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Fresh Nation Feature: Tshepi Vundla

In the latest installment of Fresh Nation we have a look at one of Johannesburg’s emerging fashionista’s, 23 year old Tshepi Vundla. Young, beautiful, vibrant and incredibly stylish, the Alushi model and aspiring stylist’s fashion prowess is formidable. Eternally trés chic, Tshepi is not afraid to experiment with different trends, always keeping her style fresh and dynamic. Her ability to switch between urban street style and high fashion with impeccable ease is what unequivocally sets her apart from the rest of the fashion pack. Having shot editorials for renowned publications such as True Love Magazine and styled music videos such as No Sleep and Good Times Back, Tshepi is well on her way to making a notable impact on SA’s fashion scene.

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Q: Who is Tshepi Vundla?

A: Tshepi Vundla is 23 year old lady who was born & raised in Johannesburg. She’s very sentimental, loving, caring, over protective, sometimes a little too sensitive & can be shy. Tshepi loves to have a good time with the people she loves & appreciates, she also enjoys art, fashion, being surrounded by smart & creative people.

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Q: How would you describe your style?

A: There is no way to describe my style, I dress according to my mood & occasion. I enjoy trying out different looks & sticking with what I enjoy & feel comfortable in.

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Q: Where do you get your style inspiration from?

A: I get my style inspiration from my mother, friends, celebrities, blogs, fashion magazines, movies, decor & everyday life.

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Q: What are your favourite fashion trends at the moment?

A: My favourite fashion trends right now include high waisted tube skirts & crop tops, Kim Kardashian is pulling it off so well lately. Monochrome is something I enjoy, it’s so classy & so easy to work with & is perfect with red lips. Chunky statement neckless without over powering an outfit.

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Q: Who do you consider as your style icons and why?

A: My style icons include Victoria Beckham because she so classy & always looks so good regardless of her hectic schedule, her being a mother & wife. I also enjoy Blake Lively, she’s always so chic. Zendaya is quickly also becoming a favourite of mine.

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Q: What do you think of where the SA street style scene is at right now?

A: I like to believe street style in South Africa is growing slowly but people are expressing themselves & are experimenting with different trends. It would be cool if “normal” people were given credit for their looks, too many bloggers are focused on the same people. 

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Q: There has been many urban clothing brands that have been established recently, do think there is enough support for emerging local brands?

A: I don’t think there is enough support for emerging local brands because I feel like they stick to one thing, often what they know instead of branching into different avenues & these people are so caught up in unnecessary beef that it’s not even about being creative anymore.

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Q: What are you favourite urban/street style brands, both locally and internationally?

A: My favourite local urban/street style is definitely Head Honcho & International would be Supreme.

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Q: Sneakers have become such an integral part of urban culture, which kicks do you think are the dopest out at the moment?

A: My favourite kicks at the moment are the Air Max, a few Jordans – loving the Oreo pair & of course Converse All Star.

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Q: What do you love most about urban fashion / culture?

A: I love the fact that it’s easy to play around with urban fashion/culture, mix & match here & there & it can work for everyone.

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 Q: You are signed with Alushi Model Management, how has your experience in the model industry been and how does being a model tie in with your love for fashion?

A: Indeed, I’m signed with Alushi Model Management. My experience in the model industry been fun but so tough & tiring. Fashion has always come first to me, modeling just followed & I don’t link the two because as a model, you don’t pick the outfits you wear, It’s all on the client but being surrounded by clothing is always a treat & you learn what looks good on you, the items you’ve been scared to try out on your own.

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Q: Who are you favourite models locally and interntionally?

A: My favourite local model is Lerato Moloi, she is beautiful. I look up to her & she’s helped & shared so much with me about this industry & she’s so genuine. She’s lots of fun too & has a funny bone in her. My favourite international model is Joan Smalls, she is so beautiful. I also love Kate Moss too, she blew up regardless of her height, she came back up after her drug bust & she’s just bad ass & I’m obsessed with her usual look.  

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Q: You’ve styled the ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Good Times Back’ music videos, how was that experience? What do you think of the standard of styling in SA compared to our international counterparts and is styling something you aspire to do professionally?

A: I did indeed style the ‘No Sleep’ & ‘Good Times Back’ music videos, the experience was fun but little tough as it was my first time styling & I didn’t wanna let Tibz down. I think SA artists should focus on the styling in their music videos as much as their music because they should be selling their viewers a dream of wanting a specific lifestyle. International artist always get this right, as you now see men wearing the shirt dresses that ASAP Rocky been wearing. Styling is something I aspire to do professionally & I’m looking forward to kicking ass.

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Q: Any final words for our readers?

