Luxury footwear ZYNE, known for modernising the traditional Moroccan babouche slipper has launched an exclusive crystal embellished satin and raffia collection with the online luxury fashion portal Net-a-Porter. The collection features the brand’s signature style of jewel colour tones, elaborate embroidery and shimmering beads and sequins. For about ZYNE see my previous feature here.
Babouches are a Moroccan slipper style of footwear. In their traditional form, they can be found in abundance in souks across the country. A favourite of tourists, babouches have now made the transition from colourful travel mementos to high fashion having turned up on the international catwalks in recent years courtesy of local designers such as Zineb Britel and Laura Pujol founders of the luxury footwear brand, ZYNE who are tapping into their heritages to modernise and elevate the Moroccan footwear.
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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.
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