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1 AFRICA SOUT H UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH MAKE-UP MAESTRO PORSCHE COOPER OCTOBER 2017 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM The local designs you need this season + RUNWAY TO REALITY THE NEW, BOLD WAY TO DRESS UP OCTOBER 2017 R31.90 (VAT INCL) N$31.90 NAMIBIA START WITH: JUMBO STRIPES, STRAW BAGS & SUMMER HATS PLUS BOLD COLOURS, RICH PRINTS & ASYMMETRICAL CUTS

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14 OCTOBER 2017 R31.90 (VAT INCL) N$31.90 NAMIBIA OCTOBER 2017 OBSESSION OCTOBER ON THE COVER 43 START WITH jumbo stripes, straw bags & summer hats 74 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM exploring the Zeits MOCAA in sequins, Gucci and the best local fashion 86 NEW MOOD the new, bold way to dress up 105 UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL with make-up maestro Porsche Cooper FEATURES 52 EXPERIENCE REQUIRED why female friendships are essential 54 THE SUCCESS-MAKERS celebrating the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award winners 58 THE NEW SEXY spiked heels, latex boots & more 62 CITY STYLE the style-savvy women inspiring us 64 IN DETAIL we meet the detail-makers working for SA s top brands RADAR 28 BIG IN JAPAN Louis Vuitton s Cruise 2018 collection 30 MODEL CITIZENS getting to know cover stars Mieke Visser and Deise Nicolau 32 WEARABLE ART we chat with Couth Founder Yelda Bayrakaktar 34 AGENDA we re talking about 38 VIVA LA MOCAA why we re so smitten 40 FRESH OFF THE PRESS summer beauty trends we love 41 ONE TO WATCH Valerie Obaze on R&R Luxury and style SHOPPING 46 A STRAW IN THE WIND up your fashion game 50 SOLE MATE the espadrilles to have BEAUTY 98 RUNWAY BEAUTY sparkle in the hottest trends from the catwalk HOURS OF BEAUTY actress, businesswoman and student Celeste Khumalo shares her secrets 106 STROKE METHODS embrace standout nail art and glitter 108 HOLISTIC BEING we try alternative treatments for health and skin 110 TO INSTA-YOGA OR NOT? how to ensure safe practice LIFESTYLE 114 DESIGNER CHECK-IN C inside the world s top designer, fashionthemed hotels 118 A TALE OF TWO CITIES the beauty and charm of Belgrade 122 MENU serving summer EATS stylish spots 124 FUTURE ENGINEERING Erin Sawyer s career journey 125 4X4 ROAD TRIP it s time for adventure 126 MERGING YOUR FINANCES what you need to know 127 POWER LIST your career questions answered 128 ELLE RSVP REGULARS 14 CONTENTS 16 PUBLISHER S NOTE 18 EDITOR S NOTE 20 MASTHEAD 24 ELLE online 26 FASHION the column 36 CULTURE CLUB your guide to all things arts & culture 129 ADDRESS BOOK 130 BACK PAGE ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: JACQUES WEYERS AT AGENCY BOOK / STYLING: DIMEJI ALARA / HAIR & MAKE-UP: DENNIE PASION AT ONE LEAGUE / FASHION INTERN: ANYA POTGIETER / TALENT: MIEKE VISSER AT OUTLAWS AND DEISE NICOLAU AT TWENTY, BOTH WEARING GUCCI SOUTH AFRICA UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH MAKE-UP MAESTRO PORSCHE COOPER BIG NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM The local designs you need this season RUNWAY TO REALITY THE NEW, BOLD WAY TO DRESS UP ISSUE START WITH: JUMBO STRIPES, STRAW BAGS & SUMMER HATS PLUS BOLD COLOURS, RICH PRINTS & ASYMMETRICAL CUTS 98 + PHOTOGRAPHY: JACQUES WEYERS AT AGENCY BOOK, TIM HULME, DONALD CHIPUMHA, SUPPLIED 14 ELLE.CO.ZA

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16 NOTE TALK TO ME One of the most enjoyable aspects of spring is transforming our wardrobes for the season what a pleasure to slough off the knits, wraps, boots and snoods of winter and step out in bright, light fabrics, with only sandals and sunnies to add! In this issue we celebrate Fashion Week designs and the myriad of creative possibilities they present for mixing, matching and reinventing our look. We also celebrate the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town (where our main fashion feature and cover were shot) a space where the imagination of some of the most dynamic creatives on our continent arrests viewers and offers astonishing perspectives of anomalies both old and new. The potential of a new visual angle to unlock human attitudes to issues we thought were immutable is endless and the magnificent range of works in the museum is a springboard into those depths. Still on the subject of creativity, Meg Mason s feature on female friendships explores the unique alchemy of women s bonding. It s a force which extends far beyond practical sharing of problems, touching on both the spiritual and the ancient, and able to mould itself to almost any situation, culture, creed or ethnicity. We can instantly We can instantly connect not only with the girlfriends we ve had for years, but with females we ve never seen before: when one woman sees another one in tears, she immediately accesses a reservoir of empathy that transcends all their known or unknown differences connect not only with the girlfriends we ve had for years, but with females we ve never seen before: when one woman sees another one in tears, she immediately accesses a reservoir of empathy that transcends all their known or unknown differences. Women embrace a duality which men seem unable to match: we reflect aspects of each other, sense each other s shifts and rhythms, and can tacitly acknowledge and support each other as powerfully as we do using language. Ours is a sisterhood that has bemused and, indeed, frightened males since antiquity, and it remains one of the main bulwarks in our lives. What could be more creative or invincible than that!? This month, at ELLE, we also say goodbye to one of our sisters, Editor-in-Chief Emilie Gambade. We wish her much success and joy as she starts her new life chapter. Have a great month and enjoy the warmth and renewal of spring! PHOTOGRAPHY: AART VERRIPS AT LAMPOST / STYLIST: ASANDA SIZANI / MAKE-UP: CLARA BANX / HAIR: SAADIQUE RYKLIEF / DRESS AND EARRINGS, DOLCE&GABBANA 16 ELLE.CO.ZA

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18 NOTE TALK TO ME FAREWELLE Way back when I was a young woman, fresh out of school (spoiler alert: I am turning 42 as I write this letter), I dreamt of becoming an actress, a ballerina, a doctor, a postwoman on a yellow bicycle, a magazine editor, a journalist, an Egyptologist and a trader at the New York Stock Exchange. I wanted to become all these things, in no particular order, although not all at the same time. Needless to say, my long-suffering parents were extremely worried (sighing at every turn of my unpredictable mind) and undisturbed ( At least she ll be doing something, anything, they d whisper to each other). I d tick some of my dream job boxes and change my mind along the way (the world is way too exciting), but fast-forward to one sunny day in 1996 and I entered a brand-new world of crazy deadlines, last-minute shoots, long days, business targets and, of course, totally fabulous encounters with people who thanks to their engagement and loyalty, through their comments and questions challenged some of our work, debated with us, and celebrated our vision. Yes, I m talking about you, dear reader. In my work, I also met talented individuals who each day shared with me on digital and print Together we create, we dream, we live through the challenges, we jump on opportunities, and we rise. Together, we are stronger, better, and the world is a lot funnier strong, authentic and meaningful content and produced some of the most daring and magical stories in fashion, beauty and women in society in South Africa. Yes, I m talking about you, dear ELLE team. People weren t specifically on my original list of conditions to qualify for the dream job category, although they should have been. Time and experience have taught me that titles really can t fill one s heart. People? Yes, they can and more often than not, they do. Together we create, we dream, we live through the challenges, we jump on opportunities, and we rise. Together, we are stronger, better, and the world is a lot funnier. And since we spend a large portion of our lives at work, we have a better chance to make the best of it surrounding ourselves with remarkable people rather than wearing a crown, sitting on the throne of an empty, selfcentred castle of one s mind. On 21 November 1945, Russianborn and Paris-raised Hélène Lazareff launched a modern women s magazine that would soon become indispensable in every woman s home in France (and today in 46 editions around the world). She knew the importance of people perfectly: she took great pride in surrounding herself with the best editors, women and men who were not afraid to work hard, express themselves on controversial issues and, above all, create beauty. Together, they built a strong vision and the editorial tone on which ELLE is still thriving today. As I take off the hat (or the beret!) of Editor-in-Chief of ELLE, to go on new adventures, I would like to thank you, dear people, for everything you have given me. You, all of you, are the custodians of this magazine. Let it be that it always gives you what Lazareff fought for: Irony in seriousness, and seriousness in frivolity. PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA 18 ELLE.CO.ZA

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21 FASHION FASHION EDITOR Dimeji Alara FASHION ASSISTANT Sitha Kentane FASHION INTERN Belita Benech BEAUTY BEAUTY EDITOR Lauren Nicoll BEAUTY ASSISTANT Busi Manunga MANAGING EDITOR Tidi Benbenisti PUBLISHER & CEO: NDALO MEDIA Khanyi Dhlomo EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Emilie Gambade FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR Asanda Sizani CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kelly-Anne Knox ART JUNIOR DESIGNER Carla Latsky GROUP PHOTOGRAPHER Themba Mbuyisa DIGITAL ACTING CONTENT PRODUCER Modupe Oloruntoba MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST Lufuno Ramadwa ACTING CONTENT MANAGER Palesa Kgasane EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION COPY EDITOR Thando Ndabezitha PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Farhana Makda CONTRIBUTORS Fiona Davern, Veronica Exter, Jess Cartney- Morley, Ziphora Masethe, Elzanne Roos, Ntombenhle Shezi & Malibongwe Tyilo ADVERTISING SALES, CONTRACT PUBLISHING & EVENTS GROUP SALES & COMMERCIAL MARKETING DIRECTOR Cilla Thompson. GROUP SALES MANAGER Michelle Lawrenson. ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Naazneen Baulackey. SALES & EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Kareesha Naidoo COMMERCIAL CONTENT HEAD OF COMMERCIAL CONTENT Julia Pretorius. COMMERCIAL CONTENT MANAGER Nicola Popplewell. COMMERCIAL CONTENT CO-ORDINATOR Tasneem van der Byl MARKETING & PR STRATEGIC MARKETING MANAGER Onke Dumeko. MARKETING ASSISTANT Makoma Manyama CIRCULATION, DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS OPERATIONS MANAGER André Brink. OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Sindi Khoza. SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES: Call Centre: SMS: ELLE to (each SMS costs R1.50). Online Shop: MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS Khanyi Dhlomo & Lwazi Dhlomo. GROUP BUSINESS DIRECTOR Elaine Chandler. GROUP PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Ingrid Wood EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO Marinda Brink. FINANCIAL MANAGER Cherise Rae FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE (DEBTORS) Lientjie van den Heever WHERE TO FIND US ADDRESS: Bryanston Corner, 1st Floor, Building B, 18 Ealing Crescent (Off Culross Road), Cnr Main Road & Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, 2191 POSTAL ADDRESS: PO Box 2077, Lonehill, TEL: FAX: MAGAZINE WEBSITE: COMPANY WEBSITE: DISTRIBUTION BY RNA, Anthea Clark ( ) PRINTED BY CTP Cape Town Trademark Notice ELLE is used under licence from the trademark owner, Hachette Filipacchi Presse. LAGARDÈRE ACTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO LAGARDÈRE ACTIVE Denis Olivennes. CEO ELLE FRANCE & INTERNATIONAL Constance Benqué CEO ELLE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LICENCES François Coruzz. SVP/INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF ELLE Valéria Bessolo Llopiz. SVP/DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LICENSES, DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT & SYNDICATION Mickael Berret. ELLE INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS Charlotte Deffe, Virginie Dolata. DEPUTY SYNDICATION TEAM MANAGER Thérèse Genevois. SYNDICATION CO-ORDINATOR Sylvie Pelc COPYRIGHTS MANAGER & DIGITAL SYNDICATION Séverine Laporte. INTERNATIONAL AD SALES HOUSE: LAGARDÈRE GLOBAL ADVERTISING CEO Francois Coruzzi. SVP/INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING Stéphanie Delattre. Lagardère Global Advertising POSTAL 124 RUE DANTON, LEVALLOIS-PERRET, FRANCE WORLD S LEADING FASHION MAGAZINE 46 INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS Argentina - Australia - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - China - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - France - Finland - Germany - Greece - Hong Kong - Hungary - India - Indonesia - Italy - Japan - Korea - Mexico - Norway - Oriental - Poland - Portugal - Quebec - Romania - Russia - Serbia - Singapore - Slovenia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - Taiwan - Thailand - The Netherlands - Turkey - Ukraine - UK - US - Vietnam Visit us at ELLESouthAfrica ELLESouthAfrica CTPprinters CAPE TOWN ELLE (ISSN ) October Editorial contributions are welcome and should be sent to The Editor, ELLE, PO Box 2077, Lonehill, All due care will be taken with material submitted, but the magazine and publishers cannot be held responsible for loss or damage. ELLE assumes no responsibility to return unsolicited editorial, graphic or other material. All rights in letters and unsolicited editorial and graphic material will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication and copyright purposes and material will be subject to ELLE s unrestricted right to edit and comment editorially. ELLE is fully protected by copyright and nothing may be reprinted in whole or part without written permission from the publisher. While reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of advice and information given to readers, the editor, publisher and proprietor cannot accept responsibility for any damage or inconvenience that may arise therefrom.

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23 Summer 17 explores the eureka moment where ideas begin to come to light and individuals at work tread between bolts of inspiration, impulsiveness and frustration.

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25 THE ELLE INTERNATIONAL FASHION & LUXURY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Search Fashion & Luxury Management Program on ELLE.co.za to find out more about this executive programme created in collaboration with the MIT Management Executive Education and Complutense University. It s designed to give participants exclusive insight and a global perspective of the fashion and luxury industry. Taking place from November 2017 until May 2018, it can be taken online or as a hybrid programme and onsite with classes in Paris or New York. IT S ZENDAYA S WORLD AND WE RE ALL JUST LIVING IN IT Discover what makes the star so special on ELLE.co.za. ELLE ON BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH We re using the digital sphere as a platform for important conversations about breast cancer, prevention, stigma and what you can do to make sure you re safe..co.za LOUDER (FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK) We turn up the volume on the use of art for activism. INTERNATIONAL FASHION MONTH We go from the runway to the streets with International Fashion Month. Which fashion and beauty trends will set the tone for 2018? Keep up with us online. PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY/ SUPPLIED, CREATIVE STALL ON THENOUNPROJECT.COM/ ZELINDA ZANICHELLI/ INSTAGRAM IT S ALL GUCCI Check out #BehindTheScenes footage of our Night At The Museum editorial at the Zeitz MOCAA and catch a glimpse of what goes into putting together an ELLE shoot.

