Win 440ml of Klaas [Competition]


When your weekend is coming to a close;Whether you’re hosting some friends, sipping on something cool while having some dindin, or it’s just one of THOSE days – I know the thirst is strong within most of us, to guzzle down anything from cooldrink, to beer, or even some premium cider.

So to quench your thirsts, dampen that throat, and perhaps even educate that palate on what great cider is, Savanna and I bring you a little competition to win a lil something.

Savanna Premium Cider has a new can out; It’s 440ml of dry but drinkable alcohol. Pass on the walk to your nearest supplier, and save those last coins and that Madiba paper for another day, and enter this competition to win a branded Savanna ice bucket and the new 440ml can six pack.

These cans can be used to enter the competition to win tickets to Kevin Hart’s show here in South Africa. See details after the Ts&Cs of this competition.

All you have to do is:

  1. Ideally drink Savanna…because…you know…that’d be great for obvious reasons.
  2. Follow Savanna (@SavannaCider) and I (@Lady_Crunk) on Twitter, and Like my Facebook Blog Page


Follow me on Instagram(@lady_crunk), and subscribe to my blog.

P.S: Bonus Kudos if you spread the word on the competition, Retweet my main competition post, and/or post pictures on any Social Media Platform with the tag #WinWithKlaas #Savanna and/or #440mlOfKlaas.

The winner will be announced on this bloggers Twitter and Facebook account on the 20th October 2015, at which point this blogger will make contact via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and organize delivery.

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Terms and Conditions:

This is a local competition, and the winner must have an address where the prize can be delivered to, within South Africa. Winner is chosen at the discretion of the blog’s owner. Winner must adhere to all the rules listed. This competition is not open to those younger than the age of 18. The blogs owner and Savanna reserve the right to alter the terms and conditions of this competition in whichever way is deemed necessary by them at any time.The date of delivery of your prize is dependent on numerous conditions,and as such, it may take time to get it to you – Hang in there!We’re coming.

Win a ticket to Kevin Hart’s Stand-Up Comedy Show thanks to Savanna Cider.

Savanna Premium Cider has been doing some amazing and fun promotions across South Africa, for the new looks of their bottles and cans. I got invited to a fun comedy/music entertainment/interactive game night in Port Elizabeth last month with a whole host of comedians, Savanna drinkers, humor addicts and media folk.

“Now that Savanna has fired up the comedy scene with the announcement that they are bringing international stand-up sensation Kevin Hart to South Africa for the first time ever, there are even more opportunities to win tickets to see him live with these new 440 ml cans.”

Just get your hands on the new 440ml Savanna Dry cans(thus my competition above) and you could be one of the lucky ones. From 1 October until 6 November, be on the lookout for a special code under the tab, then dial 1207726# to enter. The new 440 ml Savanna Dry cans retail at around R68.83 per 6-pack.

The necessity of foreign cinema approaching the South African film market differently

The South African cinematic market operates under different parameters , and as such, should be approached differently. If the primary goals are to raise awareness and educate, to entertain purely within the limitations of a genre, to push ones love of filmmaking into cult status, or whether one wishes for their cinematic contribution to ultimately gain blockbuster status, different approaches customized to the locale become a necessity. People in South Africa, as a broad generalization, have a certain predisposition for certain movie genres, actors and the like.

Thee South African History Organization (2000) noted events that were key in South Africa’s associations with world cinema. A significant amount of  these events were intrinsically tied to race and the history of North America’s film industry. South African audiences were exposed to approximately 60 films which were predominantly in Afrikaans from 1956-1962, according to thee National Film and Video Foundation(2014). Based on the year 2000 report by the National Film and Video Foundation, the 70s exposed the juxtaposition in the treatment of South African film audiences from areas of film screening to the content – all due to racial discrimination.

Olwethu-Thando Klaas(2014:15) stated that: “the big distribution companies chose to show Hollywood and European films predominantly in the 80s. The reasoning behind this action was the accompanying of film marketing that was well-funded and polished – almost guaranteeing profits from the spectators who were attracted to the marketing campaigns. This resulted in South African audiences not being as exposed to South African and African films, but rather foreign films.” 

