Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in South Africa

JOBURG | CAPE TOWN | AFRICA

10 Unconventional C-Classes Get Incredible, Arty Swimwear Designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

Have you ever wondered why 95% of cars on the planet are painted a single colour? And what would happen if someone really creative made a car’s exterior their own personal canvas? 

Well that’s exactly what happened at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at The Raleigh in Miami, where these 10 new C-Classes got gorgeous makeovers in the spirit of Miami’s glamourous beachwear. 

Some of them are absolutely outrageous! We loved the clothes pairings, the daring designs and the unmistakable lightness of swimwear design on the expressive exterior of the new C-Class.

What do you think? 

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Design by Red Carter.

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Design by Beach Bunny.

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Design by We Are Handsome.

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Design by Cia Maritima.

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 Design by Mara Hoffman.

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Swimsuit Designer Lourdes Hanimian poses with a the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with an exclusive design by Luli Fama Miami.

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Design by Carmen Marc Valvo.

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Design by Mara Hoffman

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Suboo’s Creative Director Sue Di Chio poses with her C-Class. 

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New York based Fashion Designer Mara Hoffman shows off her bright colours against her designer C-Class.

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Design by Lulifama Miami.

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Design by Nanette Lepore.

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Design by Australian fashion label, Suboo

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Design by L Space By Monica Wise.

Combining the C-Class’s unique silhouette with these designers’ immense creativity made for some stunningly unconventional exteriors that would look completely at home in Miami, and probably only in Miami! 

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Design by Cia Maritima.

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Design by Luli Fama Miami.

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Design by L Space By Monica Wise.

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Design by Suboo.

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Design by Nanette Lepore.

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 design by Carmen Marc Valvo.

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Design by Mara Hoffman.

(All photos courtesy of MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY IMAGES 

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Unsung Heroes: 11 Extraordinary Examples of Costume Makeup from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

A fashion event is naturally obsessive when it comes to the clothes, but it’s the subtler touches that complete the look.

Like accessories, makeup is frequently the unsung hero of any fashion event!  

Here are 11 extraordinary examples of costume makeup from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town that will inspire you: 

Lara Klawikowski 

Lara Klawikowski’s underwater flower themed collection resulted in the shining aqua and pink of a coral reef. 

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Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk also had a submerged oceanic style but instead evoked out the whites, greys and pale blues of the sea. 

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Gavin Rajah

Gavin Rajah’s geishas decorated with spot and splashes of signature Japanese colour and shape, which emphasized his luxurious and sexy collection.  

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Bright touches of colour on pale faces recalled the dramatic flair and mysterious elegance of the courtesan. 

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Kluk CGDT 

Kluk CGDT’s fashion installations drew many admiring looks especially this shirtless chap with his rainbow face, which proved a striking contrast to the blacks, golds and bare flesh. 

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(All photos courtesy of SDR Photo) 

Which makeup do you think most effectively shows off the model’s outfits? 

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16 Super Cute Skirts from Fashionistas at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

As the first whispers of Spring descend on the Southern Hemisphere, we simply can’t wait for skirt season to take off! 

Check out these 16 wonderfully creative designs from our superbly stylish fashionistas at Mercecdes-Benz Fashion Week last month, who showed exactly the kind of cuteness we’ll be on the lookout for this season! 

Which one is your favourite? 

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(All photos courtesy of SDR Photo) 

Which skirt got your heart skipping? Which one would you wear? 

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The Coolest Dudes on the Block: 22 Groovy Men’s Streetstyle Outfits From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

Not to be outdone, the men were in fine peacocking form at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. Ladies beware, these guys were out to steal the show! 

We went looking for some of the street’s coolest kids at the country’s premier fashion event and found some pretty startling looks. We especially love this little Asian chap! 

Check these groovy dudes out! 

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(All photos courtesy of SDR Photo) 

Would you wear any of these? Which one’s your favourite look? 

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21 Incredible Wedding Dresses from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

What are you going to wear in the wedding day of your dreams? 

You want to look incomparably magnificent, naturally, and here’s a good place to start! 

These 21 incredible wedding dresses from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will inspire you:

(All photos courtesy of SDR Photo) 

Kobus Dippenaar 

The master of couture bridal wear delivered once again with daring fabrics and vintage lines, producing a number of breathtaking pieces. Which one is your favourite?  

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Pichuluk and Kat Van Duinen

This commanding white dress has an Islamic North African infusion and a subtle sexiness. 

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Gavin Rajah

Gavin Rajah’s Japanese collection concluded with an explosion of petals that dappled down from the ceiling to the runway, a stunning combination with any of these striking dresses.  

