#alienadventures: the biggest fashion trend for 2012…and beyond

Perhaps not what you were expecting but something I’ve been subscribing to for quite some time. Prescriptive fashion trends are so last century. In this day and age, personalisation and individualism rule – not following the herd. So try this as a 2012 mantra: you might be pleasantly surprised with the result. Advertisements

#alien adventures: superella’s super space

The Bamboo Centre in Melville is one of Jozi’s creative hot spots that carries an unassuming air of dignified calm. It houses, amongst others, the ever popular, Service Station (who’s harvest table is always delicious), a retail anchor for Black Coffee, the brilliant design house Entrophy and off-beat jewellery curator, Tinsel. But the centre alone … Continue reading

#alien adventures: high fashion for naked apes

Stylist-turned-designer (and overall good mensch) Shaldon Kopman, has been quietly honing his craft for tailored menswear for the past few years. As all good designers should, he waited until he felt his fashion offering was ready, before officially  launching the label last year. In just a couple of seasons, he has already sharpened his tailoring, … Continue reading

#alien adventures: SAFW the bold, the beautiful and the just plain bizarre

The wonderful thing about Alien Adventures is that you never know when they are going to happen and how intense they will be when they do occur. The fashion world is natural fit for an Alien Adventure, but little did I expect such a wild ride on the first night of SA fashion week (summer … Continue reading

Recreate at Design Indaba

My favourite pick at the Design Indaba Expo not only embraces the trend for upcycling, but also reinvents iconic South African objects or craft, with innovation and a humorous twist. [“Upcycling” is the process of converting waste materials or seemingly useless products into new materials or products, of better quality or a higher environmental value. … Continue reading

Hotel for vampires?

So when I was at the Design Indaba, I stayed at one of the many “boutique” hotels in Cape Town. It was in the upmarket suburb of Fresnaye. Convenient, stylish, but like much of the touristy side of Cape Town, once you scratch the veneer, there is substance lacking. My room looked swish enough – … Continue reading