Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Playing dress up

It is only within the last 200 years where children’s clothing became its own category. Before that, children simply wore the smaller sizes of adult clothing items. It was dress up every day.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.Photographer: Mario Testino.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.
Photographer: Mario Testino.

Earlier this year, Romeo Beckham, the most style conscious of the Beckham boys, was chosen by the Burberry chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, to be the face of the Spring/Summer 2013 Burberry Campaign.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.Photographer: Mario Testino.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.
Photographer: Mario Testino.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.Photographer: Mario Testino.

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.
Photographer: Mario Testino.

Sources:
http://sassisamblog.com/2013/01/07/romeo-beckham-steals-the-limelight-for-burberrys-spring-summer-2013-campaign/
http://www.urban-village.co.uk/fun-facts-about-fashion/

Colour Code Tuesday: Robin Egg Blue

Who knew that Crayola crayons could be so educational? I love this colour as it is like a younger version of teal.

This is the hem of Robin Egg Blue.

Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 2012/2013.

Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 2012/2013.

“Robin Egg Blue” is one of the official Crayola crayon colours and is named after the colour of the egg shell laid from the America Robin. Thus, this colour may also be called “Egg Shell Blue”.

The distinct colour which Tiffany & Co. have trademarked is called “Tiffany Blue”. This blue was used for their first book, “Tiffany’s Blue Book” (1845). This particular blue is the lighter version (not pastel, as it still retains its sharpness) of Robin Egg Blue.

Elie Saab, Prêt-à-Porter, Spring/Summer 2013.

Elie Saab, Prêt-à-Porter, Spring/Summer 2013.

Sources:
http://www.eliesaab.com/#/en/home
http://www.eliesaab.com/#/en/haute-couture/fw-2012-2013/7/0

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Lord Cardigan

Merino, Pringle Cardigan. Spring/Summer 2013.

Merino, Pringle Cardigan. Spring/Summer 2013.

The cardigan first came about as a knitted, wool military jacket. During the mid 1800s, soldiers needed warm items of clothing which could be worn when the temperature rose and dropped a little bit, something with a versatile use.

This is the hem of the cardigan.

Knitted waistcoats were produced during the Crimean War, where their leader was the Seventh Earl of Cardigan. As a result, Lord Cardigan was one of their greatest supporters, and he is the bearer of the name of this type of jersey, which later developed sleeves.

Sources:
http://www.pringlescotland.com/gb/sweaters-cardigans_cod39341237rd.html
http://www.lookandlearn.com/blog/5273/the-history-of-fashion-the-cardigan-and-balaclava/

Colour Code Tuesday: Mint Cream.

Louis Vuitton, Candy Sweet.

Louis Vuitton, Candy Sweet.

Mint Cream is all over the world. Stores for men and women hold this colour, especially on chinos for both sexes. This colour is used a lot in editorials, such as the Louis Vuitton campaign. After the arrival of the floral trend around spring/summer 2009, the pastel trend emerged, and mint cream is even more prominent now as pastel, coral colours are a large style “do”.

This is the hem of the colour “Mint Cream”.

Mint Cream is named after the colour of the cream of an after-dinner-mint, or mint thins. It is the exact colour of the mint fresh emulsion which oozes out of the chocolate, medallion casing.

Sources:
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=49917901

Essential sleepwear by Anna-Louise.

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I came across this beautiful and oh so comfortable sleepwear brand for the first time at the I Heart Market in Durban. You should definitely invest in a few items from Anna-Louise. Supporting young, local talent in South Africa is so worthwhile, what you get in return may just be a peaceful sleep.

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Photos courtesy of Anna-Louise Sleepwear

Photos courtesy of Anna-Louise Sleepwear

Sources:
http://www.anna-louise.co.za/?page_id=6
http://iheartmarket.blogspot.com/

The Gem of South Africa

South Africa produces many jewels of the earth, and exports them internationally. We are renowned for our abundance of mineral sources, and this makes South Africa a vital player in the global trade. Not only do we turn out marvellous minerals of the earth, we also generate dazzling jewellery designer talent.

This is the hem of Kirsten Goss.

Kirsten Goss is one of the world’s leading jewellery designers, and what is even more exciting is that she is from Durban, South Africa. She is an Old Girl of my school, Durban Girls’ College, and she studied at the University of Stellenbosch, where she attained her BA Fine Art (jewellery design and gemology). Her creativity leaves me in awe. Even more than that, her respect for the natural stones which she selects is more admirable. She is a jeweller who refines and enhances what the earth has given us. She is the ultimate pair of rose-tinted glasses.

