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NYFW embraces the Hijab

While most of us were celebrating Eid and I was engrossed in the lovely world of assignments, Anniesa Hasibuan made history! I’m sure some of you are not too sure about who’s she and why she’s so important that she deserved a blog post plus respect and awe from me. Well let me clear all that up for you!

Whilst we all were Eid vibing, Anniesa Hasibuan made history by showcasing a hijab collection at NYFW. Yes, NEW YORK FASHION WEEK!! Anniesa is a 29- year old Indoniesian fashion designer from Jakarta, that has been displaying her work of modest wear at various fashion weeks but she certainly reached a milestone when her Spring/Summer 2017 (SS 17) was showcase during NYFW. The fashion industry welcomed this collection with open arms and there was nothing but ravishing about her and her collection.



The designer herself: Anniesa Hasibuan thanks attendees

The collection consisted of evening wear inspired from Indonesia and its fashion, classic techniques and a distinctive touch of the hijab. The hijab was worn with crystal- crusted eye wear, pajama pants and very chic layering. The collection consisted of a vast amount of pastels, embellishments made each garment stand out, silk kaftans and robes were layered in many ensembles. The final piece included an ensemble with multi-colored embellishments and a gorgeous trail with a matching hijab. The designer made the hijab look extremely trendy and a must have accessory this Spring and Summer.


Photo credit: Google Images

How stunning is the final ensemble! Displaying a hijab collection in one of the most critiqued industries and them actually embracing shows how much we’ve moved forward in terms of modest wear and religion. While countries are banning the hijab, New York chose to be accepting and provided a platform to show the hijab and how it can be worn and still look stylish, chic and beautiful. The Indonesian culture plus the Islamic head scarf mixed with modesty and lots of embellishments definitely made a statement and will be talked about for years to come!

If you want to see more of the show and the stunning garments as these are only a few of the ensembles from the show, then watch the video below:


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Eyes on a Budget

Eyes are everything! No matter what the occasion is, your eyes at all times have to look good. As a student I’m always on a budget and I do love to look good and my eyelashes have to look good if not at least presentable, so its very important for me to get a good buy for my money. Fake eyelashes do give your eyes the eyelashes you’ve always wanted but its time consuming since I don’t wear them every day, and although looking good is a priority, I savour every minute of sleep that I get so when I do wake up for a class at 7:30 a.m. I spend a few minutes applying a product or two just to look decent, and one of those products are of course,¬†mascara.

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Colours of 2016

Its the beginning of a new year, and with a new year we give way to new colors. Colors change every year, but some colors are classic, and never go out. In the hotter seasons we move on to bright colors, whereas in the colder seasons we embrace the warmer and neutral colors. Trends are however changing, and its even appropriate to wear something bright in winter and I love that because who wants to wear cool and neutral colors when you can spice things up and still look super gorgeous.

The color palette is perfect, it has just the right mix of colors. This year the colors are not as bold, but they  can make a statement if you let the colors speak for themselves. According to the Pantone Fashion Color Institute, the colors of 2016 are:

Rose Quartz


Rose Quartz is a very subtle but appealing color. Its soothing and calming, and it can be bold if worn correctly, I absolutely adore this shade. Rose Quartz is a rosy pink, and its intensity can vary from a pale gentle tone to a compassionate rose red hue. This shade of color can be worn differently according to the season and ones skin tone.

It would work well with Peach Echo, Serenity and Lilac Gray.

Peach Echo


Peach Echo as seen in Lela Rose SS 16

I love this color, and I’m super excited to be wearing it this year. This tropical color is a mixture of natural flavors of White Peach and Mango, which resulted into the beautiful tropical color known as Peach Echo. This color has a slight undertone of Rose Quartz but its definitely bolder and slightly more daring. ¬†This shade contains warmer qualities.

It could work well with Rose Quartz, Serenity and Lilac Grey.




Miranda Kerr seen in Serenity

Serenity is a cooler shade of blue, its a pretty shade of blue, a kind of baby blue that emanates coolness and serenity. It gives one a feeling of calmness, its weightless and airy .

It would work well with Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue and Buttercup.

Snorkel Blue 


Kate Middleton seen in Snorkel Blue

Another shade of blue on the Pantone Color Report, this shade however is different from Serenity. This color is relaxing but not as relaxing as Serenity. Snorkel blue emanates boldness, confidence and royalty. With the striking undertones, the color speaks for itself.

This color would work well with Peach Echo, Buttercup and Iced Coffee.



Buttercup as seen on the runway.

Buttercup, also known as a vibrant yellow, contains distinctive characteristics which makes it different from the usual yellow. It has colors of gold yellow, yellow, green. Compared to the other shades, Buttercup is bright and cheery.

It would work well with Snorkel Blue, Serenity and Lilac Gray.

Limpet Shell


Yet another shade of blue, quite different to the other shades of blue. Limpet shell is a shade of aqua, it emanates calmness. Its one of those light and airy colors. It gives one a feeling of being carefree, and its absolutely dreamy.

It would work well with Peach Echo, Rose Quartz and Iced Coffee.

Lilac Gray


Lilac Gray is an in-between shade, made up of elements of Lavender and Gray. Its a soft, calming color that emanates elegance. Lilac gray has an undertone of lilac, thereby giving an edge to the classic gray. Lilac Gray can be worn all year round.

It would work well with Green Flash, Iced Coffee and Fiesta.



