Fresh Out: Malanga Designs presents African couture bags

My latest visit to the V&A Waterfront proved to be beyond fruitful after I discovered a distinct handbag and accessories designer in the heart of the craft market. The workmanship and attention to detail in the design of the bags is impeccable. If you love high fashion and you love Africa, convincing you about this gem of a store is unnecessary. Peep the store at the V&A for yourself. Malanga Designs, all products are hand crafted from genuine leather. They are truly designed and made in Cape Town, South Africa.

Get yours: malangadesigns@gmail.com

Fur bags, duffel bags & crocodile belts….It gets no better! You won’t regret this Freshness. Straight urban finesse.

Zebra handbags & clutches

More armcandy...

Something for the Colour Blockers

More skin...

So Gorj.

Straight freshness

For the Duffel Bag Enthusiasts. - Duffel Bag Boyz

The Crème of Africa

More Crème of the A

Belts galore!

For the Crocodile aficionado

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Lacoste A Nostra!

12.12.12. saw the launch and tribute to René Lacoste, one of, if not the inventor of the polo shirt. The brand pays homage to the stylish yet practical piece and honours the brand for sticking to its core yet flexible styling values. We salute Lacoste and look forward to futuristic things to come from the Lacoste HQ, keep it moving y’all! Peep the most recent release of the future polo below.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa: Day 1 Highlight – Laurence Airline

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The Good & The Bad at the 2012 Feather Awards

Meanwhile at the raunchy feather awards it went from disturbing hairdo’s to people who’ve never used mirrors, but in and  amongst this hot mess there was still a rockstar scooping up an award in a gorgeous orange Gert Johan number  and performances pulling that diana ross glamour so the face of fashion is not entirely dead. *sigh of relief*

Bonang in a Gert Johan Coetzee peplum dress. #Winner

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Look of the Day: Beyonce’s Instagram pic in a Mary Katrantzou dress

Beyonce in a Mary Katrantzou interior chandelier printed frock

We love this Mary Katrantzou interior printed frock for its flow, comfortable yet fabulous.  This ‘blousy’ dress offers a great loose fit and you still get the fashion-forward signature digital print. #Winner

Beyonce Look of the Day

Mary Katrantzou interior chandelier printed frock

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Collaboration: M.I.A. X Versace

The latest word on the fashion streets is that M.I.A. is said to be soon teaming up with Donatella Versace for a new range turns out they may have a whole lot in common when it comes to the ‘baroque-esque’ gold prints Versace is known for. There’s not much information out about the collabo so lets expect the unexpected until further notice.

M.I.A. at the Paris Fashion Week Versace Haute Couture Fall 2012 show

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Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show

Yet another outstanding collection by Ralph Lauren making us remember why we fell in love with fashion in the first place. This was so fresh, classy & feminine, but what took center stage was the evening gowns towards the end of the show, Exceptional!

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Milan Fashion Week Exclusive: DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2013

Dean & Dan murdered this collection, this is what you call classy street wear, so very well executed. It is lady meets rockstar, there’s no doubt this one’s going to be HUGE!

DSquared2 Runway stills

Chic street wear

Street- formal mad style cred.

Final runway still

The dress that closed the show...Damage!

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York: David Tlale Spring 2013

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Tom Ford explains the inspiration behind his 2012 fall beauty range

Yet another reason we can’t get enough of Tom Ford, his new beauty range is what a woman is all about. The deep sensual colours, the gorgeous scents & of course packaging is (almost) everything! In this case the packaging makes a bold tasteful statement but the most important thing Tom Ford says of beauty is “understanding the architecture of your face”, this makes all the difference.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Beauty Autumn 2012

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Suprising style comebacks and come-ups at the 2012 MTV VMA’s

