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when a caterpillar thinks the world is at an end, she
changes into a butterfly..."
2013 was the year of the "selfie".
Everyone, who is anyone could take a picture of
themselves and post it online in especially social
networks, and show the world how 'good' or how "bad"
they look. Magazines are no longer a constant
representative of fashion, and many feature their
favourites over and over - leaving a blurred line
between fashion and true style. This kind of
construed pride by a selected few lead these lists to go
off the charts the one day, and tip 100 percent to the
opposite side the next.
travelled to Paris and Russia, and could not visually
identify who was from Russia, and who was from Paris.
Frankly, it was only when one speaks to someone that an
accent gives them away. The reality is that
South Africa followed world trends sheepishly for too
long, and is thereby losing its own unique identity.
We have a false sense of security, or "inclusion" if you
like, that makes us believe that if we look like the
people we see on television, and on social media, that
we are "it" or "in".
If this is
the kind of unanimity and androgyny in a look you want,
then so be it. But if you want to step it up a
little, be proudly South African, (a stylish one I may
add), I suggest you start trusting yourself. Start
by acknowledging your gut feeling again, and believe
that "creepy" feeling when you feel that something does
not look right...
... and change it!
You don't ever
have to be a "worst dressed" woman...
The Style Bible
The Style Bible
indispensable guidebook on style with fundamentals of fashion and
style that no woman should live without. It includes some of
the most stylish South African women of our time.
Thank you to all that have
nominated throughout the year. Here are
the names of the women that made it onto the shortlist for best and/or
worst dressed lists, and some may even have made it into "The Style Bible" -
Jennifer Su, Sorina Erasmus, Anele Mdoda, Bonang Matheba, Candice
Swanepoel, Emsie Schoeman, Uyanda Mbuli, Lala Hirayama, Vanessa
Carreira, Kuli Roberts, Claudia Henkel, Charlene Wittstock, Vanessa
Haywood, Unathi Msengana, Mamphela Rhampela, Vicky Davis, Poppy
Ntshongwana, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Criselda Kananda, Angelique
Gerber, Liezel van
der Westhuizen, Lindiwe Sisulu, Tammy-Ann Fortuin, Zelda la Grange,
Zanele Mbeki, Therese Benade, Helen Zille, Leandie du Randt, Zuma’s
wives, Gill Grogor, Sonia Booth, Lika Berning, Gerry Rantseli,
Somizi Mhlongo, Jackie Burger, Doreen Morris, Jeannie D, Nadia
Beukes, Rinel Day, Bianca le Grange, Edith Venter, Minenhle Dlamini,
Hildegardt Whites, Jo-Ann Strauss, Helene Bester, Redi Thlabi,
Hanneli Rupert, Carolyn Steyn, Rolanda Marais, Elma
Smit, Babalwa Mneno, Juanita du Plessis, Elana Afrika, Carike
Keuzenkamp, Toya Da Lazy, Melinda Bam, Sarah Theron, Jennifer Su,
Karlien van Jaarsveld, Anele Mdoda, Daniela Barnard, Michelle van
Breda, Lira, Roxy Burger, Roxy Louw, Minnie Dlamini, Sashi Naidoo,
Annie Malan, Nonhle Thema...
Because 2013 brought
a much needed guideline in book form,
that identifies the 20 most stylish women of our time, there is no
alternative official list this year. Fashion is a mess right
now, and everyone is doing anything they want in the hope of being
seen, respected, acknowledged, and even remembered - often this
unnecessary desperation is misplaced, and lands 1 ...or 2
individuals on THE worst dressed list. We have all
forgotten the very basic principles of being well dressed and
and it remains very simple
Nominate now for 2014
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