RUBBA SS2014: A BLING AND PASTEL CONNECT.

MJ AND STUFF RUBBA BRACELETS

Me thinks it is time to totally look into updating one’s accessories game to perhaps assist in piecing together a near faultless signature look for the approaching spring and summer seasons. I am for pastel motifs with a refreshing hint of luxe as a bit of a nod to the much necessary flexibility (easy to style from day to night without compromising a well measured allure). The sweet statement accessory that is Rubba meets this requisite with a newly launched collection of part-matte pastel bracelets created with the signature comfort and styles which include brushed metal links or two-tone links. I cannot even call this a comeback collection by Rubba. It is a purely undoubted effort to provide the ageless and oh-so style knowledgeable customer with a range that is so very right now and also covers trends through these original creations. I imagine stacking a few Rubba bracelets on each of my arms to go alongside a muted look so as to propagate plenty of personality. These affordable accessories are so much more than this season’s “must-have” items, Rubba is such a necessity.

Rubba GOLD L GREEN MJ AND STUFF

GOLD RUBBA MJ AND STUFF

Rubba Accessories MJ AND STUFF

MJ AND STUFF RUBBA GOLD

WHEN MY BACK IS AGAINST THE CARVELA WALL.

Spitz Gallery MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James

Straight from the furrow of all things exclusive; you may or may not have seen last week’s social media buzz (the latter probably applies if you have a disordered connectivity) all over the local fashion circles. The great fashion giant that is the Spitz Group hosted a few top fashion media folk (and me) at the amiably striking Spitz Summer Gallery which was set up for one night and one night only, right here in Joho. The evening made for such a spectacular introduction to the superior footwear products coming in stores for the nearing spring and summer seasons.

Gasps and wows were expressed by everyone as soon as we walked in to exist among the magnificently curated instillations showcasing most of the amazing brands housed by the Spitz group. I personally found it all so exhilarating. From the highlight casual conversations with some members of the brands’ profusely proficient team, to versatile moods ignited by every part of the set up. I loved it all and could go forever and deeper into details about that grand evening.

I thought I was photographed in equal amounts at most areas of the #SpitzSummerGallery, you know, to diversify this post. Well, going through the images earlier today I was flashbacked straight to my very own unbounded gasps and wows when I saw and clearly spent half the evening around the Carvela wall. I won’t even get into trying to explain my elation at the time. I mean this shoe is such an icon and no matter how many times I see a pair, Carvela still makes me want to demand a conversation with regulators of my genetic material pool about my saddening inability to can confidently wear moccasins. Imagine an entire wall nailed with all touchable designs of this legendary slipper known to mankind. Some of which didn’t even make it onto retail floors –for reasons which still make absolute sense, considering that at the time explained to me, I juggled listening to every detail in between my escalating thrill… talk about a grand #Throwback to when I had an astonishing opportunity to interview Mino and Marco Bagnoli -the farther and son duo who own the Carvela Factory in Italy.

Mahlatse James Spitz Gallery MJ AND STUFF

South African Blogger Mahlatse James Spitz Gallery

MJ AND STUFF SPITZ GALLERY MAHLATSE JAMES

I mean; #NoTeaNoShade, #ThisIsNotAContest, #ComeOnNow

I mean; #NoTeaNoShade, #ThisIsNotAContest, #ComeOnNow

MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James Spitz Gallery

A wall of Carvela shoes at the Spitz Summer Gallery MJ AND STUFF

IT CAN ONLY BE SPITZ

KRAYZI x DUNGIE. MY FIXED FAVE.

Kgosi Modisane MJ AND STUFF

I could write a heartfelt note about my eternal love for a dungaree revival, but that would rather read freakishly rhetorical. Instead, I shall lead thee here, here and here. This does not take away from the evident actuality that my dearest friend; Krayzi Modisane’s sartorial opt is stirring and yet so relatable. And he went and did the double-denim take too… wish I could draw hearts with a shadow and stuff.

Krayzi Modisane MJ AND STUFF

MJ AND STUFF Kgosi Modisane

#WERQ

TIS THE TIME TO CAPE IT A LITTLE.

Lutuleigh

I am going to grieve over the swift ending of this year’s winter. I really am. Plentiful fun was had by me piecing up threads from one’s wardrobe as I hopped on a never-ending movement to elevate my often changing perspective as far as a personal taste is concerned. I keep invading random conversations with slurry declarations that I still await a proper outro outfit before I can bid adieus to the season of layering and with a few weeks left for me to go through cooler evenings, my eyes are set on a selection of avant-garde designer capes I spotted around this time a year ago at the Durban Fashion Fair. Yes, a good cape would be more than a-okay to wear out just before calling in the heat -decision made.

The dearest designer whose threads I speak of is none other than the forward-thinking Miles Luthuli who caught my eye a few years ago when he showcased his fast emerging label Lutuleigh for the first time at the DFF. Justifiably, subsequent to an arresting inaugural moment on the runway, he made the cut as one the 10 carefully selected designers straight from Durban (Shout out to the eThekwini Municipality Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit Fashion Development Programme) to go through an internship in Milan where he gained insight serving under some of the very best in the business.

