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.

 

 

ITEM OF TODAY (#IOT): MISSIBABA’S ICONIC POSSUM!

MISSIBABA ICONIC POSSUM BAG MJ AND STUFF

I have managed to go through life thus far trying to explain my “abnormality” as a result of dreaming in technicolor. Truth is, I spend all the little time I have (when not creating), dreaming about bags and belts and bags and hats and bags and shoes and bags and shirts and bags and pants and bags and dresses and bags and blouses and bags and all kinds of accessories and bags and stuff. Yup, the baglady could possibly have a rival if my carrier-obsessed ways are anything to go by.  Today is all about MISSIBABA’s gorgeous Possum.

MJ AND STUFF MISSIBABA'S ICONIC POSSUM BAG AS ITEM OF TODAY 14-07-2015

The local luxe brand stays leading in the business of serving some seriously stunning high-end game with their much-adored collections. Not running short of classic references and unassumingly casual in its design and overall appearance, the Possum is the second (of five) styles revisited by Missibaba as a commemorative endeavour to mark the label’s 10th anniversary –one is revealed every month. *insert all the glee known to mankind here*

 Do mark my words; this bag might very well be the IT product for all of 2015, not only because it is literally what most fashion people speak about but also because it makes all the sense to almost every kind of person keen for a functional piece of art which stands a good chance to be present for tales across generations.

Definitely worth being awarded the #IOT2015/07/14

This here should be a regular feature on this here blog space. #DecisionMade. One will try to find an item that has me spinning round-and-round with unrestricted excitement. My reason to wake up and take on each day’s vibe, if you will.

SAFW SS15 TREND: THE MAXI REDRESS

Left to Right: Rubicon, Sies! Isabelle, Thabo Makhetha, Matte Nolim.

Left to Right: Rubicon, Sies! Isabelle, Thabo Makhetha, Matte Nolim.

What do we want? REAL Fashion! When do we want it? NOW!” The South African Fashion Week has recently sent out wonderful trend report, depicting threads as recently showcased on the Spring Summer 2015 walkway. Magnificently *insert a wide smile on my face*, whilst carrying an unquestionable South African ID, most of these collections –as confirmed by an in-house analytic, come equal to an international echelon. Talk about Glocalisation. Of course I am super keyed up for all this! So keyed up in fact, that whilst watching some of the shows, I too spotted a trend I foresee to be all kinds of attractive when worn by every single type of woman out there.

Left to Right: Erre, Lunar, Erre.

Left to Right: Erre, Lunar, Erre.

Whether in trails a couple of centimetres behind or skims the floor a little bit, the next season’s flowsy and Bohemian-esque maxi frock is nothing short of sexy. I have gathered that the assertion instigated by these designers must signal an appealing proud and refreshing repossession of character for the kind of woman who is likely to wear her femininity in the hemline not far from the ground. There is a delightful sense of effortlessness about the necessity of this redressed movement, yet through an assortment of appeasing designs and bountifully restructured details; maxi dresses exemplifies power at a very soaring degree.

These below are my absolute faves!

SIES! Isabelle

SIES! Isabelle

ALFALFA

ALFALFA

COLLEEN EITZEN

COLLEEN EITZEN

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE

NON EUROPEAN

NON EUROPEAN

MANTSHO

MANTSHO

BLACK COFFEE

BLACK COFFEE

Photos by SDR.

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.

NO GETTING’ OVER KAT VAN DUINEN’S AW’14.

Kat van Duinen lookbook  MJ and Stuff

I think I am in love. No, I think I know I am in love. This assertion could in part be because I am not the kind to recover from the Valentines’ Day merriments. Whatever the cause, in my blistering head; this wistful love story stars me, a Kat Van Duinen woman and of course, her Autum Winter 2015 wardrobe. She is near-perfect I tell you. As per the newly published lookbook (a rational follow-up to the #SAFW premiere), in addition to her incontestable mystique, this tall, lithe and poised human/character/woman/person is swathed with in luxurious furs draped over her stunning frame. see? Wonderful!

Kat Van Duinen Lookbok AW 2015

Kat van Duinen has been slayin’ the fashion streets since 2010 –yes, I used “slay” because social media links have been having me in all sorts of ways these days; I have even become something of an expert at using #Hashtags to communicate a full paragraph. Spastic and all. Anywho, as I was sayin’ Kat van Duinen has been slaying the fashion game since 2010 with her eponymous brand increasingly gaining momentum in the chic graded luxury lane and captivatingly balancing the ever so insatiable fashion demands. All whilst fully committed to an ethical approach. This campaign for the A-W ‘15 collection is verification cut to please the eye. And believably, the wearer too.

