Collecting art for my space is every bit as important as patently communicating my position in the fashion world. I have come to master the tricky skill of having to balance the idea of “pretty pieces” (which always such a good point of reference to start from)with the matchless appeal of items which carry a sensible story (and hopefully, some sort of value for the little MJs in the future). To add onto my growing set of artworks, I am looking at @LyleAndScott_SA’s exceptional campaign which commemorates 140 years of the brand’s heritage.
As part of this celebration, Lyle & Scott commissioned fans of the label, fashion enthusiast and artists alike to create masterpieces for a fittingly named #140Series. Each creative involved in the submission phases created a unique artwork that represented their chosen year between 1874 and 2014. The 140 pieces of artwork are being used to construct a timeline that represents Lyle & Scott’s success and tireless innovation since 1874. These artworks are now available to view on the local Lyle & Scott website over HERE and eager viewers like me are invited to bid on a piece of art of their choice.
Here’s how it works: these original items all have a reserve of R200, so the bidding is open to any amount added onto that. Each winning bidder will receive a special invitation to attend a gala event as part of the celebrations. And finally; on the 9th of October, the 140 masterpieces will take pride of place in Gallery MOMO where the proud new owners of the artworks will then finally take their piece of history home.
With my eyes already set on a few pieces, I am thrilled to possibly make an offer in an effort to extend fashion and art game.
I chuckle a little when I think about my “condition” whenever I witness a wonderful fashion moment unfurl before my eyes. You guys should see me, it’s almost unexplainable, so please do stretch your tolerance barometer a few notches as I try to get into this. It’s like time winds at a polite tempo to afford me this experience and sounds eloquently counteract any form of suggested interaction. I swear, when I am in such a zone, anyone who so much as even dare to interrupt such a ritual is met with a swift desire to shut-the-hell-up and respect the situation. Even coming out of this reverie is an experience on its own because I then have to stop drop and roll the chills out before jumping into sequence with the rest of the world. #YouWereWarned.
In case y’all didn’t get that, one such a moment happened when I got to see my lavishly talented friend and lover of style Lindiwe Suttle perform live, wearing an outfit made by one of the most praiseworthy young local designers; Jenevieve Lyons. A perfect match I say.
In my opinion –and some echoed by a whole lot of people, both gals posses some of the best skills in their respective fields matched with unrepentant streaks of expressionistic intelligence. Watching Lindiwe perform her music is pure magic and the high esteem with which I hold Jenevieve’s design integrity still reigns.
We all often speak about the evident connection between fashion and music which all good and sensible but it is until we get to experience moments like these, which better authenticate talent at in best possible ways that we truly get it. Yep, I definitely zoned out to take it all in.
There is something about this fairer weather period making me wish to set on a voyage with individuals I like. I have been on a mission to reel people of my social tribe for an arbitrary take-off into whatever lies on the other side of either one of the highways. I have been throwing many hints for a roaddie, for a couple of reason really. One: I am kind of not bad at breaking into vintage rock tunes if my friends’ stashed Vimeos are anything to go by. Two: I have just seen Soviet Denim’s newest campaign for the summer 2014-15 collection and all I want is to do is hit the open road, kitted in good quality denimwear whilst making memories with real people. The campaign was photographed by the gifted Aubrey Johnson in Magoebaskloof and in a charming, yet so genuine manner; the campaign captures my current state of mind. I already imagine setting up roadside picnics at almost every pit stop, right after a series of impromptu photo shoots of course.
To keep up with all things Soviet, do the right thing on their facebook page over HERE, the Twitter streets @Sovietdenim on Instagram they go as @SovietDenim and to hook up their stylish threads, do link up on their online store over HERE.
Catch you on the road.
#MBFWCT2014 Left to Right: Tart. Lo. Loin Cloth and Ashes.
Do you know how to tell if or when a person knows absolutely nothing about the functioning of the fashion industry? -When they almost pat themselves in the back for aimlessly quoting the near decade old Priestly-in-Prada excerpt which unashamedly denounces the choice of styling floral prints into one’s wardrobe for the spring season as far from innovative. It’s always so darn funny in parts when I’m not working my hardest to fold my corneas into my skull. Here’s what I know; florals for spring are NOT meant to be groundbreaking. If anything, wearing blooms at a dawn of this sunny spell connotes a sense of eagerness in line with natural sequence (in case you haven’t stepped outside). This is just the way it is, so next time you meet a person proudly donned in bountiful floral-mania, celebrate and move on. In the spirit of commemorating all prints bright and beautiful, I have my fashion eye fixed on fitting alternatives to the love of plant art. Options are infinite and just as arresting to a curious onlooker. Meet my faves who did it best.
