I am a poser! #YeahISaidIt Ask anyone who has ever clinked champagne flutes with me and they will enlighten you about my non-stop course strike a fierce pose at split-second. To me, a flash-light -whatever aimed direction; means a chance to convert a step beyond “normality”. This post is an ode to a recent pose-off session with a stylist chum @KrayziK. We both attended the launch of J&B Met 2014 aptly themed #MadeToConquer and rightfully aimed for the booth. Okay, we kinda OTT’ed it up in these shots. Speaking of the J&B Met 2014, something super awesome is looming and I will keep you in the know, in due course. In the meantime, whilst you plan to dress victoriously for the premier horserace, do make sure to rehearse a fierce pose because you knever know who might come photo-bomb the heck out of your pics.
I don’t want to say that I called it a little while ago when I solicited missions to get my very own first white blazer from a total stranger but fact is; if you are not feeling the all white vibe this summer…erm, then you just don’t know things. I dared to don a full white garb with gun-metal separates at the recent Sunglass Hut VIP Party. There is n trick to wearing lilly whites as the festive season nears, you see, there will be end of year functions and an odd looking bloke in a (possibly tan) kaftan and white linen pants –let him be, just don’t partake in any intricate handshake steez. There will also be lady who sadly heard about the softy structured tailored whites with an androgynous appeal and also blindly unaware of the fact that a tennis dress with jersey collars worn with a shawl lapel blazer totally defeats the purpose. Oh, you best believe that there will be painful will try to reincarnate Bianca Jagger’s white YSL suit moment without updating it in any way –those should not even be considered for a high-5.my only bit of advice is this; when daring to wear trendy whites MAKE IT YOUR OWN, whatever the reference. #YeahISaidIt
Sunglass Hut hosted a star-studded mother of all VIP parties of the year #YeahISaidIt, to launch some pretty fab sunnies trends for the current summer 2013 –we’ll get into that with a whole new post. Just when we all settled in thought that attendees will be treated to no less that fine class entertainment and blowing well scented air kisses whilst trying out high-end designer stunners, SH took it to up an incalculable notch and announced the evening’s special guest who just jetted in for the do; the brand’s global brand ambassador Georgia May Jagger!! I swear, I thought I heard wrong and was about to question hastily consider aiding my ears. GMJ is #EVERYTHING and so much more, we got to hangout for a bit, giggled and teased like lunch plans were about to be thrown around at any random moment. And of course, I did like I do whenever I am in the presence of model awesomeness; I proposed a pose-off which was captured through the masterful lens of Trevor Stuurman –he too jetted in for the event.
Such an unaffected gal, that Georgia May Jagger!
I feel like a fed-up school-kid who just cannot deal with all these rules as set by Lord knows who. There is so much pleasure in sensibly wearing stuff the way you want to –heck, most (if not all) really good stylopolitans play the furthest from boxified fashion missions. In the same spirit, I dared to test inner rebel without cause and fashionably protested against all rules about sporadic hemlines, folds and tucks for one night and ONE NIGHT ONLY. Truth be told; I was under an unreasonably sad curse of really and truly not knowing what to wear and approached this look with nothing but an idea to resurrect my kinship with last season’s amazing greys. The distinguished multi-length vibe was nothing intentional. I swear. As a matter of fact; I pieced up age appropriate (whatevs, I know) night time festival chic collectables starting my styling point with a trilby, autumn-esque floral prints, a black tailored mid-length waistcoat, hardware style black belt holding up high waisted Escada pants (well deserved brag rights I say) and an up-to-date nod to sports luxe elements via the high-tops. Just to wave and wink at starched fashion tribes; I have to declare that I can get away with pairing high-tops alongside dressier ankle length pants (yes ma’am) because I am a on the lanky side of things. So let this be a lesson to anyone who has ever wished to veer off onto a perilous fashion lane; there is an unprecedented level of chic (if I may) right before the pits stop. Now go #WERQ
So like, my first ever denim shirt (like, ever!!!) so happens to be a constant subject of almost every fashion hurdle fest I find myself in. I seriously think that this Wrangler Chambray button-up must rank among some of the most yapped about pieces I have ever worm –and I have worn some pretty topical stuff, #TRUST. You might probably recognise it from the interview I did with Anisa Mpungwe for her Mr Price x Project range and both Sandiso Ngubane and I wore it in ways that signify our very different styles –on the real; nobody has time for that Bitch Stole My Look vibe. Right after that, the blogosphere flooded with many fab-tastic stylings igniting even more tongue swirls. I am crazy about the shirt’s multi tonal vibe which leaves plenty room to style in infinite ways and can wear with almost anything. The fact that the Chambray is light in weight, sanctifies its ability to transcend specific seasons –open to layering in cooler seasons and perfect to wear just as it is this summer.
