Louis Vuitton Shoot by Annie Leibovitz Features Bono in Africa

Louis Vuitton ad with Bono and Annie Leibovitz in AfricaBono 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

Cashmere Scarves From Alabaste

alabaste cashmere scarvesSummer 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.

alabaste cashmere scarvesCape 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.

Must Have Designer Leather Jackets This Winter

Muubaa-Cion-Leather-jacketLuscious 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?

Muubaa-Kendyll-leather-jacketMuubaa-Meggie_leather-jacket

Wrap Up Warm In Iconic Designs

Lily and Lionel - Asher scarfLily 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. Lily & Lionel New York scarf

Which would you go for this winter?

Artemis Wragge For Exquisite Cashmere Scarves

artemis-wragge-cashmere-scarvesThe 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. artemis wragge-cashmere-printed-scaves

Also look out for the label’s gorgeous printed scarves in a rich cashmere and silk blend.

This Seasons Hottest Jacket

IRO-Agnette-Red-Distressed-JacketHot 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!

Is Floral the New Cheetah?

Katie Holmes in Current/Elliot floral skinny jeansDesigner 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.

Designer Fashion Gearing Up For Winter

IRO leather jacketSo 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:

Cashmere scarves
Soft and luxurious a beautifully crafted cashmere scarf will see you through chilly winter mornings and evenings in style.

Jackets
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.

Equipment label silk shirtSilk Shirts
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.

Textured knits
Keep warm with an elegant textured knit – perhaps a slim fit cardigan.

Skinny Jeans
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.

Printed Jeans – Are You A Snake Or A Leopard?

Leopard print designer jeansSnake print designer jeansIf you haven’t yet latched onto this season’s animal print jeans trend then it’s time to make the tough decision…

Are you a snake or are you a leopard?

Sinuous scales or sophisticated spots?

 

Both go perfectly with skinny jeans, which can be paired with a silk tee and statement heels for a cocktail party or dressed down for day wear.

The secret to styling these jeans for elegance rather than overkill, is to keep tops and shoes plain and simple – let the jeans be the focus of your look… and don’t mix your animals!

Track down J brand animal print designer jeans in snow leopard or matt boa.

What to Wear For A Stylish Holiday Season

Heidi Klein Maxi DressWe’re all running out of time to pick out the perfect outfit for Christmas, but it’s not too late to grab some covetable designer fashion online for New Year or the latest in beachwear for your summer holiday.

If you’re quick off the mark you can even meet ShopLabel’s 2pm deadline today to have that perfect outfit delivered in time for Christmas.

So what should you be looking at to be right on trend this Christmas season?

Casual Style
Summery Christmas Days demand a more casual style than winter ones – if you’re leaping into the pool to cool off before lunch you want an easy look that doesn’t take too long to throw together: skinny jeans or denim shorts and a super cool statement top are enough to look stunning throughout the day, or dress up for the evening in wax-coated black jeans and drop-dead gorgeous heels.

Don’t forget the very current trend of leopard and snake print jeans – a total must-have for your Christmas list.

Heidi Klein white bow bikiniBeach Chic
If your Christmas will be spent on the beach then a stunning designer two piece is essential – check out Heidi Klein’s white bow bikini for starters. Then add one of her stunning floaty maxi dresses for a bit of beach or poolside glamour.

 

Cooler Evenings
Cover up in Cape Town’s fickle weather with a boxy jacket, perhaps the IRO grey jacket wiht shoulder chains for intriguing detail.

Acne asymmetrical black dressThe LBD
Summer may be casual most of the time even at Christmas but a Little Black Dress is an essential part of your wardrobe for parties, so if yours is looking a bit dated check out the little black numbers from Acne.

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