#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

#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 2: fierce shoes)

The women are as fierce as their shoes are. So it’s true. French women don’t eat croissants. It’s how they manage to squeeze into those designer labels. Spotted in department store Bon Marche was this fierce example. Crisp white coat, with heels and leggings to catch the eye – and catch my eye they did. … Continue reading

#alienadventures(China): behold my pale arms

Like many cultures around the world, in ancient China the paler you were, the more beautiful you were seen to be – as well as of a higher social class: it is only blue-collared workers who toil outdoors in the sun.  This belief lives on in the 21st century. In modern China, many women rely … Continue reading

#alienadventures: how men in China keep their cool (literally)

When the heat hits the upper 30’s and humidity hovers around 80%, a man’s gotta do what he has to, to keep cool, and the simplest way (apparently) is just to hike up your t-shirt and expose your belly. It’s a strange sight but you see it all over China: in rural cities as well … Continue reading

#alien adventures: the world is ending. Hideous royal hat sells for £81 000!

So we might all be laughing at the Harold Camping cult who’s prediction that the world would end on the 21st May did not materialise, but I beg to differ. I think we have all been transported to a parallel universe without realising it. Everything looks the same, but clearly things are not. If look hard … Continue reading

#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

Bethea’S: good hair days, far from the maddening crowds

I’m not a hair salon type of person. You know the kind – big, busy, bustling, noisy – where gossip and hair-altering chemicals mingle in a headache-inducing mix. If you are an Elle reader you might have caught a column I wrote about about the day my Buddhist hair stylist moved to London. This is … 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