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

Fashion design graduate spotlight: Shanae Van Loggerenberg

posted on June 26th, 2018 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

We shine the spotlight on fashion design graduate: Shanae Van Loggerenberg. This Human of LISOF graduated in 2017 with a BA Degree Fashion in Design. She knew that fashion was for her literally a month before class started and grew through the years to develop her graduate range: ‘Distressed Perfection’. She chose to study fashion at LISOF because it offered her the best academic theory and practical skills she needed to understand everything about fashion. The LISOF end of year fashion show has become a highlight on the calendar of many fashion buyers, media and bloggers, as it showcases the future of fashion from first year and second year collective ranges to the third year individual ranges.

“My inspiration came from things transitioning from perfect to imperfect and how we strive to be perfect, thinking it is beautiful when the truth is that being imperfect is more so. I thought the best way to show this was by making my designs all white and adding fine detailing to show how perfect imperfection can be” – Shanae about what inspired her 3rd year individual range

Shanae is now working on two fashion labels, one being her own; ‘Conform/Reinvent’. This fashion label will communicate how we choose to be the same as others and conform to rules laid out by society even if we do not agree and also how we can have our own voice within those societal confines. The second label she will be working for is an already established company. Watch the video below of a snippet of the beginning process of her graduate range filmed by another Lisofian, Altia du Toit, who is a BA Fashion in Media

“Background of the video: For a Fashion Media assignment I had to pick one of the fashion design students to feature in my video. And who else than Shanae!? I had to conduct my own interview for the designer that allows a viewer more insight of the designer and shed light on the annual LISOF fashion show.” -Altia

Instagram nae_nae_vl OR svl.designs
Twitter @nays_fashion
Facebook Shanae Van Loggerenberg

 

The SA Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 18 Countdown: Looking at The Last 3 Years

posted on March 26th, 2018 by LISOF

Our countdown to SA Fashion week 2018 Autumn/Winter has begun, and the excitement is REAL! To get into the fashion festivities, let’s take a look back to what the designers of SA Fashion week brought to the runway in the last three years.

‘SA Fashion week is committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that contributes significantly to the South African economy. We unearth, support, promote and nurture South African fashion talent.” Lucilla Booyzen- Founder of SA Fashion week

 

2015: Feathers, faux fur…Fabulous!

The designers of SA Fashion week 2015 Autumn/Winter collection brought an excellent combination of feathers, faux fur and sheer fabric into their signature looks.

Photo via W24

Left: Black lace corset under a faux fur coat. This look is paired with a feathered head piece, simple black heels and a round clutch. Simple make-up is a must with this bold look. Middle: Black lace over an all-black top and bottom with a feathered head piece. Right: Faux fur over a sheer white ensemble paired with black heels and black hat, accessorized with beady white necklace.

Chunky knits paired with denim definitely became a showstopper, as designers featured these looks on the runway. The chunky scarf added to a denim ensemble, ties the entire winter look together.

Photo via W24

Teal was the colour of choice for 2015 Autumn/Winter. The beautiful colour was often paired with bold prints for a truly feminine winter appearance. Everything about this look captures a designer’s heart. The above the knee skirt paired with blue pumps gives this look a feminine finish.

Photo via W24

2016: Printed Patterns For The Unexpected Silhouette

Geometric patterns, artfully printed; allows for an unexpected and perfect silhouette. The designers of the 2016 SA Fashion week autumn/winter collection gave a whole new twist on fashion. 2015’s emergence of sheer was once more incorporated into the looks that walked the 2016 runway.

SA Fashion Week 2016 Autumn/Winter top designers included House of Olé, Ephymol, Amanda Laird Cherry, Rubicon, Mantsho (Palesa Mokubung) Colleen Eitzen and Clive Rundle. A special was the Gert-Johan Coetzee which was available on to shop on Spree straight off the runway.

Photo via fashionpoliceeng.com

Designers incorporated jewel tones such as green, brown, red and blue, to give the perfect autumn/winter feel. The sheer fabric casts the perfect silhouette.

