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.

madiba blog

(Images: Google Images)

(Images: Google Images)

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela.

Great Gatsby

I am so excited and can’t wait for Leo DiCaprio’s latest movie: The Great Gatsby, set for release later this month.

The movie premiered last night at Cannes Festival, and I saw this morning it is ‘Coming Soon’ at Eikestad Mall Ster Kinekor.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier. (Image fromhttp://news.sky.com/story/1091561/the-great-gatsby-premieres-at-cannes-festival)

If I could choose (fashion & music wise that is) when I wanted to live, it would either be the roaring 20′s or crazy 80′s.  Yes I know…80′s with the horrible fashion!  To me the 80′s represent experimentation, renewal & crazy fun.  Never has fashion been this (awfully) creative and expressive.  So yes…the 80′s.

Back to the the Roaring 20′s.

It was all about glitz and glamour. It was decadent and divine. Those were the roaring 20s. Fashion’s on-going love affair with this rebellious (i’m noticing a pattern) and glamorous decade is evident this spring. Laden with drop waistlines, flapper dresses, fringes and frills, hats, head/hair adornments and of course elaborate jewellery.

I am also a huge fan of Art Deco design, as in furniture & architecture.  Art Deco was  an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era. The style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. New York City (where I so want to live) has the most amazing Art Deco buildings, such as the Chrysler.  Even our beautiful Cape Town has a couple of stunning Art Deco Buildings.

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

600px-Mutual_Building_Cape_Town_056 Mh-08r The_Fresco_Room_in_the_Mutual_Building_Cape_Town

With the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, fashion lovers are in for a vintage treat, thanks to an array of 20s-inspired pieces worn by Carey Mulligan, who stars as Daisy Buchanan.  The movie is a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.  I can not wait.

alt

alt

Did the movie follow this season’s fashion trends as seen on the Spring 2013 runways, or did fashion inspire the movie?  Who knows.

alt

alt

(Images from http://www.ifashion.co.za)

Lastly, my avant garde makeup representation of 1920′s, the start of the SMOKEY EYE.

(Makeup by me, 2012)