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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Audi Joburg Fashion Week Review

Many talents showed at Audi Jo'burg's fashion week. They had some nice collections but two collections really stood out Stoned Cherie & Sun Goddess. Before I get into a review of the trends on the runway, I must deal with the confusion of Audi Jo'burg fashion Week and SA Sanlam. I still again do not understand the sense of having two fashion weeks in the same city by two different producers featuring the usual designers.

Jo'burg Fashion Week produced by SA Sanlam is going into its 10th year. They recently decided to have, for the first time, a Fall Fashion Week to match with the international community. But, Leisureworx Prodcution the same group that produces Nokia Cape town Fashion Week decides they want to do the same Fall Fashion Week about the same time in the same city. What Oshi is this? If SA is wanting to mirror the international community, shouldn't it have one fashion week for the "usual" designers in the same city, then focus the other one on emerging talents? Lots of emerging fashion entrepreneurs have a very difficult time with having buyers view their work. The usual names have been there for a while with over 10 years of strong exposure on the platform SA Sanlam Fashion Week. So, it only seems logical that Leisureworx 's Fall Fashion week would feature emerging talents sort of like the way Los Angeles has IMG's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for more seasoned designers, and P.Kabu Fashion Week features emerging designers, some of whom transition to IMG's event.

All photos provided courtesy of South Africa's Simon Deiner of SDR Photo, www.sdr.co.za.

STONED CHERIE--Nkhensani Nkosi is a master at understanding how to reveal the sexiness on a woman's body by cutting clothes in a way that caress and hug every curve on a woman's body.This season using local South African fabrics, she showed a line that was mostly 60s and 70s inspired leaving the Ladybrille Woman with nolstagic feelings of independence, courage, passion and abundance. Visit the Stoned Cherie site at www.stonedcherrie.co.za
to learn where you can purchase any of the designs you like!

Trenchcoats are essentials in every woman's wardrobe. Stoned Cherie's version has a simple but elegant detailing to it and paired with tights they keep you nice and warm for the cold days ahead.



From the hippie 60's floppy hats which J-Lo made oh so sexy and the current trend for wickedly fierce 70s inspired high waisted skirts, this look is a definite trend! We love the color choice for the hat and the clucth. For the high waisted skirt, make sure the trend works with your body shape. If you have no waist or short waist, it is probably not for you.



Another sizzling high waisted skirt paired with a 60's inspired peasant like tunic. The skinny belt puts an even sexier twist to it.



Ring the alarm with this plunging embellished V-neck silk dress paired with mustard velvet shawl.
You can't go wrong with this rich chocolate print classic A-line skirt dress.

Flirty, young and fun, this immaculate brocade cropped jacket is sure to command attention.


This body conscious dress on a curvy figure is sure to cause a heart attack for the unlucky man who sights you in it! :)


Did we say we love all of Stoned Cherie's collections?



Sun Goddess
What woman doesn't like to be called a goddess? The unique fashion label operated by husband and wife team Thando and Vanya Mangaliso are known for putting a big R in South African Royalty. With every design, they focus on rebranding an identity that is uniquely South African. Their collection this season showcased colorful rich textures, regal shapes and funky layering. Visit http://www.sungoddess.co.za/ to learn where you can purchase the designs you like!
A sassy number for that special occassion.

Keep it simple but in control with this striped blouse and matching pencil skirt. For the skirt, especially in white, the crinkling effect might not be that suitable for a curvy bottom. Try darker colors such as black or gray so your body proportions are balanced.

This spaghetti strapped silk top is perfect with jeans. For fall, try a velvet fitted jacket over it paired with slingback shoes and accesorized with a big bold colorful necklace.

The oversized clutch and the stylish bangle are a musthave! Gorgeous!

A sweet pale yellow dress with colorful patterned layering. We are curious to know what fabrics they used for the bottom layering.


Funky rich colors and an attention getting neckline.

We love the skirt and the headgear. We are not so sure about the top.



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