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David Tlale – “Fashion is a Product, it says I’m Beautiful, Buy Me”

Thanks to ALL for helping with a #WickedSetUp and #WickedShoot it sure shows in the Video!



Being on Schedule to participate as Your own Brand in #NYFashionWeek, is like Winning a GOLD Medal at the Olympics, especially as it is the gateway to the fashion worlds biggest market.  Just under 2 years ago our very own #KingOfFashion – David Tlale – did just that!  Now if it was anybody else, they would have played it safe, but it wasn’t anybody else – it was David Tlale.  So what did he do, he dispensed with Styling the Models Hair and instead went for Head Pieces, Clean faces and Bold Lips, and it worked – the reviews were Stunning.


You can imagine then, how ecstatic we were when David Tlale accepted our invitation to participate in our inaugural FranklyWild PowerHalfHour FashionShow series.  In case you’re wondering what a PowerHalfHour is, it is a combination of a catwalk, an installation (Models act as Mannequins) and a Buyers Lounge – all in the space of half an hour!  If you’re still wondering, then it is best you pop down to Emperors Palace in Jozi this coming weekend (12th & 13th July) and see for yourself.  It is also the inaugural event for The East Rand Wedding Show so it is going to be a very exciting weekend indeed, especially for all those Brides-to-be that are joining us.

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To promote the event we asked David Tlale to pop into the Studio for a shoot.  Being the Gentleman he is, he did exactly that.  What we didn’t know is that he had just spent the week abroad, had spent the weekend in Cape Town, and was due to leave for the States the following day – but pop into the Studio he did!  When we asked him about the ‘jet lag’ he answered, “I don’t have time for it, when I’m tired I sleep”.  I suppose that is what sets David apart from the rest & why David is renowned for designing garments for Woman who want to make a statement #SexyPowerfulWoman #MakingAnEntrance #LoveDrama #HighFashion #ExcitingFabrics #CommandAttention


Knowing David, if you’re at the show, you may just get a chance to meet him!  So pop down and come and say Hi……! Tickets are available on Webtickets or at the Door.


Makeup was compliments of @KBeautySA #KardashianBeauty @SavannaJardine & Hair was by @Dr_Foil #HairGenius.  Thanks also to @ERWedding #TheEastRandWeddingShow for giving us an Event to Showcase our New #FranklyWild #PowerHalfHour #FashionShow Series, and of course @EmperorsPalace #YourPalaceOfDreams for the upcoming Venue.

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FranklyWild inaugural PowerHalfHour FashionShow series to host Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs…

Have a peek at the promotional shoot we did with Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi at our FranklyWild Studio, for the upcoming East Rand Wedding Show at Emperors Palace….!!


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I have a Shot at the Title…!

Little did 13 young ladies realise a few weeks back, how talented and special they really are.


Something tells me that even now, some of them still may not realise it…maybe that’s a good thing, but over the next few weeks they are going to find out fast, just how hard you have to work to get that SHOT!  Few young ladies ever get to have a ‘Shot at the Title‘, but these young girls have certainly earned theirs!


We cast over 130 people to be in our maiden FranklyWild #PowerHalfHourFashionShow, something we conceptualised just a few months ago, this coming July at the East Rand Wedding Show at Emperors Palace; featuring two of the countries hottest designers and the industry’s leading Bridal supplier.


On Monday we took the top 30 girls from the original casting, gave them some time to prepare, and then chose the final 13.  I know it was nerve racking for some, but the truth of it is, that it was actually a really good opportunity.  It was a real life experience for the girls, and as we all know experience equals success.  At the very least all the girls that attended got to experience a professional industry casting, and for the talented 13 they get to taste a little more.


We’re shooting with them in the Studio today, so let’s take a look at some of the results.  Some of them might just have a Shot At The Title…!

Makeup by @KBeautySA #KardashianBeautySA, Hair by @Dr_Foil #DrFoilHairGenius, Styling by #JacelynAtVanita, Outfits by #PronoviasMTM & #VanitaLingerie














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@Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs to showcase @_FranklyWild #PowerHalfHour

We were very privileged to be introduced to the Fashion entrepreneur, trends guru and media personality Craig Jacobs just a few weeks ago, when the organiser of The East Rand Wedding Show turned to us and said – “do you think you can fit him in?”.  Fit him in…fall over ourselves to fit him in is more like the expression we have in mind.  Have a look at the Shoot….


I had better paint a picture for you before we all get lost in this Blog.  We are producing the Fashion Show at the inaugural Wedding showcase to be held at Emperors Palace this winter – 12/13 July 2014 to be precise.  The event promises to set a new bench mark in the industry as it is the first event of its kind to be held in the East Rand of Johannesburg, but in particular because it is hosting the first ever #PowerHalfHour Fashion Show, an idea conceptualised by FranklyWild.  If you’re wondering what it is, and how it all works, you’d better make sure you book yourself a ticket.  We will tell you though that it is going to be the ‘FashionWeek’ of Wedding Shows!


