because she looked so gorgeous. And that was the starting point for my book, Go Get Gorgeous.
The book is not about haute couture hair, or crazy things like blue or green hair that only hairdressers like. Instead, it’s about everyday hair for girls. The book is also partly inspired by my experience working with a Chinese model called August who came from an agency. When she first came to me, the agency told me not to cut her hair because she was going to do a shampoo commercial. So we couldn’t do much, she looked plain, and no one booked her for three months.
Eventually the agency told me that they were thinking of axing her as she wasn’t having much success. So with her and the agency’s permission I gave August a dramatic makeover. Immediately after, Calvin Klein booked her, and she was sent later to walk at Paris Fashion Week. She’s now in New York at Ford Models. This is how life-changing hair can be.
Most of the girls on the street in Hong Kong have no style. I see stylish girls elsewhere, such as in New York, London and Paris. The girls here all have long hair, but no personality. That is why I created the book, so that we could show how gorgeous Asian women can look with lots of different makeovers. Every Chinese mother should buy this book for their daughter and tell them to go get gorgeous.
I have clients who have come to me for more than 30 years and they won’t go to anyone else. Some of my clients don’t get their hair done with me all the time, though. But for their major changes, they really trust me. I’ve been trained by masters, and know that the difference is their methodology.
It’s about learning how hair can make a woman’s face slimmer and creating looks that flatter them. A lot of younger hairdressers haven’t had that kind of exposure. They are all about the trend and look. They create the hairstyle, but they can’t make the face small or skinny. That’s something you can’t teach them.
My biggest mentors are my mother and father, I am fortunate to have been supported by them, and they are very honest and truthful with me. And this is something that I believe is the backbone of everything that I now do with my business. It goes back to the truth. I don’t tiptoe around issues, I tell people how it is. And that’s something I learned from my parents.
I’m also honest with my staff and together we’ve created an incredible business based on discipline and honesty. My staff are impeccably groomed so customers can’t tell who is the stylist, who is the assistant, and who is at what level. They are all sharp and clean.
They have all been trained by me, and can go and work anywhere else in the world. They cannot be late, must attend training courses, and they must be dressed impeccably. We have focused on being the best. And as a result, they have clients that book a year ahead of time with them.
If I could have one wish, it would be that all women% love their hair. Most women don’t, and I think it is a woman’s right to feel beautiful. They complain so much about their hair, that it’s not thick enough, not long enough and so forth. And I think that’s sad. I want them to feel empowered, and feel gorgeous. If you don’t feel gorgeous then change your hairdresser.
I still love what I do and I’m so fortunate that this profession is one that I have been passionate about for a long time. It is a lifetime career. I have had a beautiful life surrounded by the most beautiful women, and have had the chance to travel the world.
There are not many hairdressers that can charge what I do, and service the world’s most beautiful and influential women, from Princess Diana to Rita Ora. The average person gets five seconds with them, but I’m with women like them all the time. Because of luck, opportunity and the fact that I have been trained by the best.”
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'SPECTRE' star Monica Bellucci isn't worried about getting older and thinks there is a certain sexiness that comes with ageing.
The 51-year-old brunette beauty is the oldest ever Bond girl, thanks to her role in upcoming movie 'SPECTRE' and says that there is a certain type of beauty that comes with getting older.
She told United Airlines' Rhapsody Magazine: ''In Europe, I think we're lucky. Look at Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Juliette Binoche.
''There are a lot of women getting beautiful roles as they get older, and I think it's right. There's a certain beauty with youth, but there's another one that comes with age. Your soul grows, and that's sexy.''
This isn't the first time that Monica has spoken about her lack of concern over getting older.
She recently told the Daily Mail newspaper: ''I've had old people in my life that I really loved - especially women - so I'm not scared about getting old. It's what's inside that makes us beautiful on the outside.''
However, she doesn't have an issue with those who have plastic surgery to stave off the ageing process.
She said: ''Everybody does what she needs. And if you want plastic surgery and then you feel better, why not? There is no law.
''I've nothing against using something to help your beauty - but do it in a good way, with intelligence. I do acupuncture. Because it really helps. It is the opposite of Botox. Botox blocks and acupuncture moves. Botox for some people is really good. For others they have different reactions. I am for freedom.''
Raf Simons has announced that he is leaving French fashion house Christian Dior after three and a half years.
The designer - who has been at the French fashion house for three and a half years - revealed he is stepping down from his role in order to focus on ''other interests''.
He said in a statement: ''It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior's women's collection. It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work.
''Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of.
''I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.''
WWD reports the departure is ''amicable'' and chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior SA Arnault, and Toledano, CEO of Christian Dior Couture, said they ''acknowledge Raf Simons' decision and very warmly thank him for his exceptional contribution to the house''.
Simons, artistic director of women's haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections, was previously creative director at Jil Sander from 2005-2011.
