Do you get stuff for free?” Jane

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Work -

Nandi Be­fore start­ing my in­tern­ship at GLAM­OUR SA, I had my out­fit planned and neatly laid out the night be­fore (over-the-knee flat boots, a flo­ral printed skirt, black polo neck and black coat). Fast for­ward three years and those days are his­tory. My morn­ing rou­tine in­volves star­ing into the dark abyss that is my wardrobe and hop­ing some­thing will ma­te­ri­alise. I live in Cape Town’s CBD and walk to work, so I’m never in heels. I do, how­ever, dress up for events, and that’s when my stilet­tos come out to play. But I must give credit to the mem­bers of the team whose fash­ion­able finds I al­ways ad­mire: our ed­i­tor loves a good pair of heels, and black is the un­of­fi­cial uni­form in the fash­ion depart­ment.

Jane

When peo­ple ask this, they’re ac­tu­ally ask­ing a big­ger ques­tion: what’s in now? Skinny jeans or flares? Long skirts or short? And the an­swer is all of the above. (Even within the span of Louis Vuit­ton’s 12-minute spring show, skirt lengths fluc­tu­ated from ul­tra short to long.)

As fash­ion jour­nal­ist Lynn Yaeger tells me, “In this cul­ture, there’s a larger de­sire not to be bossed around.” Be­sides, not ev­ery style looks good on ev­ery woman. “Don’t feel that you have to like ev­ery­thing,” she rec­om­mends. “A lot of things don’t look good on any­body.”

My per­sonal favourite skirt length right now is the midi: it cre­ates a long, lean line and is su­per ver­sa­tile. But that’s not to say that I don’t mix in a mini or pen­cil skirt ev­ery so of­ten.

Some sage words of ad­vice: shop from the gut. “That thing that makes your heart leap be­fore you even try it on?” asks Lynn. “That’s the thing that you should buy, not the other thing that you want be­cause it looks good on some­one else.” Nandi There are ru­mours of dif­fi­cult de­sign­ers and diva be­hav­iour, and this surely ex­ists – as with any in­dus­try. But per­son­ally, I’ve en­coun­tered so lit­tle of this that it hardly regis­ters. We fea­ture a lo­cal de­signer ev­ery month, which means in­ter­view­ing es­tab­lished and up­com­ing tal­ents, and as a gen­eral rule, they are not a frac­tion as fear­some as they are in the movies! What is true is that fash­ion is fast-paced, de­mand­ing and not nearly as easy as peo­ple imag­ine. And de­sign­ers are su­per busy and un­der a lot of pres­sure, from work­ing on col­lec­tions to dress­ing celebs and at­tend­ing to pri­vate clients (don’t get me started on fash­ion week). When tem­pers start to fray, it helps if there is an as­sis­tant or PR man­ager to keep things calm and pro­fes­sional.

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