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Street Style MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James

This obsession calls for no halt. I am a fashion man fixated with the odd idea to reel out all styling tricks tried and tested and my pull towards the powerful impact of a black and white look is nowhere near ending. As much as I have admitted many-a-time to a quest for revising fashion’s rules, one that remains more constant (than it is repetitive) is the superbly varying appeal for wardrobe choices with a connective duct from the very tip of my toes, all the way up to the longest of my hair follicles. Let me break it down; black-on-black clothe is never not charming (hello! Have you seen fashion people on a job? Talk about the ONLY enduring sense of uniformity.), the same goes for the idea to smartfully sway into a frequently updated monochromatic side. That said –and trialled, it is the raging attraction to calculated styling measures that sets us apart as we interpret trends. The undeniable power in one’s talent to sensibly pair bits and bobs with a plenty of personality, so to say. One of my few clearly adored fashion pledges include adopting a black and white formula with all the trickery known to mankind, as a nod of sorts to promote a visual statement which can possibly transcend age, sub-culture, gender and perhaps a period bygone.

South African Street Style Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF

Plainly put; this look in these pics marks my current state of mind and reflects the desire to balance my influences. For instance, I am not mad the idea to bring in a bit of sport –see the flat peak cap, linked with a baseball shirt atop a pseudo-tropical shirt -anybody keen to acknowledge the pattern play here?  Do spot the cage style metal cuffs for a geometric addition. Included in the contemporary intricacy thus far, I simply had to nod at a retro vibe, and this came through via a classic bowtie paired with Mihara Yasuhiro x PUMA’s refreshing take on the 1930’s style menswear shoe staple; the disc brogues to round off this style story.

MJ AND STUFF SA Fashion Blogger Mahlatse James

Black and white updated monochrome, MJ AND STUFF, Mahlatse James

South African Street Style MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF Street Style

Mahlatse James blog, MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James SA Fashion Blogger MJ AND STUFF

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HAPPENING RIGHT NOW: #DESIGNERSAMPLESALE

MJ AND STUFF Designer Sample sale

I have never not answered this question, yet, to my (frustration masqueraded as) surprise; people who have known me since before I made a profession out of my fashioning tactics, still never tire of asking where /how/when I hook up designer gear. Okay, I agree, these things can sometimes be treated as “underground” cabals and I suppose never quite open up for everyone to attend and possibly get to acquire these (sometimes –one-of-a-kind)  clothing items. Well, as suggested by the flyer here above, a small collective of local designer are hosting a sample sale in Melrose Arch, starting right now, all the way until the coming Saturday’s evening. Some of the local designers are clearing out their archives and everything is priced to go –up to 90% off. Participating top names include Thula Sindi, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Sies! Isabelle, Kluk CGDT, Cult Collective, Anmari Honibal, Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs and of course SUZAAN HEYNS.

I think I might be experiencing whatever level of thrill  comes beyond #ThreadCrazy.

I think I might be experiencing whatever level of thrill  comes beyond #ThreadCrazy.

See y’all there.

#WCW: STYLIN’ THE FUSE ACADEMY TALENT

Mahlatse James x DJ Zinhle x Previdar

You simply cannot have missed this one. Delightfully splashed across all of the interwebs and social media canals alike; it is all about DJ Zinhle’s FUSE Academy celebrating six years in the business of holding high the banner of female Disk Jocks. As part of the revels, the company thought of me as the stylist to work with for this campaign. Fitting, seeing that we have a rather wonderful relationship built over the years. I suppose one can even claim that we have come somewhere near a full circle and an opportunity to team up for something this great, was well overdue.

Mahlatse James Styling DJ Zinhle for PREVIDAR

You don’t need me to tell you that the result is all sorts of phenomenal and as far as the Woman-Crush-Wednesday hashtag is concerned; the social media circles are widening beyond belief. The series of gorgeous images (even if I have to say so myself) was photographed by the incredibly talented Lawrence Manyapelo are published on www.previdar.com portraying FUSE Academy’s talent in the most stylish of fronts.

DJ Zinhle x Previdar x Mahlatse James

 I took the liberty of sharing some of my faves, but you simply have to keep your eyes locked on my styling consultancy with the gifted Sekelo Timelly; S & M Creative Agents (@SANDMCREATIVE on the twitter streets) for regular drops.  We have also just shared some of the behind the scenes images on our facebook page over HERE.

