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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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”.


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


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

On Thursday, 17 August 2017, the super-charged preparations for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, JHB, were well underway… and can we (the people of Joburg) just mention how excited we are to have it back on our urban-doorstep! We (the Lisofians on duty) made sure that our batteries were fully charged, Oh! and we took the expected effort of dressing-up to impress the photographers. Since we are still in the spirit of women’s month, I had my girls Samu, Brittney and Anel, this time around, assisting me on covering some juicy fashion jubilations. Readers… are you ready to strut down with us through the Mall of Africa and be a part of yet another Fashion Week in Johannesburg?



We arrived very early on this day to get our media tags and to prepare for the unexpected. We were only set to watch the Spero Villioti show for the night – the show’s concept was quite similar to the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 collection, with the models in colourful faux dreadlocks. The AFI Experience was filled with enthusiasm and excitement since everybody was interested to see how this new concept/collaboration was going to be executed. La Familia, Innani and Swanker Republic “tornadoed” this evening to greater heights through their gusty collections. Performers , Frank Casino and Nadia Nakai graced the stage to entertain the crowds all the while Samu got a clean cut from Legends Barber Shop, all the way from Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg.

I mean, nothing can stop the gale force of fashion week. People came out in numbers, even if it meant for them having to bear the striking cold wind. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week blew us off guard by bringing along the strongest Cape Town wind as its guest of honour while giving us the lowest winter temperatures for Joburg. You couldn’t tell if people looked hyped with excitement or if they were just shivering out their pants – but none the less, people still came out to slay. Thankfully, we were able to get a hot beverage from Starbucks (fashion week sponsors) to keep our bodies warm for a short period of frozen time. The media lounge also gave us time to warm-up and socialise in-between shows through the catered Boschendal wines, Skyy vodka and decadent finger platters (thank you sponsors).

Day one’s overall experience was hair-raisingly fun and fashion blasted.


Day 2

The girls and I were dressed by the ready-to-wear brand Solanga and we made sure that everybody took note of it (and us) through the infamous impromptu photoshoots that are synonymous with fashion week. The first show we watched was the Mall of Africa Show, which included Karen Millen, G-Star Raw, Gerry Weber, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Democratic Republic and Hackett London.

The second show of the night featured Orapeleng Modutle, Adama Paris and Khosi Nkosi. It was my first Modutle show and I am now an official fan of his work. The dresses were beautiful, feminine and whimsical with the spring season being the main ingredient to the overall theme. The runway experience started with white/ crème dresses, then to soft blush pinks and finally to bright pinks framed in a beautiful motion sequence. The Adama Paris show featured beautiful white and orange “little” dresses and dynamic shorts highly appropriate for the anticipated African Summer. Khosi Nkosi never disappoints and her show was once again extremely fun to watch, with her #bossladymindset shining through her colourful work of art as it played on the runway.

As we celebrated the power of creativity over at the AFI Experience, Sakhile, of Sasha collection, amazed the crowd as he entered the show in a mini cab. The crowd got super excited as models stepped out of the cab and started catwalking the ‘IZulu Lami’ collection. The hurried atmosphere and fashion-hungry vibe we experienced from this day left us all hyper excited to wake-up and dress-up for the final day of fashion week.



Day 3

The last day of fashion week was upon us and the street style welcomed us to the event in a loud voice of colour and print combinations. The star of the day seems to be the skill of mix and matching something gingham with African prints. Even tourists from Belgium had to make sure they captured the trendy gingham style. Everyone was wearing inspiring selections…even us! The lovely tops worn by Lala, Samu and Nondy, were made by our own 2nd Year Fashion Media Lisofian, Dana Oelofse.

Today’s lasting impression began with a large group of dapper, dandy, daddies. There was some serious catwalk excitement for the Quiteria and George S/S 17 collection, Carol’s something on the way smells like teen spirit. The collection’s preview, which featured on their social media platforms, got people so intrigued that they reached a great capacity for this show (go media!).

Just before the Stephanie Morland and Shana Morland show, familiar faces such as, Dr. Smile, Boity Thulo and Adv. Thuli Madonsela, had the crowd on their feet as they walked onto the runway wearing shirts that read “we should all be feminists”. The attendees also received a shirt in celebration of women’s month in an attempt to raise awareness for their cause.

As we end this adventure, it’s important to reflect on what has set this Fashion Week apart from its predecessors. Here is our list: The brutal unfashionable wind, cups of liquid-love coffee, plenty of smiles and an introduction to a youth-fashion cultural experience. There were sensational shows from both the AFI Experience and the actual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Shows. The AFI Experience invited us to experience high-street fashion and has left a lasting impression. The entire experience made us aware of who people want to be and how they’d like to dress. We have also learnt that fashion is not always about pleasing other people but rather about being comfortable with yourself and with what you would like to express through clothes.


Thanks to all the people who put effort into their outfit selections and for allowing us to throw them some much-deserved compliments. Thanks to those who challenge the traditional way of dress in order to bring us new establishments. Special thanks to Tribeca PR and Trace South Africa for the fashion week experience.


Written by: Nondumiso Fatyela (@themarchwolf) and Brittany Paige and Anel Van Vuuren
Photographers: Samu Sibiya, Nhlalala Hlekane, Anel Van Vuuren, Nondumiso Fatyela and Jamaica Skepers
Edited by: Nondumiso Fatyela


Fashion Show 2016 Winner: Best Ready-To-Wear Range by Faida Chikwatu

posted on December 13th, 2016 by LISOF

Q&A with Faida Chikwatu, Winner of the Best Graduate Ready-to-Wear collection at this years Fashion Show.

  • What was your inspiration?

