Here is a little known fact: nobody #WERQs a good thobe quite like Malibongwe Tyilo of Skattie What Are You Wearing. I always tease and ask him about his thought process when he dons one, because I have seen him serving some seriously chic pieces almost every fashion season and many years later, his response is always chuckle-filled, in jest and skims alongside a suggestion that sometimes it is just too easy to aim for a near-floor length number. Do trust me when I say it is much easier said than worn. A few years ago, I pleaded, begged and threatened my darling aunt to please gift me with anything stylish from her work travels across the continent and it was in Ethiopia where she picked up this gorgeous hand-embroidered Coffee Dress which she thought she was going alter into a mid-waist kaftan for me *LOL*. Over the years, I have only ever worn this piece in the comfort of my own home –doing Sunday afternoon stuff. This was all until a little while ago when I got an idea to take it to the streets –channelling dearest Skattie and to my pleasant surprise, I think I #WERQed it pretty well paired with my distressed denim vest, PUMA Trinomic XT1 PLUS kicks and my most #SICKENING Suede-Trimmed square framed Miu Miu stunners.
It is known as no secret that Brit designer; Henry Holland has once again embarked on a #SICKENING collaboration with Mr Price for the second time, to benefit the darling Red Cap Foundation. The giant retailer had the awesomest idea to launch Mr Holland’s sophomore in line at the same time their in-house collection for summer 2013-14 hits the stores and I must say; this is certainly one of the most organic relationships I have ever cared to study –the two work together beautifully, almost as well as I do whenever I am teased with the thought of an unlimited budget vibe. The #HenryFever is all the rage right now and I am envious of the cool range of dresses inspired by the designer’s nine good gal friends –it’s like, playing dress-up, on the grandest scale ever and with super star muses. I love that his sources of inspiration varies so much, which in turn widened the targeted customer and providing her with almost everything, from bodycons, A-line tea dresses, a tunic, a shift dress and a ¾ maxi dress.
Here is what to look for when you go to the nearest Mr Price store.
Collecting charms can communicate strangely different messages about the wearer. One: I don’t think anyone wants to prance around looking like a kleptomaniac with an affinity for board game tokens. Then again, there are a lot of us who wish for nothing if not an opportunity to hoard every single awesome memory and if we can relate such memoirs to a physical piece –even better! Since jewellery is my thing, I have decided to commence on a mission to confine some of my memories in stylish charms and I my first go-to is an internationally acclaimed local jeweller; Chris Winspear‘s brand. I am totally eyeing that New Year ’s charm as my first… *see below pic*
My fashion gang and I absolutely love to hurdle around in deep dark alleys to discuss our next target items and come up with ways to try and reposition their stance. We really are just a small tribe of overly enthused yuppies with an affinity for words nobody uses -because they don’t really exist anywhere beyond our bi-monthly summits. Anywho, we decided to take on the ever so graceful midi-hemline… I know, how very brave of us! Tracking back to Christian Dior’s ground-breaking 1947 New Look, the midi definitely ranks comfortably among fashion’s chronic come-back pieces with its brow raising record. After almost two decades off the market, the poor midi attempted a return met by the swinging 60’s mini mania –yeah, no competish there. In the late 80’s and early 90’s the midi tried to forge presence somewhere within the grunge craze and it ended up in a cult bin rather than trying to define an era –so sad I say. Fast-forward to today’s age of disposable trends and the majestic midi dared to claim its own on as seen on the fall 2011 runways and seemingly finally hit the market the just the perfect time. For the first time in its habitual return, the midi comes in a multitude of shapes, which means that it can be styled to fit almost every woman. My former boss-lady and the ever so fiercely clad Editor of Marie Claire SA; Aspasia Karras is serving chic Parisienne realness with her pleated circle style midi skirt and a side serving of street (see that matching snap-back) in the lead pic. Me? Well, I took to my regular “uprising” and tried to style an atypical piece into my wardrobe. I wore a pair of blood red midi culottes with a Cult Collective top, a PVC vest and a pair of high-tops. How very fetch are these reflective RayBan Aviators from Sunglass Hut!?
Snaps by Trevor Stuurman.
Can you believe that I have not stopped buzzing about Gert-Johan Coetzee’s neon pink collection from South African Fashion Week AW 2014!? I know, it’s like I am a man with sudden fondness for flowsy floor-length fuschia garments held in a stylishly fitted position by a laser-cut Perspex bustier. I now know for a fact that there is absolutely no chance that I could be falling out of love with this collection because the dearest lover of my fashion heart that is Eunice Driver has recently photographed the range in an astonishing manner which showcases the fabric’s motion beautifully. I die for the waving hemline masterfully draped in the air whilst models hold still, yet whimsical poses for the camera. And that backdrop… my gosh that toon-esque backdrop reminds me of an aged castle’s hallways –very Snow White and the Huntsman, except this time around Snowwie is fully grown and she #WERQs chic in ways chic is yet to be #WERQed. Lovely stuff!!!
I think it safe to allege that the Beckhams are definitely fashion’s royal family. Almost everything they affiliate with earns instant chic status and this makes it absolutely sensible that both David and his bottomlessly stunning wife; Victoria are the recent cover stars for Vogue Paris. The December/ January 2014 issue hit the shelves yesterday and the couple look #SICKENING on two romantic covers photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Victoria (she whose personal style was freshly referenced by Marge Simpson) took to a Guest Editor’s chair and in addition to hooking up interviews with the likes of Marc Jacobs she also gave a thorough peek into their royal family’s fab-tasticness and behind the scenes snaps of her eponymous fashion label’s Spring 2014 runway collection. Emmanuelle Alt –the mag’s Editor in Chief is super stoked with Lady Miss Beckham’s contribution, deeming Vic as “spontaneous, humorous and modest with a healthy dose of ambition” among many praises. I know I am super keen to get into it.
Doing good always feel good and that is a definite fact. I have always wanted to partake in the annual dude-culture that is MOVEMBER and if you have seen me throughout the past month, you can’t have possibly missed that I was #WERQing furry bits on my face trying to do my bit in honour of the highly important men’s health issue that is prostate cancer. My little mini Santa look meant a great deal to me and I can only hope that my very little contribution will inspire a few more menfolk to consider commemorating such cases. At the dusk of what I firmly believe was an insightful month, the rad people at Gillette South Africa logically launched the Fusion ProGlide Silvertouch Razor which is really truly such an amazing product to come after their Movember campaign. I have recently received my own kit with a centralised blade stabiliser which adjusts to curves on the face to minimise nicks and cuts and it is a perfect fit to my own grooming process. More of the features include 5 blades with Gillette’s thinnest edges for less tug and pull, less strokes to minimize irritation even on sensitive skin. The trimmer blade at the back of the razor has been redesigned for better precision. A lubrastrip offers improved lubrication for ease and comfort of stroke. It is also available in manual and power (battery operated).
Hook it up and let me know how it goes.