My top three style stars for the season include one of Chu Suwannapha’s fashion moments in a three-piece suit by David Tlale. As one to always dial up the appreciation for spirited threads, Chu’s abstract print confronts age-old menswear lines which rise above banality with just enough humour and an updated dose of dandyism –as only he can guide.
The ever so gorgeous Lerato Tshablala’s lively approval of classic polka dots is not in any way surrendering the ample authority plausibly associated with femininity. Competently demonstrating the ever-lasting appeal of the print, her perfect pairing of proportions suggests an effortlessly steered sense of style as she reliably puts forward a can’t-go-wrong silhouette.
Lover of great style Kwena Baloyi took to the gender-bending route with the long sleeved pyjama style shirt with a micro dot print worn alongside tailored gingham check pants and a pair of leopard print creepers to round off a walk on the wild side. This here signals a fresh and casual approach to the appreciation of mismatched prints -far from gimmicky.
There you have it folks: should you not fall into the category of those keen to blossom about the season’s order. Do look into a relationship with many other prints.
#MBFWJ2014 Left: Selfi. Right: Adriaan Kuiters
Runway pics: SDR Photos.
#DFF 2014: Kathrin Kidger.
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Tagged Adriaan Kuiters, Chu Suwannapha, David Tlale Suit, Durban Fashion Fair, Florals for Spring, Kathrin Kidger, Kwena Baloyi, Lerato Tshabalala, Lo, Loin Cloth and Ashes, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg, MJ AND STUFF, Polka Dots, Selfi, South African Fashion, South African Street Style, Spring Prints, Tart
A little unknown fact about me is that I am extremely sensitive when it comes to scents. So sensitive, that a whiff of anything objectionable sets my entire system in a riot of nerve-interweaves, yet somehow I have not gone easy on the concept of constantly searching for a signature fragrance. The thing is, I am my father’s son and the daddy-dude had such a brawny scent ID it bluntly lingered a little while after an encounter with him. I have probably dedicated most if not all of my life thus far to adopting a scent as form of extending my personal presence. So, since this spring season kick-started with activities which require for one to dial up the confidence factor, I am looking to experiment with the Trafalgar range from TRUEFITT & HILL products exclusively available at Victorian Bathroom outlets. My understanding of the TRUEFITT & HILL brand is that in addition to being famed as England’s grooming aristocracy; it carries a lineage dating back through two centuries and a following which includes some of the great men in history. Talk about perfect timing -in season and in age- to get familiar with the classics. I will be trying out the cologne, shaving cream and bath/ shower gel. Do keep up with #Truefitt&Hill hashtag and lookout for the detailed review in a couple of weeks.
The second stopover for the Spring-Summer 2015 “fashion month” sees the distinguished London Fashion Week adding memorable moments (and fore-fronting trends) onto the industry’s sought calendar. Showcasing today, TOPSHOP aims to democratise fashion by exclusively debuting the Unique SS15 Collection on facebook rather than the traditional approach which is set to first reveal the range on the runway for a selected few. The show will then stream live on www.topshop.com at 3pm UK time (about 4pm here is SA) and as part of the retailer’s series of fashion week firsts, Six pieces from the collection will be on sale immediately after the show and will be delivered to customers in a matter of days.
Follow the social catwalk thread via the #topshopunique hashtag
Am I the only one who launches into a rampage of doodles whenever I am armed with a colour pen? In this head of mine, I envision myself as passionate long distant -like the 1200th in line- cousin of Jean Michel Basquiat (my tale, my cast). Leave me with anything that remotely resembles a canvas, I assume warrant to reform the situation. This here a hobby is about to be realised beyond my immediate family’s strained-eye peeks, all thanks to BOS Ice Tea’s brand new campaign to get us all exercising the left side of our brain works.
For the first time, since their launch in 2010, BOS Ice Tea is opening their design doors to the public to find a unique design for a limited edition flavour, to be launched this summer. Under the wide brief; “Go BOS!” the local brand is inviting everyone to get creative and stand a chance to have their design picked and produces on 100 000 limited edition cans to go in store in addition to a R10 000 cash prize.
No doubt that I jumped on the opportunity to utilize the BOS DESIGNER online app –which is like, crazy easy to use and guides you through the design process- for a few minutes and added a few key party symbols onto the bright yellow packaging, the result of which coincide with the Ultimate Party Constituency. *Check this pic below.* @BOS will also be giving away spot prizes to new entries throughout the duration of the competition and there will be plenty of BOS Ice Tea product, merchandise and Kalahari vouchers up for grabs.
Ultimate. Party. Constituent.
The competition is open to run until the 3rd of October and if you like, you can download the template to design in your preferred programme or even my hand and use the good old scanner before mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full #DesignaBos T&C’s over HERE.
