Behind the scenes with Cleo at the J&B Met

Thursday’s are the days I feature people I find interesting… Usually it’s interviews with other bloggers but I have decided to add a different feature to my Thursday rotation… DEAR DIARY

I know so many people doing so many cool thing that I sometimes wish I could tap into their lives and live vicariously for a moment and then I thought, hey I can … so I’m asking some awesome people doing awesome things to give me a DEAR DIARY entry starting with Cleo the awesome designer I featured here . She won a design challenge last year which gave her the opportunity to take her designs to the J&B Met, here is what she had to say about the experience…

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Winning student designer, Cleo, talks fashion

On Mother’s day the Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth was host to a fashion extravaganza, when 16 NMMU students were asked to present garments to the theme “Art at the Races”.

Cleo Allison, 19,came out tops with a design inspired by a wrecked sculpture after a tornado, modelled by her sister Amber.

The winning design featured in The Herald LaFemme caught my attention  but on closer inspection I realised I knew both the designer and model. In fact I used to be their Sunday School teacher *Insert feeling ancient here* I had no idea how good Cleo was and decided I should interview her for my blog.

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Designer showcase: Stoned Cherrie

So I decided it’s time I get back to showcasing South African brands and where better to start than the home grown, African in every stitch, Stoned Cherrie, label?

I love Stoned Cherrie, it’s a eclectic mix of high fashion and traditional with plenty of MUST HAVES for the Afro chic chick:

Stoned Cherrie, is an afro-urban lifestyle brand that is said to be expressive of African urban culture in South Africa. It was established in 2000 by the ultra impressive Nkensani Nkosi (you know award winning entrepreneur, television personality and actress, who happens to hold a degree in Industrial Psychology and Sociology and writes articles for O Magazine, Y-Mag, Going Up, amongst others) and has grown in the past twelve years to gain international appeal and saw the label being invited to exhibit at New York Fashion Week in 2009.

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