The deduction made by the National Film and Video Foundation was that the underdeveloped cinema audience of South Africa is owed to a deficiency of non-white South Africans cinema-going culture, prices of tickets at cinemas, and a lacking amount of content which is relevant.(Klaas, 2014) Low disposable income factors greatly in the way South African prioritize things. I have grown up with movies, and have watched a whole bunch of films at Ster Kinekor since the age of 4. I used to go to the cinema regularly, and was not bound to enjoying them during holidays and weekends alone. During university, and even today, I do not have ANY disposable income. So I prioritize the major North American science fiction blockbusters I love for when I have complimentary tickets to use after opening week.

I adore pop culture!

…and unfortunately, global pop culture has fallen into a state of banality wherein a rotation of recycled trends cycles with no end in sight. There is nothing new that is created, simply Retro-styling in ideal pastiche. As its come to be, fiction with no historical chronicle is deemed much of a risk to be invested in by media Juggernauts. Over the past 50 years it is destination narrative involving the progression of humanity that has saturated the minds of newborn audiences and screenwriters. So embedded is this notion of destination narrative that we now know no other reality, rejecting even the theorizing of any such alternative.

Through my research, I have discovered that South African audiences choose to watch films predominantly for pleasure, and seeing a film by a bona fide actor/actress whose past films have appealed greatly to the watcher. South African audiences do not have a distinct conception of genres, save comedy, “but they have a clear idea of the facets of film production that appeal to their gratification.”(Klaas, 2014)

It is imperative for foreign film industry folk to acknowledge their lack of insight, or even lack of caring, for South African markets. There is actually potential to profit greatly here. Indie films, documentary films, arthouse and film noir will not flourish here. There is simply no audience and industrial interest for them. However, South African audiences are enamored with the glamour of blockbuster film releases – and therein lies the key! I have several ideas for how foreign cinema should approach the South African cinema market differently.

…but that’s a post for another time.

London Fashion Week 2015: Event Review

I expected more.

I expected to be awed by an unparalleled sense of decadent historical nostalgia, contemporary style innovation and pure wonder at the annual spectacle that celebrated British fashion and implied subsequent creativity.

What I got was something that paled in comparison. I don’t count it to be a fault on my part for putting London Fashion Week on such a pedestal. The British Fashion Council markets and continuously praises itself for delivering near perfection in its  annual fashion events. I was not at fault for expecting perfection;nor does the fact that I come from a country still adolescent in its foray into being formidable fashion deliverers, discount my opinion as valid.

I spent a brief amount of time at Somerset House on the 19th in an attempt to sort out my press credentials, and map out the event location so I do not get lost and find myself out in the literal London cold with barely a know-how of how to return to a warm safe haven.

Day 1 of Fashion week was good because I had a wide-eyed wonder at the efficiency of the events entire planning and execution – despite being angered at my media accreditation debacle that took negotiations and pleading, cross-continental phone-calls and an impassioned speech delivered by me to the poor sods simply doing their jobs, to sort things out. Every one at the event was always moving, posing, social networking, or running after people to get releases signed. There were the British Fashion Council and Vodafone personnel dressed in white hats and black uniform they’d likely been advised to wear in a way that showcased their slim silhouettes, while at the same time remaining comfortable. Wi-fi pins were spoken in whispers, and the charging points at Somerset House set up by the official sponsors Vodafone meant the bloggers and general media hardly had a need to worry about low batteries that meant their content was delayed in being sent, and being kept out of the fashion loop because technology had defeated them.

I got invitations from Jean-Pierre Braganza, and another one illustrated by Tezo Kyungdon Lee, from J.JS Lee for their runway show at the British Fashion Council’s Courtyard Show space – a show which had opened up London Fashion Week Day 1. I found it my favorite immediately because of the collections aesthetic – J.JS Lee had managed to take already ordinary clothing items like A-line skirts, dresses and formal shirts, and use about 10 shades of grey, pasty yellow and fuscia pink to reconcile her tomboy childhood with crisp innovative design, and androgynous tailoring that breaks the stagnation of formal and informal apparel when styled right.

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The street style revealed orange to be this seasons staple color, and the Brits showed that their usually famed dour disposition could be lightened with bags, shoes and accessories in amazingly bright shades of color like sunshine yellow and variations of blue. Some attendees embraced meticulous tailoring, while others preferred to don apparel that nears the realm of Cosplay (costume playing) – because I somehow cannot find it in myself to deem actual doll-heads on jackets to be stylish – pardon my disdain.

