Jozichic: First things first, who is Bonnie?
Bonnie: Bonnie is a 21 year old Public Administration and Politics student, from Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. She is a fashion addict, a media obsessed creative young woman. She is ambitious and she is a loving soul. She loves God with all her heart. She is colourful yet reserved!
JC: How did you get involved in fashion?
B: It all started early in my childhood,*cliche I know!LOL* I’d alter my clothes, make bags out of my skirts, sew dresses for my sister’s dolls and as I grew I loved looking good. I worked for a lovely fashion designer when I was in grade 11, she taught me so much about the fashion industry. Having been surrounded by magazines as well in my upbringing, I knew fashion was just one of my passions. I am curious naturally, I research, read and inquire about the latest fashion trends, fashion weeks, hot designers, and celebrity stunners and suckers!
JC: What can we expect from you on Jozichic?
B: FLAMES! Jozichic is in for a stylish, sleek, edgy and fabulous ride! Expect raw, brutal and explicit fashion news, hottest trends like you have never seen them before. Telling it like it is – Hit/Miss! B will tell you. I’ll be bringing you nothing but the best in African fashion as well as finding you the best ‘underground’ designers and blazing fashionistas on the go.
JC: Do you consider yourself Jozi chic?
B: I am Jozichic so yes I am a Jozi chic lol! I am fashion, I am color, I am style and I am Jozified!
JC: What do you make of street fashion in Jozi?
B: It is absolutely beautiful, colour is what fascinates me the most! People in Jozi are daring, flamboyant and downright stylish. Yes ke we can’t turn a blind eye on those big fashion offenses, some, shame, are just clueless but nonetheless, Jozi streets are fun and fearlessly fashionable.
JC: What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
B: OMG! Grrrrrr. I have worn yellow from head to toe! A few years back, you would swear I was a banana! Big yellow earrings, yellow dress, yellow pumps and to top it all, a yellow coat! Horrific! I really don’t know what got to me!
JC: And the best fashion decision?
B: I decided to allow myself to evolve, to move with the times. I mean, things come and go, I have to be at the top of my game all the time. I decided not let myself be a victim to fashion though, I believe ‘STYLE’ is eternal and fashion fades, I don’t want to fade but to be innovative in my dress sense. I am eclectic and I don’t follow everything that’s out there. I try and make sure I buy timeless pieces!
JC: Who is your fashion icon? Local and international.
B: Awwww! Ok! Siya Ngwekazi yes the guy Lol! He is fun, daring, and fearless, his clothes are an expression of who he is and the confidence he exudes make him even more appealing. Noni Gasa, oh she is super stylish. Gert Johan Coetzee and Ituen Bassi from Nigeria are my best African designers. Internationally- Monique Lhuillier is the best designer! I like Solange Knowles’s elegance and fashion sense.
JC: What is your must-have item for this summer?
B: A beautiful, well-cut and colourful dress, accessories and some cool sunnies! A white vest is a definite must-have! A nice pair of bright skinny jeans is a must-have too. We bringing COLOR back!
JC: Any fashion advice for the Jozichic peeps?
B: If it’s ‘in’ but its not flattering enough, don’t take it. If it’s ‘in’ but you have no size or confidence to pull it off, leave it for others. Explore fashion, do colour-blocking, keep it clean and always carry the best accessory – CONFIDENCE! There is nothing worse than a beautiful lady too with no confidence, even the most beautiful outfit gets tainted! Do not over-accessorize, simple is gorgeous. Always pay attention to your best features, show some leg if you must! Above all be JOZICHIC! 😀