This is not a drill! An African- American man is now the artistic director of one of the worlds biggest most iconic brands of all time. Virgil Abloh is the first black designer to hold such a high profile position at Louis Vuitton. I know I’m a little late in posting this but I couldn’t not blog about it. This is a moment in fashion history that I will never forget. This is a huge accomplishment, considering how underrepresented black names are in the luxury European world of fashion. Everyday we are seeing noticeable changes towards a more ethnically diverse industry and I couldn’t be happier and more proud to witness these changes. I feel as though moments like these give the next generation of black fashion enthusiasts hope that they too can make an impact in the industry and put a stamp on their name.
Mr Abloh will continue with Off White after taking up his position at Louis Vuitton, however Abloh will solely focus on the design of menswear for the luxury fashion house. HIs first collection for Louis Vuitton men’s will debut at Paris Fashion Week this June and I am so excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table. I have so many questions about his first collection; how will it differ from Kim Jones’ last collection? How much of an influence will streetwear and pop culture have on the collection? Who is going to be his muse behind the collection? What kind of vibe is going to be? Most importantly am I going to like the collection? And is it going to be bigger than Louis Vuittons collaboration with Supreme – one of the most talked about collaboration of all time?
“Virgil is one of the few designers who truly marries street culture with high fashion – and the first black designer to be given such a position in the gilded halls of LVMH. His appointment is a step in the right direction for diversity.” Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief at British Vogue, said on the magazine’s website.
Since launching Off- White in 2013, Virgil Abloh’s has only gone from strength to strength and become known for his artistic fusion of streetwear and high fashion! Abloh’s appointment represents a new wave in fashion and demonstrates that the industry is now taking streetwear seriously. Over the last couple of years many luxury brands have began targeting the streetwear scene as it has managed to go from a niche interest to something mainstream. Everyone is now into streetwear – it’s no longer just something worn by the ‘cool kids’ or the RnB wannabes, It’s taking over the fashion world! Style is evolving and people are slowly turning away from the traditional norms of fashion and it’s all thanks to the new generation of consumers – the millenniums. This is why I believe Louis Vuitton made the right decision by appointing Virgil Abloh because he is one of the people behind this new wave of streetwear – he is known for his cutting edge ideas and over the years he has produced some of the greatest collaborations fashion has ever seen, my favourites being his collaborations with jimmy Choo and nike. He is the most relevant designer for this role right now!
As well as being appointed the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Virgil has been named one of 2018’s most influential people by ‘TIME’. This is the year of Virgil Abloh! We’ve most certainly haven’t seen the last of him this year.
“I feel elated,” Abloh told the Times. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”
Takashi Murakami on Virgil Abloh:
“Kids’ fervor for the stripe patterns and arrow marks he created for his fashion label, Off-White™, is not a passing trend; rather, it shows how Virgil’s young followers, with their unclouded eyes, have been seeing right into the core of his creativity all along. With his appointment as artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, his full merit will be understood even more widely around the globe.”
If you haven’t heard about Maxhosa where have you been living for the last couple of years? Worn by the likes of swizz beats, Alicia Keys and cosigned by the Queen B herself – Beyonce, Maxhosa is a popular luxury South African fashion brand founded in 2012 by Laduma Ngxokolo as part of his final project at Nelson Mandela University. When he began his brand Ngxokolo’s initial vision was to create a modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear collection that would be suitable for amakrwala (Xhosa male graduate-initiates), who are prescribed by tradition to dress in new dignified formal clothing for six months after their manhood initiation. 5 years later it has become so much more than that and we can see this through it’s global success – for me Maxhosa is one of the major African brands leading the way to global recognition and appreciation for African fashion and culture.
Earlier this week it emerged that Zara – one of the biggest brands in the entire world had basically copied and pasted Laduma’s signature diamond shaped design for their new sock range – the socks had a striking resemblence to the Mxhosa Khanyisa Collection which launched March 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg. However it has been reported that the range has been removed from it’s stores as well as the company’s online platform but despite this Laduma is taking legal action over the design and I don’t blame him. Tyatya says MaXhosa by Laduma has a copyright on the design, which it claims has been infringed by Zara.
The South African brand wrote in a press release on their official website:
“Earlier this month (April 2018), we were alerted by our patrons, that ZARA ( INDUSTRIA DE DISEÑO TEXTILE, S.A. (INDITEX S.A. Pty Ltd) company has copied one of our signature patterns. These patterns were appropriated & reproduced in as part of their sock range which they shared as new in their best-sellers on their online store.”