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Stefania Morland 

A quirky, fun take on a wedding dress with some Japanese mixing and matching with a touch of Lolita by Stefania Morland. 

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Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk’s seashell dresses reflect light with their beautiful sheer fabrics, layers and lovely trimmings, an elegant choice! 

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Lazuli

This fresh summer dress is unpretentious and romantic. 

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Danielle Margaux

With a touch of Japan and floral hints these flowing, feminine dresses create a sense of ease and elegance. 

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Kluk CGDT

These dreamy dresses from Kluk CGDT are both sophisticated and graceful. 

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Have you decided? Love some hate some? Which one  would you wear on your wedding day? 

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22 Dazzling Designs From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

What happened on the final day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?

11 designers strutted their most dazzling designs, and we’ve handpicked 22 of their coolest creations for your viewing pleasure!  

Did you know rugby socks are back in fashion? Thanks to Selfi’s flirty collection (number 7) maybe you’ll see them cropping up on South Africa’s red carpets! 

These are some outfits that inspired us:  

1. Lazuli

Inspired by a summer holiday with a luxurious influence reminiscent of tennis clubs and romantic summer evenings, Lazuli wowed the audience with soft pastel pinks, whites and greens and contrasting combinations. 

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2. Lo

Combining spray paint and stencil art, Lo created an inventive mixture of practicality and style that reminded one of the air, water and mountains with a Japanese infusion. 

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3. Pichuluk and Kat van Duinen

We saw high quality fabrics embellished with ropes and long white lines from Kat van Duinen’s gorgeous skirts, with talismatic African jewelry from Pichuluk.

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4. Danielle Margaux

The soft elegance of Danielle Margaux’s lovely Japenese infused collection had a whimsical femininity in pastel shades and pops of red. 

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5. Loin Cloth & Ashes

We saw a clash of cultures from Loin Cloth & Ashes who took an urban African aesthetic into an Amish stylewith high necklines, box silhouettes and draped fabrics. 

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6. Leigh Schubert

Leigh Schubert’s striking designs in whites, blacks and pale oranges were sophisticated with a twist. 

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7. Selfi

Androgynous shirts, over-sized shift dresses and a windswept illusion combined with abstract expressionism and collage art to create a playful, dreamlike collection that felt like jellyfish and melting mountains. 

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8. Lalesso

An East African influence saw Lalesso focus on colour and form, capturing the energies of summer in a simple and feminine way. 

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9. Craig Port

Blending pastel with deeper brooding tones, Craig infused romance into natural suede and leathers to create a very fresh feel. 

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10. Kluk CGDT 

Kluk CGDT’s opening took place at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and their fashion installations created a dreamy and luxurious feast for the crowds. 

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11. Fabiani 

True to form, Fabiani emerged with its sophisticated swimwear offering signature flair in pinks and blues. 

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Did you find these outfits as inspiring as we did? 

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18 Stunning Creations from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Day 2

On the second utterly glamours evening of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, we saw the cream of Africa’s future talent combined with some of South Africa’s biggest names to bring you a mouthwatering selection of stunning outfits! 

Here are 18 of our favourites! 

Check out our feeds on Twitter and Instagram for our coverage of all the prettiness as it happened! 

Let’s start with the up-and-coming stars from AFI’s Next Generation: 

Akedo by Eleni Labrou

The AFI Fastrack Designer of the Year 2013’s street art-inspired collection kicked off Day 2 with masculine cuts in black and white. Check out our pre-event exclusive interview with Eleni Labrou here.

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Nicolas Coutts

Mixing urban city dreams with traditional silhouettes was the talented Nicolas Coutts. 

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Blanc by Alexandra Blanc

During the finale of Blanc’s collection, models exchanged pieces of clothing on the runwalk, showing off the versatility and coherence of her bold and curious range. 

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Ernest Mahomane

This delicate feminine collection from Ernest Mahomane was thoroughly enjoyable, as was the last of the young AFI Fasttrack Designers to exhibit. 

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Michelle Ludek

Michelle Ludek combined the modernism of the 60’s and 70’s with hints of Morocco and lovely bold colours. 

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Tart

Tart’s collection of assymetrical movement and shapes had a pretty-with-an-edge feel! 

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Kobus Dippenaar

Daring fabrics and classical lines were breathtaking in their elegance and flair from the legendary Kobus Dippenaar. 

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Ruald Rheeder

These sophisticated floral prints with classic tailoring and some shirtless male models later got a lot of appreciation from the crowd! 

