Friday 29 April 2016

Sneakers Dropping Tomorrow: Air Jordan 6 GS – ‘Green Glow’

The ‘Green Glow’ Air Jordan 6 GS is another exclusive that will be released this weekend.

The sneaker is dressed in a grey upper with pops of green detailing throughout. The ‘Green Glow’ Air Jordan 6 GS is crafted with hard-wearing synthetic nylon. To complement the dark shade of grey on the base, lighter overlays have been included and cover the heel region. It’s the 'Green Glow' detailing which offers that stand-out sheen, this can be found on the midsole, heel and lace toggle. The sneaker also glows in the dark.

The ‘Green Glow’ Air Jordan 6 GS will be available at selected retailers.

Thursday 28 April 2016

Introducing The Velvet Twin Pack by PUMA x Crossover Store

PUMA collaborated with the Crossover store, Malaysia’s premiere sneaker source, for a luscious pack dubbed ,”The Velvet Twin Pack” featuring the iconic Blaze of Glory and Disc Blaze. Aptly named 'Roses' and 'Mystery', the sneaker pack takes cues from the dark and satirical drama of films loved by Crossover founder, Jem.
The Velvet Pack Blaze of Glory ‘Rose’ reinterprets the Trinomic icon with a full tonal grey treatment on mesh upper placed under nubuck and leather material with speckled cage on the overlay. The touch of pink on the tongue, lace and sole represents Crossover's signature colours while the sky blue tint adds a touch of freshness to the insole and around the tongue. An elegant rose stencil print on the heel finishes off the design.
The Velvet Pack Disc Blaze 'Mystery' features a see-through Disc cap on a pitch black upper constructed of mesh, nubuck and suede. The white speckled black cage symbolizes the faint goodness that’s oftentimes found in every suspense dramas’ antagonistic character. A shot of pink on the heel tab symbolises the unpredictable behaviour of devious characters found in these type of films.
The Blaze of Glory ‘Rose’ and Disc Blaze ‘Mystery’ drops exclusively through PUMA SELECT stores in Braamfontein, Johannesburg and Bree Street, Cape Town on 23 April and 15 May for R2 499. 

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Introducing the adidas Tubular Doom Tonal Pack

The boldest iteration from the Tubular Series is now available in two colourways. Known as the adidas Tubular Doom Tonal Pack, this duo of Tubulars comes in two different colour options. The first pair comes draped in Triple Black and the second pair comes in a hot pink colour way.

The Tubular Doom is made out of a neoprene upper paired up with the suede overlays placed on the lacing system, heel and toe. A tonal strap appears on the forefoot, with the popular sock-like bootie construction dressed in Triple Black or Triple Pink.

The adidas Tubular Doom Tonal Pack is available at selected retailers.

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Introducing Abbey Lee – The New Face of Superga’s Womenswear Campaign

Superga is excited to announce the new face of their AW16 womenswear campaign, Abbey Lee. Abbey will be following in the footsteps of Suki Waterhouse, Alexa Chung and Binx Walton to become the face of the AW16 womenswear campaign.

Australian born actress Abbey Lee is known globally for her acting and legendary street style. She most recently starred in Mad Max, Fury Road in 2015 and will star in Neon Demon with Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks and Gods of Egypt with Gerard Butler.

As well as being the new face, Abbey Lee was hugely involved in the creative direction of the campaign and will showcase the many ways in which you can style your Superga's. Superga pride themselves on supporting and nurturing the rising talent within the industry and set to debut Abbey’s creative skills by developing styles for Superga’s SS17 collection.

The Womens AW16 collection will be available in Superga Stores nationwide. 

Thursday 21 April 2016

#CareerAdvice: So you want to work in fashion? Tips for aspiring fashion designers

Heart & Heritage Spring/Summer16, SAFW

Are you dreaming of showing off your clothing at a major Fashion Week? If yes, read these fashion designer tips, you are going to be well on your way to making your fashion dreams come true.

