Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

Neons are coming back in a big way for spring/summer. Wasn't sure how I felt about this at 1st as I feel like I've outgrown the lumo phase, but the neo neons (see what I did there?!) are more understated & subtle than those of the 80's revival a few years back. Best worn as statement pieces and paired with nudes & neutrals, they can actually look quite sophisticated.

This jacket's actually much brighter in 'person' than it photographed here, sort of a loud lemon yellow, but not too florescent. Jacket- H&M, T-shirt- Primark, Jeans- Foxy & shoes from Shoe HQ.

Mr. Musical Robot-man necklace from Old Spittalfields Market, nude spike bracelet from Sass Diva & I have no idea where/when I got that plastic zebra-stripe ring. I put more pink in my hair yesterday after having to let the 1st lot wash out for the play I was in last week. I know I can't keep it forever but I'm really enjoying it. 2-tone hair in fun colours is a huge trend at the moment & most dyes wash out really easily so it's definitely worth a try! I bought this magenta dye in London, but apparently DisChem sells funky-coloured dyes here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

5 Minutes With Katryn Kruger

Stella Magazine

From schoolgirl to Prada Lookbook to Prada Campaign to the Fashion Week runways of the biggest designers in the fashion universe, the Cinderella Story of Cape Town's overnight sensation, Katryn Kruger, is well known by many of us proud South Africans. Advertisers want to book her, girls want to be her and boys want to date her (sorry fella's, she's taken). In the first of what I hope to be many interviews with the movers and shakers of the fashion industry, Glitter And Garbage asked Miss K some burning questions shortly after her recent return from New York.

GG: You were discovered in a mall in Cape Town when you were 15. Before that, was modelling something you were interested in or thought you could do?
KK: No, even though people and friends suggested it, I never took them seriously and laughed it off. I never considered it, or even knew much about fashion in general.

GG: What was the most exciting moment for you, when you really knew you’d made it?
KK: Lol did I make it?? I guess it must've been when we shot the Prada campaign last year. But even then I didn't realize what an honor and big deal it really was. So, after Fashion Week I think all of the hard work and luck that I've had so far sunk in and I started to see how big all of it is, and how lucky I am. 

GG: What’s your favourite kind of work to do?
KK: That's a difficult one... The shows are so exciting, but it's a lot of hard work that is over in 10 minutes. Whereas with a shoot the progress is longer and the model can contribute so much more. And I've been doing shoots longer that shows, so I guess I'll have to say photography is my favourite. 

GG: In magazines and on Fashion TV, the runways shows & even the ‘behind the scenes’ footage all looks very glamorous- tell me something that people would never guess about the shows.
KK: Yes, I suppose it looks very glamorous. But it is a lot of hard work, really long hours and very tiring. Something I think no-one realizes is that the backstage photographers can get pretty weird... They are always trying to sneak in and take pictures when we are getting dressed and sometimes there is no security or someone telling them that they are not allowed to take photos of us dressing. I actually bluntly asked a photographer if he'd just taken a photo of me half naked and I was so angry because he was saying it is his job etc. Anyway, we as models feel very strongly about that and refuse to get dressed unless the photographers leave. 

GG: How would you describe your personal style?
KK: Simplicity is elegance

GG: Do you get a chance to go shopping when you’re overseas? What shops are your favourites?
KK: I love H&M and Zara. I hope that South Africa will get these stores! (Cape Town, look out for Zara opening soon at the V&A!)

GG: And any favourite designers?
KK: Roland Mouret and Elie Saab.

GG: What’s the biggest luxury you’ve treated yourself to since you started modelling?
KK: I don't really spend it on luxuries, I save it. But I do some more shopping!

GG: Do you get nervous before a show & do you have any little rituals that you do before you step out on the runway?
KK: I don't get that nervous, more excited. Just before I step out, I say thanks to God.

GG: When you’re travelling, besides your family and friends, what do you miss most about South Africa?
KK: I miss the sun, and my grandfather's farm.

GG: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in your career?
KK: I can't really think of something... All that happened is with (my first) fashion week, I confused the designers with the stylist. I had almost no knowledge of the fashion industry, so many of the names and faces were new to me. 

GG: What is your biggest dream for your career or has it already come true?
KK: My dream al ready came true, but I do have new dreams and goals and I believe as long as I enjoy it, it still is like a dream.