Here's why coconut oil based products are scoring big with beauty buffs across the world
Everyone is loving coconut oil at the mo ment. Not only is it great for hair, skin and even teeth, it's an intensive moisturiser with antibacterial properties. You can also use coconut oil for baking and rehydrate with its water. Celeb fans include the Kardashian sisters and actresses Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow , who take their make-up off with the stuff. So it's no surprise sales of coconut products are on the up -stores in the US have posted a 64% increase in sales of coconut products this year.
KEEPS SKIN FLAKE FREE
"Coconut oil, whether used alone or as part of a body oil, lotion or scrub, leaves a silky feel and keeps skin smooth, elastic and hydrated, thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids and proteins," says skincare expert Margaret Weeds.
And because of its molecular -structure, it's easily absorbed - a study in an international journal of dermatology showed that pure virgin coconut oil helped decrease water loss in people with atopic dermatitis.
To keep skin flake free, lavish your body with products that has ingredients like coconut butter.For problem dry skin, use a pure, virgin coconut oil - it comes solid at room temperature but warms and melts on body contact, say experts.
GREAT FOR HAIR
Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft easily because of its small molecular structure. "This means it can hydrate and soften hair, preventing breakage and reducing protein loss," says hairdresser Lee Stafford.
"It's also great for scalp health as it has soothing and cooling properties."
For an intensive conditioning treatment, warm some perfectly pure coconut oil, then comb through hair and leave in overnight.
Coconut water also hydrates your hair and thanks to its potassium, calcium and proteins, it leaves your locks stronger.
Used in a facial moisturiser, its natural antioxidants help combat ageing by preventing free radical damage. "It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial proper ties, which can help to treat acne and eczema," says skincare expert Katie Torade.
Try moisturiser with coconut oil. If you have skin prone to redness, try non-irritating oil products.And for protection from winter, use comfort cream, It combines coconut oil and milk with "anti-cold" Arginine extract.
Oil pulling - that's pulling, pushing and sucking coconut oil through teeth - is said to help lift off stains and whiten. It's antibacterial too.
"Bacteria in the mouth are covered with a lipid membrane. When it comes into contact with coconut oil, they naturally adhere to each other," explains nutritionist Alex Thompson
"Coconut oil is a great cleanser because it's easily removed, clears congested pores and isn't greasy , plus it contains around 50% lauric acid, an antimicrobial fatty acid," says Weeds.
For the face, try coconut cleansers. It's designed for sensitive skin - even if you're prone to flushing and rosacea - and the oil helps break down waterproof mascara. In the shower, there are hydrating skin scrubs with poppy seeds and sugar to exfoliate, that is recommended for very dry skin.
Of course, you can always lie back and bathe in coconut oil, so your skin is soaked with intense, skin-healthy nutrients.
MAKE-UP YOUR MIND
More and more make-up products are incorporating coconut oil and water in their formulas.
There are foundations with coconut oil. Use coconut water to replenish your skin's moisture.
Look for eye shadows containing coconut oil to nourish the skin on your eyelids so they don't look crepey. Coconut oil also helps soften, protect and smooth lashes.
The young Glasgwegian fashion designer behind a campaign to catch cancer early has revealed that a family member’s illness was her motivation.
Rachel McMillan’s intricate check print - which is inspired by images and collages of the human body and cancer-free scans - is emblazoned across the Scottish Government and Cancer Research UK’s new #GetChecked campaign - part of Scotland’s effort to turn the Big C into the wee c and increase cancer survival rates in Scotland.
Around 1,000 deaths could be avoided each year in Scotland if cancer survival matched the best in Europe. Early detection is key as the earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.
The 24-year old Scottish Fashion Awards nominee said: “Cancer is something that touches the lives of so many, me included. A close family member has had breast cancer twice, which was also the motivation behind me getting involved. I hope the check acts as a reminder to people to look more closely at their bodies and take time out of their busy lives to get checked if they have any concerns.
“I immediately loved the concept behind this campaign. I wanted to help get such an important message out there in a bold, visual and creative way and am really proud to be unveiling – and wearing - my design today.
“The check was inspired by pictures and collages of the body. I wanted it to be a reflection of the beauty yet fragility of the human body. The check on the final print is made up of rib cages and skeletal bones; it takes on an almost mechanical structure reminding us that our bodies are fragile and need looking after.
“My textile designs always originate from drawings or collages and are then digitally manipulated to create the overall patterns. This design took many hours of experimenting, but hopefully its intricate detail and layers will draw people in”
#GetChecked aims to make checked patterns synonymous with early detection, so that every time someone sees a check they think about getting checked if they have a worry or concern and attend screening when invited.
Miss McMillan launched the check at the Cancer Research UK shop in Glasgow’s Queen Street, wearing a dress created in the unique check print to help raise awareness of the benefits of early detection.
Organisations including M&Co and Morrison Construction have already shown their support for #GetChecked, decking their workplaces and shop windows in checks whilst educating staff and customers on the importance of finding cancer early.
Five limited edition scarves in the bespoke #GetChecked print will be placed in Cancer Research UK stores across Scotland for shoppers to get their hands on, and to help support the charity’s life-saving research work.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Rachel’s undeniable skill and talent has given this important cancer awareness campaign a bold and recognisable identity and I’d like to thank her for her contribution.