26 our edit of this season s hottest fashion and beauty trends RADAR PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE CULT FAVOURITE If we had to sum up S/S17, it would be about things we love that never get old. Street style, retro eyewear, the 90s and our love of African talent making waves the world over

27 THE COLUMN RUFF TUNG Lazy DRESSING KLÛK CGDT FABIANI FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR S NOTE By ASANDA SIZANI Come summer, and the mood calls for easy, breezy, fuss-free outfits. My warm weather go-to item is a dress that I can just throw on and be out the door. These are my top three summer dresses from the recent Mercedes-Benz Joburg Fashion Week Spring/Summer collections: THE POOLSIDE DRESS The white twist dress by Ruff Tung is that easy summer piece we can wear poolside over, say, Maaji swimwear. It s an alternative to the traditional cover-up and definitely more modern than a kaftan. THE FEATHERY DRESS The wispy, sheer dress by design duo KLûK CGDT stole my heart. Feathers are my favourite texture of this season. (I have been wearing my fluffy heels from MRP virtually every week day or night because feathers are boudoir-meets-the- 20s, which is one of my favourite fashion decades.) This is a great cocktail dress. I enjoyed the runway styling of a metallic bomber over the shoulder as it dresses it down, making it more playful and fresh. I do love a play on romantic worn with streetwear. Try a sheer dress with the new Simon & Mary bucket hat and a pair of Nike Cortez, an iconic sneaker whose return to the fashion scene is most welcome. THE FLORAL LBD When night falls, a little black (and floral) dress makes for minimal effort, but maximum impact. Fabiani introduced womenswear featuring intricate beadwork and high voltage metallic which launches in stores on 19 October. The collection reflects Fabiani s unmistakably couture flavour, together with a graphic, tailored and feminine aesthetic. This particular dress shape is universally flattering, and, if you re like me, a bold print is always a good idea. How we ve missed summer! Now it s finally time to wind down and strip off the layers. Don t worry too much about the trends spend less time overthinking and overstyling. Have fun with your new season picks. PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA, SDR, SIMON DEINER / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI WEARING DOLCE&GABBANA / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE / MAKE-UP: CAROLINE GREEFF ELLE.CO.ZA 26

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30 PHOTOGRAPHY: HENRIK PURIENNE / STYLING: AUDREY TAILLEE / MODELS: BROOKE PERRY, EMMY RAPPE, ATTY MITCHELL, JOLIE ALIENS, ALISHA NEVAST / TEXT: TIDI BENBENISTI BIG IN JAPAN A LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN INTERPRETED THROUGH STRIKING SILHOUETTES AND INDULGENT TEXTURES IS AT THE HEART OF Take a plush, far-flung location (an hour s drive east from Kyoto), add to it the magnificence that is the Miho Museum, designed by I.M. Pei (Paris Grand Louvre and its Pyramids), coupled with Louis Vuitton s travel DNA and Artistic Director of Women s Collection, Nicolas Ghesquière s design vision, and you have a collection fit for a grand escape. In keeping with previous showcasings set against equally exotic backdrops (Palm Springs and its desert, Rio and an inviting ocean), Ghesquière says that the spectacular architectural design of the space inspired the collection. An ode to Japan and its rich culture (classic and contemporary), there s a nod to Noh theatre costumes, with prints, tailored pieces and patchwork textures that call for a definite rock attitude. All that s missing is your scooter for a journey up or down a road less travelled but worth exploring. After its awe-inspiring runway debut in May, photographer Henrik Purienne captures the spirit of the collection in this ELLE exclusive. ELLE.CO.ZA 29

31 MIEKE VISSER Cape Town-born Mieke Visser talks personal style and modelling 101 Graduate of: Stellenberg High School Favourite model: Adriana STYLE DECODED Neutral, laid-back, monochrome and very comfortable. With my tomboy tendencies, I avoid floral-print dresses. GUILTY PLEASURE A chilled day on the couch with friends actual people, not the series. HOME-TOWN HOTSPOT: Nitida, the wine farm, for sure. BUCKET LIST I d love to explore skydiving. I ve done indoor skydiving, so outdoor can t be that bad, right? It s a big step, I know, but it would be fun. HANDBAG ESSENTIAL A portable charger because I m always checking social media platforms and I m away from home a lot. STAPLE GARMENT Black skinny jeans. PLAN B FUTURE I d be a full-time student. Right now, I m studying part-time Business Management through UCT. FEMINISM MEANS That women should be given more opportunities to rise and be empowered in the workplace. STRENGTH My weaknesses make me strong, because they ve taught me a lot about myself. VULNERABILITIES Being judged. LAST BOOK READ Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. CAREER HIGHLIGHT Landing ELLE South Africa s November 2015 cover. I was young and it was an incredible privilege I will cherish for life. MODELLING PERK The travelling! I wouldn t have been able to travel this much if it weren t for my career. LOVE IS Unconditional. It means being able to look past someone s flaws and loving them for the real person they are. SIGNATURE SCENT Daisy and Eau so Fresh by Marc Jacobs and Shock by Calvin Klein. CAREER MISCONCEPTION Everyone thinks modelling is very glamorous, but this isn t the case all the time. We have early call times, longer hours than most office-based jobs and we work in extreme weather conditions superhot for winter shoots to extremely cold for bikini summer shoots. WORDS TO LIVE BY Beauty comes from inside. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED / TEXT: DIMEJI ALARA 30 ELLE.CO.ZA

32 PHOTOGRAPHY: SILKE BRAND / TEXT: TDIMEJI ALARA PURE DELIGHT Even though I know I shouldn t indulge as much as I do, I think it s safe to say that I am addicted to all things chocolate. SÃO PAULO HOTSPOTS You can always find something to do on Augusta Street, with lots of social spots to visit and have a great time with friends. Vila Madalena stands out for its combination of food markets, lounges, bars and clubs for a great night out. BUCKET LIST I have always dreamt of spending my birthday in another country, so coming to South Africa which was my first international trip has definitely been a bucket-list achievement. Next up is the Big Apple, New York City. HANDBAG MUST-HAVE You can always find hand and body cream in my handbag. Typical, I know, but a girl has to take care of her skin, you know. STAPLE CLOSET PIECE I love all things black! You will always find a black leather jacket in my closet. ON FEMINISM The definition of feminism to me is the freedom to express myself and be myself without fear of any person passing judgment. I DRAW MY STRENGTH FROM The love and support from my family and just as important my faith. LAST BOOK READ English for Models in preparation for my first international trip. Now that I am more comfortable with my English, I am reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. CAREER HIGHLIGHT The first job I ever booked, where I was fortunate enough to grace the cover of ELLE Brazil. It felt like a dream, I couldn t believe it. I was extremely grateful. SIGNATURE SCENT A Brazilian perfume called John John Pink. ON SOUTH AFRICA My agency in Brazil recommended South Africa as a place for me to travel to and when I arrived, I fell in love with it. FOOD ON THE GO Coming to South Africa and discovering Nando s veggie burgers was one of the best things ever. When I m on the go, I always pop in for one or two. Turn to Night at The Museum on page 74 to see Deise Nicolau and Mieke Words to live by: Always have faith and courage. São Paulo-based Deise Nicolau shares about her love of travel and zest for life DEISE NICOLAU ELLE.CO.ZA 31

33 INSIDER ART WEARABLE With Couth, Yelda Bayraktar is creating a bespoke shopping experience that merges the continent s craft and design Far left: Terra dishware collection. Ceramic plates made in collaboration with Vorster & Braye Left: A ceramic wall sculpture made in collaboration with Clementina Van Der Walt By MALIBONGWE TYILO It s been 16 years since Cape Town-based designer Yelda Bayraktar left Istanbul, Turkey. The move was never supposed to be permanent. She visited Kenya, where she was meant to stay for two months, but ended up staying longer, and then moved to Cape Town, where she met her husband, renowned South African designer and artist Porky Hefer. Drawing on her background in interior design, she s spent almost 15 years working on numerous projects within the continent, and sometimes as a bridge between European clients and African artisans. Some of her most celebrated projects include doing the interiors and merchandise-buying for Alara, the Lagos-based concept store designed by internationally acclaimed Ghanaian British architect, David Adjaye, and curating the Vitra Design Museum s Making Africa Exhibition. Couth, her latest project, is a lifestyle brand encompassing apparel, homeware and accessories as inspired by various forms of African creative expression, and in collaboration with various African artisans. When I was consulting for brands, especially European brands, there were always very clichéd ideas about Africa, yet we don t do that with other continents. So when it came to fashion, I decided to embrace my understanding and preference for classic, timeless style, inspired by the African environment I live in, and drawing on the skills and creativity of the people I ve come across. With no previous experience in clothing design and manufacture, Yelda started working on Couth almost two years ago, putting Golden Maasai neck jersey made with 100% South African mohair, hand knitted in South Africa by Sandy & Joan together storyboards as well as seeking out artisans to collaborate with on a range she describes as wearable art. Those Maasai necklaces she adored back when she lived in Kenya inspired the neck and wrist detail of her luxurious knitted jumpers made from South African mohair. Each of the shirts in her collection has a story too. The Unity shirt seems plain at first glance, but upon a closer look there s a large handmade crochet pocket, inspired by masks, made in collaboration with the Cape Town-based Peta Becker Projekt, which has over 25 members originating from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Congo and South Africa. But the wearable art notion isn t limited to creatives currently living on the continent either, as evident in her collaboration with New York-based South African milliner, Albertus Swanepoel. The selection of hats is from his current collection, but going forward we are designing a specific range which will be made locally, she explains. With the first collection finally ready for retail, a good investor, as well as a healthy global network behind her, Couth is spreading its wings beyond the continent to Barneys New York, Excelsior in Milan, Merci and Le Bon Marché in Paris and Matches Fashion in London. This is only the beginning. We re laying the foundation. From here on we re going to collaborate with many more artists, designers and craftspeople to create limited edition of wearable art. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF YELDA BAYRAKTAR FOR COUTH

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35 YSL S MARRAKECH Throughout his career, the late Algerian-French couturier, Yves Saint Laurent, referenced the beauty and culture of Marrakech in his designs. With the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, we get to relive the magic that is Yves Saint Laurent Inside the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech lives the couturier s beautiful legacy. Conserving a part of the collection belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent, here, archival gems have found a new maison, comprising couture, accessories and sketches all conceptualised and realised by Saint Laurent, all brought together as a monument and testament to his aesthetic. It was an immediate bond, when just over 50 years ago Saint Laurent first visited Marrakech with his life and business partner, Pierre Bergé. So enamoured by its beauty and energy, the couple made it their homeaway-from-home with the purchase of the enchanting Jardin Marjorelle, where Saint Laurent spent much of his time when not preparing for a collection s showcasing. But it s no ordinary museum, it boasts a research library, an auditorium, a bookstore, a terrace café and a temporary exhibition space. Designed by architectural firm Studio KO, here fashion and Morocco merge beautifully, all inspired by the couturier s archives. The building itself references both with a curved facade like the folds of fabric, and smooth-like interiors emulating the lining of a signature Saint Laurent jacket. In Morocco, I realised that the range of colours I use was that of the zelliges, zouacs, djellabas and kaftans. The boldness seen since then in my work, I owe to this country, to its forceful harmonies, to its audacious combinations, to the fervour of its creativity. This culture became mine, said Saint Laurent, and on 19 October, it becomes a tangible experience as doors open to the public. But do not expect a retrospective, that is reserved for its sister museum in Paris. - Tidi Benbenisti AGENDA We re talking about this... PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF MUSÉE YVES SAINT LAURENT MARRAKECH NICOLAS MATHÉUS, CHRISTOPHE MARTIN ARCHITECTES, GUY MARINEAU, PIERRE BERGÉ, REGINALD GRAY, DR DIARISE THESE IN OCTOBER 4-7 SOWETO FASHION WEEK Red Theatre at Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg Fashion lovers are invited to the annual Soweto Fashion Week for a showcase of upcoming and already established South African design talent. webtickets.co.za 5-8 ROCKING THE DAISIES Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, Western Cape South Africa s hottest music and lifestyle festival is back for its 12 th edition, with headlining acts including Flume (DJ set), Two Door Cinema Club, Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous, Joey Bada$$, Cassper Nyovest, Snakeships, Riky Rick and more. rockingthedaisies.com 10 OCT-25 NOV SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town Based on the 1998 Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare In Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, and follows a young William Shakespeare as his love for one of his admirers blossoms, inspiring him to write his greatest masterpiece. thefugard.com 13 & 15 LADY ANTEBELLUM YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR 13 at Grand Arena, Grand West Casino, Cape Town 15 at Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg With more than 18-million albums sold worldwide, seventime Grammy-winning Lady Antebellum brings the heat (and love-themed hits) to South Africa for the very first time. online.computicket.com 34 ELLE.CO.ZA

36 WHEN SCHOOLCHILDREN SAY YES The growing number of new HIV infections among the country s school-going youth has pushed government to try to implement the distribution of condoms in primary schools, and subsequently stirred a raging debate over the appropriateness of such a decision PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY, SUPPLIED / CALENDAR COMPILED BY CARLA LATSKY THE POLITICS OF LOOKING GOOD Women are often labelled vain for putting on a well-groomed face. But with a bill for make-up racked up by month three of Emmanuel Marcron s French presidency, we think a little rouge goes a long way He took to Élysée Palace like a young Barack Obama, full of promise and hope (the European edition), his wardrobe distinctly accessible (off-the-rack buys from Jonas et Cie), but grooming seems to be President Emmanuel Macron s weak spot. Reports in the French media have referenced a total sum of billed by make-up artist Natacha M for the 39-year-old president in question. As the headline gained momentum, an Élysée Palace spokesperson called it an emergency and that a more affordable resolution is being implemented, adding that it will be more affordable than money spent by his predecessors, François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. President Hollande is said to have had a hairdresser and make-up artist on his payroll totalling per month; and being married to a former supermodel (Carla Bruni) could have inspired Nicolas Sarkozy to take good care of his face with a said bill of a month. But this is nothing new, according to various reports globally, the Brits paid attention to grooming by racking up monthly bills, too. In the six years at 10 Downing Street, British prime minister, Tony Blair, spent in excess of on cosmetics and make-up artists, while David Cameron s barber, Raffaele Carbosiero, charged 90 per cut and dry. - Tidi Benbenisti In 2012, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, proposed the possible distribution of condoms at primary school level in response to the rise in HIV infections and teen pregnancy among school-going youth. This decision was met with outrage from community leaders and concerned parents, who believe that the distribution of condoms in primary schools would only encourage children to be more sexually active, and welcomed by others as the roll-out of condoms in schools would provide a means to protect those school children who are already sexually active. These discussions among community leaders, the Department of Basic Education, parents and child activists have since led to a delay in the roll-out of condoms in schools. However, this year the Department of Basic Education has stated that it will distribute male and female condoms and provide information on how to use them in accordance with the new national policy on HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. A United Nations study revealed earlier this year the views of some of the schoolchildren who d be affected by the new national policy. The research revealed that the majority of learners were against the idea of condoms being provided at schools as they felt that this would harm academic performance while increasing the likelihood of children having sex. However, those learners who were proponents of the distribution of condoms felt that the condoms were necessary for other learners, but not for themselves. So who should get to make the decision: the parents or the scholars? - Busi Manunga UNTIL 21 SPLASH! THE WATER CIRCUS Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, Durban A circus with a twist, celebrating the talents and capabilities of the human body, SPLASH! The Water Circus encompasses traditional acts performed in or above a 12m diameter pool, accompanied by a dazzling lighting and laser show. online.computicket.com 28 CELL C PLAYING FOR PINK LADIES INVITATIONAL POLO 2017 Inanda Polo Club, Sandton, Johannesburg Glamour and goodwill come together on the Inanda Polo Club grounds for the third time as a toast to breast cancer patients and survivors. ticketpros.co.za ELLE.CO.ZA 35

37 CULTURE CLUB CULTURE CLUB CULTURE CLUB CULTURE CLUB CULTURE CLUB CULTURE ON THE BIG SCREEN By CARLA LATSKY, SITHA KENTANE & DIMEJI ALARA ON THE SMALL SCREEN PUBLIC ENEMIES: JAY Z VS KANYE This documentary chronicles the much-publicised fall-out between hip-hop s mega-personalities, Jay Z and Kanye West. Once best friends, the artists relationship became turbulent, and Public Enemies examines everything from Jay and Ye s childhoods to their competing ideologies, as well as their incredible successes. The documentary features exclusive interviews, home footage and other previously unreleased material. Does it answer the pertinent questions about who is driving the rivalry and why? Watch, and serve as judge and jury. KINGSMAN: GOLDEN CIRCLE 29 SEPTEMBER The independent, international intelligence agency introduced to the world in Kingsman: The Secret Service faces new challenges in this second chapter. When the agency s headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, our secret agent heroes (Taron Egerton and Colin Firth) join forces with a newly discovered, allied spy organisation to defeat the enemy. BLADE RUNNER OCTOBER Thirty years after the events of the first film, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner, uncovers a long-buried secret that holds the potential to throw society into disarray. The officer s discovery is followed by his pursuit of former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years. THE WHALE CALLER 13 OCTOBER Based on the widely acclaimed eponymous novel by South African author Zakes Mda, The Whale Caller tells the vibrant tale of a love triangle between the Hermanus whale caller, his much-loved whale Sharisha and Saluni, the village drunk who teaches him to open his heart to people again. Poignant and complex, it s a must-see. THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US 20 OCTOBER Stranded in a snowy wilderness after a plane crash, a surgeon (Idris Elba) and a woman recently engaged to someone else (Kate Winslet) must work together to endure extreme elements. Realising that there is no help on the way, they embark on a terrifying journey across the landscape, pushing each other to survive. 36 ELLE.CO.ZA