So Who is Craig Jacobs and what does he do?

This is the part where everyone always takes three long paragraphs to tell us what we already know, so we’re not going to do that.  Let’s keep it simple, and let’s keep it real.  Craig popped into our Studio for a Photo Shoot on Thursday.


Let’s tell you in one sentence about the man – he is uncomplicated, really easy to chat too, and can’t do enough for you.  If you want to know more about Craig, and what he does, and what Fundudzi is, then pop past the East Rand Wedding Show at Emperors Palace in a couple of weeks and we’ll show you during our #PowerHalfHourFashionShow…!  You may even get to chat to him at the Fashion Installation.


Before I sign off on this Blog, we’re really excited to be hosting Craig as one of the designers during our Maiden PowerHalfHour shows, and even though we didn’t know we’d have Craig at the time we conceptualised it, this is exactly why we came up with the idea!

The Man is amazing, the shoot was spectacular – enjoy the images…!  Thanks Craig…



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Dr Foil makes miracles happen at the FranklyWild Fashion Show…

With almost 35 years of experience in an ever evolving industry, few have the ability or resolve to stay at the Top of their game. @Dr_Foil recently spoke to our very own Greg Wild, of @_FranklyWild, about how he does it…

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Polo Red Launch ONLY @ Stuttafords

Sorry we missed your launch this Wednesday past, but we thought as we were doing some Product Shots in the Studio we would whip out that awesome @RalphLauren #PoloRedFragrance that Frank won from @jennifer_su and @derrikvanwyk and showcase that awesome #PoloRedRace Fragrance here…!

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It is often perceived as being relatively difficult to be a market leader, however one Bridal Gown outfitter finds the task of dressing thousands of Southern African Brides in the best of what Barcelona Fashion has to offer – effortless.  #PronoviasMTM located in the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton have possibly one of the finest stores on the planet.  You only had to visit their Stand next to the Fashion Show ramp at the Coca Cola Dome Wedding Expo this weekend to appreciate that.


Pronovias Barcelona is the world leader in bridal gown design.  This weekend they were giving away some #Awesome #GoodieBags as well as offering an hour and a half FREE Consultation that includes the fitting of SIX different Bridal Gowns.  Now I know that you won’t find that anywhere else in the country.  You can also follow #PronoviasMTM on FaceBook through FranklyWild Brides.




They also have the nations widest selection of Gowns, and if they don’t have it in stock in store – which is unlikely – they’ll have it made for you and shipped from Barcelona.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  In fact they showcased some of their amazing Gowns during the weekends Fashion Show.  If you were there, you will know how awesome they looked, and in fact they stood out head and shoulders above the rest.  By now you all know our Blogs and that we like to tell our Stories in Pictures…..let’s see why…




Well another Expo comes to an end, and if you visited us this weekend we hope you enjoy your #GoodieBags and if you didn’t never mind, you are welcome to join us at our Store in Sandton anytime.


Wishing you ALL a Blessed Year ahead… #PronoviasMTM


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@Stuttafords_za #MensFashionTrends

Few People you meet ALWAYS light up when you greet them, and cascade you with an amazing sense of specialness.  Thanks @jennifer_su you did it again today, looking #Sensational as always.


There are a couple of interesting points that came out of Today’s #MensFashionTrends with @Stuttafords_za.  I’ll not be going out this winter looking scruffy and comfortable because according to Ryan the two don’t go together any more.  I’ll be going out looking comfortable, stylish and dapper.  Looking forward to it.  Ted baker, Ben sherman, Guess, Lyle and Scott, Levi, Belfield, Sgt Pepper, Addidas, Hurley, Vans.  Ryan Curnow showed us what is Trending this season at Stuttafords Men…


@sgtpepperbrand continues to please with their simple yet effective #DenimAndDust.  I love the look because the shades are subtle yet effective, the denim looks old but new, its rustic and Yeah I WANT that two tone shirt that is hidden but shouting out from behind the jacket, is it blue and red, is blue and tan, is it…..I don’t care. I want it!


Ryan…building desire in my mind about what’s #Trending this season and in particular for me, #SgtPepper and that #TwoTone….!


There is an expression…..we didn’t Invent it, we Perfected it….well however you’re imagining it applying to this brand….it is certainly what I think about each time they seasonalise me – tell me I’m wrong.  Maybe they were the first, maybe they weren’t….who cares….. @LevistraussSA is showcasing some hot casual wear this Winter.  The hint of ‘camo’ (Camouflage) really rocks it for me – remember the days when we weren’t allowed to wear Camo – well they’re gone….so I’m gonna get a few jackets and a couple of pairs…watch me!  Also, one of my favourite belts is a LEVI and they gave me another wicked belt in the #GoodieBag – Thanks @LevistraussSA #501’s


They first made it to the stage in the 70’s I think, but their maturity is starting to show now as they match young with old, new with fresh, and suave with chic – Bellfield I like…


And whilst we are on Suave I have to mention Lyle & Scott.  Our friends from that ice-cube up north they call Scotland seem to be getting it right consistently now – they’ve done it again.  Take a look – it’s bold, it’s smart, it’s casual, it’s chequered, it looks comfy, IT IS…!


