#BTTC2014 x PUMA GIVEAWAY #MAJOR

MJ AND STUFF BTTC

Extra-Extra: be all about it. Up for two days and two days only, I have yet another awesome giveaway, a notch up my previous one!

PUMA Back To The City Giveaway MJ AND STUFF

The coming Sunday (27th April 2014) will see a mega #TurnUp as this year’s Back To The City festival happens in Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerals Square between 10h00 and 01h00. The biggest Hip Hop fair in the entire Mother Continent is its 8th year of running successfully and the 2014 edition –celebrating South Africa’s 20 years of freedom- might just be the biggest Joho has ever experienced. I am talking about 3 stages, 20 emcees, 1 surprise international act, 12 DJs, a basketball court, 12 graffiti crews, street fashion, dance crews, live gaming and a 10k challenge for listed cultural enthusiasts among many more rad happenings.

BTTC X PUMA GIVEAWAY MJ AND STUFF

Naturally, I too hopped on it and would like to offer you, dearest awesome reader; TWO sets of double tickets to the fest and for each of the named winners, I have come into a collab with @PUMASouthAfrica to throw in a pair of sweet kicks –ONE for the dudes and ONE for a gal winner. You’ll thank me over sippies in the beer garden right after we snap a few pics. All you need to do to be in the running is: drop a smashing comment below this post with your details and name your fave PUMA kicks. Winners will be announced by close of business tomorrow (16:30, Friday the 25-05-’14).

MJ AND STUFF x  Back To The City PUMA GIVEAWAY

I will also be running a live Titter giveaway during the fashion show taking place from 13h00 on the day of the event. For this you will need to follow me @Mahlatsej, @PUMASouthAfrica, @BacktothecitySA and use the #bittc2014 to tweet about the designers and you’ll stand a chance of walking away with a brand new pair of PUMA sneakers. I know I’m hella excited.

MJ AND STUFF x PUMA LIVE TWEET GIVEAWAY AT BACK TO THE CITY 2014

Go wild, go wicked and I just might see you there.

#WERQ

#MBFWJ2014 HERO PIECES DAY 3

 

David Tlale

Here’s another one of those really lengthy posts. You might want to sit down and grab a cuppa for this one as I wrap my Iconic pieces from form this year’s MBFWJ’S Day 3.

David Tlale

David Tlale is exceptional at what he does. This is a fact put out to no questioning and we have come to always expect the unexpected from his master genius nature. I received the presentation of his FALL 2014 collection as a nudge to remind all followers of his work that in addition to putting on reputable showmanship, his knowledge of garment construction boats a high quality and even when he brings it “back to basics”, it is with a supreme dynamism.

There is a new breed of designer kids on the block and they mean business. As part of the AFI Fastrack accelerator, this year’s finalists were an impressive bunch. Impeccable quality and solid style stories, each one of these top ten industry newbies showcased beautifully curated capsule collections. See pics below for a visual introduction and keep your eyes on this space.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Robynn Deedat’s CRUSTACEAN FEMININITY. Ruth McNaughton’s MILK. Fabian Ah-Sing’s ELLIPSIS. Naazneen Kagee’s MODERN MYSTIC.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Robynn Deedat’s CRUSTACEAN FEMININITY. Ruth McNaughton’s MILK. Fabian Ah-Sing’s ELLIPSIS. Naazneen Kagee’s MODERN MYSTIC.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jessica Ross’s IT’S AN AMISH INVASION. Ditiro Mashingo’s SERATI. Benazeer Mulla’s MIND CONTROL

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jessica Ross’s IT’S AN AMISH INVASION. Ditiro Mashingo’s SERATI. Benazeer Mulla’s MIND CONTROL

LEFT TO RIGHT: Rich Mnisi’s KOOL-AID. Ellen Kondowe’s MIDAS AFRICA & I. Tuelo Nguyuza’s LE SPORTS CHIC.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Rich Mnisi’s KOOL-AID. Ellen Kondowe’s MIDAS AFRICA & I. Tuelo Nguyuza’s LE SPORTS CHIC.

Menswear is the current hot buzzword in the fashion circles –about darn time if you ask me. It’s no surprise that the AFI Next Generation collective brought together four potential industry entrepreneurs to showcase their creations made for men-folk. Zano Sithetho’s Skorzch is known for fine tailoring and his vintage 1950s referenced range saw hints of brights for well styled humour. Prudence Mahapang’s PREU was all about minimalism associated with Priesthood throughout history. Great attention to details through layering and texture contrasts. Scalo is no stranger to the spotlight. Headed by the abundantly talented Sello Medupe, this brand has come a pretty long way since debuting at the AFI Fast Track back in 2011 and his return to the runway was partly inspired by the sight of pigeons in flight: a lot of greys, blues whites and hints of blacks in desirable cuts and fits. Jenevieve Lyons’ line of separates where anything but conventional, yet seemed to be wearable, even to a non-full-time-fashioning eye. She sourced inspiration from a sea sponge and resulted with Must Have pieces for a modern-day nomad.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: SKORCH, PREU, SCALO GENEVIVE LYONS.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: SKORCH, PREU, SCALO GENEVIVE LYONS.