38 CULTURE BACKSTAGE WITH AAMITO LAGUM Walking the Fabiani show for its inaugural women s line, and lensing a Spree campaign, Ugandan-born Aamito Lagum makes her South African visit truly special. Backstage, the supermodel shares about life, beauty and a certain biker jacket (style note: don t go anywhere without it) 1:54 ART FAIR LONDON 5-8 October Somerset House, South Wing Strand, London, United Kingdom With biannual editions in London and New York, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. This fifth edition promises an exciting line-up of contemporary creative talent. ON THE ART SCENE BUSINESS OF DESIGN Cape Town Conference: October Red & Yellow, Salt River Joburg Conference: October Vega School, Randburg Don t miss this dynamic conference hosted by leading South African design professionals and business experts, aiding artisans, designers, manufacturers and small to medium enterprises to significantly expand their markets by offering guidance, practical tools and heaps of inspiration. Being chosen to debut in Fabiani Women was such an honour. I ve always been amazed by their men s luxury pieces. Also, knowing that Warrick Gautier was designing got me so excited. PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES / GALLO IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY, SUPPLIED COURTESY OF TERHYS PERSAD My favourite style item is my biker jacket, which was a gift from a friend. She hand-painted it. I keep fit by working out and drinking lots of water. I try to gym at least six times a week. My favourite destinations are Mexico (really amazing), Madagascar (mindblowing), definitely Cape Town and, of course, my home, Uganda. My advice to aspiring models is to be yourself and trust your instincts. What your mind can perceive, you can achieve. Backstage moments are addictive. Nothing feels more authentically fashion week than seeing it all come together backstage. We re addicted to the buzz, the up-close look at the collections before they hit the runway, and manoeuvring through a sea of impossibly tall models, camera flashes, make-up palettes and this time bumping into former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. LAGOS FASHION & DESIGN WEEK IS BACK The official dates for this year s Lagos Fashion & Design Week are in: October. On these dates, Lagos is expected to host one of the biggest events on the Nigerian fashion calendar, bringing together creatives with a passion for all things style. Regulars like Maki Oh, Lisa Folawiyo and Lanre DaSilva Ajayi are on the bill. ELLE.CO.ZA 37

39 A bird s eye view of the V&A Waterfront, harbour and the Silo District in Cape Town Viva la MOCAA AN ARTS, CULTURE AND FASHION FEAST, THE RECENTLY OPENED ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA (ZEITZ MOCAA) SERVES AS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR OUR FASHION-THEMED ISSUE COVER SHOOT. WHY ARE WE SO SMITTEN? READ ON By PALESA KGASANE ABOUT ZEITZ MOCAA Zeitz MOCAA is the first non-profit cultural institution in the world to permanently exhibit curatorial artworks from Africa and the Diaspora and, by the looks of it, a platform that will encourage creative diversity and spark ongoing conversation. Established in 2013 through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochan Zeitz with Mark Coetzee enlisted as the Executive Director and Chief Curator, the mammoth venture is set to change the perception people have of art. HISTORY With over 100 galleries dedicated to 21 st -century exhibitions, the structure that is the Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District, has a significant place in South Africa s history. Built in 1921, the Silos were used to store grain during the Apartheid era and were the tallest feature in Sub-Saharan Africa at the time. The grain silos were a big part of South Africa s economic growth and international trade. THE BUILDING Building the museum was a painstakingly intricate project which involved taking an actual grain of corn and digitally scanning it. That corn would be cut out layer by layer to form the shape of the inside shell of the building and let light into the centre of the museum. A genius idea that would take six million hours to complete. Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the job of transforming the 116 tubes of the Silo, which were unused since It was about integrating the new structure with the old one making the inside as compelling as the outside, says Heatherwick, who was ELLE.CO.ZA 38

40 PHOTOGRAPHY: IWAN BAAN insistent on keeping the concrete the way it is, to retain its soulfulness. On the inside, the walls are cemented and grain compartments can be seen hanging over the ceiling original features from the grain Silo. We also wanted to make the building as open as possible so you could see Robben Island for it to act as a lantern for the city. The museum houses a bookshop, technical training areas, research labs, a restaurant, and reading rooms, and the Sculpture Garden on the sixth floor gives a rooftop view of the city. From a structural point of view, it was important to be an institution that is not static and encourage different ways of engaging with the public THE GALLERIES The gallery spaces were envisaged as places of creation and conversation, to allow people from all walks of life to experience art like never before. From a structural point of view, it was important to be an institution that is not static and encourage different ways of engaging with the public, explains Coetzee. In a continent where people don t often get to be part of the narrative, the aim is for the museum to facilitate the process of shifting this. MOCAA s commitment to diversity has ensured that the 35 curators and assistant curators are all from different backgrounds. The team is led by Curator-at-Large, Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists Foundation (AAF). The galleries are open, cubed spaces of different sizes and neutral in design, in order for the artworks to speak for themselves. Featured on the list of talented artists is a mixture of wellestablished and emerging names, as well as group exhibitors, including Zanele Muholi, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kyle Morland, William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Mohau Modisakeng, Liza Lou, iqhiya and Exterior view of the MOCAA with the 3D glass windows of the luxurious Silo hotel. The structure was designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio Inside view from the main entrance of the MOCAA. The architecture resembles the cut-out structure of the corn grain and this hollow design illuminates the central part of the museum The front view of the MOCAA in the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront more. This is meaningful because of the fact that it s located in Africa, and for me that means people at home will get to see my work, says featured artist Mntambo, whose work in sculpting, video and photography has garnered her international acclaim. The Zeitz MOCAA is now faced with the challenge of being inclusive and accessible to all. I used to walk to museums in East London, if you can get there, you can see it for yourself and it s a whole other universe, says Athi-Patra Ruga, speaking on his encounters with art in his formative years. It is important to recognise and build more institutions which seek to uplift both the artists and the community. We all deserve to experience the joy of seeing something beautiful that resonates with us beyond the surface. As for the future? The Costume Institute will be open to showcase designs from all over Africa. The MOCAA is establishing itself as being first to have a museum solely dedicated to fashion on the continent. Other centres include the Centres for Photography, for Curatorial Excellence, for the Moving Image, for Performative Practice and for Art Education. Operating hours since 27 September: Wednesday-Monday: 10am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays Late Night Fridays to be announced (open until 10pm) Access for all: Free admission to all under-18s. Free admission from 10am until 1pm every Wednesday, for all residents of African countries. Half-price admission for all on Late Night Fridays. Turn to page 74 to see how the art-filled space serves as the perfect setting for our Night at the Museum fashion editorial, styled by Fashion Editor Dimeji Alara and photographed by Jacques Weyers. ELLE.CO.ZA 39

41 NEWS FRESH OFF THE PRESS We are loving this summer s hair and make-up trends GLITTER METAL LIPS A little glitter (or a lot) is just what this season calls for. Metal shades and glitter metallic finishes sparkled down the runway at Fendi and Maison Margiela, and we want it all. But smudging is always a risk. Invest in a precision lip liner that helps secure the liquid neatly onto your lips and you re good to glow. FENDI MAC Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame, R270 VICTORIA BECKHAM SLEEK AND STRAIGHT Schoolgirl styles with precise middle paths and hair so straight it could poke you? Yes, we re talking a 90s throwback that rocked the S/S17 runway at Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang. Key to achieving the look are targeted haircare products and tools for that sleek finish. A detangling spray enables a thorough combing of wet hair. Next, perfect your middle path. Apply a good heat protectant to damp hair, then blow-dry for a smooth, dry finish. The grand finale? A quality hair iron applied from root to tip for a smooth finish and zero fly-aways. Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Detangling Shower Hair Brush, R290 INOAR Argan Oil Thermoliss Anti-Frizz Heat Protector, R390 Ltd Edition Nocturne Collection ghd V gold styler gift set, with a heat-resistant bag (available while stocks last), R2 499 EYE CONVERSION The focus on eyes has us feeling intrigued. We re talking two beautiful extremes: a minimalist finish (ultra-fresh-looking eyes) as seen at Stella McCartney and Givenchy, and contrasting colour looks for Jill Stuart and Max Mara. Want to give it a go? First prize is picking a palette that offers metallic and matte shades that you can mix and match for a bespoke look. We love the variety that Elizabeth Arden Eyes Wide Open Eye Shadow Trio offers. Each single slide trio, R385, slips into a customisable little black compact that s sold separately. (The palette with two trio slides costs R770.) Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal Lip Gel in Iced Out, R330 NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Bella, R150 JILL STUART PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY / BEAUTY EDITOR: LAUREN NICOLL 40 ELLE.CO.ZA

42 PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF VALERIE OBAZE VALERIE OBAZE Valerie Obaze s R&R Luxury is created to provide an authentically natural skincare experience By DIMEJI ALARA Valerie Obaze s earliest recollection of skincare is of her mom mixing different beauty products together to get the results she wanted, then adding her favourite essential oils to enhance the scent. Having moved to Lagos from London a year before giving birth to her first daughter, Obaze was inspired to use the best natural ingredients Africa has to offer for the skincare needs of her family, and thus the concept of R&R Luxury was born. When my friends told me about these super-expensive creams they used, my first thought would always be: Would I be able to afford a new one when it s finished? The answer was no. I figured, since there were other options on the market that could get the job done, why pay more? This reasoning has been one of the core elements of our brand. We want to offer our customers products that ONE TO WATCH The items you never leave home without? 1. My phones, yes plural, I currently have three (hides face). 2. My debit card (don t trust myself with credit cards). 3. My travel-size R&R Shea Oil for when I m on the move and can t afford to look ashy. 4. My R&R Lip Butter. 5. My Day Designer (a planner created for female entrepreneurs who need to live organised lives). are very effective, beautiful and affordable, she says. What were the biggest challenges you faced in the early days of R&R Luxury? Coming from a PR background, I knew more about branding and marketing than I did about manufacturing, so I had to learn everything relating to it from scratch. I enrolled in online and offline courses and was proactive in seeking mentorship, which helped me to set off on the right foot. Where do you source your natural products from? Directly from producers across Nigeria and Ghana. How has your brand evolved? Over the past seven years since we registered the business, our brand DNA has remained more or less the same. The evolution has been from starting off in theory as a wholesale-and-export product and becoming a retail brand with our own physical and online stores serving an amazing Nigerian clientele. We are now expanding to serve the UK, USA and South African markets and have been honoured to receive and be nominated for several awards. We are also moving the brand into new areas by creating lifestyle products that complement our existing line. What are some of your beauty secrets? I wish I had a sophisticated routine that I could rave about, but I don t. I cleanse and moisturise daily, exfoliate once or twice a week, use a mask when I remember, and remove my make-up at night with face wipes that sit on my bedside cabinet. What s your style aesthetic? Classic, chic, wannabe Parisian (but can t be because, despite my efforts, I m not built like one), so my proudly African body sticks to neutral colours, clean lines and beautiful footwear. ELLE.CO.ZA 41

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44 p45. out of line p47. seaside stripes p50. sole mate SHOPPING PJ PHOTOGRAPHY: AART VERRIPS AT LAMPOST / PHOTOGRAPHER S ASSISTANT: SIMZ MKHWANAZI / HAIR: MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE USING EVO / MAKE-UP: CAROLINE GREEFF / MODEL: CHANTE AT FANJAM / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE / FASHION INTERN: NEO MAPHAKISA PLAY A garden-print pyjama suit whispers effortless cool as you relax into summer Blouse, R629, and pants, R799, both H&M ELLE.CO.ZA

45 PIGMENT PLAY Break the rules with vivid splashes of colour. Dynamite lies in the fearless, so go on and step out in co-ordinated technicolour 44 ELLE.CO.ZA STYLIST TIP: Pair different colours in the same tonal range to achieve a truly daring look. TOP, R849, CALVIN KLEIN; RUFFLED DRESS WORN AS TOP, R799, AND PANTS, R799, BOTH H&M; BRACELET, R200, COLETTE HAYMAN; BAG R26 800, LOUIS VUITTON CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BAG, R52 000, DOLCE&GABBANA EARRINGS, R169, ZARA WATCH, POR, HERMÈS AT WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND SHOES, R3 495, STUART WEITZMAN AT SPITZ PANTS, R799, H&M TOP, R529, H&M PHOTOGRAPHY: AART LAMPOST, SUPPLIED / PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT: SIMZ MKHWANAZI / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE, HAIR: MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE / MAKE-UP: CAROLINE GREEFF / MODEL: CHANTE AT FANJAM

46 PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREW WEPENER AT THE PIXEL LOUNGE, GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION EDITOR: DIMEJI ALARA JASON WU S/S 17 OUT OF LINE Play around with asymmetrical angles for a relaxed summer look CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: TOP, R100, MRP TOP, R1 399, WITCHERY DRESS, R100, MRP TOP, R529, H&M SKIRT, R799, TOPSHOP SKIRT, R1 299, WITCHERY DRESS, R479, ZARA ELLE.CO.ZA 45

47 HAT, R650, SIMON & MARY ETRO S/S17 UP YOUR STRAW GAME A straw bag can be roomy enough to accommodate all poolside essentials: a beach towel, sun lotion, hat, this magazine, and a bottle of make-up refresher to spritz and refresh your skin. Lalesso is one of our go-to local brands for breezy summer dressing. A maxi dress is a summer staple, and a whip-stitched satchel is a great addition to your selection of easy summer bags Asanda Sizani, Fashion & Beauty Director A STRAW IN THE WIND Straw is back and a hot trend for this season for its retro allure. What s great about straw hats and bags is that they are versatile enough to be worn from the seaside to the city. A basket bag conjures up thoughts of beach holidays and outdoor summer brunches, making it a serious contender for most essential bag of the season. I have witnessed the making of straw accessories. It s a delicate craft that requires precision and know-how to master ancient weaving techniques. The humble basket bag is a rather rustic accessory. It might seem intrinsically non-luxurious, but I assure you that it can be elegant. My favourites feature leather detailing, appliqué, tassels, charms or coloured trimming. Vintage straw bags always look good. Paired with a boho dress, straw accessories evoke an elegant, 70s vibe. VANESSA SEWARD S/S17 CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: HAT, R549, MIMCO DRESS, R4 799, LALESSO FLATS, R1 499, MIMCO BAG, R1 099, SEAFOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY: DONALD CHIPUMHA / GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES /I STOCKPHOTO / ALAMY / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE 46 ELLE.CO.ZA

48 PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO/ALAMY, SUPPLIED / FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE SEASIDE STRIPES Step into summer with nothing less than the best threaded bars. Stripes, once again, are coming back this season, so add linear love to your newseason must-have list CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JACKET, R9 245, CASLAZUR BLOUSE, R529, H&M SKIRT, R529, ZARA STRIPED BAG, R559, ZARA HANDBAG, R56 400, GUCCI BROOCH, R2 600, WAIF SHOES, R21 200, MANOLO BLAHNIK AT LUMINANCE DRESS, R200, MRP SKIRT, R6 600, CASLAZUR ESPADRILLES, R800, ESPADRIL HENRIK VIBSKOV FRAZER HARRISON ELLE.CO.ZA 47

49 ON THE MARCH Don t give khaki, olive and camo marching orders. Revisit utility wear with an update of summer slides and other accessories STYLIST TIP: Graffiti accessories and round frames are an update to the aviator. JACKET, R1 499, AND SKIRT, R699, BOTH FOREVER NEW; BELT, R1 599, TIGER OF SWEDEN; SLIDES, R599, STEVE MADDEN; BAG, R27 490, BURBERRY; CHOKER, R115, COLETTE HAYMAN; SUNGLASSES, R149, ALDO CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: SUNGLASSES, R5 890, DOLCE&GABBANA AT LUXOTTICA SHORTS, R649, COUNTRY ROAD TOTE BAG, R669,50, COLETTE HAYMAN SLIDES, R300, FOOTWORKS WATCH, R38 935, RAYMOND WEIL JACKET, R1 599, WITCHERY PHOTOGRAPHY: AART VERRIPS AT LAMPOST / PHOTOGRAPHER S ASSISTANT: SIMZ MKHWANAZI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE / FASHION INTERN: NEO MAPHAKISA /HAIR: MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE USING EVO / MAKE-UP: CAROLINE GREEFF / MODEL: CHANTE AT FANJAM 48 ELLE.CO.ZA

50 UNDER COVER Amp up your head game with go-anywhere caps, textured visors and the it bucket hat of the season SATIN, R149, H&M BROWN TOP, R1 050, DIANE PARIS; RUFFLE TOP, R529, AND PANTS, R629, BOTH H&M; CAP, R180, WOOLWORTHS; SHOES, R399, JEEP PHOTOGRAPHY: AART VERRIPS AT LAMPOST / PHOTOGRAPHER S ASSISTANT: SIMZ MKHWANAZI /FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR: ASANDA SIZANI / FASHION ASSISTANT: SITHA KENTANE / FASHION INTERN: NEO MAPHAKISA / HAIR: MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE USING EVO / MAKE-UP: CAROLINE GREEFF / MODEL: CHANTE AT FANJAM RAFFIA, R849, SEAFOLLY COTTON, R600, SIMON & MARY STRAW, R349, MIMCO ELLE.CO.ZA 49

