Politics and SA Fashion Week

#99. Give fashion a chance. The political intrigue that has dominated the week with the Mbeki plotters being out- manouevred by the Zuma plotters and the now not-so-secret tapes made public has left me seeking refuge from big news about big men with big plots, and machinations worthy of a Shakespeare production. It is apparent that as a country we have been used as the setting for an enormous battle between political ambitions and … political ambitions, making it all but impossible to choose sides.

And so I can’t help savouring the memory of Friday night — before the latest political storm broke — at  the Turbine Hall in Newtown where two very different fashion constitutiencies were brought together by a shared love of detail, stripes, and … dressing up. Continue reading

Sanlam SA Fashion Week

#30. Secure a seat in the front row at Fashion Week for the Amanda Laird Cherry show. I joined Joburg’s fashion crowd at Sandton Convention Centre for the show last night. They were all there — skinny girls in black, supermodels showing lots of skin, fashion editors dressed to kill, blingy girls with men who looked like they had stepped off a yacht in Nice, the funky, the hip and the just plain strange. Continue reading