This just in – July 2013

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

Jackie Burger ELLE Editor's Breakfast 2013

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. 🙂