“More people are surviving cancer than ever before but finding it early can make a real difference to your chance of survival. This campaign check, or any check, will hopefully prompt those with concerns to visit their GP or attend screening when invited. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.
“A host of organisations and people have already backed the campaign by proudly displaying their colourful checks - I’m joining them today in doing so and hope others will follow. Together, we can bring cancer down to size.”
Ben Dale, the manager at Cancer Research UK’s Glasgow Queen Street shop, said: “Our staff are really behind the drive and we’ve made sure every checked item that has come into the store has told the #GetChecked story.
“The campaign is a fun way of getting across an important message, and we have the bright campaign check on display on our shop window to help raise awareness. The more we can do to encourage people to get potential signs and symptoms checked out at the earliest stage, the better.”
Jourdan Dunn prefers to keep her wardrobe ''simple'' but spruce it up with patterned accessories.
The 25-year-old fashion model prefers to stock up her bedroom cupboards with elegant, timeless, items and spruce it up a little with patterned accessories.
She told InStyle magazine: ''I keep the majority of my wardrobe simple and timeless but add in just one touch of a trend - either a cool pattern or an interesting shoe or bag.''
However, the raven-haired beauty doesn't like to spend hours scouring the high street and designer stores for her next big buy as she prefers to shop online at home.
She said previously: ''I'm all about online shopping. It's quite a habit actually. I love Browns and Net-A-Porter, so I get my high-end pieces from there. But I also love Topshop and Nasty Gal. Even some Misbehave stuff is quite cool.''
Meanwhile, although she keeps her style to the minimum, her beauty regime is something she doesn't do by halves.
She explained: ''My beauty regime is kind of intense. Well, not intense, but some other people will look at it and find it surprising. Every morning and night I take the time out - I'd say a good half an hour - to prep my skin. I swear by a good sheet mask. My favourite is SK-II, it's especially great for when you're on a flight or before you go to bed. That way you wake up nice and fresh.''
Whenever I’ve been wrong-footed at an event by someone who looks more chic, understated and – damn her – just more modern than the rest of the room, I can guarantee you she’s wearing a shirt.
There we are, in our elaborate dresses and interesting sheer fashion statements, when Miss Shirty breezes up and outsmarts us because she looks comfortable, at ease with herself, a bit tomboyish (you can’t beat a reference to Phoebe Philo) and fresh, somehow, even after a long slog in a muggy office. It’s so annoying.
But here’s the thing: Shirty has actually put a great deal of thought into her look. Maybe the head-scratching took place a while ago, but at some point in her style journey, Shirty has definitely expended considerable effort in thinking through what it takes to look effortless.
Look at what she’s wearing with the shirt. It won’t be a pair of distressed jeans – too predictable, too casual, too 2011. Shirty has moved on to leather culottes, velvet dungarees, or a Valentino khaki button-through skirt with embroidered butterflies (‘This old thing? Not even a grand’). She’s in clogs or flatforms, because that way you get height, comfort and speed. Told you she’s a crafty one.
But it’s the shirt itself that must concern us: it’s a grandad, because nothing looks cooler or more tomboyishly pretty, whatever length or style your hair. Also – not everyone looks their best in a shirt with a collar.
The grandad must be pristine and have nary a wrinkle in sight. Sleeves are rolled up, a cuff nonchalantly swinging, perhaps, suggesting it came to dangle like that of its own accord (as if). Cotton is lovely, but floppy silks can be just the job for a formal event. Pintucking and ruffles will take it into Victorian territory (à la Christopher Kane, above) – nothing wrong with that, if you toughen it up with tuxedo trousers or a plain maxi skirt.
A contrasting bib might work; the band round the neck might be a subtly different shade. E Tautz’s are ideal: masculine construction, feminine fit. But every designer and high-street chain has them. They’re the building block of all ‘effortless’ style.
Nail the neon trend with these top tips.
We're not going to lie: nailing a neon trend, whether it's in terms of fashion or beauty, can be tricky. But get it right, and you can really stand out from the crowd - in a good way! So here are some top tips on how to nail neon once and for all.
One of the easiest places to wear a bold shade on your face is your lips. Celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde and the queen of lipsticks, Rihanna, have all sported ultra-bright shades and it's a great way to make a statement. A supercharged neon pink lip is an easy go-to and looks even more striking if you have particularly pale skin. Make sure to line your lips first so the colour doesn't bleed and then apply with a lip brush to get it perfect. Team with a simple slick of black eyeliner and mascara for a look that can translate easily from day to night.
While you might not think it, there is a way to wear neon on your cheeks without looking like a clown or Punch and Judy puppet. While this is particularly true for darker skin tones, paler peeps can pull it off too. For the latter, go for a bold baby pink colour, as it can brighten your complexion. Darker skins can go for oranges and reds but whatever shade you choose, wear it over a tinted moisturiser for a near-transparent complexion.
Then of course, there are your eyes, which will really bring drama to the trend. There's no way to blend in when you have the brightest colours on your lids, but you can avoid looking like a five-year-old playing dress up with their mother's make-up. Stars like Nicki Minaj and Kesha have nailed it, so whether you go all out or rein it in a bit; it's up to you and the occasion.
