GET READY FOR CJC’S FASHION DESIGN BURSARY FOR 2016

Gert-Johan Coetzee and Christopher Gill 2015 GJC bursary winner (1)

Valued at the total of R180 000, Gert-Johan Coetzee’s eponymous Fashion Design Bursary is now open for applications from students enthusiastic about the next year. The decorated designer is once again on a search for an individual keen for an entry into the fashion industry.

One aspirant designer will not only have their study costs covered for the three-year internationally accredited course at the Northwest School of Design, but will also be personally mentored by Gert-Johan Coetzee, and may ultimately benefit from the brand-new fellowship programme sponsored by Brutal Fruit.

Gert-Johan says he is “looking for someone who displays real passion and an attitude that nothing will stand in their way”. These qualities must reverberate exciting talents quite like qualities possessed by last year’s winner of the bursary; Christopher Gill of Lephalale. The up-and-coming designer is currently close to completing the first year of his studies at Northwest School of Design and is already making exhilarating career moves.

*Christopher has had a recent opportunity to design a gorgeous dress for Villa Rosa actress Dorette Potgieter for the Royal Soapie Awards. Vila Rosa scooped an accolade for Most Popular Soapie in 2015*

*Christopher has had a recent opportunity to design a gorgeous dress for Villa Rosa actress Dorette Potgieter for the Royal Soapie Awards. Vila Rosa scooped an accolade for Most Popular Soapie in 2015*

To apply for the three year internationally accredited qualification commencing in the next year, aspirant designers must complete the online GJC bursary application available on www.nwsd.co.za and submit along with the supporting documents as specified on the website. The closing date for applications is 12 October 2015.

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF Gert-Johan Coetzee Bursary (2)

I have always maintained that the fashion pie is big enough for everyone enthused and willing to deliver. So, this has me all so excited for Gert-Johan Coetzee’s mission to uncover fresh talent and invest in their education. What a grand opportunity.

 

 

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HAPPENING RIGHT NOW: #DESIGNERSAMPLESALE

MJ AND STUFF Designer Sample sale

I have never not answered this question, yet, to my (frustration masqueraded as) surprise; people who have known me since before I made a profession out of my fashioning tactics, still never tire of asking where /how/when I hook up designer gear. Okay, I agree, these things can sometimes be treated as “underground” cabals and I suppose never quite open up for everyone to attend and possibly get to acquire these (sometimes –one-of-a-kind)  clothing items. Well, as suggested by the flyer here above, a small collective of local designer are hosting a sample sale in Melrose Arch, starting right now, all the way until the coming Saturday’s evening. Some of the local designers are clearing out their archives and everything is priced to go –up to 90% off. Participating top names include Thula Sindi, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Sies! Isabelle, Kluk CGDT, Cult Collective, Anmari Honibal, Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs and of course SUZAAN HEYNS.

I think I might be experiencing whatever level of thrill  comes beyond #ThreadCrazy.

I think I might be experiencing whatever level of thrill  comes beyond #ThreadCrazy.

See y’all there.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR GERT-JOHAN COETZEE FASHION BURSARY.

Gert-Johan with the winner of last year's bursary; Quincy.

Gert-Johan with the winner of last year’s bursary; Quincy.

Wise folks have a tendency to frequently stress that a great mark of success involves the ability to boost up the next. Can’t fault this notion for it is as age-old as it is the legitimate. Such is the stunning case with Gert-Johan Coetzee because he keeps adding significance stretching his empire to soar beyond the deserved high praise and he does this with admirable verve. I am talking here about the reputable Gert-Johan Coetzee Fashion Bursary in association with North West School of Design which has been changing lives of eager fashionpolitans for the past four years. “Being able to work in fashion is all I ever wanted to do, and it’s a privilege that makes me happy every day of my life. I want to pass on this same opportunity to someone young, talented and hungry for success.” Together with the college at which he graduated, GJC has hooked up a bursary giveaway worth R168 000 for the next year. This covers tuition and study materials for the duration of the three-year BA Fashion Design Degree course, and includes both a sewing machine and an overlocker from Bernina valued at almost R33 000, plus personal mentorship by the superstar designer as experienced by last year’s winner; Quincy Thabang from Sasolburg. Based in Klerksdorp, the North West School of Design is an international fashion college that offers a full spectrum of courses that prepare future fashion professionals as designers, clothing technologists, fashion buyers and more. Students are exposed to international best practices and insights, aligning them with global standards.

