BELSTAFF CALLED AND I BELTED!

Mahlatse James PUMA JACKET MJ AND STUFF

When it comes to putting my looks together, I much prefer to do it right –by my terms of course. After a very long time, I have come to deal with the reality that I am somewhat obsessive with an idea of “aptness” that seemed to only be perceptible through my Prada shades. That was until facebook showed me flames. Case: Camo is said to be “in” and trying to fight it is as ridiculous a concept as perforated padding in swimwear –plain silliness I tell you. Truth be told, utilitarian references never really shifted out of trend boxes as they keep reeling in through many interesting forms season in and season out, it’s just that this current retailing season sees a back-to-basics approach. Trying to affirm my position within this crazy fashion game, I took to a type of styling reported by one friend of THE SIR as “brave” –c’mon, what’s my name?  As we often do, we self-obsessed fashion devoted navy people, I aimed to channel a mid 20th century Russian soviet by cinching the waist of my newest PUMA camouflage jacket with metal detailed canvas belt. I think my intended look was pretty much achieved until I remembered that one of the many reasons I had been anticipating winter so much, was to take leaf out of Martin Cooper’s design approach for Belstaff. Both his Spring and Fall 2013 collections yielded the fashion house’s classic Trialmaster jacket as a non-questionable masculine staple. I know most will remember that I styled the same PUMA jacket in that iconic cinched waistline fashion and for my collaboration with @TsholoDaFellow when we photographed our #OpperationBuryTheHaters shoot. I have since loaded the pic as my backround image on facebook and the love we are receiving is insane! Yes. There are a few “I don’t get the waist belt bit” rants to which I simply respond with “go eat dust –on a good day and on the few occasions, I get a kick out of making them look dim-witted by yanking out a pic of Che Guevara’s visit to South America, kitted in Belstaff’s Trialmaster –yeah, who is MANLY now!? long tale nipped, Belstaff commanded and I stood in attention… belted and all!

Belstaff's command this winter!

Belstaff’s command this winter!

PUMA JACKET MJ ANS STUFF

 

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