LISOF lecturers always learning

posted on July 5th, 2018 by LISOF
“Staff are engaging with the concept of teaching and learning and sharing methods to enable them to think out the box. The concept of being able to extend ourselves and be constantly up skilled by our academic head and assistant head. Encouraged to share and enjoy in developing ways to improve the experience for the learners is what makes us special.” – CEO, Shana Rosenthal

LISOF lecturers participated in an academic conference during the first week of the June Holiday with the main objective fixated on Teaching and Learning practices that promote student engagement. Lecturers were grouped into teams and developed creative and engaging alternative approaches to lesson presentations and methods of delivery to advance student experiences within a learning environment.

 

The academic faculty engaged with concepts surrounding teaching millennials, valuable learning experiences, authentic assessment practices and lecture room management.  It was an exciting and interactive day driven by the enthusiastic spirit of the LISOF academic faculty that reminded us of the caliber of lecturers at the heart of LISOF. The willingness to challenge themselves within the academic context further demonstrated that an even greater quality and experiential education is on the horizon.

By Maryne Steenkamp

Assistant Academic Head

Top 5 Best Dressed at The iHeartRadio Music Awards

posted on March 16th, 2018 by LISOF

From bold and metallic, to chic and lace, the stars definitely brought their fire at The iHeartRadio Music Awards, held in Inglewood, California on 11 March 2018. The iHeartRadio Music Awards’ annual event celebrates the biggest names in the business.

Photo via teenvouge.com

Nominees are based on the music heard throughout the year on the iHeartRadio Station. Hosted By Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled, this event was definitely a fashionista’s dream.

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The stars gave us a taste of bold prints, metallic ensembles, and sheer lace, truly setting the bar high within the world of fashion. Here are LISOF’s top 5 looks off the red carpet.

5 Paris Hilton

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The heiress showed her appreciation for the event with her heart cut-out look paired with red pumps. Effortlessly chic!

 4 Hasley & G-Eazy

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The couple really brought the boldness with this look. We Are LOVING the metallic blazer over an all-black ensemble. Hasley’s bold print with sleek back top-knot has us stunned!

3 Chantel Jeffries

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Chantel is a metallic goddess, pairing this bold look with gorgeous gold strappy high sandals. She topped it off with a soft up-do. The nude make-up ties this look together so elegantly.

2 Madeline Petsch

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Petsch definitely made a statement with this plaid ensemble, pairing the look with a velvet purse and heels, giving her our number 2 spot on best dressed.

1 Jenna Dewan-Tatum

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The beautiful dancer/actress brought flames with this piece. The tribal inspired pattern on both the jacket and the crop bring a bold statement to this outfit. Jenna paired this look with an interesting bottom and simple black heels. This is definitely our favourite look of the evening!

Can’t wait to see what these celebs will be wearing next…

Fashion Month Recap: Drones, The Queen and A Whole Lot of Pride

posted on March 6th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

With fashion month coming to a close for it’s Autumn Winter 2018 showcases, it’s a great time to reflect on all that happened.

New York Fashion Week held the usual suspects such as Alexander Wang and his Matrix inspirations of black leather and the very on-trend barely there sunglasses. Tom Ford held a 1980’s revival with high-shine printed leggings and fishnets. But it was Nandi Madida who made sure to put SA fashion on the map with her NYFW debut.

On the other side of the pond, London Fashion Week became even more British as her Royal Highness made a F-row appearance for Richard Quinn. She then awarded designer Quinn with an award, in her name of course. We also bore witness to Christopher Bailey’s final collection for Burberry, a glorious affair celebrating Pride (amongst other things) with bold rainbow stripes and punchy puffer jackets, a whole lot of colour for a usually neutral-focused brand.

Over to Italy, we had dragons and severed heads at Gucci, for another fantastical show. Dolce & Gabbana also focused on slightly disembodied models, as a set of elegant drones carrying the brand’s latest handbags swished down the runway. It was certainly a statement, but left people wondering if models are soon to become redundant. This is what Anna Wintour thought of it all.

Closing off in Paris, we had gothic romance at Elie Saab and a total contrast at Hermes, with a series of bright! brighter! brightest!! looks. Following the footsteps of new Celine director, Heidi Slimane (who announced that in addition to a fragrance and XXX, Celine would now feature a menswear line) Jacquemus hinted at his new menswear collection with a slogan sweater announcing “L’Home Jacquemus”.

MY NEW JOB : JACQUEMUS FOR MEN SEE YOU IN JUNE! 🙏🏽

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Overall, we’ve seen a lot of 80’s inspired elements and XXXX.