September was cause for many great fashion comebacks and come-ups but from all the bad fashion choices there were still a few style winners.  On the menswear side there were some interesting style choices from startling stars first off 2 chains looked mighty stealth with BLACK X GOLD over everything look, then of course Ne yo is always a gentleman this time in black and camo accessorized to perfection. Man of the night was undoubtedly Kevin Hart, he is always impeccably dressed, standard. Kevin’s style certifying item at the awards though was most definitely the Dsquared calfskin leopard print tuxedo jacket, showstopper. Miley Cyrus was honing her grown woman look in a stunning black Emilio Pucci gown with an even better view from the back you just can’t fail at any angle in Emilio Pucci she continued murdering the look with a crystal embellished Edie Park box clutch, death. Also in Emilio Pucci was  Rita Ora making  a smashing refreshing statement in an embellished Pucci jumpsuit, its a pity her stylist didn’t consult Victoria’s Secret for the other half of the outfit nevertheless she managed to seal the damage with hot black pair of Christian Louboutin’s, deadly. Rita put the last nail in the box with her second outfit a white Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture gown honestly this woman is such a rockstar for keeping on pushing those fashion boundaries.  Zoe Saldana on the other hand was an absolute LA stunner rocking that Salvatore Feraggamo Resort 2013 dress. The Swifty Taylor was attempting to channel her inner spy/ceo  in that white tux which ever it was she tried and she won. Best dressed for keeping it fresh though was none other than Jessica Szohr the shoes, the dress it was all one style fest success on her, straight killer. Lesson here being attempting is betta than not trying at all on these mean fashion red carpet streets.

Fashion highlights below

2 Chainz

Ne Yo

Ne Yo

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart Dsquared calfskin leopard print tuxedo jacket

Miley Cyrus in Emilio Pucci

Miley Cyrus in an Emilio Pucci carpet killer & Edie Park box clutch

Rita Ora in an Emilio Pucci jumpsuit

Rita Ora in a Stéphane Rolland couture gown

Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture

Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture

Zoe Saldana in Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013

Taylor Swift

Jessica Szohr best fresh dressed

Rita Ora, Chris Brown, Zoe Saldana & Kevin Hart

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Paris Couture Fashion Week: Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2012/2013

Futuristic, edgy, colourful, sexy, Versace! Donatella knocked the ’13 Atelier off the runway, killer boots and deadly couture cocktail wear. Dressed to kill on these dangerous Versace streets is the message to the fashionista’s in 2013.

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Sao Paulo Fashion Week : Movimento Swimwear 2013

This is the perfect adaptation of floral meets military, brazilian beach wear at its best. When tropical camouflage and romantic florals are teamed with the most femine flattering silhouettes you get swimwear perfection in the freshest cuts while still pushing those boundaries. This collection alone is enough of an excuse to go on vacation early.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Movimento Swimwear Summer 2013

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Movimento Swimwear Summer 2013

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Movimento Swimwear Summer 2013

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Movimento Swimwear Summer 2013

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Movimento Swimwear Summer 2013

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Milan Fashion Week Exclusive: Versace Men’s Spring/Summer 2013

Besides Donatella’s fantasy gladiator opening, this was one epic collection. Versace has never been known to be modest about making any statement in this case the exquisite metallic fabrics speak nothing but fame, the particular pieces that stood out in this collection are the vests, suits, trench coats and most definitely the jackets. We must say some of the bags could’ve held back on the patent leather even Versace must know when less is more either way it’s all fresh, all Versace, all Rockstar!

Versace Mens Wear Spring 2013 runway stills: The detail

Versace Mens Spring/Summer 13

Versace Mens Spring/Summer 13

Versace Mens Spring/Summer 13

Spotted Front Row: The resident NY gentleman Chace Crawford

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Africa Fashion Week New York: Sarfo of Styles colourful collection

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Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Colcci Spring 2013

Tastefully refreshing collection,  island prints are a huge for summer and that casual fit is banging! Candice Swanepoel killing it as the first face & that crop peplum she had on is beyond magical, Colcci is kicking runway a** this season!

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Africa Fashion Week New York: Editalo Designs

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Pronovias 2012 Bridal Collection – Barcelona Show

The Pronovias 2012 Wedding Show takes you to the most elegant fairytale wonderland where wedding gowns know not the ends of beauty, each dress a glistening flower on its own. Karolina Kurkova closed the show with a sexy but sophisticated dreamy gold-lined gown, too fierce!

Pronovias 2012: Karolina Kurkova final gown

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Fashion Cardiac Arrest: Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2012/2013

Warning: This collection is deadly!

The Naomi Campbell final down shutdown the whole show. Spectacular!

Naomi Campbell in final gown

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Paris Fashion Week Exclusive: DW by Kanye West debut!

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Just in case you missed the show, it wouldn’t be right not to share one of 2012’s most epic moments in fashion. The  Kanye West  Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show was part of Paris Fashion Week at Halle Freyssinet on March … Continue reading

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