I love swimwear, and as an aspiring swimwear designer, I am always looking to other swimwear & beachwear brands I feel I can relate to. I love looking at ad campaigns. I can spend hours just looking at the different locations & concepts used to advertise swimwear. Because that's the thing, most designers & big brands do the usual, expected approach to advertising swimwear. That being on the beach, on a yatch, or poolside-. But then there are others who give a whole new spin to things. Shooting in weird & wonderful places like abandoned buildings, Mayan Ruins, and like SHE Beachwear, PARIS!
I love their 2011 collections. Today I will show you pictures from their 2011 PARI PARI Collection. The collection was modelled by Camila Morais.
So what do you think? Are you as impressed as I am?
Following in the footsteps of his fashion designer wife, David Beckham will be launching his own collection - a range of men's bodywear comprising underwear and relaxed separates.
Beckham's collaboration with Armani grossed an estimated turnover of €16 million (£14.1 million) in 2007, and €31 million (£38.7 million) in 2008. This time, he has teamed up with business partner Simon Fuller, and will also be launching a new fragrance - Homme by David Beckham. It looks as if we can expect more underwear-clad billboards of Beckham in the near future.
Beckham told WWD that his team has spent lots of time working on perfecting the fit, style, and fabrication to ensure the product looks & feels the absolute best. Which will of course result in awesome sales. I do look forward to seeing what designer Becks is made of. If Victoria's line is anything to go by, Im sure I will love it!
I am absolutely loving the denim shirt right now. It's so versatile, & there are so many different styles available. I just got a great longer length denim shirt that I intend wearing with my other favourite thing..leggings! I found myself thinking, how else will I wear this shirt... And I imagine many of you bought the shirt thinking you are gonna make it your must-have item etc. But do you really know how to put great looks together with your denim shirt?
I tried this look a few weeks ago with a dark wash denim shirt. I paired it with a floral skirt & boots. I think I looked pretty good. What do you think?
Here are some other looks I put together for you & your denim shirt.
I really like this look, & i see myself wearing my new denim shirt mostly this way. Leggings are the perfect match for a longer length denim shirt. If you follow this blog, you would've seen my post on How to wear a shirt over Leggings. And if you didn't, well i stressed that your butt should be covered by your top, as you can see below.
The next look is a great casual look. I paired the denim shirt with a pair of shorts & a top similar in colour to the denim shirt. I loved that this shirt was quite washed out. Denim does not necessarily mean blue*
This look below is very similar to my look above, except this is a dress. I think this look can be worn to college, the mall, a party, anywhere really. This is quite casual, but with different accessories it can really be dressed up.
The look below is a little more dressy than the ones above. I paired the fitted denim shirt with a matte,sequins skirt. I added some colour with the shoes & belt. This could be a good work look. Obviously depending on the kind of environment you work in :)
My last look is the denim shirt paired with a pair of black skinny pants. This is another look that can be dressed up or down. Swapping the heels for flats will take you from smart casual to casual chic. Love the pop of colour in the bag, top, & shoes. And who doesn't love Armani sunglasses?!
I hope this was helpful to you. Have fun wearing your denim shirts*
I was taken by surprise when I received this fab award from my fellow fashion blogger Caramellitsa :) I absolutely love her blog. Its all fashion, great photographs, and fab style. And I am so honoured that she thinks my blog is worthy of the Liebster Award.
The Liebster Award is designed to bring well deserved additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers. If you receive the award you link back to the blogger that nominated you and nominate 3 more blogs.
I decided to choose these 3 blogs, as they are among my favourites. I visit them on a regular basis, and so should you*
One of the things I am enjoying most about my classes on Fashion Entrepreneurship are the people. To be sitting in a room with people from various areas of fashion, of many age groups, & different life experiences has been truly amazing. I am surrounded by a wealth of knowledge. Everyone is so eager to share their experiences & dilemmas, and its so cool how we can all relate to it, and understand what its about. And even we haven't been in that situation, we take away that lesson, and know what not to do.
I cannot speak for the international fashion industry, but I can speak from my experiences here in South Africa. I have encountered people, designers who are just not willing to help or even give advice to other people starting up in the industry. And yes, I do not believe that they have to do anything for me or anyone else, but at least send an email saying "NO!" It common decency, you know. And this is what I believed most people in fashion to be like until I started the Fashion entrepreneurship classes.
I have been so interested in designing swimwear for quite a while now, but I honestly didn't know much about it. I had tried on numerous occasions to make contact with a swimwear designer here in Durban in the hopes for an internship or any sort of advice really, and nothing. No phone calls returned. No emails. Not even a facebook message. But you know what, its OK. I Googled. I watched youtube videos. And I am lucky enough to have a swimwear designer in my class every Saturday afternoon. To her its a few random tips, but to me, its some of the best words of advice Iv received, ever! And now, I am practising, trying to understand & perfect designing swimwear. And I am loving it!
