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New Suzaan Heyns collection

I love this image from Suzaan Heyns’ latest collection ‘Inspired by Urca’. My kind of collar, vivid yet classy print, gorgeous model…

Inspired by UrcaAccording to a mailer: “This season Suzaan takes inspiration from the Brazilian suburb of URCA in Rio de Janeiro. The almost-tropical prints are cleverly juxtaposed with masculine silhouettes and earthy tones to deliver a collection that is true to Suzaan’s architectural signature.”

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Fashion, art, plagiarism and the creative hustle

In this #eNCAlive debate, a week after Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, we talk all things creative . My guests are Anthony Bila,  a visual artist and blogger; Sonwabile Ndamase, executive president of the South African Fashion Designers’ Association and Nhlanhla Nciza, the creator of NN Vintage and one half of the super Afro-pop group Mafikizolo. We talk about why South Africa does not wear its own when it comes to fashion. The latest Gavin Rajah saga does not escape the panel as it tries to establish the line between inspiration and fraud.

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ChaCha Jewellery Design

Charlotte Ashamu took a break from a career at an international financial institution to study jewellery design in Paris, then founded ChaCha (website). Striking, yet highly wearable pieces.

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Urban Zulu

I wandered into Urban Zulu’s newly opened store in Rosebank. The clothes are fresh. The price points amazing. I wish them all the best.
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SUZAAN HEYNS//Trudi’s List

Ever since walking into her Melrose Arch store, I have been enchanted by this artist, whose masterpieces of fabric are hard to ignore. Suzaan Heyns’ current collection evokes a dramatic desert landscape with stark organic forms and muted colours.  Though striking and unusual, her clothes are quite wearable.


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