The Madiba Shirt

Today is Madiba Day…in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95′th birthday.

Not only is he a truly inspirational man, captivating the entire world with his visionary humbleness, he is also somewhat of a FASHIONISTA!

With his savvy dress sense, combining colour, print, texture & supposed clashing styles, i.e. a somewhat casual button shirt paired with tailored trousers, buttoned shirt worn tugged out over trousers, etc., his Madiba Shirts has inspired fashion & textile designers worldwide to create interesting and fun garments.

The clothing line 46664 is also a Nelson Mandela Brand.  46664 (four, double six, six four) takes its name from the prison number (prisoner number 466 of 1964) given to Mr Mandela when he was incarcerated for life on Robben Island, off Cape Town, South Africa.  Mr Mandela gave his prison number to the organisation as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices he was prepared to make for a humanitarian and social justice cause he passionately believed in.  Available from selected Stuttafords and other retail chains, as well as an online store.

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(Images: Google Images)

(Images: Google Images)

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela.

The perfect fringe for you

Fringes seems to be doing its rounds this year, from celebrities to myself trying different looks.

Adding a fringe is a fantastic way to update your image and bring a fresh perspective to your style without making too drastic a change.

A well-cut fringe will draw attention to pretty eyes, cover up an uneven hairline and can even make you look younger.  But not all fringe cuts/types suits all face shapes or hair types.  The wrong choice of cut is likely to draw attention to prominent features (you know, those features you actually want to hide).

The key to a fab fringe is to take your face shape and hair type into consideration and work with them to create a great look that’s easy to maintain.  A good hair stylist will be able to advise you on this and help you avoid bad hair days for months, until it’s grown out again.

Here’s some of the more popular fringe cuts

Cleopatra:

Kim Kardashian Rings in the 2012 New Year at TAOSleek and Bold.  Straight, thick and severe, this fringe is cut to, or just above the eyebrows.  It’s a fantastic way to hide a large forehead or draw attention to beautiful eyes. The look is bold and retro and works best when it’s groomed to a sleek and shiny finish.  Avoid this particular fringe if you don’t have time to style your hair in the morning.  This fringe is especially suitable for oval, heart or long face shapes and straight, medium or thick hair.

Peekaboo:

Jennifer-aniston-bang-hairstyleGlamorous.  This is the longest type of fringe and half-covers or completely falls over one eye.  It is glamorous and feminine and works best in an undulating wave.  It helps to soften angular features but is best kept for special occasions as it is not always practical.  Luckily a long fringe can easily be swept back into a ponytail or behind the ear for everyday wear. This particular fringe suits all face shapes and works best with thick and medium wavy hair.

Textured:

short_layered_hairstyleJagged but soft.  Cut to different lengths to give lots of texture and a casual, slightly messy look, this stylish fringe can be soft or slightly more jagged and severe looking.  It draws attention to the upper half of your face, and helps to balance a heavy jaw or chin.  This particular style works best with layered cuts, while highlights or lowlights help to bring out the texture.  Suitable for square, long and oval face shapes and wavy, curly, medium or thick hair.

Feathered:long-bangs-hairstyles-2012-1

The perfect all-rounder.  This fringe is soft, feminine and usually fairly long blending into your hair.  The feathered fringe works best with layers around the face, as the fringe gently ‘flows’ into the layers.  It is very popular because it is a great all-rounder and suits all face shapes and hair types, as long as the hair around the face is layered.

Micro:

Short and daring.  Just like the micro mini skirt, this super-short fringe will definitely raise apl-021-kid-awds-720x1024eyebrows.  It usually falls just below the hairline, or somewhere on the upper half of your forehead.  The micro fringe can be cut square (almost like the cleopatra) to suit rounder face shapes, or curved to suit square faces.  It showcases your face and works perfectly with elfin styles or longer layers.  Round, square, heart and oval shapes with medium to fine straight hair types can try this.

Grown-out

jessica-alba-bangsBoho Chic.  This type of fringe is cut to give the impression of a shorter fringe that has grown out.  Long enough to reach the eyebrows or even lashes, it focuses attention on your eyes, making this look laid back and stylish.  Because of its length, it is very versatile. You can pin it back, or part thereof, sweep it all to one side or part it in the middle.  This style can be worn by round, oval and square face shapes and suited for all hair types.

( Info: Essential Guide to Beauty 17, Images: Google Images)