Ben Skye reports from Cape Town

Hello from Cape Town.

Hey-Diane Afrika! is still in vogue, but I dont think Shakur Zulu [ tribal king]
would have any desire to re-incarnate any time soon.
CT has become more like Mandalay Bay Casino’s jungle-themed foyer meets
a bad day out in Sao Paulo.
However, Chic Afrikanism or urban bling bling, whichever you wish, is on the rise.


Key words before landing :
beau= lekker
bonjour monsieur= hey bra or
bonjour madame= howzit babe
merde = hamba hamba [ xhosa ]
parti = jol
cigarette = skuif
le donut = kook sisters
besides clifton beach and camps bay providing the perfect setting for a bond flick
this is chocolate cake productions pick -of -the -week
shopping list of who-what-where:
coffee: <>  – hipster coffee shops owned by a portugese guy and a boy
from durban- gr8+the locals are addicted [ luv the carrot muffins and custard tarts]
bar: planet bar,mount nelson hotel on friday nights
club: opium and hemisphere [ but dont expect the crowd from concord in los angeles]
shop: a store , boasts an eclectic range of local and international design + t-shirts
fashion: <>  ,trevor mitchel is a progressive kid hosting
‘the best of’ in the world of young local fashion designers and throws some wild parties
indian: its called, bukara, even the bombay film stars are talking about this local restaurant,
you have to try the butter chicken and mango ice cream
who is H.M? this is an artist-writer on the up , Hilary Maraney, is taking japanese figurative
to the next level creating floating worlds of spirit, exhibiting and publishing here soon


Paintings are by Hilary Maraney

before you leave CT dont forget to:
watch the sunset at caprice bar on a sunday
have copius amounts of icecream at sinful
gorge out at la perla
pig out on biltong and melk tart
take a leisurely stroll in kirstenbosch gardens
trek out to franschoek and stellenbosch
[ this is where the french hugenouts did naugthy things with the hottentots]
a bientot!!

Ben Skye

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.