Le Kap Lifestyle Fair

Le Kap Lifestyle Fair, anticipated as a highlight of the ‘jet-set’ social calendar, makes its début in Johannesburg after being held successfully in Cape Town for the past three years.

The event will be hosted by Steyn City, the sprawling 2000-acre multi-billion Rand lifestyle resort, on the 10th of June 2017. “The exciting collaboration between Steyn City and Le Kap Magazine to host this sophisticated annual event is a powerful and unique social and corporate platform, which will attract both local and international captains of industry, celebrity and VIP guests to Steyn City” says Giuseppe Plumari, the CEO of Steyn City.

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Favourite Looks From The Dressed To Give Fashion Show

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I recently attended the Dressed To Give Fashion Show sponsored by Luminance. Here are my favourite looks from the event and some notes on what went down…

  • Dressed To Give was a charity fashion show with proceeds going to women & children in risk and the Lupus Foundation, sponsored by Luminance.
  • The fashion show was produced by international producer Jan Malan.
  • Guests included CEO of Luminance Dr Judy Dlamini, President of WIZO Foundation Helen Maisel Trisk, Founder of SA Fashion Week Lucilla Booyzen, designers David TlaleSuzaan HeynsErreLaduma NgxokoloRahim Rawjee; editors Jenny AndrewSharon BeckerJacquie Myburg, actress Terry Pheto. Performances from Louise CarverLaurie Levine & DJ Kimmy K
  • Caster Semenya walked the runway in Row-G
  • David Tlale showed exclusive pieces from his collection
  • MaXhosa by Laduma debuted his latest collection
  • Suzann Heyns collaborated with Franz Grabe to bring the Tree Of Life theme across in the opening scene.

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Dressed To Give – Charity Fashion Show

In what has been dubbed as the “fashion event of the year,” Luminance has partnered with WIZO and the Lupus Foundation to ensure that you are “Dressed to Give”’ for charity on Sunday, 26 March 2017, at The Reserve in Illovo, Johannesburg. Be sure not to miss out on the ultimate fashion experience produced by industry legend Jan Malan, including outstanding artists such as Laurie Levine, Louise Carver and DJ Kimmy K. 

There will be complimentary cocktails from Grey Goose, and gorgeous models touting the latest wares of renowned international and local designers for men and women. You will also get exclusive views of major designs right off  the catwalks of Cape Town Fashion Week.

LUMINANCE is a South African luxury multi-brand chain of stores which offer a world class shopping experience with an African appeal that inspires its customers to Live Life Beautifully. Funds raised from the LUMINANCE Fashion Show will benefit women and children at risk, as well as the LUPUS FOUNDATION SA.

The fashion show will include local talents:

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David Tlale

MaXhosa by Laduma

– Row-G

Suzaan Heyns

Thula Sindi

…and more.

Musical performances by:

Louise Carver

– Laurie Levine

– DJ Kimmy K

Details:

Date: Sunday, 26 March 2017
Time: 17h00 till 20h00

Venue: The Reserve, 54 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

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So Cosmo on E! Entertainment

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I bought my very first copy of Cosmopolitan (South Africa) magazine in 1990. In fact, I still have the copy somewhere, and I’ve been a dedicated “Fun, Fearless Female” ever since.

So I was “over the moon” when I found out that the new reality show, “So Cosmo” will be on E! Entertainment very soon. The 20 minute preview special is currently on the DSTV loop, having started on 1 March.

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Soweto Fashion Week

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Soweto Fashion Week (SFW) and sponsors look forward to another exciting autumn/winter season showcase.  The phenomenal communal uplifting fashion week is scheduled to start on 25 to 28 May 2016 and Soweto Fashion Week will present the AW17 collections from existing and upcoming young talented designers.

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3-D Printed Clothing Range

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This is hard to believe, but clothes can now be created on 3D printers. What next?

Attendants to the annual Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival will not only be experiencing a fabulously fashionable event including, awards, film screenings and workshops, but they will also be privy to an exclusive unveiling of a revolutionary 3-D printed clothing range from Modeclix. The dresses are created by Dr Shaun Borstrock from the University of Herfordshire in the UK in collaboration with Prof Mark Bloomfield from Electroboom and for the first time, offer a wearable 3-D printed clothing range. The Modeclix collection, featuring eight dresses and two headpieces, is a major breakthrough in 3-D printing and garment technology. Previous 3-D printed clothes were very structured and rigid this new range from Modeclix is uniquely customizable and flexible, mimicking the movement and drape of fabric.

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H & M Opens in Sandton City

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I attended the media launch of the Johannesburg branch of H&M last week, which officially opened in Sandton City on Saturday, 7 November. The Balmain X collaboration with H&M has been a worldwide success, if the international media is anything to go by, with the Paris, New York and yes, the local branches, having sold out in a matter of minutes.

I witnessed this first hand, at the launch evening last week. The doors opened at 19h00 and by 19h27 the Balmain racks were empty!

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Forever 21 Opens in Johannesburg

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Forever 21 opened its doors in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg this past Saturday, 17 October 2015. I was invited to the media launch last week, and found other “fashionistas” who were as eager as I, to get a first glance at the merchandise on offer.

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I would say Forever 21, as the name suggests, is aimed at the teenage to late 20’s market, with some items geared towards the older age groups. The prices are very attractive and affordable for most items. There are some statements pieces that retail for around R450, such as this little number that I have my eye on.

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H & M Set To Launch in Johannesburg

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I was super excited, last year, to hear that international retailer H&M was going to open a branch in the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. Now, it has been announced that a branch is going to open in Sandton City in Johannesburg…oh happy day!

Here’s some more info about what to expect come November 2015.

H & M, Hennes and Mauritz (Pty) Ltd, will open their first Gauteng-based store at 11:00am on 7 November 2015, just weeks after opening the first South African store in Cape Town in October.

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Five Fab Fashion Feeds

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We all need inspiration from the “inter-web” almost on a daily basis, so I have rounded up my “Five Fab Fashion Feeds” for you, in no particular order.

1. Refinery 29 www.refinery29.com

This website is a combination of fashion, lifestyle, beauty, breaking general news, entertainment and wellness. I subscribe to the daily newsletter, in order to keep up to date with the latest trends. The articles are short and sharp giving you all the info you need in 5 or 6 paragraphs. It is one of those sites where you click on one article, then you get distracted by another, and another, and before you know it, you’ve spent an hour on the site, sharing the articles on Pinterest and Facebook. Addictive reading indeed.

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