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DOLCE AND GABBANA WINTER 2015

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their extravagant Alta Moda autumn/winter 2015 collection to a rapturous audience in their Portofino garden. By Lisa Armstrong “We don’t count how many hours it took to make an Alta Moda piece. We don’t say, ‘how much was the fabric? How long did we spend screen-printing the tulips onto that silk to make them …

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MIAS VAN DER WESTHUYZEN LANDS YVES SAINT LAURENT CAMPAIGN

South African-born model leads in a men’s fragrance campaign for Yves Saint Laurent, the biggest in his portfolio yet. Mias van der Westhuyzen’s modeling career began just last year and he is already international crop. His latest campaign adds significantly to his merits. For Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Kouros Silver – For Living Gods, he fronts the ad wearing just …

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THE HERITAGE CONCEPT STORE

Braamfontein has a buzzing energy that’s ideal for The Heritage Concept Store and what it stands for. By Londiwe Mbhele, photo Jeffrey Rikhotso The store represents a youthful culture evident in the Braamfontein area, and the selected international and local brands are also reasons for its footfall. Only launching last October, The Heritage concept attracts city lovers and students alike. …

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DAPPER DAN REVIVAL

If you saw a hip-hop artist or athlete wearing some unusual Gucci or Louis Vuitton in the 1980s, it was probably a Dapper Dan original. Using silk-screen printing, the Harlem-based designer made customized logo-printed clothing, car interiors, and furniture upholstery for the likes of Mike Tyson, Salt-N-Pepa, Bobby Brown, Eric B. & Rakim, and LL Cool J (as well as …

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PUNK & IVY MOTIQUE

A new project recently launched by Punk & Ivy dubbed the “Motique” is a mobile retail experience and the first of its kind. After a while spent in commerce, founders Bianca and Khaya Sibiyia wanted to provide an alternative to their consumers, and so created something which turns traditional retail as we know it on its head. The Motique is …

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CITY OUTFITTERS

For that authentic Johannesburg shopping experience, a visit to City Outfitters is a must. With Italian shoes, kitchen suits, fishing visors and boat shoes, it’s certainly an eclectic shopping emporium. Style has always expressed itself uniquely in Johannesburg, with a mixture of sportswear, smartwear and traditional zulu-inspired garbs popular among young adults, and City Outfitters is packed to the rafters …

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WESTWOOD’S CLIMATE CHANGE CRIMINALS

Arch renegade Vivienne Westwood campaigns against capitalism and politicians with a distressed collection reflecting a post-apocalyptic age. By Stephen Doig “Politicians are Criminals. Say CRIMINALS. Just keep saying it until it becomes automatic”. That typically forthright mission statement on show notes came from arch renegade Vivienne Westwood yesterday in Milan at the city’s SS16 menswear showcase, the opportunity for which …

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THE CULT OF AUDREY HEPBURN

How can anyone live up to that level of chic? An exhibition of rare photographs of Audrey Hepburn reveals that even at the age of nine she knew how to work the camera. Bee Wilson celebrates the woman who set a new standard for style. The greatest film stars inspire certain labels that stick to them as surely and superficially …

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LIBERTY: FLOWER POWER

Liberty’s floral designs have defied the whims of the fashion industry, and have stayed on trend for decades. One of the largest private collections will go on show this autumn in a major exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum. By Maev Kennedy, image: feather-patterned Liberty fabric. “There was a time when walking down the King’s Road in a Liberty …

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LUNAR

Lunar is the lifestyle vision of fashion designer Karen Ter Morshuizen. Her partnership with Paul Harris saw the conception of a lifestyle store offering unique nature inspired merchandise. Since it´s inception Lunar has been sensitive to environmental concerns, making use, almost exclusively of natural fibres and pigment dyes. Each collection reflects their essential design philosophy. ­ « Lunar is about …