The “Kirsten Goss London” flagship store is based in London, where it was established in 2002. She often travels back and forth since all of her jewellery is made in Durban where her state-of-the-art goldsmithing studio is. She has adorned her fans globally and earned many loyal clientele, even Royal ones too (she designed jewellery for Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s wedding, as well as the Prince’s birthday party).

Goss has recently collaborated with Missibaba in opening a boutique in Bree Street, Cape Town. This space offers a high fashion, uber-chic style which will make you fall in love with Kirsten Goss’ indefinable style. Kirsten Goss London’s latest 2013 collection is called ‘Urban Edge’. This collection is modern, polished, edgy and yet still so raw.

Kirsten Goss and Missibaba combined boutique launch. Urban Edge collection.Photographer: Lana Kenney.

Kirsten Goss and Missibaba combined boutique launch. Urban Edge collection.
Photographer: Lana Kenney.

Kirsten Goss said she likes “to think we’re playing our part in keeping this masterful skill alive in an industry dominated by mass production.” There is no doubt that she is. She is a glamorous, eccentric, classy and youthful jewellery designer who creates magical pieces that no other can.

Sources:
http://www.southafrica.info/business/economy/sectors/mining.htm
http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/kirsten-goss-her-brilliant-career-1.1208562
http://missmoss.co.za/capetown/missibabakirstengoss

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Homemade Nike Waffles.

Well, it is precisely in the name. The waffle soles were invented by a man with the assistance of his wife’s kitchen appliance: a waffle iron.

This is Mrs Bowerman's original waffle iron. Photographer: unknown.

This is Mrs Bowerman’s original waffle iron.
Photographer: unknown.

This is the hem of Nike and its revolutionary waffle sole.

This is an old Nike test shoe, which was dug up on the Bowerman ranch and is now displayed at Nike's headquarters.Courtesy of Oregon Live.

This is an old Nike test shoe, which was dug up on the Bowerman ranch and is now displayed at Nike’s headquarters.
Courtesy of Oregon Live.

Bill Bowerman was the American field and track coach from mid to the late 1900s. He later wanted to experiment and improve running shoes, since he and his business partner began an athletic footwear company named “Blue Ribbon Sports”, which is now known as “Nike”. Nike is the Greek Goddess of Victory, and so it was only appropriate to name their company that as the Nike waffle shoe changed athletic footwear forever, in terms of lightness, comfort and performance.

Sources:
http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2012/05/20/bill-bowerman-wifes-waffle-iron-nike-birth-modern-running-shoe/

The knot that brings it all together …

Since 2011, I have noticed many spreads in magazines that have editorials with bold, exotic and mundane, rope necklaces. Even though the necklaces were never seen as the focal point of the photo shoots, they always stood out. Perhaps, that is precisely what they are meant to do; tie the whole image of clothing together.

A piece from the Pichulik Summer Collection 2012/2013, photographed by Alix-Rose Cowie.

A piece from the Pichulik Summer Collection 2012/2013. Photographed by Alix-Rose Cowie.

I have recently discovered one of the most beautiful, handmade, local jewellery brands at the ‘Neighbourgoods Market’. “Pichulik” is the name of the brand and is owned, crafted and sold by a young lady named Katherine. She resides in Cape Town and she is a cook, creator and a newly established jewellery maker.

This is the hem of Pichulik.

Pichulik’s rope necklaces are made from ordinary items, which are often overlooked, embroidered onto thick, striking rope. The rope is like curtain tie rope, and is knotted in all sorts of organic ways to create mystically, modern silhouettes. Bits and bobs found along the way add accents to the rope necklaces. Katherine enjoys creating her rope necklaces for clients with a meaningful quote or photo that the client is fond of. Katherine uses that as her inspiration, and therefore her pieces are as valuable as bygone items in sentiment, because they are mostly one of a kind.

A statement necklace piece like her rope necklaces are all you need to dress up an outfit. Any simple outfit can be transformed by one of her necklaces. Her necklaces require the brave and courageous to wear some of her eccentric ones, but with a little bit of confidence anyone can pull her more wearable ones off, since the necklace will assist in displaying an original, breathtaking outfit that will exude confidence. These rope necklaces and the embellishments are combined together in such a way that the colour combinations are acceptable, and even more so, statement-making. Why be dainty, when you can make a powerful impression?

The unique knots tie any outfit together, since the rope necklaces are solid and contemporary, yet have a Baroque and African feel. Universes of styles can handle Pichulik’s necklaces; the question remains if you can handle these necklaces?

Sources:
http://www.pichulik.com/katherine-mary/
http://www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za/
http://www.pichulik.com/collection-2012/

TOMS. “The way you shop can change the world”.

