Saturday, 25 October 2014

(South) African Striking Faces x Return Of The Chocker

Media Release: Anisa Mpungwe Reunites With MRP To Create A Collection Celebrating Africa

Anisa Mpungwe’s journey with MRP began in 2008 when she won the Elle Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP. Since winning this prestigious award, the Loin Cloth and Ashes creator has established herself as a force within the fashion industry. Her previous two collections for MRP were both hugely successful and now, Anisa returns with a range that celebrates Africa with striking prints, bold colour and feminine silhouettes.

MRP are also proud to welcome Anisa as an official ambassador for the MRP Foundation, which has been a cause close to the designer’s heart. The newly-launched Ambassador & Mentorship programme provides significant individuals at the top of their field within the fashion and design world with the opportunity to represent the organisation while allowing them the chance to mentor previously unemployed young South Africans who are enrolled in the MRP Foundation’s JumpStart Programme.

The JumpStart Manufacturing Programme directly addresses South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge by developing manufacturing skills for the youth and facilitating an associated trainee placement programme within MRP’s local supply chain. As an ambassador for the MRP Foundation, Anisa will facilitate the teaching of specific learning modules, which form part of the JumpStart Manufacturing Programme, while raising awareness for the MRP Foundation and it’s programmes.

On becoming an ambassador, Anisa says,  “I feel a great sense of responsibility. All these young minds are ready to learn and become something greater for their families, communities and most importantly, themselves. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that process? I am the eldest of three and from a young age, the importance of protecting my siblings and being an example to them was instilled in me. I turned thirty this year and I have realised that the first thirty years of my life were important for me to find myself and plant both feet on the ground. Going forward, everything I do must matter and I must build upon this solid ground. In a few years, I would like to be able to tell my father (who was an ambassador for Tanzania in South Africa) “See Dad, in my way, I followed by example
and became an ambassador too”. I am truly thankful and there is a lot that I am looking forward to.”

Here, Anisa shares her inspiration behind her new range for MRP.

“I wanted a classic but brilliantly-styled collection
which is affordable and accessible.” Anisa Mpungwe

My inspiration
I recently traveled through Africa where I was seduced by the energy of African cities. During my travels, I attended a wedding in Nigeria where I noticed how people embrace colour. They weren’t afraid to be loud and expressive, both vocally and in dress! I also enjoyed how people followed current fashion trends while staying true to their African roots.

Print Direction
Africans are bold and fearless when it comes to print. This inspired me to create a strong print story with a slightly progressive feel. I love how the prints in this collection clash against each other to create pieces that are interesting and special. I’ve also incorporated geometric shapes, which are a favourite design element of mine.

Feminine Silhouettes
My hope is that a variety of women, slim or full-figured will enjoy wearing this collection as much as I enjoyed designing it. I played with proportions that flatter most figures and considered what a woman would like to show off from the length of her dress to the position of her sleeves. And while the collection is figure-conscious, it’s also playful and relaxed.

Anisa’s range will be available in select MRP stores and online at from 27 October 2014. The official hashtag is #anisaforMRP

From The Desk of: Suzannah Garland | Brand Relations Manager | | 031 376 9365 

Grooming Review: Truefitt and Hill Grooming Products Now Exclusively Available at Victorian Bathroom Outlets

For over two centuries Truefitt and Hill has offered discerning gentlemen the finest in grooming products and services, and is now exclusively available at Victorian Bathrooms, the worlds specialist suppliers of luxury bathroom products in the classic Victorian style.

I have been trying out the Truefitt and Hill product range for over a month now. I enjoyed the shower gel so much that is finished. The shower gel scent it not overpowering. It does not leave bathroom smelling like one has been paddling through fragrance valley. The problem with shower gel that has an overpowering scent is that;  the scent + steam = a perfect recipe for dizziness, nausea and a migraine. The shower gel is quite fresh and subtle, which is great because should you decide to use a different fragrance afterwards you won’t experience the clash of the scents.

The Truefitt and Hill cologne is very masculine and classical, it is not bad and it not amazing. When I saw the package it gave me fragile old man vibes and was reluctant to try it out, but nonetheless I bit the bullet and did best. The cologne has a perfect balance, I rate it can be worn at any age, season and time of day. I have only ever worn it solo and have not layered it with anything else. Because I do not believe there is any fragrance in my collection that would complement it – maybe I should experiment before writing it off.

It is a great fragrance to have in your collection so you can wear it when you want something more aged, woody, spicy, animalistic and leathery that gives off alpha male vibes. When you go to that black tie event or private dining date.

Truefitt & Hill's Gentlemen's Toiletries, including the world's finest Shaving Cream, After Shaves, Colognes, Hair Preparations, Shampoo, Soaps and Bath/Shower Gels, and all are carefully blended with natural fragrance

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Media Release: Puma Launch States Winter Gum Pack

After the reintroduction of their States back into the market at the beginning of the year, AW’14 now sees a continued re-examination of the iconic silhouette as PUMA launch the States Winter Gum Pack through the brand’s exclusive Fast Track programme.

Back in the 80s, the PUMA Suede became the ‘it’ shoe on the hip-hop scene on the streets of New York City. A timeless classic and an integral part of sneaker history, the style was embraced by many sub-cultures and called by many names: the ‘Suede’, the ‘Clyde’ and PUMA ‘Joints’ to name a few. The UK scene adopted this style and made it their own, aptly re-naming it the PUMA ‘States’ after its birthplace.

The colour palate used for the suede upper recalls the coldest months of the year, and combines perfectly with PUMA’s trademark gum outsoles across the pack. Reworked in three new slick colour ways of lipstick red-almond, black-almond and olive-almond each with a classic tonal formstrip.

The shoe comes with a thin tonal lace and fat lace for customization options, with a rich leather interior lining offering a premium finish. The shoes are currently available at PUMA SELECT stores in Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein in Johannesburg. Visit or follow @PUMASouthAfrica to join the conversation.

From The Desk of: Vicki Smith | Splash PR  | +27 21 447 1208 |