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Non-European

With soft contrasts and bursts of colour, Non-European’s loose-fitted African styled ‘Express Your Identity’ collection brought authenticity and warmth to the finale of Day 2. 

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What an incredible Day 2!

Which one of these outfits was your favourite? 

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14 Incredible Outfits from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

Last night was the first glittering evening of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. At the tip of Africa some of the finest fashion on the continent came out to play under the flashing lights of the paparazzi.

Of course, we were there to bring you an up close and personal look at some of the most gorgeous outfits on the runway! 

Here are 14 of our favourites from last night! 

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Marianne Fassler

Marrianne Fassler kicked off the event in style, showing us exactly why Africa is the next big thing! Watch out world! 

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Shana

Shana Morland followed in her legendary mother’s footsteps with this flirty collection! Ready for summer yet? 

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Stefania Morland

One of South Africa’s best once again showcased why she’s so revered, with a Japanese Lolita look we totally loved! 

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W3ST

The new cool kid on the block showed us exactly why she’s an up-and-coming star. 

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Spilt Milk

These underwater creations had the crowd gasping! 

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Gavin Rajah

Gavin Rajah arrived in devastating oriental fashion! 

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Lara Klawikowski 

These magical garments were like underwater flowers from Lara Klawikowski. 

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(all photos courtesy of SDR photo) 

What did you think of last night’s show? We are SO excited for tomorrow, we just cannot wait!

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See you there fashionistas! 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Interviews: Stefania Morland

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"…truly distinctive clothing for people who respect and celebrate life."

Today we have the privilege of chatting to legendary South African designer Stefania Morland about her upcoming Spring/Summer collection, which combines medieval with Lolita in the gorgeous mix-match that defines her unusual style. 

Stefania will be exhibiting on 24 July at 9:30pm during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. We simply cannot wait!

Just look at some of these pieces! 

1. I’m wearing a piece from your new Spring/Summer collection. How does it make me feel? 

It makes you feel how we want any of our clothes to make you feel; beautiful, happy and ready to take on the world feeling great in the clothes you’re wearing. Clothing is so important in how one feels about themselves and it is very visible when one feels they look great. 

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2.Now I’m standing in the street. What are people looking at?

Colours and textures that compliment one another into an interesting outfit. Silhouettes that enhance a women’s figure into an overall beautiful look of great silky fabrics and embellishment.

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3.What interests you about Harajuku style?

We found many similarities between our signature style and that of the Harajuku style. We found this great quote about Harajuku saying:

“Smile and say Chiizu if you dress Harajuku outside of Harajuku, you will draw attention. If the attention isn’t positive, just smile graciously and keep going about your business. If they want to take a picture, strike a pose.”

Harajuku is based around the mix and (mis)match of the ‘Harajuku’ style originating in the youth culture from Japan. The style, typically mixing traditional Japanese with modern attire is the epitome of flamboyance, with childlike playfulness, colour and patterns all taking center stage. It is the thoughtful expression of ones individuality; as long as the end look is harmonious anything goes!

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4.Which fabrics are you currently playing with?

We’ve used many of our usual fabrics such as silk satin, chiffon, organza as well as tweeds and lace and lots of beadwork to enhance the fabrics.

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5.What’s the most incredible dress you’ve ever seen?  

I can’t pinpoint one dress in particular but there have been many dresses that have stood out. The best dresses are ones that combine all design techniques such as fit, craft and knowledge of fabric to produce a garment that makes the wearer feel and look beautiful.

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6.Which bit about being a fashion designer have you found hardest to master?

I wish being a fashion designer could be as easy as making pretty clothes and watching them sell out the moment they go onto the showroom floor, but the business side of things isn’t as easy as that. It’s hard work but luckily I am extremely passionate at what I do and have an extremely good team behind me so the positives far out way the negatives.

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7.You’ve mentored your immensely talented daughter Shana (who will also be exhibiting at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town!) What’s the most important lesson for a young up-and-coming designer?

An important thing for any up and coming designer to understand is that the fashion world isn’t as glamorous as what it looks like from the outside. It takes lots of dedication and hard work to firstly get your name out there and to maintain it. I would really recommend getting as much work experience as one can get before going out on your own.

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8. If you could be inside the head of any designer in the world for a single day, who would it be?

Alberta Feretti - I really appreciate her style and appreciation for quality fabrics.

9.How would you respond to those who believe fashion is a soulless industry?

I don’t agree with that statement at all. An industry that creates jobs all over the world and  empowers individuals I would say I’m extremely proud to be part of the fashion world. 

As in any industry when people start taking advantages to put money in their own pockets that’s when the problem starts.

