Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Candice Swanepoel For Blumarine

Our very own Candice Swanepoel is looking the picture of elegant beauty in the latest Blumarine campaign. Beautiful rose prints, tapestry, lace, black and white and Asian-inspired chic are set against a satiny floral backrop.

Monday, July 15, 2013

So Haute Right Now (part II)

 Following on from last week's post, here are a selection of looks from the rest of my favourite shows of the recent Autumn/Winter Couture Collections.

Armani went for sophistication mingled with floaty romantic elegance. The colour palette of the entire collection was made up of pale neutrals as well as black. It's clear that the cropped jacket is out and the new lengths for blazers and coats are long and longer. Relaxed trousers look surprisingly luxe when made out of sheer or satiny fabrics and frothy lace-covered gowns will add a vintage flair to the red carpet for the season to come. Loved that Giorgio selected some older models to walk the runway; an Armani woman is timeless!

Much like Yiqing Ying of the previous post, Laurence Xu is another Asian designer I had not previously heard of but I could not help being inspired by his beautiful collection. An Oriental influence could be felt within the first few looks- blue and yellow garments with prints reminiscent of a Ming Vase followed by dark, rich shades with splashes of gold and finishing with some ornately detailed gowns. Look number 5 and 6 of my selection are strong contenders for my overall favourite looks of Paris Couture Week- the belted green velvet cloak/dress with gold embroidery is one of the most beautiful pieces of fashion I have seen in a long time and the raven-esque black feathered dress is almost equally incredible!

Many of the PCW collections had a storybook feel to them, but Valentino felt a little more Game Of Thrones-inspired than anything else. One could also draw comparisons with Dolce & Gabbana's A/W 2013 collection. Browns, greys and muted golds were de rigueur with simple tweeds being featured heavily. On the more ornate garments, long sheer sleeves were covered with think lace ivy and embroidered details were everywhere.

Ulyana Sergeenko- the wealthy Russian socialite-turned-designer silenced her critics once again with a magical Brothers Grimm style collection which captured my heart with it's liberal doses of velvet (yes I have a little obsession), long capes, accents of lace and tapestry and Russian Doll-like silhouettes.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Editorial: Think Pink!

We've been having such a summery winter in Cape Town why not inject some colour into your wardrobe? Here is some lovely pinkspiration amidst the Cherry Blossoms. 

Bette Franke for Vogue Japan, August 2013. (via Fashion Gone Rouge)

Tomorrow I'll be donning Bleu, Blanc et Rouge and heading to the Bastille Festival in Franschhoek for cheese, wine, champagne and all manner of French festivities- always a highlight of the Cape Calendar!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Off The Rails: The Shoestring Collective

Yesterday I popped into Cape Town's latest Pop-Up Shop, The Shoestring Collective at the Gardens Centre. A collaborative project between local designers Sera Holland of Handmade By Me and Leila Badsha of Bow Peep, the shop is a platform for a variety of local designers to showcase and sell their products. It's a large space with plenty to catch the eye and the design of the store is clean, industrial and minimalist with concrete floor and white walls as well as a few decor touches like paper lanterns and flocks of origami birds. 

It's the perfect place to pick out a unique present (most of the products are of the home decor and curio variety) or to spoil yourself with something sparkly- most of the jewelry costs a pretty penny. You can also find an organic skin care range, leather accessories and some clothing- local labels Selfi, Good Clothing and Coppelia each have rails and for the boys there's 2Bop.

Here are some of my picks for your TSC shopping spree!

Yes that is a plastic Triceratops with a cactus in its back (by Spookasem). The 4 year old dinosaur enthusiast in me wants this just as much as the 25 year old Tiffany Blue lover! I can't recall the exact price, but it was around R250.

Cute little plants in pots, jars and bubbles by Windowsill

How cute is this house jersey?! R520 from Good Clothing. Animal print, camo and paisley panel caps for the gents from 2Bop, R350 each.

Laptop bags, card holders, belts and satchels. Lovely and surprisingly affordable leather goods from Dark Horse

Anomali- I discovered this local jewelry label about a year ago and was entranced with their beautiful cutout pieces. A pendant necklace is still on my wishlist as these meticulously crafted items don't come cheap! Pendants (chain not included) from R680, 2D coin-style carved rings R980 each.

Fun animal brooches from PrettyPretty. Plastic animal trophy brooches R120 and silhouette brooches R160.

Bow Peep goodies. Tote bags R100 each, fabric pendant necklaces R160 and adorable vintage-inspired notebooks at R40.

Another one for my wishlist are these gorgeous Aztec-design chopping boards from Maiden Name. R100 for the small size and R200 for the large. Perfect gift for the stylish foodie!

The Shoestring Collective is open until 11 August. Follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @TSC_PopUpShop Happy shopping!

Monday, July 8, 2013

So Haute Right Now (part I)

Glitter & Garbage is back! I've gone for a cleaner layout and will be expanding on the variety of my content for the future with a greater focus on local fashion. There are so many incredibly talented people doing amazing things right here in our country and I believe we should celebrate that. The majority of my posts thus far and for the future fall into 1 or more of 10 categories. These labels now feature at the top of the home page for easy browsing. Don't forget to check out the Glitter & Garbage page on Facebook ; it will have different content to the blog; bite-sized chunks of fashion plus info about upcoming local industry events.

The Autumn/Winter Paris Couture Week took place recently. Only a handful of designers are invited to showcase their Haute Couture collections at the bi-annual event. Notable trends included; vintage-inspired looks (the 1930's and 40's were a clear inspiration for many of the designers), neutral shades as well as black and red were the standout colours, gloves, velvet (my absolute favourite!), ruffles, crystals, lace, sharp tailoring, cinched waists, drop waists, dark fairytale inspirations, capes, cloaks, and animal mania; think leather, fur, feathers and an abundance of leopard print. Below are some of my favourite looks from 4 of my 8 favourite shows (part 2 coming soon). 

Valli was far and above my overall favourite. What one might wear to a royal tea party, the runway was blooming with ladylike silhouettes, delicate florals, frothy fabrics, china blues on pure white canvases and lacy details.

And then there was Nicholas Oakwell. The British designer's collection was a nod to the Femme Fatale- the icon of the film noir genre. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the 1st 3 looks I selected were made entirely out of feathers, how utterly fabulous! Satin, crocodile, subtle prints, lots of sheen and textured blacks rounded out the rest of the collection and a deconstructed leopard print in black velvet on top of sheer black fabrics was the base for several of the final looks

I must confess I have not previously heard of Yiqing Yin before, but the collection which consisted of just 15 looks was truly exquisite. Sheer, whispy fabrics layered over each other, intricate detail, beautiful painterly prints and icy shades mingled with deep nocturnal blues and understated touches of gold and silver.

Gaultier brought the attention-grabbing drama with an extensive collection featuring plenty of black, sculptured shapes, lashings of velvet, jaunty hats as well as some gravity defying hairdos (not pictured) and a touch or more of leopard print in nearly every look

Who were your favourites?

Sources: Vogue & WWD
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