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The joy of Joya, my Bokkie…

19 Aug
  • I will be taking a break from blogging for awhile, so enjoy this last entry for now!

A while ago I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at five-star Kichaka Luxury Lodge a stone’s throw away from Grahamstown. Apart from feasting my eyes and senses on the game reserve’s rich offering of wildlife, pampering and culinary delights, I found the curios shop to be a real gem…

For starters there is the dazzle of Cape Town-based Joya Collection with to-die-for rings handcrafted from smooth black agate (R450) and black agate drusy (R595). See below…


These featured Joya rings even made a turn at the Cannes Film Festival when South African model Candice Boucher donned an agate drusy with her daring see-through black Gavin Rajah number on the red carpet… And apparently Candice is also collaborating with the local line on some pieces.


Mother-and-daughter team Daphne and Victoria Fenner are the combined driving force behind Joya Collection which came into being in 2000 with the talented Sipho Mahlungu as master craftsman. 

Joya is also known for statement cuffs and necklaces, stone and leather bracelets, friendship bracelets, gemstone charm bracelets, wrap bracelets, Swarovski chandelier earrings, agate rings in neon colours and silver stacking rings with beautiful charms and stones. 

Visit the website at, send an  e-mail to or or, alternatively, call 072 729 4055.

 The collection of handbags to pick and choose from at the shop, was the next thing to catch my roving shopper’s eye. These one-of-a-kind creations called Bokkies are handcrafted from exotic hides, skins and leather. 

Owner Ellen Fortmann-Biesheuvel moved from Holland to South Africa in 2003 before starting Bokkies with Cape Town as base. 

The brand ranges  from evening bags to gym and work bags, as well as boots and is Proudly Dutch African according to Ellen!

Visit the website at or call (021) 794 1003/ 082 774 4313 or send an e-mail to



Happy birthday, Shhugar!

28 Jun

SHHUGAR Restro Lounge in Port Elizabeth is celebrating its second birthday on Friday, July 1, by having  music group Dance You’re on Fire perform, and hosting a fashion show by 25/18

The Walmer-based ready-to-wear clothing shop 25/18 is the brain child of talented sisters Fallon Sabrina and Savannah Fagen Paul  who design and manufacture the clothes.

Apparently their label is derived from their ages. “Our ages represent our youth, and we try to encapsulate the youth culture feeling into our designs with original perspectives,” Savannah explains their design approach.

So, if you are interested in coming to have a look at 25/18 whilst having a good time at Shhugar’s birthday celebrations, pop in on Friday evening at

24 Heugh Road, Walmer; doors open 7.30pm and entrance is free. Inquiries: 041-5811475 or  email:

Avant-garde silver screen offering

3 Jun

Fashionistas are in for a real treat with a new fashion documentary on its way…

Thirty years after his Paris debut, Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto never seizes to amaze with his cutting edge fashion, unconventional techniques and trademark oversized silhouettes feature drapery in varying textures.


This year also marks Yamamoto’s ten-year anniversary of his Y-3 line for Adidas and his retrospective at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum will be on show till July 10. Director Theo Stanley’s new documentary, This is my Dream, follows him from Tokyo to New York during the creation process of the Y-3 spring/summer 2010 collection. The 30-minute film gives rare insight into the Japanese designer’s thoughts, such as: “I was born in Tokyo, after bombs. So maybe this is my root, a ruined Tokyo. This dark side of the life is attractive for me, forever, from the beginning.”


Watch the trailer at

Walckhoff takes flight

27 May

Not only am I a fan of iconic designer Christian Lacroix, but also of assistant Sacha Walckhoff who after 17 years took over the reins from Lacroix in 2009 as creative director.

Sacha Walckhoff - photo by Claude Weber

Walckhoff has recently launced the Parisian powerhouse’s menswear line for AW11 with a charming, quirky collection titled “Les Garcons Migrateurs”.

My favourite digital platform/magazine/creative storm – Dazed Digital ( – has recently spoken to Walckhoff about sartorial theatricality, couture and migrating birds.

Here is the link to the interview and pictures of the collection. Enjoy!

Vintage Verandah

27 May
If all things vintage is you passion, then the place to go and scour for some precious finds, is without a doubt 4 Edward Street in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth.
Vintage “passionista” Trudie Wegner, hosts the first Vintage Verandah experience tomorrow (Saturday) in her beautifully restored Edwardian home (look out for the scarves in the tree…) 
According to Trudie there will be vintage/retro clothing and accessories (peep at this blog’s feautured photos taken by Hein Cilliers), books, pictures, as well as bric-a-brac from the previous century…Sounds worth a leisurely browse!
  • The sale will be on from 11am till 1pm. Phone Trudie on  072 327 7637 for more information. 




Cannes red carpet: The devil wore Rajah

24 May

The Cannes Film Festival is a fantastical flurry of fashion frenzy and the 64th festival which ended at the weekend on the French Riviera, was of course no exception…

Cannes’s main drag – La Croisette – was a heady mix of sun, sea and celebrities donning St Tropez-inspired resortwear at day and red-carpet glamour at night.

Here follows some of my fashion favourites and faux-pas:  

South African swimsuit model Candice Boucher made the tongues wag and eyes ogle with her tres tres revealing black Gavin Rajah creation at the screening of the Israeli movie Hearat Shulayim. Onse Candice who bared it all for Playboy last year, even made the UK’s Daily Mail the next morning with her daring dress. 


Well, Candice certainly stole the spotlight from Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat (below right) who was planning to grab the eyeballs with her own black lace number. But instead of grabbing the attention, her dress seemed more bondage gear than sexy and Candice’s transparent number with lace flowers covering the vital bits, was the talk of the town. 

