knowing me, you’d think that if i had the opportunity to go to all four (in this case, five) days of SA Fashion Week at crowne plaza in rosebank, i’d be constantly blogging about it. and you know what? you’re right. but this AW 2015 season was a little different – maybe it was the bracelet on my wrist or the tag around my neck… yup! you read that right – this girl right here got her ish together and went as media! but wait, there’s more. i was chosen as Style Africa‘s SAFW correspondent! so instead of blogging all about it here, i blogged all about it there.
but before i go any further, i feel like this should be said: never underestimate the work bloggers and fashion editors/media put in, especially during a fashion week. although the work is glamorous, it is exactly that – work! see, we aren’t just pretty faces in prettier clothes.
carrying on, though. i got to experience fashion week and all its vicissitudes – from the yays of the opening party with performances by AKA and Da L.E.S and the amazing goodie bags from rimmel at the shows (i am set for life!!), to the nays of acts of nature, such as the hectic sandstorm that resulted in thursday night’s show being moved to sunday night (so day 2 became day 5, or day 2.1, or day 2 take 2).
i also got to meet some SAlebs and fashion people – all of which i either posted via style africa’s instagram or will be posted onto my facebook page – rub shoulders with designers and have to introduce myself to strangers in order to shoot some street style (eek).
after being with khensani the whole of thursday night and essentially being invisible because i was standing next to a total streetstyle babe, (my mantra was, ‘i’m only press. i’m only press. i’m only press. i don’t have to look interesting.’) i thought i should let the troops back home know that i, too, can look cool. and that landed me on marie claire, so hah! mom, i’m hip also! i attended the friday shows that showcased the elli-nicole, ilan, erre and the KZN fashion council (matte nolim, mej. lues, amanda may, larisa moda & yadah exclusive designs). you can read about that round up on style africa here.
it’s day 5 (ish) because it was really day 2, but it was the 5th night of being there, so you get the gist. that evening, we saw fundudzi by craig jacobs, mantsho by palesa mokubung, clive by clive rundle, leigh schubert, colleen eitzen and rubicon. the fashion was incredible, and you can read all about that on style africa. i ended up wearing jeans and a denim shirt with a crop top underneath because i was pretty sure i had proven at that point that if i wanted to, also me, i could look cool. i got a pretty great compliment (i guess?) saying that if i wore hoop earrings, i’d look latina. as the night drew to a close, it was pretty sad to leave SAFW behind, because, believe it or not, i had actually made some friends! i had seen those people day in and day out for 5 days, so it was a bit sad to go (especially siya, the designer of matte nolim).
so, with many thanks necessary to the sponsors and organisers (SA Fashion Week, Edgars, Tresemme, Motions, Lufthansa, Rimmel, Aldo, Renault, Jameson, Skip, Avery Fragrance Experience, Crafters From Ekurhuleni & KZN Fashion Council, etc), as well as to style africa for having me, i call SAFW a wrap, just as my school books call me to study.
you can read my final fashion week article for style africa here 🙂
have a great week!