I could likely dissect each attendees outfit and find merit and something terrible in it all, but for each person that wore something eye-catching, I found something nice in their look – whether it be some intense face metal bling, or whether it be the coats that had me contemplating changing nationalities. The winter coats, British fashion houses like Burberry are known for, are worn with such awe-inspiring coolness in London. Real fur and faux fur coats, scarves, shawls etc. were not exempt from making appearances as attendees rushed all over London for numerous shows. Fellow fashion aficionado Arian Humirang kept it popping each day with his looks. Clothing was not the only tool used by the Fashion Week attendees. Make-up and hair played a huge part in showcasing the individuality of attendees, and their particular brand of style.

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My Day 1 was finished off by attending the Royal Fashion Day at Middle Temple Hall, where there was an exclusive showing of off-schedule fashion designers works like Luca MicheleReka OroszBlack Rose CollectionElena RulFabrizio Poker, Beauty SecretInnu, and MODO Fashion Society – an event which would likely receive rave reviews due to the serving of some rather tasty alcoholic beverages. I found the bulk of the designs by the different designers to be very much more of the same. There was nothing new, and it was only the jackets made by Elena Rul that I found absolutely awesome.

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Day 2 began with the Pavane show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. I found the over-all show interesting thanks to the studio venue and the models make-up, and the clothing to be unassuming garb – dark palettes and apparel cut to slim forms and thereby ostracizing quite a group of larger potential customers by sheer design alone.

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While waiting in the queue at Freemasons Hall where the Fashion Scout Catwalk schedule shows were, I saw some folks wearing some really lovely accessories – from icy white and silver bling to 50s Stepford wife ensembles. I didn’t appreciate much in the Mimi Tran show, and the Soojin Lee show had an enviable stylish front row and an average collection set to a beautiful backdrop and soundtrack. The Coral infusion of the designs was the only thing singularly likable about the pieces.

Probably the show I was most eagerly anticipating was the invitation-only Zeynep Kartal show where the trend of gold-bar everything was remade into silver, and the red carpet designs of Stéphane Rolland, Cavalli, Humberto Leon for Kenzo, and Elie Saab were regurgitated – much to my disappointment.

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Day 3 began with the Kiev Fashion Days A/W Showcases including comfy babydoll cuteness by Anna K, relaxed yoga-like flowing cotton fabrics in pale violet and grey mixed tones by Pentatonica, and ethereal music setting the tone for moody ‘I’m walking in moors dramatically’ designs in the Dinara Nurlan show.

Xiao Li’s runway showcase was a fun show with apparel that looked like it was mocking pattern design with its neon color palette prints in childish cut-out designs. While I may not like the 3-D neon effect of the pattern designs, I loved the weird form the clothing took that made it seem odd to wear but really warm and comfortable. Given that I was experiencing the London winter, any warmth I experienced or saw likely triggered conscious bias.

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Seeing Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski at the Topshop Showspace was pretty cool. Thy dressed impeccably and kept their make-up game simple and smokey.


Day 4 began with Huishan Zhang’s runway show at the Rosewood London Hotel which I attended with the Mess Magazine team and Arian Humirang. We liked everything we saw – a diversity of color and design – new, insofar that it had thee most luxurious fabrics and combinations of embroidery and fabric mixes.

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Dora Abodi’s Unicorn on the runway probably made the show before it even began. I liked the leather jackets the most, but the attendees were way more interesting.

Day 5 began with a show that blew my mind because I love excess occasionally – MARKO MITANOVSKI! The collection was basic black and took item inspiration from Lady Gaga’s wardrobe and made them more dramatic, wearable, and stylish. For a second I questioned the “Blackface” make-up direction because I refuse to condone any form of racism, however, I saw that it in no way referenced non-white people in a negative way. The black make-up/paint was a creative direction that showcased the apparel better and spoke to the collections inspiration. It reminded me alot of Charlize Theron’s raven witch costume design in Snow white and the Huntsmen.

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I finished off my London Fashion Week with an invite-only blogger evening hosted by Maria Grachvogel at her London shop. The Champagne and Macaroons helped ease me into feelings of contentment while I browsed her shop. There was a particular cream chiffon jumpsuit that stood out for me. I loved its lines and its romantic feel. The whole event was intimate and made networking quite nice.

