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The Parka: a historic foil for the elements

With a cold front sweeping the west coast, destined to reach the Highveld with a chilly vengeance, we would suggest you include a Parka in your arsenal.  Wikipedia – to the extent that we can believe some of its entries – informs us the the word parka is derived from the Nenets language (as spoken by The Nenets people of Northern Russia). In the…

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A dizzying menswear kaleidoscope

South African Fashion Week SS18 wrapped up last week, after a healthy showing of menswear names established and new. Over the next while, we will look closer at many of these collections, dissecting their place in the bigger menswear picture and interrogating their creators on their inspirations and purpose. For now, we look at some…

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SAFW SS18 Day 3: EPHYMOL

After a menswear hiatus on Day 2 of South African Fashion Week, Mr Ephraim Molingoana presented Ephymol’s latest contribution to the African menswear canon.    That Mr Molingoana has survived nearly two decades in this industry speaks volumes about his determination and longevity, attaining and maintaining relevance in fashion is a delicate trick. In his SS18…

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SAFW SS18 Day 1: WANDA LEPHOTO

The South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Spring/Summer 2018 (SS18) showcase kicked off yesterday. While Mr Rich Mnisi showed some imaginative gender neutral looks on male models, Mr Wanda Lephoto, along with  his creative right hand, Mr Kabelo Kungwane, presented their take on next summer. Those familiar with Messrs Lephoto and Kungwane’s reverence for cut, history and…

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