Trend Spotter

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.


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, 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