Turn Your Higher Certificate Into a Degree: Here’s How

posted on March 5th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

It’s pretty easy to see how fashion changes lives. From groundbreaking designs which inspire people throughout the world, to fashion aimed at making statements, politically, socially or otherwise. At LISOF, it’s entirely possible you’ve had your life change through the education you’ve received, and the network you’ve built. You’ve also put blood, sweat and tears into designing and creating or studied the various ways that fashion is incorporated into the greater economy. Perhaps you’ve sat up all night thinking of the best way to style an outfit. Alternatively, you may have studied a similar higher certificate at another institution, and now want to attend LISOF. However , you’ve definitely felt that ultimate feeling of reward, as you proudly look at your work and your well-deserved marks.

Now, it’s time to take that hard-earned Higher Certificate even further, as you follow the path of getting a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion degree. 50% of the credits you’ve accumulated through your higher certificate can now be transferred into a new qualification which will enable you to complete your Bachelors qualification. P.S. We have extended this to include other non-LISOF students who may want to apply as well.

 

Please see all technicalities, terms, conditions and process below:

The Higher Education Act, 1997 (101) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) aim to promote lifelong learning within higher education. To this effect, candidates who have completed a higher certificate qualification and do not have prior access to a bachelor’s degree may apply via recognition of prior learning (RPL) for vertical access into a higher qualification. This articulation, especially when into a cognate qualification, will also enable the candidate to accumulate and transfer credits towards the new qualification.

Contact us at JHB; info@lisof.co.za / 011 326 1698 or PTA: cindy@lisof.co.za / 012 747 6400 to find out more.

Design Indaba 2018: The Magic Moments

posted on March 2nd, 2018 by LISOF

The week of the Design Indaba 2018 felt like stuff out of the movies – you know, the kind that leaves you at the edge of your seat, star-struck-type vibes, gushing, groupie-like pandering? Yes, that type of insane admiration! Hosted at the LISOF Johannesburg campus, there was a true feeling of wonderment in every attendee who, in between watching various talks, got a glimpse of the way things are done at LISOF: which is to create a space for new design thinking and encourage the design process.

Photo by Anel Van Vuuren

Look – it was inspiring in many ways but in other ways, downright humbling. Almost an awakening of some sort – to the sheer realisation that your life/work is still, uhmm, errr…. let’s just say – a work in progress. That’s how I felt (pretty much) the entire week – as I played make-believe, feigning limp attempts to look relevant – like, I’ve got something to offer the world. Yes, that kind of grand, movie-star-like-confidence – the stomach–in-chest-out-Bheki Cele-type of moves, the fake-it-till-you-make-it kind?

I guess what I’m trying to say is – that’s the kind of effect the Design Indaba will have on you – making you feel like you matter. Day 3 allowed us to get access to a talk by set designer, Es Devlin who is on a first name basis (as you would, of course) with Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, U2, Adele (need I say more) which is no small feat, right? This type of Hollywood stuff rubs off on you. The fabulous network of world shakers making an impact in their creative disciplines, meeting new people and mingling in your aspiring world and drawing inspiration from the gushing well of creative ingenuity is life-giving.

They make it look so easy though that you’d be deceived into thinking that they were hit by a stroke of luck from heaven above. But many talked, like Devlin, about their tireless efforts to hone their craft. Take Es on the third day, for instance (yes, yes, you tend to feel like you know them too on a first name basis) – talked about the lessons she learnt out of playing the violin in her younger years – that in fact, nothing comes easy. The idea of practise makes perfect in playing a musical instrument has become part of her own work ethic. Her interpretation of the briefs she gets from clients was a lesson in being adept in giving “artists a visual voice” as she calls her trade as well as having an acute understanding of their brand and public persona. This talented artist’s life was never the same after she came back from watching a live Boomtown Rats performance – she knew from that point on, that she wanted to translate visual manifestations for performers and THAT she does very well.

Many times, I couldn’t help wonder how on earth many of the speakers came up with the ideas they conjure up, how they make them come alive in ways, my brain has never done before. So great, so revolutionary, you start to believe you can walk on water.

Photo by Anel Van Vuuren

Another speaker I was in awe of, was Tomo Kihara, termed a playful interventionist and design researcher – did you know anything like this existed?! This is not the kind of thing they tell you about in career guidance classes, I can tell you that much. This young maverick was driven by a desire to tackle homelessness in the world (this kind, doesn’t think small) – so, if you are going to follow in the footsteps of this lot, small ideas won’t take you anywhere – think BIG, sky-size BIG. Kihara developed an alternative to begging, a prototype device called the “Street Debater.” This is a gadget designed to remove the negative feelings evoked by street begging (humiliation, lack of dignity, feeling invisible etc) creating engagement in the process of giving and being given money. Some of the activations of this device entailed using pictures of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump and a passer bye would have to predict using their money who will become President leading up to the American elections. A bit like begging with a purpose – this gadget sparks conversation and more importantly, overcomes social segregation whilst earning an unemployed and destitute person £135 per hour.