The last one I’m going to single out from today’s #MensFashionTrends with @Stuttafords_za is what I would wear if I was going walkabout.  Damn, it looks comfy.  If I get too hot, I can take something off and still look good, if it’s nippy I stay warm, but most of all when I order a Pint from the #HotLittleNumber behind the Bar – she won’t say no, she might think yummy; if I’m wearing Hurley…take a look…


Oh, and guess who won a #LuckyDrawPrize.  @_FranklyWild’s #Wild1 getting a #PoloRED from @jennifer_su #THANKS. #WeWon


Before I sign off for this Blog a #BIG #ShoutOut to @derikvanwyk #ThanksDude …….. #YouKnowWhy….!  The Event Rocked, the food was great, the champers was welcome, the hospitality was second to none – Loved it.  A woman never smiles quite as much as when she is holding a #GoodieBag – right Derik?  Awesome #GoodieBags Boet, thanks to you and your sponsors for those – W.I.C.K.E.D…


Enough chatter from me…… @Stuttafords_za #MensFashionTrends in pictures….












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Highlights from FranklyWild Fashion Show Oakfield Farm Bridal Expo #SS2014

Highlights from the @_FranklyWild #FashionShow…!

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#COSMOSexyMan 2014…

And the Winner is………………..!!

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This year the #COSMOSexyMan event was held at #Jozi’s #Room5 in Rivonia.







Right….I suppose it is fair to say that this is one for the Ladies….!  This week was the ultimate in sweet smelling sweat, rippling muscles, and that breed we just LOVE to hate!  The 2014 #COSMOSexyMan Event.

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This was the 2nd event we’ve attended, so it is fair to say now that something that really sticks out more than anything else about the annual contenders for this coveted #COSMOSexyMan Award, is that these blokes are all damn fine Gentlemen!  Three cheers to all of you #Boys….you rocked…!


#COSMOSexyMen #Past&Present @S_Maps & @jon_boyntonlee


Now I know that NONE of the readers of this blog are too interested in my words….especially the ladies reading it right now….what they really want is the piccies….so I’ll keep this blog short and sweet and I’ll tell you the story of the night through pictures…with some dialogue from me of course….!







More than any other celebrity or media house, one stood out head and shoulders above the rest…. @SABC3Topbilling had no less than four, yes 4 of their presenters present at this years event.  But what a lot of you probably don’t know is that all 4 of them were there for different reasons. @jon_boyntonlee was there as contestant number one…or Mr January; @SimbaThe1 was there to cover the event for his employer @SABC3Topbilling, @Bonang_M was Emcee for the evening and last but perhaps most interestingly, for those of you gents out there reading this blog that don’t already know, @jeannieous was there to support Mr October @WrightBrennan who has stolen her heart – and you will see why in the piccies!







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Once again, three cheers to @SABC3Topbilling, as you won’t meet any more decent and real presenters, always willing to chat and entertain guests at this sort of an event; than from their stable!  #ShoutOut to @SABC3Topbilling & @jeannieous @Bonang_M @SimbaThe1 #COSMOSexyMan @jon_boyntonlee




As the who’s who of Jo’burgs upwardly mobile streamed into the event, #Glitz #Glamour #Fashion & #Beauty reigned supreme!




@brutalfruitsa was sponsoring the event once again, and their #Glamorous #BrandAmbassador @MahanjanaLulama was close at hand to welcome the guests.

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The One and Only @GUESS sponsored the clothes for the Guys and we’ll let you decide how awesome they looked in their #GuessGear….take a look….







Now no #COSMOSexyMan Event would be complete without some awesome entertainment and #headlining the event was @ChianoSky & @RossJackSA.  As always #Awesome







The #UpwardlyMobile of #Joburg were also true to form.  Everyone was mingling and networking and enjoying every moment of the @CosmopolitanSA, @brutalfruitsa, & @GUESS hospitality on display.  Chatting, drinking, sharing some stories, and planning for the coming days of what is going to be an #AwesomeYear for all of us!  Of course our #Favourite PR company was there @InfiniteComPR with #LeonAndLeon…..great to see you Gents again….dapper as always!  Enjoy…


I’ve got to say it again because of the impression they left with us!

#ShoutOut to all the #COSMOSexyMan #Finalists You are all a bunch of #AwesomeBlokes #LovedWorkingWithYou







What do You Guys think of the 2 new “OO” Candidates……”OO8 & OO9″

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