So yes, for me its a happy ending, I am surrounded by people who are eager to share & help. But what about the people who not have the opportunity to be learning alongside these creative geniuses? I thinks its really sad that some people who have 'made it' just don't care to help or advise the next person. Maybe its just me, but I honestly believe that there is enough business out there for everyone.In 2007, South African design icon Gavin Rajah mentored David Tlale & a few other young talents. And today, David Tlale is one of South Africa's biggest designers. But so is Gavin Rajah. And had Gavin Rajah not helped him along, Tlale may not be where he is today.
So, if you can help someone in your industry, do it. You really never know how you may be affecting that person's life.
Marchesa and Playboy may not seem like an obvious match, but designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig insist that the union made instant sense to them. From what I saw of the sketch for the bunny costume design, I thinks its going to be amazing!
In an interview with Vogue UK, Chapman said, "We were approached and were immediately intrigued by the opportunity. The Playboy Bunny costume is one of fashion and pop culture's most iconic emblems. We were excited to design our own interpretation in celebration of the Playboy Club's reopening. The Playboy brand is about fantasy and escapism, which are elements embodied in our Marchesa collections."
The Marchesa interpretation of the bunny costume was created in honour of the opening of the Playboy Club in London later this year and, although it is intended as a one off show piece rather than a costume to be worn by the club's new bunnies, the designers had some Bunnies in mind when creating it. Following the launch on May 26, the costume will be will be auctioned to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
If you are like me and love wearing leggings. It is important to find new and different ways to wear them. I love wearing my leggings with boots. But which boots work, and which don't?
This is a tricky one. But if you follow a few rules, you'll be fine. First, match your boots to the colour of your leggings. Please don't wear purple leggings & white ankle boots. That's ridiculous. you will look like a clown. Black on black always looks good. Also, make sure your leggings go all the way into the boot without leaving any skin showing.
I am not the fan of those calf boots that fit snugly on the calf, but I do love the cowgirl boots, or a flat boho kind of calf boot. Anyway, I think these are perfect to wear with leggings. Go for flats, heels or wedges. It will all look great.
Knee-high boots are playful but still serious enough to be worn to both the mall or the club. An important factor is make sure your leggings match your boots. If you're short, and they don't match; it could make you look even shorter. Flat riding boots look great if you don't want to draw too much attention to yourself.
The thing about thigh-high boots is that they come in varying lengths above the knee. It can reach anywhere from just above the knee, to all the way up the thigh. When choosing what length works for you, you have to know where you'll be wearing them. Shorter thigh-highs make for a sexy but still appropriate daytime look, while higher boots will look a lot more suggestive. Also, depending on the top you are wearing at the time, you might not even be able to see the leggings, which in that case you may want to rather opt for a shorter thigh-high.
Most of you ladies & some guys too can relate to today’s post: Cleaning out your closet! I constantly say things like, ‘I have nothing to wear’ or ‘Hhmmm wear is that dress?’ And I know I’m not the only one. So today I am going to give you some tips on how to clean out your closet, so no more wasted time spent looking for clothes before a night out, or work. Whatever the case, I hope this helps.
Set a time slot
Take a few hours and dedicate it to cleaning your closet & nothing else. No TV breaks. Just you getting organized. You can even get a friend to help so you don’t get lonely.
Ok so the general rule is that if you haven’t worn something in 6 months, get rid of it. Chances are you won’t be wearing it in the next 6 months. Have some dirt bags on hand so you can donate them to a charity. Discard items that are worn-out or don’t fit properly. Keep the items that are flattering to your body shape. If you feel good in something, that’s reason enough to keep it. I would keep a pen & paper handy to make notes on any staple items that need to be replaced.
Ok, so now that you have decided what you want & don’t want. It’s time to get down to the organizing. Here are the steps:
Separate all clothing by season. My mom is famous for this. She keeps winter clothes separate from summer clothes. And by Winter/Summer clothes I mean, there’s no point in having a heavy trench coat in the front of your closet in the middle of summer. It’s taking up space that you could use for something else.
Group together all shirts together, all skirts together and so on. If similar items are located together, it will make it easier to locate individual items.
Now that you have groups of like items together, arrange each group according to colours. I have always done this with my t-shirts. It makes life so much easier. I know exactly where to look if I am looking for a yellow t-shirt.
If you are like me, right now you have piles of clothes everywhere. That’s how I do things. I empty my closet & then start from scratch. Anyway, now it’s time to get to putting everything back into your closet. Invest in strong plastic, wooden or padded hangers. The last things you want in your closet are shabby wire hangers.
The last words of wisdom I will leave you with are to clean out your closet about twice a year. You want your closet to always be current, and fresh. Also, full-length mirrors are great anywhere near, on or in your closet. When you are getting dressed you will notice any loose threads, missing buttons etc.
Hope this was of some help to you. Remember it’s about what works for you & your lifestyle. If you only want to do the colour coordinating, that’s awesome. It will still help you a lot.
Remember, an organised closet means you will get dressed quicker!