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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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”




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Fashion Show 2016: Winner Best Couture Range by Charlene van Rooyen

posted on November 28th, 2016 by LISOF

Last week Thursday, 24 November, LISOF showcased their 22nd annual fashion show at The Tin Factory to fashion media, retailers, bloggers and friends and family. From first year to third year, each design student showcased their own design according to a theme.

During the fashion show dress rehearsals, the judges watched each outfit down the runway then went backstage for closer inspection. The Judges were; LISOF Alumni Thebe Magugu and Rich Mnisi as well as ELLE Magazine’s, Ayanda Molefe.

Best Graduate Couture Range 2016 was awarded to: Charlene van Rooyen, BA Fashion in Design. Learn more about her winning collection; “Kallah” which means bride in Hebrew.



My Inspiration for the Fashion Show was to design and make a wedding range that is non-traditional and has a bohemian look to it. Being a free spirit and loving the bohemian look, I wanted to create something for the unconventional bride.


I wanted fabric that speaks for itself and a lace that was unique. I traveled to Parys in the Free State to an interior fabrics store called “Merci-French Interior” and I discovered the most amazing cotton lace. For the finishes, I used lace trims and created material bindings for each dress and underwear.


I would like to focus on weddings. I have always had a passion for “the big day”. I want to create wedding dresses and my signature non-traditional evening gowns as well.


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SA’s first BCom Degree in Fashion: Apply Today!

posted on April 11th, 2016 by LISOF

LISOF’s newly accredited and developed BCom in Fashion 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. In this degree, LISOF offers a balanced focus on the science, art and business of fashion. The mixture and combination of courses utilised in the BCom illustrates the balance between the core business and financial courses and the subjects are serving to develop an understanding of the art and discipline of fashion design and manufacture.



This course will require a student who has a strong aptitude for maths and numercay that also have a flair and love for fashion. First intake for the BCom is January 2017.


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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!


Clive Rundle

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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LISOF Alumni LUMIN-ating the way

posted on April 5th, 2016 by LISOF

“LUMIN is a contemporary South African women’s wear brand that defines its aesthetic by capturing the presence of light and the cover of darkness, and the way shadows bend over surfaces and sunlight illuminates dark corners. Easy-to-wear and urban, LUMIN’s design philosophy embodies varying degrees of soft and hard, light and dark, symmetry and asymmetry.”


Design duo, James Barrett-Poulsen and Amy Liu of LUMIN are LISOF ALUMNI and we are proud to be supporting them tonight at the Lufthansa #1stBestCollections at SA Fashion Week. Here is an insight into their connection with their brand and LISOF:

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When did you realize that fashion was the career for you and why LISOF?

James: I studied a marketing degree at UJ and then worked for a while. But I realised I was meant to do something more creative. I’ve always loved fashion and decided to follow my dream. I chose LISOF because I knew it was the best place to study fashion design.

Amy: I grew up loving fashion and knew I wanted to study it from a young age. I came to LISOF from Port Elizabeth after I matriculated.

When did you and Amy graduate from LISOF?

We graduated in 2012, and then Amy did her Honours in 2013.

Speaking of LISOF, what competitive advantage did studying at an institution like LISOF give you over other players in the fashion industry?

Studying at LISOF is really a privilege. We feel that it gives you such a great foundation when entering the fashion industry. At college we had amazing lecturers with valuable industry experience. This knowledge gave us an edge over the competition.

LISOF is also so well known and recognised, so when you speak to employers and other people in the industry they know immediately the level of skill you have if you tell them you studied at LISOF.

And another great benefit of studying at LISOF is the alumni network that you become part of. Some many ex-LISOFians are in all corners of the industry, so it can be really useful if you need references or connections to help with work and that sort of thing.

What is your artistic influence when creating your garments?

Our artistic influences can come from many different places; listening to a piece of music, from buildings or patterns or from other design areas like jewellery or graphic design.

