#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.

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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Monochromatic trends Mahalste James Streets Style

#WERQ

 

QUICK #OOTOD: Outfit-OfTheOtherDay

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Here’s a real quick one: this here is small series of thrown back pics of me snapped by The Sir, the other day when an excellent and reverberated piece of art made a little b***h out of me and my mashed-up-blues-on-blues-from-top-to-just-below-the-knee-length-outfit. It’s not a biggie though; I’d much rather be “done in” by art than anything else. This sure is one of the rare occasions where words would just not be enough.

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I’VE BEEN STYLIN’, I’VE BEEN STYLIN’!

House of Diva Bubble Dress at Burgundy Fly

You may or may not have noticed that I have been a tad M.I.A in these streets of now late. Okay maybe a lot M.I.A in these streets and for this, pangs of guilt continue to have their wicked ways with me. I have however, not gone easy on fashioning missions and am working on a plan to equally #SERVE all these rad spheres. Much like the recurring tale of my life; great loves of mine prove to ring for a re-run, ever so often (thy mind shall reside not in the gutter)… yes, ladies and the most gentle of gentlemen; I seem to have taken to nursing quite a number of styling projects.

It feels all sorts of good to make a return to dealing threads at this level. I hadn’t really sworn off duties to skilfully gather clothing and bags and accessories and working together with brilliant teams of fellow stylopilitans and the oh-so-incredible thrill of watching it all piece up and taking something of a stylish shape. If anything, I feel that even though I have (during intermission periods) communicated my fashion ways through mediums poles apart, the course remained strong. I live for it!

South African Fashion Stylist Mahlatse James

In these pics, I was tasked with contributing to a series of catalogue spreads for one of the most amazing (seriously, AMAZING) retailers of local fashion; Burgundy Fly and I got to link-up with a talented team whose madcap friendship I would not trade for anything. I just happen to have love-LOVE-loved fussing over this stunning bubble dress by House of Diva.

Mahlatse James Styling the Burgundy Fly catalogue

Burgundy Fly Catalogue Styled by Mahlatse James

Stylist Mahlatse James

Whilst holding  it down on the styling front alongside the abundantly talented Tsholo Mothibi on snap session duty, with such a remarkable face-beat by Tsholo Ramashala of Make-up Couture, hair hooked-up by Bongani and the gorgeous Khanya Mlilo as the adorable model.  Big-ups to the Burgundy Fly team on set too; Dolly and Nhlanhla.

Be not alarmed dear ones, as much as I now spend a heck lot of my time in studious or setting up at an odd location; this here blog will be cared for with just as much verve and attention.

*spot the Maria McCloy Cutch bag right under my arm*

*spot the Maria McCloy Cutch bag right under my arm*

#WERQ

STACEY HOLLAND x TRUE RELIGION: A CHANGE ROOM TAKEOVER.

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Just the other day I was engrossed in a lengthier-than-an-air-kiss conversation with someone from my past about the fact that I have never really owned a pair of True Religion jeans, yet I have been recommending the brand to clients for a couple of years. So fate went and did its thing, the first ever True Religion flagship store in the country opened doors in Sandton City a couple of weeks ago and I got the raddest offer to play in the change rooms with the most awesome gal I have hung out with in a while. The lovely human I speak of, is none other than the fitness model, media personality and entrepreneur; Stacey Holland. I have to say, plenty funziment was had, as we spent an entire mid-morning playing dress up in the freshly decked up shop and throwing Hi-5’s as support expressions to a never-ending gush fest. She assumed the role of a schmortzel –not surprising, I mean with that banging body-ody-ody and a remarkable personality, whilst I was at ease with the role of he who snaps the pics. All very casual vibez really and we came up with top three styles we think you should be #WERQing with right now. Oh, and I am going to write the captions in French because 1) I am obsessed with Google translator right now and 2) You simple have to try it.

pas emprunté aux garçons.

Body spray-like jeans are cute and all but the same kind of appreciation can be granted to a roomier silhouette this season. Not necessarily borrowed from the boys because meticulous attention needs to be paid to proportions and in these pics we aimed for a laid-back take on the seasonless denim-on-denim.

Body spray-like jeans are cute and all but the same kind of appreciation can be granted to a roomier silhouette this season. Not necessarily borrowed from the boys because meticulous attention needs to be paid to proportions and in these pics we aimed for a laid-back take on the seasonless denim-on-denim.

