Saturday, October 31, 2009

NO TKZee!!!

After a very bad week, I hoped for some relief by listening to favourite kwaito trio TKZ, at the Zulu Jazz Lounge last night. Imagine my disappointment when they didn't perform. I was there ready to transported back in time. But alas it was not meant to be.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Donna Karan Spring 2005
Alexander McQueen Fall 2000

Donna Karan fall 2003 courtesy of

Don't get me wrong is a response to a comment made to my blogpost on the DUT Fashion show. I received a comment from one the designers involved, saying that they felt that the point of the show was to showcase their craftsmanship as fashion designers and not have people commenting on "How nice those Foschini earrings are". I totally understand this point. Only i think my point was misunderstood.

My comments where in regards to the lack of collaborations between fashion designers and jewellery designers. I didn't see much jewellery that has been specifically designed for the fashion show. Having a collaboration between disciplines would serve to enhance the fashion designer's craftsmanship. Such examples can be found in the collaborations between Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane, Donna Karan and Robert Lee Morris. Being able to combine the characteristics of the metal with those of fabric is not any easy thing and when successful looks like the above examples.

This does not mean that one can not use jewellery in a less integrated way then the above. Donna Karan used jewellery by Robert Lee Morris in her Spring2005 fashion show that already existed Using jewellery pieces that already exist can work as well.

Jewellery and fashion are now integral parts of each other. On the street you don't see one without the other. The collaborations can be natural and wouldn't take away from the either. So to the fashion designer who commented (somehow I lost your comment), if you want the experience of working with a jewellery designer, please let me know. I would like that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sanlam SA fashion Week
Amanda Laird Cherry
Colleen Eitzen
Terrence Bray
Picture by

I was surprised by a friend with aticket for the SA Fashion Week in Durban at the Durban Manor. On the line up were Colleen Eitzen, Amanda Laird Cherry, Rjkay Creations and Terrence bray. Amanda laird Cherry is my favorite SA fashion designer and seeng her latest offering, confirmed that. I noticed that she had used jewellery such as rings and neckpieces. The jewellery she used had fabric as an intergral part of the piece. Maybe it was what she had to use. Colleen on the other had long neckpieces that had pierced out pendents on them in silver and twisted rope. It looked like it was made by a jewellery designer. I noticed no earrings though.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When i saw the picture about on the Streetsightingsl blog I knew I had seen it before. And I was right. I had seen the cuff captured by the blogger of Streetsightings on the street, in the Chanel Fall ready to wear collection. This is a classic example of accessories from the ramp translating to street wear. Below is picture courtesy of of the Chanel fashion show. On the ramp (below) the jacket is worn with a large ring and the street wearer follows the same suite with her take on the ramp example.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Stolkholm street style

Jak and Jil

I've seem alot of stacking of accessories and I thought I would show a few examples here. I think It makes a greater affect especially with smaller items such as braclets and rings. I like the temporary tattoos by Chanel.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Street Fashion


The real deal. Fashion on the streets around the world. From stylesightings, the use of bangles and accssorizing the arm, I find interesting. I have also seem this on many catwalks for the S/S 2010. the bangles are big and bold and are stacked. This reminds me of Coco Chanel because she also used many accessories at once. The use of victorian theme in the first pivture is also interesting. This picture aslo shows the combining of the contemporary ring with a historic style of dress (the collar and cuff).

The crucfix is often used in fashion. Here it appears on the the tshirt.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


More texture!

Steel used objects

Trying out punches and sanding to get some texture on these things. By the way if anyone know what these are, I would really like to find out. I found them at a scap yard and have no clue want exactly they are. I was told at the scrap yard they come from the engine of a car. I'm just woundering about the sizes and what is the function. I hope to use them in a fashion show.

I'm also trying to find a way to colour the steel. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Using jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana using jewellery at their fashion show in Milan spring/summer 10.

New Pants

Stella McCartney
Dolce & Gabbbana

Three fashion designers take on the new shape for pants.

Ready.Steady.Go Earrings

I found more the discs that I used to make the Ready.Steady.Go Earrings. This time I found smaller discs which can be worn every day.

DUT fashion show

I was at the DUT fashion show on the 2nd of October. I was interested to see how the students would interpret the seasons fashion. The nipped-waist, belled-skirt silhouette with simple forms were worked into the collections.

I have been watching many of the Spring/Summer 2010 collections from the fashion shows around the world. I did notice the fashion designers used things outside of the clothing to bring across their concepts. There were layers of necklaces and earrings by Dolce and Gabbana and bags and other accessories by many fashion designers. I found there was a lack in the use of accessories in the DUT fashion show. I feel that using other things other than the clothing can introduce the audience to your concept. Accessories are a tool to be used to tell an individual story so I think fashion designers should use them.

It might be that the lack of finances could be a factor, but with some creativity, I think it can be done.