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

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Human of LISOF: Drew Henry now working at Celine

posted on September 8th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Drew Henry graduated from LISOF in 2007 and went off to the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London where he completed his BA Honours in Fashion Design and Marketing, First in his Class in 2012. He then went on to achieve his Masters in Womenswear in 2014. He is now a Junior Designer for Celine (RTW: ready-to-wear). Drew is what we affectionately call a “Human of LISOF”. As with all LISOF Alumni who have been on campus throughout the LISOF’s 24 years, we are immensely proud to know that they are working in the industry both locally and as Drew, abroad.

Here is a look at Drew Henry’s 2012 collection:


“Geometric patches of brightly dyed African springbok skins on crisp white suits and pleated white cotton dresses. “It’s a mix of workwear, menswear, and traditional beadwork and patchwork inspired by the work of photographer David Goldblatt,” says Henry.

On his springbok-skin drama:

“When we were working on this collection, the menswear shows were going on and Raf Simons had used the same color springbok skin as I wanted to use! I thought it was going to ruin everything but it ended up being fine.” – Drew Henry

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Rich Mnisi and Thebe Magugu Collaborate with Woolworths: Style by SA

posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Style by SA. The name says it all, South African style offering to a South African stylish public. We are super proud of Rich Mnisi and Thebe Magugu, two LISOF 2014 graduates that are constantly making waves and progressing their businesses in the fashion industry.

Woolworths’ new initiative is collaborating with South Africa design talent to bring their designs on-line and at major retails stores. This is your chance to grab a designer item and support local.

Thebe posted this heartfelt message on his Facebook page:

“This is going to be a very mushy post so please bare with me. Last year was a difficult year, not only for me but it seems for a lot of people [although I suspect it had something to do with shifting planets]. Anyway, my collection last night – titled Geology – was inspired by the idea of escaping into the wild. I was just fed up with all the pressures of day to day urban life and imagined a woman having to take to the great outdoors and surviving [hence the fishing motifs, hiking gear, etc]. It was very therapeutic and I am so happy with how it came out but it wasn’t done without the help of some incredible people. I’d firstly like to thank David West and WOOLWORTHS SA for the amazing opportunity to show, and for selecting me to stock select Woolworths stores in SA. Thank you Annette Pringle-Kölsch from the The Fashion Agent who had had to answer distress calls at unholy hours of the night – you have completely shifted my way of thinking – business and fashion – and you have given me an excuse to tell people “talk to my agent”, something I’ve always wanted to say after seeing Paris Hilton do it to basically everyone in 2007. Lucilla Booyzen and South African Fashion Week, thank you for giving me such an incredible platform to showcase my work and the many bits of helpful advice along the way. Thank you to everyone who came out and I would especially like to thank my mom – Tiego Magugu – who is literally the reason why I live. Anyway, post done, Ill go back to automated and super generic updates now.”

Rich posted this heartfelt message on his Facebook page:

“Last night I cried twice. First when I realised that I had actually collaborated with WOOLWORTHS SA and I was amongst such great company! Selfi, Thebe Magugu, Sol-Sol menswear, Young and Lazy, Pichulik, AKJP and Maria Mccloy Accessories are phucken amazing. Then Thebe Magugu and Anees Petersen had their solo shows and I couldn’t hold it in, I was weeping, I couldn’t take it, such brilliance! I’m so proud of this moment. Thank you WOOLWORTHS SA & The Fashion Agent, for everything.”

The Style By SA capsule collection will be available at the following Woolworths stores on the 12th April 2017.

Canal Walk in Cape Town, Sandton City and Mall of Africa in Johannesburg, Menlyn Park in Pretoria, and Gateway in Durban. Why wait when you can shop selected items now – online at

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Designers of the Style by SA Woolworths Collaboration






Blac Chyna wears LISOF graduate Emelia Nagel Design

posted on March 28th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

LISOF Alumna, Emelia Nagel created a once-off outfit for American Reality Star, Blac Chyna. Emelia graduated in 2015, BA Fashion Degree and was awarded; Best Avant-Garde Range in her final year and was featured on the Espresso Show for her amazing collection. The Lisofian was approached by Cosmopolitan to create an outfit tailor-made for the curvaceous “video vixen”. Blac Chyna, aka Angela Renee White was recently chosen as a MAC Cosmetics ambassador for the #MACShadescents campaign:



“I received the measurements from the Cosmopolitan fashion team, which allowed me to customise the outfit. Fittings were not an option prior to the photo shoot, but I kept track of Blac Chyna’s social media to guesstimate her size for a closer fit. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet her as I currently work in the Seychelles as a Costume Stylist. I wanted her to feel like the outfit complimented and celebrated her unique shape and show off her flamboyant personality”




Want your own designer outfit? Contact Emelia: 0722111092









LISOF Grad shows at South African Menswear SS16

posted on July 8th, 2016 by LISOF

LISOF graduate, Nao Serati, featured his collection at South African Menswear Week SS16/17  in Cape Town this week.

