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MAN BAGS

Yes, gentlemen, you should own a man bag. By Vanessa Yurkevich The do’s and don’ts of the ‘murse’. Some may mock the man-purse or “murse,” but that doesn’t mean men shouldn’t carry a bag at all. In fact, investing in a nice everyday bag is important for any gentleman, says Ernest Sabine, owner of New York City menswear shop Ernest …

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ANDRE COURREGES

André Courrèges, designer and ‘inventor’ of the miniskirt, dies, aged 92. French designer claimed he, not Mary Quant, was behind iconic Sixties symbol. By Alexander Fury No one’s fashion legacy has been more fiercely contested than that of the French couturier André Courrèges, who died on Thursday evening, aged 92, after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Courrèges was the …

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HOW PAISLEY LEFT PERSIA

“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art,” said the famously flamboyant Oscar Wilde, who loved nothing more than to lounge foppishly in a silk paisley smoking jacket and cravat. That Wilde and his demi-monde friends loved paisley – the painterly textile pattern that resembles a teardrop or seed-shaped vegetable – is no surprise. …

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SA FASHION WEEK

Colleen Eitzen has always had a penchant for drawing and a love for rich colours and fabrics and in her adult life has applied this to all her designs. She has a fully customer centric approach and strives to inspire and thrill the greatest star of the show, the customer. Since its establishment in 2002, the Johannesburg based Rubicon brand …

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WEARING BLACK IN COLOUR

One designer, one photographer, one stylist, one collection, one shoot. By Rea Khoabane, photo stylist Asanda Sizane and photographer Trevor Stuurman pose in Cape Town for the MaXhosa collection by Laduma Ngxokolo In the name of fashion, three young South Africans who are getting international attention came together recently to show off their African pride for a striking photoshoot. Designer …

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SA FASHION IN THE DOLDRUMS?

Ready to wear you down. The stagnation of our fashion industry has been happening for a few years. By Sylvia McKeown We have slowly slipped into mediocrity, shrugging off our lowering standards by blaming the lacklustre economy, the lack of government funding and the lack of public interest (and the credit cards that go with it). And we have blamed …

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SA FASHION WILL FLOURISH

Fashion in SA will flourish by design, says pioneer. by Sue Blaine The idea for a fashion week came to Lucilla Booyzen in 1984, when she realised the need for a platform for South African fashion based on business. If SA wants its fashion to flourish, it needs to jettison the idea that the industry should be manufacturing-led, says SA …

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DOLCE AND GABBANA: HIGH DRAMA

Dolce & Gabbana’s couture collection was surpassed only by its high jewellery – a kaleidoscope of colour, detail and gem-studded flora and fauna to keep the most demanding fairy queen happy. By Annabel Davidson Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was always the most popular play with the drama students at girls’ school, what with all those romantic, feminine themes of …

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S FASHION

Vivienne Westwood’s latest shocker: How ideas for high-street stores start on the high-fashion catwalks. In one way or another, says Maggie Alderson, we’ll all follow suit. The outfit pictured here from Dame Vivienne Westwood’s latest Paris fashion show, featuring a coat so oversized it had to be suspended on a giant hanger above the model’s head, would not have looked …

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BOND STYLE

The 007 steps to Bond style. Bond’s latest outing offers some gentle adjustments to his style; we look at how to emulate it. By Stephen Doig It’s a style formula that rarely frightens the horses and – befitting of a figure that’s as much a British institution as The Queen – nor should it; Gucci’s silken pussybows and Burberry Prorsum’s …