To be considered for the bursary, students need to have a National Senior Certificate or an international equivalent, and need to submit a motivating essay and sketches for four red-carpet gowns and this year’s theme for entrants is:  “15 Shades of Style”.  Gert-Johan will be on the panel responsible for choosing the ultimate winner and he says, “I’m looking for someone who blows me away with their passion, raw talent and proven aptitude for design.

Gert Johan Coetzee

For details on how to enter, visit www.nwsd.co.za The closing date for entries is 17 October 2014.

ALL SET FOR THE FIRST EVER GJC SALE EVENT.

Gert-Johan Coetzee Designer Sale MJ AND STUFF

I have never really kept it a secret that the only way to get me to do just about anything involves suspending a SALE sign all over my radar. I swear, I get into gatherer mode and spontaneously collect pieces for myself and those I love dearly. Designer extraordinaire Gert-Johan Coetzee’s closet sale mission comes fresh into the new month (and season) and will definitely see me beaming with all sorts of excitement.

This has to be among the supreme fashion highlights of the year, not only because the two-day experience will be Gert-Johan’s first sale like, ever, attendees will get an opportunity to purchase garments as seen showcased across runways over the last couple of seasons and some of the iconic one-of-a-kind gems previously spotted on glamorous celebrities. “Every dress there will be one of a kind, and really represent my life’s work so far. I can’t wait to spread the love,” says Coetzee.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to a charity supported by the talented designer because in true GJC spirit, many of the dresses for sale are part of collections Coetzee designed to raise awareness for societal issues such as breast cancer, violence against women and discrimination against people with albinism.

The sale is open to the public and takes place on Saturday and Sunday morning, 6 and 7 September 2014, from 10am to 1pm, at The Maslow Hotel, cnr Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton. 

Thrilled much!?!

EUNICE DRIVER SNAPPED CJC’S A-W ‘13 COLLECTION!

Eunice Driver Gert-Johan Coetzee MJ AND STUFF

Can you believe that I have not stopped buzzing about Gert-Johan Coetzee’s neon pink collection from South African Fashion Week AW 2014!? I know, it’s like I am a man with sudden fondness for flowsy floor-length fuschia garments held in a stylishly fitted position by a laser-cut Perspex bustier.  I now know for a fact that there is absolutely no chance that I could be falling out of love with this collection because the dearest lover of my fashion heart that is Eunice Driver has recently photographed the range in an astonishing manner which showcases the fabric’s motion beautifully. I die for the waving hemline masterfully draped in the air whilst models hold still, yet whimsical poses for the camera. And that backdrop… my gosh that toon-esque backdrop reminds me of an aged castle’s hallways –very Snow White and the Huntsman, except this time around Snowwie is fully grown and she #WERQs chic in ways chic is yet to be #WERQed. Lovely stuff!!!

MJ AND STUFF EUNICE DRIVER GERT JOHAAN COETZEE

Gert-Johan Coetzee Eunice Driver MJ AND STUFF

PINK DRIVE MJ AND STUFF GERT-JOHAAN COETZEE EUNICE DRIVER

Eunice Driver shoots Gert Johan Coetzee's Pink Drive Collection

 

#SAFW A FROWER’S EYE FEST!

MJ AND STUFF SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK AUTUM WINTER 2014

I know, I know you have probably seen detailed reviews of all the spectacular shows seen at South African Fashion Week… no? erm, okay well I am still buzzing from some really rad stuff from the runway.  I could punch myself in the lower abdomen area for having to choose only three super awesome elements to review –yes, I did this to myself. Anywhoo, These here are the ultimate items of desire. This painful exercise came together as thus; at the dawn of #SAFW, I forced myself to sit back and think about top three details which sent chills down my spine. I had to resurrect my little fashioning heart from a coma and search for specifics. Some of the few things essentials these designer items have in common include the ability to induce unexplainable delight through innovative workmanship and bridging the separation between avant-garde fashions, whilst making complete sense to anyone who happens to be two minds about wearing “conversation” pieces.

