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Orcus Photography

Cass Collett (Orcus Photography) share an inspiring fashion journey together, from sourcing my clothing for her own personal portfolio to working together on The Avant Garden.

These images are the phenomenal result of an Avant Garden collaboration, having been asked to shoot an editorial for the launch of the online magazine app Peter Mag.

“Fashion Samurai” was the perfect combination of raw talent, beauty, design and the tribal mood to fit the magazine theme.

Karoelien Pretorious and Chez Blaq boasted make-up by The Little Harlequin and hair-styling by Gabriel Jacobus, paired with GFD threads from head to toe of course.

Anna Donkin GFD Amabassador Kings of Cool Logo

Gabriela Fraser Designs & The Kings Of Cool

Kings of Cool Logo

On the 18 July 2014, Gabriela Fraser Designs will be participating in an amazing cause, a collaborative “fashion” event conceptualized by the guys from No Danger Diaries  and collectively powered by the Avant Garden . The amazing Kings of Cool event is set to feature an eclectic fashion show followed by the grooviest live music and DJ line-up with many spot prizes up for grabs – all in the spirit of Mandela Day

No Danger Diaries is a group of four guys who are not scared to make a difference! They aim to do good while having fun, ticking things off on their “Living List” (not Bucket List, as they want to celebrate life) and giving back to the community!

Kings of Cool is an event aimed at helping the homeless dominate winter by hosting a party with a twist! The night will kick off with a fashion show including an eclectic mix of models (professional models and profiled homeless ambassadors), spot prizes, a live band and DJs to follow! The fashion show will showcase some talented local fashion designers as well as highlight the fact that despite our differences in race, background or living situations – we can all come together and share a night of joy to make a positive change in our community.

The entrance fee is R67 along with donations of old clothing – all of which will go towards making someone less fortunate that much warmer this winter!

GFD is honoured and excited to be part of such an amazing event – having fun and giving back :)

The last of our winter looks will be showcased – expect wearable glamour with a faux fur twist!

Come party for a cause on Mandela Day, spot The Avant Garden team behind the decks and behind the scenes, and see Gabriela Fraser Designs on the runway!

Kings of Cool will be hosted at The Dragon Room, 84 Harrington Street and tickets are available through Quicket or at the door.

Fashion, Flavour & Art Showcase

Fashion, Flavour & Art| Connecting & Uniting

Fashion, Flavour & Art ShowcaseWe had our first official team meeting for the Fashion, Flavour & Art Showcase today. Although being filmed during a business meeting isn’t my ideal way of talking shop, the energy in the room was unavoidable – so much excitement amongst so much selfless talent!

It was an absolute honour getting to rub shoulders and chat with all the incredible people involved over some delicious home-made muffins and hazelnut coffees. Artists, scuptors, jewellers, furniture designers, fashion designers, event organisers, food contributors, social media guru’s, Mrs. SA Finalist Anna Donkin and of course the film crew in the background ignited some serious magic and allowed for the aligning of some exciting energies.

The passion and dedication to the cause was palpable, confirming the calibre and presentation of the FF&A event to be nothing short of incredible! There is even an incredible World Design Captial Project involved (#WDC411) called Connections that Unite, and we all got to make our mark and squeeze a clay mug that will be fired and varnished, with our finger prints and hand indentation visible, name alongside. What a beautiful concept: the unity of holding something together and sharing a connection!

Tickets for the Fashion, Flavours & Art CANSA Showcase Event are R350, of which every cent goes directly to the CANSA Fund, and go on sale on Monday through Quicket. After this first taste of what to expect for the 26th July, I have no doubt they are going to sell out instantly with the limited number available!



Lock Stock Market

Design Market | The Lock Stock Market @ The Woodstock Exchange

Gabriela Fraser Designs was spotted at their first official design market this weekend! And what a stunning market to be a part of!

The Lock Stock Market, found at The Woodstock Exchange, takes place from 10am – 2pm on Saturdays – monthly in Winter, weekly in Summer.

The operations, organization and management was all perfectly executed making it a pleasure for traders, and the vibe and mood on a Saturday morning is laid-back, curious and neighbourly.

The Exchange is home to many of the very successful marketers seen at the popular Neighbour Goods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill just down the road in Woodstock, and who have now earned a permanent shop front status to sell their wares.

Every store is creative and quirky in their own right, offering an incredible array of artisan products from sneakers and skateboards, backpacks and chocolate, to tea and bicycles – there is something to stimulate every sense!

Being the original home of the hipster, the collection of coffees available is only of the finest calibre and perfectly matched with some mouth-watering treats and tastes.

By week, the Woodstock Exchange serves as a hub for creative professionals; by weekend, a hub for the creatively inspired. Grab a cuppa from a personal favourite, Field Office, stroll through the petite art gallery, soak up the sun from the comfortable swing chairs and absorb the inspiration that is all around from the people to the products!

Here are some pics from the weekend, GFD making our golden mark!

Lock Stock Market Woodstock Exchange Market GFD at The Lock Stock Market

Lauren-Ashleigh Parks

Seeing Stars | Lauren-Ashleigh Parks Picks GFD

So super excited to see GFD amongst South Africa’s finest musical talents this weekend!

Miss Lauren-Ashleigh Parks, Jimmy Nevis’s manager, will be wearing the black mesh Anna maxi dress at the SAMRO Wawela Music Awards this weekend! The awards are a gesture from the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) to recognize, award and celebrate all the composers, authors, lyricists and publishers who have lit up local and international stages, screens and airwaves with their talent.

The dress was last spotted on the beautiful model Karoelien for our Avant Garden Collaboration editorial photoshoot for Peter Magazine (this exciting magazine app is set to launch mid-July). The flattering and figure-hugging dress is available in navy, grape and black with lace and mesh variations from these Cape Town stockists – Journey, Cloak & Dagger and Lily’s Closet, and is also available for order.

We can’t wait to see LA rocking it down the red carpet – be sure to watch our social media feeds for updates and images!

Shimansky showroom

Cape Town Diamond Museum | All That Glitters

Have you ever been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum?

I met with one of my GFD Ambassadors Anna Donkin (the absolutely gorgeous Mrs. SA Finalist) today to take a walk through the venue for the CANSA Fundraiser event – Fashion, Flavour and Art – happening on the 26 July. It will be at the Shimansky showroom and workspace in the clock tower at the V&A Waterfront, which also so happens to be the home of the Cape Town Diamond Museum!

I had never even heard about it, and what a pity – the place is absolutely stunning! The high level of security is understandable when you are housing some of the most beautiful jewels, including the “My Girl” diamond and the Ralph Lauren dress and Shimansky diamond necklace Charlize Theron wore in celebration of her Oscar win for the film “Monster”.

Walking through the exquisite passages of gems and tools was incredibly inspiring and we are really looking forward to seeing a few GFD pieces in amongst the glow! I have no doubt that the showcase event is going to be nothing but shining – especially seeing as though it’s for such a meaningful cause.

shimansky V&A Waterfront

Gabi & Anna Donkin

Shimansky Diamond Museum

FFA workshop