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10. If you were to pick a Mercedes-Benz for your latest collection’s photo shoot, which one would you choose?

One for each outfit, the choice is too big to choose.

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What do you think of Stefania’s beautiful mixing and mismatching? We just can’t get enough of it! Send us your comments on Twitter

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Want to enhance your waredrobe forever? Purchase Stefania Morland’s provocative creations online here, or discover her exclusivity in person at: 

Stephania Morland ~ 153A Kloof Street, Cape Town

Stephania Morland & Shana ~ Shop 18A Blubird Center, Corner Atholl-Oaklands Road & Fort Street, Birnam, Johannesburg

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Interviews: Shana Morland

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"Fabric is extremely important to us…"

The superbly talented daughter of legendary South African fashion designer Stefania Morland will be showcasing her textures of summer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. We caught up with the young prodigy to find a more about her flirty new collection. 

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1. What does “summer in Cape Town” look feel like to you with your eyes closed, bearing in mind (for our readers) it’s the subject of your latest collection?

Cape Town is such a diverse and exciting city full of stylish and creative people on every corner. Cape Town truly wakes up in the summer time, transforming into a vibrant place (not that winter is too bad!!). I love the hum of voices on a summers evening and the endless options of activities that we have at our fingertips.

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Days are longer, everything cast over with a golden hue by the sun. Everyone and everything feels happier and more positive, elements that I have brought into the range through colour, shape and silhouettes.

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2. Would you say the Capetonian sense of style different from the rest of the country?

Definitely! It is generalizing but I do think Capetonians tend to play around a bit more with their outfits which does make for an interesting take on fashion.

3. Your garments are all made locally. How does this affect production costs?

Remaining local does have a lot of positives for our business as it allows us to be very hands on with our production runs. Not only that, but its good for us to know that we are empowering local seamstresses and suppliers, just as we hope the local market will support us. Being local is something that we are very proud of!

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4. Say I’m a fashion novice in Cape Town. The girls here are scary. Give me some tips to up my game! (Assuming I’m a girl!)  

Always wear clothes that you are comfortable in and make you feel good/sexy (depending on the occasion). Trends don’t generally suit everyone, one just needs to understand their body and what suits them and stick to that.

5. Prints are a prominent feature of your work. Do you advocate hand-drawing or computer aided design?

It’s mostly computer aided design. I got into making our own prints because of the very low supply of nice, usable prints from fabric stores. Designing our own prints gives us more of a unique feel to our garments as we create one for every collection. This season we’re also playing a bit with texture, so you’ll see a bit of embroidery in the new range.

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6. What type of fabrics do you prefer using and why?

I’m always looking for natural fabrics as far as possible. Silk satin is my weakness, but we also use a lot of printed silk chiffons and knits. What I like about knits, is you can combine it with more luxe fabrics to create an edgier more sophisticated look. I also love to create my own textures on fabrics by applying beads, lace or any other interesting trims.

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7. Your house is burning – what are the five items you wouldn’t leave without?

Our two cats

Phone

Lap top

Shoe box full of photos and sentimental things

My whole clothing cupboard :)

8. I’m visiting your store. How much cash should I have in my pocket?

Depends on what you are in the mood to buy. Our range is pretty diverse starting from casual day wear to more dressy evening-wear. Some items are one offs, others we make about ±15 of a style, so everything is special and unique.

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9. Any advice to the thousands of young designers who would kill to be where you are?

Get as much work experience in the industry as possible, and don’t be fooled thinking it is an easy and glamorous career. It takes a lot of persistence and determination to pursue fashion as a career. I am so lucky to have the best mentor (my mother) who I have learnt so much from.

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(images courtesy of Shana Morland) 

10. Imagine you’re driving a Mercedes-Benz. What are you wearing?

Some thing elegant and stylish, like a silk slip layered with a knit jersey and a great pair of boots.

11. Anything else you’d like to share with us?

The label is co-owned by me and my partner, Robbi Gorelick. I handle most of the designing side, while he handles mostly the business side of the brand.

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What do you think of Shana’s bright and airy summer creations? Send us your comments on Twitter or how about popping Shana herself some Twitter love?

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You can get hold of Shana’s gorgeous outfits online here, or experience her beautiful touch in person at: 

Cloth and SteelShop 4 Buitenkloof Studios, Gardens, Cape Town

Stephania Morland ~ 153A Kloof Street, Cape Town

Stephania Morland & ShanaShop 18A Blubird Center, Corner Atholl-Oaklands Road & Fort Street, Birnam, Johannesburg