As a result, the brand is taking legal action:
“We consulted with Shane Moore and Muhammad Patel from Moore Attorneys, one of Africa’s leading IP law firms who are handling the matter on our behalf. They have since sent a letter to the parent company alerting them of the copyright infringement and our demands. We have taken such steps so as to avoid our works being appropriated and adapted without our consent or permission. Copyright infringement is a matter that we take seriously and fully aware of our intellectual property rights. We would like to thank the clients who have silently sent us proof of such infringements as they allowed us means to act. The debate as to whether we shall win the case or not remains, we stand by our decision to fight such a case. Thus, we have sent our letter of demand and we await their reply.”
So this whole situation brings to light the argument of was this cultural appropriation or was it appreciation? In my opinion, Zara could have dealt with this issue in so many other ways, for example they could have approached Laduma and collaborated with him on the range, they could have even asked for his permission as well as state where they got the inspiration for the range or they could have just simply used a different design and colour scheme but because they didn’t do any of this, it is appropriation. I am not one to throw around the term cultural appropriation because I believe that everyone is free to explore different cultures and express their ideas as they please but in this case its undeniable – Zara stole another designers work, it’s as simple as that.
Since news broke out Laduma has also cut ties with Zara and stopped purchasing from the retailer, but he says it’s up to customers to decide what they want to do about the situation.
“I think that it is the peoples’ choice as to what they would want to do, as a form of support. I do think my ultimate form of support is that our loyal clients continue to support and share what we stand for to others. It is up to them whether they continue to buy from Zara or not. But as a normal consumer, not as Maxhosa and not as Laduma, I have taken the choice to discontinue putting my money up to support them and raising their revenue.”
Its so sad to know that we live in a society where African Designers are not given enough credit or recognition for their work and it is becoming so incredibly frustrating to see designers consistently working hard and pushing boundaries only for their work to be copied and stolen by much bigger global brands. But I can guarantee you that very soon Africa is going to take over the world and I ensure you I will have a front row seat in the changing of history in this thing we call the fashion industry.
These days it seems like no matter where you’re from or where you live there is a high chance that if you’re African you know what gqom is. Evolved from Kwaito, tribal house and skeletal hip-hop influences, gqom – a word meaning “hit” or “drum” in Zulu is taking the world by storm and one of the pioneers behind it’s growing popularity is DISTRUCTION BOYZ. Every song produced the duo makes you want to get up on your feet and dance regardless of whether or not you can! Their album ‘Gqom is the Future” is one of the biggest and hottest albums released last year in South Africa, – the biggest hit from the album was Omunye which reached beyond South Africa and become globally known as it featured in this years blockbuster movie of the year – Black Panther. The song was replayed more times than I can count and I’d stretch as far as to say it was the party anthem of the year!
Who are your musical influences?
We are mostly influenced by the mordern day culture artists like okmaloomkoolkat,Dj Tira amd diplo
How did you come up with the name Distruction Boyz?
We used to make mixtapes for the end of school term parties and people ended up naming us distruction boyz ‘coz our mixtapes where fire
How would you describe life growing up in Kwa-mashu?
It was amazing we used to play a lot its an amazing township
How did you guys meet and why did you decide to produce music together as a group rather than as individuals?
We grew up together and our parents were friends before we were even born it wasnt a difficult decision to make since we have been together all our lives.
How would you describe your sound in 5 words?
Bold,Hyponotic,Fresh,electric and powerful
Why do you believe that Gqom is the future?
The way the sound has grown in the past couple of years and its current standing shows that it has a great future in the industry
Who has been your favourite artist to work with and who do you hope to work with in the future?
Dladla mshunqisi he is an amazing artist and performer.We would love to work with anyone that believes in the movement
What was the vision when you started Distruction Boyz records?
Pushing the gqom movement in different avenues giving as many gqom artists out there as possible
When you first released Omunye did you ever expect it to be this big of a hit not only in South Africa but around the world?
We believed in it but we were also surprised when it won song of the year here in south africa.
What is your all time favourite song that you have ever produced and why?
It has to be Uzophuza Manzi its the one song that was able to get us recognition
What are your plans/ goals for the rest of 2018?
More music and getting the sound to all the corners of the world
I would like to thank Distruction Boyz for this interview, I cannot wait to see what is to come ahead for them in the future!
Welcome back to my Summer Wedding Extravaganza. So sorry I missed a post last week, I just needed some time to rest and focus on my studies but I promise you that from now onwards I will try my absolute best to be as consistent as I can because I’ve realised that since June last year I have been slacking on this whole blogging thing and I apologise for that. So back to my post, today we’re are focusing on Tuxes, this is a very different post for me because I usually only focus on women as I myself am a young woman and thats what I know best, however I also know what looks good on men and what doesn’t so I thought why not?
