Fashion’s Top Tier Gets Smurfed

Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo has painted the iconic fashionistas blue.


Original Smurfs

The Smurfs, which was originally a Belgian comic strip, is TV about little blue creatures who live in mushroom houses in a forest.


Fashion Smurfs

The Fashion world’s elite have been painted as Smurfs and I for one think it’s Smurftastic!

Fashion Smurfs - Anna Wintour Fashion Smurfs - Coco Chanel Fashion Smurfs - Donatella Versace Fashion Smurfs - House of Chanel



I absolutely love the looks of haughty disdain on the Fashion Smurfs’ faces. And how uncanny is the resemblance between AnnaSmurfs & Anna Wintour?

Fashion Smurfs - Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino Fashion Smurfs - Marc Jacobs Fashion Smurfs - Ralph Lauren Fashion Smurfs - Valentino Fashion Smurfs



These Smurfs are très à la mode, nonJ’adore.


Gros bisous

Ms Zanna


Versace Atelier at the Spring Paris Shows

Joan Smalls at the Versace Atelier Paris Show. Sublime.

Girl Crush: Chioma Nnadi

I remember when I discovered Chioma Nnadi. I had just read a piece she’d written & fell in love with her eloquence. Then I googled her and fell in love with her style. I have selfishly tried to keep her all to myself (& just the American bloggers) but I think, I ought to share her brilliance. So here goes …

As a fashion writer for Vogue, it’s obvious that her style has some haute couture influences and that being front-row in the world of fashion ensures that this eclectically self-styled wordsmith is always impeccably dressed.

What has me crushing on Chioma is that she isn’t just a vapid clothes mannequin: she studied English and French literature at England’s Manchester University. She is gorgeous, well-read, a great writer, everything I’d like to be when I grow up. That is why she is my Girl Crush.

Vintage Vogue 1949



Ms Zanna

For The Love Of Fashion?

Would you wear this belt? For the love of fashion …

Yes? No? Maybe?

Ms Zanna

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Vintage Harper’s Bazaar 1956

A little more vintage inspiration.



Ms Zanna

New York Fashion Week

As South African Fashionistas and Style Addicts impatiently await Joburg Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 to be held from 07 March to 10 March 2012, many of us have been getting our fashion fix from Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week currently underway in Bryant Park, New York.

“The Shows”, as their more popularly known by citizens of the Couture community, have been a non-stop indulgence in walking art with designers such as DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenburg showcasing their work on the ramps.

This year Donna Karan, of DKNY fame, showed us the true meaning of Power Dressing with menswear pieces tailored to fit and flatter the female figure. Imagine bespoke pinstripe suits modified into coats and dresses, with elaborate folds that to add depth to curves.

The collection essentially screams, “I am woman, hear me roar.”
Tommy Hilfiger showed us that leather will be THE fabric of the 2012 Autumn/Winter season. The iconic designer used the classic fabric in dresses, coats and suits in bold hues. The leather was perfectly complimented by the use of suede, in keeping with the luxe theme of his show.

His menswear military-themed show, called Cadet Academy, echoed the military style prominent in recent European fashion weeks.

My favourite show so far has to be Tracy Reese. The only good things about winter, in my books, are coats, boots, hot chocolate and fires in the fireplace. If I could I would hibernate during the three months of winter mourning the loss of summer. But this year, Tracy Reese gives me reason to hope for a brighter winter, literally.

With bright prints and colours, Tracy shows us that there’s no reason to mirror the grey, dreary skies of a cold, winter’s day in your winter looks. Dare to show a pop of colour.
Personally, I can’t wait to see how our talented South African designers will interpret this season’s trends in our own Fashion Week’s. Waiting with baited breath.



Ms Zanna

1948 Alden’s Summer Catalogue

Vintage Harper’s Bazaar 1954

I have always been intrigued by history.

I hated “History” as a subject at school; all those dates and events to be repeated parrot-fashion was dreary and tedious. But history itself; the people of the times, the actual event and feelings they evoked and of course what was en vogue or fashionable at the time.

The 1950’s was one of my favourite periods. In fact, the 20th Centure itself is fascinating because more chnged occured in those 100 years that in milennia before.

But back to the 1950’s. This set of photographs comes from a photoshoot at Harper’s Bizarre in 1954.

Classic, beautiful and ladylike fashion. J’adore!


Ms Zanna

Rachel Roy Brings Us Shoes

Ask any female, worth her salt, who Manolo Blahnik is and she’s likely to tell you in breathless, gushy excitement that Blahnik is the premier shoes designer. She’ll probably tell you that his shoes are not just shoes; his shoes are Art – with a capital A. He is the master.

Monolo Blahnik Shoes
Manolo Blahnik Shoes

Rachel Roy

Now imagine studying at the feet of the master? That’s exactly what fashion designer Rachel Roy did and so it comes as no surprise that she chose to walk a mile in his shoes. (I couldn’t resist the shoes adage, forgive me.) Roy, who is best known for sportswear, accessories and sneakers in her lower-tier line will debut her footwear for her high-end line in August. The line will feature mid-range to high-end priced footwear.


Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy Shoes
Rachel Roy Shoes

I anxiously wait Roy’s offering to us fashionistas and hopefully, they’ll be made available online to South African fashionistas, because judging from the pictures and her history with Monsieur Blahnik, this line is sure to be a stunner.



Ms Zanna