You could try wearing yellow shades at the inner corners of your eye before sweeping out to more neutral tones. Or if you really want to nail neon, wear bold blues and greens, as they bring out any eye colour. If you already have blue eyes, be brave and try a bright orange - it will really make your eyes pop. Be sure to prep your eyelids with eyeshadow primer before you start applying the colour, as it will help hold it in place for longer and stop it slipping into the creases.
Sofía Vergara has revealed details of the gown she'll marry Joe Manganiello in.
Modern Family star Sofía Vergara will be wearing a "very special" beaded dress at her wedding.
The actress started dating True Blood's Joe Manganiello in July 2014 and they became engaged on Christmas Day (25Dec14) of that year.
It's one of the most talked-about weddings in Hollywood and the 43-year-old has now shed some light on what she will be walking down the aisle in.
"I'm wearing a very special dress, all beaded," she smiled to Extra at last night's (20Sep15) Emmys.
While she wouldn't divulge any more, she did reveal that they were inviting mainly family to the big day and that while it wouldn't be a small ceremony, it was a number of people they can "keep under control".
There's no doubt Sofía will look gorgeous on her big day. And recently she revealed that impressing Joe is at the forefront of her mind when selecting an outfit.
"I'm Latin, and in our culture, we dress to pick up guys, or for our boyfriends or husbands, rather than for other girls," Sofía told Women's Health magazine. "I'll prefer to die than wear boyfriend jeans!"
And she's passed her impeccable style down through a jewellery line for Kay Jewelers called So Sofía. But while she did wear her own brand perfume at last night's Emmys, she traded her accessories in for pieces by Lorraine Schwartz.
That's not to say she isn't excited about the glitzy collaboration though.
"I want women to feel strong, sexy and confident when they wear my jewellery. I want them to feel amazing and feel like they are looking their best," she smiled.
"Ever since I was a girl, I've worn and loved jewellery. It was an easy decision because it is something I have always dreamed of doing."
I've pretty much worn the same lipstick colour for five years; I am addicted to pale cream shadows; I start to feel itchy when my beloved mascara runs out.
For a beauty editor, these are true confessions of the most shocking kind. We're expected to fall over new makeup colours with the type of enthusiasm I usually reserve for a glass of wine after a hard day. But, like anyone else, I can get stuck in a rut.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with mainstay products – the makeup equivalent of comfort food if you like. But the biggest issue with getting stuck in a rut is that it's the type of problem that everyone notices but you. While others register your slightly dated lip colour, your basic brown eyeshadow and your outmoded hair, you are generally oblivious. Stuck in your little cosmetics comfort bubble.
But stepping up your look isn't actually as scary as it might sound. You just have to remember to do it – regularly (as in at least twice a year). And, like reading the latest novels and opening your ears to new music, ensuring your makeup is up to date keeps you youthful.
Here are three failsafe ways.
You like: Cream or powder shadows in shades like taupe and champagne.
You can: While there's absolutely nothing wrong with a good neutral or two, they can be a little dull. Step it up with sparkle. Try MAC's new Dazzleshadows in She Sparkles, I Like 2 Watch and Last Dance, $50 each. All are modern neutrals with just a touch of rock and roll.
If glittery powder is a step too far, look out for Estee Lauder's new Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks, $45 each, on counter August 15. Cream-to-power shades like Scorched Gold, Cool Ash and Pink Charcoal are easy to apply – just use them as liner if you don't like the full-on look – but still subtle.
You like: Dramatic black liner
You can: As we age, we lose definition. Eye and brow colour fades, lashes get sparser, skin loses its lustre. But the response is often to pile on the makeup in compensation. Harsh black liner will definitely define the eyes but it will make them look smaller – think little currants.
To update, ditch the hard lines in favour of soft sexy smudges. Get to grips with crayons like L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Crayon de Couleur, $19.99 each, and – while you're at it – swap your usual black or brown for a vibrant purple (Lovely Lilas) or turquoise (Ocean Blue). Both shades will perk up brown or neutral shadows in one swipe.
You like: Nude lips
You can: Swap your nude for rose or raspberry. If you keep the texture sheer – a balm for example – you'll not only freshen up your look but also warm up your complexion. Try Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balms in Raspberry Smoothie and Delicious Plum, $45, Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Poppin' Poppy, $40, and Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic, $22.99.
America's Sequential Brands Group, Inc., which owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and lifestyle categories, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Joe's Jeans Inc. and certain other related assets for a total purchase price of approximately $67 million.
In tandem with the acquisition, the company announced the signing of a long-term licensing agreement for all of Joe's brand's core categories with Global Brands Group Holding Limited, one of the world's leading branded apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, and lifestyle product companies. The long-term licensing agreement will become effective upon closing of the acquisition, it said in a statement.
The Joe's brand joins Global Brands' extensive portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands. Under the licensing agreement, Global Brands will design, produce, and distribute products across multiple categories including womenswear and menswear. Sequential will oversee the global marketing strategy for key brand initiatives. Brand founder Joe Dahan will continue to lead product design and brand marketing as Creative Director.
