Pulchritude Look Book Take 1

Friday, October 29, 2010



Take Care



Doreen Southwood


I've been toying with the idea of whether to put these images up on the blog before they get to the buyers, and my excitement has won over patience! A few weeks ago, I asked some of my very stylish and beautiful friends to shmodel for the Pulchritude Look Book and I think they did a wonderful job, let's hope the buyers agree. If you came to the last Pulchritude sale at the SAFW Pop Up Shop, you will recognise some of these items. I'm sending this look book to buyers from all over the country that I met during SA Fashion Week so that these clothes are not only available from me or the designers, but from more little shops errrrwhere! If you're a shop owner anywhere and would like to get your hands on these babies, I will be more than happy to add you to my buyers list, just leave your deets in the comments section. And if you're just a lover of clothes - it won't be long until you can order these and other styles straight from this site. This is the kind of stuff I sell at the Pulchritude Sales and if you'd like to attend these, also leave your deets in the comments section and I'll add you to my mailing list.

We shot this at Main Street Life so I'd like to thank Russell Grant and Shruti Nair (and dear Dave) for hooking this up as well as Lauren Mulligan (for the last minute use of her equipment). Then of course, the beauts in the pics - Nana, Vie, Thithi, Amy , Eve and Mla - I hope you guys like the pics! Oh and Anesu - thanks for your random act of kindness that day!


I've also literally got a toe in the waters of boyswear. I met this lovely designer called Keith when I was in Cape Town and just had to have some of his minimalist marvels. His label is called Adriaan Kuiters and soon he will also have women's wear. Stay tuned!

Oh Dear

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This little image was delivered to my inbox today by the lovely ladies at Missibaba. Missibaba has grown up - they not only make beautiful bags and belts, they have now started making shoes. These are hand made in Cape Town from South African and Argentinian leather and I think are a steal at ZAR800. They are available at Missibaba's studio's in CT and at the Biscuit Mill on Saturdays and hopefully soon.....at a Pulchritude sale near you. I wonder if my customers would like these for the sales??? Speaking of which, the next one is on Saturday 6 November 2010.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

The lovely girls at Marie Claire decided to feature the Miss MilliB blog on their new section called About A Blog in this month's issue. I've been trying to act cool and like it's no biggie but I'm totally pleased by this...especially with all the hate mail I've been getting from those who think my M&G column a few weeks ago was homophobic. Thanks MC

What's cooking good looking?

I dreamed of Paris last night. Me thinks it has something to do with these...
Jil Sander SS11

Lanvin SS11

Chloe SS11
Thanks www.dazeddigital.com for the images.

"Damn these wild young hearts"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Long time folklets! I've been away on a roadtrip with friends to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Our final destination was The Lake of Stars Music festival in Mangochi, Malawi. We literally went to the echelons of tretchery and back on the way there cos we were four cute girls in a mini thinking we could just drive 4000km across Africa with no issues. Yeah right. That said, it was all worth it.

My favourite performance was the sublime presence of The Noisettes and especially their leading lady, Shingai Shinowa - who was short of parting the lake with her piercing voice and arresting performance antics. She is truly incredible. I don't know what happened to me while I was watching, but while she was crowd surfing (in the most elegant fashion), I started crying and felt the need to touch her. It was definitely one of my geekiest moments because I never used to understand why those crazy fans were crying in Michael Jackson's videos of his concerts. I now get it. Music is God's way of telling us everything will be ok.

This girl is Zimbabwean but grew up in South London. She doesn't just sing - she draws you in with her facial expressions, her quirky unpretentious vocal spasms, her overall attitude of cool and of course, what she wears when she performs. I couldn't take proper pics cos I was too far in the back but she came out wearing a very Abba circa 1979 white jumpsuit with long and flowy batwings attached to it. She then changed into a gold and white body suit with long sleeves, golden tassles and a fringed skirt that fell off while she was performing. She was barefoot throughout and kept lunging or running across the stage and at some point, on top of it. She clearly drank from the same cup of talent that Grace Jones and David Bowie once sipped from. It was truly the best live performance I've ever seen and I think she's one of the greatest performers in the world. I haven't slept properly for 5 days and this is the first thing I'm doing while I should be resting...looking for pics of her on the net.

Enjoy and sorry for the awolness.

The Odd Cafe

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Yesterday I went to the most adorable little new spot in Greenside. Say hello to the Odd Cafe

It's in Greenside on Greenway Road diagonally opposite to The Street. It's three weeks old. I was full when I went there so had a delicious lemonade, but next time I'm gonna have their dreamy tappas!

Support small business

Thursday, October 7, 2010

If it looks this cool and it's not even done, I wonder what it's going to look like when it's complete!

I had a few minutes to spare yesterday and decided to visit the Exhibition space where the SA Fashion Week Pop Up Shop is going to be in Sandton City's Fountain Court. Never in a million years would I have thought I'd ever be selling from Sandton City because it's so expensive to have a shop there. But for the first time in South Africa, a mall is going to host a local designer pop up shop and Pulchritude is fortunate enough to be one of the small businesses that is going to have a stand at this prime space. The fountain court is just outside the Checkers Hypermarket on Level 4. I'm inviting all of my clients and customers that usually come and see me at the Food Market in Parktown North to come to Sandton City instead. I've got a lovely colllection of Cape Town and Jhb based designers including Doreen Southwood, Take Care, Fabric, Selfi, FLO, Adriaan Kuiters and Suzaan Heyns. Christopher Strong, Two and Silverspoon are among the other designers that are going to have their own stands there. If you've ever seen their clothes, I don't need to say anything. It's a free exhibition so if you're up for some shopping and supporting local - come to the fountain court anytime between 9am and 6pm from Friday 8 October - Sunday 10 October. If you wanna know more or ask anything - email me milisuthandobongela@gmail.com

Cardiac Arrest

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This is in the current issue Another Magazine. Pics http://www.coutequecoute.blogspot.com/ what a frikkin stylish person you are! Made me think of a few of my favourite designers when I saw this shoot - Hussein Chalayan, Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Suzaan Heins, Ida Elsje and Ole Ledimo.