When planning a wedding what most couples forget is that the wedding is for the both of them and that the groom needs to look just as good as the bride because its THEIR day not just hers! As we come further into this new generation I feel like men are starting to care a lot more about their wedding and are now taking more of an interest in helping to plan it – we’re slowly becoming less “traditional’ and it’s no longer a thing of the groom just turning up on the day and I think this is amazing.
From my point of view the most important aspect of the day to the groom has to be the tuxedo- it’s the one thing that they will be wearing all day, in every single photo and it needs to be PERFECT. It needs to be classy, the correct fit, material, comfortable but most importantly it needs to be the perfect colour and go with the colour scheme otherwise everything will just look off. My advise is that you can never go wrong with a black or navy tux and the occasional Burgundy tux but it all depends on your colour palette. The way I despise grey or white tuxes for weddings – they are kind of pushing the boundary for me – grey isn’t everyones colour and its way too casual to wear on your wedding day, white is super tacky you don’t want to blend into the background of your wife’s dress – you want to standout too after all it’s your day as well. Another piece of advice would be to keep it as simple as you can, in a situation like this less is more, you don’t want to be doing the absolute most that you photos end up looking bad because you wanted go all out. Remember these are the photos you children and grandchildren will see so you need to look your best. However, by keeping your suit simple it means that you can choose whatever waistcoat you please (as long as it goes with there colour scheme – you don’t want a bridezilla on your hands).
Spring has finally decided to grace us with it’s presence. Spring is all about new life and what a better time to get rid of everything that you no longer need in your life than this season? And it pains me to say this as a fashion blogger but yes this also means getting rid of that 5 year old jacket that you have worn twice in the last year that you clearly hold on to dearly.
Since I am a girl I buy a lot of clothes over the space of a year and i have to be honest that it is really hard to get rid of some of the items that you have owned for years because they hold so many good and bad memories but sometimes it just has to be done in order to open a new chapter in your life. Unlike me my brothers have no problem with throwing stuff away but after all they are boys!
When reorganising your wardrobe these are the questions that you need to ask yourself, do i really need this? Am i ever going to wear this? When am i ever going to wear this? Should i donate this to charity? Should i sell it? Does it still fit? or Should i just toss it?
In everyones wardrobe there is always at least one staple piece item that will never go out of style and is perfect for every season like a biker jacket and that one comfortable jumper that goes with absolutely everything. Am i wrong?
How to know when to sell an old item of clothing:
- it doesn’t fit
- its not your style any more
- you hardly ever wear it
How to know when to give away an old item of clothing:
- You can’t sell it
- It’s not underwear
- it is’t broken or discoloured
How to know when to bin it:
- it’s underwear and it’s torn or broken
Will my obsession with bags ever stop? No I don’t think so, one day I will without a doubt have an entire walk in closet just to keep my bag collection! I am speaking it into existence! 2018 has had me obsessing over cross body bags, their small, convenient and more importantly you can run if need be with them. They’re perfect for everyday But of course my love for the classic tote will never stop! This summer we all need to embrace colour, no more keeping it boring with black and brown bags – go out of your comfort zone – who cares if the colour of your bag doesn’t match your outfit, with a bag as expensive as these I will wear them to their death.
Here are the designer bags I think you should invest in this summer.
For some reason I forgot to introduce this series last week but better late than never right? For the next few weeks every Sunday I am going to be posting everything summer weddings! (with the exception of this week of course because it’s clearly no longer Sunday). This week on Summer Wedding Extravaganza we’re going to be talking engagement rings. If you’re planning on proposing to your girlfriend or you’re just a girl who wants ideas on the perfect engagement ring because you’re extremely picky or you’re nowhere near getting engaged but you just like to plan these things in advance then welcome to todays blog post. Looking for the right ring is more difficult than you could anticipate because you have to consider the cut, shape, setting style and metal of the ring. If you’re anything like me then you want the most blinding, timeless and classy engagement ring, I feel as though sometimes rings can look a little cheap without meaning to when they’re too OTT, do you guys get what I mean?
An engagement ring needs to represent you as a person because you’re gonna be living with it for the rest of your life and if you’re a sentimental person you might want to pass it down the family blood line from one generation to the next like what they do in all the romantic movies and Tv shows. What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t just like you’re engagement ring, you should fall in love with it – it needs to be the love of your life, if it’s not love at first sight then it’s not the one for you.
The History Of The Engagement Ring
They gave us Calendars, Anatomy, Clocks, Written Language and so much more, like many great traditions in society today, the gifting of an engagement ring originated in Ancient Egypt, where its circular shape was said to symbolize an eternal cycle. It was worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, where it was believed there was a vein that led straight to the heart, beginning a custom that continues today across many cultures. Several centuries later, in 1477, the tradition of diamond engagement rings began, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a delicate band adorned with diamonds in the shape of her first initial – winning her hand and heart over another suitor. This was the very first diamond engagement ring on record and led on to spark a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility. While the tradition of expressing one’s commitment has varied throughout the ages and across cultures, by the 1930s, the diamond engagement ring became a popular symbol to mark the promise of eternal love.