Bruce Rockowitz, CEO and Vice Chairman of Global Brands Group Holding Limited, said, “Joe's is an important addition to our brand portfolio in a key fashion category. Denim is trending strongly right now and we are excited about the future growth opportunities for the brand."
“Joe's is a natural fit for Sequential as the brand seamlessly integrates into our fashion vertical,” said Yehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential. “In addition, with a strategic global licensing partnership secured with Global Brands and Joe Dahan's renewed commitment to the brand's future, we believe that all together, we have a winning team in place to grow the Joe's brand around the world.”
Joe Dahan, founder of Joe's Jeans, added, "I am thrilled about the partnership with Sequential and look forward to keeping the heritage of the Joe's Jeans brand as we enter our next phase of growth together with Global Brands and their extensive global platform.”
Founded in 2001, Joe's is a casual chic global lifestyle brand synonymous with classic, modernized wardrobe staples ranging from premium denim to handcrafted collection pieces, and from contemporary accessories to footwear. With over 12 years of influence in the fashion industry, Joe's has remained true to its DNA throughout its expansion, embracing fashion and innovation through the creation of a fully faceted line for men, women and kids.
The first range of Joe's products produced in collaboration with Global Brands will launch in Spring 2016.
Couture designer, Elie Saab, has plans to launch a debut eyewear line. Today, the brand announced a licensing agreement with Safilo Group, a major Italian eyewear manufacturer and distributor.
The luxury clothing designer of the eponymous brand, Elie Saab, will debut his very first line of eyewear which will be available worldwide Jan. 2017. The collections will be sold at select luxury eyewear locations and in Elie Saab boutiques. The licensing agreement with Safilo is a nine-year contract that is set to run until 2025.
As of now, no plans for specific designs have been released yet. The Elie Saab eyewear line will be designed in Italy and Japan, ensuring the highest quality of product. Customers can also be sure that the line will be comprised of finely crafted pieces that will evoke a timeless elegance similar to Saab's clothing designs.
Elie Saab spoke of the exciting new partnership, stating, "Creating an eyewear collection is a logical evolution that follows the development of our accessories line. In Safilo, I have found a partner of trust able to operate at the highest levels of sophistication, envisioning and then bringing to life my creative vision in wondrous frames of outstanding quality, with the finest materials and details."
The Lebanese fashion designer is one who is renown in the industry for his feminine gowns and stunning haute couture pieces. Saab is also responsible for dressing many best-dressed celebrities on the red carpet, from Naomi Watts to Jennifer Lopez. In addition to his ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, the designer also puts out an accessories line, and in 2011, released a signature perfume. This past July also marked the opening of the brand's second store in Paris, located on Avenue George V.
Luisa Delgado, CEO of Safilo, stated, "We are delighted to work with Mr. Elie Saab and proud of his trust in us. This long-term partnership offers a unique opportunity to create, craft and distribute worldwide exquisite eyewear that represents infinite creative inspiration, timeless elegance and preciousness."
The Elie Saab eyewear line will debut worldwide Jan. 2017 in select stores and in Elie Saab boutique locations.
Fashionistas across the world have given the traditional style suit a new lease of life and made it a significant staple in power dressing.
Let's see how this trend has taken over the work wardrobe of women A mix of style and glam, pant suits, have officially made their comeback. They can take you from desk to date; from day to dinner.Taking androgyny to another level, this outfit combo made its presence felt on runways and even the red carpet. From new style and smart cuts, this modish combo is a sure wardrobe must-have. Trending suit
A trend that has been heating up the runways and boardrooms alike, this trend is for those who want to make a strong statement and make heads turn.Designer Parul J Maurya avers, "Perfectly tailored and cut in a handful of silhouettes, women in tuxedo suits look as glamorous as in gowns on the red carpet.It is a brilliant take on power dressing and is firing up the ramps as well." Emphasising on the right fit and style, designer Gautam Gupta adds that a well-fitted suit or tux can make any woman look glamorous, provided it's aptly twisted and turned, according to the body shape."
Suit your body
There are some dos and don'ts that one must keep in mind when wearing the pant suit.Keep in mind your body type and then select a cut or a style you'd like to wear.Designer Nisha Sainani says, "Generally pant suits look good on all body types, however, the cut of the suit needs to be different for different body types. For petite women, keep the length of the jacket short and usually, a straight-legged pant suit is a safe bet in terms of bottom wear."
Echoing the versatility of this trend, ace designer Neeta Lulla avers that this trend is ideal for all figure types. "It can be worn by any age group or on anybody frame but should be tailored according to your body shape." What's important for power dressing is the attitude you carry with it. Designer Sulakshana Monga asserts, "Giving the pant suit a modern look is to team it with the right attitude." Your body type will determine the cut, the flare, and the structure of your pant suit. Gautam explains that the concept of a pant suit lends attention to the curve of the body and at the same time gives a more commanding look in terms of fashion. The vital concept is of layering. So, while some one can enjoy looking voluminous with the pant suit, stay away from going overboard with it by going in for big shoulders or boxy silhouettes. On the other hand, those with a bigger frame can pull it off well if the silhouette is perfectly straight (neither too tight nor too boxy) and please, no pleats on the lowers! Those who are the perfect hourglass need not worry so much about any silhouette or cut and can exploit the curves to the fullest by wearing a waist length jacket."