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On the collection: “The collection actually doesn’t have a name. It’s inspired by girl groups – SWV, Destiny’s Child – and the unity that they have even though the groups were made up by individuals. I feel like girl groups really know how to show vulnerability and show a range of different emotions that guys don’t avail themselves to.

On the design process: “I mixed a lot of fabrics this season. There’s a lot of hard backing on a soft fabric. Some were printed and some pleated. A lot of the fabric is also vulnerable, soft and delicate which I think shows the vulnerability men need to open themselves up to. Every season we try to make ourselves better.


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Photo credit: Nao’s Instagram : Simon Deiner

See his full collection HERE.

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Class of 2015 Graduation

posted on May 23rd, 2016 by LISOF

Student Representative Council student, Samantha Mathews shares her review regarding the Graduation of Class 2015.

On the 12th May 2016 the Class of 2015 from the LISOF Blairgowrie and Pretoria Campus successfully graduated. The ceremony was held at the Dimension Data Office Park in the Wanderers Building. Students and parents were smartly dressed, walking around with smiles of pride.

During the ceremony, the students were given the privilege of Michelle Constant as their honourable guest speaker. Michelle Constant is the former CEO at the Business and Arts South Africa, also known as BASA. Michelle Constant is known for writing her monthly column in Wanted Magazine. As a successful business woman she has achieved various amounts of awards. In 2004 Michelle Constant was awarded Arts and Culture Trust Art journalist of the year. In 2014 Michelle graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria Business School. Last year in 2015 Constant won the CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in Government and Business (Arts and Culture) in the South African Development Region. This year January she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Government of France for her work in arts and culture. The students were amazed by their guest speaker’s speech and found her as a wonderful inspiring woman.


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That evening 104 LISOF students graduated. One Higher Certificate, one Diploma, four Honour students and the remaining amount graduated with a successful BA. LISOF is proud to announce that one of their BA graduates was a Summa Cum Laude student. She received a distinction in all 12 of her subjects. After all the graduates received their certificates Shana Rosenthal the CEO of LISOF wrapped up the evening with a motivational speech to help the LISOF graduates work towards their future and know that where they are today is only because they earned it.


See all photos here: Lisof Graduation Class of 2015

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Samantha Matthews

Hi there my name is Samantha Mathews

I am 21 years old and I am currently a student at LISOF Blairgowrie Campus. The curriculum I am studying a BA Degree in Commercial Fashion. This curriculum involves subjects such as Marketing, Fashion Media and Trend Analysis as my Majors. I plan to work in the Magazine industry as a journalist and creative art director. I have a website involving fashion articles and reviews called I am excited to be writing more articles for my website and for the LISOF Blog

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15 LISOF BCom Degree in Fashion Bursaries on offer!

posted on May 10th, 2016 by LISOF

Lisof, Africa’s most progressive fashion design school and retail education institution, is thrilled to announce its newly accredited

BCom Fashion Degree.

As the pioneer in fashion education, Lisof will start its new Bcom Fashion Degree in January 2017. This addition to Lisof’s course offerings is truly unique in the fashion education landscape, as it recognises that the market for employment in the fashion industry has shifted towards contextualised business disciplines, such as fashion retail.

“With its balanced focus on the science, art and business of fashion, this programme seeks to address major skills gaps within our enormous fashion retail industry, and by honouring the reality that fashion is about so much more than just trends, style and design,” says Shana Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Lisof.


Fashion is a serious business, and as recently reported by the online publication, Business of Fashion, globally, fashion is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry that employs millions and impacts the daily lives of billions.

“Our new BCom Fashion Degree will allow us to explore collaborative opportunities between fashion education and the business of fashion. It is our responsibility as educators and experts to supply the industry with exceptional and extraordinary talent,” adds Rosenthal.

Three fashion retail industry experts, Devon Retief from the Foschini Group, Stuart Marsh from Polo and Lisof Alumni and fashion entrepreneur, Tiaan Nagel, all echoed each other in saying that a BCom Fashion Degree is long overdue for the industry and that they welcome Lisof’s decision to pioneer this course.

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The mixture and combination of courses utilised in Lisof’s BCom in Fashion illustrates a balance that serves to develop an understanding of the art and discipline of both fashion design and manufacture. This approach is built around developing students into the mould of a multi-disciplined manager within the retail environment or a specialist planner, merchandiser or buyer.

