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Is Vivienne Westwood an imposter?

What is it that gets you excited? I’m talking butterflies in the stomach, twinkle in the eye, childhood dreams coming true kind of excitement. Is it the thought of ditching your 9 to 5 and opening an allergen free bakery? Or do you dream of designing your own range and become a couturier overnight, like Victoria Beckham or Mary Haines of The Women? You daydream and get all excited until that little nagging voice in the back of your mind starts telling you you’re being silly. You’re never going to accomplish that. You’re not even qualified! And even if you could ever muster up the courage to do it, you probably won’t be any good anyway. So why even try?...

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The Uncovered Treasures Of African Fashion

  Centuries ago, explorers flocked to the wild continent of Africa in search of adventures, new discoveries and treasures. Countless men risked their lives and travelled to this unknown world upon hearing rumours of gold, beautiful women, strange wildlife roaming the vast plains and many more such tales. What they found would inspire and intrigue the world for centuries to come. And still does, to this day.  Africa has been explored, ploughed over and colonised from Cape to Cairo but still she has kept her culture strong, her personality shines through stronger than ever.  These days, travellers use the Internet and social media platforms to discover this still unknown continent. And still they are intrigued, fascinated and sometimes somewhat confused...

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Local is lame.

Is it just me, or are we seeing a lot of second rate fashion shoots these days in some major publications? Why is that? What are we missing? What is it that takes a model from nobody to Kate Moss? What does it take for a photographer to go from boring to Annie Leibovitz? Yes, of course unlimited budgets and good genes play a big role in their success, but it takes more than a pretty face and bags of money to create something truly gorgeous that will inspire and excite. I mean, just look at that nasty shoot Kimye did with Juergen Teller. Lately I've seen a lot of shoots that are just plain horrible. Lacking in concept, originality...

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Fashion = Magic x (beard length + Instagram)

  “I can’t believe people just come up with random crap that turn into trends and the whole world just goes crazy for it!” That’s the kind of statement that could get you slapped. And I think I deserve a reward for not slapping this person. “Fashion is a science!!” I hissed. And I’m right. Do you honestly think designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood invest millions each season into random ideas and scribbles dreamt up out of nothingness? No. They spend months planning every single detail of their collection to present it to the world to be scrutinised by fashion experts, bloggers and wannabe fashionistas who come from across the globe or glue themselves to their Twitter feeds...

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Know your basics.

And no, we are not talking about chemistry or substandard girls. In my training as an Image Consultant (yes, like Chata Romano. Can we continue now?) I was taught all about body shapes, colours to suit your complexion, face shapes and the dreaded “7 basics for every wardrobe”. The latter included things like “the tailored black trouser”, “the classic white shirt” and more such offensive generalisations. With every consultation I would be ready with my list of basics and even added some daring deviations like an array of cardigans. This gave the client clear must-haves for their wardrobe and off we went on our merry way to find these items that will save them from any future fashion emergencies. Now,...

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