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The Summary:

My first experience of London Fashion Week was overall “Okay!”. I got to see what First World planning and execution is when it comes to fashion events – It’s incredible. I found the attendees to be 80% austere, super stylish in their own way, and eager for photo ops and passing about business cards, but not eager to properly engage and network.

Probably the thing that left me most disheartened was the general ambiance and the British Fashion Council’s approach to the event – that this is a business. They went through the motions of London Fashion Week without anyone enjoying the actual event. I understand that this is in part, a business. However, the very fabric of Fashion Week is composed primarily of an exploration and celebration of creativity, and not solely an endeavor to further the premise of business profitability. No one basked in the feats of incredible design, in the fact that thousands had traveled from all across the globe to be at this place for these moments in the life cycle of British fashion.

My advice for future London Fashion Week attendees:

  • Know the fashion event dates months in advance and constantly re-check the sites for updated dates.
  • Get business cards made for yourself with your name, number, email and website.
  • You get a good idea of where things falter and where people succeed when you have numerous comparisons to make. So attend Fashion Weeks on your own turf first. I found I rather enjoy Fashion Week’s in South Africa because we are everlastingly still in possession of that wide-eyed wonder when it comes to fashion, and that is something worth savoring.
  • If you’re a person prone to wearing strange things during fashion weeks, make sure you go to the fashion event’s location the day before it begins so you have a good idea of where you can stop to fix things inconspicuously, where the bathrooms are located, where the charging ports are, where your base will be to meet people should you or they get lost etc. Sometimes you just need a place to take off your stilettos – I make sure I case a spot out with cushions every time.
  • Eat before your fashion day stars. Things get hectic during the day. You may not anticipate it, but you could be doing interviews and photo shoots thanks to your great street style.
  • If your media accreditation for an event doesn’t come through, make sure you have contingency plans. As a back-up I got the list of PR companies handling the different fashion houses shows and requested tickets. Ensure the following are covered before you send the email to the PR Companies:

Have a publication commission you to cover the event. Get the Editor to write you a commissioning letter with the publications letterhead on it. Get the publications statistics in a separate letter and perhaps a breakdown of how you plan to write-up or photograph and publish.

Acquire a list from the organizers on the PR companies handling the fashion designers ticket distribution.

Have an idea of where you will be staying for the duration of the event.

Make your email to these PR agencies brief, and informative, and attach the various documentation with the email. Add the address you will be staying at for the duration of the fashion event so that they may post tickets to you.

  • They may look at you weirdly but smile, and compliment someone if they’re wearing something nice – even if you have no ulterior motive. It’s just a cool thing to do.
  • Say “Please” to the celebrities you take pictures of. I’ve seen paparazzi stampedes and they kind of scare the celebs guys. If you say please you might get some of the most perfect shots purely from the celebrity being shocked into freezing; Happened with me and Alexa Chung.
  • When getting photos taken of you, or when  you are taking photos of them, exchange cards and at the end of the day send an email so as to remind the person of the situation and not lose track of things. You’re working in the realm of media and things move super fast, as does memory loss.
  • Even when you’re just ordering coffee, browsing a shop or networking in the queue awaiting a runway show – You are selling yourself! That sounds prostitute’y but what I mean is that everyone is a potential connection whenever and wherever you are. Don’t annoy someone by bombarding them with information, but should they be willing, converse with them in a way that shows you find them interesting and that you too are a person worth knowing. I scored half of my tickets and business connections at Fashion Week just by talking (which we all know I love).
  • Please find pleasure in whatever you’re doing. Whether you are writing about an event, photographing it, working as a liaison, simply being an attendee or a PR guru – find your bliss and help make the event a success by transforming the ambiance into something palatable by sheer force of emotion. It’s not nice attending something where everyone seems depressed and just tired of this sh*t!

For the full album of street style pictures and runway show pictures, visit my Facebook page.

My looks for each day of London Fashion Week

Stay tuned. 
Next story is my round-up of my trip to London from a tourist angle.

African identity is not patterned fabric

This is something done by everyone, and even Africans are not exempt from this facet of stereotyping.

I believe that Africa and it’s identity cannot, and should not, be reduced to a kind of print fabric. You hear the words often uttered with cavalier disregard, as if ethnic authenticity and a connection to the truth of Africa is best verified and engaged through the use of beads and patterns of African landscapes and animals. Much like the rest of the world, we as a continent have so much more that defines us, and in those archaic motifs continuously perpetuated, there is the potential to cultivate innovative genius.