For the past few years there has been a trend around the globe. It is the trend of giving, while making a fashion statement. Within South Africa we have many impoverished communities and organisations which need advertising and support. I remember a couple of years ago when Woolworths sold beautiful, artisan, South African crafted, beaded earrings and rings. Each of these jewellery items sold by Woolworths would then donate the money to the organisation (in this case the organisation was for women who were HIV positive and thought to create awareness out of fashionable items). It was so dear to see that the packaging was personable, since the artisans’ names were handwritten on the card of the ring or earrings.

In recent years there has been a larger global trend which is an organisation that helps mainly children and adults across over 50 countries, through fashion merchandise. This organisation is called “TOMS”.

This is the hem of TOMS.

Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS and leader of the One for One movement. Courtesy of TOMS.

Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS and leader of the One for One movement. Courtesy of TOMS.

The organisation, TOMS, was founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006 after his trip to Argentina that same year. Blake Mycoskie was touched and motivated to create a business that was in the form of an organisation, which ultimately served the same purpose. He created a business that is for-profit and does not rely upon donations. This idea to me is brilliant. It is an idea which works perfectly in today’s world. A fashion statement and purchasing something for oneself, and simultaneously aiding another, is simply genius. Thus, he created the TOMS shoes, because he had witnessed the hardships which the children of Argentina were facing, as some were not allowed to go to school without owning a pair of shoes. The classic styled canvas shoes were modelled after the traditional Argentine farmers’ shoes, known as the “alpargata”.

Fashion is more than just a personality statement, serving a selfish purpose. Blake Mycoskie changed this by initiating the “One for One” movement; fashion now serves to help the world around us. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, another is given to a child in need.

The company has just expanded their business by including eyewear. Now for every pair of TOMS sunglasses purchased either medical treatment, prescription glasses or a sight-saving surgery will be given to a person in need.

On the 16th of April, “One Day Without Shoes” will be taking place around the world. This is an event which TOMS implemented, where everyone who participates goes for one day without shoes to create awareness, promote TOMS, and feel how it feels to be exposed to health hazards and simply walking without the comfort of shoes (which most take for granted).

Join the movement by liking the TOMS SA page and the One day Without Shoes event on Facebook.

Sources:
http://www.toms.com/blakes-bio
http://www.toms.com/giving-facts/
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/23/131550142/-soul-mates-shoe-entrepreneur-finds-love-in-giving

Chartreuse is the colour for ‘Colour Code Tuesday’.

Lately, you may have seen this colour. In fact, I believe that you have. You have probably called it “bright yellow-y, lime green”, this is the colour known as “chartreuse”. Many stores have held clothing this colour in South Africa. This is the colour of the season all around the world, it is everywhere, it is as if a huge bucket of paint spilt around the globe, and the drip has made its way down to South Africa.

This is the hem of the colour chartreuse.

Chartreuse shows great similarity to the French liqueur’s colour, called “Green Chartreuse”, which was produced in the late 1700s. It is a colour that stands between the traditional lime green and yellow colours. It is a colour which is pleasing to the eye and refreshing too. People’s colour palettes are often drawn to colours which are bold, and a little bit on the odd side of the traditional primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Chartreuse is almost an antique colour; it holds a classy, elegant and impression-making feel.

Inspired by the art of Jeannien Kinsler, Where We Live collection by Terrence Bray, 2012.

Inspired by the art of Jeannien Kinsler, Where We Live collection by Terrence Bray, 2012.

Many of these bright, powerful, bold almost coral colours are taking the stage. So it is that this colour is on the mood board for Terrence Bray’s 2013 Spring/Summer collection to showcase in South African Fashion Week next month.

Terrence Bray’s collection this season is inspired by fruits of South Africa. His colour palette includes chartreuse, notes of berry and the Terrence Bray default, grey-blue hues. Being one of South Africa’s most famous, successful and leading clothing designers, his collection ought to be outstanding. It is not surprising that he is using the upcoming, most contemporary colours. He is leading South Africa’s fashion in the right direction, guiding our fashion houses to be on par with the world’s top fashion houses.

The Terrence Bray collection this season will include clothing of varying soft, fluid textures, which he gets right every time. Like indigenous fruits, the silhouettes of the clothing will be round and crisp. Clean lines and oriental influence will be observable in his clothing too. This is sounding like the most scrumptious fruit basket South African Fashion Week will ever have.

Sources:
http://www.chartreuse.fr/pa_green&yellow_uk.htm
http://www.safashionweek.co.za/?cat=229
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Terrence-Bray-Where-We-Live/5114803