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A Fresh Yet Familiar Intro Into Spring by MRP

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Mr Price invited us to Cape Town to view their upcoming 2017 Spring and Summer collection. Many of the clothes from the various MRP brands are on trend and perfect for this summer. The boudoir touches of lace and sheer in the Oakridge collection were my favourite. Simple, classic and good quality. Bright coloured 90's inspired outfits and bohemian feels came through strongly, which are both trends you will find in the MRP Project collections coming this August and September. Bold printed tees are making quite the comeback in the MRP RT range, which will be great for the summer days out. These graphic tees have a playful finish and some with choker details, ruffles and garter to spice things up. You can pick your favorite cut, from slouchy, boxy, muscle or fitted. This item will have you living in tees all summer. One can expect a lot of bare shoulders and texture overload as ...

Letlhogonolo Letsholonyane

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27 year old Founder & Director of Own It Intimate Wear & Own It Start Up Academy At just 27 Thlogi Letsholonyane  is owning her path and building her retail empire one garment at a time. After graduating from LISOF in Fashion Design and Retail, Thlogi began her fashion designer career by getting into the Edcon graduate program, where she later got promoted to the cosmetics buying department. Tlhogi couldn't keep still for long, she paid her dues doing a stint as a design consultant for a uniform company, designing uniforms for 5 star hotels and casinos like The Saxon, Maslow and Sun City. However the intimate wear owner's knack for entrepreneurship and hunger for new challenges, found herself carving out a new path at 25 in the form of her businesses, clothing label; Own It Intimate Wear and a start up academy; Own It Start Up Academy. The vibrant and passionate entrepreneur has been continuously pushing fashionable boundaries by growing ...

Blog Lovin’: SA’s Blogging Best

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I have recently re-discovered my love for really well-curated online content - I could sit and read online for hours! I have always been a blog lover but there was a time I grew tired and bored of what South African online content had to offer so I stopped bothering to even open my favourite pages. In what seems to be an overnight transition (my new detachable notebook laptop may have had something to do with it), I found my love for blogs again on a random Friday night, wine in-hand and with no sleep in sight. After visiting maybe 20 sites in one night, I couldn't help but be captivated by some of our Mzansi bloggers' beautifully designed sites, fomo inducing imagery and captivating writing. This is something that led me away when I initially stopped viewing blogs - no one was quite getting a great mix of these three ...

Street Style Steals for Your Winter Wardrobe Update

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Joburg's fashion killas made their way to Joziburg Lane a couple of weeks ago to be enthralled by exhibitors such as Prime Obsession, GalXBoy, The Threaded Man and DEAD. in a fashion showcase like the country has never seen before. Kulture Fashion Spaces which launched in December 2016 has ushered in a new exciting space for fashion exhibition in Johannesburg (for now). Each of the exhibitors produced 5-10 minutes fashion shows to showcase their brands, clothing and style chops. What was pleasantly surprising to see, however, was that the fashion and style did not only manifest on the stages but in the way that the attendees chose to dress themselves. Of course, we would expect nothing less from some of the most influential people in the city but it was so good that we had to take notes. We're looking at the best trends from the street style runway that can be ...

The Best of the MRP Project: Dance Class Range

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MRP Project returns with one of my favourite ranges thus far! The new Project range is inspired by the world of dance and boy, does it move me. I am a girl of simplicity so you won't catch me in exaggerated prints or in anything part of the college trend with graphic anything. This is why I was impressed by this MRP range, for the first time in a long time, the youth-centered retailer came out with simple items with the silhouettes and cuts helping to make it current and trendy. My favourite items are the velvet body suit , tiered tulle skirt and the green two-piece sweater. ? The range is in-stores and available online currently.   [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MRPxPRPJECT-Dance-Class.mp4"]

Our #MBFWJ16 Runway Faves

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Last week from 10-13 August was that time of the year again, the country's most prestige fashion events, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg #MBFWJ16 was upon us at Sandton City's Nelson Mandela Square. #MBFWJ16, The four-day event, in collaboration with African Fashion International (AFI), is where South Africa's and the rest of Africa's leading Fashion designers come to showcase their work of arts on the runway. #MBFWJ16 is also where you will find your favourite fashion gurus donning their best garments and checking out the latest designs for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNPpW393Udk&spfreload=5   I will confess that for the first time this year, since attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week's, I was the most impressed with the whole experience. From a fully serviced Media lounge, to proper press updates on the upcoming shows. The designers brought their A game as well as the fashion show watchers. It almost seemed as though the runway was in the street (outside the runway). People ...

