Let’s not even front; beauty is beauty and when seen beyond the glistening eyes of the beholder, you know it’s the real deal. When Jerri Mokgofe first told me about his earlier interaction with Lady Miss Sarah Langa, I had every intention to weave up
tales of my interaction with a Grace Jones look-alike who happens to be on first name basis with me and half of my family. That was until he nobly introduced me to the concept of believing… no, I mean like proper believing. I have to say; whenever I see this love-child of fashion (Ladyy Miss Sarah), she turns it out every single time and makes it appear so organic. It is unbelievably uncommon to navigate these stylin’ circles and ever so often brush shoulder-pads with a type of human who is extraordinarily BEAUTIFUL, lanky enough to can add a few extra zeros on any piece of garment and as if that is not enough, she goes through life with an idyllic personality to match. Next time you see her, halla back and halla hard because she will probably be fashioning to the core.
In my spare time (the rare occasion when I am not fashioning in pseudo-extreme volumes), I get to hang-out with friends of mine who so happen to be involved in my industry. We always get up to all kinds of nonsense. In these pics, see two totally different occasions, where I got to let loose with models Mirriam Ngomani and Heugette Marara and we partook in our unceremonious on-the-drop-of-a-pin pose-offs. You see, in my previous live I was something of a scmortzel trainer –okay the afore mentioned statement is something of legend brewed in my head. Anywhoo; check, chuckle whatevs.
Aaaand yes, I am totally listening to Kelly Rowland’s Like This whilst writing this…
Miriam Ngomani needs no introduction as she is one of the most recognisable models in the land. I happen to have gone through unedited images on my computer this morning and remembered that the last two occasions I hung out with her, my camera did like it does in the presence of sexily tall and leggy girls with giant personality and a strut to rival the history of great conversation starters. The darn thing snapped on and on! Ladies and gents of the blogosphere, I give you my friend, the sexy non-alright-in-the-head crazy funny as hell human: Miriam Ngomani. I think she was totally going through a must love yellow platform wedges phase. Fierce!
Cute ain’t the word!!
Legs for DAYZ + the streets = too darn fine!
Lately I have been cheating on the hand (or eye, if you will) of THE SIR on the other side of the lens. I’ve been a doing a bit of work getting my “smize” on and modelling for a few industry friends. A week ago Jess Lupton and Steve Marais rang me up and requested that I star in their try-out for a brief sent by a major menswear retailer. Of course I said hell-to-the-yeah and jumped on it, those two I count among my fave people in Joziburg’s entire threads scene. Even though it would have been quite unlikely for me to be snapped in this type of styling prior this shoot, I must say these images look rather handsome.
After reading this post, you are likely to ask for reasons why/ when did fashion people become so hearty and mushy and stuff. With just a few hours into the New Year, I have found myself once again in one of those discussions with fellow friends about trying to round up the best, better and somewhat good from last year’s fashions. My point was really a no brainer. Claudia Schiffer making a return to celebrate Guess’ 30 years in threadery business was for me, the bomb-diggz!
Schiffer was reunited with magic photographer Ellen von Unwerth for the milestone campaign and like they did 23 years ago, the result was not short of the label’s sexiness, a significant amount of charm and an element of timelessness. Claudia has never looked better (at age 42) and now I know without a shadow of doubt that 30 is the new-new. From here onwards, GUESS shall be known as the force to have resurrected denim’s affair with fashion.
I’m sure I speak for many when I say that if 2013 promises to bring more excitements of this sort, we’re bound to witness less bitch moments.
It is amazing what the right combination of water, bones blood and melanin can sometimes form, almost as though some humans were created to ignite every possible amount of envy out of the rest. I’m talking here about models. Gosh, with their legs up to infinity, bodies cared for and jobs to get to wear designer gear first. *talk to the hand* I met with the 1.88m tall Manyano Mahlakata –known (to us the inner circle) as Manny, for a chat and here are a few facts about the “ordinariness” that is his life.
The dudsty streets of…?
Hails from Umtata in the Eastern Cape. Raised by a single parent and is the youngest of four children –two sisters and one brother.
He is actually quite good at sport. Growing up rugby was his first love and he played for the second team division throughout his high school career.
don’t make me hit you with my pocket…erm
Most people would be surprised to learn that he is quite a chilled guy who prefers the dance floor (mostly when with his two buddies, Herman and Alex) as much as he could stay indoors. Trust. I have seen this man move!
One can’t say that Manny is a holiday person per se, but whenever he needs to be stranger, he tries to visit Port Alfred and spend a lot of time topless on the beach. –ok I really don’t know why I said that.
Swagg has never strutted this good.
Manyano was discovered in 2009 whilst walking about during his first year at University of Johannesburg where he had registered to study a Financial Information System qualification. He was booked for his first ever casting and got to walk in two shows at the South African Fashion Week that very year. Classic Schmortzel tale…
He has since changed agencies and signed with ICE Model Management in Johannesburg and Mens Division in Cape Town and has been a part of almost every menswear designer showcase each season.
Being handpicked to feature in Ozwald Boateng’s Spring Summer 2012 campaign shot in the country last year is definitely one of Manyano’s career highlights. You don’t need me to tell you that Ozwald Boateng is beeeeeg bizniz!
He has great plans to spend sometime in the Cape later this year because in model land, summer marks the peak of season where one is exposed to a lot of local and international clientele.
out in the streets (of fashion prettydom), we call it murder!!
In addition to a demanding career on and off runways and shooting endless campaigns, Manny is also set to obtain a qualification in Marketing. Nice one… a man with a plan.
Playing a part in the fashion industry has helped to prompt a well thought sense of personal style. At the moment he is crazy about mixing retro finds with regular off-the-peg purchases and his daily -carefully considered dress up routine has gone from a record of four minutes to twenty minutes.
Some of his favourite designers brands include Naked Ape, Ephymol, House of Olѐ, Fabiani, DSquared and of course Ozwald Boateng.
This is the part where I get to break into a kind of dance that should never see beyond my front door because I got to spend a rainy afternoon with this super awesome, cool, funny, smart human over cola sodas at a hotel restaurant. Go on Manny, get to beaming!