Kat van Duinen lookbook 1

This KVD woman’s tale goes: Beads glint and glimmer as they catch the light, like frost sprinkled on bare trees. All around you is black –winter has taken its icy brush and washed everything in its cold, ebony hue. Feathers pointed, stiff –crown models (i.e. the wearer) with the feeling of icicles, stopped in their tracks by the season’s chill. Sable feathers flow throughout the collection –an ode to the picture of the crows lining fences and stark branches gazing out across a cold, barren land hauntingly still… frozen. Glistering classy organza overlays catch your eye, hinting of frozen lakes and water stopped in time by a gelid winter’s morning. How can anyone not fall crazy over heels for this human in this setting? I just secretly want her skull crystal embellished over coat. #ThereISaidIt

A piece after my heart!

A piece after my heart!

Kat van Duinen AW 2015 Lookbook

KVD Lookbook AW 2015

Kat van Duinen AW 2015 as seen at SAFW

KVD AW 2015 Lookbook

#WERQ

I’VE BEEN STYLIN’, I’VE BEEN STYLIN’!

House of Diva Bubble Dress at Burgundy Fly

You may or may not have noticed that I have been a tad M.I.A in these streets of now late. Okay maybe a lot M.I.A in these streets and for this, pangs of guilt continue to have their wicked ways with me. I have however, not gone easy on fashioning missions and am working on a plan to equally #SERVE all these rad spheres. Much like the recurring tale of my life; great loves of mine prove to ring for a re-run, ever so often (thy mind shall reside not in the gutter)… yes, ladies and the most gentle of gentlemen; I seem to have taken to nursing quite a number of styling projects.

It feels all sorts of good to make a return to dealing threads at this level. I hadn’t really sworn off duties to skilfully gather clothing and bags and accessories and working together with brilliant teams of fellow stylopilitans and the oh-so-incredible thrill of watching it all piece up and taking something of a stylish shape. If anything, I feel that even though I have (during intermission periods) communicated my fashion ways through mediums poles apart, the course remained strong. I live for it!

South African Fashion Stylist Mahlatse James

In these pics, I was tasked with contributing to a series of catalogue spreads for one of the most amazing (seriously, AMAZING) retailers of local fashion; Burgundy Fly and I got to link-up with a talented team whose madcap friendship I would not trade for anything. I just happen to have love-LOVE-loved fussing over this stunning bubble dress by House of Diva.

Mahlatse James Styling the Burgundy Fly catalogue

Burgundy Fly Catalogue Styled by Mahlatse James

Stylist Mahlatse James

Whilst holding  it down on the styling front alongside the abundantly talented Tsholo Mothibi on snap session duty, with such a remarkable face-beat by Tsholo Ramashala of Make-up Couture, hair hooked-up by Bongani and the gorgeous Khanya Mlilo as the adorable model.  Big-ups to the Burgundy Fly team on set too; Dolly and Nhlanhla.

Be not alarmed dear ones, as much as I now spend a heck lot of my time in studious or setting up at an odd location; this here blog will be cared for with just as much verve and attention.

*spot the Maria McCloy Cutch bag right under my arm*

*spot the Maria McCloy Cutch bag right under my arm*

#WERQ

A LIL’ LETTER TO ANISA

Anisa Mpungwe

Dearest Anisa.

You make me happy. You really do. It feels like just the other day when I first met you as the newly named winner of the Elle New Talent Award, back in 2008. Both of us moon-eyed and at the brink of what we didn’t anticipate to be colourful careers in this fashion business. I remember just how pitch-perfectly you radiated liveliness in that crazy long interview which detoured into (us) talking endlessly about paying  a little more attention to one’s “gut-feeling” because sometimes the risks we thing we take, are a make-up of the work we’ve been putting in.

I am proud of you for many reasons that could have me go on endlessly, but most of all, I am proud of you for allowing all of us to get to share in your genius. So skilful and passionate, yet tremendously pleasant in the well-thought manner you seem to care for all of us -lovers of great style. This comes through in the strong narrative alongside your design process with each collection you assume responsibility for. Oh, and darling, I simply must congratulate you on your well deserved ambassadorial role for the MRP Foundation. I know that the cause is dearly close to your heart, so it makes absolute sense that you, being at the very top of your field; are part of the mentorship programme to help nurture previously unemployed young South Africans who are enrolled in the MRP Foundation’s JumpStart Programme.