GG: What are your goals for the rest of 2012?
KK: Continue studying (finish school online) and to have another great season (S/S 2013)

GG: What advice would you give to girls who want to follow your career path, to stand out from all the rest?
KK: Just always be true to yourself! You don't have to change for anyone or anything!

The shots that started it all: Katryn for Prada's Lookbook
Prada S/S2012 campaign shot by Steven Meisel
One ad, 2 lovely Saffas: Katryn with Candice Swanepoel for De La Renta
Just a few of her many runway shows. From left: floaty and feminine for Elie Saab,
structured glamour for Givenchy and looking fierce in Jason Wu
Dolce & Gabbana (their black & gold extravaganza was 1 of my favourite shows last season), winter luxe for Victoria Beckham, sheer elegance for Valentino (she opened and closed the show) and purple print for Prada
Below- 3 gorgeous shots for a recent Stella McCartney feature in Interview Magazine

With Thanks to Katryn and Gavin of Y Models

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gucci Lovin'

Haven't done a runway post in aaaages, but I've been holding on to these pics for a while as Gucci A/W2012 was by far my favourite showing at Milan Fashion Week. Sharp shapes, subtle draping and an assortment of luxe fabrics makes for one beautiful winter wardrobe.The deep jewel tones, the waist-cinching silhouettes, velvet, lace, leather, feathers, capes, brocade, sheepskin, sheer...Molto Bella! Perfetto!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pastels & Sunshine

How great is this Indian Summer we've been having these past few days in Cape Town?! Thought I'd pretend like it's September already today & dress-up in one of Spring's biggest trends- pastel everything! Do you like my pink tips? You can't really see them that well in this lighting & they're super temporary, but I have always wanted pink hair so I'm really loving it!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This is Shoreditch

Brick Lane, Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch High Street... East London, United Kingdom.

Snapshots from my recent trip to Londontown and a silly little poem...

Let's paint the walls and the doors and the peppermint streets
Let's buy all the bins with our piggybank tins
Let's trip home in our heels as the sun climbs the sky
Let's drive to the bars in our leopard-print cars 
And knit guitars

Friday, July 13, 2012

Up The Garden Path

What I wore yesterday, in the beautiful pastel-housed streets of Notting Hill.

Striped jersey- Topshop
Skirt- Miss Selfridges
Shoes- Dune
Bangle- New Look
Flying pig necklace- Spitalfields Market

Yes I have been doing quite a bit of shopping in London. In my defence, the shoes aren't new & most of my purchases were on sale...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated'

Yes, I am still alive. Ok maybe that's a tad dramatic, but the post title is a quote by Mark Twain in response to an inaccurate report of his demise & I always found it to be rather funny. One has to have a sense of humour when to comes to the macabre... So I spent an awesome 6 days at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Wonderfully rich in culture, theatre etc. Fashion, not so much. I lived in either one of the two coats I'd brought or the official 'hoodie' of the play I was perfoming in. I don't think I've worn/owned a hoodie since high school, but it was wonderfully warm & Grahamstown was ridiculously cold, night-time temps being comparable to Europe/UK in winter, not quite what I was expecting for a town in South Africa. On the bright side I did pick up a cute black lace skater skirt at the festival market for R50 so that's something...

 After one all-too-brief day back in the Mother City (which mostly consisted of unpacking & then repacking) I am now in London, where, contrary to the weather report, it is warm & sunny (at least for now). What a treat! My friend & I are staying with my brother in Shoreditch which I can only describe as Woodstock-meets-Kloof-Street-on-steroids. Everyone here is ridiculously hipster, but in the best way- literally every 2nd person I pass on the street looks like they belong on The Sartorialist. I feel WAY outta my league with my little South African wardrobe, but I am soaking up inspiration on every corner & buying it up too... Today was our first day of official shopping- we thought it'd be wise to start with the cheapest, lest we got carried away, so we hit up Primark. 3 hours, one 40 minute change room queue, 100's of pushy, rude people, several unexpected discounts (one of which I later realized must've been a clerical error of sorts; was charged £2 for a £12 wool, colour block skirt!) & a very chatty/friendly male checkout clerk later, I am the proud owner of some lovely & super cheap wardrobe additions, yay!

I'll be here until the 16th. Hoping I'll get another chance to post before I'm back in Cape Town, but if not, at least y'all know what's getting me so distracted (summer sales!).

I'll leave off with a picture- one of my favourites from the Tate Modern today. I'm terrible- I can't tell you who the artist is or what the piece is called, but it has fabric & zips & I liked it a lot.

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