51 THE NEW BLUE ESPADRIL, R800, ESPADRIL SOLE MATE A touch of turquoise, tied-up laces and a woven sole, the espradille is a summer perennial PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDRE WEPENER AT THE PIXEL LOUNGE / FASHION EDITOR: DIMEJI ALARA ELLE.CO.ZA 00

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53 EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR MENTAL WELLBEING, OUR DECISION-MAKING CAPABILITIES AND OUR BASIC NEED FOR CONNECTION By MEG MASON She had a way of clasping her hands below her chin when she spoke that made you lean in, as though she was sharing a confidence and not speaking to an audience of 200. She had a rich AM-radio sort of voice that could have been introducing the Polish Philharmonic somethingor-other on your mother s kitchen radio. Her face was the kind that smiled in repose and, within minutes of seeing her for the first time, I decided we would probably have to be friends. It was that flicker of recognition that says: Here she is. Here s one of yours. Sidle up to her after this lecture, be sweet and don t leave without her number. And it seems I m not the only one to have experienced what researchers have dubbed friendship chemistry. In fact, this instant connection between two people is most common among females, according to a study in The Social Science Journal. It s about instinct, and ELLE.CO.ZA 52

54 PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY/ YOU BE MOTHER BY MEG MASON IS PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS because we women are programmed to trust our emotions, that friendship at first sight feeling motivates us to pursue the relationship. With any luck, it marks the start of a conversation that will continue in instalments for the next 30 years, fuelled by mutual interests, shared loathings, life events that become increasingly interwoven, and quantities of gin. It certainly didn t steer me wrong. Ten years later, here we are. I was right. She s a journalist too, radio to my print. A reader and writer; short stories her, novels me. No matter how many lunches, walks or Saturday afternoons of not much that we fit in, we can never get through our list of talking points (there s an iphone note of open threads), and the sensation of seeing her is the same as sinking into a sofa that still bears an impression of the last time I was there. So it doesn t really matter that she s 25 years older maybe more. I never asked. But much closer in any age to my own mother than to me. The odd thing about these deep and personal connections of women, wrote Gloria Steinem, is that they often ignore barriers of age, economics, worldly experience, race, culture all the barriers that, in male or mixed society, had seemed so difficult to cross. That was in the 70s, and thank goodness nothing much has changed because there are so many benefits to these friendships that I suggest we all scout a woman from the generation of love. It s not that I don t adore friends my own age, but, collectively, I think it s fair to say that none of us know the literal fuck what we re doing. We re tired, we have no time, the kids are relentless. But an older woman has done it all and survived. She remembers the madness of being a working mom, trying to fit a full working day into school hours, as though it were yesterday. For me, it was yesterday, so I can t hear enough about how she made it work. All the times she didn t, I find immensely comforting. If it turned out for her, it will for me, too, she says. That sort of reassurance, the kind with experience behind it, is something most of us could do with on a daily basis, which makes me wonder why intergenerational friendships aren t more common. More than once I ve arrived at her house and burst into floods as she ushered me in, sat in the opposite chair and opened with an alright then, let s have it. Wine appears at some point, and if there s material benefit in a friendship like this, it s that over-60s can afford the type of Pinot that doesn t burn on the way down and leave you with that twitchy left eye my under-40 friends know as the Cleanskins Palsy. But even more valuable: she has time. It s not that her days are in need of filling. It s just that, for however long But even more valuable: she has time. It s not that her days are in need of filling. It s just that, for however long we ve got, her attention is all mine. No stealthy phone checking, no sprinting off to the next thing we ve got, her attention is all mine. No stealthy phone checking, no sprinting off to the next thing. If I have a decision to make, she ll workshop the 400 pros and cons I ve come up with, showing what one writer called high tolerance, another marker of authentic friendship that now has me loath to make certain decisions without her input. For some time, we ve known that friendships improve mental wellbeing the feel-good hormone oxytocin is released when friends connect with each other emotionally but a link has now been established between the sort of tribal feeling we get from time spent with women and increased resilience. How funny that the sage Jane Fonda knew as much: It s my women friends that keep starch in my spine and, without them, I don t know where I would be. I often wonder how I help my friend, since I ve got no advice to give in return, I do sometimes stealthily check my phone and I m two decades behind in the accumulation of anecdotes. But when she talks about her peers and their interests primarily bung knees and arthritis I can see mine are more diverse or, at least, less medically focused. I definitely know better restaurants. At one recent dinner, as the waitress led me to our table she said: Your mother is just over there. I blushed, as though I d been caught in a lie. I hadn t said as much, but also, I didn t correct her. Do I wish she was my mother? She has daughters close to my age and I wonder if they ve ever felt baffled by the relationship, or jealous of the time their mom spends with me. I ve given it a lot of thought, fearing the invisible line and overstepping it. I don t think I view her as a proxy I m happy with the mother I have. She lives overseas and I m used to not having her around, but back in the era of screaming newborns and no-one to hold them but me, I couldn t look at a woman with her baby and her mother, because my longing to have what she had was so overwhelming. I hadn t met my older friend yet, but I wonder now about how much easier those years would have been with her in them. Friendships between women are everything the moments of connection, the sacrificial things women do for each other, the gap they fill that romantic partners can t, no matter how much we love them. Women know how to be friends, the novelist Alice Adams said. That s what saves our lives. But I like Keira Knightley s version better. Female friendships are fucking extraordinary. To have another woman on your side, older or younger, experienced or on the same everyday hustle as you, is to be extraordinarily lucky. ELLE.CO.ZA 53

55 LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU The success makers #Follow WITH THE ENCHANTING HOTEL DU MARC, VEUVE CLICQUOT S PRIVATE HOTEL IN REIMS, AS BACKGROUND, LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU JOINS AN ESTEEMED GROUP OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS SHAPING THE WAY FORWARD By EMILIE GAMBADE Pulling into the taxi that drives us to Reims, the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower drifting away in the background, I can easily see why Linda Mabhena-Olagunju won the 2016 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award: she is a fearless entrepreneur who dropped a successful career as a lawyer to jump into the field of renewable energies. At only 33, she is the Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources; she travels throughout the continent, and as we drive toward the soft valleys of the Champagne region, she tells me about her work. We are about to commission our 244MW wind farm in De Aar and working on other deals in Nigeria and Botswana. That she is also seven months pregnant, soon to be the mother of two, travelled the 11-hour way to France and walked the many streets of Paris to explore the city s monuments with me is just another sequin stitched to her sparkling superwoman s cape: she is unbelievable. But what stands out the most and I will soon discover that these are traits all the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards winners seem to share is her humility, her grounding and a je-ne-sais-quoi that says, I am who I am because I worked hard, cared a lot and believed as much in myself as in others. Add to the mix a strong vision, an iron-proofed determination and the ability to take considered risks and you have the perfect recipe for the next ELLE Boss crowned queen. Linda s conversation jumps effortlessly from politics and civil society to fashion; she believes in enabling environments for companies to conduct business on the continent and quotes her ability to see talent in people as one of her greatest strengths; her passion for an industry not usually female-centric and her understanding that she is a game changer and future shaper is what drives her to innovate: she runs her company, dedicated a section of her business to events and made sure that she empowered other black women to be as independent and successful as she is. At home, she equally shares parenthood responsibilities with her husband and hopes to teach her daughter one thing: to live a fulfilling life. ELLE.CO.ZA 54

56 Back in Reims, we are joined by 10 other women from around the world who all won the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award; created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the award serves to champion the success of business women worldwide who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: Her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin was the daughter of a prosperous textile industrialist and in 1798 married François Clicquot, whose father also owned a textile business; although the union was primarily meant to bring the two competitive industries together, the young couple decided to rather take over the small wine business owned by the Clicquot family. They had a grand vision but six years into the marriage, François fell ill and Barbe-Nicole found herself a widow at the young age of 27. Yet, and in spite of what was common practice at the time, she decided to keep running the business and not only expanded the production but revolutionised the wine-making processes, developing a brand that would soon be recognised GLOBAL RECIPIENTS AT HOTEL DU MARC SARAH WOOD, ELSKE DOETS, ANDREA SCOTT, MILA LITVINJENKO AND JANET LEPAGE The more information we share amongst ourselves as women, the greater the opportunity for collaboration and the bigger the opportunities for business LINDA CELEBRATING WITH A BOTTLE OF VEUVE CLICQUOT GRANDE DAME LINDA AND EMILIE IN PARIS LINDA CHRISTENING HER VINE as a household name for Champagne around the globe. As we gather in the sumptuous garden of the Hotel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot s private hotel in Reims, for a group picture of the recipients of the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards, Beyoncé s lyrics suddenly come to my mind: My persuasion can build a nation/ Endless power, with our love we can devour/ You ll do anything for me/ Who run the world? Girls! Girls! From tech to beauty all the way to travel, these women, clearly as comfortable perched on a yellow bicycle as they would be on stage or leading business negotiations, seriously run (parts of) the world. Take Mila Litvinjenko, for example: the Belgrade-born owner of AURA Cosmetics Company is fluent in four languages, which enables her to lead successful business deals around the globe; she has built a cosmetic empire that has now over 100 employees, sells 700 different products to more than retail shops in Serbia (where she is still based) and to neighbouring countries. There is also Johanna Smaros from Sweden, the co-founder of Relex Solutions, a ELLE.CO.ZA 55

57 THE EIFFEL TOWER SERVES AS THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR EMILIE AND LINDA S PARIS PIC ALICE ZAGURY AND JANET LEPAGE LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU AND ELLE S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, EMILIE GAMBADE software company rapidly growing and servicing more than 200 customers around the world; as we relax, sipping a glass of Grande Dame, she casually tells us about reading for pleasure in several languages (including Finnish, Swedish and English), and practising kickboxing regularly she stopped competing only recently (because, yes, she can). There is also Sarah Wood, the CEO of a video ad tech company so appropriately called Unruly and whose claim to fame is being behind a silent pillow fight in the streets of London that went viral on social media. And these are only a few of the 11 incredible, inspiring, powerful, caring and brave women who are gathering in Reims today. When the time arrives to say goodbye (but not before a descent into Veuve Clicquot s immense chalk cellar to learn more about the creation of Champagne), everyone leaves with their souls fed and the pockets filled with business cards. Women definitely rule the world, one sparkling gold bubble at a time. LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU S TRAVEL DIARY Travelling to Paris was giving second chances to a city I had formulated an opinion on; Paris is one of those places that changes every time you see it, even if you have been there before, there is always a new side to discover to the city. The thing I enjoyed the most at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards in Reims was meeting new women from across the globe doing My inspiration is my continent because I see how great we could be if only we could get out of our own way interesting things in sectors outside of mine. It was inspirational to learn about how these women had grown their businesses from the ground up. I also loved the attention to detail provided by Veuve Clicquot; from the personalised bottles of Grande Dame with our names engraved on it to the garden party where we christened our vines, the team really made us feel special. The thing that inspired me most was all the winners because it takes a lot to build a company and run a family at the same time and the fact that these women were able to do both is inspiring. What I took from the event was that having a global focus is key for the scalability of my business; often in energy projects, we can get so bogged down with getting the work done and operating from a regional perspective that we don t dedicate enough time and resources for research and development, as well as for putting together a global strategy. We are often reactive to the market rather than proactively looking for external opportunity. My best memory from the trip was christening my vine at the Veuve Clicquot estate and exploring Paris with Emilie. I would go back in a flash to stay in the amazing hotel, drink Champagne and appreciate the culinary experience. My role models are women who are in constant pursuit of their happiness. It sounds strange but there is nothing more inspiring than seeing another woman achieve her dreams and live ELLE.CO.ZA 56

58 PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF VEUVE CLICQUOT her best life. Initially, when I was younger, this was reflected by external success, but as I get older I see that true success lies in being authentically happy; very few people achieve this, especially through work. My inspiration is my continent because I see how great we could be if only we could get out of our own way. Whether it be through greater regional integration more Pan-African trade and less Afrophobia and tribalism. The one thing I m struggling with is balance. I feel work has taken over my life in too many ways and I am working on getting back to balance; oddly, this trip to France reminded me how important it is to be present and to play. I used my experience in law to negotiate the best terms for DLO, my company. My proudest moment was from a personal perspective, becoming a mother, and from a business perspective, building our company to the point where we are attracting the right attention. I ve overcome adversity by remembering the doors I am opening for others and remembering that more difficult doors have been opened for me. I try to help others through providing information via our conferences and events, especially the Women in Energy breakfast and the DLO African Women in Power summit. The more information we share amongst ourselves as women, the greater the opportunity for collaboration and the bigger the opportunities for business. I pride myself on excellence: it is crucial to me that the quality of the work I do is of a high calibre. My advice to young entrepreneurs is that attention to detail is crucial; success is a process and hard work is the price we have to pay; there are no short cuts or overnight successes. Be brave enough to take a risk on yourself. To keep happy and healthy, I read, dance, travel, laugh and love. I m happy to be a woman because we get to play with hair and make-up! But we also get to tackle serious business. I have learnt to embrace the power that lies in being a woman: we are built to endure, survive and overcome challenges with grace. THE 2016 VEUVE CLICQUOT ELLE BOSS AWARD WINNER, LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU THE VEUVE CLICQUOT CELLAR THE HOTEL DU MARC JOHANNA SMAROS FROM RELEX SOLUTIONS THE HOTEL DU MARC ELLE.CO.ZA 57

59 THE NEW sexy This season is turned on by the Eighties shameless celebration of sexiness, so have a fling with spike heels, latex boots, mini-skirts and glittery nipple pasties. From Saint Laurent to Balenciaga, everyone s putting out as we unzip today s most glamorous iterations of the decade By JESS CARTNER-MORLEY SAINT LAURENT DESIGNED BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO The night when sex came back into fashion began with an invitation in a black leather envelope to a catwalk show in a former monastery. It was a sultry evening in Paris, and the sun was setting behind the iconic YSL initials, picked out in neon, as the new designer at the storied house of Yves Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello, unveiled his debut. The collection was Robert Palmer s Addicted to Love video meets a young Kardashian on a date night, spiked with a twist of Helmut Newton. Long legs in high heels, oversized earrings grazing bare, oiled shoulders, boned velvet corsets and sheer black lace. And then just in case the message wasn t getting across Binx Walton strode the catwalk, resplendent in a black leather mini-dress, cut away to reveal a single glittery, silver nipple pasty. It may have been the moment sex appeal made its official Paris Fashion Week comeback, but the signs had been there a while. Two weeks earlier, in New York, Jeremy Scott s show was a love letter to sleazy Eighties

