“As a stylist, it is my responsibility to be honest in my
judgment how people should dress and how not, and is it not my
intention to judge other professional stylists. Personal style (how
fashion is interpreted by individuals) deters from that and cannot
be commented on. This merely reflects Simon Rademan's professional
opinion on what should be done and what not.”
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All people that are in the public (unrestricted) eye realize
sooner or later that, no matter, what they do...they will be
criticized. Fashionistas, celebrities and socialites are idolized
and become rolemodels to many that follow their example. When they
step out in public, and allow strangers like the media, etc to
photograph them, the implication immediately is that they are ready
to show the world they are comfortable with whom they are. They
have to look good when they step out in public, they
do not have a choice. People know when the media is
taking pictures of them, and it is these very pictures that are
printed in social-columns and special events all over South Africa
that represents to the rest of the world what South Africans really
look like. Their alternative is to either say: “no thank you, I do
not feel ready to be photographed or they should rather stay at
home. Nevertheless...someone will be watching...
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It is very important to always:
A - dress your age,
- your figure,
C - the event you are attending.
it is that one big mistake that allows people to judge.
fashion designer (a representative of fashion to those who seek my
expertees), I have to allow for personal taste. I can never say if a
bow suits a person. It is also not important if I like/dislike bows,
but… I can advise on what colour, what shape, how big or small the
bows should be, how many there should be, and where it may be worn.
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Since I was asked by a prominent Sunday newspaper, eight years ago to comment on SA
women’s style, I have been bombarded with opinions on who the
best-dressed should be and who the worse-dressed should be, and it
never stops. I also think that people’s infatuation with what other
people should or should not do, will also never fade. It has become
customary for people to say "I want to look like her..." or "oh
please, I really do not want to look like that!" Because of this and
humanity’s ongoing quest for flawlessness, a decision has been made
to be more democratic during 2003 and 2004 and to allow public
contribution in nominating for the respective categories. Readers
from Rapport, City Press, Huisgenoot/You, Sunday Times, and visitors
to the site www.simonrademan.co.za participated in nominating the
top 10 delegates on the respective lists those years.
This year, is the 12th year running...
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have been announced! 1301 Style-watchers from all over
South Africa have nominated 84
individuals, and a shortlist of 42 people was published. The
top 10 candidates were announced on 7 January 2011. 7 407
votes were received. Thank you to all that
Style-watchers from all over South Africa have nominated 107
individuals, and this year a shortlist of 42 people was published. the
top 10 candidates were announced on 7 January 2011. A new record
number of votes was received: 7 812! Thank you to all
candidates have been announced, the voting process has
ended and the top of each list will be announced in the
2008: 2 012
Style-watchers from all over South Africa have nominated 117
individuals. The top 10 candidates have
been announced on 5 December 2008. An astounding
8551 votes were received for this year's SA best AND
worst dressed women! Thank you to all that
2007: 2 136
Style-watchers from all over South Africa have nominated 78
individuals, the top 10 candidates were announced on 4 January, and an amazing 4375 votes were received for this year's
SA best dressed woman - 2007.
2005: If you are NOT dressed in the style you are accustomed to,
do not pose for the photo! If you do, you are saying to the world:
“look at me, what do you think?” …and the world will…
from Huisgenoot, You, Beeld, Rapport, Radio sonder Grense, Citizen,
Sunday Times and visitors to this site, voted for the top of
and YOU Magazine was the bearer of good and bad news during this
2002: SW Magazine was the
bearer of Good and Bad news during this year.
2001: During the first year only a
worst dressed list was compiled and published by Rapport.
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SA best and worst dressed women 2013):
- Candidates are nominated by the general public.
- Photos (as proof) are always welcomed.
- This is not a ‘love’ list, nor is it a ‘hate’ list.
- The public may only vote for the finalists after the top twenty
have been announced.
- This list does not necessarily reflect Simon Rademan’s
- The age-restriction is from 18 to 99.
- All figure-types are eligible.
- All women in the public eye are eligible for both lists.
- This list bears no reflection on the character of the
candidate, only on her dress-sense.
- Listings may be based on one photo only.
- Nominees may not feature on any list for two consecutive
- Nominees may feature on the opposing list during the
- Only published photos will be considered for the list.
- In the event of someone being nominated for both lists, the
majority-rule will apply.
- The subsequent comments by Simon Rademan reflect his
professional opinion on figure analysis, wardrobe planning and
- This list has to be representative of women from all walks of
- Voting for the Best and the Worst for 2013 have started.
- The 2013 deadline for nominations are December 2013
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