FUSE Academy x Predidar x Mahlatse James

Mahlatse James styled FUSE Academy Female DJs

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Miss PRU x Mahlatse James x Previdar

Ms Cosmo Styled by Mahlatse James for Previdar

Ms Cosmo x DJ Zinhle x Previdar x Mahlatse James

Mahlatse James Styling Miss Pru for FUSE Academy photoshoot

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MJ AND STUFF x Miss Pru x Topshop x Samstar x

Mahlatse James x Topman x Rozanne and Pushkin x FUSE Academy

DJ Zinhle x Previdar x Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF

MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James Styling DJ Zinhle for FUSE Academy photoshoot

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MJ AND STUFF x Mahlatse James x Topshop x Hat City x DJ Zinhle

Starring DJ Zinhle, Miss Pru and a few other FUSE Academy talents, the wardrobe credits include, Topshop, Topman, Forever New, Mr Price, Rozanne and Pushkin, Egality, Joel Janse Van Vuuren, Maaji, Pichulik, Nicci Boutique, PUMA, Europa Art Shoes, Alexander McQueen, Piece, Pamela Mann.

LOADING… #MBFWJ2015

AFI MBFWJ2015 MJ AND STUFF

Can y’all feel it? Fashion in the air and the shoes and the “it”bags and everywhere else really. this week sees the first local fashion week of the year. Yep, presentations for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg will take place in Melrose Arch from the coming Thursday, all the way to Saturday the 7th of March. According to Sizwe Nzimande, the spokesperson for African fashion International says: “At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015, our primary focus will be fostering the creative independence of talented new artists emerging from South Africa, and providing retail opportunities for these designers within a global consumer-base. We want to provide the international fashion community with a glimpse into the unique and innovative nature of African design and creativity”.

MBFWJ Show Schedule MJ AND STUFF

The designer line-up is all sorts of exciting thus far, with the runway presentations kick-started by the retail space darling; Khosi Nkosi sharing the catwalk with the remarkably talented KL Tsotetsi. Also, fresh on the AFI ramp, lead singer for Mafikizolo; Nhlanhla Nciza will showcase her label; NN Vintage. Personally, I am super excited (like, shakes and chorus and stuff) to be marveled by Suzaan Heyns‘ creations. especially since we have all missed her full-collections on the runway. My other favorite designer; Scalo also promises to present something magnificent.

Do make sure to follow the fashion updates direct from the frontrow, via the #MBFWJ hashtag.

RED REIGNS RIGHT, RIGHT NOW!

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I am not really here to fluctuate between favourite chromes, even thought it really is part of my job to learn and report on what is said to be “in”. Funzies in other parts. Well, right now, as fashion seems set on trying to eradicate the idea of a personal style edit; trend watchers, edufashioned humans in the know and devoted secret societies are piecing together reports suggesting connective references –control issues much? Anyway, this here I have gathered from a blatant dress-up responses, some of which were masqueraded as “last minute picks” throughout the award season. If the mother of all red carpet processions (the 87th Academy Awards) is anything to go by, the colour RED, in all its hues reigns right, right now. #ShockFactor I am for it!

Ok, my reasons could very well be said to mark several referrals really. Including shape shifting cuts; hello midi culottes! Street style relevance; see these killa PUMA kicks. And plentiful androgyny; check the box-cut retro top borrowed from the fairer sex. I have also, never not loved the excitement from styling oneself into the monochromatic trends, using pieces that have been in one’s closet for a while. Monochromatic is used rather loosely in this regard, especially if you are looking at these pics with a layman’s naked eye.

Mahlatse James in Red monochrome

Mahlatse James Street Style MJ AND STUFF

I could go on lengthily about the multi shades of red I went with here, but I shall dare not ignite confusion as spread by last week’s optical illusion frock. I am just keen to verify the charisma of red colourwashes; from, scarlet, to ruby lava, to lust worthy cranberry tints, passion bursting rosso corsas and the rusty chestnut from the chosen background here. It makes all the sense that the psychology of this colour circles around passion and confidence.

MJ AND STUFF Blogger Mahlatse James

South African Street Style MJ AND STUFF

Menswear, MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James

Street Style, Mahlatse James, MJ AND STUFF

Monochromatic trends Mahalste James Streets Style

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#MADEUPMONDAY HANGIN’ WITH TOP 10 MISS VEET CONTESTANTS.

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I am not sure who is to receive glory for the age-old adage propagating the idea of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. True claim this, but what becomes of gorgeousness so irrefutable, it deserves displays of a pretty high honour? Better yet, how about the type of pageantry that is open to interconnect such beauty with brains, great health and non-questionable relevance? These are just some of the values carried by the Miss Veet SA pageant and I have had the pleasure of brunching with the ten finalists competing for this year’s coveted title. And yes, we squeezed in a bit of shopping too.