This BCom Degree aims to deliver the following outcomes:

  • An in-depth understanding of the business of fashion
  • Adaptability to all areas of the fashion retail market
  • A strong base in business and commerce
  • Competent critical and analytical thinkers
  • Competency in data correlation tools, e.g. Excel
  • Being abreast with important retailing trends

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The course offerings include:

  • Business Studies & Management
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Consumer Buying Behaviour
  • Economics:
  • Financial Accounting & Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Merchandise Planning & Buying Management
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Fashion Practice
  • Experiential
  • Trend Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management

“This BCom Fashion Degree will require a strong numerate student and will have the same entry requirements for BCom Degrees in other tertiary institutions. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to join highly successful alumni who have made waves not only locally, but also in the international world of fashion,” says Rosenthal.

Lisof is a private tertiary institution fully accredited by the South African Council of Higher Education and, by being the first college to launch BA and BCom degrees in fashion in the South Africa, a pioneer in fashion education.


Stand a chance of receiving a part-bursary to study the Bachelor in Commerce in Fashion Degree at LISOF. How?

Do you have a minimum of 80% in Pure/Core Maths OR a minimum of 60% in Maths Lit? If yes, you’re half way there.

Next you will need to come into campus and write the BCom Assessment Test – Pass mark = 80%

There are 15 part-bursaries on offer and you could be one of the lucky people to start your business in fashion career at LISOF. The 15 winners will be chosen by the CEO and Course Convener.

Book for your assessment test (which is at no cost) today:

To write at Johannesburg campus, call Tania on 011 326 1698 or email

To write at Pretoria campus, call Cindy on 012 342 0069 or email

5 minutes with Dean Hauptfleish of WITH

posted on April 13th, 2016 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Dean Charles Hauptfleisch is the face behind clothing brand “WITH”. He won the ELLE/LISOF bursary and completed his BA in Fashion Design in 2014. He won the SAFW Student Competition, as well as best Avant-Garde collection during his graduation year. In 2015, “WITH” won the SA Fashion Week Sunglass Hut New Talent Search. Third year Fashion Media student, Zingaphi Njokweni interviewed Dean during SAFW SS2016:

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What was it about LISOF made you choose it as the foundation for your fashion career?

I have quite a number of friends who studied at LISOF many years back, and when they saw my interest in fashion they encouraged me to enter the ELLE/LISOF bursary competition. I entered the competition and I very fortunately won, so I have many friends to thank for pushing me to do something I didn’t feel 110% confident in at that time, all I remember is all of them saying: “What do you have to lose?”





What advantage do you think you’ve gained compared to industry members who didn’t study at LISOF?

I really feel like it’s more about what you make out of the opportunities you’ve been given. LISOF gave me a incredible opportunity to study what I love and I wasn’t about to let that go to waste, I worked extremely hard and remained focused on my goal as much as I could, and I definitely have LISOF’s curriculum and the knowledgeable facilitators I had to thank for that.

Your AW16 collection had quite a striking balance between maximal-ism and minimalism, so, what would you say is your general artistic influence for your creations?

I design and am inspired by personal experiences, I need to feel a connection to the clothing. I want the audience to feel a connection to my clothing and more so if they don’t I want to leave them feeling curious about what I was thinking about during that process.

I read that your interest in fashion was sparked after time spent in Copenhagen, how have you managed to translate that into your design aesthetic?

Copenhagen definitely reminded me what it was like as a child to live with no fears. Jump and deal with the consequences later. So all my overseas experiences gave me the confidence to really go for it and be fearless.

What would you like to see WITH achieve in the future?

I want WITH to stay true to itself, I want to continuously remind myself why I decided to do this and not waver from my initial intentions but grow them with the same ethos.


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Day 2: SA Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

posted on April 7th, 2016 by LISOF

Herewith are highlights that #LISOFloves of Day 2 at SA Fashion Week SS16 Collections:

WITH By Dean Hauptfleisch (LISOF Alumnus)

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DAY 1: SA Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

posted on April 6th, 2016 by LISOF

Herewith are highlights that #LISOFloves of Day 1 at SA Fashion Week SS16 Collections:

Gert-Johan Coetzee

We see a confident, feminine quite flamboyant woman wearing these designs. They are curve conscious and textural too, with black pleats to an orange soft puff ball. The finale dress was truly a showstopper!


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The volume of printed fabrics layered and cut to effortless perfection. The Doc Martins were just the ideal last word on the collection.

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Neutral and natural and all things nude, this range inspired us into a understated feminine glamour.

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Greer Kyle (LISOF Alumna)

Urban and fresh with strong lines and interesting detailing. Loved her interpretation of SS16 colours.


Lumin (LISOF Graduate Duo)

Minimalistic white in solid and sheers created a cool summer vibe ready-to-wear from beach to cocktails and city living!

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Heart and Heritage: Winner of the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections

Dreamy, floaty and apologetically pretty, this collection will suit many a woman’s figure.



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