60 Manhattan nightlife, all latex trench coats and jerseys printed: Rated X. There were bikini-clad pin-ups on the shirts at Alexander Wang, and Hustler logo polo shirts at Hood by Air. And in Paris, the scent of sex stayed in the air all week, from the catwalk corsets at Olivier Theyskens to the latex condom cape at Balenciaga. Hold up. What s going on here? After all, we re talking about the same Paris Fashion Week where, just three days after the nipple pasties, Dior s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, celebrated her landmark moment with slogan T-shirts proclaiming: We Should All Be Feminists ; the Paris Fashion Week where, in contrast to the thigh-high boots on the catwalk, many in the front row were comfortable in simple white trainers and classic Gucci loafers. How do nipple pasties and latex boots with all their associations of porn and stripperwear fit with fashion s new-found feminist consciousness? Is fashion having a sexual awakening or an identity crisis? Antonio Berardi, whose dresses are loved by Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and a league of loyal clients for their killer combo of knockout sex appeal and silky sophistication, believes that seduction will never go out of style. Never. Sex and clothing fundamentally go hand in hand. Every man and woman dresses to impress, whether it be the other sex, the same sex or both, says Berardi. From American Apparel to Calvin Klein, from Sophie Dahl for YSL s Opium fragrance to Gucci s infamous logoed pubis, the briefest history of fashion advertising confirms sex as a fashion perennial as does the view of Natalie Kingham, Buying Director of Matches Fashion: If we ever see sexy clothes, we buy into them. Sex sells. But what looks sexy right now has a distinctive contemporary feel. Think of the corset trend and how fashion likes it best when worn over a T-shirt. That idea began on the Prada catwalk in February and was recently championed by an off-duty Gigi Hadid. It subverts the traditional sexuality of the corset, so it looks almost like armour, as Selfridges Women s Designerwear Buying Manager Jeannie Lee puts it. Sexy now is very strong, she says. This is a sentiment echoed by Stuart Weitzman, the godfather of the over-the-knee boot: Sexy today is about confidence. Sleek, chic and versatile is how he characterises the look; sex appeal is almost incidental. To me, the image of the season is the velvet corset and jeans with a YSL heeled shoe from Vaccarello s first collection, says Natalie Kingham. Something about the silhouette and the message sums up the woman we call our warrior woman, who wants to look powerful and sexy. The rise of Balmain, of shoulders and corsets and thigh-high boots, but also the aesthetic of Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Versace and Altuzarra all appeal to this customer. You might assume fashion is simply reflecting a culture more sexualised than ever, but Sarah Shotton, Creative Director of Agent Provocateur, believes the opposite is true. The problem is we are having too little sex, rather than too much. That s why fashion is obsessing over it now. It s a fantasy, because in real life we don t have time for sex any more. Ten years ago, you could go home and be intimate, but now we go home and stare at our phones all evening. Fashion expresses our fantasies as much as our real lives. Technology is never far away from any aspect of how we live now. One of the iconic looks of the modern age, which has had a measurable impact on fashion, involves no clothes at all: the nude selfie. This seems counter-intuitive, until you consider that not even the most-liked catwalk photo of any given season could hope to reach a fraction of the audience who saw Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski s topless photos. According to e-commerce site Lyst, in the 48 hours after Kim Kardashian posted her infamous When you re like I ve got nothing to wear LOL bathroom selfie, wearing only two black censorship bars, searches for black bandeau bikini-style tops were up 406% as shoppers attempted to recreate the look*. A black, bandeau-style bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez received page views in just three ALEXANDER WANG Something about the silhouette and the message sums up the woman we call our warrior woman, who wants to look powerful and sexy JEREMY SCOTT ELLE.CO.ZA 59

61 days**. In a visual world where the nude selfie rules, fashion is taking its cues from stylish images in which clothes barely feature. Kim Kardashian maintained that nude selfies represent female empowerment and liberation. Others would argue that they perpetuate the commodification of women s sexuality for commercial gain and send a message to young women that being sexual revolves around how you look to others, rather than how you personally experience sex. The jury is still out on that one, but the debate has brought female sexual empowerment back into the spotlight. Jess Morris is the co-founder and designer of Rockins, the cult brand that began with silk scarves and now makes the sexiest, most apple-bottomed jeans in Britain. Her personal aesthetic, honed over two decades in fashion PR and by being on the guest list of any party worth being at, is classic rock n roll sex appeal: spiky heels, tight jeans, black eyeliner, Mica Arganaraz-esque shaggy curls. Fashion helps us identify each new cultural stage, she says. It can be a reflection of oppression, either politically or sexually, or of freedom. Rockins celebrates a freedom that she sees in young women around her; women who can now express their equality through wearing gender-neutral clothes and a band T-shirt, or cut-off denim shorts and fishnets. It s about expressing yourself freely and being heard. The modern take on sexiness comes in many guises. The last time we saw a real resurgence of sexy was with the popular rebranded Hervé Léger bandage dress in the early Noughties, says Jeannie Lee. And the Preen power dress. The impact of that style and shape was massive. It reminded women of the power of sex. It was a fresh antidote to the new bohemia, which was popular at the time. By contrast, sexy feels much more multifaceted now. You have the classics, such as Alaïa corsets or the peek-a-boo sheers at Lanvin, but also the new boudoir pyjama dressing decadent, sensual and tactile. In other words, the new sexy is relevant to your wardrobe, even if you re not in the market for stilettos or corsets. Being sexy nowadays is as much about what you re not revealing as what you are, says seasoned fashion exec and street-style star Sarah Rutson. It s no longer about showing your cleavage or being overt in body-hugging minidresses. Women can be sexy wearing a deconstructed dress with cut-out details revealing their shoulders and collar bones. We re seeing the reworked cotton shirt worn off the shoulder, or tied at the waist to reveal a hint of skin, as seen at J. Crew and Jacquemus. I also love Ulla Johnson s revealand-conceal dresses, which feel both flirty and feminine, and show off tiny slivers of midriffs and shoulders. In pretty prints or simple cottons, these feel like a modern approach to what is the new sexy. It s no longer about showing your cleavage or being overt in body-hugging mini dresses. Women can be sexy wearing a deconstructed dress with cutout details revealing their shoulder and collar bone The fact that sexy dressing has moved beyond showing skin is particularly pertinent at this time of year, when it is colder in the Northen Hemisphere. Even the most dedicated Saint Laurent fan isn t going to be busting out those miniscule dresses any time soon, unless she wants to risk hypothermia. Right now, she s using knitwear to be sexy, says Sarah Rutson. Look at Tibi s one-shoulder, cut-out knitted sweater and Dion Lee s open-back jumper. Sexy knitwear would once have been seen as an oxymoron, but it s big business now. And then, of course, there are shoes: Balenciaga s white, pointed, stiletto boots and Attico s satin shoes with ankle cuffs can both bring fetish attitude to a winter wardrobe in the Northern Hemisphere. The new sexy defies neat pigeonholing. Its messages are most defiantly mixed and this is precisely what gives it a fashionable spin. Judith Clark was the Curator of The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, a recent exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, which explored what vulgarity means and how it has changed, with pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Manolo Blahnik on display. The thing that most people think of when they hear the word vulgar is someone who doesn t know what to show, and what to conceal, says Clark. It s about what is fitting and what is appropriate. Sexy is usually the description given to something that conveys a seductive message explicitly, making the intention very clear, while vulgar is associated with not knowing where those boundaries lie. In fashion, with its dramatic tide tables, the tectonic plates of those boundaries are liable to undergo volatile shifts. Whether or not nipple pasties are to your taste, there s no denying that fashion would be a far duller place without sex. I am one for flavours in fashion, says British fashion designer Antonio Berardi. That doesn t mean an excess of salt, but a hint of spice and seasoning, well used. Even the most conservative fashion has the potential to be sexy. A button is there to be unbuttoned, a zip to be unzipped, and an imagination to run rife with possibilities. PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY / *LYST.CO.UK, 2016, **IBTIMES.CO.UK, 2016, ***UK.BUSINESSINSIDER.COM, 2015 ELLE.CO.ZA 60

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63 CITYSTYLE From minimalist to traditional print, we re crushing on these polished style NASO NGXENGE, LIFESTYLE MODEL CAPE TOWN Naso Ngxenge goes from old-school to modern, but with her signature style. I love well-made clothes, and I m always taking items from my mom and grandmother, vintage pieces are my absolute favourite. And she also believes in getting the items that she wants then and there. Second-guess later. It will haunt you if you leave the store without it. The importance of looking good, regardless of where she is heading to, is something she learned from her mom and grandmother. I always hear stories about how fashionable both my parents were growing up, so I feel it s only right that I carry that through. Hidden gem for best shopping? Disanka Fashion on Long Street in Cape Town is amazing. The owner and fashion seamstress Irene Disanka makes the most beautiful African print couture from dresses to bomber jackets that will match your clutch bag. Go-to wardrobe essentials? The perfect pair of jeans, sunglasses, red lipstick and bold prints. Latest purchase? Burnt-orange tassel earrings by Lovisa. Favourite hangout spots? The Waiting Room in Cape Town, where I get to hang out with some friends and listen to great music, and Yours Truly on Kloof Street for delicious food and atmosphere. For seafood, which I love, I head to Cape Town Fish Market and Moyo. ELLE.CO.ZA 62

64 @jokatemwegelo PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA, AUSTIN MALEMA, CEDRIC NZAKA, SUPPLIED / TEXT: SITHA KENTANE JOKATE MWEGELO, MEDIA PERSONALITY, FILM AND MUSIC ARTIST DAR ES SALAAM Loving fashion is one thing, but Jokate Mwegelo is dedicated to the process behind it and designs most of her outfits. I do a lot of community work or engagement, which forces me to tone down most of my looks, so I could go from jeans, a white tee and sneakers to full-on make-up, a super sexy outfit and killer heels. And I ve never been afraid to go avant-garde with my looks, but, overall, I love to keep it neat and classy, she notes. She also loves to rock a power suit. In pink, and made by my go-to suit He gets me and his fit is amazing. In a world of heels and flats, she likes both, when in a suit, she looks to sneakers for that Obama cool factor. To pick just one statement piece is difficult because I think every piece that I own is a statement piece. I could list them all from jewellery to these limited edition Christian Louboutin with the super dramatic metallic heel. Hidden gem location for your best fashion buys? Kkoo for handmade accessories, but in general I love to shop everywhere. Favourite local hot spots? Hanging out at Elements. Best restaurants? Currently, I love Jackie s Spot in Masaki for food, and the new joint, Pasha. ELLE.CO.ZA 63

65 IN DETAIL THE PATH FROM SKETCH TO FINAL PRODUCT IS LADEN WITH METICULOUS CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THE SKILLS OF DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. WE VISIT SOME OF MOST CELEBRATED BRANDS AND MEET THE DETAIL MAKERS ELLE.CO.ZA 64

66 THE PATTERN-MAKER NTANDO NGWENYA FOR DAVID TLALE Amid the humming of sewing machines in an industrial building in Johannesburg is where we meet Ntando Ngwenya, Assistant Designer and pattern-maker for David Tlale. Ngwenya is part of a bigger team that worked around the clock to put the finishing touches to the collection that Tlale showed recently at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Johannesburg Week. The Soshanguve-born pattern-maker takes us back to the first time he made a garment at the age of 14. My aunt had left her sewing machine at my house. I remember cutting a blanket and playing around with it to make a pair of pants. The fit was horrible, he recalls. His job is technical; the process begins with a sketch that is adapted into a pattern, which is the foundation of any garment. This is adapted into a basic block, which can be a pair of pants or skirt (or whatever you are making) with no fit. The basic block is refined into a calico or silhouette, which goes into the next process of production where the seamstress or machinist generates the shape it can include draping, cinching and alterations. The fabric is then sent into treatment for special elements like fusing. My favourite material to work with is denim, because it s durable and easy to work with, says Ngwenya, adding that his biggest personal achievement is working with David Tlale. ELLE.CO.ZA 65

67 OBSESSION THE DIAMOND CUTTER CLEOPATRA MALIBOGO FOR SHIMANSKY THE ACCESSORIES-MAKER SARAH ZANAGWE FOR PICHULIK How have you developed your skills set? When I started working at Pichulik a year ago, I did not have art skills. Although I did know some art techniques, I didn t know about whooping or crafting. So early on it was really about learning and catching up. And the artistic process from concept to product? We work on the pieces that have already been designed, so Kate Pichulik (the Head Designer) designs the piece and we create it from scratch. The ropes are cut into pieces, which we join together to form the design. Bigger pieces can take half a day to make. Let s talk about art vs craft, specifically when it comes to your own practice. I believe that art and craft are not necessarily the same thing. Art is more about seeing something, which you can interpret into something that can be made. Craft is more practical, it s something you are specifically taught. What s your favourite technique? I mostly like whooping with materials such as beads, as well as stitching. What piece did you most enjoy working on? The sub-pendant from our 2017 collection. What s your advice for those wanting to get into the industry? Follow your heart and don t undermine your abilities, even when something feels very difficult. You can do anything. My hometown, Kimberley, is the home of the Big Hole, and where my curiosity for stones began. I started out at the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School and 20 years in the industry have led me to Shimansky. There are different types of diamonds, but I enjoy working with round stones. Our specialty stones at Shimansky are My Girl and The Eight Hearts. The master diamond cutter and polisher crafts the most beautiful stone, after taking into consideration how much it s going to weigh. The beauty and light are also important aspects of working with the perfect stone one with the least imperfections. The whole process is rigorous. There are different parts of a diamond, and there are certain stages it must go through to polish the different facets. There are people who specifically work on the fancies these are all sorts of shapes, excluding the round ones. They polish the stones, allowing me to cut the rough, which then makes it easier to process and make into the perfect diamond. At my previous job, I was told that I couldn t do this work, which is often considered to be a man s job, but I continue to push on because I really love it. My advice to younger women wanting to enter this industry is to research and learn as much about it as possible as there are varied career paths within it to pursue. 66 ELLE.CO.ZA

68 THE CRAFTSWOMAN DESIREE RICHARDS FOR MISSIBABA I started working as a seamstress at the age of 15. I worked at an embroidery place and then at knitting mills. I had no knowledge of working with leather, but I went on to take every opportunity to learn. This led me to Missibaba, where I ve been for 12 years. Over the years, I have learnt a lot from the head designers, from seeing the design in its initial concept stage on a piece of paper to witnessing the colours and styles adapted into each design. The artistic process is detailed. Chloe Townsend, one of the head designers, makes the pattern and the design. From there, the leather is cut by hand with a blade. Next, the function of it is analysed how it will be used, and what the aesthetic will be and then we do all the trimmings. Each trim is stained with a little sponge and some paint, and ribbons are added before being hand-coloured. Some designs take two to three hours to make. Some bags can take up to a full day or a day and a half, depending on the style and details. But working with the team makes the process easier. Currently, I m working on the Nairobi collection, and am inspired by the fact that nothing is the same. ELLE.CO.ZA 67

69 OBSESSION THE BEADER FALDIELAH MOHAMMAD FOR GAVIN RAJAH Where it all started Thirty years ago I started working for Dicky Longhurst, and there I was inspired to explore beading. I moved to Gavin Rajah, and a decade later here I am. On an average day The team comes into the studio and we look at what we need to create; this could be a piece for a client or a piece for a show. Clients take priority. Gavin Rajah is also a beader so often he will start on a garment and then I or another team member will take over. The duration of the process of making a piece Really depends on what we are working on. One sleeve can easily take me eight hours. Working collaboratively as a team Can be hectic, but together it is a lot easier to meet the deadlines. The material I like to work with is Lace, because bringing out the pattern on lace is amazing. Some of the biggest challenges Gavin can be difficult to work with, but he knows what he wants and together with him we are able to see the vision through and finish the final product. Some of the highlights Everything here is like a highlight. Beading is Expensive, because of the craft that goes into it, the skill and the time. This is also an exciting business to be in, you can make big money, but it is very challenging. PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA, LUFUNO RAMADWA, PALESA KGASANE / TEXT: NTOMBENHLE SHEZI, LUFUNO RAMADWA AND PALESA KGASANE 68 ELLE.CO.ZA

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77 COAT, R9 999, GAVIN RAJAH; PANTS, R895, TOPSHOP; HEELS, R1 299, MIMCO OPPOSITE: DRESS, R12 500, MARIANNE FASSLER; HEELS, R10 100, AND RING, R5 200, BOTH GUCCI ELLE.CO.ZA

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85 COAT, R2 200, NEO SERATI; SWEATER, R3 075, MAXHOSA BY LADUMA AT MERCHANTS ON LONG; SKIRT, R2 999, GAVIN RAJAH; HEELS, R1 299, COUNTRY ROAD OPPOSITE: DRESS, R59 800, AND HEELS, R10 100, BOTH GUCCI ELLE.CO.ZA

86 PHOTOGRAPHY: JACQUES WEYERS AT AGENCY BOOK / FASHION EDITOR: DIMEJI ALARA / PHOTOGRAPHER S ASSISTANT: MATT MOON / HAIR & MAKE-UP: DENNIE PASION AT ONE LEAGUE / FASHION INTERN: ANYA POTGIETER / MODELS: MIEKE VISSER AT OUTLAWS AND DEISE NICOLAU AT TWENTY / SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA, CAPE TOWN

87 BRALETTE, R1 100, CYLA GONSALVES; SKIRT, R10 995, PAUL SMITH; RINGS, R200, AND EARRINGS, R100, BOTH COLETTE HAYMAN

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99 Loose textures and tonal tints that look like sand dunes, creating shimmery boho-chic impressions, take their cue from the runway. The dainty jewels and natural materials, like snakeskin prints and woven knit touches fit for desert queens, as seen at the Roberto Cavalli SS17, were undeniably the stars of the show. Candice wears: Dress, R41 890, Burberry; heels, R2 950, Michael Kors ELLE.CO.ZA

