These stylish African bead bracelets are more than just a fashion statement – each bracelet is made to support an individual cause. The bracelets are an ideal way to raise funds and to show support for a cause and are the inspired idea of Relate – a South African not-for-profit social enterprise.
The idea is to create opportunities at every stage of the project. So the making of the bracelets provides income and skills training for unemployed township youth, the elderly in need of income to supplement meagre pensions or refugees struggling to make a new life for themselves. The bracelets are sold by the individual causes to raise revenue and the wearers feel a connection to the cause and know that their contribution is reaching those it’s meant for. Continue reading “Supporting Causes African Style”
Bono isn’t known for lending himself to advertising campaigns and he doesn’t usually take part in shoots without the band members of U2, but made an exception for this shoot which promotes something close to his heart. In 2005 he and his wife, Ali Hewson, started an ethical fashion label Edun, which Vuitton parent company LVMH have supported since 2009 with a 49% share in it, in their bid to promote a more sustainable fashion ethic. Continue reading “Louis Vuitton Shoot by Annie Leibovitz Features Bono in Africa”
Summer is taking a while to reach Cape Town, so luxuriously snuggly cashmere still feels very appealing, and there is a great new local brand just arrived on the luxury fashion scene.
Alabaste designs a fine range of 100% cashmere scarves – made in Mauritius and currently available from ShopLabel online or from selected retailers in Cape Town.
Cape Town based stylist and fashion veteran Ava Edwards is the creative mind behind the label . The feather light but chunky winter range, aptly named Stroke Me, will be joined by a lighter summer range shortly.
The branding and packaging reflects the high-end cashmere product and is designed by Deep.
Luscious butter-soft leather is irresistible, even more so when it comes in these sexy and elegant designer jackets from British designer Muubaa. If you haven’t yet discovered their Must Have range of stunning leather jackets then you need to get hold of one quick and see what you’re missing.
They’ve just arrived in South Africa at ShopLabel, and aren’t going to be left hanging neglected on a rail for more than about a minute!
This is what Muubaa say about their designer leather range.
“Our design philosophy is about creating current yet timeless pieces that every woman can make her own, everyday. We take what we know to be possible with leather, and push it, often surprising with new ways to use and wear it.”
So which is your hot favourite? The sexy Cion, the sleek Kendyll or dead gorgeous Meggie?
Lily and Lionel is the latest designer label to take South Africa by storm. Their luxury scarves come in a glorious variety of iconic designs, from animal print to sleek cityscapes and bright watercolour florals.
All the scarves are soft and light in silk/wool blends or 100% fine wool, perfect for urban style hunters to dress up a chic winter look.
The signature Asher scarf in its striking leopard print has to be one of the hottest accessories of the season, but the London and New York cityscapes are also tempting.
Which would you go for this winter?
The most stylish of cashmere scarves in a gossamer lightweight weave, Artemis Wragge’s beautiful creations are an absolute must for this winter.
South African designers, Diana Wragge and Roy Curitz, restore an inimitable mystique and cachet to the cashmere scarf, creating masterpieces in this luxurious yarn that you will treasure for years.
The Artemis Wragge collection is made from the finest quality cashmere from Inner Mongolia and is woven exquisitely. The gossamer collection is so fine that it will easily pass the ultimate test of slipping through a wedding band.
Also look out for the label’s gorgeous printed scarves in a rich cashmere and silk blend.
Hot fashion item of the moment, this stunning IRO Agnette jacket is flying out of stores worldwide. Fashion fundis are seeking far and wide to get their hands on one, so if you’ve been lingering over your winter wardrobe decisions now is not the time to hesitate.
South Africa’s top online designer fashion store ShopLabel still has stock in red, cream and black, so get there before the secret leaks out and these coveted IRO jackets all wing their ways overseas!
Designer jeans trends seem to skip through so fast that you blink and you miss it. Spring in the northern hemisphere has inspired a rash of blossom – floral look skinny jeans have stolen the limelight from the leopards, cheetahs and reptiles of last month.
There seem to be two camps – those who think that the new florals look like their grandma’s taste in interior decor, and those who love the fresh colours and designs.
Plenty of celebrities have been snapped in the Current/Elliott florals already, like Katie Holmes in the picture, and they look great with heels and plain Ts or long cardigans.
What’s perfect for spring over there, looks set to go down a storm for autumn and winter over here too and Current/Elliott’s Stilletto Skinny in Red Rose are available online from ShopLabel, so we can get ahead on the latest fresh fashion trends in designer jeans.
So the beach weather isn’t quite over yet, but an autumnal nip in early mornings in the Cape has us looking towards our winter wardrobes in anticipation.
The winter staples are just arriving in designer fashion stores all over SA and here are a few essentials to look out for:
Soft and luxurious a beautifully crafted cashmere scarf will see you through chilly winter mornings and evenings in style.
Tailored blazer or chic and edgy with a distressed feel, the jacket is an essential piece this winter. IRO have some great options in red, black or white. Make sure you have a leather jacket ready to wear for a casual and edgy look too.
A silk shirt can uplevel your whole winter wardrobe in one move. Dress up some skinny jeans for a more formal day look or pair one with skirt and boots for work wear. Plain neutral colours in white, grey or taupe are versatile but you can also have fun with the statement making prints available this season – think leopard print or star spangles.
Keep warm with an elegant textured knit – perhaps a slim fit cardigan.
Skinny jeans are still de rigueur and come in an even wider choice of prints, colours and finishes. Check out JBrand’s latest range for some useful winter staples, or Current/Elliott for some fancy leopard prints in pastel.
Grab these and other upcoming trends in designer fashion from ShopLabel –some of them are still only available on pre-order, but you can make sure of the best pieces now, so your winter wardrobe is ahead of the game.
The hottest new take on the leopard print trend, is these pastel leopard skinny jeans from Current/Elliot.
These designer jeans are part of the latest SS12 collection aimed at those heading for spring in the Northern hemisphere.So pretty and they come in peach or cashmere blue. Perfect with a slouchy knit or a simple silk shirt.
For us in South Africa they are just in time for the last months of summer, heading into autumn, but there’s no reason that they shouldn’t also look good as part of our winter wardrobes, once summer finally loses its grip.
Which do you like best Cashmere blue or Dusty Peach?
They are just in at ShopLabel if you want to get your hands on some of these irresistible designer jeans right now.