Friday, 19 September 2014

Wtf is Normcore?

India Rose

Victoria Tornegren

Scandinavians do it best 

I was hovering around on the internet when I came across a post from earlier this year describing this new trend "normcore", which got me intrigued as I had seen this style before, but never really had a name for it. From what I've read on various sites (Vogue//NY Times) this "trend" seems to have some people confused about whether to take it seriously or not. I'm simply confused about why it's such a hot topic when this has been a style for some time now.

I don't necessarily think it's about wanting to look cool and indifferent or that it's lazy. I personally see it as wanting to look clean, crisp and simple. A white shirt and pants could get you mistaken for a waiter, but it's refreshing to have a simple palette without the clutter of accessories and/or layers. The great thing about dressing in basics is that when you want to, you can dress them up with some bling or a little colour. I definitely don't think this trend style is unfashionable like it's being made out to be.

What frustrates me the most is the effort that people are putting in to define this aesthetic as if it could easily be put into a box. In an effort to move away from this ridiculous word and all it's connotations and assumptions, I've compiled a number of images that I hope give the essence of what is at heart a minimalist fashion aesthetic.

Aurora Mohn 

Aurora's closet
Kendall Jenner

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

David Tlale S/S 2015 | NYFW

"I am proudly South African. I am proudly African and I wave the flag for my continent to say we are here to stay as designers from Africa. Not just to stay but to take over."

David Tlale 

I have so much to say about David Tlale's runway show it's ridiculous. First of all, I'd like to express the immense pride I feel seeing the success of a fellow African. It just makes me feel really good to see and also hear that he is proudly African.
There are only so many words I could use to describe the craftsmanship and detail that went into this beautiful collection, but I'll try to keep short and sweet.

The clothing

Personally, I'm a sucker for anything that glitters, shimmers and sparkles. I really like how David used these embellishments to enhance the pieces and also highlight the African print material. Some stand out pieces included the structured white blouses, the sheer shirt on the male model, the pink holographic gown and pretty much every single piece in the 30 second opening.

The models

Striking, statuesque beauties of all shades and backgrounds. It was extremely refreshing to see as opposed to the usual ratio of models of color to white models. Heavy hitter and iconic male model Tyson Beckford opened and closed the show which also featured albino model Diandra Forrest who you may have seen in Beyoncé's Pretty Hurts .

Hair and make up

It really wasn't complicated and didn't need to be as the focus was and will always be on the clothing. I did however like the afro/bob  hairstyle with the braid down the middle on some of the female models.


I had chills down my back hearing the echoing vocals of the African gospel choir/s. I'm guessing that it was all of South African origin, as David Tlale is himself. I definitely want need to get my hands on a copy of the soundtrack.

An interview with the fabulous designer himself after the show.


Friday, 5 September 2014

New Season, New Looks

New Season New Looks

New Season New Looks by adoratem 

My Spring wishlist includes, but is not limited to:

A crisp white shirt
A kimono
Slick black wet look jeans
Pencil skirt with sheer paneling
Pearl earrings
Pink lips & nails (for the Spring aesthetic)
Black and white Adidas slides
Slip on sneakers (preferably in animal print, but black will do)
Black boots
Platform heels


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Africa Rising

This song deserves it's own appreciation post.


Monday, 25 August 2014

I'm all about that bass, no treble

Striped Top Jet 
'A' Grey Beanie Cotton On 
Reflective Sunglasses Oasap

I love the lighting that sunset gives off, it makes my skin look so good. I found this coat at the Saturday markets finally after wanting an over sized coat for literally all of Winter. I'm definitely making use of it before it gets too warm to wear it. It's officially Spring in six days which means semester break, my sisters birthday and properly catching up with my friends. NZFW is this week too?! It's been a while since I've done a runway review...


J'aime le l'éclairage que le soleil donne, car il rend ma peau regardez bien. J'ai trouvé ce manteau à la marché Samedi finallement après j'ai voulu un manteau pour tout le hiver. Je le porte fréquement avant le temps se réchauffera. C'est Printemps officiellement en six jours qui signifie que je dois une pause semestre, c'est lanniversaire de ma soeur, et je peux rencontrer mes amies. C'est Fashion Week ici en Nouvelle Zélande aussi!? Il a été un certain temps depuis que j'ai écrit un "runway review"...

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