MINNIE MOUSE’S EYEBALL SWAG AT SUZAAN HEYNS.

MINNIE MOUSE’S EYEBALL SWAG AT SUZAAN HEYNS.

Any designer who seemingly gets a kick out of upping their previous work, is a designer after my egocentric heart. Suzaan Heyns collaborated with Disney for the Autumn-Winter 2014 collection and looked to Minnie Mouse as inspiration where she shifted, re-styled and designed a balanced wardrobe for every kind of woman with an affinity for pop, science and art. My eyes did not blink one bit each time she sent out anything festooned with animated eyeball details. That bomber jacket is my life and I love that she used the unconventional feature across key pieces in the collection; from blouses and camisoles to dresses and capes.

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE’S PERFECT PERSPEX CORSETRY.

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE’S PERFECT PERSPEX CORSETRY.

CJC’S star doesn’t just shine; it beams to promote excellent missions beyond the fashion industry. His newest all-pink collection was showcased instillation style the #SAFW and is aligned with The Pink Drive to raise awareness for breast cancer health. The fashion house showcased a range in multiple hues of pink and inspired by cooler months fruits like berries, plums, grapes, pomegranates and figs.  As a signature of the label, Gert-Johan Coetzee employed great technology to create what I consider one of the IT-pieces of the season; the laser-cut Perspex corset. These are tailored to achieve a shapely silhouette and avow a chic position as outerwear with edged finishings.

LOXION KULćA’S FINE LEATHER BLEND.

LOXION KULćA’S FINE LEATHER BLEND.

The extreme importance of nostalgia in fashion was brought afore by Olebogeng Ledimo through his creative directorship at LOXION KULćA. The fashion house known to forefront the local street style vibe showcased a spirited and versatile A-W 2014 collection aburst with detail-mania among which included the most stunning leather patchwork I had seen in a while. Ready to wear and could trade straight off the runway, the leather patchwork is an undoubted must-have for anyone at any given level, from the full blast personality pants to chic details added on a blue leather blazer and contrasting bits hemming  a grey leather shift dress.

Pics: SDR Photo/ me

CJC’s UNBOLTED VINTAGE CLOSET

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE VINTAGE CLOSET MJ AND STUFF

I am always extremely proud of Gert-Johan Coetzee’s fated growth. In fact, I think a lot of characters participating in the local fashion fraternity could learn a great deal if they dare model most of their structures against his. The designer is undoubtedly famed for his glamorous creations appreciated across the clelebville and his most recent exploration sees him expanding his artistic vision to include a wardrobe for working women who want something stylish for the office. Launched last week at South African Fashion Week’s Fashion Week Wednesday, Vintage Closet is inspired by mother-and-daughter duo; Lorraine (Businesswoman) and Tiffiny (Attorney) Sutherland  who conceptualised the idea and pitched it to the designer maestro. This limited edition capsule collection (seriously, only one or two styles will be available at any time) is elegant and references styles which rocked bygone fashion moments, twisted into modern a modern fit. It consists of streamlined dresses, blouses, skirts and little jackets in versatile colour palettes.  Coetzee and the corporate duo said to have recognised the huge gap in the market for ultra-feminine designer daywear that is also affordable

 

GJC with Tiffiny and Lorraine.

GJC with Tiffiny and Lorraine.

 

Vintage Closet will be available at Edgars Sandton City and Edgars Melrose Arch from September 2013 at a price point between R800 and R1 500.

MJ AND STUFF GERT JOHAN COETZEE VINTAGE CLOSET

 

DURBAN FASHION FAIR 2013: INEVITABLE ESCALATION!!!