I couple of days I ranted to my friend and to the twittersphere at large, about the recently revealed national costume our Miss South Africa is set to wear at the Miss World 2014 pageant. I was entirely irked. Looking at it through subjective and objective perspectives, anyone can deduce it’s lack of simple design aesthetic and style. It was a burnt orange and earth tone brown floor-length dress teamed with a rather flamboyant purple-feathered headpiece the likes of which would only be spotted in media personality Jennifer Su’s collection. I love the fact that the Miss South Africa has a brand initiative that supports local designers. However, I’m not inclined to like something purely for social development if the core of what it stands for is not truly a unique and beautiful truth. The dress is said to have been made by the Cape Town Fashion Design College. I just want to say: For a place dedicated entirely to the principles of fashion design, you sure dropped the ball on this. I wholeheartedly claim that I can design something that is as sophisticated and stylish, as it is patriotic. It is something that would have emphasized a progressive image of South Africa, instead of the costume she is set to wear that is quintessentially the way the world sees Africa in its entirety.

This may have been the straw that broke this camels back and her silent seething, but after writing a postgraduate thesis on the perpetuation of stereotypes around the Africa motif, I feel it prudent to write this post.

When it comes to fashion, South Africa is a cornucopia of raw inspiration and talent – Maxhosa by Laduma is proof of that. However, for other South African designers to go to Fashion Weeks and either design glamorous red carpet looks straight off the North American and European circuit, or repeat the same apparel design cut from ‘African prints’ is disheartening and annoying for a global fashion lover such as myself.

I’ll be in Europe at the start of 2015 and attending the numerous acclaimed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks there. I hope that through my attendance I can represent numerous inspired contemporary African designs and brands, as a way of helping in the redevelopment of a new kind of image for the face of Africa and its many unique fashion industry’s from country-to-country. I am committed to networking with bloggers, designers, media, celebrities, brand associates etc. as a way of being a potential ambassador and tool that many in Africa and across the world, can utilize toward fostering a continued global fashion industry rapport.

Blogging and networking 2.0

I’ve been talking to alot of people lately who are interested in starting blogs, but lack direction.

There are a few things one needs to understand about the bloggersphere:

  • Be in it for the enjoyment.

It’s really hard to sustain momentum doing something if you’re straining yourself, and not waking up constantly with the happiness of doing something you like.

For some, blogging is a job. I have no judgement for someone approaching it that way; After all: To each, his own. However, when you’re looking at something whose definition is already rooted in human pleasantries, understanding the way it works becomes vital. Blogging developed from technological developments in instant communication. It manifested itself singularly as an online diary, and is the way I look at it today.

Blogging is lucrative to those who want to engage in that business of exchange and such. Blogging is also a wealth of personal reflexivity. It allows for a meditation of yourself and your thoughts. It is also a platform of engaging your hobbies and networking. My enjoyment comes from doing all of this purely for myself.

  • Whether it’s food blogging, fashion, travel, literature,sport etc. ensure you’ve set up your blog to be compatible to the content.

WordPress and blogspot have really great themes to set your blog up with. I started at Blogspot but WordPress felt more efficient and easy to work with. Some themes have to be bought, but most are free and one should chose what will correlate with their blogging content. Photographers need something that works with high-res image displays, and literature critics need a theme that has easy-to-read fonts.

  • Know your blogging platforms rules on advertising

If you’re going to sell your content or advertising space, WordPress makes sure you are aware of their Terms & Conditions without being verbose and annoying. You can upgrade your accounts to receive extra benefits, get their ads removed, and be able to sell advertising space to people you negotiate with.

  • If you work it just right, many opportunities present themselves to bloggers.

Blogging hones a whole bunch of skills without you even being consciously aware of it.

From writing, photography, research, digital media managing and graphic designing, you are learning through blogging.

I have worked with some pretty amazing people thanks to the effort I’ve put into my blog. It’s all for me, but its nice to be appreciated. Getting invites to hot events and all just makes it slightly more rewarding.

However, be smart.

Do not sell your integrity off for a quick invite or free product. Be cautious. When you dont like a product, even when its free, say so or be PC in your review. Don’t sell it as amazing as that will eventually decrease your brands worth if the product is found wanting by others.