100 RUNWAY BEAUTY SUMMER S HOTTEST RUNWAY TRENDS COME TO LIFE IN RICH, BOLD PALETTES AND SPARKLY DETAIL. GET YOUR BEAUTY BAG READY, IT S TIME TO SHINE Dusty lips and pale creams, and caramel and bronzed hues worn on eyes all set the scene for a sparkly look. Dewy skin, sunshine shades and copper-lined lids flickered down ramps at Blumarine and Chloé s SS17 shows. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: CLUTCH BAG, R11 900, JIMMY CHOO AT LUMINANCE CARTIER JUSTE UN CLOU BRACELET IN YELLOW GOLD, R , CARTIER HÔTEL COSTES ORANGE-SCENTED CANDLE, R900, AND ROOM SPRAY, R750 MAC LIPSTICK IN DEVOTIONAL WHITE (LIMITED EDITION), R240 DIORBLUSH COLOUR & LIGHT DUO STICK SCULPTANT IN PLUM SHIMMER, R765 14K GOLD AND DIAMOND PAVÉ STAR EARRINGS, R7 800, AMBRA FINE JEWELLERY MAYBELLINE BURGUNDY BAR PALETTE, R250 DIOR METALIZER FOR EYES AND LIPS, METAL CREAM SHADOW IN COPPER POWER, R390 ELLE.CO.ZA 99

101 There were scatterings of fun floral prints on many SS17 shows. Peplum shapes and daytime frills, including summer maxis seen at Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Gucci, all created a scenic summer display. Candice wears: Floral print dress, R25 700, and flower brooch, R4 500, both Gucci ELLE.CO.ZA

102 Final touches to bouquets of the season, which included bloomy accessories to match, created bold looks. And bright, beautiful draped blush styles, blended from the eyes down the cheekbones, were created by make-up guru Lynsey Alexander for Kenzo. Val Garland added a floral frenzy with pressed flowers at London Fashion Week. FULL BLOOM IF FLORAL FANTASIES ARE WHAT YOU RE AFTER, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: FLORAL SUNGLASSES, R2 190, EMPORIO ARMANI YVES SAINT LAURENT KISS & BLUSH IN VICE VERSA O5, R415 YSWARA CANDLE, R684 SERPENTI FOREVER FLAP BAG TASCHE, R28 995, BULGARI SMASHBOX FAN BRUSH, R350 DOLCE&GABBANA MISS SICILY LIPSTICK IN ROSALIA, R625 GUCCI BLOOM EDP, R1 335 FOR 50ML DISSIMA PINK GOLD 18K NECKLACE, R , BULGARI ELLE.CO.ZA 101

103 On the beauty front, if you are going for a summer festival look, a flash of neon across the lids, as seen backstage at Cividini and Wunderkind, or slick lines worn on the lower lids will definitely get you noticed. Feeling brave? Try a popular neon rainbow hair colour for the season. Wear it if you dare and remember: less is always more. All you need is a pop here and a swipe there; the same goes for your wardrobe. Candice wears: Two-tone dress, R29 995, Versace ELLE.CO.ZA 96

104 GET YOUR NEON RAINBOW ON A FLASHBACK TO THE 80S, THE NEON FAD IS BACK TO PAINT DISCO DREAMS IN YOUR MIND PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM HULME / PHOTOGRAPHER S ASSISTANT: TONY MATLOSA /BEAUTY EDITOR: LAUREN NICOLL / MAKE-UP ARTIST: ALEX BOTHA AT LAMPOST USING DERMALOGICA / BEAUTY ASSISTANT: BUSI MANUNGA / MODEL: CANDICE SHEPSTONE AT BOSS Bold neon fabrics and sneaky seams were seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jason Wu. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: BEAUTY BLENDER SUMMER FLING KIT, R1 120 NEON BAG, R4 295, GIANNI CHIARINI AT SPITZ NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ULTIMATE SHADOW PALETTE OMBRE IN BRIGHTS, R380 ORLY NAIL LACQUER IN NO REGRETS AND SEA YOU SOON, R165 EACH NEON STONE EARRINGS, R220, COLETTE HAYMAN ELLE.CO.ZA 105

105 OBSESSION hours of beauty CELESTE KHUMALO 3 Celeste Khumalo leads a busy life with a budding acting career, studying towards an MBA and managing her nail bar, Republic Nails. But she always makes time for some pampering My favourite beauty quote is Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful, by Sophia Loren. A beauty trend I ve always wanted to try is micro-blading for a natural-looking, fuller brow. But I m too scared to have anything semi-permanent done to my face, even if it only lasts a couple of years. 4 5 My beauty inspiration is my mother. I used to watch her put on her make-up every day and this inspired me to have a standard make-up look that looks natural. Before I go to sleep, I moisturise my feet with Epi-max Plus Nourishing Foot Therapy Cream (4), R41. My daily scent is Gucci Flora (5), R1 660 for 75ml. In the mornings, I give each product I use on my skin a chance to settle for 10 minutes before I apply the next one. 6 7 Being beautiful means owning a look, whether it is natural or created. Just owning it is beautiful. My haircare routine includes having all my wigs ready to wear for the next day for a mood change, and making sure my natural hair is cared for and plaited underneath my wig. You ll always find mascara and lip balm in my bag. Revlon s Dramatic Definition Mascara (1), R159, makes a huge difference to the face by enhancing the eyes, whether I have a full face of makeup on or not. And I love Carmex Lip Balm (2), R41, for moisturised lips. Before leaving home for a night out on the town, I always apply Nuxe s Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (3), R350, for a bronzy sparkling glow, and a generous, but not head-hurting, amount of perfume. 9 8 When I feel the need to pamper myself, I use Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak (6), R875. On some days, my body feels battered and bruised after a hectic workout, so I pour the Super Soak into a hot bath and relax in it. When I need to treat my skin, I use a face mask, although I have really good skin. I take care of my skin by using Pond s Pimple Clear Face Wash (7) R53, and Pond s Pimple Clear Gel (8) R45. I then apply sunscreen over that. My go-to beauty trick is to exfoliate my body, using Afriderm Exfoliating Body Scrub (9), R89, for smooth and glowing skin. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED / TEXT: BUSI MANUNGA 104 ELLE.CO.ZA

106 BEAUTY MAKINGS OF A MAKE-UP MAESTRO Celebrity make-up artist Porsche Cooper takes us into her beautiful world PHOTOGRAPHY: SEAN P WATTERS / TEXT: BUSI MANUNGA BUILDING BRAND BEAUTY Being acknowledged for my talent in this industry was a challenge in the beginning. Often, brands will only work with the artist who has a larger-than-life clientele, but at the beginning of my career I didn t have that. Instead, I had to build my name and market myself. I would test with photographers and models to build a working portfolio and I would almost never say no to an opportunity I felt could move my career forward. SUCCESS PAVED IN DISCIPLINE Each and every job paved the way for my next opportunity. I always stress on-set etiquette arriving groomed and on time with a positive attitude and willingness to get the job done are imperative. I also never tell someone what I cannot do, as most of the time I can learn to do what is requested of me. Never stop learning or growing, do your research and take classes when possible. The new school talent is cool to look up to, but go back and educate yourself on the greats who catapulted the artistry forward. MARKETING MAKE-UP I have always been my own walking advertisement. Growing up, my beautiful mother influenced the way I viewed beauty and how I put myself together before presenting myself to the world. People would ask me who did my make-up and, of course, it was always me. Relating this to my work, everyone wanting to book a make-up artist needs to see proof of their work and ability. So, when I began, it was imperative to the growth of my career to work with photographers so that I could get images for my website, which every potential client would later look through. INDUSTRY LESSONS I did not formally study make-up, but I ve always had a talent for it, which was magnified and tailored when I started working for MAC Cosmetics as an artist and then, later, manager. Working alongside talented professionals in a bustling environment of people from different ethnicities and age groups helped me to hone my craft. WORK STYLE My make-up routine is exactly the same every day, regardless of whether I m working a 12-hour day or going to dinner with friends. I wear Chanel Ultra Flawless Foundation (1), R900, and Chanel Ultra Teint Compact (2), R970, Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner (3), R685, soft, fluffy false eyelashes and my signature red lip, using Guerlain s lip pencil in Rouge Dahlia (4), R480, and Rouge G lipstick in Garçonne (5), R835. I find life simpler when I wear the same style daily, as it looks great with any ensemble and it means I don t have to think about what look to choose when I m applying my makeup for early call times. SOCIAL MEDIA MONOPOLY Social media has impacted the growth of my brand. Now people can take a closer look into who I am outside of my artistry. Not every job will produce imagery suited to my site, so on Instagram, for example, I can post behind-the-scenes photos or snapshots of make-up I ve done that the public wouldn t normally see or recognise. And yes, I ve secured new clients through Instagram. PERSONAL TRIUMPHS The notion that I inspire people is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career. When I started doing make-up professionally, I had no idea that my work would one day affect others ELLE.CO.ZA 105

107 BEST BUYS 1 A spin on combining fresh primary tones with pretty pastel shades is all the rage this season. Coveting a spot of sporty? A popular three-stroke finish in blue, white and a coat of clear is the chic, fresh option to rock Graphic shapes with stripes or clean swipes of coordinated colours (think unexpected tones paired with neutrals like pale grey or purple blends with nude tones) are a new take on fun. Go for polychromatic styles by pairing bright tints (pink is everything!) with softer shades for a bold-meets-feminine statement, or go full arty with pastel paintings fit for a princess. STROKE METHODS Standout nail art trends for the season will have you inspired and your manicurist on speed dial. Summer s go-to nail styles embrace primary tones, pastels, pretty nail art and glitter lots of glitter Glitter is everywhere and adds a pretty shine to most summer occasions. So go all glitter, or ombre it up for an evening out. 1. ICE BOX COLORS NAIL POLISH IN INDIGO HOME, R MORGAN TAYLOR NAIL LACQUER IN NO FILTER NEEDED, R OPI NAIL LACQUER IN BE THERE IN A PROSECCO, R DIOR VERNIS IN METALLICS 612, R MORGAN TAYLOR NAIL LACQUER IN ME, MYSELF-IE AND I, R CHANEL LE VERNIS IN NEW DAWN, R MORGAN TAYLOR NAIL LACQUER IN FAME GAME, R ICE BOX COLORS NAIL POLISH IN LOVE HANGOVER, R CHANEL LE VERNIS IN CORALIUM, R450 PHOTOGRAPHY: CANDICE ASKHAM / BEAUTY EDITOR: LAUREN NICOLL / BEAUTY ASSISTANT: BUSI MANUNGA / TOP NAILS BY TENFOLD NAIL SALON, / BOTTOM NAILS BY SPARKLE NAIL ACADEMY,

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109 improvement. It is also believed to purify and calm the mind, awaken mental inspiration and energise the body through different colour light waves. The glitch? It was only available in New York. But the universe clearly had bigger plans for me as a business trip happened to take me there. As soon as I landed, I headed to HigherDOSE in Manhattan to experience the treatment. HOLISTIC BEING COULD HOLISTIC TREATMENTS REALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE (AND TESTED TWO By LAUREN NICOLL & BUSI MANUNGA I m a bit of an alternative healing fan: I m the one willingly trying out Kombucha shots and sampling mushroom powder-laced raw chocolates (not the hallucinogenic kind), known to enhance mental focus, as explained by a friend, a student well-versed in Eastern medicine and Thai body work. I m open to it all, jumping head first in the hope of finding inner clarity and peace. My colleague, Busi Manunga, needs some convincing, but we re both curious, so we decided to put two new treatments to the test. LAUREN S INFRARED SAUNA EXPERIENCE FOR A NATURAL HIGH (AND HEALTHIER-LOOKING SKIN) THE SET-UP Published studies on the skincare benefits of this alternative treatment assert that infrared wavelength heals the epidermis by stimulating collagen production for overall tone THE PROCESS Jetlagged and fighting off lingering plane flu, 10 minutes in the sauna is all I can see myself surviving, but, to my surprise, I am hanging in there. Five minutes in, and I m already feeling the effects as I m sweating profusely. As time goes by, I am feeling lighter, calmer and more at peace, with my jet-lag fog lifting. Remarkably, you can see the residue of the detox left on the white towels you sit on once your session is over, and I manage 40 minutes without blinking (or wanting to run away). Holistic Nutritionist and Co-Founder of HigherDOSE, Lauren Berlingeri, explains that the sweat produced by near and far infrared heat sources has 20% toxins, whereas sweat produced by traditional sauna only has 3% toxins, making the infrared sauna seven times more likely to detox you than traditional heat. Medical-grade chromotherapy is also on offer, boasting the healing of mind, body and soul through light therapy. Infrared Sauna physically brings down the stress hormone cortisol and releases happy chemicals serotonin and endorphins to place your body in a state of healing instead of in fight or flight [mode], so that you leave our sauna feeling like you just had a workout, massage, acupuncture and a facial in one, Berlingeri says. As I leave HigherDOSE, I feel like I m floating on cloud nine (and a little high). Despite the fever I experience at night, in the morning, I am up and ready to take on the day with the flu symptoms gone. Having returned to South Africa, I ve been longing for a repeat in Joburg, and Zen Den Day Spa in Fourways promises a similar experience. It offers an array of treatments from fish therapy to infrared sauna that have me intrigued. Upon arrival, owner Svetla Velev makes me feel right at home. With the tranquil blend of Eastern and Western décor elements, I can sense that a lot of love, thought and knowledge went into creating a safe space away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Quaint and rustic, Zen Den Day Spa is a far cry from my New York sauna, but I am interested to see the difference in the treatment experience, considering the fact that this spa offers only far infrared ray therapy, which differs from the near-far experience offered at HigherDOSE. I am not sceptical, however, as I know that far infrared ray therapy has its own ELLE.CO.ZA 108

110 PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED benefits, which include improving the immune system, reducing stress and boosting circulation. Thirty minutes later, I am done, and I notice that my skin doesn t look as great as it did after the session at HigherDOSE. The shorter session could be a contributing factor. I do, however, feel the effects of the detox later when I have a raging headache, which is perplexing as I didn t sweat much. But I believe infrared claims do back themselves up on the detox front, which eventually helps the skin, and I also feel my stress levels drop, even if just for that moment. It s also worth noting that I have a great night s sleep. LAUREN S THOUGHTS A wellrounded balance of ancient holistic therapies with modern-day treatments really bring home Velev s passion for treating the whole person. Duration: 30 minutes Price: R300 BUSI TAKES THE SHAMAN S JOURNEY FOR SOME TENSION RELEASE THE SET-UP The Shaman s Journey is a signature treatment developed by Renchia Drogonis, founder of Africology, which takes place at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Joburg. Based on the idea that energy activated by love helps to heal the body, this is an exchange of energy from the therapist to the client in an act symbolic of a shaman transferring their energy to one in need of healing. Using crystals, sound and energy healing, my therapist, Tabitha Chikapa-Phiri, becomes the beacon for me to find a new lightness with which to face my world. PEACE AND POSITIVITY DOMINATE AS I LEAVE THE SPA AND THE EXPERIENCE, I ALSO FEEL I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT MYSELF THE PROCESS Beginning with a facial cleansing, followed by a facial massage using Africology s rose serum and rose oil, I begin to slowly fall under the spell that Chikapa- Phiri metaphorically weaves as I relax under her touch and allow myself to trust in the experience. I feel bliss as my face is massaged. This, I m convinced, is beneficial for my skin, and the scent of rose oil allows me to focus on my breathing as well as the feeling of Chikapa-Phiri s hands on my face. Once the facial is over, I begin to hear the overlapping sing-song dong sounds of a Tibetan bowl being repeatedly hit as Chikapa-Phiri walks around me in circles. Initially, this is disorientating because I m unsure which direction the dongs come from, as the sounds fill the room, however after a while, I am relaxed and my mind drifts off. Before we begin the body massage, chakra crystals are placed on each energy centre of my body (from pubic bone up to the throat) to help balance my energy. The massage alone is a wonder, a testament to my therapist s skill, as she rubs me with warm rose quartz crystals that help release the restrained energy causing my muscles to tense up when I m stressed. The heat relaxes my muscles and is soothing, lulling me into a state of ease and peace. The treatment ends with a foot massage and some deep breaths (in and out) as I return to the real world. To complete my experience, we discuss the energy she felt as she massaged my body, while aligning my energy with the chakra crystals through reiki. Her insight into my life after the session is incredible. Peace and positivity dominate as I leave the spa and the experience, I also feel I have learnt something about myself. BUSI S THOUGHTS Crystal, sound and aromatherapy have long been used to help with the release of stress, tension and built-up emotional issues. The Shaman s Journey is a worthwhile physical and spiritual adventure. Duration: 90 minutes Price: R950 Signature oils and scents at Africology A Tibetan bowl and stones used for chakra healing Africology spa treatment area ELLE.CO.ZA 109

