Entertainment was by the fabulously chic Lindiwe Suttle (who apparently introduced chain store shoppers to the cute Ginger Mary brand - available at Truworths) and she looked ridiculously sizzling! first in a Kluk CGDT bridal couture number (champagne coloured, ofcourse - very Vivian Westwood) and then this super chic number by a Joburg designer who makes the illest (that means good btw) garments. Look at all the unconventional materials used in the second number: plastic, rubber, wool... INSANE! love it! (will keep you posted on this designer, including the name, lol!
The categories and winners are:
Best Big Retailer supporting Local Designers - Woolworths (do you still remember the Stoned Cherrie collection they housed when the label was in its infancy? Woolies definately deserved this one)
Best On-line Fashion Retailer - Habits (checking it out as I type - haven't been on the site in donkers)
Best medium Retailer supporting local Production - HipHop - my reading reveals that their Afro Diva Line supports the work of smaller producers in disadvantaged communities - FINALLY! now i hope many more follow suite!
Best Emporium supporting local Design: The Space (this is where I got my one of my favourite shirts by Amanda Laird Cherrie - who will be showing at SA Fashion Week - yeay!)
Special Jury Prize: Loxion Kulca (still need someone to elaborate more on this one. Look yes, the brand has expanded into being a "lifestyle" brand with products including eyewear, personal-care products but... I just do not get this award - but I'm open to being educated)
Business Savvy Emerging Fashion Designer: Silver Spoon
Business Savvy Fashion Designer: Colleen Eitzen
Business Savvy Accessories Designer: Missibaba (by Chloe Townsend)
Another retailer that has done a tremendous amount, although I think they've lost the plot a little, was Young Designers Emporium, YDE, that has elevated work by the likes of Kim Govaar (who was the head designer for xoxo and recently joined forces with his colleague, Craig Port, to produce an amazing s/s collection at Cape Town Fashion Week). I guess new freche designers would add a new and much needed zing to the retailer with one or two Brand Activation initiatives to engage their consumers beyond the mundane walk-in and shop experience - and who knows, maybe they could snatch up an award next year.
My online colleague does the best fashion glossy reviews every month and this month he nailed it, yet again. Read it here - Marie Claire got it right, yet again... nice one Aspasia!
sorry about the lack of pics, camera failed me at a critical moment! *places hand on glowing forehead* but sweety-honey-pie from www.justcurious.com helped me out with these ones.