My Favourite engagement rings atm
It has taken me years to. truly understand and appreciate the importance of moisturising, I don’t know why but when I was growing up my mum would literally have to force me to moisturise because I hated it, I didn’t see the point of it and it seemed more like a chore to me than anything else. The funny thing was that I always thought I could get away with not moisturising, only problem being that I was a chocolate kid meaning that you could instantly tell when I hadn’t moisturised because I’d end up looking like Caspar the freaking ghost. But eventually I stopped being a stubborn little brat and came to realise that mom knows best and that moisturising has so many benefits and I have come to love it. It’s now like drinking water to me, it’s a necessity!
Why is Moisturising so Important?
- It helps to keep the skin looking young which is why black never cracks! The skin on your face is very sensitive to environmental changes and is one of the most frequent areas of the body that is known to develop skin cancer as it is exposed 24/7. The face also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore needs moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. It is also thought that the massaging affect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
- Moisturising everyday reduces skin problems as it can reduce the chances of developing extreme dryness or oiliness which are both harmful for the skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.
- Moisturising can reduce the appearance of other blemishes. This is because freshly moisturised skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. As well as this some moisturisers have some sort of tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone to even out the skin.
- Moisturising helps in fighting wrinkles. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.
Finding The Perfect Moisturiser for you
With there being so many moisturisers available on the market, making a decision on which one is right for you can be quite overwhelming and one of the biggest and worst mistakes people make when using products on their skin is using a product that doesn’t necessarily fit their skin type.
Oily: “Look for lotions instead of creams,” advises Dr. Lain. Find formulas that have exfoliating ingredients, such as lactic glycolic and salicylic acids. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Dry: Definitely find a cream, especially in the winter weather. “There is more oil in a cream, therefore it is a thicker substance and more moisturizing. The greater the oil content, the better absorption through the skin barriers to hydrate the tissue,” says Dr. Frank. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Combination: While Dr. Lain believes this is the hardest skin type to find products for, he recommends “lotions with no acids, something bland such as Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, Neutrogena, or Lubriderm.” Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Normal: “I always tell people with normal skin to put a very thin layer of ointment on at night, such as Aquaphor,” says Dr. Frank, adding that this will help protect you against the forces of nature. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Sensitive skin: Those having sensitive skin must use a moisturiser that contains soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe vera. Make sure the product does not contain fragrances or dyes or acids as this can irritate your skin. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Mature skin: As you age, your skin tends to become drier as the oil-producing glands become less active. To keep your skin soft and well hydrated, opt for an oil-based moisturiser that contains petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants to combat age related skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and so on. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!
Also known as the city of roses, Bloemfontein is a must when you’re in the Free State, or on the road from Cape Town to Joburg. With great museums, amazing architecture and a city completely encircled by a nature reserve, it’s a fantastic South African city experience that you can’t miss out on. Although South Africa is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, It is often said that Gauteng is 5 years behind the world and that the Free State is 5 years behind Gauteng. So imagine travelling to a place that still lives in 2008, I don’t know about you but I miss the 2000s – the times before technology took over the world and before our entire lives revolved around social media. If you ask me Bloemfontein sounds like the perfect place to go to excel and be in your own little world of relaxation and be in touch with nature, you have the freedom to enjoy quality life experiences, you don’t have to worry about anything but living in the moment and appreciating the people around you. There is little stress and less haste; the peaceful atmosphere, which is somehow almost tangible, can be felt in every street, on every pavement – all of which are noticeably clean and free of litter. Sounds perfect right?
My Top 3 recommendation of things to do
Bagamoya Wildlife Estate –
A unique experience that allows you to interact with large cats such as lions, tigers and so much more. This is the ultimate African experience! And not only does it offer this but there is also a restaurant within the grounds.
Held every Saturday from 06h00 to 14h00 and takes place at Bankovs Boulevard in Langenhoven Park. It has become the most renowned market in Bloemfontein and boasts loads of interesting stalls. Enjoy some traditional South African foods like kaiings, vetkoek, boerewors rolls and so much more!
Franklin Game Reserve
Established in 1930, this is one of the few city wildlife reserves in the world. Situated in the heart of Bloemfontein Franklin game reserve boasts an amazing array of wildlife including giraffes, blue wildebeests, zebras and a huge variety of bird species and lots more. Within the reserve you can take a relaxing day drive up to Naval Hill, to enjoy the wonderful views from this point. Picnics can also be enjoyed within the reserve.
Where to stay
Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein
Protea Hotel Bloemfontein Willow Lake