Haute Couture

Versace Atelier at the Spring Paris Shows

Joan Smalls at the Versace Atelier Paris Show. Sublime.


For The Love Of Fashion?

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

Yes? No? Maybe?

Ms Zanna

Ms Zanna

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

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

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

Armani Privé S/S 2011

The front row at the Privé show included Sophia Loren, Jodie Foster, and Olivia Wilde, three generations of stars united by their appreciation of Giorgio Armani’s ability to, as Foster put it, “capture who I am, be the best I can be.” But Armani has reached a stage in his life where he no longer cares about pleasing anyone except himself. So he delivered a collection that will startle longtime admirers and add more fodder to that long-overdue reevaluation.

Inspired, he said, by the gleam of gemstones, Armani produced clothes that came from another planet. The show never stopped shimmering. By some feat of fabric technology, a mirror effect managed to give organza a reflective quality. Silk was threaded with metal to produce a sheen. Sweeping collars and bodices that looked molded from some hard alien material were actually supple and light. The sci-fi aspect was reinforced by silhouettes curved and carved to rearticulate the body.

Chloe F/W 2011 Collection

Elie Saab Spring 2010 Couture

With every show I fall deeper in love with Elie Saab and his beautiful pieces. I am almost sure, that he will design my wedding gown one day.

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J’adore Elie Saab.


Ms Zanna