Friday, November 29, 2013

Fashion Trash- A Brand New Blog

Now that I'm not tied to a day job it's time to take this thing seriously. For a while, the by-line of Glitter & Garbage was Fashion Trash, now it's the new home of my blog. Head on over HERE to check it out, leave me a comment, let me know what you think!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Daisies and Vintage

September's The Vintage Experience market had a Swinging Spring theme and as the Boss Lady I knew I had to dress to the occasion and go all out Flower Power! So I popped into Vintage And The City to "pick" out an outfit. 

Jumpsuit- Vintage And The City
Denim Jacket- Vintage
Belt and shoes- Mr Price
Lace socks- Babette
Headband- Claire's Accessories UK

I'm so excited for the warmer weather! Will be posting more of my favourite looks & collections from Fashion Week soon.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gypsy Women

It's going to take me a while to work my way through all the fashion week footage- haven't even decided on my New York favourites yet & Paris kicks off tomorrow! One of my highlights from this week's Milan Fashion week was Alberta Ferretti. Delicate florals, bold florals, liquorice stripes, white, black, lace and gypsy gypsy everything! I have a weakness for the style of the Roma people of days gone by, from their wooden caravans to their headscarves, armfulls of jewelry and the spirit of their lifestyle so I loved seeing touches of this coming into play. Funnily enough this is exactly what I'd imagined Dolce & Gabbana doing this season but they ended up by more "Roma" the city than Roma the people! More on that soon. What did you think of the collection?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fedisa Men's Wear Challenge

Last week I spent lunch time in the sunshine on FEDISA's beautiful rooftop deck surrounded by a 360 degree view of the bustling city centre to view the Men's Wear creations of FEDISA's talented fashion design students.

I can't say I'm one for following Men's Wear trends, I tend to just like stuff that "looks nice" as opposed to actually knowing what is "sooo this season" for le lads. The challenge was hosted by Markhams and students had to create a range for one of 4 themes; Jungle, Tribal, Nautical or Bleached Beach. I was blown away by the level of creativity, innate sense of style and skill as well as some impressive craftsmanship. Below are some pics from my favourite collections.

Neo-Nautical- These looks are more rugged adventurer takes to the high seas than cheesy sailor or prepping rich boy goes yachting and I love the fresh take on what has become a rather cliche trend. Shades of brown and blue with denim, leather detail and strong, masculine lines were all a winner for me.

More denim paired with navy and shades of beige and caramel. LOVE the cape as well as the colourblock shirt- who knew pastels could look so manly!

Ok so I may just have a "type"- all 3 of my favourite collections had a rather similar aesthetic but that jacket with the anchor cutouts stole my heart- simply sublime!

These are a few stand-out looks from the other collections. From left- smart jungle prints for a classy yet bold look, a checkered Louis Vuitton-esque gilet was a great contrast for the army green shorts with printed hem, tribal does pirate-chic and another great cape with rugged toggles and tropical trim.

Man Bags- all the collections had to include a bag resulting in some innovative design!

Each collection also had to include an avant-garde look involving macrame/weaving/knitting. Loved the look on the left, chocolate-coloured cape (ok yes, I am obsessed with capes!) with trim reminiscent of the rigging on a pirate ship!

It's events like this that make me wish I'd studied fashion design instead of the BA I never really used. It's so exciting to know that you could be watching SA's next biggest name in fashion in the making!

What I wore- I've been keen to embrace summer's monochrome look but there is still a little chill in the air so my cropped yellow jacket ended up being the perfect cover-up!

Blouse- New Look, Leggings and Bag- Primark, Jacket- H&M, Headband- Green Sleeves Vintage

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Maybe it's something to do with the change in season, but lately I've found myself drawn to bigger, bolder, brighter and more colourful shapes and patterns and prints on everything from dresses to bags, shoes and tea towels (bought some great purple and orange dishcloths with licorice stripes from Pep Home the other day!). From Peruvian inspirations to subtle geometric waves to digital prints, the fashion world is not short on inspiration in this category!

 Mara Hoffman S/S 2014

I'm in love with the sweater on the right, would look amazing over dark blue skinny jeans!

More Mara Hoffman

Custo Barcelona S/S 2014

Emilio Pucci Pre S/S 2014

Friday, September 6, 2013

Off The Rails: Vintage And The City

Calling all vintage lovers, there's a new little gem to be found at the top of Long Street! Vintage And The City dishes up all the one-of-a-kind pre-loved treasures a girl could need to embrace her own Carrie Bradshaw quirkiness on a budget!

In addition to an impressive collection of vintage and retro clothing, the store also stocks the finds of the following local vintage labes; Aeroplane Jane, Time And A Few Moths, Riya Bella Vintage, Shirly Fint, Joy's Collectibles and Elizabeth Rose.

