Do you get stuff for free?” Jane
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.
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.