These pics I snapped of Mafikizolo’s leading lady; Nhlanhla Nciza –doing what she does so well when not flipping beyond all possible margins of fashion, have me wanting to talk a bit about tutus. Yes, one of the few items of clothing which can be styled to transcend long-standing romanticism trends with as much charm as it does in “alternative style” circles. Oh how far this marvellous creation has come since primarily alternating between serving as a petticoat in the 18th Century and of course the significant uniform for ballet performers. Hauled out back into the fashion front in the mid 1980s when pop and rock subcultures entwined, the skirt made out of layered tulle fabric defined an era but it wasn’t until the legendary trend expedition confidently fronted by SJP as Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City TV series, that women across all style levels saw the proverbial tutu as something of a must-adopt piece. This is purely per my rationale kindled by the type of women I associate myself with. I have since witnessed many a gal-on-the-move #WERQing a tutu skirt in interesting styles but my absolute favourite eye-candy remains the choice to style the skirt as laid-back as possible and still buzzing with vibrancy. Much like Nhlanhla did here, rounding up her look with an all-ivory look with a peplum chemise, matching shoes and black accessories as a bit of a nod to the interminable affinity with everything black and white.
As it appears, a tutu can be worn in any way desired so there really is no reason to consider one.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with an infectious enthusiasm of new season and all but literally, everywhere I go, almost everyone I meet wants to engage in an adoration themed conversation about the #PUMAxSophiaChang collection currently available at the #PUMASelectJozi and #PUMASelectCT stores. It’s like a massive tide, I tell you. The much loved magnifier of pop culture, attitude and style with ambition has once again joined forces with PUMA for a range trailing the worthily successful #NextStartsNow collection from last year. I am lust for almost every piece in the line, not only because the “Queen of Bun” delivered yet another notable selection for the fam, but also, the fact that this time around, she created works of art for both men and women. “for a global audience” she mentioned to Elle Magazine SA in the current September 2014 issue. The theme for the collection is Brooklyn and its iconic imagery such as the Brooklyn Bridge. It is characterised by black and white pattern graphics and Chang’s signature illustrations of New York City skylines.
The Sophia Chang Track Jacket features a NYC skyline inspired all over graphic print that recurs throughout the collection. One item that eschews the print theme is the Sophia Chang Graphic Sweat. However, the ‘Brooklynite’ logo scrawled across the sweat leaves the wearer in little doubt about the themes and inspiration of the collection. Technology packed windbreakers and all-over print t-shirts complete the athletic inspired women’s apparel offering.
Men’s Apparel and Footwear
Men’s apparel and footwear sees all over print and patterns used to a vastly differing effect. A more reserved approach to the use of all-over print contributes to a refined, yet still visually arresting collection. PUMA’s famous T7 Track Jacket is given a Sophia Chang makeover creating a contemporary, fashion forward option.
The Basket Classic earned its stateside reputation on NYC basketball courts during the 60s and this premium leather version features a sock liner with Chang’s doodle graphic, packed with ghetto blasters, bicycles, bridges and more. In contrast the Basket Mid, a premium leather mid-top, has a tonal cityscape on the upper that demands attention. Footwear sees the Basket and Basket Mid echo their female counterparts with all over tonal graphics.
The collection is rounded out with a stunning unisex Sophia Chang Varsity Jacket and Backpack. The jacket is packed with details; including Sophia Chang designed felt logos, intricate embroidery and an all over Sophia Chang print lining which nods to the rest of the collection. The streetwear inspired backpack comes with a top webbing carry handle with genuine leather trim, all-over Sophia Chang graphic print and Sophia Chang signature Logo and PUMA Archive Logo both featured as a premium sign off.
Anyone who can stylishly update heritage designs with a relatable twist is definitely worthy of the entire buzz.
Today is all about sending a #ShoutOut to the still fresh Dermalogica concept store right inside the recently refurbished Mall of Rosebank. Open for a few weeks now, the retail space also functions as an overall Skin Care Centre which in simple terms means that upon setting an appointment to consult with an expert therapist, one can be guaranteed thorough and tailor-made on-the-spot solutions to better comprehend individualistic skincare needs. Some of my friends have been recommending Dermalogica products for quite a while now and even though I have probably said many-a-time that I will look into it, well, I never really quite got to it for reasons unknown to mankind. However, the convenience of the central spot coupled with the awe-inspiring Face Mapping® with a microzone® treatment has me bubbling with all shades of enthusiasm. And from what I gather, following an expert analysis of my skin, a 20 minute zone-specific treatment will be designed to target part of my face in dire need of attention. I am beyond keen to try it out. I’m going in y’all.