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I was just too stunned to coordinate a (usually) small snap session of what I wore at the launch, but I hope these shots make up for it… somehow.
Oh you knew I was not going to let a good heel moment slide.
Behold; an awesome report here comes: The massively talented global dance sensation Axwell Hedfors joins the PUMA kraal as the brand’s most recent European Lifestyle ambassador. Y’all can’t act fresh about this one; “Ax” (coz we’re cool like that) is one third of the prosperous Swedish House Mafia trio –pardon the tautology- and this rad relationship means that he will appear in the Retail Lifestyle campaign for PUMA throughout Spring-Summer 2014 –photographed by renowned photographer; Kenneth Cappello. * I am seriously bumping to Lose My Mind right now* Talk about such a magnificent addition to his rapidly growing universal success. In addition to this gig, which will see Axwell as a prominent feature at PUMA events and social media campaigns all the way through 2014, he has announced a string of headline festival shows alongside an array of artists including Outkast, the incomparable Kanye West and The Killers with fellow Swedish House Mafia member; Sebastian Ingrosso as their new projects prepares to hit the runway. You better believe that I intend to often keep up with his fashion missions whilst on the job. Of course I’ll keep you in the know too.
Check a few of these snaps.
The current gloomy weather here in Joho has me thinking about one thing and one thing only; the fast approaching winter. I have been peeping though my window since last weekend and playing I spy with my fashion eye –as people tactfully navigate the inner city’s hustle and bustle. People are stepping it up out there. This propelled me to dig up my warm weather goodies; coats are lines to be steamed, delicate fabrics are scheduled for a retreat at the dry cleaners and by some grace, I find myself working out budgets for some seriously sickening layering. Even some retailers are coming well prepped for winter. Mr Price’s latest offering is all sorts of fab-tastic and I especially love that they took an open direction to not dictate trends. The coming season is all about an individual’s preferred edit with picks from a wide array of styles. So smart. So necessary. So now. I exercised parts of this sartorial freedom –being a blogger and all- and I picked out a few of my favourite pieces to be hung on the ladies’ rails this month. Enjoy, go wild and #WERQ.
TOPS: A Striking Variety. This month you can look forward to a wonderful array of textures fit for all tastes. Most of these tops would be perfect to wear as individual pieces and equally stunning ti can layer throughout the winter 2014.
SKIRTS: A Lengths Game. It’s an open call. Smart styling comes with multiple hemlines and Mr Price caters to every possible requirement. From the investment pencil skirts, to peplum details, to skater miniskirts, fabulous midis and a floor length column skirts.
DRESSES: Shape Shifters Paradise. My styling school of process stays firm in the belief that almost all body shapes could look good in a dress. Thankfully, I now have a proper reference point for this statement -crossing from shift cuts, to A-line tea dresses, bodycons and so much more.
Go on ladies, #DoTheRighThing
Okay, I’m having a bit of a Kate Middleton moment right here. Yes, she who made repetitive fashion a thing. I might have never placed the Duchess of Cambridge in the same ranks as the few style icons I have, but I certainly find myself shamelessly taking notes from some of her missions. Specifically her smart and realistic tendency to wear the same hero fashion items as often as possible. #WhoWouldHaveThunkIt. Many-many months ago; I styled myself into a “suit” made out of items sourced across a variety of channels –from designer wear, to thrifted vintage pieces, off-the-rail stuff and a bit of DIY. I was so chuffed with my creation that I even took it out to the streets that evening, right after Gavin Rajah’s show. Even though the overall look #WERQed then (it’s been well over a year), I never really thought of reincarnating this grey suit… until an invitation popped in for a dinner event when SCOTCH & SODA opened their newest flagship in Sandton. My internal brief called for integration between unconventionally updated classics, a wink at fresh shapes, lashings of humour and of course; my current state of style. The suit made a necessary comeback, high-waisted and tapered pants contrasted the fluidly tailored Italian Cut blazer with double breast buttons. For shits and wits; I chose unfussy greens, limes and yellow features to brighten my grey basis. Also, as a nod to my current fling with functional fashion -which is all very new to me- I always employ top three fundamentals every time I style myself: Something referenced, something odd and something bang-on-trend. Ain’t no shame in my cyclical fashion games and you can bet your top dollar that I will always commit wearing my well-treasured threads as anything but predictable.
I have a new colour crush -the kind that hits you when you didn’t think about looking for alternatives or even adding into your wardrobe. A sizable portion of my closet seems to have leaned more towards bluish-green garments. I don’t know if it’s a growing up vibe or if this new “tradition” signals that I just might be cheating on All Things Blue as my totem colour and maybe using pretty Cycan pigments as a pit-stop to start an affair with green things. Well only time (and a budget) will tell. All I know is that my current buying habits are unquestionably visible despite my appeal to try and avoid committing to one colour. In these pics, clad in a thrifted teal blazer, a mint green golfer, layered accessories and fresh PUMA Disk sneakers, I try to perform poses inspired by a mildly paranoid fashionpolitan under a silly conviction that in-store mannaquins could be mobile and possibly enjoyably haunting him too. I had mad fun trying to not petrify shoppers too much.
Throughout the years, many have continuously attempted to reinvent the jeanpant in countless interesting forms.
I choose to wear blinders to support this statement. As time went on, a few inventors got it right; some remained stagnant but the great kept reigning supreme. It is almost criminal to speak of reputable denim brands without mentioning the timelessness of Lee Jeans. This year, the legend celebrates 125 years in the business of jeanpantry (seriously, denim should totally consider forming an industry on its own) and this called for a celebration campaign like no other. In line with the well warranted merriments, the Lee Jeans’ campaign for Winter 2014 seems to recommend many more fun moments in denim-wear. Go on ahead and “celebrate the moment, celebrate your friendships, celebrate yourself.”
Fun Fact: Did you know that one of Lee’s many proud innovations include the first ever pair of jeans with a zip-fly? Yeah, 101Z introduced in 1926.
Happy people wear happy clothes in happy colours and that makes me happy too. This dude I snapped at #SAFW last week looked suave in his blind-a-blind-human fuchsia suit. His ode to seasonless monochrome missions served my brutal liking of things. Mr stylopolitan over here definitely knows his stuff very well because had he been a chancer, he probably would have depended on his bold choice of colour alone as a possible conductor of endless ooohs and aahs but his choice of accessories came as an equal conversation starter. The monogram LV weekender stole my heart and the gold timepiece picking regal metal notes from his jacket’s buttons transported him onto my definite Must-Stalk list. #WERQ