It does not take very much effort to make a woman look phenomenal – a woman’s body is a natural masterpiece, in my view. The ‘trick’, however, often presents itself in knowing just how to work with one’s physical assets to truly ‘come into your own’, stylistically – and feel gorgeous and therefore confident in the process.
I often think of my grandmother whenever I dress up; what I interpreted, in observing her as the family got ready for events, as a sort of faithfulness to keeping it soulful and personal in honour of her inner complexity. From her prized Etta James-esque afro wig and panache fragrance to her suave netted fascinators, Adelaide was the most feisty of divas! But, yes…she was born in a different era altogether, so I understand that the codes have inevitably shifted.
The following fundamentals remain: confidence, an awareness of body, context and mission. The following Queens exude all that is fine and most of all are true to themselves.
NELISWA ‘ELEIGH’ KHESWA
21 years old • Durban
Environmental Management graduate (2013) & Fashion blogger
IF YOUR STYLE WAS ANY LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD, WHICH WOULD IT BE, AND WHY?
Spanish, because most Latina women I admire have simple style but still manage to look elegant and sassy simultaneously.
WHICH TWO ARTICLES OF CLOTHING CAN YOU NEVER DO WITHOUT ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS?
Well fitted jeans and a plain tee.
WHICH IS KING, IN YOUR OPINION, COMFORT OR PRESENTATION?
I would have to say, presentation. You know what they say, “you gotta suffer for beauty”.
STYLE IS eclectic. An extension of one’s personality.
FASHION IS NOT based on the price tag.
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR INTEREST AND KNACK FOR PUTTING TOGETHER STYLISH (IN REFERENCE TO YOUR DEFINITION) LOOKS?
For as long as I can remember I have always taken an interest in what I wear and how I look. My mom tells me when I was younger I was obsessed with matching, I wouldn’t wear any outfit that didn’t match or look good as a whole.
IF YOU COULD PINCH ONE PIECE OF CLOTHING FROM YOUR BOYFRIEND’S CLOSET TO WEAR TO AN OUTDOOR EVENT DURING SPRING, WHICH WOULD IT BE – AND WHY?
I am currently obsessed with plain t-shirts in neutral colours with intriguing graphics printed on them. So I would have to steal his white graphic print tee and pair it with loose shorts, bright heeled sandals and accessorize with simple jewellery and round framed sunglasses.
AN ITEM I WISH I COULD RETURN TO THE STORE IS … BECAUSE …
I can’t think of any item I would want to return to the store. I’m not an impulse buyer/shopper. Most of the time when I go shopping I will have an item I’m looking for in mind, and if I don’t find that item, I will only buy something else after I have fitted and thought about it thoroughly. Sometimes I’ll go home without buying anything, and if I’m still having flashbacks of that particular item I will go back and buy it.
SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNERS are going international! I love how the fashion industry in this country has taken a turn. We are definitely worthy of international recognition.
TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF FASHION, DEAD OR ALIVE, THAT I WOULD LOVE TO GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE WITH IN Paris or London ARE Karla Deras and Miroslava Duma.