Best of all, they're currently having a 50% off SALE, so now would be the perfect time to do a little browsing. Here are a few pics of the store from when I popped in last week.

I wore this fun 80's style Aeroplane Jane jersey dress to last week's TVE Birthday Market- I can't believe my "baby" is a whole year already!

VATC can be found at 287 Long Street and is open Mon-Fri from 9:30 to 17:30 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00. Check out their Facebook page here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Local Runway Trends For Summer

After soaking up the summery inspiration at Fashion Week, I made a trend map of some of the trends our local designers are embracing for our upcoming summer. Which ones are you looking forward to?

Black & White. As seen at...

Also known as monochrome, this trend was crazy big both on the runway and off. From stripes and prints to wild patterns, geometric shapes or simple, plain pieces it looks like anything goes this spring/summer! A fun way to make this look your own is by adding a brightly-coloured accessory; try a statement necklace, a chunky cuff or an over-sized clutch bag.

Sheer. As seen at...

Embrace all things floaty and feminine with this barely there trend. Go all out sheer with a see-through blouse or look for translucent details on sleeves, hems or in panels. But when taking this trend from runway to reality, don't forget your bra!

Statement Neckpieces. As seen at...

I'm loving all things big, bold and beautiful right now! It's a way to add instant drama to a simple sihoulette and update any classic LBD to something that really makes a splash. I'm even dabbling in creating my own neckpieces- watch this space...

It's no holds barred on summer prints- the bright the colour and the crazier the print the better! From animal to Aztec, tribal to tropical, graphic to geometric there's something for even the most diehard conservative dresser. Dip your toes in these swirling waters by investing in a printed jacket, trousers or shorts or go all out and clash your patterns.

Leather. As seen at...

Personally I love leather. Real is obviously preferable but faux can look just as good. Invest in real leather when it comes to your wardrobe basics; things like a classic jacket, leggings or riding boots, but for more trendy items like a leather shirt (as seen at Thula Sindi in Tuesday's post), shorts, circle skirt or peak cap don't fork out a fortune when you've found a great faux option. And yes you can totally wear leather for summer, in any shade imaginable, but perhaps skip it on the more sweltering days.

Maxi Lengths. As seen at...

Floor-sweeping skirts and dresses always bring a certain glamour to everyday wear. Whether a skirt or a dress, pick something flowy and pile on the bangles

Metallic. As seen at...

All that glitters is not gold, sometimes it' silver. Metallic pieces are great for warm summer nights and can even be incorporated into casual wear. Bling it on!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MBFWCT Highlights Part 2 of 2

Looking through all the runway photos from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town I definitely had some "damn I wish I'd been there" moments. The David Tlale show in particular gave me a bad case of FOMO, not because I'm particularly enamoured with Men's Wear but because of the spectacle of it all.
Sometimes clothes can look very different in photos to the way they do in "person", often this counts in their favour, but just as often against it. Out of the shows which I did not get to see, these three stood out as favourites.

Cheryl Arthur

Sheer fabric, lace panels and flowing patterned skirts opened the show and soon gave way to the most beautiful digital prints. Satiny T-shirt dresses and the simple silhouettes let the images really shine; romantic watercolour softness, flowers, birds and Renaissance-style painting prints formed a procession down the runway as the TV screens transformed into stained glass windows. Will Cheryl be SA's answer to Mary Katrantzou?

Ruald Rheeder

It's a tricky thing to do both Men's Wear and Women's Wear in the same show and nail them both, but that is exactly what Ruald Rheeder appears to have achieved. Personally I'm not very clued up on Men's Wear trends- I prefer a classic look on a guy and anytime I see a man experimenting with fashion I automatically assume he's gay (or maybe Italian). The exception to this are male hipsters, but they are hardly the target market for male high fashion as the tend to be more haute de thrift shop than haute couture. All that aside I do think Rheeder turned out some great, fun fashion for the boys with nautical inspiration, printed blazers, velvet blazers, trousers in primary colours, cheeky shorts and stripes galore (and mercifully, not all in black and white). These was a definite cohesion between the men's and the ladies looks with stripes, florals and the headline colour blue featuring strongly. I particulary like the way he styled the looks with some fun contrasts- a striped top with floral trousers, a grungy checked shirt with a prim peplum, a sheer Mediterranean-style top under navy sequin shorts or a dark denim jacket belted over a pottery print tea-dress.

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk definitely veered towards the avant garde more than anyone else did and I loved it! The modest-sized collection was a Harlequin feast of black, white and red featuring stripes, bow belts, baul bauls, gravity-defying hats, tulle poufiness, a shorts sleeved black velvet cloak, ribboned pumps, a laundry basket skirt and a cape made out of deflated balloons. Not quite "ready to wear", but I kind of want a Shakespeare collar now, don't you?

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