DURBAN FASHION FAIR MJ AND STUFF

Fashion’s sustainability depends on so many constituents. Some of the industry’s thrive points involve sensible planning, a clear goal and grand implementation. I am beyond excited to witness the second annual Durban Fashion Fair happening this week because it is in part, a perfect paradigm of a brilliant outcome if and when an industry is enthusiastically nurtured. Ethekwini Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism & Markets Unit have done a stellar job committing to the small, medium and micro enterprises within the Durban region. Sagaciously, the gov chose to offer a great platform to designers across levels. This four-day-long fair will host young designers, emerging designers(who got to travel to Italy on a learnership earlier in the year), Durban born established designers and come of the country’s finest fashion masters. The minucipality has also invited Top international designers to come and showcase on the same stage too. I will be there, for every single show. Be certain to follow my instant tweets from the front row and reviews right here. See the designer shows lineup below. Durban Fashion Fair 2013 MJ AND STUFF PROGRAMME

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WHEN G-J C GIVES BACK…

PHOTOGRAPH HANNES DANZFUSS MJ AND STUFF

Am I the only person who really gets annoyed when people go on-and-on about their desire to “give back” and never quite get to lift a finger for the benefit of the next person? It really truly sucks, because I figure with effort and a sensible structure, plans could be laid out.  A perfect example should be Gert-Johan Coetzee’s promising contribution to the fashion industry. Famed for his glitzy creations and plenty presence in the media, the designer has set up a foundation with North West School of Design in Kleksdorp (where he graduated in 2005) to benefit students looking to further their studies in fashion. Gert-Johan manages his very own successful fashion house which employs 10 people and with this initiative, he aims to help nurture an entrepreneurial mindset in balance with creativity and design talent.  The bursary is worth R160 000 and it covers tuition and study materials for the duration of a brand-new three-year BA Fashion Design degree course that the school will offer as of the next year. In addition to such awesomery, the awarded candidate will be mentored by G-J C himself and will get an opportunity to serve an internship at his Johannesburg. Last year’s winner of the Gert-Johan Coetzee Bursary; Prudence Kau seems to be have her ducks in a row and my eyes are so set on her success story. Closing date for 2014 entries is 30 September 2013 and for more details on how to enter, CLICK HERE. I love it when fashion folk do good.

Gert-Johan Coetzee with Prudence Kau (Last year's winner)

Gert-Johan Coetzee with Prudence Kau (Last year’s winner)

SAFW, Street Style -Color popping

Fashion is happy again! This is definitely a fact if attendees of the recent South African Fashion Week SS/2012-13’s sense of wear is anything to go by. For a long time fashionistas wore black and made it tres chic. This “uniform” has since been skopped in the behind by Elle Magazine South Africa’s Poppy Evans’ black ankle length leather booties. Stylistas came to play and wore pops of color, some blocked, some fabulously layered and the rest in full gear of happy neons.

FAIRLADY Magazine's Chu Suwannapa
FAIRLADY Magazines’s Fashion Editor Chu Suwannapa is the king of color in this gear. I love that T-shirt and die for the Missibaba satchel!


I don’t want anything out of life if not feasting my eyes on those fab-tastic Miu Miu stunneres worn by Poppy Evans. She opted to layer her yellow print dress with a pair of opaque tights and a leather bicker.


Designer; Gert-Johan Coetzee wore an amazing stain print blazer, with tangerine skinny jeans and blue silk neck tie. How about that all-kinds-of dreamy fringed bag?


5fm’s Poppy Ntshongowana holding her own whilst on the ones-and-two’s. This right here is what I call stylin’ on the job!


Sekelo Zondi from EDCON brought the gentleman to play with his canary yellow shirt kitted with a pair of pleated denim jeans and a waist coat.


This trio of young fashion folk took it to a whole new stylish level by rolling in shades of corals, burgundy and blues. Talk about fashion fest not worth missing!


Seventeen Magazine Editor Janine Jellars is stunningly draped in this floor lentgh number and nude pumps cinched at the waist. Amazing blues, I say!


Solly Moeng and his friend here keep the pop of color with their tops. Dearest Solly went for strong shoulders and blocked lapels and brass buttons bare chested, while the friend styled his for a more sports luxe feel with jeans.


From TrueLove magazine with love. Fashion duo Palesa Mahlaba and Nondumiso Mazwi. Palesa wore a high waisted pair of blue pants and Nondumiso donned a dusty floral form fitting full length dress. Whats not to adore here?


Chipo Mapondera from Styling Concepts is a perfect candidate to wrap this edition of street style because she took is straight to the street by styling her romantic dress in a pale blush pink, a bright mini box satchel and those awesome NIKE trainers. Taking personal style to a whole new level.

See ladies and gents. fear not a bit (or a lot) of color. Fashion says so and we should follow suit.

xxo