Welcome our new face of the month, Katharina, who you all may recognise from our 'About' button above. She is co-founder and the digital and layout queen of our fashion blog...to see the amazing photo editorial, simply click on the 'Bombe du Mois' button above.
Okay, so when we saw this great strawberry, then we HAD to take a few photos there...and tomorrow we unveil our face of the month...and a first for us...with co-founder, Katharina...so, watch this space for more!
It’s off to Cologne we go to be all festive and this time we are picking up this month’s Bombe du Mois personally. So, we are going to be fashion silent for a few days, but busy honing our skills and we will be back bringing you all the finest from the city with the world famous cathedral…
Picture Credit: Photo taken from halternerzeitung.de
With the summer season clearly having started in Cape Town, it is with a small pang of envy that we present this next photo. After all, yesterday was the calendar start of winter in Europe.
Ederees has already been featured in our very first photo spread from the mother City, but this next outfit just had to be published by us, as it ticks all the right fashion boxes: clashing prints (camo, tropical and animal), just enough bling and the shaved side haircut du jour. All clothing is by Eve Emporium and more details can be found on Facebook. Take note all you fashionistas, this is a look worth mimicking this summer!
Picture Credit: Photo appears courtesy of Ederees
Bad weather calls for cool hats (I have just broken in my new Stetson from Paris) and here the rule is, find one that suits and does not overpower the look you are going for. After all, a bit of drama is wonderful, but you don’t want to look as though you are on the way to perform at tonight’s show of Les Mis.
So, we of course had to post this great look, spotted in a shopping arcade in Milan. The hat is awesome and we love the creeper boots and oversized window pane check blazer. The nod to Valentino did not go amiss…the studded bag is great and brings a rougher touch to the elegant jacket.
Picture credits: all blazer pictures from asos.com
At this time of year, when the season is gradually starting to grow cold and we are drawn to those things that brighten up our day, we have a real gem of an interview for you all...meet the jewelry designer, Shourouk...this Paris native is making mega waves in the design scene with her wonderfully ornate creations. Well, considering she trained at Chloé, Galiano and and Cavalli, she has had enough heady influence to bring us the remarkable confections (now includiong a bag selection) we are craving for! She took some time out to answer a few questions (thank you for that!) and we were dazzled indeed...
1. What is the inspiration behind the new collection?
This SS15 collection talks about my bejeweled secret garden. The pastel colors of Jacques Demy films have rocked my childhood and so films like “Les demoiselles de Rochefort” or “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” inspired me this season. I tried to capture the ladylike purest expression of Spring with my crystal flowers but falling into a surrealist chaos. Is all about the 60’s and the dazzling charm of the bourgeoisie with those technicoloured pastels. I reinvented the Acapulco bag embellished with flowers and butterflies that come also to decorate my first line of jellyfishes…a word where plastic is fantastic!
2. When you design, is it for a particular woman?
Any kind of woman could be wearing Shourouk’s. Those are versatile designs; a more classical woman could find herself attracted to the more joaillerie aspect of them, with the emerald, deep blue and crystal. Someone with a high-‐fashion look will go for strong bright colors, statement pieces. The range of Shourouk client is quite wide, as it shows on the celebrities wearing the brand; you can have Michelle Obama elegant, more classical as well as Anna Dello Russo who is completely eccentric.
3. Are there plans for a men's collection?
I would like to bling-‐bling guys one day, yesssss!!
4. Are you a fan of vintage accessories?
Personally, I love mix & match, that’s what makes your style so personal and you will find the key to be original. It is not to follow a precise trend or to buy a complete outfit from one big designer; it is more about reflecting your lifestyle and feeling like yourself. You just have to think outside the box and mix luxury, with vintage, or traditional or even cheap! For the vintage clothes it is not really about label, it is more about taste. You have to look hard to find the right piece, with the right color or print and that will match with your own style. I recently bought a pair of Balenciaga court shoe that I love because they could look totally vintage!
5. What jewelry do you wear each day? Do you have one piece you always wear?
My PVC Acapulco Bag!!! I customized it for me, I can’t stop wearing it, is fresh is new and it has the perfect size, big enough to have all what you need inside! In terms of jewels I can’t stop wearing my Tubular necklace black & white of the FW14 with the earrings that are on the same sequins colors…it has a magical touch, modern & fashionable! Also I have to say that, all the seasons I try to surprise with a special bag and for this collection baptized “Brigitte” I create my 1st line of rubber Pannier. It is my favorite piece of the SS15!!! I think is going to be the next piece I will never separate myself of!
6. What would your advice be to someone buying jewelry for the first time?
That jewels are made just for have fun! There are no rules when accessorizing yourself. Try to take risks, you can accumulate, mix and match, jewelry gives you the opportunity to try so many things and it can twist and add the final touch to a look really easily, so just go for it!
