Khanyi Dhlomo: Luminance Private Label

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In one of the bravest and most exciting fashion moves to be witnessed in recent years, media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo has launched Luminance Private Label – an exclusive high fashion boutique in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Described as ‘a high-end fashion and lifestyle concept store which is a one-stop shop for consumers who covet world-class quality and beauty’.

The store is owned by Ndalo Luxury Ventures, a fashion and lifestyle retail company founded by Khanyi. The brand name is taken from her own name meaning ‘light’ and is aimed at inspiring it’s customers to ‘live life beautifully’ according to it’s website.

High end South African consumers will now have direct access to coveted international brands such as Alexander McQueen, Armani Prive, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jil Sander, Mulberry, Oscar De La Renta, The Row, Tory Burch, just to name a few. This marks a new era in South African fashion and solidifies the notion that we are becoming recognised as a growing market for luxury goods.

The store is set to open the 10th of July, with an e-commerce site which will go live in November. There are currently trunk shows being held around the country offering consumers a sneak preview in anticipation of the store’s official opening. (Dates can be found on http://luminanceonline.com ).

C.W.

*Pictures from google and loveaffaircapetown.com

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MET GALA 2013: Punk – Chaos to Couture

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The Met Gala is arguably one of the most revered events within the fashion industry. The Costume Institute Gala as it if formally known, is an annual ball that celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, with the red carpet evening hosted by fashion bible Vogue magazine.

This year’s theme was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’, although Hollywood’s bourgeoisie failed rather dismally to stick to the theme whilst remaining tres chic. Nevertheless, Rooney Mara and Nicole Richie looked exquisite in Givenchy Couture and TopShop Couture respectfully. Anne Hathaway looked edgier than we’ve ever seen her in an breathtaking Valentino ensemble. Kirsten Stewart personified understated edge in her Stella McCartney oxblood number. Cara Delevingne also looked very chic in a studded, plunging, black Burberry dress, complimented by dramatic make up. Madonna remained true to her provocateur reputation in a cheeky Givenchy Haute Couture tartan jacket and fishnets which left her backside exposed. We love you Madge!

Ultimately most of the attendees completely failed to interpret the theme. Beyonce, Ashley Green, Amanda Seyfried, Uma Thurman and Linda Evangelist being amongst some of the worst offenders. However, the most notable of the evening being Miley Cyrus who attempted to stay true to the theme, but was more chaos than couture. The most notorious outfit of the evening belonged to Kim Kardashian. Previously banned from the event, Kim whore a floral Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress with matching gloves and shoes. Whilst the fashion world has given scathing criticism to Kim’s faux par, I’ve decided that I’m forgiving her terrible lapse in sanity. Kim Kardashian you have been offered absolution from your fashion sins.

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Season Staple: The Classic Coat

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The classic coat –  Eternally en-vogue, it remains a staple trend year in and year out and this season certainly is no different. The coat remains an essential for Autumn/Winter, however, this season introduces modern touches with bold and dynamic colours, as opposed to traditional modest winter tones. Oversized fits and androgynous designs are prominent as well, with clean, refined cuts dominating runways. From classic Burberry trench coats, to the more daring bold Louis Vuitton patterns, statement coats are all about bold and vibrant expression.

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Trend Alert: BAROQUE

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Trend Alert: Baroque
Inspired by the runway collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Valentino, my favourite trend this season is unequivocally Baroque. Originating from a period of artistic style of the 17th century, this trend is characterised by rich hues, luxe fabrics and ornate details. Think opulence, lavishness and decadence. This trend is about unapologetically embracing the grandeur of femininity, and appreciating the beauty of intricate craftsmanship. Whether you choose dramatic statement pieces, or dabble in subtle intricate pieces, the most important component to embracing this trend is confidence. 🙂
CW

*pictures from pinterest

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