What is the overall aesthetic of your brand and who does it represent?

We look to Eastern culture for inspiration – minimal silhouettes. We love a monochrome palette and sometimes use geometric prints. Ultimately we’re about using simplicity to create a bold, interesting look. Our style would be representative of a creative mind who appreciates an understated kind of style but wants to still look interesting and unique.

What advice do you have for up and coming fashion designers on how to best survive the fashion industry?

If you’re wanting to start a label, we’d have to say that finding a partner to work with, that you get on with and who can challenge you would be a great benefit. Getting in to fashion is a lot of hard work, and trying to manage the creative side as well as the business side can end up being too much for one person. So find someone who shares the same passion as you, you’ll each have different responsibilities, but you’ll be able to share the workload and work with your strengths.


Good Luck to James and Amy for their showing tonight at the SA Fashion Week Lufthansa #1stBestCollections happening tonight at Hyde Park, #SAFWSS16.

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Available online and in stores from: A1, Nova Culture and Style Fly

And don’t forget to follow me, Seipati as I take over the LISOF INSTAGRAM and TWITTER pages along with fellow 3rd year Fashion Media student, Zingaphi.

#MBFWJ16 Designer Focus: Mille Collines

posted on March 14th, 2016 by LISOF

We fell in love with Mille Collines at Mercedes Fashion Week Joburg 2016. With a sport luxe feel, the models walked with a sense of strength. Designs made as a tribute to the everyday women. Waking up, taking kids to school, going to work, then going for cocktails with friends. She has purpose, she lives with passion and wants a wardrobe that is sophisticated, easy and chic. We appreciate the fluidity and understated cool that radiated from each look. The neutrals combined effortlessly with pops of neon. The head dress added a detail of a powerful woman who is confident.

A mini-bio on the Mille Collines brand:

“The millecollines journey originated in Barcelona, Spain in the heart of an impassioned young girl named Ines Cuatrecasas. She yearned to explore new opportunities and engage in something creative and adventurous. In the summer of 2005, Ines and her mother traveled to Rwanda together. While exploring the country, she met a dressmaker that would change the course of her lie forever. Her name was Antoinette.

Ines was inspired by Antoinette’s passion and determination to develop clothing and accessories of international quality and design standards, made specifically for the African market. Meanwhile, Ines’ long time friend (or companion?) Marc Oliver was back home in Spain creating his own imaginary world through shapes, proportions, pen and paper and an insatiable desire to reimagine the world he saw before him.

The idea of becoming a fashion designer seemed to be the answer he was looking for. In 2009, Marc and Ines traveled to Rwanda to develop their first collection with Antoinette. Together they toiled, each believing they were on the cusp of something truly magnificent. A year later, millecollines was born. Today, millecollines seamlessly blends the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends.

The brands attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories shines through every product and experience.”

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Day 1 of #MBFWJ16

posted on March 11th, 2016 by LISOF

Here are our Top 5 Looks from each show on opening night of Mercedez Benz Fashion Week 2016. To start your career in fashion view which courses would best suit you: CLICK HERE.

First up was Khosi Nkosi

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Next up was Marianne Fassler of Leopard Frock

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Third on the ramp was the collection of Stefania Morland

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Closing the show were THE INTERNS for David Tlale

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For the Fun of Fendi

posted on February 29th, 2016 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

The gorgeous frivolous frilly accessories at Fendi caught our eye at this years Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter Collections.

Frills, fur and fluff being the operative words – the bags, shoes and eye-wear had us swooning. The make-up was also so much fun! Fendi is definitely attracting the younger crowd with these details, expertly manufactured of course. Kendall Jenner was the first face and strutted her stuff on the runway with strong femininity. Handles of bags looked like two-toned chunks of Toblerone chocolate, leather frills looked pretty as finished edges and heels with quilting and frills also gave us a wave. The colour palette was rich in autumn tones and we know that these details will dilute themselves into commercial fashion soon!

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