It’s the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!


It’s D-Day for the Joburg leg of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2017 and the who’s who in the fashion scene will head to the Mall of Africa in Waterfall Park, Midrand, on Wednesday evening for start of the event themed #RootedInStyle.

The first show kicks off with Kluk CDGT taking to the runway. More shows are scheduled to follow from Thursday to Saturday.

There will be 44 South African and international designers at this year’s show.

Making their debut will be Tanzania’s Sheria Ngowi, Chidinma Obairi from Nigeria and Vizuvlgvds from the United States.
Fashion Week favourites, Leigh Schubert, Marianne Fassler and David Tlale will also showcase their collections.

Describing his collection, Thula Sindi said it was all about a celebration of 10 years of the Thula Sindi brand. “A love letter to all my customers. This collection revisits all my favourite things… Simplicity. Inspired. Sophistication,” he said.

Renowned designer and brains behind Leopard Frock, Fassler said her collection for the show would respond to a recent trip by the creative director Lezanne Viviers, to Morocco. “The traces of this adventure provide the leitmotiv for this collection, reflecting both the craft, the colours and the connectedness of everything on this continent,” Sassler said.

Ngowi said his favourite material for the spring/summer season is linen meanwhile his go to colours are royal blue, white, grey and black.

About his collection for the show, the men’s wear designer said he’s learnt that resilience and having unshakeable faith, are vital ingredients to being the best he can be.

“The humble realization that what I am fighting for today, what I am building today, is breaking barriers for the generations to come and in so doing, I am able to leave a legacy of hope, endurance and courage for other young Africans. My new collection embodies this,” Ngowi said.

Through his brand, Vizuvlgvds (pronounced visual gods), American designer, Muktar Onifade will be showcasing his “GVD IN YOU” collection, inspired by the renaissance of young African creative’s.

More details are available here.




Doors open on Joburg’s latest downtown entertainment hub

Food, films and art exhibits are some of the attractions of Joziburg, a cool lifestyle complex on Eloff Street.


Johannesburg’s freshest spot, Joziburg, at No1 Eloff Street, is the latest new complex for food, film, exhibitions and parties.

The blue and turquoise corner block in downtown Jozi is already home to creatives who live in its loft-style apartments.

Now its office, retail and entertainment offerings are ready.

Joziburg, owned by property management company Molten Black, which was established by Geoff Jardine and Bruce Thomson, is a neighbourhood of ”colours, freedom and expression” in the inner city.

Bag Alley is a shopping space that combines informal street trader-style stores with a platform for entrepreneurs to get to grips with retail in a cost-effective and stimulating atmosphere.

Last month ”cultural curators” programmed daily public events for the space and screened Sifiso Khanyile’s June 16 documentary, Uprize, at the first of the building’s monthly ”film noir” screenings.

The Kollektive Pop Up Gallery opened last month and future collaborations will incorporate fashion, sneaker culture, art and design.

The gallery will introduce a new artist around a night market setting with drinks, cocktails and food on every last Thursday of the month for the next five months.

On Saturday Joziburg’s rooftop hosts the Feel Good Sessions with great local DJs playing an agile blend of funk, soul, R&B, house, hip hop, reggae and global grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern-day bangers.

On Sunday the same venue will host the Bubblegum Club’s New Sound Night, a weekly platform for musical projects or newly released music.

Source: The Times.


Cocktail Recipe: Sidecar



Ingredients: Cognac or brandy, orange liqueur (such as Cointreau), lemon juice


Backstory: The sidecar is named after the oddball motorcycle attachment first appeared around the end of the first World War. It’s locational start is a bigger debate, whether that was in a fancy hotel in Paris or a fancy gentleman’s club in London. Either way it was a massive hit, with its use of uniquely French ingredients such as Cognac and Cointreau.

Why it’s a classic: “It’s boozy and acidic with a dry finish. I like to take a page from the brandy crusta and finish it with a half-sugar rim, making it into a sort of deconstructed cocktail. Great aperitif or, if truly in the mood, a perfect nightcap.”—Laboy

Starter recipe:

2 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Twist the rim of a coupe into a plate of sugar so it attaches to the glass’s rim. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into sugar-rimmed coupe and garnish with an orange peel.


Zahara Is Coming!

Zahara Is Coming!

Zahara was born as Bulelwa Mkutukana in the Phumlani Informal Settlement outside of East London in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Zahara released her debut album Loliwe in 2011 and it went platinum in 13 days and double platinum after 17 days, selling over 100,000 copies in South Africa, and what followed was a road to complete
success, including receiving 8 South African Music Awards in 2012, including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year”.



She will be on the Jozi Tese Stage!

Buy Tickets Here!



Bubbly 101: Let Us Drink

Bubbly 101: Let Us Drink

Bubbly season is officially here.

Winter is almost done. It’s time to sip your bubbly outdoors at the iconic Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

Here are the essential tips:


1) Safety first:

After you rip off the foil, keep the cage (you know, the small wire thing) on the cork–even after you untwist the wire. Once you loosen the cage, make sure you keep one hand over the cork so it won’t accidentally pop off.

2) Spin the bottle:

Don’t twist the cork. Instead take a tight grip of the cork (cage loosened, but still on) and twist the base of the bottle–this gives you a much better hold–until you slowly remove the cork. (Caveat:  There’s no shame in popping corks; after all champagne is about fun–just don’t aim at someone’s head.)

3) Chill out, just not too much:

We drink our champagne too cold. Let it sit out in the open–don’t drown it in a bucket of ice, the freezing temperatures lock-up flavors.

4) Grip and rip:

Grip your hand around the base of the bottle (if your hands are too small you can press your thumb on the indent on the bottom) for good balance and tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle to pour the wine along the side of the glass; this reduces the foam.

5) Say no to flutes:

Most places serve champagne in flutes–the glasses have cache and shows off the bubbles well. The trouble is flutes are terrible for tasting the wine–the shape prevents enough oxygen from getting into the glass to open up the champagne and worst of all, it blocks the aromas from reaching your nose which in turn limits the flavor.

6) Sniff and sip:

Don’t be afraid to bury your nose in the glass before your first sip–so much our of taste comes from smell. Have a taste and note the flavor. After that gently swirl your glass on the table and taste again, noting the subtle flavors the swirling has released.

7) Don’t over-think it:

Champagne is meant for celebrations–so relax and have a blast.

Source: Forbes