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I know this might dial up the cheese factor, but after interacting with these ten young ladies, I too believe that adjudicating this contest cannot possibly be an easy deed. Every single one of them possesses a unique quality; charm, ambition and a certain dimension of strength that could very well appear a tad atypical. For example; Alyssa Cole’s curiosity has her balancing a thriving modelling career with plans to study for a second qualification, whilst clutching a Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Business Management. Or, Drey-Andra Otto, the former Miss Teen Namibia (2011) whose farm girl background (she can drive a truck) completely gels well with the appeal of having been a performer for as long as she can remember. Former Miss Teen South Africa (2008), Kopano Mocwane can definitely master the art of allure, yet somehow she shows off this quality with a great sense of modesty, it is no wonder she aims to work behind the scenes with the entertainment industry.  The tragic end to an east coast born and bred Meghan Orbenholzer’s career as a ballerina sees her embracing this participation as a wise step to nurture a prospect profession. At only 20 years of age, Samantha Pascoe has learnt to put forward, the very best of her traits as an all-time Jozi gal and passions which seem to guide her in the veterinarian direction in the future. Hughnique Cawood is about to obtain a Masters Degree in Chiropractic studies is keen to merge her zeal for health care with a great love for the Veet brand. According to Melissa Margiera; Five words to best describe herself include spontaneous, outspoken, enthusiastic, Friendly and talkative.  Hape Moloi’s spot in the top ten signifies work of a favouring universe as she almost did not make the cut, yet she moves closer to her ultimate goal of managing NGO facilities right after finishing her Strategic Corporate Communications qualification.  Olorato Major is no stranger to the spotlight. Having worked within the television industry and modelling industry for a while now, and, a stellar academic record to match her well travelled status; this beauty is ready for a worldly takeover. If I had to pick a favourite, it would definitely be the magnetic Odirile Sepeng. Purely because I got to spend a bit more time with her, shopping for shoes and bags and nice things at the Sissy Boy accessories store. In addition to an abundant dose of whim, she is a BCom Law student whose passions stretch to include dissecting visual art, an active lifestyle, youth empowerment among plenty more. I am glad I got to have connected with her.

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 Miss.Veet@Rosebank- MJ AND STUFF 03

The gals are currently undergoing a series of fun and empowering challenges- as part of the prep-process for when Miss Veet 2015 will be crowned in a couple of weeks.  #Excited much?

The gals are currently undergoing a series of fun and empowering challenges- as part of the prep-process for when Miss Veet 2015 will be crowned in a couple of weeks.  #Excited much?

THE OTHER PUMA x McQ RUN MIDS. LOVE.

MJ AND STUFF x PUMA x MCQ

It is very rare that I am short for words. Not me. It is near impossible really. And it feels a bit like being swept out by a tide of awesomeness so massive that I couldn’t even afford a gasp –in case I miss parts of the rush. The second offering from PUMA’s collaboration with the London bred label;  McQ (House of Alexandra McQueen) is all sorts of major and despite the actuality that the ravenousness in me wishes for every single piece, I am contentedly stuck on obtaining the Spring-Summer 2015 version of the Run Mids sneaker. First for the mere truth that I loved them last season, wore the heck out it as seen HERE and of course for the new bright colourway.

I cannot even speak of my obsession. It is a love thing.

I cannot even speak of my obsession. It is a love thing.

MERRILY DISTRACTED BY BONANG’S CHIC METHOD.

Distraction by Bonang Matheba for Woolworths MJ AND STUFF

Aaah, the enchanting Valentines vibe is still very much in the air. You see, it would be purposeless of me to even suggest denying the patent fact that I am the hopelessly romantic kind. In the fluff thickened breath, I cannot help but want to throw back to bygone moments when great style dared to intersect with unquestionable sexiness.

I speak here of one of the exceptional fashion moments to possibly rival plenty exceptional fashion moments, when her royal fab-tasticness; Bonang Matheba delightfully commemorated the trend of observing underwear as outerwear and still uphold a transparent status of tout chic. Do pardon the tautology and take all the puns you want.

MJ AND STUFF BONANG MATHEBA

Not always easy to equilibrate, this sartorial quest. Some people can easily cliff all way off the trend reference, to a point where flesh is flashed all over the show. Reciprocal discomfort much!?! On the other hand, the whole idea could very well be lost in translation, leaving one resembling a costume-esque appearance. Totally unbecoming.