A geometric inspired print for matching top and bottom pieces became the ultimate ‘cosy’ winter look. Large folded collars and oversized sleeves made an inspiring appearance, especially as paired with the geometric print.

Photo via fashionpoliceeng.com

Adding a pop of colour to the black and white geometric inspired print makes this look come to life!

2017: Untamable Street Style

Last year included a host of young and ambitious designers including Ageo by Arnold Phasa, Danielle Frylinck, I Just Am, Ipikoko, Turner Studio, Kentse Masilo, Liu Liu and Mmusomaxwell. They took to the bold look with strong graphic prints. For Mieke’s collection, they were paired with printed lycra leggings and a simple white headpiece which took the runway by storm.

Photo via elle.co.za

Street style was another inspiration for the 2017 SA Fashion week autumn/winter collection. The streets of South Africa were definitely painted chic!

Photo via elle.co.za

Through the past three years, designers have reimagined the way we see fashion. Each year South African designers push their limits to produce the unimaginable and recreate their meaning of fashion. There is no doubt that South African designers of 2018 SA Fashion Week will raise the bar once more…

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.

Photo via teenvouge.com

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

Photo via teenvouge.com

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

 4 Hasley & G-Eazy

Photo via teenvouge.com

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

Photo via teenvouge.com

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

Photo via teenvouge.com

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

Photo via teenvouge.com

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! 🙏🏽

A post shared by SIMON PORTE JACQUEMUS (@jacquemus) on

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

Design Indaba 2018: The role of innovative design for social change

posted on February 23rd, 2018 by LISOF

Hard times require us to dig deep – sometimes it means digging into our creative minds, imagining the impossible. This is what we experience in the innovations of designers on the second day of the Design Indaba 2018. Kenyan user experience designer, Mark Kamau and Renata Souza, a product designer and healthcare innovator from Mexico, showcased their trail blazing interventions to some of the world’s dire social problems and health conundra.

Souza narrates a personal story of trial and triumph when her family discovers the cousin’s diagnosis of Type I child diabetes. As a close family, this is a blow and it kick starts the journey to finding the most comfortable way for a child to manage this chronic disease. Renata Souza was disturbed by the fact that her cousin would be forced to miss out on childhood so she felt compelled to conceptualise a medical solution that would be fun and child-friendly. A family crisis gave birth to a global insulin kit, branded THOMY constructed for children to have fun while managing their condition. It comes with a trendy temporary tattoo to replace site rotation challenges when injecting insulin, a colourful toy-like pen designed for a child’s hand and a cheerful plastic carrier case to house all the components. When the end product appealed to the cousin’s sibling, a non-sufferer of diabetes, Souza said, “I knew that I had achieved what I has set out to do….. I wanted to create an emotional attachment [to the kit] – something they are proud to carry.”

Via Design Indaba

Making life easier for those in vulnerable situations was also a lifelong dream of Mark Kamau. When he realised that for him, playing for the national soccer team would not put food on the table, his curiosity for accessing opportunities grew and his love for multimedia designs set him on a path of discovery. Kamau wanted to make a difference and design technologies was to be the tool he would use to solve some of Africa’s problems. He spent many years helping the West understand Africans but not knowing where this information went, he decided to use his knowledge of African markets and their challenges for good and to change the trajectory of education in the continent. A company called BRCK was formed to solve problems and to connect a borderless continent where young and old could have access to information despite their economic misfortunes.

This ruggedised technology would keep people connected when electricity went down – a disruptive tool brick was created to close the 3 billion gap of people who don’t have access to the internet. Schools with no infrastructure today boast of digital classrooms with a KIO kit with tablets that don’t break for an 8-hour school day, a wireless charging facility and educational content. BRCK has also designed weather-proof servers that can go on buses, a tree if need be to provide the internet anywhere, anytime. Today this African pioneer and social entrepreneur enjoys the attention and financial backing of the Mark Zuckerberger’s of this world to build capital for a greater impact in the continent.

