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ELLE South Africa

December 2018

With 42 editions worldwide, ELLE is the world's biggest selling fashion magazine. Each month we give you the latest in fashion and beauty trends, lifestyle, and report on those issues that affect our everyday lives. For daily inspiration, visit our blog on www.elle.co.za.

South Africa
Ndalo Media (PTY) Ltd
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6 Issues


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editor-in-chief’s letter

TALK TO ME As I get older, I find myself repeating the same thing every December around this time: ‘This year has been a roller-coaster ride, hasn’t it?’ And you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m not alone in feeling this. In my case, I started my new job as Editor-in-Chief of ELLE, a marvellous adventure, but an all-consuming one too. I hit the ground running and have been in my own thoughts 90% of the time, shamefully ignoring many of my nearest and dearest. My boyfriend even found a new hangout buddy in the form of a bicycle. We’re constantly told to slow down, but at the pace the world is spinning, that might not be an option. More important is how we can keep…

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born that way

AND THE WINNER IS…Who runs the world? Girls, of course! Find out who came out top at the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards and read about the women who were honoured for their contribution to the business world. HIGH HOPES FOR FASHIONWe give you a glimpse into the Fashion Weeks we attended around the continent and weigh in on the state of our local Fashion Weeks. READY, SET, PARTY! Finally, it’s silly season! The ELLE team shares the jams they warm up to before they paint the town pink. Chiara Osman, Fashion Intern Drive by David Guetta and Black Coffee. Kira Gimpel, Fashion Assistant If by Kaytranada ft Janet Jackson. Nhlanhla Masemola, Acting Digital Editor Cigarette by RAYE, Mabel & Stefflon Don. Lauren Nicoll,…

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guest list

ZIPHORAH MASETHE Ziphorah is our ELLE Drive contributor and IGNITION TV’s producer and presenter. In this issue, she takes a road trip to one of SA’s most exquisite destinations in a Ford Ecosport (p128).WHICH FIVE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?Carefree, ambivert, bubbly, blessed, fun.WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?Social media. I check out people’s profiles, statuses and dramas till way past my bedtime.YOUR BEAUTY REGIME?I suffer from bouts of eczema, so I keep my face cleansed and moisturised morning and night. Lots of water helps too.HIDDEN TALENT?Swimming. I really could have been a professional in the sport.CURE FOR OFF-DAYS?Watching a feel-good movie and eating all my favourite things.WHAT ARE YOU BINGE-WATCHING? The River on DStv’s Mzansi Magic .INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?Ambivert! I can’t choose one, as it wouldn’t be completely true.FAVOURITE…

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fashion news

Collabs to know TRENERY X BANELE KHOZA Taking fine art to new heights, the latest instalment from Trenery Guild is a collaboration with Johannesburg-based artist Banele Khoza. Drawing inspiration from Trenery’s December collection, the silk scarf was printed with a once-off painting by Khoza and will be available at Trenery stores from this month. WAIF X SELFI X HANNAH LAVERY A true representation of diversity, this latest lookbook features three local design darlings: Giselle Human of Waif, Celeste Arendse of Selfi and Hannah Lavery. Utilitarian-influenced separates are accented with shapely silver jewellery and leather shoes. Pieces from the lookbook will be available at Convoy outlets. (PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED) Micro trend alert SO, PROM? We didn’t have to think twice before a resounding:…

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summer’s going swimmingly

Barbara Polo, Witchery Womenswear Design Manager, gives a five-minute lowdown on the latest swimwear collection What inspired this range? It all started when we found the beautiful, pastel-coloured tropical print for our international print house. We mixed it with natural palettes and linen fabrications, both major trends coming from international runways. Top trend to try this season? A square neckline top is a key silhouette style for swimwear. Another option is the rash vest, which is stylish and functional for a day at the beach. Tips for wearing bold colours? For daytime dressing, I suggest wearing dark printed pieces with denim shorts. By night, pair them with eveningwear staples. Very popular now are berry tones, which make you feel beautiful in the…

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label to know: 5-knot

In a fashion cycle so fast-paced and ever-changing, 5-Knot stands out through its creators’ consistent and transcendent collections inspired by the past – a rather refreshing approach. Husband-and-wife team Ena and Taketo had their first showing on African soil at AFI Joburg Fashion Week this year, which saw their S/S19 collection stir the local fashion community. Packed with unexpected pairings of prints and textiles, the garments ironically challenge classicism by updating vintage ideas for the modern woman.The brands’ creators describe it with the words ‘trip’ and ‘vintage’, speaking to the ease and simplicity of their intricate designs. This idea extends from their own laid-back lifestyle in a coastal area of Japan, where their days are filled with eating, surfing and creating. ‘The way we create is the same way…