Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chanel x Monster Headphones

A couple of weeks ago Swizz Beatz instagramed a picture of himself with Karl Lagerfeld spotting a pair of what looked like a pair of Chanel headphones. Of course everyone speculated on what this was all about, but nothing concrete surfaced until this week. On Monday the first official look at the colab was revealed.  Well... it would seem Chanel and Monster have come together to collaborate on a very special set of headphones.  The headphones feature the quilted leather design synonymous with Chanel, they come with a matching case and Chanel’s double “C” on each end. We still do not know when they will be available for the public to purchase, however we do know that when do they will sell like hotcakes.... We shall keep you updated.

Yours In Fashion,
Melody Molale
IG: @ilovemelmo
Twitter: @MelodyMolale

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Spirit of Travel - Louis Vuiton's Ad Campaign in South Africa



Hi there

Hope your week is going well 

Louis Vuitton has released their " over the top"  spring campaign set right here in the Mzansi. The ads, shot by Peter Lindbergh, star Karen Elson, Edie Campbell, a whole lot of Louis Vuitton bags, and a giraffe. A cheetah, lion cub, and a zebra which also make appearances in the ads, I am still flabbergasted that the images were not manipulated, amazing right? Would love to see more of such fashion campaigns/shoots from our very own magazines or brands 

The campaign, titled "Spirit of Travel," 

Elson and Campbell traipse around in clothes from Vuitton's spring and resort collections and carry monogrammed bags that include two new styles, all handpicked by the campaign's stylist, Carine Roitfeld. Models are always in these awkward/scary poses, I can never imagine myself feeding a Giraffe so E.T style but then again I am not a model









I for one can not wait to see the ad on any issue

Lovely evening and thank you for reading

Yours in Fashion
Yolandy Masinga
Twitter and IG - @MsYols

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Trend Alert: Sporty Chic



I must confess, I never thought I would ever use the words 'sporty' and 'chic' in the same sentence let alone next to each other. I came across this trend a while ago but I was not convinced, it just seemed incomplete to me. Then I got the chance to see it on the runway at Fashion Week and I was swept off my feet, fell head over hills. 

Sportswear has really evolved over the years, its no longer just associated with tomboys and slouchiness, if done correctly way it can look very chic and sophisticated. I am on a serious hunt of  everything sporty right now; fancy sneakers, jogger pants, baseball jackets, caps, track-pants... Obsessed!!!! 
















Yours In Fashion
Melody Molale
xxxx


Friday, March 28, 2014

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH: TUELO NGUYUZA


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 took place at the Sandton Convention Centre last week and I was in attendance of coarse. One of the shows i was excited about is the African Fashion International (AFI) Fastrack runway show. AFI Fastrack is an annual fashion designer development programme that curates South Africas most promising new talent and helps launch the fashion careers. The programme develops young designers by building their capabilities and profiling them at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week platforms.  At the end one winner walks away with the AFI Young Designer Of The Year and a cash price, which is essential for a young designer trying to build a name for him/herself in the fashion industry. 

Ten finalists showcased their collections at last week's show with the hopes of making it into the top three finalists, who will be showing casing at the finale in October. This year for the first time four finalists were chosen instead of three, this was said to be done because there was just far more talent and this made the judges task difficult I suppose.

Indeed the talent was amazing this year however one collection stood out for me, a collection called "Lé Sports Chic" by Tuelo Nguyuza. His collection was very original, innovative and highly relevant. When his collection came done the runway, after his third look I already knew he would make it into the top four. Sporty chic is so on trend currently, out of all 10 finalists he was one of only two  designers that went that route and his execution was impeccable.

Soooo.... On Tuesday I set down with him for lunch... Yes!.... Because I know people in high places hahahaha.... He is such a humble being, he arrived an hour early for our meeting, he waited patiently for me and when I arrived we chatted away like we were old friends from varsity.

Check out my exclusive interview with him below....



Melody: Who is Tuelo Nguyuza?

Tuelo: I am a Pretoria based fashion designer. I love life, I fear God and most importantly I enjoy laughing.

Melody: Have you always known that you wanted to be a designer or is it something that happened by total accident?

Tuelo: Ive always known that I wanted to be a designer. The idea of creating garments intrigued me from an early age and once I got my hands on a pair of scissors there was really no stopping me. Seeing my designs come to life from just a stretch to someone wearing the final product to an event or special occasion brings me a lot of joy.

Melody: You have been chosen as one of four finalists for AFI Fastrack 14 competition, take me through the journey…

Tuelo: The journey for me has been very surreal, when I was told that I made the top 10 a few months ago, I could not believe, it the finally dawned on me that I was a step closer to realising my dream of formally establishing my career as a designer. And that feels so good, because nothing makes me happier than the idea of doing exactly what I love and actually making a good living out it. It makes all the sweat and sleepless nights worth it.



Melody: I was pleasantly surprised to see your collection come down the runway, out of all the shows I had seen at MBFW 14 you are the only designer that did sporty chic. Very on trend. What inspired that?

Tuelo: The lè Sports Chic collection is inspired by the everyday women, I am about creating wardrobe solution for women with morden lifestyle thus I wanted to introduce an out of the box concept of sports wear clothing that could also translate to day-to-day wear by not conforming to using typical sports wear fabrics and silhouettes.

