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City Habit

Hi all 🙂 

I’ve condensed my blogging efforts. I always thought the things I loved were too varied to live in one space, but I’m giving it a shot anyway. I’ll be blogging at City Habit from now on, on fashion, city lifestyle, street style, design, and other things that catch my eye. Come through? 😉


Trends and stuff.


A while ago I wrote an article on the runway trends at Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week for 6B Magazine. There were a few admin issues, but it’s recently been published, so now it’s okay to share it with you here! Yay. 🙂

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Metallic Trend at MBCTFW 2013

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Downtown chic High low mix trend at MBCTFW 2013

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The Ladylike summer trend at MBCTFW 2013

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Hair colour trend at MBCTFW 2013

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Neutrals trend at MBCTFW 2013

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Monochrome trend at MBCTFW 2013

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Nautical Menswear trend at MBCTFW 2013



Take a look at it on 6B right here, along with the full article on Trend Forecasting with tips from Zakirah Rabaney. Toodles. 🙂


Elle + BlackBerry: Style Reporter 2013 – The Semi-Finals

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Elle + BlackBerry Style Reporter 2013 Semi-Finalists

I had just gotten back from a Lion’s Head hike with some friends on Heritage Day when I checked my phone and saw a post from a friend on my Facebook wall, congratulating me. I was confused for a second, but I caught on after reading a tweet from the same friend a few seconds later. I made it into Elle’s Style Reporter 2013 semi-finals! Continue reading

It’s Chilled: People’s Revolution pulls out of David Tlale show at New York Fashion Week

Fashion in New York, especially this week, is something else: beautiful, innovative, & powerful. It is an amazing world, but even as an observer, you can see that operating in it really only comes down to three simple things:

1. Work hard to get your foot in the door.

2. Work harder to make sure your foot stays there.

3. Don’t mess with Kelly Cutrone.

South African designer David Tlale, albeit accidentally, broke the third rule this week when he failed to make good on a payment to Kelly’s famed fashion PR firm, People’s Revolution. Miss Cutrone being, well, Miss Cutrone, such errant practice could not go unpunished  unaddressed. In an email sent to show guests (shared by, People’s Revolution announced the following:

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Things I learned at Zando


As an industry placement project my class got to take on real-world experience for a month at different establishments. We had the option of being placed by our lecturers or finding our own places to work. Some students went to retailers like Woolworths and Keedo, some went to high fashion brands like Gavin Rajah and Rosenworth, and a few even worked in couture, one of them with Hendrik Vermeulen. I decided a while ago that I’m not going to be a designer right away, so I wanted to make sure I got experience that aligned with that, widening my portfolio a bit, toward trend forecasting and fashion journalism. A former classmate is the assistant trend forecaster at South African online retailer, and when I asked her to send me the contact details of their HR department so I could ask about applying for a placement there, she got back to me by telling me she’d get me the job! Thanks Zak, it was super awesome of you. So for 4 weeks, I assisted her with research and compiled trend reports, and it was great. I miss it now; the pace, the work, the orange floors. But it had to end, since we still have graduate collections to finish, history papers to write, and business classes to suffer through. So here’s what I learned at Zando:

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This just in – July 2013

The first of your monthly fashion news bulletins! Yay. 😀

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ELLE South Africa Editor-in-Chief Jackie Burger

– Janie Bryant’s new reality show

Mad Men costume designer and general fashion legend Janie Bryant is in talks to start her own reality show: Janie Bryant’s Hollywood. Yes, it will probably bear several similarities to Project Runway, but this is a film costume design competition. Contestants will be competing to dress film icons or create costumes for Hollywood classics. No word yet on when it will arrive in SA, but this film costume enthusiast will wait patiently (Huffington Post).

– ELLE + Blackberry Style Reporter 2013 begins

Cue the madness – The second edition of ELLE South Africa’s Style Reporter competition in association with Blackberry has officially started. Changes to this year’s edition include an extended contract – 12 months, with a monthly stipend of R5000, from last year’s 7-month contract with R10,000 per month – and a tech upgrade from last year’s Blackberry Bold 9790 to this year’s Q5 and Z10.  That’s right – both. A photography or digital publishing course, a trip to an international fashion week, and the opportunity to be mentored by Ed Suter round off the stellar deal. What’s that you ask? Am I entering? Why yes. Yes I am. (

P.S. in other Elle news, the Elle Belles will be hosting their Editor’s Breakfast next month, with dates set for Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Keen on joining them? Click here to win yourself a ticket.

– introduces Style Map has a new fashion blog with a global view: Style Map covers art, nightlife, food, travel, shopping, music, culture, design and fashion, with posts written by industry insiders from cities all around the world. Africa is represented by Maki Oh for Lagos, Yodit Eklund for Addis Ababa, and Themba Mngomezulu for Cape Town. Other contributors include Kylie Minogue, Courtney Love, Umit Benan, Sky Ferreira, and Nicole Richie. It’s about to get interesting. (

– H&M is finally coming.

It’s been a long wait, but it’s almost over. Swedish retailer H&M (actually HENNES & Mauritz, just FIY) has officially announced plans to open two stores in South Africa, and as is the case with their long-awaited entry into online retail this August, may I just say: it’s about time. One store will open at the Mall of Africa in Jozi, and another in Cape Town, with no exact site confirmation yet. Like Zara before them, H&M are having a little trouble finding spaces big enough for their kind of store (so we know they’re going to be huge. Joy!). This means it could be a while (the one in Jozi is only due to open when the Mall of Africa is completed in late 2015!!!), but we continue to hope and pray, and make plans to set large car showrooms on fire so they can build an H&M there instead. I’m kidding. I am. (Business Day)

– Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

The final spot goes to next month’s #MBFWCT, taking place from the 7th to the 10th of August. I’m not entirely sure they were allowed to, but a designer posted the schedule on Facebook [UPDATE – the schedule is officially up on the site]. I’ve already gotten a ticket to Loin Cloth and Ashes; hopefully I’ll be able to attend and cover all the shows. You, of course, will be able to read all those show reviews right here, and if you want, watch the live stream via African Fashion International’s website.

‘Til later, Lovelies. 🙂