Converse Africa brings you the ClashWall. From February 28th to March 1st the wall above at the V&A Waterfront will undergo an artistic makeover to commemorate the release of their Sneakers Clash range. Aimed to disrupt and clash against a grey, dull world, their range and the new campaign, will inspire explosive bursts of colour, engage with fans of the brand and initiate a dialog. The campaign starts in Cape Town but will come to Johannesburg in March. The difference in this campaign is you get to dictate what the artists put on the wall. Go on Twitter using the below hash tags and suggest how they can unleash visceral work against a once lifeless wall. It sounds like a recipe for awesome if you ask me!
Follow @Converse_Africa and the #ClashWall #CT #JHB to keep up with the latest developments!
Tommy Hilfiger Sandton launched last night and it was quite the success; filled to the brim with fashionistas plus an army of bloggers equipped with cameras. Having done my rounds it’s funny for me to look at the young bloggers stopping every second person for a snap. The launch featured a DJ, modelschampagne servers, local personalities, delicious catering and great fashion from Tommy Hilfiger of course, and just in time for summer! I even got to meet the wonderful people behind the brand that flew in from Amsterdam. Leaving, we all agreed it was a great event. Go take a look at the collection, the store has been fitted beautifully, I’ll be talking about this brand more in-depth very soon.
On April 17th Tommy Hilfiger opened its doors in Cape Town, located at the V&A Waterfront. The store’s interior reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s iconic aesthetic by fusing traditional heritage accents with modern design; guests can shop the brand’s latest sportswear, footwear and accessories collections. We showed you the exclusive preview just days ago, and then local bloggers and personalities got a chance. Guests included radio DJ Tracey Lange, actress Vanessa Haywood, model Tanya van Graan, and presenters Jen Su, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Janez Vermeiren and Cindy Nell, who is also former Miss South Africa. Athletes included soccer player Ryan Botha, former Rugby World Cup player Percy Montgomery, surfer Roxy Louw and cricket player Hershelle Gibbs.
You’ve heard people say, anyone who’s anyone was there, and although it is ridiculously pretentious it happened to be true, bar a few pregnant fashion editors last night. Gaschette magazine launched at The Street in Greenside, Jhb and because it was a come-one-come-all kind of event I wasn’t expecting such an enormous turn out (even the drag artist who played GaGa in Die Antwoord’s video for Fatty Boom Boom was in attendance). This is not surprising, considering how Jessica Lupton (below, wearing Avant) is fashion’s sweetheart, along with her Gaschette co-editors Colin O’Mara Davis and Steve Marais. The three of them carry a hefty arsenal of industry greats and new followers. Call it nepotism if you like, but together these young creatives are making lists and taking names. I was of course very happy to be involved in issue 1 and will be contributing regularly to the WTVR initiative.
Later Colin spun a few 90s pop tracks in-between his (fantastic) set at the after-party at Bob Rocks. We didn’t plan on staying all night but you know, these things happen. While it’s all good to have a get-together with industry folk and meet some new ones, it was special to witness something great being born. Gaschette is not just about cool, hipstery editorials or catch-phrases (although they have a couple good ones), it’s about creating together, free of ego or assumed hierarchy and playing with fashion instead of taking it so damn seriously. Read, share, submit.
Never one to disappoint, Sunglass Hut launched their latest venture with a bang. Out the Box (or #SunglassHutOTB as it has been hashtagged) launched on the Melrose Arch piazza, with MC Bailey Schneider from 2OceansVibe radio introducing the charming Mike Elliot (CEO of Sunglass Hut). The pop-up-store unveiled the latest collection to be released in 2013. We were then surprised with a Toya de Lazy performance and R1000 vouchers to spend at Sunglass Hut. Even with the rain it was a spectacular turn-out. Great fun indeed. If you’re in Cape Town the pop-up shop will be in your town on Thursday!
These kids right here camped out in front of the Topshop/TopMan store from MIDNIGHT last night. While their enthusiasm is on point it does seem like an awfully long time to wait in a mall. Still, it will make for a good story one day I’m sure. The lovely people at Topshop and Topman gave me full access to their store before anyone got in from the public. This gave me a chance to see the stock properly one last time before complete and utter madness ensued. Oh, and that it did. I snapped up hundreds upon hundreds of photographs of happy, surprised, overwhelmed faces and unfortunately they couldn’t all fit into this post.
What you should know before anything else is that it is really, really affordable, with the average price at around R600. I had a long, lovely chat with Gordon Richardson as the masses piled in. Gentleman can expect a more exciting collection once they establish the market a little better. I did, however, put a good word in for you all and explained how we just want it the same way ladies get it. That means fun and bright and colourful with the same trends and details as the U.K.
Every week new stock will be shipped to South Africa to replenish the store. Every six weeks brand new collections will fill up the store in three strong trend capsules. That means if you don’t buy it when you see it, chances are you will never see it again. No matter what you are after you are guided by clever merchandise to suit your style. Entire looks are pretty much laid out in front of you so that you don’t need the help of a stylist. There is even a Topshop beauty bar where consumers are encouraged to try out the makeovers or manicures. Perhaps just a little clean-up for the boys.