Fiesta as seen at Marissa Webb S/S 16.

Fiesta is a bold hue with an undertone of yellow, its a mixture of red and yellow, not as fierce as red but rather more vivid. It celebrates color, encourages adventure, and screams excitement. This color is definitely for the bolder, that thrive on making a statement.

It would work well with Limpet Shell, Snorkel Blue and Green Flash.

Iced Coffee


Iced Coffee is a perfect balance of the natural shades, its a light, subtle shade of a creamish brown. Its a strong neutral color that can be worn throughout the year. It contains natural and earthy qualities with a touch of subtlety.

It would work well with Rose Quartz, Serenity, Lilac Gray.

Green Flash


The color Green Flash has been taken from the flash of green that occurs for a second or two at sunset as the sun changes color. This hue is natures representation of the environment, that has become quite persistent in the fashion industry.

It would work well with Serenity, Snorkel Blue and Limpet Shell.

Each color on the palette is unique, although it has been predicted Rose Quartz and Serenity will be ruling 2016.








Biggest trends of 2014

2014 is almost over! I still can’t get over how fast it flew by. 2014 has been quite a year, and quite a fashionable one too. Here is a roundup of the biggest trends of 2014.

Crop Tops


This was definitely the biggest trend of 2014. From the red carpet, to the catwalk, to street style, you couldn’t miss this trend. Depending on your body type, you should opt for one that flatters your body.

The Curly Bob


A huge trend amongst celebrities currently. The trendsetter for this trend, was none other then Jennifer Lawrence. This trend was so gorgeous, that celebs flocked to their hairdresser to get the cut, even Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha who vowed never to chop her long locks, gave in to this trend and jumped on this wagon. After all short is the new chic!

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Another hair trend for this year, and I love it! If you not ready for serious commitment to a new hair color, opt for this trend. If the right color is used, this will enhance your features to the max.

Prints on prints


Prints on prints was probably the best thing to happen to fashion. Stripes on stripes, florals with stripes, polka dots and florals, the list is endless but thank goodness for this trend because now you don’t have to be so matchy-matchy, you can mix prints and still look super fab!

Colour- blocking

celebrities-wearing-bright-colour-blocking-2014Yes, its back and it has never looked this good. A huge trend this year, just make sure when you color blocking with two bright colors, there’s a neutral involved else your outfit is going to be way too loud.

Dark Lips

Shay-Mitchell-braid-makeup-lipstick-hair-2014-Teen-Choice-AwardsDefinitely the biggest makeup trend of the year. There hasn’t been an event this year without someone sporting this lip color.¬†Whether its oxblood or burgundy, you sure will get heads turning with lip color like that, just make sure you choose the right color which will compliment your skin tone.

Has the South African retail industry evolved?

Some more Gaurav Gupta

Some more Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta

Deepika Padukone in Manish Malhotra

Deepika Padukone in Manish Malhotra

A Manish Arora

A Manish Arora

Like any other fashionista and a follower of whatever is going in the fashion industry, each of us want to wear something that is made by a designer, especially an Indian designer. We see these beautiful, amazing Indian wear on the catwalk in India made by prominent designers such as Manish Malhotra, Varun Bahl, Tarun Tahilini etc etc, but as South African consumers can we buy these items in the South African market?

The answer unfortunately is no. Although the fashion market place in South Africa has evolved and many stores sell clothes from international designers, they however don’t stock and sell items of designers from India. Indian fashion has evolved so much and can compete with designers from New York and London Fashion Week so why can’t we also be part of this evolution? I was quite surprised when I learnt that we couldn’t buy any Indian designer wear, as South Africa has like the second largest population of Indians that are out of India.

I couldn’t understand why it was like this and I always thought it was the Indians designers that were not yet ready or were maybe unaware of the clientele here in South Africa, until I had a Google hangout with Mr Sunil Sethi, the head of FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India), and I asked him if it would be possible for the Indian Fashion Industry to move internationally and for us to actually obtain items from designers from¬†India. I was surprised when he answered by saying that the designers are ready, but there’s no one from South Africa who’s actually going to stock the merchandise.¬†The FDCI are happy and willing to supply SA with clothing from these designers if buyers come and purchase¬†items from these fashion weeks and stock them in our local¬†Indian stores. He also encourages buyers from South Africa to attend Willis India Lifestyle Fashion where they will be hosting¬†over 200 buyers from all over the world and¬†be part of this fashion world and purchase¬†Indian wear from these designers.

We sent buyers all over the world but we can’t send them to¬†India? I know of many people who go all the way to India for wedding shopping or for shopping, so why¬†can’t we have all those designers clothes right here at home where we can shop leisurely, and cost wise it would equal to the same¬†or even cheaper with all the airfare and hotel expenses etc¬†etc. Many shops selling eastern wear that are quite heavily priced when instead we could be purchasing the latest¬†Indian designer at the same¬†price or even less and you won’t just be wear a red lehenga for your wedding, you will be wearing a¬†Manish¬†Malhotra¬†lehenga or¬†Neeta Lulla sari. The quality, style and uniqueness of local shops selling Eastern wear cannot be compared to the likes of such Indian designers.

It would be really nice if South African buyers went and actually bought items from designers from India, bridal as well as other items and made it available to South African consumers. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a Manish Malhotra outfit without having to spend on airfare and those sort of expenses!