Photo by Anel Van Vuuren

That Design Indaba crowd were on top of their form last week showing you and me that in fact there’s a place for everyone in this world – from the faux movers and shakers like me, real, global and local thought leaders to our very own Joburg class of Emerging Creatives who already believe that the world, through their raw talent, is their oyster. LISOF provided the perfect venue to host all of the Design Indaba frenzy, to allow the artists to express themselves and attendees to wander through the campus inspired by the newest talent.

Photo by Anel Van Vuuren

Written by: Anda Ngani

Africa’s time to shine at the Design Indaba 2018

posted on February 22nd, 2018 by LISOF

The first day of the Design Indaba Simulcast held at LISOF, Blairgworie kicked off its first speaker slot with the intriguing, Zimbabwean-born Sunu Gonera, a filmmaker who draws many of his influences from the dusty townships streets where he grew up. When Gonera was a child, the War of Independence in Zimbabwe was at its peak – the harsh realities of his childhood, meant that he spent many waking moments daydreaming and making up stories in his head.

Gonera recounted his journey behind the lens –  from an early age, telling stories was a way of escaping. His creativity landed him up in advertising in South Africa after a brief stint in banking after completing his degree from the University of Cape Town. As things would be, the talented Sunu Gonera worked his way up in the world of advertising and was soon drawn to the dazzling lights of Hollywood earning big gigs in the same league as the academy award nominee, Terrence Howard and Tom Arnold and the likes in this debut movie. “Pride.” After rubbing shoulders and living the life with the rich and famous, life took a dramatic turn, with barely a dime in his pocket, he returned to South Africa to start anew.

Gonera tells of his enduring spirit and his passion for this continent and all it has to offer as his main drivers in telling the African story. Branded as an Afrofuturist, his spectacular storytelling trademark of showing Africa with warts and all, strengthens his position back home as a sought after Creative Director after his Absolut One Source commercial earns him stripes in Cannes as well as at the South African Music Awards and Metro Awards for Best Music Video. Sunu Gonera champions the changing of the African narrative to a positive story and a shining light for the world to see in his bold work. As a trailblazer in transforming the African narrative, Gonera aptly defines the afrofuturist wave as putting this continent on the map and translating its energy into something tangible: “Aspiration is an attitude…. And the joy of Africa is all around us – we don’t have to hide it.”

 

Gonera’s narrative about the contribution of everyday people in making the day-to-day systems that are important in our lives work, is ground breaking. In his Metropolitan Life advert, “I see you,” he honours the role of the shopkeeper and the taxi driver. Gonera says he did this “because I wanted my mom in the corner shop to look good.”

His portfolio of work, together with other African creative giants, making waves in the movie scene (such as the David Oyelowo’s of this world from “Salma” fame who also happens to be a good friend and colleague) – is reverberating across the world giving Africans an authentic voice. For the sequel to Absolut Vodka’s 2nd ad campaign, Gonera wanted to create Africa’s own mythology and superheros – he is charting his path, uninhibited by where his imagination take him.

“Pick your path, tell you story……When I went to LA recently I felt I was bringing something to the table…. If I hadn’t lost everything and gone home I would not have felt like I have something to bring to the table, ”he says.

Via Design Indaba

Sunu Gonera’s creative genius has set the tone for the rest of the week – keeping the delegates of the Design Indaba 2018 at the edge of their seats with the ingenuity of our design creatives.

Written By: Anda Ngani

LISOF x Design Indaba Simulcast: Everything You Should Know

posted on February 6th, 2018 by LISOF

With the LISOF x Design Indaba Simulcast around the corner, it’s time to prepare yourself for the sheer amount of design knowledge and creativity you’re going to experience. If you’re still unclear on what exactly we’re doing, we’ve answered some questions.

What is Design Indaba?

The Design Indaba Festival is a week long celebration of art and design which has been running in Cape Town since 1995. The festival features, along with many interactive exhibits, a three day conference with talks from renowned design legends locally and abroad. There is also a Emerging Creatives Exhibit where new talent is showcased, and a competition of Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

It’s basically a one-stop shop for all things beautiful from architecture, to graphic and fashion design, interiors, exteriors, furniture and photography. The event is also set up to educate on the importance of design.

So then what is the Simulcast?

The event has grown exponentially since it’s inception, with more and more people interested in attending. And so, a need for events in other cities came about. The Simulcast is set up so that people in Johannesburg can get access to the conference. All talks of the conference will be broadcasted live and direct from the Design Indaba Cape Town event. At our Johannesburg campus, there are four venues set up with excellent sound technology in order to show talks in the highest quality. These talks will be happening on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of February.

This is especially important for students interested in the arts, which is why LISOF is proud to be the official Joburg simulcast host for 2018.

What will be exhibited?