  • Communication

It’s okay if you don’t like talking to people, but today’s blogging builds itself on the premise of networking so make sure you’re “with it!”

The net is a cornucopia of communication domains. If you’re trying to develop yourself, make sure you’re navigating the crevices of the net.


Blogging in South Africa

First you need to understand that online writing is not a predisposition of many in South Africa. It is merely a means to an end and in no ways an escape for the grater majority, which is the usual justification bloggers utilize. The idea of a journal that is online is a far-fetched idea. One who understands the reasoning of the pseudo reality of the ‘information age’ recognizes cyberspace as an infinite locale which can be manipulated to ones needs.

Is secrecy the innate imperative of journaling?

Or is it a means to relay the data floating in your mind most troublesome?

I see the reasoning behind blogging as the chance to be an autonomous omniscient entity to a personal context.

I now readily identify Instagram as an image journal. It speaks in mutiny to words as the primary means of expression. Pictures relay the same premise, and for some, it is way more entertaining because it is concise and the varying interpretations keep things interesting.

In South Africa, the blogging phenomenon is a substantial presence. Our celebrities do not have the luxury indulged by Hollywood where publicity, and subsequently profitability, is easily obtained and sustained by television and print media. Blogging is used less as ‘fans gushing over stars’ and more as business folk expanding their brand. Careers as socialites through blogging are few-and-far between, though Mika Stefano has been one of the lucky to nab such an opportunity.

One of the blessings of South African bloggers is the acclaim you get through cultivating your blog enough to stand-out or fit in. It’s not about the colorfulness and cramped nature of bombarding people with pictures and information.

The cornerstone of blogging as it is today is the effectiveness you have in captivating audiences. A blogger with enough traffic going through their blog can score invites to exclusive events like Fashion Week, J&B Met, Red Carpet Fashion Show, Cosmopolitan Magazines many events etc. I learned this in 2013 when I used my blog as a means of garnering the opportunities to interview and write about some amazing events in Cape Town.

  • Neatness in the structuring of your blog is actually important. I do not like visiting blogs I cannot navigate. It’s utterly confusing and frustrating.
  • It’s about the quality. I would kill for one of those Canon or Nixon blogger camera’s as their picture quality is exquisite, but alas. Anyway, there is substantial importance in the taking of one’s own photos and having them be quality pretty. I was rejected from several professional blogging platforms because the quality of my pictures was deemed “inferior”.

A sense of elitism or simply logic? I digress.

  • People love blogs that are quick with information like: breaking news, fashion trends correlating with latest fashion shows and celebrity Red Carpet looks etc. Fashion fads are quick to arrive and leave. Some choose to take on the glossy look of fashion house websites that cater to talking at people about classic styles. Some choose to go with the flow of their minds, people like me.
  • The easiest way to captivate people: pretty people. Even if it’s a personal blog, I’ve done the research and pretty people always get more blog traffic. Look at blogs such as Man of the Cloth, I.Am.Galla, Tuula Vintage, Skattie What Are You Wearing, Denzil Jacobs, The Sartorialist etc. Either the blogger is pretty or the people they snap are.

Here’s the deepest secret about South Africans not many know or refuse to acknowledge:

South Africans, regardless of whether you are a blogger or not, live their lives marketing themselves as a personal brand. A 5-minute introduction or a fully-fledged chat will always have facts that remind the person you are speaking to that you are always hustling because: We. Don’t. Stop! There is no time for stopping to be normal, or even mediocre.

The rainbow nation chooses to soar above its history of oppression and spend the rest of its life ceasing opportunities to be infinite-even if it’s just with blogging.

We evolve to show the world how awesome we are.

The drinks were dry, and the laughter overflowing

Last week I got invited to an event by GC Communications. Savanna Cider has been having a travelling unveiling of their new bottle look. I had no expectations going in, seeing as I’d never attended one of their events before, nor did Port Elizabeth’s notoriously chill vibe bode well for an exciting night.
Boy was I wrong.

Anyone who reads this blog is aware I stress like no ones business, about outfits for events. I have a standard of dressing impeccably wherever I go, so I contemplated what to wear and came up short. Then I just thought: “F*ck it!” lemme do relaxed, because had I been in Cape Town, I’d get the 6 inch heels out.

