Wednesday, November 30, 2011

British Fashion Awards 2011

I tend to find awards show a bit dreary from a fashion perspective because it's all very beauty pageant-ish & after enough time all the floor length studded off the shoulder dresses start to look the same.  I was looking forward to the British Fashion Awards though because A) it's fashion awards so the guests can experiment a little & b) It's BRITISH & I have a special place in my heart for the Brits & their alternative street style.  There was a WHOLE LOTTA weirdness on that red carpet but we won't go there, I'm just going to show you what tickled me. 

How great does Alexa Chung look - very angelic with a side of I just got laid in the car on my way here & couldn't find my hairbrush.

Amber le Bon is perfection in this dress

Disclaimer: I actually hate this dress but I love Kate Moss 4 wearing it.  She's still so grungy & alternative. 

Vic & Marc. *hearts*


Becks is Back!!

It's very difficult not to love Victoria Beckham... there she is just casually strolling through the airport probably after an international flight, cute well behaved baby in hand (and no baby bag or any such un-fabulous appendages in sight) just looking ERR-MAZING!! This picture just warms my heart & makes me seethe with jealousy all at the same time.... sigh... 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Food Wine & Design

The 2nd Annual Food, Wine & Design Fair was on this weekend in Hyde Park.  After a busy weekend I only managed to make it there on Sunday which actually worked out I think because it was a lot less packed than I had expected it to be.  Overall, I thought there were some cool stalls here & there - I really liked the Tinsel jewellery stall & Missibaba's bag stand but I do think there could have been more in the way of clothing design.  Hopefully this is an area that will grow significantly in the future.

I saw this cute little bike & couldn't help but get excited at the prospect of my son one day being able to ride it.  

This really needs to be seen - it's gorgeous.  Made entirely out of measuring tape.  I snapped it at the Marianne Fassler stand.

I like these little bookstands


Monday, November 28, 2011

Rock me Again

I went to the 'Rock Me Again' sustainable fashion project exhibition on Friday night at Vida Cafe in Greenside and this is what I encountered.  I really wish it had been better attended though cuz so much hard work (clearly) goes into producing the work and it's a real pity that more peeps in JHB don't get to see it.... aah well... guess that's what we're here for. 

The ever stylish Koki

Print by designer: Fabric

I love Sunshine's new coiffe!

This is my favourite print by Christopher Strong

This' Trevor - the man behind the exhibition - in an awesome Alexander McQueen x Puma jacket


Thursday, November 24, 2011

pink & red

Me likeeey!

Vie circa 2009

A friend of mine (LeZac) posted this on twitter and it was fun to catch a tiny glimpse of my former self.  This pic was taken by JR for some cool kid magazine (I don't actually remember - it might have been SL)... sigh... how quickly time flies...


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NEW FEATURE: hello! urbanmosadi

I've decided to add a new feature to my little blog-tjie called "hello!" where once a week (on Wednesdays) I'll be interviewing or talking about people that I think are cool & worth knowing about.   Obviously when I thought of who to interview in such a feature the first person that sprung to mind was the ever awesome & oh-so-very-stylish photographer-cum- stylist- cum supermom UrbanMosadi from .  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...


Your blog is loved & followed by many, what do you think makes a good blog?

I strongly advocate original content. So taking your own images, or making your own art as content and designing the look & feel of your site makes for an authentic blog. Updating your blog on the regular ensures a steady stream of new followers and keeps loyal ones inspired.

What blogs do you follow/ read?

TheHundreds, Vashtie, The MadburyClub , Karla’s Closet, TheSelby,
Doepelganger, Double Take, OkMalume, AntheaKNowsBest, Vie, Myself and I, TeeTee is With Me, & The Sartorialist.   

The photos you take are spectacular – would you say photography is one of your passions.  When & how did you start?

Oh wow, thank you. A photography lecturer, described me as a dancing photographer, meaning I shoot my subjects with at 360degree angle. When I shoot I always try to be as inconspicuous as possible, this, I’d like to think gives the audience a sense that they were right there in the moment when viewing my final images.

My inspiration to seriously pick up the camera started while living in Los Angeles in 2009 after deciding to take better images for my blog. The discovery of Mark ‘the Cobrasnake’ and Todd Selby’s work was also inspirational.

Fashion is also one of your passions – what would you say is the most stylish city you’ve visited?  

Easily Paris for the sartorial finesse of the men, however New York is a close second for it’s eclectic style.

What is your most precious/ valued clothing item?

Apart from my late Father’s vintage Lyle & Scotch cardigan, I would definitely have to say my Limited Edition NSW Sheep Leather varsity jacket (picture below). I was literally willing to starve for an entire month to get it.  


Other than blogging – what do you do?  I’m a full-time mother to my 5 and half-month old daughter.

For those who don’t know, what would you say your blog is about & what inspired you to start it?

I got introduced to the blog world by Max Mogale’s blog back in 2006 without him even knowing about it. My first ever blog was of my birthday dinner in October 2006. There was no real theme or particular direction then and so I decided to stop. Fast forward to 2009, I began finding cool things that caught my attention like local and international street fashion, parties, exhibitions as well as dope stores. I also snap the respective custodians of the culture. I identified with what I found and felt compelled to share it. I also share chunks of my personal life in-between all that, with who ever can relate. Essentially, the blog is a documentation of urban culture.

What’s on your playlist right now?

If it’s not one of Makosha’s dope mixes including DomKennedy, Erykah Badu, Amanda Diva…It’s definitely still Frank Ocean’s addictive remake of ColdPlay’s Strawberry Swing.

If you had to be anyone other than yourself for a day who would you be?

Probably my daughter :-)

Any tips for aspiring bloggers out there? 

Create your own content and have fun doing it. Don’t be afraid to share what’s in your heart or on your mind. 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ooh la la!

I'm really looking forward to this.  I went to the Vida exhibition last year and then I re-commissioned the exhibition for the first Fashion Friday at my Juta street store.  It was awesome. This exhibition features work from some of our best local designers all in the name of 'responsible' fashion. Love it. 


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dakota does Dallas

So there's this whole furor by the British advertising authorities about this Marc Jacobs ad campaign.  They're saying it's too kiddie porn-ish.  Personally, I think they're just a bit traumz that the little girl from "I AM  SAM" has finally grown up & learnt how to pout.  I totally get it. But seriously, I just don't think it's that big a deal.  Your thoughts??   



I don't think I will ever get enough of Marilyn Monroe so it makes my heart swell with joy that she has been further immortalised byBert Stern in an exhibition of his photographs of her that will open tomorrow at the Milk Gallery in New York.  Wish I could be there. Sad face.  How beautiful are these pictures.  It's no wonder she's such an icon of our time. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

So while everyone was schmoozing & air kissing at the Zara Launch (did you notice the jealousy oozing out of every orifice of my body there) I was at home watching one of my favourite movies; 'Vicky, Christina, Barcelona' (joys of being a new mom) and was reminded of how much I love Penelope Cruz.  I think she could possibly be my favourite actress but I'm not gonna commit to that statement just yet.   She is so timelessly beautiful & sexy and all things right.  And the fact that her & Javier Bardem are actually married just makes my life.

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