It was upon his return to SA when Miles’ all-menswear sophomore showcase stole my heart in parts and presented an imprinted adoration for his range of capes within a collection of interestingly exciting separates. These capes could be styled into any look really and immediately upgrade one’s outfit to a level way above average. I need not be convinced any further.

Lutuleigh

Lutuleigh

Lutuleigh

Pics: SDR Photos.

 

DINE LIKE A SOVEREIGN, DANCE LIKE A STAR AND SHOP LIKE A PRO.

the first Skip Fashion Exchange of 2014 MJ AND STUFF

Aaah, life of a fashion blogger! This exclamatory statement was expressed by a darling moon-eyed friend as I invited her to be my +1 for the Skip Fashion Exchange event which took place a couple of weeks ago. you see, my friend and I happen to live for the idea of enjoying a delightful three course dinner whilst learning a great deal about current fashion trends per recommendations of industry experts, followed by live music and a pleasurable shopping experience. We spent a great amount on time partaking in the latter –as you would imagine.

A seriously wide selection for everyone who brings with them three of their gently worn clothing items.

A seriously wide selection for everyone who brings with them three of their gently worn clothing items.

The first Skip Fashion Exchange of the year was a worthwhile and great success (well, we expected no less really), not only because all attendees were treated to superstar-standard evening, but also because a lot of people came aboard with an enthralling sense of buoyancy. The event definitely ranks way high on my list of suggested efforts to involve oneself in environmentally friendly trades. Plus, you get to hang-out in a crowd of really cool people.

MJ AND STUFF Skip Fashion Exchange

Skip fashion Exchange dinner MJ AND STUFF

The next Skip Fashion Exchange is set to take place next Thursday (21st August) at Katy’s Place in Johannesburg and tickets are available to pre-book for R280,00. For further details please contact Shaakirah van Rensburg on 011 300 6700 or via email at events@ndalomedia.com with “Fashion exchange” in your subject line.

Will I be seeing you?

Will I be seeing you?

SPOTTED: MARIEKE FAULTLESSLY #WERQing THE DREAMY JOEL JANSE VAN VUUREN FROCK.

MJ AND STUFF Marieke Mertz wearing Joel Janse Van Vuuren at SAFW

I had a good mind to theme this post around one of those canny riddle-like questions enquiring about a seemingly obvious case. Cheese-dot-org much? I probably would have asked; what you get when you put a charmingly gifted fashion princess in a dress by an award winning designer whose clothing brand is rightfully said to be synonymous with praiseworthy creativity, an enigmatic use of colour and ultra femininity? I told you I could cheese it up. Spree.co.za’s Marieke Mertz does all sorts of justice (and then some) to this imaginatively wearable piece of art by the darling Joel Janse van Vuuren. Words are just not enough to dare describe this clear classic case of an outstanding fashion moment.

As much as I know that a lot of female folk are likely to (sensibly) steer towards this dress, I figure that it must call for a combination of a sound styling capability and a personality to match. You know the type of human who can step up to its remarkable make. Someone just like Marieke here. I have seen her #WERQ with a lot of trends over the last few times we met and she is something of a connoisseur when it comes to owning a look. Seriously, her threads game is ALWAYS on fire and for me, these pics serve as fixed evidence. There is definitely something gratifying about the colour co-ord, the flamboyantly billowy shape and of course M.Mertz’s choice of styling.

Marieke Mertz Joel Janse van Vuuren MJ AND STUFF

Well I guess I went and answered that canny riddle-like question I tried so hard to not ask. Can’t be blamed for it; girl met designer, designer made magic, girl picked a stunning dress wore it perfectly. It’s a match made in fashion heaven I say.

Joel Janse Van Vuuren dress worn by Marieke Merts at the South African Fashion Week MJ AND STUFF

#WERQ

I SAY CALL IT SPRING WITH AN EMOJI FILLED GUIDE.

CALL IT SPRING CAMPAIGN 2014 MJ AND STUFF

Is anyone else out there as excited for the approaching spring season as I am? Not so long ago I thought nothing could possibly propel my optimism any further. That was all until I saw CALL IT SPRING’s pretty awesome emoji inspired campaign. Taking cue from an evident fact that today’s social culture is awash with automatic scrapbooking as a central form of communication, this spring 2014 campaign is right on the pulse. As something of a tradition with CALL IT SPRING campaigns, this here campaign follows a group of friends on apt everyday adventures, particularly a generation of downtown LA cool kids as they explore the nerve centre of their surroundings. I am seriously all about the poetic and somewhat personal angle here -chilled and unaffected as I would preach.

MJ AND STUFF CALL IT SPRING 2014

The mastery of campaign is credited to the skills of Art Director Vanda Dafari working alongside Stylist Havana Laffitte and photographer Tim Barber. Now I’m really excited about counting down all the awesomeness coming with spring 2014.

