#MBFWJ – Q & A with Fabiani’s Arie Fabian

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg is currently taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre. Some of the country’s top designers have been working around the clock, readying themselves to showcase their latest collections.

I don’t chat about men’s fashion very often, but one line I love is the one from Fabiani. It’s classic, stylish and one that I always look forward to. So I thought in the build up to their new collection, and in my attempt to be more stylish in my wiser years, I’d touch base with Fabiani brand director, Arie Fabian to find out more about what to expect this year:

1. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is just around the corner. You at Fabiani aren’t strangers to fashion week, but it’s always a big deal to showcase your new designs. So how are you and the rest of the team feeling ahead of Saturday?
Fabiani is proud to show our latest Autumn/ Winter collection at the prestigious closing show of AFI Mercedes Benz Johannesburg Fashion Week

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2. Your collection is called Modern Dandy. Can you tell us more about what to expect?
This season, Fabiani embraces the Modern Dandy – a carefully curated elegance achieved by blending modern trends with iconic classics. Traditional tailoring and heritage fabrics exude dapper charm whilst contrasting sport inspired street wear evokes an unexpected je ne sais quoi.

3. You mention modern trends with iconic classics. What are some of the trends you’ve picked up and drawn inspiration from?
The Fabiani Italian Man that fuses heritage fashion with sports Luxe styling which gives a classic look the Modern Dandy edge.

4. What do you hope to gain from this new collection?
The customer to shop the ‘Dandy’ look this Winter

5. You’ve been in the industry for a long time and that isn’t always an easy task. What’s the secret to your success?
Passion, Perseverance and most importantly people ( our customers)

6. What four words best describe Fabiani?
Premium, Aspirational, Quality and the Unexpected Pop
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Opening New Fabiani Sandton City Flagship, Fabiani is coming to Durban and an iconic Summer Collection

8. Winter is upon us. What tips, tricks or must-haves do you have for us?
A classic trench with a bold neon pink trim, a sophisticated velvet slim jacket, a buttery Nappa leather biker jacket, a tweed jacket with elbow patches, and window pane check fashion jackets ensure the perfect piece for every occasion. Pair a blazer or coat with luxurious knitwear and finish with a pair of cotton sateen chinos for a look that exudes nonchalant elegance

9. How do people keep up to date with the latest from Fabiani?
Visit Fabiani stores (Fabiani collection is exclusively sold @ Fabiani stores), Like us on Facebook (Fabiani), follow us on twitter (@Fabianimenswear)

The Ultimate Redd’s Door Experience returns

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Last year one of the most talked about parties had to be the Ultimate Redd’s Door Experience. I wasn’t able to make it, but apparently it was one of the best events and as a result my subsequent FOMO set in big time. Well, I was told to JBS (Just Be Strong) and be patient too because it would return. And here it is. The second installment will take place on the 3rd of August at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The lineup is absolutely banging this year too. Check this out, the team at Redd’s have lined up Newtown’s Second Law, 1st Project, Drum Machine, Ifani, Classy Menance (legend), Ross Jack (another legend) and a few others too. What would an event be without a suprise or as they’ve stated, a BOLD SURPRISE. That will be revealed on the night.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT

“The Ultimate Redd’s Door Experience will open up amazing crisp new encounters in various forms, as guests will have the opportunity to discover a refreshingly unique world of new and exciting people, places and music,” remarked Michelle Pavkovich; Marketing Manager for Redd’s.

Date: 3 August 2013

Venue:  Sandton Convention Centre

Time: 19h00

Tickets: Tickets are limited and valued at R3000. Look out for various activations happening around Johannesburg to get your invitation and then register using your unique code on www.reddsopenup.co.za

For more information on how to get your ticket to this headline event visit:

www.reddsopenup.co.za
http://www.facebook.com/ReddsSA
And @ReddsSA on Twitter

 

Now, you want to know how you can be on that exclusive VIP list don’t you?  Well you need to look out for various activations taking place around Johannesburg and follow @ReddsSA to find out more about how to be invited. Psssst, I hear there is going to be some activation in Parkhurst, Johannesburg this Saturday… So head on down to the strip from lunchtime and get involved… Who knows, we could all be partying together next weekend!

 

[Gallery] SA Sports Awards – red carpet arrivals

The SA Sports Awards took place the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday. I was on the red carpet interviewing some of the biggest names in the game and while I waited for my chance, I snapped a few pics of the stars in attendance. Check out the gallery below and check back in for video interviews coming this week.

John Legend press conference – video highlights

One of my favourite artists is back in South Africa. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s Mr. John Legend. The star will perform at a Women’s Day Concert, alongside Unathi Msengana and MiCasa at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow night. Holding down the MC duties will be the lovely Minnie Dlamini. If you haven’t got your tickets, askies, shem. You can catch him on Idols on Sunday evening then.
Earlier I went through to a press conference with the star. He’d just arrived in the country, so naturally he was a little tired. We were therefore limited to 15 questions (give or take) and a total of 13 minutes according to my video footage. So it wasn’t long at all, but we did get to hear about his new album, his Women’s Day message, on being back in SA and more. Check out some of the highlights from the presser earlier. I’ll have more on his and Unathi’s thoughts on being involved with SA Idol on Monday, so stay tuned for that.

Details for John Legend’s concert

In case you missed the news the awesome John Legend is heading back to Mzansi this August. The star is heading out as part of a Woman’s Day concert to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 10th of August. Legend will be sharing the stage with the lovely Unathi Msengana and SAMA winners MiCasa. The event’s host will be the lovely Minnie Dlamini.

Honestly, this might be dedicated to the ladies, but damn with a lineup like this, I’m super stoked. Legend is one of my favourite artists ever and I’m being dead serious about that. Unathi is just the bomb. I’ve known her for many years now and she’s just so great. As for the trio that is MiCasa? Well la la la la la, La Vida… These guys are the shit!

Tickets are on sale now and they start at R900 (expensive much?). Visit Computicket and get yours now.

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