Frequenters of fashion weeks will tell you that the most satisfying points of such soirees include the ability to score an entertaining/ showmanship mark as well as communicating with the possible wearer. It only makes sense. Durban based designer sensation; Leigh Schubert did just that and then some. We all know a woman who would look absolutely smashing in her creations. I got a sense of a modern day traveller through the nowhere near exhausted safari-like suggestion. Perfectly cut fabrics with geographic lines in warn colours. The styling commanded the right amount of attention with dyed feather earrings -did somebody say a wink to aviation?

MBFWJ 2014 LEIGH SCHUBERT MJ AND STUFF

Winning formulae or design mastership should not ever be questioned, altered or even questioned. I became comfortable with this concept after seeing Avant Apparel’s tasteful cape jacket with slit sleeves walked down the ramp this season. A definite design piece which can fit comfortably in a working class individual’s day-to-day wardrobe as it could when styled into an eccentric personality’s threads.

Avant Apparel

It is not every day that parts of me numb over items of clothing –mostly because I work very hard at freezing my exclamations and wait until the light dim down before I totally embarrass myself on the FROW. The not-so-cropped cropped leather blazer with double-breast buttons and peaking hemlines by AUGUSTINE made my usually stern stare way too difficult and surpassed what I thought to expect from the menswear label. It is a PERFECT piece and I am not even exaggerating when I say that I have not stopped thinking about it ever since that fateful moment!

I've never wanted anything to be named after me this bad! #TrueStory

I’ve never wanted anything to be named after me this bad! #TrueStory

Ruald Rheeder has become something of a genius as far as pomp ‘n ceremony is concerned, there is nothing boring about the Cape Town based label and this season I cheerfully shimmied like an uninvited guest at a wedding as I appreciated their unmatched talent of using crazy amounts of texture in one solid colour –black. I thought it was an outlandish whiplash to traditionalists and I liked it.

MBFWJ 2014 RUALD RHEEDER MJ AND STUFF

Gone are the ideas that “a suit will always be a suit”. I come from a nation of those who aim to find unique bits of every piece of clothing and I got served when Viyella showcased the olive green suit which seems to pay homage to an ageless utility trend in a roomier cut sans looking costume. There is nothing “average” in these parts.

Viyella

Fabiani is such an institution. I am a huge fan of the brand and everything it stands for because in addition to noticeably introducing trends, it is exactly what men want to wear. Ending #MBFWJ2014; the autumn/ winter 2014 collection is an ode to the updated man about town. As much as I adored the focus on outerwear, it’s the accessories that stole my heart; from the pale pink rose boutonnière worn with bright pocket squares and red socks.

MBFWJ 2014 FABIANI MJ AND STUFF

Read my other review about details on the third day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg 2014 for MBLIFE.CO.ZA over HERE

PICS BY SDR Photos.

 

 

 

SELFIE-ING AT MR P’S VIP SHOPPING SESS

Mahlatse James Mr Price Selfie MJ AND STUFF

I have decided; a photo booth must just happen in my household at some point -this I am putting out to the serving universe, THE SIR and the kind people at Glow Foto Booth. We went crazy ballistic, snapping all sorts of wacky poses in the “selfie booth” hooked up by Mr Price at their Night of VIP Shopping last week.

Mahlatse James Mr Price A-W 2014 MJ AND STUFF

In between sipping on some really good bubbly and snacking lip-smackin’ tasty treats; a selected few individuals were invited (together with their fervent +1’s) to get together at key stores between Jo’burg, Durban and Cape Town to kiki and enjoy a special evening of shopping from a selection of fresh merch that will only get to hit the stores a little later in the Autumn-Winter season.

MJ AND STUFF MR PRICE AUTUMN-WINTER 2014 MAHLATSE JAMES

I am super excited for everyone to start wearing @MrPriceFashion’s A/W ’14 edit –such awesome stuff.

MJ AND STUFF MR PRICE SELFIE

#WERQ

A WHOLE LOTTA STYLISH GOOD BY LUCKY BRAND…

Lucky Brand Charity Drive MJ AND STUFF

Most international labels have a way of creeping up on us and have us all beaming with crazy excitement in no time. Well, not the 24 years old American denim brand; Lucky Brand. As of today, all the way until the 11th of May, Lucky Brand embarks on an exciting drive to benefit the SOS Children’s Villages in Port Elizabeth.

The call is out for all of us who can, to please take in our worn pairs of jean-pants to Lucky Brand’s store in the Eastgate Mall or the newly opened flagship in Centurion Mall. For this, shoppers will receive a fifty percent discount on their next purchase of a new pair of Lucky Brand denims.

Lucky Brand Store, Eastgate

The initiative is aimed to collect at least 3000 pairs of jeans and all items will be repurposed into really awesome denim products and sold for profit by women in the communities.

