• Did local fashion guru Gavin Rajah copy this designer’s dress from 2013 [pics]
    Posted by on Jul 29th, 2014

    Local fashion folks have their haute couture panties in a bunch over allegations that SA fashion guru Gavin Rajah copied the dress design of Lebanese designer, Zuhair Murad. Now it’s not uncommon in the fashion world for designs to be similar, but given the unique appearance of the dress in question it’s gonna be pretty tough for Rajah to explain how this is pure coincidence.

    Zuhair Murad’s dress from his 2013 spring/summer collection is on the left and the Rajah dress from his latest 2014 autumn/winter collection is on the right. Rajah has responded to the allegations by saying that his design “is my own original creation inspired by Japanese woodblock printing”.

    gavin rajah


    Rajah revealed the creation at Cape Town fashion week over the weekend.

    His full response:

    “I did not copy Mr Zuhair Murad’s design, my design is my own original creation inspired by Japanese woodblock printing. The Japanese inspired theme is visble through the entire collection. I have created the design independently from inspiration sourced by Japanese themes, ranging from the rising sun to Japanese fans. The entire design process has been my own efforts in labour. I welcome you into my studio to view the creative process that lead to this design.”  [9lives]


    Marie Claire editor, Aspasia Karras, had this to say about ‘copying’ being a grey area in fashion.

    “It is a tricky space. What is disappointing in the current debate surrounding the Gavin Rajah Summer 2014 collection with specific reference to the Zuhair Murad lookalike dress  is that there is no reason for Mr Rajah to be venturing into this territory. He has demonstrated his ample skills for original and technically superior workmanship over many years, and I personally admire and delight in his work and his flair, so I am baffled and saddened that this ‘lookalike’ situation has happened and I am sure he has a very good explanation.” [MC]

    Mr Rahaj…you got some splainin to do.

    Here’s the trailer for the new Hobbit movie…The Battle Of The Five Armies [video]
    Posted by on Jul 29th, 2014

    Geek boner alert. The trailer for the final installment of the Hobbit films has been revealed and it looks awesome. The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies will bring an end to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, the dwarves, orcs, the elves and the dragon Smaug.


    Here’s the trailer.

    Gandalf noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    According to IMDB

    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

    Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

    As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.”

    Now you know.

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