Work hard

‘Be prepared to work very hard, learn from criticism but don’t let it defeat you, make friends with your customers and network within the industry to learn about available opportunities and then be brave and go for them with 100% effort.- Lesley Whitter, Heart & Heritage

Learn the Business of Fashion

‘Business skills are as essential as a great design. Being a fashion designer is the rawest form of entrepreneurship. Not only are you creating a garment from a sketch you also need to then sell it. Do a business course, read business books and do not be afraid of failing. As long as you learning from your mistakes you are growing. If you really want to be a fashion designer embrace the lessons and you will only get better. Remember no one said it’s going to be easy!’ GreerKyle

Start Selling

‘Get out there and start selling on any platform possible! Try, fail, adapt and try again. There is no quick fix in fashion it's a long haul. It's definitely not glamorous but if you can make it through the dirt road and pay your dues, I speak from experience - it can work and it's so worth it!’ – Melissa Somerset, Somerset Jane


‘Get to know people in the industry and make connections, become familiar. You never know when you might need a favour, or you could get involved in a cool collaboration!’ James Barrett-Poulsen, LUMIN

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Introducing the Nike Air Jordan 9 Low Chicago

The Air Jordan 9 Low coming in a Black and White colourway was released last weekend. The Air Jordan 9 Low “Chicago” colourway looks a little similar to the Air Jordan 9 Low “Derek Anderson” but with a completely different build. Taking on a sleek black colourway, the pair includes contrasting hits of red throughout.

Dressed in the traditional Bred/Chicago Bulls colour scheme, the sneaker features a Black leather upper and tongues with matching Black snakeskin textured overlay on the mudguard and heel. Other details include Gym Red accents and a clean White rubber outsole.

The Nike Air Jordan 9 Low Chicago is now available at selected retailers.

Tuesday 19 April 2016

First Look: Russell Athletic 2016 Winter Collection

All American vintage brand Russell Athletic, the original founders of the sweatshirt and hoodie have just released their 2016 Winter Collection in South Africa.

Russell Athletic became one of the largest suppliers of athletic team uniforms in Major League Baseball, NFL, college and high school sport programs through to little league, and hints of this can be seen in their Winter Range.

The men’s line comprises of sweatshirts, zip through hoodies, quilted baseball jackets, gilets, campus jackets and cuffed track pants in seasonal staples of black, grey and navy with a hint of maroon.

The ladies range is dominated by black, grey and leopard print in high necks, zip through hoodies and comfortable, well fitted cuffed tracksuit pants.

The rise of the ‘Athleisure’ market has seen the introduction of the double sided, soft finish SPORT FLEECE training jackets and pants, perfect for pre, post and during sporting activities. Promoting a healthy, athletic lifestyle, it’s no wonder Russell Athletic is a firm favourite of MC and KFM presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen and rugby player Cheslin Kolbe.

With over 100 years in the market, the latest range offers customers their renowned quality, durability and comfort that Benjamin Russell created in 1902 with a mere 10 sewing machines and 8 knitting machines.

Merchandise available online via offering free delivery nationwide.

Monday 18 April 2016

Introducing Charlie Casely-Hayford – The New Face of Superga’s Menswear Campaign

Superga is excited to announce the new face of their menswear Autumn/Winter 2016 (AW16) campaign, Charlie Casely-Hayford, who will be following on from previous ambassador Jack Guinness to become the face of the menswear AW16 campaign. Since launching his international brand in 2008 with his father, Charlie has been a favorite of GQ’s “best dressed men in Britain” and with a huge following Charlie has also been voted no.20 on GQ’s cool list of the most influential men under 40.

As well as being the new face, Charlie was hugely involved in the creative direction of the campaign and will showcase the many ways in which you can style your Superga’s.
Superga pride them on supporting and nurturing rising talent within the industry and is set to debut Charlie’s official collaboration in June 2016.

The Men’s AW16 collection will be available in Superga Stores nationwide. 

Friday 15 April 2016

A Closer Look at Heart & Heritage’s Winning Collection

 SA Fashion Week has gone by, however we are still buzzing over Heart & Heritage’s collection which Lesley Whitter presented at the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections Showcase on 5 April 2016. The Heart & Heritage Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) collection was inspired by Lufthansa, and the theme was built around ‘Fernweh’, a German word, ‘which means to crave and dream about travel’. The garments in the collection are lovely and elegant and will surely make any girl look dashing as she explores the world in the striking pieces.