I adore everything about the newest range you designed for Mr Price; once again, a spirited collection keeping true to your ever so brilliant aesthetic. I think it met everything you were aiming for; “classic, but beautifully styled collection which is affordable and accessible” well done.  I love that you drew inspiration from your recent travels across the African continent and took a bold, fearless and slightly progressive clash of festive prints also using geometric shapes. Many women will get to enjoy your genius use of unbiased proportions.

You did well, dear one. You did exceptionally well.

#WERQ,

Anisa’s limited edition range is currently available in select Mr Price stores and online HERE. See my picks here below. 

DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

COATED

COATED

TEE WITH IT

TEE WITH IT

REAL + SIMPLE: IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS FOR ACCURATE STYLE.

Mahlatse James wearing Real + Simple jeans MJ AND STUFF

One’s hunt for a perfect pair of jeans is never ending. #Never. I for one have completely submitted myself to this quest and of course having all the fun known to mankind whilst adding to a very versatile collection. I am not one to claim to know much about jeanpants, as a matter of fact, I am at peace with the realisation that I do not know nearly as much as I probably should despite almost always reading up on updated cuts and fits and washes. The only “system” I seem to consider before acquiring a new pair has very basic conditions; one: would I be able to integrate them into my already existing wardrobe? Two: Will my thighs appear exceptionally amazing? Three: How many washes would it take before the pair looses complete character and stand a chance to fade into the linen-esque vibe? This very important pep talk happens with every pair that makes it into my closet. That said, my newest pair brought with an interesting perspective for me, so to say. REAL+SIMPLE is my ultimate new obsession. Not only is the denim brand dealing locally crafted premium items, the striking edge comes in a form of the ever unfolding allure of raw denim. I prefer to wear my pair of slim cuts in a bit if a loose fit -because roomier jeans are everything to me right now and I am fully taking advantage of all the styling options which is why I am totally crazy about the Selvedge detail I so smugly show off whenever I carelessly fold-up the hemlines. Totally unique and full of personality.

MJ AND STUFF REAL AND SIMPLE JEANS

REAL AND SIMPLE JEANS MJ AND STUFF MAHLATSE JAMES

South African Fashion label Real and Simple Jeans MJ AND TUFF

Street Style Mahlatse James Real and Simple jeans

MJ AND STUFF Street Style Mahlatse James

REAL + SIMPLE JEANS MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF South African Blogger

Do keep it locked onto the REAL + SIMPLE facebook page over HERE

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.

#TBT: LINDIWE SUTTLE CLAD IN JENEVIEVE LYONS.

MJ AND STUFF Lindiwe Suttle x Jenevieve Lyons

I chuckle a little when I think about my “condition” whenever I witness a wonderful fashion moment unfurl before my eyes. You guys should see me, it’s almost unexplainable, so please do stretch your tolerance barometer a few notches as I try to get into this. It’s like time winds at a polite tempo to afford me this experience and sounds eloquently counteract any form of suggested interaction. I swear, when I am in such a zone, anyone who so much as even dare to interrupt such a ritual is met with a swift desire to shut-the-hell-up and respect the situation. Even coming out of this reverie is an experience on its own because I then have to stop drop and roll the chills out before jumping into sequence with the rest of the world. #YouWereWarned.

In case y’all didn’t get that, one such a moment happened when I got to see my lavishly talented friend and lover of style Lindiwe Suttle perform live, wearing an outfit made by one of the most praiseworthy young local designers; Jenevieve Lyons. A perfect match I say.

In my opinion –and some echoed by a whole lot of people, both gals posses some of the best skills in their respective fields matched with unrepentant streaks of expressionistic intelligence. Watching Lindiwe perform her music is pure magic and the high esteem with which I hold Jenevieve’s design integrity still reigns.

We all often speak about the evident connection between fashion and music which all good and sensible but it is until we get to experience moments like these, which better authenticate talent at in best possible ways that we truly get it. Yep, I definitely zoned out to take it all in.

Jenevieve Loyns x Lindiwe Suttle MJ AND STUFF

South African Fashion Lindiwe Suttle x Jenevieve Lyons

Lindiwe Suttle x Jenevieve Lyons MJ AND STUFF

#WERQ