When I arrived at the venue on Saturday night, it was to an already bustling Chapel St. Studio, with the promo folks braving the cold weather in Savanna branded apparel and trays full of the Before & After Savanna Light and Dark Ciders.

Catering offered up finger foods that helped ease the alcohol potency, and the bar offered up suggestions to those alternate to the ciders. It was chilly as hell on the deck, and I tweeted that I would have loved those tall restaurant heaters to warm the cockles of my soul, but atleast it was a tolerable cold.

IMG_3667 A good organizer knows to create an environment that best showcases the brands vision, whilst keeping in mind the notorious vibe of a location, as well as the tastes of the targeted attendees. Savanna Cider’s “Before & After” event offered up an extension of their advertisements – which are heavy-laden with quirky and infamously dry humor. Listening to Kurt Schoonraad MC was a lesson in learning to breathe through excessive giggles, whilst surprise performer Loyiso Gola took to the stage and delivered a Stand-Up set rife with expected laughter and audience interaction of a controversially funny sort. You’d think audiences would have mastered the art of queued silence and laughter when appropriate, but “Nooooooo!”, one audience member was so rambunctious that he had to be escorted out.

IMG_3697 I enjoyed the interactive activities Savanna had, which got attendees up and moving behind Kurt and a saxophone-playing Pied Piper, from one side of Chapel St. Studios, to another decorated area – which included artwork being done on-scene, and an ice sculpture.

Attendees use the Savanna Passports handed to them upon their arrival to finish different acts, get stickers, and win prizes – all of this working really well to aid people in networking and having fun. I frikken LOVED the 5 second video one could do with fellow attendees, utilizing props and confetti to enact a moment of utter positive energy.

Mine will be upon my Youtube channel in due time.

The attendees seemed to have a good time, and nearly everybody keen to snap pictures, get to know the stranger standing next to them while they sipped something dry,but drinkable.

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I give this event a solid 7/10 for good execution, but a 3/10 for social media mobilization. Between people misspelling the Savanna hashtag on Twitter as #SavanaCider instead of #SavannaCider, as well as the lack of build up (even factoring in secret surprise guests), more could have been done to garner more media coverage of the awesome conceptualization of Savanna’s cider new look unveiling.

*Visit my Blogs Facebook Page to view the full album from the event.

Klaas in Session come Fashion Week 2015

When I first got word that Mercedes-Benz had decided to, once again, take up the mantle of chief sponsor for Fashion Week in Cape Town in association with Africa Fashion International, I got so excited. Theirs is a brand that thrives on marketing a kind of lifestyle which straddles the fence between middle class decadence and attainable rich luxury. Such an approach results in cultivating more tasteful pallets within its current and potential consumers, regarding automobiles as well as fashion, travel, art, and more.

From the 30th July – 01st August 2015 the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Cape Town will take place. It has a new location, a new PR & Communication agency handling media (which I hope will mean more politeness, efficiency and better handling of us media folk) and old friends designing collections I hope breathe utter newness into contemporary African style. As I’ve constantly mentioned in previous commentary, each year many designers fall short of my expectations to be innovative. They regurgitate already established global fashion trends; too lazy to either bring their own twist to them, or think beyond the predictable.

As a fashion aficionado I have spent each Fashion Week drenched in feathers, ruffles, leather etc. from different fashion designers’ adorable, edgy, inspired, and well-suited apparel. This year I’ll be watching a whole slew of catwalk shows dressed in Ruff Tung and other Proudly South African fashion houses.

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Stay tuned for more news about The Dictator of Taste schooling you in all things tasteful while in Cape Town, South Africa.

Till then?


Full Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Cape Town Schedule

Tickets are available online via and entry ranges from R100p/p and R250p/p depending on the show.

5pm:  Goose Homme/Xipixi 6:10pm: Lalesso 10am: David Tlale
6:10pm: Marianne Fraser 7:20pm: Michelle Ludek + W35T 3pm: Lazuli/Imprint
7:20pm: Sterfania Morland 8:30pm: Dax Martin 4pm: Danielle Margueax/ Lara Klawikowski
8:30pm: Habits 9:45pm:Ruald Rheeder/ Craig Native 5:10pm: AFI Next Generation
9:30pm Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen 6:20pm: Tart/Shana
7:30pm: Leigh Schubert/Ruff Tung
8:45pm: Kluk CDGT