Keep in mind
There are a few points one should keep in mind before suiting up. Nisha advises, "The colour should flatter you and be right for the occasion.There are very few people who can pull off an extremely bright coloured pant suit, so be careful of the same." What one must also be wary of is whether you want to project a strong and powerful air around, as Neeta puts it, "It exudes a formal and strong masculine statement." Keep in mind the occasion and the place you are going to.You should wear it to work and casual after work drinksdinners.Make sure you keep these aspects in mind while shopping for this trend.
Bold, modern, non-conforming women… if you’re considering taking a wedding vow, it’s you that couturier David Tlale has in mind.
Tlale’s show-stopping new 20-piece bridal collection took audiences by storm at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, and he’s had “quite a lot of interest” since. His designs were super bold, challenging everything you know about conventional bridal wear.
We’re talking dresses that eschew white, corsets with buckles and chains, leopard-print panties under sheer silk organza skirt, double sash-style bodice worn with nothing but skin underneath… “It’s your day, you got to rock it, girl!” declares Tlale.
Not for just the wedding market, these creations are deliberately versatile, with detachable skirts and layered silk organza necklines that can be configured into different shapes. “So you can re-wear the outfit to a gala dinner or any glamorous event. Modern women today want value for money. They want a gown that they can wear for more than one day,” he says.
We caught up with Tlale at his Maboneng studio in Joburg, where he walked us through the collection.
Outrageous as a wedding gown but elegant and striking nonetheless is the lemon sheer organza dress with visible leopard-print panties, finished with feathers at the bottom and an abundance of tulle flowers around the neckline.
Just as daring is the corset made of feathers, with gold buckles and chains. “You’re the bride. Make a noise to say, ‘I’m here’,” smiles Tlale. This is teamed with an organza skirt which you can take off when “the party gets down”.
Next is the double sash – in feather and silk tape flowers, twinned with an organza skirt.
“There are elements of Miss World here. You wear nothing underneath. Be a bold bride!” grins Tlale.
There’s a short, multiple-layered organza skirt, and a long version with a front split to reveal a lot of leg, along with organza jackets – sleeved and sleeveless – and a sheer organza cape. “Instead of a bolero, wear a cape, like a queen,” he says.
Emerald green, grass-textured lame suits finish off the collection, which includes a long “kilt” with a detachable waistband for the groom. “You can wear a tux underneath but for the wedding, you look like royalty,” he says.
Tlale says the idea was to come up with a bridal collection that defines the “22nd century woman”.
“Who decided brides should be in white, like a fairy-tale princess? And the flouncy silhouette? So much has evolved, and today women want to own their world. They aren’t scared to embrace difference.”
Tlale concedes his dresses are not suitable for a church wedding. “What about going to the magistrate’s court, getting married, then have a massive party afterwards and come out in a killer dress? A lot of brides don’t even enjoy their day, when it’s really supposed to be all about them. I’m saying, let’s change tradition,” says Tlale.
His couture isn’t all about pushing the envelope, of course.
He’s made gorgeous white wedding gowns for a crop of brides, among them Nomachule Gigaba, the wife of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Tlale’s ready-to-wear collections are for the discerning, aspirant woman, conscious of quality, but who wants to look different.
“I make clothes for women who want to make a statement, but with quality fabrics and beautiful finishes,” he says.
Tlale is preparing to showcase his collection at New York Fashion Week from September 10 to 18.
“New York is highly competitive, incomparable with South African fashion weeks,” he says.
“But I’m intent on creating a global brand, and to do that, I have to tell a South African story.
“I have to be true to myself and my roots. I am proudly African.”
Laleli Fashion Shopping Festival kicks off, aiming to be a world-renowned brand Organized by the Laleli Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (LASİAD), the Laleli Fashion Shopping Festival will be held for the fourth time, starting today. Although it was previously announced that world-renowned Israeli model Bar Refaeli would take the podium as part of the festival, it has been reported that she will not be able to come to Istanbul due to illness.
LASİAD President Gıyasettin Eyyüpkoca held a press meeting with the festival committee prior to the festival's official opening today. Eyyüpkoca underscored that Laleli has been a dynamic and modern trade center for years despite ever-changing economic conditions around the world. He said this year's festival, which will continue until Aug. 30, would be more enthusiastic and exciting. He said numerous people worked very hard for six months to organize this festival, saying that they collaborated with 13 different countries along with the Ministry of Economy and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO).
Saying that the festival is "bringing fashion together with shopping," Eyyüpkoca reported that the festival would be held around the same time every year, from now on. He also addressed the economic crisis in Russia and said: "We take turning this negative atmosphere to our advantage as a mission. Laleli is Turkey's door for export." He claimed that events such as the Laleli Fashion Shopping Festival contribute to Turkey's economy. He said they are making everything jointly and working on behalf of Laleli to promote it internationally and see its name in its deserved place.
