SINCE WE’RE DEDICATING a fashion editorial to the new generation of designers, I thought I’d share an adventure from my I’ll cherish for as long as it lasts. It’s not my best dress by a long shot but it’s one of the few I’ve fallen in love with. As the light was fading on the last day of a three-week holiday, my friend Justine and I had to shop before we left Mumbai. (I know you know that feeling!) After popping Bungalow 8.
A travel magazine sent us to an address near The Taj Mahal Palace hotel. We walked up and down the streets and avenues of decaying buildings looking for the shop where I had read Madonna and Matthew Williamson had been shopping. Finally, we found someone who knew where it was – it had moved to underneath the Wankhede Stadium on the other side of the peninsula. I had spotted this world-famous cricket stadium a day earlier and, taking a chance, I promised Justine we could get there before it closed. In a taxi, through I’d seen stranger things during our short trip on the subcontinent: a boutique clothing store under a cricket stadium didn’t seem too far-fetched.
the cool, calm and beautifully laid-out Bungalow 8. Wankhede is the home ground of the Mumbai Indians, owned by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, who also owns the world’s most expensive family home – 27 storeys at $2 billion (about R31 billion).
The shop assistants served us mint tea and left us to try on I could afford. A light-blue cotton one that makes me feel like I’m wearing a feather. It’s light, pretty and so easy to wear: What’s not to love?
The label reads, ‘the irregularities in weaving and dyeing are a feature of handwoven textiles’. It’s a tale of design label Injiri, inspired and handcrafted in India.
The trip made me think how travellers to South Anmari Honiball available in Egality, Parkhurst. There is Heart & Heritage in Milpark, and Tamara Cherie Dyson in Long Street, Cape Town. They are ours and they are being noticed internationally. Tamara and Rich Mnisi have both featured in respected international fashion magazines.
So it is to celebrate our designers, and in the wake of the fashion weeks of March and April, that fashion director Kelly Fung styled looks on page 62. Kelly also chose local designs along with the international heavyweight Gucci for our cover shoot with Bonang Matheba.
I think you’ll agree South African creativity is world class.
Tsotetsi KL at Johannesburg AW2016 MercedesBenz Fashion Week