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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.

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

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


Spring 2011 Trends: Is It Mini or Is It Maxi? No It’s Midi.


We’re well into August and it’s a balmy 20 degrees in Johannesburg today. Although there is a nip in the air, I am adamant that Spring has indeed arrived and that is why, today I am wearing a skirt without stockings. I must admit, it is a somewhat foreign sensation having my legs rub against each other after being forcefully encased in stockings, tights, legings and jeans for 3 months. And the freedom sure does taste sweet. I’ve missed baring my … well .. bare legs.

Which bring me to my next trend on this series of Spring 2011 Trend report. Skirts.

In the past, spring meant brushing the moth balls of your favourite denim miniskirt or unearthing your favourite maxidress but this spring, it’s a little different. Introducing the Midi-skirt


Midi-length is quite obviously an inbetweener – in between Maxi and Mini. Midi length generally falls at or below the calf. The new hemline is an homage to ladylike dressing that was seen in the winter trends. You can emphasise the ladylike aspect of this length just like Tory Burch, Wes Gordon or Talbot Runhof. You could also incorporate the colour-blocking trend mentioned in my last post as seen at Prabal Gurung and Rodarte.

I’ve personally been sporting the midi-length hemline for a few seasons now and I’m glad to see it has finally become à la mode (in fashion). The look is très BCBG and although you’re at risk of look more old-lady than ladylike, dont be afraid of modernising the look or styling it up to your own taste.



Ms Zanna

Spring 2011 Trends: Hyper Colour

It’s the first of August, and even though there’s still a slight chill in the air, the eternal optimist in me has dubbed it pre-spring. I look forward to packing away my heavy knit sweaters and coats because, quite frankly, they take up way too much space in my closet. Replacing them with all things Spring/Summer 2011.

In this series, with the help of the aficionados at style.com, I will summarise the runway fashions seen at S/S Fashion Weeks worldwide and the trends we can interpret from them.

Let’s go shall we?

Besides the warmer weather and the promise of summer, spring is all about colour. Every year this doesn’t change. What;s different about the colour trend this spring is that the colours have gone HYPER. No pastels or muted colours; think bright, neon and shocking. Try teal and electric blues or the poppy citrus hues that Aquilano.Rimondi played around with.

With colour blocking you forget all the rules your grandma taught you when it comes to coordinating colours. Colour blocking uses the most vivacious and brightest colours together to create vivid and confident look. The beauty of this trend, is that you can wear colours which you would not usually put together. So if the colours “clash” you know on the right track but it is best to stick to no more than three colours.

If colour blocking isn’t for you then embrace the hyper colour trend by pair bright with neutrals like white, black or tan. Keep the cuts classic, like a jump suit; à la Alexandre Herchcovitch, Issa & Fendi. Or a classic blazer like the ones modelled at Tommy Hilfiger and Aquilano.Rimondi.

The whole point is to look like a box of Crayons threw up on you. Kidding. Happy Colouring.


Ms Zanna

Kim Kardashian Sues Her Doppelgänger

First YSL copies Christian Louboutin & now Kim Kardashian is being Doppelgängered. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Kim doesn’t think so.

US clothing brand Old Navy are using a Kim Kardashian lookalike in their new ad campaign. And now the 30-year-old socialite is suing the clothing giant and their parent company The Gap, for approximately $15 – $20 million.

The ‘Super C-U-T-E’ music-video inspired campaign video, has become a web viral hit. It has so far had 1.7 million hits online. In the video, Molinaro is the spitting image of Kim, with her hair and make-up styled to look just like the reality star.

If that isn’t bad enough, a certain Bush rumour is adding fuel to the fire. Melissa Molinaro, Kardashian’s copycat, is said to be currently dating 26-year-old NFL player, and Kim’s ex Reggie Bush.

Kim filed her lawsuit against Old Navy in Los Angeles today. She claims the company are using the double in order to make people think she is associated with the label. She is suing the company for “the unauthorised use of Kardashian’s name, likeness, identity, and persona.”

A statement from Kim’s legal reps reads: “Old Navy launched a multimedia advertising campaign that misappropriates Kardashian’s likeness in the form of a celebrity look-alike. Her identity and persona are valuable. When her intellectual property rights are violated, she intends to enforce them.”

I personally think Kim’s over reacting. You’ve seen the pics, you decide.


Ms Zanna

Versace Will Design For H&M

Picture everything you know and love about Versace; the prints, flamboyant colours, sensual cuts, gold details, leather & glamour. And think of everything you love about H&M; affordable, good quality clothing.

Ladies, are your heads spinning yet?
Donatella Versace and H&M announced they’re collaboration and I’m literally doing my happy dance as I type this.

Versace for H&M! I DIE!


Ms Zanna

Chanel S/S 2011

We all know how i feel about Chanel. If it wasnt for Georges Chakra, I’d probably want to be married in a Chanel suit. Chanel encapsulates the BCBG style that I strive for on a day-to-day basis. In my eyes, Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong.

Lagerfeld used girly models in flat shoes instead of Glamazons in heels and soft pastel colours. When asked why he said, “I was sick of all those Eiffel Towers, sick of all those violent colors.”

Ms Zanna

Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2011