7. Do you have a jewelry icon? Someone you look up to for their good work?
My Jewelry icon is Ambaji Venkatesh Shinde. I have always his book with me. He designed exceptional jewels for the fabled Maharajas of India. India is always present as a source of inspiration for me because of its splendor and diversity. I love to adapt Maharadja’s jewelry into a contemporary vision playing with colours like Jet hematite, Crystal Silvernight or Emerald to add a classical touch to pieces inspired on the complex Indian jewelry. I really admire designers that have a strong identity and aesthetic and are not afraid to take risks. For example, Miucca Prada is one my favorite designer, she thinks about the women when she designs, and she always adds a touch of irony to her collections! Frida Kahlo is also one of my Icons, I love her art, her life, her style. I have pictures of her in my studio and I even travel to visit her house in Mexico!
8. What is your fashion style? What do you love to wear?
Me, I am too much, I love to be jeweled!!! You could wear a pair of jeans and a plain t-‐shirt, but as long as you have a couture necklace to wear it with you are fashionable. It is the detail that will make your look, it has more possibilities, and I think that it is this playful aspect that makes it so desirable. I think that jewelry is a really good communication tool, because it gives away clues on your personality. You can read on someone with the way they accessorize, it can be loud and over top or subtle and delicate, even the absence of jewelry can tell something.
9. What should every woman have in her handbag?
A lipstick + little mirror + brush + mini perfume = That’s all you need to make yourself look put-‐together in a second. I am completely in love with perfume miniatures; I love collect them, I think I have thousands of them at home; it’s kind of addictive!
10. Fashion blogs: good or bad?
I had myself one blog but I stopped it, I have tones of work and I prefer to invest myself fully in my new collections rather than feeding my blog. Also I am not so much a computer Internet things…I have to say that some fashion bloggers that are really talented and make a good job with rich posts but others, who knows, they think they are Anna Wintour…
Picture Credits: all images supplied by Shourouk
That we are fans of monochrome is indeed no secret. Here, at Dashing George HQ, we love the simplicity and functionality of using two colours to create a look. After all, the genius does indeed lie in the detail. There is a reason after all why season after season, the white blouse pops up, the black blazer has another reworking and the classic and unfussy black pair of trousers is modified. Suddenly these basics are no longer mundane. They are the key pieces that will transform a look because they are reliable and like a trusted old friend, they will never let you down.
Take our next model, spotted on her way through busy, busy, busy Milan. We love the black Asos skirt and Givenchy glasses. The fact that she manages to snag two trends in one top is also a coup indeed: see-through and gym-style. What she clearly has nailed down is not only that awesome Italian flair, but a drop dead gorgeous smile…and that, in my book, is timeless.
We turn to our label of choice for effortless monochrome: Acne. Here are our top three: the sleeveless black dress, this Avre mesh shirt and these Saville cropped trousers. These three are available online through the official website, retailing at 140, 320 and 290 euros respectively.
Photo Credits: all Acne photos taken from acnestudios.com
Welcome in the season where all we want to do is wear oversized t-shirts and lounge…it is after all the season to be jolly but there is always that part of our being that just wants to be cosy and comfortable…and this is usually frowned upon in fashion circles…BUT take a look at our next streetstyler spotted in Milan. She manages to pull off this comfy look with enough esprit and charm. We love the nod to the grunge look with the black boots and leggings…and the perfect hair is always a plus!
Try on these for size:
Picture Credits: shirts pictures taken from zara.com, unger-fashion.com & cosstores.com
With the world spinning towards Christmas and all that sparkles, we are pleased that one of our favourite jewelry designers is presenting something new and fabulous for all of you to gawk at. The new Bollicine Collection, by Nathalie Jean is fun without being too whimsical and the craftsmanship is a wonder to behold. This new playful collection brings a bit more colour to Nathalie’s usual palette. With subtle pastel hues, these adornments are sure to liven up any pullover or blouse. Oh, go on…spoil yourself! For more wonderful pieces, simply visit Nathalie online at nathaliejean.com
Picture Credit: taken from nathaliejean.com
Meet Vika from Johannesburg...here revealing her newest outfit for all of you to see. We thought, what would brighten up your Sunday and blast a bit of positive fashion energy into the start of your new week? This wonderful dress is designed by Nqobile Tshalata and you can find her designs under the fashion label, Dainty Frocks...after all, which woman would not want something ethnic without the usual tired, typical african motifs? Be like Vika and add some sex appeal with some great heels and..this awesome pair is by Jimmy Choo, ladies...and don£t get us even started on the perfectly matched lips and nails! Hat's off, Vika!