8 of 2016


 Newsletter No. 8 18 March 2016


2016 South African Fashion Week 5-9 April

‘I cannot wait for South African designers to develop African luxury brands that are truly global. This was our vision at the initiation of SA Fashion Week in 1997. Now 19 years later we are looking at the role SA Fashion Week still maintains in unearthing, nurturing, growing, supporting, and now, selling designer labels.’ – Lucilla Booyzen, director SA Fashion Week.

As the fashion capital of Africa, Johannesburg is where the most influential designers come to showcase their collections. SA Fashion Week attracts a new generation of designers with talent, as well as entrepreneurial skills. They are responding to the demands of the South African consumer and a competitive marketplace. Through all the retail platforms that SA Fashion Week has created, designers are getting to know their customers so well that the product or service fits and sells itself.

Highlights of the Spring Summer 2016 Collections include: –

Clive Rundle communicating the myth between the geisha queen and her assistants.

Colleen Eitzen will use beautiful prints to blend coastal botanies with sea and sky in her inspiring East Coast natural cotton collection.

The essence for Gert-Johan Coetzee’s collection sits in the necessity of education on all levels, which comes through in layers of luxury and opulent fabrics.

Sun Goddess uses heritage stories to tap into a regal Africa that transcends time and fashion.

Hangwani from Rubicon is always referring back to her culture, to create a Venda inspired collection based on her childhood experiences. –

African hands creating clothes for African bodies is what we can expect to see from SIES!Isabelle this season.

Inspired by a dream state, Dominique Gatland from Lunar works with natural fabrics for the Lunar SS16 Collections. –

Tshepo from the brand Sober draws inspiration from movement and music, bringing their secrets hiding within femininity. –

Ryan from Keys Fashion fuses underwater colour, movement and magic, exploring the excitement that comes with uncertainty. –

SA Fashion Week guests can expect 1st class fashion in an aviation inspired Lufthansa 1st Best Collections final!

SA Fashion Week Collections Men Highlights: –

The Scouting Menswear final in association with GQ Magazine is opening the SA Fashion Week Collections Men.

Olé Ledimo of House of Olé is one of the designers that have successfully combined art, music and fashion. This season he is adding a new dimension, combining wearable art with street art. He plays with a juxtaposition between tailoring and streetwear, using his bespoke footwear to pull the look together.

Naked Ape bringing night and day together in a collection inspired by the architectural structure of the Moses Mabida Stadium, the mosaic seating arrangement is interpreted in print for day and the amazing linear stitch and zip trim for the monochromatic night.

Ephymol will be bringing a 70’s African glam collection to wow the SA Fashion Week Audience. –

Another must-see is D.O.P.E’s off-site show on Friday the 8th of April! The venue will be announced shortly.

From influential and innovative designers, to stylists and fashion photographers, SA Fashion Week is Johannesburg’s must-see fashion event!

Drug Abuse in the Clothing and Textile Industry.

Thousands of people are employed in the Clothing and Textile Industry in the Western Cape. Many of these live in gang and crime infested areas, on the Cape Flats. Additionally – the area and its residents are being ravaged by the local explosion of the use of the drug known locally as “tik” or Methamphetamine.

In 2003 the drug was virtually unknown. Currently, the drugging profile in the Western Cape is Dagga, 36%, followed closely by tik at 28%. It’s been an incredibly rapid increase over a very short space of time and there are a number of reasons.  Some of it is generational in that every generation has new music, dress sense and so on, and they also like new drugs. It used to be Mandrax (Methaqualone), and tik is used in a similar way. Tik is cheap, widely available, easy to make, the precursors are also available, and the recipe is on the Internet, so there are lots of small operations making tik. Tik is highly addictive, higher than alcohol, dagga (cannabis), Mandrax et cetera.

The effects of tik addiction are quick and harsh. Addicts quickly become dysfunctional and unemployable. So there’s the loss of income of the breadwinner. And families of the addict also suffer terribly. The addict becomes the most powerful member in the family unit. Nobody knows how to deal with them lest they set them off on a violent drug induced episode. Family appliances, like TV’s that can be exchanged easily for cash go missing. Sadly, sentimental items like wedding rings and family heirlooms are also sold for drugs. The stories of family devastation are heartbreaking.

In terms of treatment, there are options and there is quite a good success rate compared to heroin, for example. This is largely due to two reasons. With tik, the time period from onset of use to seeking treatment is generally shorter than for other drugs. Second, there is a high incidence of psychotic episodes among tik users, which motivates them to seek treatment early because that scares them.

If you or your company would like to find out about treatment options, please call Vaughan Pankhurst on 083 415 7804.


Drug User Statistics in the Western Cape

Demographic Profile: –

Ethnic Group Coloured – 78% Black – 15% White – 7%

Drugs of Choice

Dagga, (36%) was this year’s most frequent cited drug of choice, followed by Amphetamines (mainly Crystal Methamphetamine or “tik” (28%), heroin (18%), Alcohol 8%

Employment  Unemployed – 44%  Students/learners’ – 41%  Employed – 13%  Self employed – 1

Involvement in Crime – 56%   Spent time in jail – 23%


Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. 889 people treated during 2014.

United Nations Office on Drug and Crime

Recovery Direct – Cape Town, South Africa.

083 415 7804  10 High Wycombe, Wycombe Avenue, Constantia.


Did you Know…….

  • Did you know that the style of low-hanging baggy pants, worn by Hip-Hop devotees, originated in the prisons of Los Angeles, in which inmates were not allowed to wear… guess what… belts!
  • Buttons on Jacket Sleeves?  Apparently Napoleon Bonaparte decreed that buttons needed to be attached to jacket sleeves to stop soldiers from wiping their runny noses on their jacket sleeves. Later this “detail” got adopted into the main stream fashion wear and lasted into our times….
  • Did you know that a person collecting Neckties is know as a …Grabatologist and the necktie is considered to be the most popular father’s day gift around the world?


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