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From the top down in 2011

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At this time of year we are thrown masses of trend-formation for the coming seasons. All too often, however, they don’t translate to everday life. iFashion asked a cross section of SA’s fashion authorities what they’re looking forward to wearing this year. The results were surprising: from crazy mixed-up prints to monochromatic slickness... 2011 is the year of optimism and anything goes.
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Can designers protect themselves against copying?

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In August this year Twitter fashionistas were in a flurry over proposed American legislation, which offers copyright protection to fashion designers' unique designs. Responses ranged from supportive to questioning of what in fashion can be classified as unique.

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In-Store Retail Trends: Summer 2010

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Kholofelo Mokgata spent a few days visiting all her favourite retailers to find out what trends they have in store this summer.
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A Life Lesson in Satin Seams

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marlene.jpgYou know how once in a lifetime you meet someone who tells you something, shows you a new way, or teaches you a valuable lesson that always sticks with you?  Well, I had the privilege of such an unforgettable life lesson.  After qualifying  as designer I worked as assistant designer in a clothing factory in Cape Town.  The owner, who was also the head-designer, always said:  "Never blame the fabric for poor quality!"  And boy, did this stick with me! Twenty-two years later, here I am, head of my own design college, and I often hear those words from my own lips.

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