Acne SS12 at London Fashion Week

Acne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAcne has made the move from super cool street-wear to all out fashion, according to the latest reports from London Fashion Week. Crisp lines, sharp cuts, sculptural flares in skirts and peplum jackets and a cut-out star motif were the signature elements of this latest collection from Jonny Johansson.

Here are a couple of our favourite looks.

Acne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAcne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAnd even though we’re gearing up for summer here in SA, and would love to get our hands on this collection right now, the bad news is that we’re going to have to wait till it’s released for next year’s spring up there in the Northern Hemisphere… till then you can check out ShopLabel for their latest in Acne designer clothing.

Designer Fashion Pop-Up Shop Johannesburg

Designer fashion Pop-Up shop, Jo'burgDesigner fashion aficionados in Jo’burg have a great opportunity to browse and try on gorgeous pieces from the likes of Victoria Beckham Denim, Acne, J-Brand and many more. Shop-Label, the online designer fashion store, is holding a Pop-Up shop at The Peech Hotel in Melrose from Wednesday 14th September to Friday 16th September.

If you hesitate to buy online because you like to try on first, this is your opportunity to get your hands on some cutting edge designer fashion collections, compare skinny jeans and just have a good time shopping in exclusive style!

If you can’t make the pop-up shop, console yourself by browsing for bargains online in Shop Label’s end of winter sale instead.

On Location In Portugal – 007 Style

Hotel_Palacio_Estoril - locations-in-PortugalLooks like something out of a James Bond movie? You’d be right! Hotel Palacio in Estoril was one of the locations used for the filming of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, the movie known for bridging the gap between Sean Connery and Roger Moore as 007.

George Lazenby was Bond and the movie showed to mixed critical acclaim, but that has nothing to do with stunning settings and scenery. Filmed on location in Portugal, Switzerland and England, it does of course always bear the hallmark Bond style and glamour.Hotel_Palacio_Estoril_locations_in_PortugalThe Hotel Palacio has retained its five star elegance in the intervening years, modernizing itself to include a Banyan Tree spa and conveniently next door to the Estoril casino. It’s also a gentle stroll from Cascais, another location used in the movie and the famous Guincho beach where the opening sequences of the movie were filmed.

So whether you are looking for an iconic hotel for a luxury beach holiday, or a stunning film location for your next production, Hotel Palacio has still got what it takes. Guincho_Beach_locations_in_portugalAnd the welcoming doorman will probably remember the shooting of the movie if you ask, having been working there for over 40 years!

If film production rather than holiday style is what you’re thinking of, check out Prinz Productions who have film production offices in Lisbon and can facilitate at this or other locations in Portugal.

Safari Lodges, Style And LED Lighting


Dinner on the fire deck - Mateya Safari Lodge

There are two main things you expect from a luxury safari lodge: style and a green approach to their decor. After all when the conservation of endangered animals is your primary objective, it makes sense to look at the overall environmental impact of your lodge. Energy saving measures, recycling initiatives, water conservation, growing herbs and vegetables on site are all measures that are being put in place by forward thinking safari lodges, but the style aspect is most evident in the lighting.

Mateya safari lodge LED lighting

Mateya Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve


Inverdoorn Safari Lodge - Ambassadors Suite

All important in the style, look and feel of  a lodge, lighting design can create the perfect ambience, or not. Two South African safari lodges that have got it right are Mateya Safari Lodge, in the Gabbro Hills of the Madikwe Reserve, and Inverdoorn, a private game reserve in the Karoo not far from Cape Town.

What they both have in common, besides the animals, is that both have sourced their LED lighting design from Cape Town-based Candela LED. It’s good to know that LED lighting technology has evolved enough for hotels and lodges to integrate it so beautifully into their decor – exuding style and green ethos in a luxury setting.

ACNE Cool Designer Fashion

Acne designer fashionHip, urban and understated, Acne was the fashion insider’s best kept secret until recently. With their denim collaboration with Lanvin in 2009 and the opening of their London store in 2010, the secret is out and many more are clamouring for their sleek and minimal separates.

Their name is an acronym, standing for  ‘Ambition to Create Novel Expression’ and the company began as a creative consultancy in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996. From the beginning it was more about design for living and creating a lifestyle brand, and it was almost by accident that fashion became a major part of their success. It all started with 100 pairs of unisex raw denim jeans with distinctive red stitching being designed and given out to clients friends and family as a promotional move. These caught the imagination of Swedish Elle and soon they were in demand from top boutiques around Sweden. Acne followed up by designing a full collection of cool understated pieces in 1998.

Acne designer fashionCo-founder and creative director Jonny Johansson is the charismatic figure behind the brand. Despite the success of his men’s and women’s fashion lines, his design concepts and inspiration are not confined or limited within the fashion world. Acne also embraces a film company, an ultra-cool magazine Acne Paper, with articles from top names in the fashion world, and even a line of children’s toys, and recently branched out into furniture design, one of his original metiers. With a finger on the pulse of the times, Johansson manages to gauge the mood perfectly, injecting his designs with just enough quirkiness to make them recognisable, while still retaining that classic tailored elegance that forms the backbone of any fashion wardrobe.

“I focus on designing clothes that give good energy to the wearer,” says Johansson. “Our view on fashion is playful and relaxed. If I could design something that people can have a long-term relationship with, I would be very happy, I want to design a garment that makes you feel stronger and more self-confident.”

Acne’s POP Classic lines, which include their signature denim, bomber jackets and streetwise fashion, have been joined by their trend-setting, up-market and fashion-forward collections, which in 2010 took the concept of spirituality as their inspiration, with flowing drapery and crystals creating a completely different silhouette from their previous crisp lines and harder edge. Each collection showcases a new concept – for concepts are what drive Acne –sometimes classic, sometimes odd ball but always cutting edge.

In South Africa you can get Acne  from ShopLabel – the online designer fashion store

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