Bond Film Production Not In Cape Town … Yet!

James BondCape Town may have to wait to see 007 in a cable car shoot out on Table Mountain. The persuasive rumours circulating the industry and the internet that had the next Bond movie filmed on location in Cape Town, with a script from the latest Bond novel Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver, have proved to be unfounded.

The details of Bond 23 were finally announced in a November press conference – the movie is titled Skyfall and is based on one of Ian Fleming’s novels. Daniel Craig will star as Bond with Judi Dench continuing as M, and Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney in undisclosed roles.

Some of the speculation on a South African James Bond movie started when director Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli came to South Africa on a location scout in April 2011. While it is not entirely ruled out that there may be scenes set here, it now sounds unlikely with shooting scheduled in Shanghai and other parts of China and opening scenes set in Istanbul.

However the summer season of film production in Cape Town is already off to a busy start, so 007 may not even be missed, there’s plenty of shaken not stirred glamour to be found on location in and around the city as it is – and who knows, maybe he will get around to visiting South Africa in a year or two, when Carte Blanche eventually does get made into a movie.

Equipment – The Silk Shirt Style Staple

Equipment silk shirt in leopardA wardrobe staple that looks just as good on a chic sixty year old as on a cool sixteen year old, Equipment’s range of impeccable silk shirts is one of the fashion insider’s best kept secrets.

The designer fashion label was originally launched back in 1976, when Christian Restoin, husband of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, and inspired by classic stars such as Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, saw a need for simple tailored men’s shirts adapted for women, for a sexy understated chic.

The iconic Equipment label has recently been re-launched from LA by Serge Azria, who saw that the time was right to revisit the timeless chic lines of the silk shirt. To his surprise in only one year the new look Equipment has rocketed to immediate success with a cult following snapping up the shirts off the shelves as fast as they can be re-stocked.

An essential timeless piece is the classic white silk shirt, or go wild with the leopard print sheer silky Equipment shirt.

Table Mountain – Icon of Natural Style

Table MountainAs anyone who lives in Cape Town will tell you, Table Mountain is the ultimate style icon, presiding protectively over the city, its unforgettable silhouette visible from many miles away up the West Coast. So we are all thrilled that Table Mountain has made it into the final list of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

While the New 7 Wonders is a private initiative, criticised by many as unscientific in its voting processes, it has certainly caught the popular imagination here in South Africa, where a chance to get recognition for our most recognisable landmark was seized with enthusiasm.

It’s not that Cape Town needs any publicity. Already a popular destination for travellers on all budgets, from luxury to backpacking, it has also been a top favourite location for film productions for many years. It has also been named design capital for 2014, so there is no shortage of headlines or visitors.

But we have yet to see Table Mountain featuring as itself in a blockbuster movie. Too often our beaches stand-in for other countries, our versatile landscape locations of mountain, rolling wheatfields, wine estates, even desert, double for other places, other times.

We’re hoping to see Table Mountain feature prominently in a movie some time soon – who knows maybe the next James Bond will do the trick – Carte Blanche is rumoured to be considering Cape Town as a possible location, seeing as the book is set here. Just imagine 007 on a mission dangling from the cable car ascending the side of the Mountain in a shoot out with the latest villain…!

And if you have seen a movie that features Table Mountain as a location, please do let me know in the comments – I’d be thrilled to be wrong!

IRO – Parisian Chic

IRO - autumn/winter 2011Paris fashion is synonymous with haute couture, resonating with world-famous, big names from Dior to Givenchy. But there is also an up and coming bunch of young, accessible Paris designers, bringing streetwise fashion to the hip crowd. IRO is one of our best.

Design duo, brothers Arik and Laurent Bitton, started their careers as rock musicians in New York. Returning to their native France in 2004, they brought with them an appreciation of New York street fashion. They have managed to combine street style with Parisian chic in a way that has caught the attention of many celebrities, finally winning the ultimate seal of approval of an order directly from Kate Moss for their Kilav t-shirt.

Slouchy T shirts in luxurious materials, sexy jackets and gorgeous knits are the hallmark of the brand, and are being snapped up for their effortless casual chic. What’s not to love about Paris fashion with an affordable price tag!

If you can’t make to to Paris to browse an IRO store, look for an exciting selection of IRO designer fashion on ShopLabel, the online designer label store based in South Africa.

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