In these pics I snapped a whole year ago at the launch of her famed lingerie line –Distraction for Woolworths, Bonang nattily opted for an all-black ensemble and worked the proportioned use of texture to aptness. First: my all-time-favourite Fit vs Volume approach matched with the allure of lace alongside a pair of roomier pants tailored to skim just enough of the floor and expose both the high-enough heel and clear band of her shoes. This look resists period and still retains an ageless flair about it. Definitely one of my faves she has worn by far.

Bonang x Distraction x Woolworths x MJ AND STUFF

Bonang MJ AND STUFF

Bonang Matheba Distraction MJ AND STUFF

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NO GETTING’ OVER KAT VAN DUINEN’S AW’14.

Kat van Duinen lookbook  MJ and Stuff

I think I am in love. No, I think I know I am in love. This assertion could in part be because I am not the kind to recover from the Valentines’ Day merriments. Whatever the cause, in my blistering head; this wistful love story stars me, a Kat Van Duinen woman and of course, her Autum Winter 2015 wardrobe. She is near-perfect I tell you. As per the newly published lookbook (a rational follow-up to the #SAFW premiere), in addition to her incontestable mystique, this tall, lithe and poised human/character/woman/person is swathed with in luxurious furs draped over her stunning frame. see? Wonderful!

Kat Van Duinen Lookbok AW 2015

Kat van Duinen has been slayin’ the fashion streets since 2010 –yes, I used “slay” because social media links have been having me in all sorts of ways these days; I have even become something of an expert at using #Hashtags to communicate a full paragraph. Spastic and all. Anywho, as I was sayin’ Kat van Duinen has been slaying the fashion game since 2010 with her eponymous brand increasingly gaining momentum in the chic graded luxury lane and captivatingly balancing the ever so insatiable fashion demands. All whilst fully committed to an ethical approach. This campaign for the A-W ‘15 collection is verification cut to please the eye. And believably, the wearer too.

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This KVD woman’s tale goes: Beads glint and glimmer as they catch the light, like frost sprinkled on bare trees. All around you is black –winter has taken its icy brush and washed everything in its cold, ebony hue. Feathers pointed, stiff –crown models (i.e. the wearer) with the feeling of icicles, stopped in their tracks by the season’s chill. Sable feathers flow throughout the collection –an ode to the picture of the crows lining fences and stark branches gazing out across a cold, barren land hauntingly still… frozen. Glistering classy organza overlays catch your eye, hinting of frozen lakes and water stopped in time by a gelid winter’s morning. How can anyone not fall crazy over heels for this human in this setting? I just secretly want her skull crystal embellished over coat. #ThereISaidIt

A piece after my heart!

A piece after my heart!

Kat van Duinen AW 2015 Lookbook

KVD Lookbook AW 2015

Kat van Duinen AW 2015 as seen at SAFW

KVD AW 2015 Lookbook

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SERVED IT! PUMA SELECT x BORIS BECKER SS15

NY, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Have y’all been following the recently wrapped (and not short of topical) Australian Open?  Yeah, the tennis tournament? I have. Well, only via the Twitter streets because seriously, I have fashion missions, social interwebs and things to deal with on the daily basis. That said, I am all about paying homage to the sport sans an occasion and time to actually get to swing a racquet. Rationally; I resorted to a threads approach and right on time, as if fittingly cued; my PUMA fam happens to presently house a premium collection to match.

“…the PUMA Select Tennis Collection sees the Boris Becker OG make a welcome return as a key item amongst a full collection of rad apparel and accessories…” and boy did the bring it! The range enlivens PUMA’s eminent tennis category which ties in very well with the current fashion movement in seek for the next stage beyond the common “Sports Luxe” trend. The updated pair of Becker OG kicks, is finished in a rich leather with distinctly striking details and this makes it a definite collectors’ item.

NY, Brooklyn Navy Yard

I am here for these kicks. #TrueStory

I am here for these kicks. #TrueStory

Fun fact:  to retain the authentic roots to brand’s archived timelessness; the campaign for this SS15 collection also stars the legendary Boris Becker’s son, Noah. Becoming relevant to everyone, including a streetwear consumer and a fashion enthusiast with an ability to construct a stylish outfit using separates.

PUMA SELECT SS15 BORIS BECKER MJ AND STUFF

NY, Brooklyn Navy Yard

NY, Brooklyn Navy Yard

PUMA Served it.