BaliBali is a women’s fashion store in the trendy “Kloof Street” of Cape Town. It’s part of the Lifestyle Centre which is home to the popular Wellness Warehouse. The store is next to Knead Bakery and Vida e Caffe. Fashion Designer Merrissa Lebetkin designs a lot of the pieces. She also ships in gorgeous collections of clothes, ornaments, lighting, home decor, jewellery, accessories, art and gifting goodies straight from the shores of Bali. Halle Berry is one of her customers… I think you should be too 🙂 If you’re from Cape Town, pop in next time you’re in Kloof Street. If not, put shopping here on your To Do list!
Here are 3 amazing facts about Bali, Indonesia:
+ Volcano Agung is considered the most sacred place on the island. All temples are built to face it and islanders sleep with their heads towards it. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. Mount Anung last erupted in 1963 and is still active.
+ Bali is home to some very unusual black sand volcanic beaches. Thanks to the active volcanoes that dot the Indonesian Peninsula, tourists can get a glimpse of something very rare and magical when visiting. They’ve certainly attracted the attention of the world’s top designers, organising special photo shoots here with the likes of Cara Delevingne for their ranges.
+ Bali has the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. Prices for this coffee (made of civet droppings) can go up as high as $50 a cup! Kopi Luwak is a name for any beans collected from the excrements of civets. The tastes may vary according to the type and origin of beans ingested by the civet as well as the process subsequent to collecting the – the roasting, ageing and brewing. The ability of the civet to select its berries (and other aspects of his diet and health) also influence the taste of the coffee.
Here are some hot trends that made an impact on the runways of Fashion Weeks in New York, London and Paris recently. We can watch out for these making their way into our stores next year Spring/Summer.
6. Wide Trousers + Culottes
7. Textured Whites
The fringe trend for Spring/Summer 2014 from designers such as Altuzarra, Miu Miu and Dior was a hit. It popped up at major fashion weeks all over the world last year, beginning with New York Fashion Week for SS14. Now that we’re in Spring here, this trend is popping up in South Africa. Here’s what I love from some shops nationwide.
A bit about ‘Fashion Week’
Fashion week happens twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world: New York, London, Milan, Paris and Berlin.
They each host a womenswear fashion week twice a year with New York beginning each season and the other cities following in the aforementioned order.
Fashion weeks are held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. It’s also to allow time for retailers to arrange purchasing or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing.
There are two major seasons per year – Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer. From January through April designers showcase their Autumn/Winter collections. From September through November, designers showcase their Spring/Summer collections.
For womenswear, the Autumn/Winter shows always start in New York in February and end in Paris in March. Spring/Summer shows start in New York in September and end in Paris in October.
The latest innovations in dress designs are showcased by renowned fashion designers during these fashion weeks, and all these latest collections are covered in magazines such as Vogue