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Go buy the November issue of Wallpaper*, now!

A month or so I was given the incredible opportunity of contributing to the November issue of Wallpaper* Magazine. For the last two weeks I have haunting the aisles at Exclusives and other purveyors of good magazines, and it is officially out! It’s a huge honour for me to read my name (middle name included, of course) in the pages of a magazine that I associate with impeccable taste, strong writing and an appreciation of all culture.

The November issue features Wallpaper’s top 20 reasons to be in countries the likes of France, Portugal, China, Canada, Sweden, and, of course, South Africa. I interviewed and wrote about four Capetonian creatives/platforms that I think are doing things a little differently.

Get your pods on the latest issue of Wallpaper* to find out why Crystal Birch, Cindy Poole from The Summit, Jenna Bass and Hannes Bernard from Jungle Jim and Murray von Hirschberg from Enmasse are giving the rest of the world a reason to keep an eye on our country.


Lauren Fowler at The Fringe

Last night I trundled down the hill for the media unveiling of Lauren Fowler‘s window displays at The Fringe on Kloof. If you’re a Gardens or Tamboerskloof native you may have noticed Lauren being super industrious in the window over the last little while. Every day for the last week I have wondered what she was busying herself with, and when I received the invite (social media VIP, hey shoo wow) I was excited to go and check out The Fringe’s new permanent home.

The result of Thessa Bos and Chantelle Louw‘s series of pop-up shops featuring some of the country’s best design and art, The Fringe is overflowing with locally made beauties, from Skinny Laminx textiles, to Shirley Fintz ceramics and Metaxia jools. Magpie that I am, I was particularly drawn to the jewellery, but I also have a soft spot for quirky ceramics, and The Fringe has lots of both. Of late I have become a lot more conscious about supporting local design, and I would recommend The Fringe as a real treasury of South African products, as well as a surefire choice if you’re on the hunt for a thoughtful, unusual gift.

Lauren’s windows are a great visual summary of her keen eye for the unusual, and for combining newschool wit with oldschool practice. Her much-loved wall hoops, prints and originals are all for sale at The Fringe, and I loved the way she transformed her hoops into a family of makeshift dreamcatchers – kind of like a collection of strange, floating halos. She was wearing – and I say this with a bitter heart – a vintage dress made from black velvet, vintage lace and what looked like a gloriously sculptural taffeta skirt. The tight bodice, cap sleeves and lush velvet had me admiring it through narrowed eyes (sorry, Lauren).

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the wares on display:

Metaxia jewellery.

Sessi Bee ‘man bowls’ (featuring all manner of cool dudes, from sailors, to bikers, to wizards and shamans!) and ceramic lorry necklaces (I’d like a man in one of these).

Molo Mimiartwork embroidered and sewn from patches of reclaimed fabric and tapestry.

Cerise vintage pumps.

Digital prints by Colin Payne.

Glamorous earrings by Smith (especially the ones that look like they have chillis dangling from them).

Lucky 7’s wall hanging by Simple Intrigue.

Perspex colour rings by Kooky, which would look oh so cool dangling en masse from a gold or silver chain.

Find The Fringe on Kloof at 99B Kloof Street, near to Arnold’s, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter / Follow Lauren on Twitter

three two one

I wanted to devise a clever title for this post – something to do with Mememe being 3, TWO being 2, and missmillib being 1, but it refused to manifest! In any case, three two one is a good ‘n traditional countdown to something great and novel. Which is fitting, when you consider that the fashion forces listed above are collaborating on a new venture due to launch on the 1st of April.

Doreen Southwood of Capetonian success story Mememe is opening a new store in Parkhurst along with Milisuthando Bongela of Pulchritude and Gina and Caren Waldman of TWO. The store will also feature local wares from the likes of Selfi, Black Coffee, Take Care and the lovely Megan Fogarty of Oh Dear, Megan, so you know it’s bound to be good. Sounds like it’s going to be a frock store to reckon with.

Read the full details in the press release below. Definitely going to have to nip up to Jozi for a peek when things come to fruition!