A: Have fun with fashion, express yourself but always feel comfortable. Love Love 🙂

You can follow Tshepi on Twitter and on Instagram, her handle is @TshepiVundla 🙂

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The Streets Love Denim

Denim has been one of fashion’s core trends for decades and remains one of the few staple items to have survived an ever changing fad driven society. This year we witness the reinvention of this staple. The latest take on denim has been heavily influenced by urban culture. It’s characterised by over-sized and baggy fits. The aim is deconstruction. The feel is raw, gritty and urban.  It is the antithesis of everything haute couture. Raw is the new black. Street is the new high fashion. Deconstruction is the new très chic.

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Trend Alert: Fur / Faux Fur

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Arguably one of the most controversial trends to exist within the fashion world, fur has been at the subject of many debates for years. Debates centered around questioning where fashion ends and our moral conscience as people begins and whether these two even need to be separated to begin with. Critics of the use of genuine fur have cited animal cruelty in the name of fashion as vain and inhumane. Faux fur has been relentlessly suggested as a viable alternative to fur directly from animals, however, some of fashion’s greatest devotees remain resistant to change, e.g. Anna Wintour and who can forget Kanye West unapologetically rapping “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor” on Theraflu.

Nevertheless, Fur undeniably remains one of the most luxurious materials at designers disposal. With Charles Ross, the Head of International Marketing for Saga Furs, citing this as the golden age of fur. Be it genuine or faux, fur has has made a notable return on runways, and has impacted international street style trends. It appears to have found a new market as it has become more accessible to a wider consumer base. A younger, edgier, more fashion forward audience has embraced it, offering a new take on a traditionally one dimensional trend.

From traditionally neutral winter tones to hues of deeper shades, fur/faux fur can be seen in statement pieces such as jackets, scarfs, Ushanka’s or less fur-centric approaches with minimal but notable fur accents.

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High End Kicks: Sneakers Gone Luxe

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Historically, there has always existed a pronounced division between the different strata’s in society, and the fashion they enjoyed. With the aristocracy and bourgeoisie enjoying the opulence and sophistication of High Fashion, and the, shall I say “plebeians”, developing a much more defined and inspired sense of style of their own.

However, fashion being what it is, we’ve witnessed the commodification of every so-called major counter-culture trending on haute couture runways across the world. From Vivien Westwood’s take on punk rock to suburban middle class kids wearing 2PAC and biggie t-shirts, class lines have become blurred in the world of fashion.

A point in case is the evolution of sneakers. Traditionally associated with hip hop and rock ‘n roll as definitive symbols of those respective sub-cultures, cultures which were underclass in nature, aggressive and rebellious. These sub-cultures were anti-mainstream and rejected the pressure to conform to so-called ‘societal norms’, and essentially rejected what was being propagated by the other classes. They were looked down upon by the aristocracy and dismissed as mere delinquents. Forward to 2013 and those ‘delinquents’ and the style they developed is literally influencing and inspiring the world.

Sneakers have become a universal staple, however, they are no longer dominated solely by sports related brands, i.e Nike, Adidas, Puma, ect. There has been a wave of luxe polarisation, with high end fashion brands too taking it upon themselves to design sneakers. They have introduced new design elements, premium textures and of course the element of exclusivity due to limited stock and significantly higher prices. Also teaming up with notable figures to ‘co-design’ sneaker ranges as a powerful marketing tool to attract a new set of consumers to high end fashion, as we witnessed when Louis Vuitton teamed up with Kanye West. From Lanvin, Isabel Marant, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Giuseppe Zanotti, Miu Miu and Christian Louboutin, the sneakers game has just gone next level.

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Style Icon: Nick Wooster

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There exists an overarching perception that women’s fashion is far more nuanced and dynamic, and allows for a greater deal of expression and experimentation than men’s wear. However, there is one man who has over recent years challenged all such assertions…

Nick Wooster, senior Vice President of product and design at JC Penny, is a fashion icon and leader in men’s wear across the world. Noted for his dynamic vision for men’s wear and his sartorial prowess, he has become one of the most influential male figures in fashion today.

Described as a sartorial bass-ass, street style legend, and even men’s wear anti-hero, Nick’s style is bold and inspiring. Characterised by classic pieces, finely tailored suits, a love for rich textures, prints and colours, his style stands as the epitome of class meets edge.

-CW

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All white everything

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All white everything

It’s said that strictly speaking, white is not a colour, but the manifestation of the presence of all colour – the complete energy of light. Inherently positive, white is associated with purity, illumination, possibility, faith and perfection.

It stands as no surprise then, that the global fashion world has embraced it as the eternal symbol for elegance, refinement, grace and ultimate sophistication.

As much as Oxblood stands as the dominant solid colour trend for the season, white remains my favourite go to colour for any season. It adds an element of grace to an outfit, and when donned from head to toe, perhaps complimented with gold accessories or red lips, creates the most striking of ensembles.

-CW

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