SPRING 2014 CAMPAIGN MJ AND STUFF CALL IT SPRING

SPOTTED: GAL DIGS THE DOUBLE-DENIM SITCH.

Palesa Mahlaba Denim on Denim MJ AND STUFF

The Canadian Tuxedo, The Benoni jean-suit or whatever the (insolent) cool kids dare call it today, a double denim ensemble is totally hot. I will admit; there was a time in my life when I too went with the wind of declaring the pairing of denim threads as something tacky. I wish I could reason for the ill-motivated avowal, but I just cannot -for the love of workwear inspired fabrics, come up with anything. I mean, I actually totally thought that Britney and Justin Timberlake matching light-wash situation from the 2001 American Music Awards was quite rad for that period. Hey, I was a kid moon-eyed and ready to gobble up anything with a remote representation of never-seen-before magnificence. Check my collection of scrapbooks as evidence –all before the “cool” happened.

Fast-forward to today and I am all ready to heave a bleach stained placard in support of the motion to wear jean shirt and jean pants mutually. By the looks of things, it has gone past the fad phase and fashion’s love-child Palesa Mahlaba shows this off in these pics. Seriously, there are countless ways to dial up styles fitting all preferences. I am all sorts of crazy for the unassumingly chic level she is working with here. Bejewelled details on the shirt counter its cut-out details perfectly and the choice to exclude the belt from the pen-rolled boyfriend style jeans stirs up effortlessness. One can’t be mad at the heels pair-up.

MJ AND STUFF Palesa Mahlaba Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim Palesa Mahlaba MJ AND STUFF

Did she #WERQ it or DID SHE #WERQ IT!?

MY TOPMAN PICKS FOR OPPIKOPPI 2014.

Mahlatse James for Topman x Oppikoppi x MJ AND STUFF

The Oppikoppi weekend comes next week and I seem to have lost some senses in keyed up anticipation –festivals do this to me. There is just something really cool about the liberty of spending a few days out in open air with several options to observe moments in history created through music performed live. No prize for guessing that my most fave bit involves some serious fashion served throughout the music fest. Alongside the rubber boots and vellies wearing folk.

In these pics I picked a head-to-toe outfit from Topman SA, inspired by the current festival-chic state of style. Having been to a fair share of outdoorsy music fests thus far, I know for sure that one is bound to meander endlessly throughout the day (and night), so functionality reigned above all else when I decided on what I would likely wear for the 20-years-old Oppikoppi.

Mahlatse James South African Blogger x Topman for Oppikoppi

Since winter is part way through, the basis of my styling is a pair of black denim skinny shorts worn with a black and yellow buffalo plaid shirt layered beneath a wide-weave chunky knit and a black beanie for the cred factor.  The shoe game saw me adopting a pair of part-cheetah print plimsolls which tied in exceptionally with the yellow tint of the flannel shirt. A backpack is also a definite must-have as a carry-all for necessities. Seriously, you don’t need me to tell you about the importance of backpack in such a vibe. Bulking pockets are just not a look. Like, ever. This black leather situation is both stunning and practical.

South African Fashion Blogger Mahlatse James x Topman x Oppikoppi

Oppikoppi x Topman x MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James x Topman for Oppikoppi

topman south africa x Mahlatse James x MJ AND STUFF x OppiKoppi

MJ and Stuff for Topman MJ AND STUFF

There you have it folks; my picks from Topman to make up a rad wardrobe for the Oppikoppi weekend. Like it?

There you have it folks; my picks from Topman to make up a rad wardrobe for the Oppikoppi weekend. Like it?

#PUMASelectJozi OPENS. BE AMONG THE FIRST.

PUMA SELECT JOZI LAUNCHES MJ AND STUFF

Something huge happens tonight. This here is a whole grand approach to the long-standing rhyme of pinches and punches for a brand new month. Like a colossal tide, PUMA is set to stun Jozi fans with collections of exceptional creative designs and exclusive collaborations as they open #PUMASelectJozi tonight in Braamies. Excited much? The rad concept store is the second of its kind (globally), following the high-standard success set by the PUMA SELECT in Cape Town.

NEW PUMA SELECT STORE LAUNCHES IN JOZI MJ AND STUFF

#PUMASelectJozi will operate for a year to showcase PUMA’s premium product and collaborations with influential creatives, streetwear labels and fashion houses including Parisian design duo BWGH (Brooklyn We Go Hard), New York illustrator Sophia Chang, London interior design team House of Hackney, and Tokyo’s quirky king of avant-garde sneakers Mihara Yashuhiro.MJ AND STUFF PUMA SELECT JOZI

Great news for you dearest awesome reader; I am giving away 5 sets of double tickets to attend the exclusive launch event happening tonight. Here’s how it will work: Tweet me @Mahlatsej and @PUMASouthAfrica, include the official hashtag #PUMASelectJozi and tell us what you look forward to the most… easy-peasy. This giveaway runs for the next couple of hours and only applies if you will be in Jozi tonight.

PUMA SELECET JOZI MJ AND STUFF