The colour palette for the collection was very soft, feminine and dreamy. Heart & Heritage made use of hammered satin, bon bon, soft natural cottons, soft tule/netting and hand textured the fabrics with a ‘Jackson Pollock’ like pain technique.

Heart & Heritage’s SS16 collection was very strong and the judges chose Lesley as the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections winner.  

Thursday 14 April 2016

LUMIN’s All-White Spring/Summer 2016 Collection at SA Fashion Week

For Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) LUMIN brings us a collection that was inspired by ‘everyday chaos’. The design duo behind the brand is Amy Liu and James Barret-Poulsen. The designers wanted to evoke a ‘sense of serene and calm confidence, embodying a women who is sure in her style and comfortable in the streets of New York or the beaches of the Seychelles’. LUMIN presented their SS16 collection on 5 April 2016 at SA Fashion Week, during the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections Showcase. The models looked cool and dashing as they effortlessly walked the runway in LUMIN.

The colour palette for the collection was cool and calm and consisted out of whites and sheers with a print which was designed by the design duo. The fabrics were lightweight and had easy movement and included linens, mesh, chiffons, voiles and twills.

The Lumin SS16 collection is cool and young, with interesting shapes and sillihouetes. It is both comfortable and easy to wear.

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Somerset Jane’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection Will Make You Want To Travel

As a finalist in the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections, Melissa Jane Somerset of Somerset Jane designed a lovely collection that will have you looking 1st class chic for any destination which you dream of embarking on! She features an array of dresses, tops, pants and jumpsuits which are easy on the eyes, made of quality fabrics and are comfortable to travel in.

Somerset Jane’s Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) collection was designed around a brief being ‘Dress for your Flight 1st Class Lufthansa’. The collection maintained a minimalist aesthetic, with interesting cuts and shapes. The colour palette was very monochromatic and minimal and included grey, black, white and navy, which held the collection together and gave it a sense of sophistication.

Somerset Jane’s SS16 collection is equally stylish and comfortable and will be great additions to your wardrobe.

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Celebrating the African Woman – Spring/Summer 2016 Collection by GreerKyle

For Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) GreerKyle was inspired by African Women celebrating Life. She presented a beautiful collection at SA Fashion Week during the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections Showcase where she was a finalist. The aim of the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections Showcase is to provide the country’s young emerging designers with the opportunity to showcase their collections and to introduce their talents to the world.

The colour palette for the collection was inspired by the African Sunset. The collection had quite a few striking pieces and included all the essentials for SS16 such as beautiful dresses, skirts and blouses.

GreerKyle struck a balance between, comfort and colour and designed a collection that was instantly appealing.

Monday 11 April 2016

Introducing the PUMA x SWASH London collection

PUMA collaborated with print and fashion house SWASH London, which is renowned for its hand-drawn and painted digital prints.

SWASH duo Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka have injected bold and whimsical prints into some of PUMA’s most iconic styles for this basketball inspired collection, which is based on “things lost and found” including skeletons, antique jewellery and other hidden treasures.

While the new collection delves deep into the unexpected, the styles remain streetwear-ready and true to both brands - the blending of premium prints, cutting edge tech and handcrafted designs with classic PUMA styles, perfectly represents both brands’ unique DNA.

The PUMA x SWASH footwear illustrates the inspiration behind the collection thanks to the bold application of prints to some of PUMA’s most classic shoes. The Blaze of Glory (R2 299), originally known for its athletic construction demonstrates a playful and artistic theme in all over SWASH Ossuary design paired with a mellow, soft leather strike.

While the States Mid (R2 999) features SWASH Samovar, a unique hand drawn and painted design featuring bold and lavish, intricate patterns with an upper constructed from rich leather. Finally, the States (R2 699) has been given an equally bold SWASH treatment with an embellished Toucan design in jewel colour print.

The apparel builds on the basketball theme with the unisex Varsity Jacket (R10 999) featuring soft lambskin sleeves, side pockets and custom badges and the eye-catching Samovar print runs true to SWASH’s design ethos. The unisex Basketball Tank (R899) has an allover Samovar pattern and loose fit for a true basketball feel. 

The collection can be found at PUMA SELECT Cape Town, Bree Street and PUMA Select Johannesburg, Braamfontein and Madaiza  from 8 April 2016.