I have to admit, I have spotted Lucky Brand in Edgars Stores for a while now and even though I had promised myself to make a U-turn soonest, I never really got it because I always get a bit too absentminded whenever I am surrounded by cool things. “From straight to super skinny, relaxed to bootcut, slim or boyfriend, Lucky Brand denims are available in a huge array of styles, colours and washes to make sure you’re perfectly fitted, and on-trend this season.” #IGotSchooled

Mahlatse James Lucky Brand Jeans MJ AND STUFF

As you can see from the pic above I have already gone my fave Lucky Brand store and done the right thing whilst wearing my very first pair of boot cut jeans throwing back a look straight out of the early 1970’s. I am excited for my well loved jean’s future. Once you have donated a clean and wearable pair of denims, share the experience using the #LuckyDenimSOS hash-tag and joing on the rad conversation whilst doing a whole lot of good.

Lucky Brand Denim shop in East Gate

#MBWJ 2014 DAY 2: HERO PIECES

Ayanda Mthembu

Day two of this year’s #MBFWJ was all about attention to details in the collections –which did not make my decided task any easier compared to the first evening. Both attendees and designers brought it real hard and I covered the day’s runway collections for Mercedes’ mblife.zo.za

Left to Right: Ayanda Mthembu, Nokwanda Ncobo, Duke, Ruth Samaai.

Left to Right: Ayanda Mthembu, Nokwanda Ncobo, Duke, Ruth Samaai.

To commence the day and seemingly taking into consideration; the fashion event’s theme of absolute optimism, David Tlale’s Interns showed off their much inspired mini ranges on a shared platform and even thought they all differ vastly with very strong identities, they equally posses super skills for distinct sculpts. Ayanda Mthembu tailored his two dimensional arch signature alongside strong shoulders and fit contrasts. Nokwanda Ncobo’s boob-tube leotard with geo add-on’s worn with a layered cover-up in burgundy, asserted a well edufashioned sense of style. Sandile Mngadi’s menswear label; Duke was full of personality and detail-mania to match. I loved the shorts with midi-length side panels on each side, worn with a full sleeve shirt. Ruth Samaai nipped, tucked and folded in fresh pattern to create a new luxe shapes.

Morphe

Thank fashion heavens, the new way of colour blocking (yeah, it’s still a thing you know?) does not involve wearing heap loads of clothing and accessories.Marize Malan’s Morphe flew with the idea of blending colour tones unheard of. The blue and green will totally be tried by me.

Shana

I die for a good theme any day. When Shana Morland first released word that her eponymous label; Shana, will be inspired by all things medieval, I had to stop within my tracks before getting all moon-eyed and absent-minded in wishful wonder for THE CROWN of my dreams. The young brand’s interpretation was just as cool as expected; crests on jumpers, wearable sequins and ageless hemlines. I got to interview the designer couple –Shana and Robbi Gorelick after the show and got to understand that they design stuff they’s much rather see people everyday people wearing in the streets. My bet is; these non-sleazy miniskirts will fly off their shelves.

Tart Printed Dresses AT MBFWJ 2014 MJ AND STUFF

I always say to my friends that it’s not really a #Throwback if it’s updated. The two dresses by Tart echoed a shape probably straight out of the 1970’s, think the original Foxy Brown at a modern day rooftop cocktail situation. Just enough to stand out and the furthest from odd because it’s ageless and oh so very lady!

Selfi

Wardrobe staples needn’t be boring. Like, seriously, everyone has a shirt-dress and since we’ve established its staple point, the next sensible step is getting one that’s easy to integrate in your wardrobe and still turn heads. Selfie showed one in black and white which can work for literally all body shapes and style preferences.

Adriaan Kuiters

Giant, squishy and folding is so now! The bag featured in Adriaan Kruiters’ fuzzy show made my heart skip several beats as I think I can do some serious damage to it. I imagine that it would be a perfect addition to my coming winter’s wardrobe. It is MUST HAVE in all imaginable colours.

Laduma

Laduma Nxokolo’s Maxhosa knitwear has to rank among the few awesomely growing authentically South African clothing labels to date. This, matched with an identifiable signature, makes for a pleasant formula. This season saw the knitwear brand introducing womenswear and the skirt suits were EVERYTHING!

 Do check out the full article HERE

PICS BY SDR.

SPOTTED: STYLIN’ AND STREETIN’

Mahlatse James on A Fashion Friend blog

I was shown crazy amounts of love by the talented Jacobus Snyman and Lara Van Der Merwe at the #SAFW last week. These pics of day two and three of the fashion week are currently doing the rounds on the street style pages of the super awesome A Fashion Friend web mag. Major shout out, you guys rock hardest!

#WERQ

OH HEELED REBEL STAR!

Sam Star boot at EGALITY MJ AND STUFF

Everything (and I mean #EVERYTHING) that has David Bowie’s name attached to it, immediately shoots up to the top of my favourite stuff. I brusquely turn into a voluble Ziggy Stardust disciple and blur out a good couple of hours –story of my life. This part quilted, part lace-up ankle boot with a back zipper detail is by the renowned Sam Star, available exclusively at EGALITY and has all details fit for a fashion rebel. Just like Bowie’s dress favourable dress sense of yesteryears. I am soo totally jamming to Let’s Dance right now.