Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town kicked off last night at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Day 1 showcased incredible designers such as esteemed Gavin Rajah and Marianne Fassler as well as emerging stars such as Shana, W35T and Lara Klawikowski’ and Spilt Milk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Olivier Rousteing’s latest collection truly encapsulates Balmain’s young and glam ethos. The collection incorporates a prominent athletic influence, remaining young, vibrant and edgy. With the athletic influence being contrasted with pastels, florals, lace and ballerina inspired pieces, maintaining the feminine integrity of the brand. From stone washed denim, to dungarees, embellishments and incredible silhouettes, this collection is definitive of the model it girl. It exudes an edgy feminine strength, subtle sexiness and eternal confidence.
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.
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.
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.