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

The Top 10 Fashion Careers You Should Look Into

posted on February 12th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

For some, fashion is the final frontier of popular culture, and for others, the overly pampered lapdog of the fine arts. Fact is, too many people perceive the business to be what they see in a shopping mall or as blazoned on Instagram. Few people truly understand the real world of fashion, and its big brother – the retail industry, even less . The fashion and retail world is vast, fascinating and challenging. Here are the top 10 career paths you can consider in the fashion and retail industries:

1 Planner

Merchandise Planning is a systematic approach aimed at maximising return on investment, through planning sales and inventory in order to increase profitability. It does this by maximising sales potential and minimising losses from mark-downs and stock -outs.  It’s all about ensuring what the customer wants is available through research, sales tracking, employee training, buying and maintaining the visual aesthetic of the store

2 Buyer

Fashion buyers use their sense of style, knowledge of fashion trends and understanding of their target customers’ desire to create an attractive selection of apparel for retail stores. Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets.

3 Merchandiser

Fashion merchandisers are on the apparel production side and analyse market trends, production cost, and previous sales numbers to determine the product direction manufacturers will need to take each season. Visual merchandisers, on the other hand, dress the stores and make it appealing to the consumer.  Their function is as important as that of the fashion designers themselves.  This is where the creative side of fashion retail shows itself best.

4 Designer

Here we have one of the highest profile roles in the industry. Designers are the creative geniuses’ who work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges.   Little more needs to be said – designers are the creative backbone of fashion.

5 Trends Forecaster

The seers in the fashion industry are as important as the designers. They predict upcoming trends, and reignite trends that are on the decline. Silhouette, shoe shape, textile choice, colour schemes, skirt lengths and jewellery are all within the scope of a forecaster’s vision. To be a fashion forecaster you must understand the world of a consumerthis is one of the most challenging tasks in the fashion industry.

6 Pattern Engineer

They create the blueprint or pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.  This often involves grading, or adjusting the pieces for different sized garments. Pattern Makers convert a clothing designer’s original model of a garment into a pattern of separate parts that can be laid out on a length of fabric. After discussing the item with the designer, these skilled workers usually use a computer to outline the parts and draw in detail to indicate the positions of pleats, buttonholes, and other features Pattern-makers then alter the size of the pieces in the pattern to produce garments of various sizes, and they may mark the fabric to show the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material.

7 Production manager

Churning out fashion collections twice a year is no easy job for even the most seasoned fashion designer, and without a loyal support staff, it may be close to impossible. Chief among employees attached to a fashion house is the fashion production manager, a pivotal job that calls for a person with a passion for detail and an organized mind. Production managers are the sun around which a designer’s logistical efforts revolve – so if you enjoy multi-tasking and responsibility, this could be the career of your dreams.

8 Stylist 

Fashion stylists are responsible for bringing to life a photographer or director’s vision for a fashion photo shoot, layout, commercial, print advertisement or music video. Fashion stylists often scout out locations, create the mood for the shoot by selecting and setting up the appropriate props, fashion, accessories and even models to fit the theme of the shoot. Theirs is a very creative role – fashion stylists will work with many media organisations, including editorial print, advertising, film and online.

9 Brand Manager

Here we have the main cog around which fashion and retail evolves – the brains behind the consumer’s envy and appreciation of design; the machine that follows the heart and soul of fashion as perceived through consumer eyes. Their job is to rev up fashion sales by having a fantastic knowledge of fashion and marketing techniques such as brand equity and consumer buying habits. Their mission is to create the vision, positioning, segmentation and marketing strategy for company and client.

10 Fashion Media

This the world of fashion writers and photographers, of fashion public relations specialists, publicists, journalists and bloggers, who help apparel companies and retail stores build and maintain a favourable public image.

Currently, LISOF is one of the few fashion colleges that combine commerce and style as a tutoring base.  This gives our students that leading edge in a highly competitive international fashion market. If you have an eye for style, or a business passion for fashion, and, if you are in the know about the current fashion trends, both in commerce and design, LISOF is your gateway to a trend-setting future.

Join us for our next Open Day to learn more (Booking form HERE)

 

1 2 3