111 GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY TO INSTA YOGA OR NOT? ARE YOGA POSES WITH PICTURESQUE BACKDROPS ON YOUR INSTA FEED SERVING AS FITSPO? AN EXPERT TELLS US HOW TO ENSURE SAFE PRACTICE By LAUREN NICOLL If you, like me, have pored over countless health and fitness feeds filled with positive energy vibes and likes for days, then tried to copy yogis twisting into beautiful shapes, only to fail dismally, fear not. Jes Forber, model and founder of The Body Model, a Yoga and Pilates fusion practice, is keeping aspiring yogis in mind by posting informative, moderate yoga practices for all ages and levels to ensure that the experience is injury-free, all while encouraging body positivity. What s your motivation for posting all these beautiful poses in magnificent locations? I have deliberately committed to posting simple, uncomplicated and safe poses that anyone can achieve on their own. I want people to discover safe asanas that feel good and increase their flexibility and strength, encouraging them to pick up a mat and take themselves to a class. Explain the connection between the setting and your practice of yoga. Yoga literally means to yolk ; to join or reunite. There is the frequently spoken about union of body with mind, however, I personally feel that this union is incomplete without a third element the natural environment. The Sanskrit pose names are inherently natural, evoking images of an animal or a natural setting (think tree, mountain or fish pose). I enjoy discovering places that provide a fitting and sometimes obvious backdrop: boat pose in a harbour, fish pose on sharp rocks amid crashing waves, or a corpse pose among bright red algae. The pose is always connected in some way to its environment as we are intricately connected to the world we live in. What does living naturally mean to you? Living naturally is no longer natural to us as human beings. Sourcing high-quality products is difficult and time-consuming everything is over-processed and overpackaged. We have become quite separate from nature and what is essentially natural to us. Modern living has detached us from our bodies too, which are the best at telling us what is good for us. What s your food philosophy? The less refined ingredients and packaging, the better. If you love chocolate, eat chocolate, but find the best quality chocolate you possibly can. Go for raw, single origin, organic, low, or no sugar. If you can t live without bread, find an artisanal bread maker baking traditional sourdough that s part rye and easier on the digestive system and glycaemic index. The key is quality in moderation. FORBER S YOGA POSES FOR THE OFFICE Neck stretches release tension from stress and desk posture, while eagle arms or garudasana arms are perfect for releasing tension between the shoulder blades. A seated version of cat and cow can bring vital movement back into a stiff, immobile spine both energising a tired body and preventing back pain. Our hips also store a lot of our stress and tension. A version of the pigeon pose seated in your chair can ease this. Leave one foot on the floor and bring your other foot onto your bent knee. Place one hand on your knee and one hand on your ankle, pushing downwards. Then simply lean forward as if you want to take your chest past your shin, keeping your back straight. ELLE.CO.ZA 110

112 ARE PARIS YOU NEW YORK THE NEXT ELLE TOKYO BOSS? WHAT MAKES AN #ELLEBOSS? NATURAL LEADER IN BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURIAL AND CREATIVE BUSINESS-MINDED AND CONFIDENT SELF-DRIVEN SOCIAL MEDIA-SAVVY RISK-TAKER FINANCIALLY ADEPT INNOVATIVE If you re an aspiring South African businesswoman, or know someone who is, the 2017 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award, in association with Old Mutual, is now open. Showcasing entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, creativity and determination, the search is on for one woman who is redefining the world of business one decision at a time. So, are you our next #ELLEBOSS? If you ve got what it takes, visit ELLE.co.za for more info and enter today The competition is open to women aged 25+ Entries close on 29 September 2017 VEUVE CLICQUOT ELLE BOSS WINNERS 2016: Linda Mabhena-Olagunju 2015: Stacey Brewer IN ASSOCIATION WITH BOSS VISIT ELLE.CO.ZA TO ENTER #ELLEBOSS2017

113 SAVOURING SUMPTUOUS SEAFOOD Johannesburg s renowned seafood restaurant, The Codfather, has moved into the heart of Sandton The Codfather has become a dining institution in Johannesburg, having been operating for over 20 years. The restaurant recently relocated to the trendy Sandton Skye building in the heart of the contemporary dining experiences. Nestled alongside a deck and swimming pool, The Codfather delivers an atmosphere that is The Codfather invites you to explore world-class cuisine, beef dishes, vegetarian options and the famous piri-piri chicken all prepared in a Josper charcoal oven. Menus are seasonal and chefs focus on quality products. Remaining true to your liking and brought to you with outstanding sides and homemade sauce s. belt and dim sum trolley as you select the freshest in Asian fare, prepared to your unique taste. If variety is the order of the day, cast your eye over the tapas menu and take advantage of a symphony of tastes in one serving. Be sure to leave room for one of the restaurant s many desserts or a gelato from the ice cream parlour. For those who rise with the sun, arrive early and enjoy one of the many Address: 3 Stan Road, Sandown, Sandton Tel: or Web:

114 p114. designer check-in p118. a tale of the city on two rivers LIVING PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF PORTRAIT FIRENZE / LUNGARNO COLLECTION BESPOKE DETAIL Step inside some of the world s most designer hotels as conceptualised by fashion s most inspiring creatives

115 DESIGNER CHECK-IN From Donatella Versace s signature Medusa to Giorgio Armani s minimalist approach, fashionable living is elevated inside the world s top designer, fashion-themed hotels By TIDI BENBENISTI TALKING DECADENCE Palazzo Versace Dubai Versace On the Floor is not just a Bruno Mars sing-along, it becomes a tangible experience when you check into the Palazzo Versace Dubai. A Neoclassical escape in the Arabian Peninsula, you know you ve arrived when you lock eyes with the iconic (signature) Medusa adorning Versace collections since the fashion house s inception. Between the high ceilings and the parquet flooring live plush artworks above you and on the walls with Rococo and Baroque art patterns evident throughout the Palazzo Versace Dubai s rooms and suites with hints of turquoise, blue, gold, beige and salmon. Handcrafted mosaics fill the space, while Carrara marble tiling take the bathroom experience to new heights. And, yes, every suite is furnished with the Versace Home Collection. Gilded columns and a threetonne chandelier may seem like OTT extras, but this is Versace where more is more. For absolute decadence, indulge in some retail therapy at the Versace boutique on the ground floor. palazzoversace.ae ELLE.CO.ZA

116 THE MINIMALIST Armani Hotel Milano Located in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building, the Armani Hotel Milano is the embodiment of simplicity, pure elegance and elevated style aimed to serve as your home (away from home). Its opulence lies in its minimalist aesthetic all the elements we ve come to adore about the Armani brand over the years. Here you find mother-of-pearl doors, leather-lined walls and monochromatic tones (cream, beige and white). The Armani experience is felt throughout the hotel s 95 guestrooms and suites, where every single detail has been designed by the veteran couturier, including the length of the bathroom towels alongside the signature Armani amenities. For a luxe experience, head to level six and the Armani Milano Suite, overlooking the Duomo and the city s centre, courtesy of glazing walls and a private terrace. What are the chances of bumping into Signor Armani? Minimal, but, then again, everything about the hotel is signature Giorgio. armanihotels.com ELLE.CO.ZA 115

117 CONTEMPORARY LINES Bulgari Hotel London When glamour and Italian heritage unite, the encounter equals unparalleled designs bearing the Bulgari name. And deep in the heart of Victoriana space, stands the 85-room hotel with Knightsbridge as its address. On the edge of Hyde Park, the path to key shopping is short (Harrods, anyone?). Signature elegance is a given with the brand s silversmith history evident in the use of silver for its interiors. Noted architect and designer Antonio Citterio combined heritage with the energy of London in a contemporary way, where specially woven silk curtains feature a pattern inspired by a brooch made by the brand s founder, Sotirio Bulgari. And everything you need in the heart of the capital exists within the plush four walls, including exquisite Bulgari chandeliers in the ballroom. All that s missing is a Serpenti bracelet in a Bulgari box with your name on it bulgarihotels.com 116 ELLE.CO.ZA

118 HANDCRAFTED ELEGANCE Portrait Firenze PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF PORTRAIT FIRENZE, LUNGARNO COLLECTION, PALAZZO VERSACE DUBAI, BULGARI LONDON, ARMANI HOTEL MILANO Traditional Florentine craftsmanship is the inspiration behind architect Michele Bönan s take on the 37 suites and studios inside Portrait Firenze, the pride of the Lungarno Collection, owned by the Ferragamo family. With the inviting Ponte Vecchio just steps away, and a multitude of boutiques to inspire you to shop all day long, it is perfectly acceptable to stay indoors and enjoy Portrait Firenze s palatial beauty and comforts. Especially if a relaxing bath is on your radar (luxe Carrara marble) as you take in views of the city. The hotel s contemporary lines are enhanced by linen, cashmere, wood and leather in detail, and framed black and white photographs of 50s and 60s film stars (many of whom were Ferragamo s clients and adored his high-end footwear on and off film sets) decorate the walls as an homage to Italian haute couture of the time. Subdued tones of grey, white and cream denote elegance, and rugs serve as embellishments over the wooden flooring. To pack on the Ferragamo experience, your Portrait Firenze booking comes with additional perks, like complimentary entrance to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. lungarnocollection.com/portrait-firenze

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120 A TALE OF THE CITY ON TWO RIVERS A PULSATING, BEAUTIFUL CITY RICH IN HISTORY AND CHARM. THIS IS BELGRADE By EMILIE GAMBADE & THE EDITORIAL TEAM AT ELLE SERBIA Belgrade is a city of beautiful contrasts: it is both tempting and mysterious, modern and ancient and nestled at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. If ever there was a city so beautifully drawn against the soft lines of its two rivers, it would have to be Belgrade. Its history is a treat for those of you who are into myths and legends it is said that the rock that stands over the Sava and Danube Rivers was where Jason met the Argonauts; if Belgrade s walls could talk, they would tell tales of invasions, ravages and powerful ascents. The white city will charm you with its many monuments, trendy restaurants and bars, and beautiful boutiques. STAY Square Nine Hotel Belgrade The 5-Star Square Nine Hotel Belgrade is located only a few kilometres away from the centre of Belgrade. And after a day exploring the city, you ll enjoy a moment at the hotel s spa or a dip in the indoor swimming pool. Hotel Townhouse 27 56, Maršala Birjuzova St , Belgrade Tel: Located in the charming old part of Belgrade, Townhouse 27 is a designer hotel with award-winning service, a personal concierge (for that midnight snack crave) and huge rooms with impeccable décor. Savamala Kraljevica Marka 6, Belgrade Tel: savamalahotel.rs This old warehouse-turned-boutique hotel is the perfect starting point from which to begin your city exploration. It s made for the creative urban types. ELLE.CO.ZA 119

121 From the ELLE Serbia team (with love!) EAT COMMUNALE Karađorđeva 2-4, Beton hala, Belgrade Tel: comunale.rs Located close to the Belgrade harbour, with a terrace overlooking the river Sava, Communale has minimalistic interiors and delicious Italian food on the menu. REGAL Gospodar Jevremova 40, Belgrade Tel: restoranregal.rs This light-filled restaurant on the first floor of a typical old Belgrade townhouse merges old-school charm with modern gastronomy. HOMA Žorža Klemansoa 19, (Corner Senjanina Ive and Dositej St), Belgrade Tel: homa.rs Delicious food and great design make Homa a top pick for a long dinner with friends. DANCE BOBO Brace Krsmanovica 8, Belgrade Open Monday to Thursday as a bar, and on the weekend, it doubles as a club. PODRUM Višnjiceva 7, Belgrade Tel: wineart.co.rs Literally meaning basement, it is a modern take on a classic winebar with a great selection of local and international wine. The bar is beautiful, with a rooftop terrace, perfect for hot summer nights. LASTA Hercegovacka bb, Savamala quay, BeogradSavski venac, Belgrade Tel: Belgrade is famous for its summer rafts remodelled into discotheques, THE CHURCH OF SAINT SAVA and this one is a firm favourite. Every night offers a different sound. Make your reservations in advance. SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP DISTANTE Nikole Spasica 4, Belgrade Tel: distante.rs The first designer concept store in Belgrade to stock high-end brands like Balenciaga, Céline, Marni and Rick Owens. Supermarket Concept Store Uzun Mirkova 8, Belgrade Tel : supermarket.rs A bar and a fashion and jewellery boutique by Serbian designers all under one roof, it s a must for locals and tourists alike. RESORT Gospodar Jovanova 46, Belgrade ELLE.CO.ZA 120

122 ESCAPE Tel: A joint venture between a few young Serbian designers, this small shop is home to one-of-a-kind pieces. AND... FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY REMAKE Kneza Sime Markovica 10, Belgrade Tel: remakehome.net Designer and customised vintage pieces, including porcelain, stationery and home décor, perfect for stylish gifts that beat those traditional souvenirs. BELGRADE FORTRESS AND KALEMEGDAN PARK LOCAL MARKET KALENICEVA PIJACA Pijaca Kalenic, Maksima Gorkog bb, Belgrade (Vracar) Tel: One of the oldest green markets in Belgrade, this is the go-to place for flowers; we re talking rows and rows of tulips, hyacinths and roses that make your heart skip a beat. EXPLORE THE CHURCH OF SAINT SAVA If the making of an incredible monument piques your interest, pay a visit to one of the largest Christian Orthodox buildings in the world: the construction project started in 1935 and is still going on today. WINTER SUNSET IN BELGRADE PHOTOGRAPHY: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY THE FORTRESS Wander Kalemegdan by feet: the ruins of the fortress are set on a hill that oversees both the Sava and the Danube Rivers it is breathtakingly beautiful. Built to defend the city from the Ottomans, it is today the city s most popular park for locals and tourists. TITO S TOMB In Yugoslavia and around the world, Tito was respected and admired be sure to see his mausoleum, also called the House of Flowers. ELLE.CO.ZA 121

123 @Tuulia Talvio tuulia.co DREAMY BERRY SOFT SERVE Ingredients ½ cup raspberries, fresh or defrosted ½ cup blueberries, fresh or defrosted 5 tbsp coconut milk (which can be refrigerated overnight) 3-4 frozen bananas ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp maple syrup, if desired ABOUT THE BLOG Finnish blogger and author Tuulia Talvio celebrates her Nordic roots with a blog featuring delicious vegan recipes. Talvio s images and styling are visually inspiring, not to mention, her creative use of flavours. Her recipes are easy to follow, and the ingredients used are readily available at most health stores and local supermarkets. VERONICA S NOTES Difficulty:Easy Time to make: Preparation and freezing time: 2,5-3 hours Method In a small bowl, mash the berries with a fork and set aside. Open the coconut milk can and scoop out five tablespoons of the white thick paste and place in a blender. Add the bananas and vanilla and blend until smooth. You might have to scrape down the sides of the blender to achieve a smooth texture. Taste and add a bit of maple syrup, if desired. Divide the ice cream into two or three bowls, mix in a few tablespoons of the berry mash, serve and enjoy! SERVING SUMMER Frozen treats with a vegan twist and a whole lot of berries yes, summer is here The basic recipe for the soft serve is versatile. We experimented a little with flavours and made a cherry coulis, which we blended with the soft serve before freezing it. To enhance the dish, we included a whipped chia coconut pudding. This is made by soaking a tablespoon of chia seeds in one cup of coconut cream. Refrigerate for two hours or more and then whisk it with a hand-held egg-beater until thick and creamy. This protein-packed dish is incredible served for breakfast and topped with fresh berries and nuts. PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING & RECIPE TESTING: VERONICA EXTER 122 ELLE.CO.ZA

