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Coming Soon: Chanel Iman Covers Elle Sept 6

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Good Taste: 100 Women 10 Wines

While I prefer red wines, particularly Brunello, I have learned the art of  pairing the right wine with that special meal.  However, I have never given much thought about how to pair the right wine with that special occasion until now.

Have you ever wanted to try something different to impress the in-laws, relax your nerves, or create a romantic mood? Well  South Africa’s leading independent drinks commentator,  The Pendock Uncorked, asked women to list 100 best wines for 10 special occasions.

Ready to tempt your palate?  If so, try these suggestions:

Outdoor drinking: sunny day, easy drinking to go with braai cuisine

Blouvlei rosé 2010
D’vine rosé
Ernie Els SA rugby sauvignon blanc 2011
Ernie Els SA rugby shiraz/cab 2010
Like father like son chenin blanc 2011

The in-laws are coming – something to impress

De Morgenzon reserve Chenin Blanc 2009
Edgebaston cabernet sauvignon 2008
Edgebaston the berry box 2009
Flat Roof Manor pinot grigio 2011
Flat Roof Manor sauvignon blanc 2011

The big date – romance is in the air – wine to compliment the moment

Bartinney Chardonnay 2009
DMZ Concerto 2008
Durbanville Hills merlot rosé 2011
Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2010
Flat Roof Manor pinot rose 2010

Long lunch – girl friends, gossip and a long lunch

De Morgenzon garden vineyards rosé 2009
False Bay rosé 2010
Hartenberg chardonnay 2009
Les Coteaux cabernet sauvignon 2010
Miss Molly kitchen thief sauvignon blanc

You can read the entire list here The Pendock Uncorked

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Video: Lanvin Fall 2011 Campaign

Photo Credit: Lanvin

The London based Fabryan label is known for creating unique feminine designs.  The Autumn/Winter 2011 collection creates an urban glamour allure with its elegant silk dresses and gowns.   We love the urban glamour allure.

Photo Credit: Fabryan


While perusing my facebook fan page Bennu Cafe on Sunday evening I came across a very interesting discussion involving Kanye West… West is known for causing controversy on and off the stage, however, this time the issue was that of fashion. 

Kanye West has created quite a buzz in the fashion world as he is gearing up to debut a womenswear collection in September at New York Fashion Week.  Women’s Wear Daily also confirmed that the pop star will be teaming up with Guiseppe Zanotti to design a line of stilettos!!!   He joins the likes of Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jay Z, Gwen Stefani among other celebutantes who have ventured into high fashion to capitalize on urban consumer’s ..How do Afropolitan designers feel about this?   The Org of Black Designers facebook fan page  had my full attention here’s what they had to say:

“Though we understand the draw of celebrity when are companies going to step to true designers and when are these fake celebrity designers going to collaborate or bring in all of you REAL talented BLACK DESIGNERS?! Should our top Black designers be Diddy, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye or Pharrell instead of Tracey Reese, Shane & Shawn Ward, Mikel Kilgour or LaQuan Smith? WTF! I gotta lie down.”

 

Say what you will the man definitely has style. View some of my fave Kanye looks below:

 
 

 

Photo Credit: ModaMob.com

Arise Magazine is known for bringing the best in African fashion to cities across the globe and in September they return to New York with their highly anticipated “Made in Africa” collective September 15th, 5pm at Avery Fisher Hall.    

 Here’s what Mercedes Benz Fashion Week reps had to say:

“Since the launch of ARISE magazine and our inaugural ARISE show three seasons ago, it has been our mission to bring African culture to a wider global audience. We are proud to be able to give some incredibly talented designers the opportunity to showcase their creations on a global platform, an opportunity they would not hitherto have been afforded.”

Uhmmm, ok…    Below is a list of some of the featured designers that will be showing their S/S 2012 collections. Happy showing! May the seats be filled with stockist/buyers, Edward Enninfuls and Anna Wintours. 

Bunmi Koko

 Kluk CGDT

 

 Tsemaye Binitie

 Jewel By Lisa

 

Pierre-Antoine Vettorello

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Antwerp-fashion, HauteFashionAfrica

Earlier this year Balmain, the rock-glamour Parisian house, named  25-year-old Olivier Rousteing  their new creative director.  Olivier Rousteing designed for Roberto Cavalli for 5 years before joining Balmain’s womenswear studio in 2009.  The question on everyone’s minds is will he be able to deliver this season? The jury’s still out… We’ll just have to wait and see, the collection will debut at Paris Fashion Week in October!! Ooh la la….

Azzedine Alaïa A/W 2011



 

“….technical feats like this collection’s short fitted jackets, as well as evening dresses that limned the body to the hips, dipped to cup the bum, then erupted into flamencolike tiers of ruffles. All in knit! Sober yet erotically charged, they were looks for proper grown-ups—of any age. “You just don’t see clothes like that,” one loyal customer rhapsodized at show’s end. “There’s everyone else. Then there’s Alaïa.” – Style.com

Azzedine Alaïa is undoubtedly a master at his craft.  His Autumn/Winter 2011 collection will leave you breathless.. I’m drooling over the above knit dress, oh Alaia!! View more of my faves below.

Photo Credit:  Style.com

 

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Dazed and Confused: Ajak Deng

 

Super Haute!!  Ajak Deng poses for Dazed and Confused September 2011 issue

“The September 2011 Issue of Dazed and Confused features a large cast of top models ( Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Alana Zimmer, Anais Pouliot, Marloes Horstsporting Fall 2011 pieces.) amongst whom Sudanese model, Ajak Deng shines through looking gorge in Gareth Pugh and Dolce & Gabanna in this mood-themed editorial [Collections] as styled by Katie Shillingford, Robbie Spencer and Karen Langley.” – FashionAfrica.com

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Video:54 Kingdoms Trip to Haiti

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A recap of our trip to Haiti with the Edeyo Team and volunteers. A big thank you goes out to everyone who made this possible: GOD, our Facebook family, Donors, the Built for Haiti management and volunteers.