Eyyüpkoca said their motto is "Creating a brand out of Laleli." He also praised his association and said LASİAD is an institution that can predict problems other countries will face and turn these problems into advantages for Turkey. He said that Russia has 27 percent of the Laleli market, while Ukraine has 12 percent, adding that they can compensate for the 40 percent gap with foreign target markets. He said that they would continue to collaborate with other countries and concentrate on local organizations. Eyyüpkoca later answered questions from the press, saying that the festival met the targeted financial figures last year. He said trade contacts made through the festival reached several million dollars within two days last year and that they expect the same performance this year. He later reported that top model Bar Refaeli would not be able to take the podium tomorrow, as was announced earlier, due to her medical problems. It is said that Refaeli will attend another event organized by LASİAD in the near future.
"Of course our contract included an economic sanction for canceling the event; however, we did not want to do it as she had health problems," said Eyyüpkoca and added the top model will later appear at another event. "I can clearly say that she did not cancel her program due to security reasons," said Eyyüpkoca. Although he did not offer insight about the payment that the top model received for the event, Eyyüpkoca said that they shook hands at a very low price with Refaeli.
MODEL Andreja Pejic struts into New York restaurant Boulton & Watt, treating the entrance like her personal runway.
As every head in the joint swivels to check out all 6-foot-1 of her, the 23-year-old model gives her publicist a double kiss and smooths over her vintage ruffled blouse and Alice + Olivia bell bottoms.
“The ’70s are back, darling,” she coos about her outfit as a stout, middle-aged man yells, “You’re a beautiful model. Where are you from?”
Soon, people will be seeing a lot more of those killer cheekbones.
Wednesday, Pejic will grace every Sephora window in North America with a groundbreaking campaign for cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever.
“I can’t wait to go to Sephora and take a selfie with my face,” Pejic says. “Makeup contracts are the Oscars of the modelling world. You start out and think, ‘Maybe one day.’ ”
The ads — which will appear in all 888 Sephoras from the most conservative pockets of the continent to the most liberal — refer to the transgender model as ‘Supermodel and Transwoman.’
While Caitlyn Jenner’s transition has been front and centre in recent months, Pejic is blazing trails, too — in her own way.
“For me, I felt you just don’t see many transwomen as the face of a brand, so it’s amazing that it’s happening,” Pejic says. “I just want to prove that I can do anything any other female model can do.”
Born as Andrej in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pejic was discovered at age 16 at a McDonald’s in Melbourne, Australia. The then-male model lit the fashion world on fire in 2011, walking top runways like Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier in both mens and womenswear shows.
Pejic’s gender fluidity made headlines across the world and mesmerised designers who were desperate to cast the buzzy new talent. But in 2014, the androgynous catwalker announced she had undergone gender-reassignment surgery and was now Andreja. Though some people she worked with in the industry discouraged the surgery, saying it would diminish Pejic’s uniqueness — and therefore the work she got — she forged ahead.
“I was modelling to make money for my transition and support my family, so I kind of had this undefined career,” she says. “I would have done [gender-reassignment surgery] either way. I was prepared for the worst.”
Since emerging as Andreja, she is just as celebrated as she was while living between genders. She recently signed with the Society Management, which also represents Kendall Jenner, and made her official debut as a female model in the Giles Deacon show in February.
“Before, I always felt like an alien creature. But this was good. I felt like one of the girls,” she says of the show.
Then, in May, Pejic became the first transgender model profiled in Vogue. Next month, in addition to the Make Up For Ever deal, she will front a campaign for a label she refuses to name. “It’s a very mainstream American brand,” she teases.
Pejic says the career change has treated her well.
“I felt like an immigrant when I was doing female jobs [before the transition],” she says. “I went to Japan and was walking as a girl, and a lot of the models were like, ‘Oh, he’s taking all of the jobs.’ Whereas now, I feel like people get it more.”
Her career isn’t the only thing that’s shifted — the NYC East Village resident is now in a serious romantic relationship.
“I felt for most of my life, I was treated as a sexual fantasy by guys. I wasn’t into dating,” she says. But all of that changed last Halloween at a party in Brooklyn, where she met her new beau.
“I wasn’t expecting a relationship, and it just evolved into one,” she reveals. “He’s very supportive. He just sees me as a girl, which is what I want.”
She declines to name him, only saying that he doesn’t work in the fashion industry.
In addition to her robust social life and booming modelling career, Pejic is filming a documentary of her transition, which she hopes will be ready for the Sundance Film Festival in January. But her busy schedule doesn’t prevent her from her hobbies, which include hot yoga and reading the Economist.
“I like macroeconomics, and I like to know what’s going on in the world,” she says. “If I wasn’t modelling, I’d be studying economics or international politics.”
One perk that is not lost on a student of markets: Modelling is the rare industry where women far out-earn men.