124 CAPE TOWN Where? Souk Stylish accessory? White Gabriella Hurst slides An oasis in the city, Souk attracts young professionals, laid-back foodies and music lovers alike. Popular dishes are calamari tapas served with homemade tartar sauce; seared salmon souk bowl dressed with soya reduction and sesame seeds, served with edamame beans, corn, tomato, avocado and coriander; and wild mushroom and truffle oil croquettes. Unwind with a hand-crafted cocktail and enjoy crowd-gazing. 163 Long St, Cape Town soukcpt.com Stylish SPOTS Places to see and be seen LAGOS Where? NOK by Alara Stylish accessory? Givenchy mineral slice necklace Set in a lush, bamboo-framed garden, NOK specialises in reinventing classic African dishes and showcases art and design from all over the continent. For starters, their tamarind-glazed chicken wings are a hit. Follow on with lamb mafe served with naan bread and a side of spicy fried plantain. If you have room for dessert, their chocolate tart with salted caramel and baobab ice cream is utterly addictive. 12A Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria nokbyalara.com PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED / TEXT: FIONA DAVERN NAIROBI Where? Urban Eatery Stylish accessory? Michael Kors Mia crossbody bag A unique concept, Urban Eatery is Kenya s first multi-kitchen restaurant. There is something to suit everyone s tastes: Mexican and Lebanese at Fireplace; sushi and noodles at Bar Asia; Indian and Dakshin at Haandi; and salads, pasta and Italian at The Daily. There s also a frozen yoghurt counter and a speciality bar called Mercury. Cool down with a strawberry frozen margarita while you wait. Their seafood platters are highly recommended. PwC Tower, Delta Corner, Chiromo Rd, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya urbaneatery.co.ke JOHANNESBURG Where? Lounge 55 Stylish accessory? Shouldergrazing Proenza Schouler earrings This spot is all about 1930s Miami glamour. We re crazy about the chic Christian Lacroix wallpaper. If you re not interested in a full meal, next door (at Workshop 55) you can order from the snack menu from pm. Try Workshop 55 s beef carpaccio, served with bruschetta, spicy mayonnaise and watercress, or for those with a sweet tooth a trio of macarons in salted caramel, berry and white chocolate flavours. Lounge 55 is known for its unique fruit- and herb-infused gins (think orange zest, thyme or cherries). We keep going back for their negronis and lounge music th Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg workshop55.co.za ELLE.CO.ZA 123

125 FUTURE ENGINEERING From Elon Musk s Tesla to Wrightspeed, Erin Sawyer is shaping the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) landscape one career step at a time Currently, as Vice President of Supply Chain at Wrightspeed, Erin Sawyer is responsible for the strategic and tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, inventory control and warehousing of the components and assemblies that make up the Wrightspeed power train. Ultimately, I m developing a scalable supply chain that can help foster Wrightspeed s growth sustainably, while also being adaptable to changing market conditions. facebook. linkedin.com/in/ erinbrooks erinsawyer.com What inspired your path into the automotive industry? I was born and raised in Motor City [Detroit]. My father s hobby was restoring cars. I remember him taking me to classic car shows and auctions as a child. I was very fortunate to have encouraging parents. When I was 15, my dad would drive me to Ford Motor Company s research labs to attend engineering seminars for high school students. What are the challenges you face in your industry as a woman? As a mechanical engineer working in the automotive and tech industries, I ve always been one of very few women in the workplace. Establishing credibility among my colleagues, both as an engineer and a leader, continues to be the biggest challenge. Only as I ve gained more seniority and developed a strong track record of performance, have I become more confident that my body of work can speak for itself more than my appearance. What s the biggest challenge your industry is facing? I believe the auto industry will need to meet ever-stricter emissions standards. When I look back to when I started my career over 15 years ago, it s amazing how much we have already reduced the amount of pollutants emitted per vehicle through engineering innovation. I ve consciously committed myself to this pursuit by aligning myself with automotive companies that enable reduced emissions. What inspires you to pursue success daily? Being a positive role model For more career tips, search Erin Sawyer s Rise to t he Top on ELLE.co.za for young girls and shattering the outdated idea of what an engineer should look like. It s hugely important to show young women that not only can you be a female engineer, but that you can also be feminine and beautiful. I embody the modern face of STEM and prove that women can be beautiful and smart leaders. What s your message to the next generation of graduates? I tell young female graduates never to be afraid to negotiate. Don t be afraid to ask for more responsibility, a promotion, a new role, to relocate, start your own business, etc. It s up to you to be your own advocate and be proactive about what you want. Tell us about Kids Vision. Kids Vision is a non-profit organisation designed to expose girls to how STEM is applied in hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley. It empowers 3 rd to 6 th Grade girls through an after-school programme, which brings them into the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley, where they learn how maths and science concepts are applied and meet female mentors and role models in this field. Studies have shown that girls low level of confidence in their maths and science abilities impacts their performance at school and, ultimately, results in their under-representation in STEM jobs. I believe that presenting positive role models of women in STEM to girls is critical for increasing our future pipeline of women engineers and leaders. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF ERIN SAWYER / INTERVIEW: TIDI BENBENISTI 124 ELLE.CO.ZA

126 ENTRY LEVEL: RENAULT DUSTER 1, R Road trips can mean long hours spent cooped up in a car that may not be as spacious and comfortable as a 4x4. However, in a Renault Duster 1, you have a car that gives you the practicality you want from a four-wheel drive at a reasonable price. While it may look compact, this SUV comfortably seats three rear passengers and has just enough boot space for a weekend s worth of luggage. Plus, its roof rails are the perfect reason to pack hiking equipment or bicycles and then go forth to explore more rough terrain. ROAD TRIPPIN 4x4 IN A SUMMER LIVING CALLS FOR ADVENTURE, SO WHY NOT IN A 4x4? By ZIPHORAH MASETHE MIDDLE LEVEL: NISSAN NAVARA, R The market has shifted from bulky workhorses to double-cabs that can fit into our lifestyles. This transition is wonderful for us because we love our bakkies as much as we love our braais. The Navara is perfect for offroading, slugging through mud and wading through rivers. It is rugged, yes, but the refinement factor lies in its plush seats, a host of safety features, as well as an infotainment system to which you can connect via USB and Bluetooth. It also has ample space for luggage as well as extra miscellaneous road trip essentials. Considering buying a 4x4? Here s what you should know The perfect road trip car is ideally fuelefficient, so consider what the claimed fuel consumption of the car is and whether this could fit into your lifestyle. Diesel or petrol? Diesel cars have lower running costs than petrol-engine vehicles, however, consider the pros and cons of both, then decide which better suits your lifestyle. Features such as navigation are essential if you ll be exploring new places and roads. Research what 4H, 4L and 2H refer to and when you ll need to use the different modes. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED, QUICKPIC LUXURY CLASS: LAND ROVER DISCOVERY, R Road trips are most fun with lots of friends, and if there is an SUV that can transport a big number of people, it s the Discovery. It has seven full-sized adult seats and, in addition to the leading-class cabin and boot space it offers, has nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging ports through the cabin and an in-car 3G and WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices. All this technology ensures that your road trip isn t spoilt by flat cellphone batteries, leaving you without music or phone cameras to create memories. A road trip dream, the Discovery s spacious and flexible seating layout, rear seat entertainment and heated and cooled seats for rows one and two with massage seats for the driver and front passenger might have you road tripping through the whole country. ELLE.CO.ZA 125

127 Contrary to popular belief, the word merger isn t only reserved for board meetings where high-powered execs make big financial decisions. In our personal lives, we plan and execute mergers all the time. We get married, we move into the same home, we start sharing responsibilities. But figuring out how you will divide grocery shopping, laundry duties and other everyday responsibilities is a no-brainer compared with the momentous question of your finances. Firdaus Jeeva, Chartered Accountant at Middel & Partners, says it s a topic we don t broach and review often enough as couples. Here, she shares her insights into what you need to consider before making the decision. BEFORE MERGING YOUR FINANCES It is absolutely necessary to have a transparent and thorough conversation to decide how to handle financial matters and assign responsibilities. Be certain to first learn and understand your partner s financial personality, goals and by ELZANNE ROOS This is what you need to know about... MERGING YOUR FINANCES values in relation to saving and spending money. Make sure you disclose your past financial affairs, including credit rating and any outstanding obligations (ie bankruptcies or blacklisting). PROS OF MERGING YOUR FINANCES Teamwork There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that you are in this together if your financial priorities fully align. By merging all your liabilities and assets, you are both looking beyond your personal needs and wants and committing to prospering or failing together. Simplicity When you are living together or are married, you will share many expenses. It makes a lot of sense to keep the cash that pays those bills in one account that you both fund. Additionally, merging your loan accounts can help you secure other loans in the future and even improve your credit scores. Taxes Filing separate returns might be advantageous in some circumstances. However, for some couples, merging finances and joint filing will help save time, and can result in substantial savings. This is particularly true in cases where one spouse has a higher income than the other. CONS OF MERGING YOUR FINANCES Attitudes If your financial philosophies do not align, and you are merging your financial life with somebody who has very different habits, systems, expectations, goals and ideals, this can cause conflict. Dependence If you have been successfully managing your cash on your own for many years, you might not want to give up your financial autonomy. There might be more book-keeping, but ultimately you get the comfort and independence you desire. Disentangling Nobody plans to have an unsuccessful marriage or partnership, but life is full of surprises. Bank accounts, joint home loans and credit cards can be quite hard to separate. Different investing strategies Your partner may be a security-seeker who prefers to invest in bonds and money market accounts, while you re a risk-taker who prefers investing in emerging market funds or buying individual stocks. When you join finances, you will need to agree on an investing strategy. Portfolio allocation Your own portfolio might be perfectly balanced relative to your own age and goals, but once you combine finances, you may find that you both need to rebalance. Talk to your financial adviser or accountant before you make any major changes, as this rebalancing has the potential to trigger some hefty tax implications. GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES / ISTOCKPHOTO / ALAMY 126 ELLE.CO.ZA

128 Born in Pietermaritzburg and now calling New York and Durban home, social entrepreneur Sarah Collins is the CEO of Wonderbag, the company which makes the simple heat-retention cooker that has been fêted as an instrument of positive economic change and a catalyst for empowering women. I have spent most of my life swimming against the tide of criticism, hardship and adversity, she says. To date, more than one million bags have been sold worldwide and Collins is not slowing down. I am now focused on using my experience to reach out to business leaders who understand that today s business models must not only produce sound and consistent financial results, but also sustainable social and environmental What s the biggest misconception about start-ups? That money comes easily and there s plenty of it, and that within six months the start-up will be thriving. It actually takes a great deal longer than that. What s the best advice you received early in your start-up journey? Try not to borrow money as debt will cause you stress and may derail you from focusing on your core mission in order to keep debtors happy. PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED COURTESY OF SARAH COLLINS ISN T SHE WONDERFUL? Social entrepreneur and founder of Wonderbag Sarah Collins answers readers questions this month How did the idea of Wonderbag come about? Many women use fire to cook daily and I realised that we need to find an alternative to this, as exposure to smoke fumes is dangerous. Was social entrepreneurship always on your radar? I have been a social entrepreneur since the age of five. Do you ever fear failure? I am so grateful that I don t. I have always said: If I fail, so what? I can always be a waitress. My biggest fear is not trying at all. What has been your experience of trying to get funding? It is an incredibly tough process and it s difficult to find the right investors and amount necessary for your business needs. It is important to be patient and always do background checks. Has social media helped you grow your company s reach? Yes and no. You cannot solely rely on social media, as it only works if you get the message and content right. This is easier said than done and costs money. Many people credit mentors for helping them early in their careers. Did you have a mentor? It s difficult to name one mentor as there have been many, but I think the person who has been my greatest ally and constant motivator is Paul Polman, Global CEO of Unilever. ELLE.CO.ZA 127

129 RSVP THULA SINDI SHOW DR PRECIOUS MOTSEPE & MARIANNE FASSLER SPERO VILLIOTI SHOW MERCEDES-BENZ JOBURG FASHION WEEK Date: August Time: 6:30pm Mall of Africa LUTHER JAMES LUNGILE NKOSI ITUMELENG MODISE MA NALA & NOMZAMO MBATHA MANTHE RIBANE GAVIN RAJAH SHOW While Africa Fashion International invited us to experience fashion on the runway from our local designers, it was a photography feast after each show as we waited outside for the next one to start PHOTOGRAPHY: THEMBA MBUYISA SHELLEY MOKOENA YAONE REFENTSE 128 ANITA BLACK ELLE.CO.ZA MARIA MCCLOY, MATTHEW MENSAH & NTOMBI MSIBI NICOLA COOPER

130 ADDRESS PHOTOGRAPHY: JUSTIN DINGWALL A B C D E F Prices and availability were checked at the time of going to press. ELLE cannot guarantee that prices will not change or that items will be in stock at the time of publication Adidas Aldo Aldo Accessories Aya Velase Bulgari Burberry / Calvin Klein Cartier Caslazur Clicks Colette Hayman Convoy Country Road Cyla Gonsalves Diane Paris Dior Dis-Chem Dolce&Gabbana Elizabeth Arden Espadril Europa Art Shoes Footworks G H I J K L M Forever New Gavin Rajah Giorgio Armani Gucci Guerlain H&M INOAR Jeep Karen Millen KLûK CGDT Kuena Moshoeshoe Lalesso Lancôme Levi s L Oréal Louis Vuitton Luminance LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Luxottica MAC Cosmetics Marianne Fassler Maybelline N P R S T U Merchants on Long Michael Kors Mimco MRP Neo Serati NYX Professional Makeup Paul Smith Raymond Weil Red Square Ruff Tung Salvatore Ferragamo Seafolly Simon & Mary Sparkle Nail Academy Spitz Steve Madden Terrence Bray Tenfold Nail Salon Tiger of Sweden Topshop Urban Decay V W WITH LOVE, FROM THE ELLE TEAM (you ll thank us later!) THE FASHION TEAM S GUIDE TO FASHION WEEK: 1. Keep a pocket mirror (for lipstick checks) handy paparazzi is in full force and ever so trigger happy. 2. Keep a runway show schedule handy, so you always know what s when. 3. Start each day with a fully charged phone. You don t want it dying during a show-stopper moment. THE BEAUTY TEAM SHARE TIPS FOR LOOKING AND FEELING GOOD ON A BUDGET: Create your own hair-strengthening honey and yoghurt deep conditioning hair mask. Combine 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt and work the mixture into your hair from root to tip. Keep the mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse out before allowing hair to air dry. Use natural green tea as a toner. Boil, wait for it to cool, then apply it to your face twice a day to make pores smaller, soothe irritated skin and get a luminous glow. Say hello to soft, supple skin by exfoliating in the shower with your own sugar scrub created by mixing sugar with coconut oil for moisturised, silky skin Versace Waif Watches of Switzerland Z Witchery / Woolworths Zara ELLE.CO.ZA 129

131 THE ART OF FASHION When art and fashion collide, magic unfolds COUTURE DANCE: PLIÉ IN BESPOKE DESIGNS With actress and style icon Sarah Jessica Parker as New York City Ballet (NYCB) board vice chair, the company has been given a new lease on style, when in 2012 it collaborated with legendary couturier, Valentino Garavani for its Fall Gala. Since then, the NYCB has tapped some of the best in the world, from Thom Browne to Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo, Zuhair Murad, Olivier Theyskens and Iris Van Herpen It s not only a showcasing of dance and fashion (the beautiful synergy that exists between the two worlds), but it has served as a fundraising mechanism with more than $10 million raised. This year s event takes place on 28 September, and includes the artistry of designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Monse, who are Oscar de la Renta veterans, Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, founder of Off-White, Virgil Abloh and Diane von Furstenberg s Jonathan Saunders. MONSE VIRGIL ABLOH JONATHAN SAUNDERS 130 ELLE.CO.ZA DESIGNER VIEWING: AWARDS SEASON HEARTS THE RED CARPET Awards season would not be as exciting (we think!) here and everywhere had it not been for the red carpet and its celebration of fashion. In 1961, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added the grand walk down the red carpet to its broadcast in the USA, turning it into a fashion feast, a formula that continues today beyond awards seasons to premières and any noteworthy social event on the calendar as a universal sign of must-see. DESIGNER MUSIC: A$AP ROCKY MEETS RAF SIMONS Forget the fact that A$AP Rocky may or may not be Kendall Jenner s beau, because the rhyme genius always looks on point. A lot of it has to do with his innate sense of style and his admiration for Belgian-born and now New York-based designer, Raf Simons who is ever present in his music. The creative officer at Calvin Klein ranks high on the rapper s agenda, having been mentioned in at least three of his tracks. He wore head-to-toe Calvin Klein to this year s Met Gala and, of course, paid homage to the brilliant designer in his recent single, RAF #squadgoals WOMEN ON TOP Although a lot still needs to be done about ensuring that models are not exploited on and off the runway, it is a step forward to see that the gender pay gap puts us on top. In a recent study in Britain, nine out of the top 10 models listed are women. David Gandy has landed the fourth spot with earnings for the year at 4m, and Cara Delevingne sitting powerfully pretty and empowered at the top with 8 million. PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES/ GALLOW IMAGES/ ILLUSTRATION: CARLA LATSKY / TEXT: TIDI BENBENISTI

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