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.

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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Who is Mira Duma and why you should be following her

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by LISOF

Miroslava Duma was born in 1985, in Surgut, the oil-rich Tyumen region in Russia. She started her career in fashion as a contributing editor at Russian Harper’s Bazaar magazine, but quickly decided that web journalism was her forte, becoming a freelance writer and co-founder of Buro 24/7 . She started the site with a friend. Buro 24/7 is dedicated to fashion and lifestyle. Miroslava says it is “..kind of a bureau of information 24 hours, seven days a week. It provides our readers with quality information 24/7, up to 25 updates a day, on cinema, music, art, culture, fashion, lifestyle, social life – everything.” Buro is going global, with offices in Croatia, Middle East and Australia to name a few.



She is a street style maven with the fashion paparazzi buzzing around her at all the major fashion weeks. With 1.1million followers on Instagram, she plays with proportion on her petite frame and she is not afraid of colour or print, which makes for exciting imagery. She has a unique creative way of styling herself. Her signature piece, would be a coat, jacket or cardi just placed over her shoulders. She is married and a mother of two. As she expressed to Vogue Australia she has “an ability to mix very expensive and very cheap things in a way that they will look cool together. You just have to look in the mirror, experiment, see what works, what doesn’t, mix and match, and it’s like playing a puzzle really. I love mixing prints especially. My fashion style is experimental, because I’m still young and I’m experimenting. The 21st century is a mix of fashion trends – each decade before that was more distinctive, but now it’s a mix”.

You need to be following her because she is current and relevant in what is happening on the #streetstyle scene. She is a global fashion influencer and communicator. She is not afraid to express herself in her own personal style, even though she is not of model height. She is a successful business woman with a family. She might inspire you in some way! #LisofLoves

Follow here: @miraduma     Follow us: @lisof_fashion


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@miraduma Instagram Account

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Mira expresses herself with confidence and strength

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Mira and her signature style – coat over shoulders

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Bold colour, print and proportion


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Showing two different styles

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Going old school


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.