Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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