Melody: How would you describe your personal style and does it in anyway influence the clothes that you design?

Tuelo: My personal style is constantly evolving; my look is almost always determined by how I feel at that particular moment. I do not wear anything that I don’t feel comfortable in it and that perhaps transaltes in my design esthetic.


Melody: I was seated in the row right in front of your family and friends and when they announced your name as one of the contestants to advance through to the next phase, your entire family jumped up and cheered you on. How important is their support to you?

Tuelo: I think I am probably one of a few artists who can confidently say I have full support from my family. I consider myself very blessed in that regard because their support is of great importance to me. Not only are they my cheer leaders but they are also my best and worst critics. They tell me the truth regardless and I respect that.

Melody: You mentioned to me that you never thought you would make it through to the next phase, why is that?

Tuelo: Hahaha… Well ... I am not an overly confident person and I do not take well to loosing therefore I reserved a bit room for disappoiment just incase things do not go my way. So although I wanted to make through to the next phase so much, in my heart I was praying I make but my mind was telling me not to “jump the gun”.  



Melody: When designing this collection, did you ever worry about how the public would receive it? Whether or not they would understand your garments.

Tuelo: I think as a designer you need to worry about such because we are certainly not making these garments for ourselves but for the public, therefore if your collection is not well received by the public who then are you going to sell it to?



Melody: Who is the one person in the world that your dream to see your clothes on?

Tuelo: Former editor of Harper’s Bazaar (Russia), Miroslava Duma. She epitomises my ideal woman, she takes fashion from the runway and make it work for her own style. Her style is unique to her and I love that.

Melody: Besides the AFI Fast Track finals in October, what is next for Tuelo Nguyuza? What should we look for?

Tuelo: I love making clothes hence I am already in production, creating a 6-look-collection that will take from the previous collection that I showcased at MBFWJ14. This new collection will serve to futher elaborate my design perspective and continue telling my story through the art of making clothing.



























I don't doubt that whether he wins AFI Fastrack 2014 or not, Tuelo will be a very successful fashion designer. I certainly wish all the best with all his future ventures... Follow Tuelo on Instagram and Twitter: @Tuelo_Nguyuza 

Yours In Fashion
Melody Molale
IG: @ilovemelmo
Twitter: MelodyMolale



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Trend Alert: Statement Coats






 Hello Fashion Lovers

Its been ages since I blogged and must say I really missed keeping you all in the loop.

With the weather being all terrible with all the non-stop rain, it being cold but very cosy at the same time I realised I did not have any Fall must -haves but then again what is the " FALL MUST_HAVE" in your style book?
Mine is THE OVER SIZED COAT....you will and can never go wrong with that being your statement piece, the brighter and bigger the BETTER.

You should always keep your outfit simple so the statement coat and over power what ever you are wearing or you can just belt the coat and that could be your look.
Below are inspiration how you can work it.





I would love to see if you have incorporated this trendy trend in your #OOTD so mail, tweet or instagram us


Yours always in Fashion
Yolandy Masinga 
Twitter and IG - MsYols

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Behind The Scenes: #FashionConvo with Woolworths Modern Winter'14

This has to be the highlight of my 2014 to date. Earlier this month I was in Cape Town, to take part in this awesome campaign, its called #FashionConvo for Woolworths' Modern Winter '14. "#FashionConvo is all about encouraging the conversation around fashion, making it fun and enabling everyone to get involved." This is a campaign that speaks to me, for starters I love fashion and I absolutely love the conversation around fashion. Therefore it is only natural that I be a part of it, yes?...YES!  If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you will know about my #FashionFridayConvo, all inspired by this collaboration with Woolies. Every Friday I pick a topic related to fashion.. duurr... And I urge my followers to get involved and keep the #FashionConvo alive.

Six girls were chosen by Woolies to be a part of the campaign; Pearl Modiadie, Minnie Dlamini, Neo Leoka, Shannon Phillips, Angelique and of course ME!!! We had a two day shoot for a TV commercial and still images. We were working with an amazing team of local and international professionals, who made all the girls feel very comfortable and that certainly helped with my pre-shoot nerves. 

The campaign launches in April 2014  and I cannot wait for everyone to see it. Its fun, happy, trendy, playful, exciting, and totally aaaaaahmazing... oooh and did I mention how fabulous the clothes are? OMG!!! This Modern collection is to die-for, from the wide selection of leggings to the beautifully cut leather jackets... Loooove!!!

A big shout out to the real stars of this campaign,  Woolworths' Fashion Writer, Alex Van Tonder, the Art Director, Micheal Carter, Creative Director Fred Benistant and VC and Annie of Big Sky ProductionsThank you so much for choosing me to be a part of the Woolies family.

Ok..Ok... Let me not bore you any further with the yada yada.... Check out my behind the scenes pics below....

FUN ON SET WITH WOOLIES MODERN CAMPAIGN...










 


















After the shoot wrapped we were treated to some sushi and champers... Jealous much? ... Its ok, I'd also would be if I were you... lol... Just kidding.










AND... ITS A WRAP...... THANK YOU :)

Yours In Fashion
Melody Molale
IG: ilovemelmo
Twitter: MelodyMolale