Now, what you didn’t hear from me is that you can pay with your Edgars card, but that just sounds like a dangerous path to me. You have power now, use it wisely.
Poppy from 5fm played a fantastic set for the first day at Topshop
Didn’t it feel like yesterday when we were complaining about the lack of choice in men’s fashion? Country Road, followed by Trenery followed by Zara and now TopMan! I still can’t believe how this came to be in what feels like a few short years. Very exciting time for men locally. Of course, last night was the unveiling of the new Topshop/TopMan store in Sandton city and where else would I have been but inside? Live DJ, a performance by Desmond and the Tutu’s plus a table of sweets you can bag yourself? Ha. I took a few photographs to show you what went down.
Hey, look it’s Henry Holland! Media flocked from all over South Africa to be in Johannesburg last week for the unveiling of Henry Holland’s T-shirt line at Mr Price, entitled the Denim and Tee’s – We Go Together campaign. Everyone was there, and I mean everyone. Mr Price never ceases to surprise me, really. The amount of organization and sheer awesomeness makes this brand a real power player. Holland (wearing Opening Ceremony naturally) was brought in to design a few tee’s for the brand, which were taken from his most memorable collections (that include the dogs tooth print, the leopard print and polka dot print which Agyness Deyn famously wore the original of). Better yet it also has a purpose. Every Tee purchased will contribute R10 to the Red Cap foundation. This also launched a collaboration with pop group FUN who were not able to attend due to touring commitments.
Still, FUN was had by all (I know…) as we chilled on the rooftop of no. 3 Desmond street overlooking Sandton. Take a look at some more of the images below and when these T-shirts hit stores, by one and make a difference, even if it doesn’t feel like a big one. The money will go towards children who need it more than we do. I wanted the dog’s tooth tee so I bought one in XL from Mrp.co.za.
We were pretty relieved to have the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa come to a smooth and relaxed end. This was also the day of the African Fashion International Awards 2012 ceremony, so as you can imagine people were decked out more than before. One of the main reasons I love attending fashion week in South Africa is seeing old friends, many of them weren’t even photographed here because we were too busy talking.
Ituen Basi walked off with the Designer of the Year: Africa award while the delightful Ghanaian-American based designer, Mimi Plange took home Designer of the Year: International. We were entertained by a host of singers between each award, Lira, Lindiwe Suttle, Naima McLean, Nandi, Chiano Sky, Mi Casa and Rutendo Denise & Theresa Muteta. Capetownian menswear designer Kim Gush was awarded the AFI Young Designer of the Year award. The AFI panel decided their Male Style Icon of the Year was Khaya Dludla. Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Styling went to Arthur Malan-Murison, Fashion Creative Director of GQ and Editorof GQ Style South Africa. Even Simon Deiner of SDR photography got a deserved nod with an Outstanding Contribution to Fashion. The judging panel consisted of local and international fashion leaders including Felicity Spies of Egality, Robyn Cooke of Style Guide Cape Town, Bryan Ramkilawan, CEO of Cape Town Fashion Council, Elle magazine’s Fashion Director, Poppy Evans and internationally-acclaimed fashion journalist and Vanity Fair Editor-at-Large, Michael Roberts.
Elle magazine and Mr Price came together this past Thursday to announce the winner of their carefully selected competition. The Elle Rising Star Awards may not have had any menswear pieces but I decided to sling my camera over my shoulder and snap pics anyway. This includes my favorite item from the night by young designer Tamara Dyson who made this fantastic quilted-leather number (I called it a bib on Twitter, but it’s not quite so up close) and who should just jump straight into menswear, if you ask me.
It was a fun event with plenty of familiar faces. I went along with my good friends from Avant Apparel and learned my lesson officially on Patron intake. Here are a few snaps of what I saw while at the Shine Studio event in Braamfontein.
The lovely Suzaan Heyns launched her second retail offering last night at the Melrose Arch shopping mall. With entertainment by Lindiwe Suttle and catering by Wild Rocket, it really was no wonder the event went so well, with special details like salad dressing hung from IV drips. It was all Heyns personified. As for the store itself it was fully stocked with her creations and promises a more unique and intimate shopping experience. For now her menswear is exclusively bespoke but we would love to see this change soon.
Johannesburg’s inner city just got more cool with the launch of their new Puma store. Situated within a stone throw of the vibey Great Dane and Neighborgoods Market in Braamfontein, guests (and unhappy residents) were treated to great music and a pretty happening party. Not only that, but we were allowed to purchase any of the stock at 45% off, so as you can imagine the queues were outrageous. The selection is actually pretty great as it caters for every kind of Puma consumer, even the ones who like racing, and stuff.
Great party as usual, Puma. Special thanks to Splash PR.