 

Stacey Holland True Religion MJ AND STUFF

Sandton True Religion Stacey Holland MJ AND STUFF

le jogger classique.

This season sees the magnificent jogger still beautifully positioned as one of the ultimate wardrobe staples. The once-was-reserved-for-track piece can be worn in many different ways and with these few shots, we hop-skipped straight into day-to-day functionality by including a tailored shirt and a pair of strappy heels.

This season sees the magnificent jogger still beautifully positioned as one of the ultimate wardrobe staples. The once-was-reserved-for-track piece can be worn in many different ways and with these few shots, we hop-skipped straight into day-to-day functionality by including a tailored shirt and a pair of strappy heels.

MJ AND STUFF Stacey Holland True Religion

Stacey Holland Sandton True Religion

 

nappe poussin de ville.

Not much narrative needed here. The look is very now, practical, considerably styled and could work for most sizes.

Not much narrative needed here. The look is very now, practical, considerably styled and could work for most sizes.

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MJ AND STUFF True Religion Stacey Holland

Fun gal. Fun day. Fun brand.

#WERQ

Credits: all clothing from True Religion. Shoes: Dusud Shoes at the Sandton store. Stacey’s hair was hooked up by Chantal Baaitjie @chanyb8

NOMCORE BE NOT PROUD

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I refuse to believe that I am the only one experiencing the probable rise of an unsolicited shift in things. Fashion things I mean. My heart bleeds a terror cocktail at the mere thought that a personal edit might be nearing its end days –as in, people are starting to appear more and more alike. I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, and if I really must set blame, it’s all because of the massive tide that became the “nomcore” nonsense.

My raison d’être goes a little something like this; rewind to a whole year-and-a-half ago when several magazine editors thought it a good idea to perpetuate nods for a look so plain and lacklustre, they dubbed elements of it as make-up for a short-lived trend known in “susceptible” circles as Off-Duty. Like an unassumingly arrogant monster, the fad cultivated comfort to a crazy degree and erratic stylopolitans followed suit. I will however, grant it an ovation for veering the important basis of clean lines and an option to sometimes de-clutter one’s look. But, needy as this tribe of people constantly hungry for an upgrade, off-duty was due for an improved reference point and the result threw all the way back to a period in the 90’s when some people claimed to not be interested in the significance of fashion. (Please don’t make me go all Miranda Priestly and stuff). This according to me and an uncertified sensibility to put one and two together; is how nomcore came to be. #Don’tFeedTheMonster

 As you can probably imagine, committed practitioners of peacocking freaked the hell out as this craze could signal that one might face a possible dethroning from starring roles on street style blogs.

Individuality seems to be at risk and the way I see it, all believers of great style and advocates of letting one’s sartorial freak flag fly are now duty-bound as this here is a situation. Once again, I am by no means pledging support for anything styled tastelessly. If anything I beg for personality to reign paramount when one leaves their house… or as in my case in this here post, when one plays with a black lip ointment out in the fire escape.

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#WERQ

GREEN-LIGHTING THE GREEN BOX PACK.

MJ AND STUFF Puma green box collection

You know when something awesome happens and the only sentiment you want to express remains something alongside the lines of *drops mic*? Well, this here reaction is just not enough in this here instance. Read on further and… wait for it.

My PUMA fam’s Fast Track programme sees a rad introduction of the limited edition Green Box Pack. Radical, I tell you. Sending me straight into a remarkable fit of glee –because I just cannot enough of everything green (called it HERE before spotting it HERE); the nostalgic pack takes cue from the original Trinomic PUMA box and the product is a collective of classic vintage running silhouettes decked out in an alluring shade of green.

Four of some of the very best kicks referencing and iconic era of running sneakers in the history of the brand are updated and killin’ the game right now.

The XS850 gained notoriety in its ‘92 heyday, showcasing PUMA’s revolutionary trinomic-cushioned technology born in the early running boom days. This runner still has its distinctive speckled heel with a textured nylon upper and leather overlays. The 3M underlay on the quarter features a honeycomb graphic and colour pops in white on the heel.

 The Blaze of Glory 90s silhouette boasts an air mesh upper with soft nubuck overlays. The TPU piece feature a honeycomb graphic with colour pops in white on the heel pull.

The look and build of the original ‘93 version of the runner, the R698 holds a textured nylon upper with nubuck overlays and green piping for a rich finish.

 PUMA’s most iconic running style the XT2 completes the pack, with its 90s model lightweight textile upper with a full grain leather formstrip in white.

