Strutting the auto catwalk

2012-05-04 12:01

Launched in 2010, CarLashes are the brainchild of an American couple, Robert Small and his wife, Dottie.

The idea came to Robert when he thought about cartoons that depict cars with faces, such as the film Cars.

Headlights had always looked like eyes to him so he thought he would design lashes for them.

When Capetonian Marilize Bester read about it, she knew she had to bring these eyelashes for cars to South Africa. Although it’s a relatively new product, a few cars have been spotted with them and it definitely adds character.

They suit smaller vehicles such as the Smart cars or others with big, round headlights such as the Nissan Micra or the old VW Polo.

“These CarLashes are currently only available online because I wanted it to be an exclusive product and let people wonder where you can find them,” says Bester, adding: “I’m in the process of finding dealerships or stores to stock them.”

This whimsical headlight jewellery can adorn and dress up even more expensive cars. And with Mother’s Day around
the corner, it is the perfect gift for the woman who’s looking to add a little glam to her wheels – or to make it a bit more girly.

“CarLashes aren’t just for the style-conscious fashionista, they’re also for spirited girls who want to have fun and make a few people smile along the way,” says Bester.

The peel-and-stick plastic eyelashes are available in two styles: straight across for typical headlights and flexible for curved lights. They’re available in classic black, pink, purple, blue or red chrome and cost between R405 and R520 per set.

Beware of cheap imitations sold on consumer-to-consumer service website eBay.

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Crystal eyeliner/eyelids
These go hand in hand with the eyelashes.

It’s a strip of clear or pink crystals which are stuck on the eyelashes, much like an eyeliner.

They can also be used individually or as “pastes” on your side mirrors. They’re also available from the CarLashes company and cost R125 per set.

For the men who want something a bit less feminine, Autostyle stock Eyelids for older models without any bling or eyelashes and they sell from R80 to R180 a set.

Custom wheels
Customising wheels is probably the most popular trend and it’s been in motor fashion for some time.

You can get matching pink wheels for your pink car or neon green on black –the possibilities are endless.

Zaki Hendricks of Cape Town has been customising wheels for 10 years at his shop WheelWorx.

He says: “You can customise rims in almost any colour you can think of and it will cost about R1 800 per set. The most popular requests are polished lips or diamond cuts.”

Rims are sold in various colours but they’re a lot more pricey than customising.

Hendricks adds: “You can order a set of Rota rims from the US and it will set you back R15 000 for a set of 18-inches.”

Janine Botha of Hi Tech Mag Repairs in Alberton, Ekurhuleni, says their popular requests are matt black or charcoal wheels.

“Depending on the size, custom jobs can cost anything from R250 a wheel excluding VAT, up to R450. Special paint jobs cost an extra R150,” she says.

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Matt black paint or vinyls
Matt black is the new black. Although this colour is trendy, this modification also covers up bad scratches on paint work and protects the car’s surfaces.

Carbon vinyl is used for interiors but the matt black sheets can also be bought in metres. They sell from R99 to R250 per metre.

Wrapping your car in vinyl doesn’t come cheap, but it’s much more affordable than spray painting.

To have the job done properly can cost anything from R8 000 to R15 000. On the other hand, spray painting matt black costs anything from R15 000 to 25 000 or even more.

Motor manufacturers such as BMW and Lamborghini have special edition models such as the M3 Frozen Edition and the new Lamborghini LP670 SV which is also available in matt black paint as standard.

Soon, everyone else will jump on that bandwagon.

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