Mr Price SS/16 – The Next Wave Review

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I have been a long-standing fan of Mr Price clothing - not only are their clothes extremely affordable, fair quality but they're also on trend (up to date). I was beyond excited when we scored ourselves an exclusive invite to go to Cape Town for the day and preview their new Spring/Summer 2016 collections. Mr Price sure did not disappoint because they have dropped some real bomb stuff. Loft view from the preview Customized Milkshakes while we shop. The new SS/16 has various ranges to choose from. The artsy range is for the girl who's a little more daring and creative with her dress sense, as the "bare shoulders, ruffles, lace and embroidery take key items to the next level." This range has many cool and funky bomber jackets, slip on dresses, mesh crop tops (of course everyone's fav) and cheeky bodysuits. There are many pops of colour, a floral flair and an Oriental feel. I believe that even if ...

Nadine Zulu on Building a Career in Retail

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How and why did you get in to the retail space? I was in Cape Town and walked into a ForEver New store. I fell in love with their product and decided once I got back to Johannesburg that I wanted to work for one of their stores. I called their brand manager and asked if they were looking for anyone and that I was available immediately. They happened to be a staff member down and hired me on the spot. Have you always been interested in fashion? Do you think a passion for fashion is a must for this work? I have always had a passion for fashion, from dressing up in my mothers vintage clothing as a child to been the only person on campus rocking stilettos and block heels. To work in retail it is important to have a passion for fashion but more importantly a passion for people. Have ...

Meet Own It Intimate Wear’s Young Mastermind

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Melenial is all about celebrating our fellow Black sistas doing it for themselves. Nothing more powerful and inspiring than a womxn making waves in her own right. Simbongile recently introduced me to a fellow sista paving her fashion path. After seeing her business Own It Intimate Wear on the gram, I was sold. I had to get to know the mastermind behind the intimates brand, Tlhogi Letsholonyane.  When did Own It Intimate Wear start? OWN IT INTIMATE WEAR started trading in August 2015. The business was registered  in November 2013.  Why the name OwnItIntimateWear? I've always wanted to start an intimate wear brand, the name is inspired by what I was going through at the time. I felt like I needed to own my future, own my career, own my body and love it a bit more.  Take us through the production/manufacturing process (if you have one)? Trends research - Design phase - sample evaluation - ...

An Ode to Yeoville’s Rich Style

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On Africa Day, 2016, the South African filmmaker Zandile Tisani released a short film to celebrate. And what better back drop is there than Yeoville, the pan-African cultural melting pot? At first, white flight – you know, that thing white people do when a neighbourhood begins feeling a little too diverse, they did it to the Johannesburg CBD too – threatened to flatten the suburb of Yeoville. But it still stands, likely a shadow of its former pristine visage, but richer for it. Yoeville is a sort of “little Africa” home people who bring with them the loneliness being away from home makes of you. They also bring with them the optimism it takes to survive outside of home’s embrace. Whether home is outside of Kigali or a lesser known village right next to Mthatha. In that loneliness and optimism, there are moments that look and feel like thriving. In Tisane’s new ...

Dirty Laundry by Junk & Disorderly

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Vintage apparel label from Cape Town, Junk and Disorderly have just released a new look book. Boasting a bright and colorful aesthethic strongly contrasting the models' beautiful dark skin, the look book is accompanied by a fashion film by Grace Kroon and Jabu Nadia Newman. Watch Dirty Laundry here. Art Director: Grace de Kroon Photography: Jabu Newman Models: Tatenda WakwaTenzi, Duduza Mchunu & Tukiya Mulusa

Prime Obsession Chats Interior Design & Instagram Commerce

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 If you're a South African millennial and you have not heard of this duo, I'd like to know where you've been? Shelley and Keneilwe have dualy gone by Prime Obsession for a few years now. Their love and appreciation for art and fashion needed to be expressed and they found that outlet online. From humble Tumblr beginnings to now the most chic thrift store you will find on Instagram, they have built an impressive digital fashion resume for themselves. They answer our questions and reveal tit-bits about E-Commerce turned IG-commerce and their undercover nine-to-five lives. Melenial: Where does the name Prime Obsession come from? What's the story behind it?   PO: The name prime obsession comes from the fetish we have with fashion. It was basically through a brainstorm and we quickly realized that people actually liked our style and some friends and lecturers encouraged us to start something. The word Prime is ...

Lookbook Love: “Sigade iCountry!”

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This month's edition of Marie Claire magazine came with a much appreciated feature on black women who are using their influence to challenge and change the status quo (basically all the -isms) that plagues this capitalist, classist, homophobic, misogynist, patriarchal society that we navigate daily. Among the womxn featured in the six page editorial spread are Milisuthando Bongela, Taryn Gill, Janine Jellars, Tshego  Senne, Panashe Chigumadzi, Gugu Mhlungu, Sisonke Msimang, Pontsho Pilane and Laura Windvogel. Sarah Koopman, Features Editor at Marie Claire at the time that this feature was done, talked to us about the thinking behind showcasing black womxn as the leaders in thought dissemination in what can be called a time of re-thinking about the ways that, as a people, we were taught to socialize ourselves in the world:   Melenial: What was the original concept behind the editorial?  Sarah: Towards the end of 2015, there was a new wave of social awareness ...