Along with showcasing the work of established artists throughout the different venues, we also have the Emerging Creatives exhibit for Joburg talent, curated by Design Indaba. From interior designers to photographers, this is the best in new Johannesburg-based design. We will also showcase the work of our talented students.

Is there anything else happening?

World famous Dutch trend reporter, Li Edelkoort, will be giving a talk on the 19th of February at LISOF Johannesburg. This will start off our Design Indaba Simulcast week, and is selling out fast – so if you’re wanting to hear about the latest in trends, get yourself a ticket.

Sounds cool! How can I get a ticket?

The different tickets are as follows:

Li Edelkoort Trend Forecast 19th Feb. Tickets available here.

Simulcast Three Day Pass 21 – 23 Feb: Tickets available here.

Simulcast Three Day Pass (Student) 21 – 23 Feb: Tickets available here. Groups of 20 discount tickets here.

Simulcast One Day Pass – 21, 22 or 23 Feb: Tickets available here.

However, if you’re LISOF student wanting to attend the simulcast talks, we’re offering a discount of 40% on three day passes (so R585 per ticket!) Please send an email to kira@lisof.co.za to confirm your spot.

Follow our Blog, Instagram and Twitter for more details, and join the Facebook event to keep track of updates!

We can’t wait to have you!

The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

posted on February 1st, 2018 by LISOF

All things beautiful and handcrafted, Paris Haute Couture Week has come and gone, leaving us breathless and lusting after high fashion pieces. From Christian Dior to Maison Margiela, we’ve also been inspired to take our design aesthetic to a whole new level. Check out some of our top moments below…

Chanel

We expected all the usual elegance from this classic design house, known for their tweed and well tailored suits. This year, we also saw the addition of a short suit (groundbreaking!) and some bright pleats. Floral appliqué was everywhere and the finale was a truly breathtaking all white feathered tuxedo-meet-ballgown.

Photo via Vogue Runway

Maison Margiela

High shine, but not with the usual sequin sparkle. Light reflecting plastic and holographic overcoats shone on for this show, with a futuristic treatment applied to beautiful garments. It’s the well-loved Margiela magic, and we’re so here for it.

Photo via Vogue Runway

Iris Van Herpen

In a way that only she can, Van Herpen did the extraordinary and un-thinkable, creating waves in mid air. Delicate mesh dresses were covered in 3-D printed elements, creating a futuristic aesthetic with a heavy influence from the natural elements.

Givenchy

With multi-textured floor length gowns, in black or with tiered coloured skirts, Givenchy looked to shapes and silhouettes. There was a clear emphasis on fabrics, which allowed beautiful pieces to catch the light.

Photo via Vogue Runway

Christian Dior

A simple mostly black and white colour palette, with anything-but-simple designs. Well made suits in a rich satin and a polka dotted tulle dresses were among the 72 looks on show.

Photo via Vogue Runway

Welcome LISOF Class of 2018!

posted on January 31st, 2018 by LISOF

You know how it goes…new year, new opportunities!

LISOF has opened for 2018, and already we’re been off to a great start. This year, we’re focusing on finding brilliant talent, innovative creativity and an exciting event to showcase the best local and international design (more on that soon!)

After the success of our 2017 Fashion Show (and a well-deserved summer break) we’re ready to get our creative juices flowing, and get stuck into the year. Our new year registration is underway, and with our First Year Orientation, we showcase just what we do here. Along with the buzz of new students creating the absolute most out of recycled materials, there were new friends being made and only a little bit of (healthy) competition.

The winners ! #fashionshow #lisof2018 #lisoforientation

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Our highlights included a Calvin Klein inspired logo band on incredible drop-crotch, plastic bag trousers and some serious flare with a Lady LISOF outfit. Overall, the standard was high and ensured that all students got a feel for campus life at LISOF.

It’s safe to say, we’ve got a feeling that this year is going to be a good one. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Blog for more news to come!

Design: limitless innovation

posted on September 4th, 2017 by LISOF

The vast realm of Design allows for endless opportunities to create and innovate.

Focusing on Fashion Design per say, this offers you the perfect pathway to make a name for yourself – like so many others have done for decades.
If this sounds attractive to you, why not consider LISOF to obtain your Degree or Higher Certificate, this is the ideal way to fast track your career and have a platform to launch you into the world of Fashion!

LISOF which is known for its reputation as Africa’s most progressive Fashion Design & Retail Academy offers exciting qualifications with excellent subjects that include garment construction, textiles, pattern design and technical drawings, trend analysis and creative design, to get those juices flowing even more!
The world of fashion must never be underestimated for its business and economic contributions – this is why LISOF’s Fashion Design courses have a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
So if Fashion Design is appealing to you, why not contact us for some career guidance.

To start your career in fashion contact us to apply to write the entrance test and received a tour of our fun, creative and talent-filled campus.

Apply Here
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