“There are so many male models who are working in high fashion and they are broke,” she says, pausing to find her words. “It’s good to be a woman.”
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Luxury shoe designer Emy Mack Jamison has a go-to footwear choice when she will be on her feet all day.
“Flats are all about comfort,” says Jamison, sporting a pair from her line with sparkling embellishments. “I think because the Emy Mack line is so well-made and substantial that a woman feels put together when she wears a fancy flat from Emy Mack. Flats can still look and feel elegant. And once a woman gets a compliment on wearing a pair of flats, she will know she made the right choice.”
She says flats will never go away and that there will always be a place for them.
“They are a great shoe for women who walk a lot,” says Jamison inside her Shadyside boutique, Emy Mack Collective. “They can be worn year-round. You can dress them up or dress them down. They are versatile and well worth the investment. You can wear them all day and your feet will look and feel great.”
Jamison often adorns her collections with Swarovski crystals, statement beads, laser-cut mesh or calf-hair leopard. She says having a line of stylish flats is important for her customers who can't wear heels.
The ballet flat of years ago has inspired this trend in flats, Jamison says. Designers have taken that basic shoe and created more stylish options.
“Flats can definitely be fashionable,” says Barbara Gambotto, owner of Primadonna Collection, with stores in South Hills Village, Ross Park Mall, The Mall at Robinson and two locations in New Jersey. “They can be a fun pair of shoes to wear with everything. There is a flat style for every woman. She just has to find the right one. And, like all shoes and boots, it's important to try on the flats with what you plan to wear them with so you see how they look.”
Flats are comfortable and modern, and there are so many great styles and patterns to choose from, they fit today's active lifestyle, says Max Harrell, president of Summit Footwear.
“One heel height no longer works,” Harrell says. “Flats are plentiful in colors, shapes and details. The gold metallic ballerina is our current flat of the moment. You can wear flats with evening wear, bridal gowns, skirts and leggings. The key is picking the right flat to punctuate the look.”
There are advantages to wearing flats, starting with mobility — they are the perfect solution for navigating the busy lives of modern women and doing so with grace and style — says Kelli McCabe, designer at Delman shoes.
“They also are versatile in that they take a cue from Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who showed us the versatility of flats,” McCabe says. “The ‘gladiator' footwear trend of the past few seasons has now extended to flats with slender leather ties laced up the leg. We've designed the Delman ‘Faith' flat in Nappa or printed exotics with ankle lacing (available in November.)”
Slender pants or jeans always look pulled together with a polished flat, McCabe says. Moving into early fall, flats are the ideal complement to the season's new midi-length skirts.
Flats have been popular for decades, as women like to feel comfortable while still looking chic, says Christina O'shea, footwear buyer for Long Tall Sally. The iconic ballet flat has long been popular to take women from desk to dinner, as it can be dressed up or down, she says. And, today, flats are updated with eye-catching details, different toe shapes and a variety of textures.
“Flats continue to be a fashion trend as women find themselves busier than ever, valuing comfort and versatility but still looking for stylish options,” O'shea says.
A stylish flat can offer the wearer both comfort and versatility in ways that heels can't, says Steve Greenstein, vice president of Spring Step shoes.
“We're seeing a lot of flats with artistic accents,” Greenstein says. “Platforms, straps, laces, embellishments and jewels are on-trend in a big way. The ‘flatform,' in particular, has become increasingly popular. Adding a bit of height to the traditional flat gives it a modern flair and dresses it up in a way that's still comfortable for the wearer.”
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Hudson Kroenig is the son of Brad Kroenig.
What were you doing when you were seven years old? For Hudson Kroenig, son of Chanel regular Brad, he’s had Katy Perry and Gisele Bündchen as babysitters and has a wardrobe of personalised miniature Chanel clothes. In a story from Vanity Fair’s September 2015 issue, he invites readers into his world.
It helps that his godfather is Karl Lagerfeld
If you haven’t heard about Brad Kroenig, then read this. The Kroenigs are so close with Lagerfeld that they fly with him on his private jet and walk in his runway shows.
Hudson’s mother wasn’t sure about her son’s modelling career
“At the beginning I thought Brad was nuts for thinking he could do it,” she tells Vanity Fair. “I was in the audience and my heart was beating so fast.” For his runway debut at at (repeated word) Chanel’s spring/summer ’11 show he was only two years old and walked with his father. Now at seven, he walks solo. “Hudson doesn’t want to walk down the runway with me anymore, though. I guess I’m not cool enough,” jokes Brad.
His show-and-tell is probably way better than yours ever was
Though his parents promise that he’s very modest about it. His last show-and-tell, he brought in magazines with the Chanel ads where he starred alongside Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne.
Cara Delevingne says Hudson is her favourite model
But with a caveat: “In his age bracket,” she says.
Being polite goes far
Delevingne recalls how at a recent shoot, he went up to everyone working on the shoot and said: “It was so nice to work with you… I hope to do so again.”
His modelling advice sounds like what every other successful, big-time model has ever said
“I pretend no one is watching. I feel like no one else is there, and I don’t pay attention to anyone in the audience.”