The future seems to be in just perfect shades of blue.
THE LOOK: Cap -Trunks and Cast. Shirt -Wrangler Chambray. Jewellery -Durban Beach Market. Sling Bag -Thrifted. Jeans -Wrangler Broken Twill. Sneakers -PUMA Trinomic XT2 PLUS.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2013 commences today and tonight shall be all about his high majesty; King David Tlale’s showcase which will celebrate the designer brand’s 10 years in the fashion business. The entire local fashion industry is buzzing louder and brighter in anticipation of this milestone and I specially love that his brand is so huge that even people who re “not into fashion” know who he is and can spot a DT number from a mile away. Lookout for a review in these parts because I just cannot wait to get into it.
I think I have come to realise that I am something of a “functioning impulsive shopper whose starts align beautifully and serve accordingly” because the first and only time, I dared to hold back and reason against an item of my dreams, it found a way to me sooner than I had imagined. Funny story about how I got to own this jacket here; for the longest time, I had made myself believe that a white blazer was completely out of the question for me –lipstick on the collar happens to be one of my biggest fears. That was all before I fell in love with an idea to spend better days of the coming summer in all-white fashions. Stunning as my plans seemed in my head, the fear of fuchsia against ivory was just too great, so I managed to gather guts and walked past last season’s single button blazer from Mango everytime I was in Sandton. One odd Sunday, as I trawled hippy flea-markets in search for statement accessories, one of the traders sauntered past me wearing a fitted double-breast, English cut number with peak lapels. At that very moment, I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that I was to bargain like a stylopolitan possessed (which I did) and offer my left shoe if it needs be (not quite). That very same blazer has since been an essential part of my wardrobe –I really was not going to wait for the summer. I am no Lerato Kganyago but I aim to #WERQ this white blazer the best way I can.
I could almost swear that Katherine-Mary Pichulik and I share a kindred spirit of an ancestor who probably ranked among the few who made Cleopatra question her commitment to tressing headpieces YeahISaidIt. I have not stopped ranting and raving about the brilliance that is everything PICHULIK ever since I discovered the label at last year’s Cape Town Fashion Week and the brand’s newest Spring Summer 2014 collection has me leaning in and whispering tales about ancient trade routes on an exotic journey from the Cape to North Africa and the Mediterranean, as if I too was a part of the designer’s posse as she drew inspiration from the bleached white beaches and azure seas. I know it would probably be selfish of me to wish for every single item in the collection. This is one of those sad cases when I have set my eyes on one piece; let it be known that I am crushing all over the neckpieces –I just can’t possibly pick one. The campaign photographed by Alix-Rose Cowie and starring Veda Pols from Boss Modes laments the ethereal decadence of 1950s cinema set in the Mediterranean and North Africa. This is undoubtedly one of my most favourite campaigns by far. See the images styled by Kate Dasmarais with the hair and Make-up done by Siaan Bianca Moss from Infidels.
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Everyone is all about the Madbury Club right now and it is with good reason –the collective group of adventurous and humorous forward thinking trailblazers has hopped on board with PUMA for a sickeningly rad collab under the brand’s fresh #TheNextStartsNow platform. As PUMA’s Lifestyle Collection Directors, the group of New York based “Friends who make things” were drawn to the design and silhouette of the Future Trinomic Slipstream Lite Zebra. Made way as an iconic sneaker in 1988, this season’s style stays true to its original outsole and hexagon tread patterns, and includes new design elements such as angled patterns and a play on material to the shoe’s upper: a combination of pony hair and high gloss snake and zebra-printed canvas. I too leaped onto that steez and hooked up a pair of these topical high-tops and wore them to a recent in-store launch *see pic* and got a few tongues wagging. The Future Trinomic Slipsteam Lite Zebra is such a ‘personality’ shoe, I wore them again at the Jo’burg leg Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour and made more friends than I ever would on an odd day swamped with overzealous street style ready kids on a stand-by-cue at fashion week. This right here is verification of a great brand linking up with a grand crew and resulting with the finest product yet.
Here’s fun insider fact: The green colour doesn’t really tickle fashion’s fancies. I have investigated this case and it turns out that the colour of forestry does not have a great record across many levels within the industry. Not many people know why, but there just aren’t many astonishing modish moments around green threads, although J-LO did define history in that iconic printed silk chiffon Versace number at the Grammy Awards some thirteen years ago. By now you know that I have a thing for directing my fashion tactics towards less tried avenues so for my recent out-of-town press trip, I dared to don green and tried to flirt of effortlessness whilst looking every bit like a lover of good style. I even posed for these pics right next to leafy palm-style plants –for good measure!
PS: I’ve been getting major love for these rad PUMA Suede Animal kick since wearing them on V-Entertainment last Friday. Y’all can hook the up from the PUMA concept stores.