These kicks are available at PUMA SELECT stores in Bree Street, Cape Town, and Braamfontein in Johannesburg.

Green Box Pack at PUMA MJ AND STUFF

*picks the mic back again and slowly swivels it around my fingers and asks “Now what?*

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IN WITH THE BELLES THIS MONTH.

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You may or may not already know this –even though my friends and I kind of taking to the social media with uncontained enthusiasm, but yours truly is featured in this month’s issue of Elle Magazine South Africa alongside some of the finest local creative individuals, talking about all things and people and things and places and things and vibes and things on our radar throughout the month of November 2014. Holly Meadows; One of my favourite Belles at the Elle Mag HQs thought it a good idea to have me on a panel with those keen to share some of our “regular” weekend plans. And I did. Do pick up the November copy, currently flaming off the shelves and head on to page 41 to #DoTheRightThing. Trust me you can’t miss it, it’s the one with the gorgeous Miranda Kerr on the cover!

Miranda Kerr - ELLE Magazine, South Africa, November 2014

MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James in the Elle Magazine

Mahlatse James  MJ AND STUFF Photographed by Tsholo Mothibi

It’s always such a joy when the Belles hit me up.

A LIL’ LETTER TO ANISA

Anisa Mpungwe

Dearest Anisa.

You make me happy. You really do. It feels like just the other day when I first met you as the newly named winner of the Elle New Talent Award, back in 2008. Both of us moon-eyed and at the brink of what we didn’t anticipate to be colourful careers in this fashion business. I remember just how pitch-perfectly you radiated liveliness in that crazy long interview which detoured into (us) talking endlessly about paying  a little more attention to one’s “gut-feeling” because sometimes the risks we thing we take, are a make-up of the work we’ve been putting in.

I am proud of you for many reasons that could have me go on endlessly, but most of all, I am proud of you for allowing all of us to get to share in your genius. So skilful and passionate, yet tremendously pleasant in the well-thought manner you seem to care for all of us -lovers of great style. This comes through in the strong narrative alongside your design process with each collection you assume responsibility for. Oh, and darling, I simply must congratulate you on your well deserved ambassadorial role for the MRP Foundation. I know that the cause is dearly close to your heart, so it makes absolute sense that you, being at the very top of your field; are part of the mentorship programme to help nurture previously unemployed young South Africans who are enrolled in the MRP Foundation’s JumpStart Programme.

I adore everything about the newest range you designed for Mr Price; once again, a spirited collection keeping true to your ever so brilliant aesthetic. I think it met everything you were aiming for; “classic, but beautifully styled collection which is affordable and accessible” well done.  I love that you drew inspiration from your recent travels across the African continent and took a bold, fearless and slightly progressive clash of festive prints also using geometric shapes. Many women will get to enjoy your genius use of unbiased proportions.

You did well, dear one. You did exceptionally well.

#WERQ,

Anisa’s limited edition range is currently available in select Mr Price stores and online HERE. See my picks here below. 

DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

COATED

COATED

TEE WITH IT

TEE WITH IT

WHITE NOW.

Mahlatse James in an All White Outfit MJ AND STUFF

Winter whites, summer whites, festive whites and whatever cute little box, we (fashion people) like to create for reasons to wear an all white outfit, I think we all just mean to encase the maturing fact this cleanest form of monochrome is –in its very minimalist appearance, one of the most authoritative fashion staple to possibly outshine fad grades. Okay, I may have gone a little too deep there, but essentially, all I am asserting here is that somehow, in a tastefully twisted conduct; wearing an all-white outfit can suggest fashion intelligence as well as it freely counteracts the inevitable partake in trends. I suppose it has something to do with the egalitarianism and wholesomeness affiliated with all things white.

Stylistically speaking, we cannot deny that #AllWhiteEverything has been having many fashion moments for a couple of seasons. Sometimes updated with a few metallic jewels for a majestic appeal and at times, coupled with tan notes to advocate a casual daytime relevance. It hasn’t been much of a secret that I have suffered from a brutal case of #FOMO whenever an invite to an all-white party miraculously skips my address box because you see; I have major plans to rock out a top-to-bottom ensemble like I did in these pics.

There is absolutely no shame in my game when the aim is to look no less than angelic. My approach here is to play a bit with texture and unfussy proportions as a way to update my fondness for street style. Also because one simply cannot afford to appear… erm… “simple.”

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#WERQ