And let us not forget: Revealing a lot of skin in front of the cameras at a high-profile event, can be what it takes for Candice to be catapulted onto the international platform…

Take Elizabeth Hurley with her skin-baring Versace safety-pin number at the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere in 1994 as a case in example. Anyone feel the need to criticise?

Moving right along to actress Uma Thurman who not just sat on the Cannes jury panel this year, but truly dazzled in spring/summer 2011’s must-have: The Great White number.



Uma started the festival’s opening day in a fresh breeze of lacy Dolce & Gabbana before slipping into a Versace gown for the evening.

The strapless feather gown she wowed the crowd with later at the Opening Ceremony is from the Versace Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection. She finished off the pretty picture with a thigh-high split and Jimmy Choo “Miles” nude strappy sandals. A chic updo and emerald jewels completed her look.

And what would Cannes be without Brangelina strutting the red carpet?

Angelina Jolie-Pitt glided down the red carpet at the premiere of husband Brad Pitt’s latest film – Tree of Life – wearing a gorgeous Atelier Versace rich chocolate strapless silk gown with a long train.


As for Brad showing off an interesting new direction in his wardrobe and retro-style sunnies at Cannes…

Brad stepped out at the Tree of Life photocall with co-star Jessica Chastain dressed from head-to-toe in Tom Ford . The tortoiseshell framed sunglasses with honey-tinted lenses is also one of iconic American designer Tom Ford’s latest creations. The rectangular “Singleman” style was inspired by Colin Firth’s character, George Falconer, in the film A Single Man, which was Tom Ford’s directorial debut in 2009. But whether it works for Brad, I am still in two minds about…one of them spells Miami Vice…mmmmm

For the Tree of Life premiere he did it all in Tom Ford again with a  shawl-lapel tuxedo and dressier black acetate frames with transparent lenses.


Another Hollywood icon who is by now known for his individual style, Johnny Depp, also jumped on the edgy sunglasses bandwagon at Cannes.

For the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides premiere, the actor arrived in black-and-white formal attire with retro-looking dark transparent shades by Moscot. Depp’s “Lemtosh” style by the NYC-based eyewear company is a throwback to a frame that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s.


Depp’s radiant co-star Penelope Cruz was an absolute dream in her romantic yet sexy lavender Marchesa dress from the designer’s Fall collection…

Actress/singer Milla Jovovich invoked old-fashioned Hollywood glamour at the screening of La Conquete in a beaded white and red-collared Prada gown with plunging neck- and backline.


Israeli model Bar Refaeli did definitely not let her recent break-up with actor Leonardo diCaprio get in the way of her red-carpet dazzle. For the premiere of The Beaver she stepped out in a breathtaking navy blue Roberto Cavalli gown and Chopard jewelery… 


And lastly…a bit of “comic relief” from Fashion For Relief 2011 at Cannes organised by supermodel Naomi Campbell to raise funds for post-earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan…even models come tumbling down every now and again…Ouch



Calyx Winter Fashion Show

6 May

Imagine South African Fashion Week comes knocking on Port Elizabeth’s door… And the cherry on top of the cream of the SAFW 2011 crop which will be showing their latest collections?  It’s for a good cause – raising funds for cancer support network Look Good, Feel Better.

Add to this feelgood mix a talk by one of the country’s it designers – Terrence Bray (see below) – about his summer collection, and this Monday evening is set to rock the ramp at Mangiamo Restaurant, compliments of Walmer boutique Calyx.

I am of course over the moon that the list of designers includes two of my all-time favourite South African fashion icons – Amanda Laird Cherry and Maya Prass.

 AMANDA LAIRD CHERRY who established her label in 1996 has through the years fused the development of her clothes and earthy designs with that of the country.

Follow the link below for an interesting interview with her – albeit in 2008 –  about how the fabric of society has changed through some of her past collections.

This Durban-based designer, who is known for her ultra-feminine designs, has been lauded in local and international media, including Y-Mag, Wallpaper, Dazed and Confused, British Vogue and Time magazine.

Her collections have been stocked by Liberty in London and are widely distributed in South Africa. The Amanda Laird Cherry label includes her ladieswear, shoes and private commissions and her ALC is a range of ready-to-wear men’s clothes. She also supplies Big Blue. Laird Cherry involves crafters such as Sinakathemba and the Hillcrest Aids Centre in various projects.

For her SAFW 2011 collection (below) Laird Cherry opted for  a colour palette of neutral tones, tea, stone and orange and her intrinsically organic design philosophy was presented in her signature use of soft, flowing fabrics and easy-to-wear silhouettes.

 Cape town designer MAYA PRASS quotes life as her muse. And the South African Princess of Pattern’s beautiful, feminine and wearable clothing is truly a celebration of colour and progressive prints. Think Frida Kahlo on a bright day…

All prints are designed in collaboration with local textile artists or designers and hand-printed locally. Each collection tells a story, with extensive research done on different themes before the collection is conceptualised.7

The label was established locally in 2000, after Maya won the Fairlady Young Designer award in 1999. Since its inception, the label has grown to supply a number of boutiques around South Africa. In 2005 Maya was awarded the Fairlady Catharine Award.

Maya has built a strong reputation in South Africa for her approach to women’s wear that matches creativity with wearability. She runs two clothing lines – the signature Maya Prass Clothing Range and a diffusion range in collaboration with Woolworths.


Other designers that will be showing their collections at the fundraiser on Monday, are:

Local design duo Silver Spoon (see blog post of April 23 for their SAFW 2011); Colleen Eitzen; Christopher Strong; Ruthanne; Kottin & Twille and Tart.

Tickets cost R150 each; book by calling Maryna on 041-581 8996 or visit Calyx, 9th Avenue Shopping Centre, Walmer. The show is at 5.30pm for 6pm.