Mara, Jamaica and Sunset Sandals – The Afropolitan Shop]
As a young woman coming-of-age in mid 90’s Zimbabwe, magazine’s coming in from South Africa like True Love, Cosmopolitan, Fair Lady and Elle helped to shape and influence my dreams and growing identity in the world of adulthood. Typical of girls all over the world, each month my friends and I would buy and share the latest copies, discussing the trends and features in relation to our own lives. At the time South Africa was going through an incredible and much long awaited period of change, inevitably causing a ripple effect that had an impact across it’s borders, and we began to see fashion and images that related to us young women on the verge of our careers. This was the period when Brandy was ‘Sittin’ up in [her] room’, ‘Stella’ was getting her groove back and fashion was rapidly recycling through previous decades whilst taking on a futuristic feel as the Millennium approached and saw the likes of SWV and co sporting 60’s/70’s style influences that had me perfecting a French roll updo with a beehive front! However, as we started earning getting hold of the fashions we saw wasn’t easy unless we travelled or knew someone who was travelling- providing them with torn pages, lists and specific instructions- so we had to be content with replicating them through our local tailors; accessories were a bit trickier to get hold off.
[Image credit: Sandals – Zoom]
I have been drooling over the most exquisite jewelled coloured satin stilettos and platforms from London based Zimbabwe born footwear designer, Liam Fahy ever since laying eyes on them; those colours what can I say… they are ABSOLUTELY gorgeous; the stuff of daydreams… I love, love, love them!!!