Even though I’m Muslim, I was still curious and intrigued by the culture and ethnicity of the Arab lifestyle. Through my research I had gathered a look and feel for my range at the 2016 Fashion Show that was of riches, elegance, modesty and purity Arabia has, in which I was willing to translate this look and feel towards the collection. I didn’t want to the garments to look like “just another modest collection” I wanted these garments to execute the look and feel as soon as they are dressed it would emphasize it even more.

  • What is the name of your Fashion Show collection and why?

Awraah, the term in Arabic simply means body parts which must be covered from others.

  • Why did you select the fabrics you used?

While I was sourcing for these fabrics I was looking for fabrics that represented so much elegance and riches not only that but also gave away the ethnicity of it. When I had found these fabrics I was lucky enough to reasonably priced fabrics and made sure I used the fabrics to the best of my ability to make it look a lot more exquisite.

  • What finishes made your collection different?

I went for finishes that were more feminine like adding in touches of lace and added some binding, I tried to find new ways of finishing of the garments.

  • What do you plan to do next year and what is ultimate fashion dream for you?

I’m currently looking for a job at this point and I plan on working and building on my brand. My ultimate fashion dream to have the most exquisite and beautiful modest wear worldwide and to also collaborate with one of the top designers.


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Save the Date: LISOF’s 22nd Annual Fashion Show

posted on November 15th, 2016 by LISOF

LISOF’s 22nd annual fashion show is next week Thursday, 24 November at The Tin Factory.

Join us to see the young talent on the rise with their collections. From 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Design Students showcasing their work down the runway.

Tickets for the public are available on the 22nd November. For more detail please call: 011 326 1698

Fashion Show 2016

LISOF Fashion Show 2015

posted on February 17th, 2016 by LISOF

• One of the most reputable Fashion Design & Retail colleges in South Africa with 23 years of experience.
• A pioneer in fashion education being the first college to launch a BA Degree in Fashion and BCOM Degree in Fashion in South Africa.
• Highly successful alumni who have made waves not only in the South African fashion industry but internationally too.
Our degrees are well sought after with high recognition in the industry.
• LISOF has top academic staff with industry relevant experience.


LISOF 2015 Fashion Show DVD now on Sale now!
Shows 1 and 2 on one DVD – R100.
To order yours contact Lauren:
CALL: 0113261698
NOTE: Last orders taken 4th March 2016

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Did you know we have a campus in Hatfield, Pretoria too? Call: 086 11 54763 to Apply today! For more information on courses CLICK HERE!

Watch LISOF 2015 Fashion Show on DSTV Tonight!

posted on February 15th, 2016 by LISOF

Ayanda Fashion House


posted on July 9th, 2015 by LISOF

South African Menswear Week is Africa’s only stand-alone platform dedicated to the growth and promotion of menswear within the African continent. The designer line-up was stronger than ever before. A number of new and emerging menswear designers have been identified, and established designers have also joined the line-up. The venue to showcase the July SS16 collection was ideal, when it comes to showcasing the very best of South-African menswear the venues have always been a unique dimension.  The Greenpoint Stadium (Cape Town) was the perfect venue, adding the sporty underground concrete strength that personifies masculinity.

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#SAMW has provided a world-class platform for menswear designers to express themselves over a series of shows which stretched over four days. The objective was to be the leading platform in terms of innovation, trends, production and most importantly, the promotion of the designers.  It’s about building credibility for the platform that will enable designers to grow their businesses. The Fashion event production seemed professional; only the best of established and upcoming designers participate each season.

LISOF’s very own Rich Mnisi who developed his brand OATH in 2014 is a Fashion Design and Business Management Graduate. Rich won Best RTW (ready-to-wear) Collection at the LISOF 2013 graduate fashion show and also an award for Best Fashion Media student. OATH is purely associated with freshness, and a unique blend of young contemporary Fashion. As a brand, OATH connects with the audience through displaying visually textured manufacturing and treatment on clean silhouettes. Pop culture and contemporary sportswear is as prominent and directs Rich Mnisi and OATH’S approach. At SAMW SS16, OATH by Rich Mnisi, showcased his best work yet. Rich Mnisi left the audience thrilled and full of praise for OATH Studio. OATH has already grabbed the attention of both local and international media. LISOF Alumni are setting standards in the world of fashion.

List of Designers:

  • OATH by Rich Mnisi (LISOF graduate)

Earlier this year Rich Mnisi spoke to ‘Style Africa’, he said; “My design aesthetic is very young and ‘dope,’ very high-fashion-sports accompanied by visually textured prints on clean silhouettes and through the influence of pop culture and nature, a versatile and fashion forward signature is achieved”

Power. Endurance. Graphic. Stylish comfort. Bold.

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  • Magents

The brand, launched in the 90s, became popular because of its Afro-vintage style.

  • Jenevieve Lyons

Jenevieve Lyons is a fashion designer who ‘depicts’ visual parables throughout her clothing

  • Craig Port

Craig Port has a passion for fusing modern design with classic staples.

  • CSquared

CSquared menswear is South Africa’s most cutting edge formal wear brand.

  • Chu Suwannapha

Originally from Thailand, Suwannapha was a fashion designer and business owner manufacturing and selling under his own CHULARP fashion brand

  • Ruald Rheeder

Ruald Rheeder studied fashion in Cape Town and has refined his expertise working alongside many South African designers.

Chanel Casino Royale

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Chanel casino table

Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Lara Stone, Baptiste Giabiconi and Lily-Rose Depp at the Chanel roulette table. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld has created a life-size faux supermarket, a fully-functioning brasserie and a full on art gallery as his fashion show sets in seasons past. On Tuesday, 7th July, the designer constructed a casino royale inside of the Grand Palais for the Chanel Couture Fall 2015.

Here are some of our favourite looks:

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