Trend :: Neons & Neutrals

You don’t have to look like a head to toe glowstick to embrace summer neons. For a stylish spin on this shade, pair it up with oatmeals, beiges, dusty rose pinks and white.  Using neon as a clever accent gives an effective yet stylish twist to your ensemble. Less is more. Here are some items to help you do this in style.

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Clockwise from top left: Mui Mui patent leather platforms, Wildfox Neon Nouveau Dalmation sweater, Purl’s hand woven yarn necklace, Steve Madden rose gold & neon bracelet, Tabitha Simmons Oxford espadrille wedges.

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# Mr Price & Henry Holland Collaboration

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Henry Holland has done it again. The last time he collaborated with Mr price I walked away with one of his multi-coloured leopard print tees that still serves me well. This time the British designer has created nine dresses inspired by his muses – Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldof, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Poppy Delevigne. Each dress is characteristic of their individual styles and are modelled by Kelly Osbourne and Pixie Geldof, and shot by Vaughan Treyvellan. The best part is R10 from each dress goes to the Red Cap Foundation helping underprivileged schools in South Africa.

My favourite dresses? The Katy cat dress, Kelly vintage inspired dress and Riri tropical leaf print dress are all pretty damn cool.

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For more on this story check it out @ the Mr Price e mag.

Focus On :: Kokon to Zai

The inspirational and mystical prints of Kokon to Zai (Japanese for east meets west) is possibly what we would expect if Mary Katrantzou turned more ethnic, streetwear and edgy. But it’s more than that. These beautiful prints have some cultural statement to them, ranging from tarot card prints and church inspired prints to tattoo and ethnic inspired prints. This Greek street label provides a true cultural mash up of where fashion is right now. I love the way these designs aren’t restricted to the catwalk. It feels like they’ve taken a magic carpet ride from the east to the depths of an Indonesian rain forest, over Eastern Europe and landed in a European fashion capital. A stylish ladies’ printed jumpsuit-looking outfit at a closer glance ends up being a hoodie with matching leggings. Nothing is what it seems. You can’t quite pin it down. This is the type of fashion I love. Check out their site.

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Check out their background story on Style.com.

Cool Store :: Chapel

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I love the whole creative resurgence in Woodstock and Saltriver. I think some of the most creative local treasures are sitting tucked away there waiting to be dug out. Many know this but I’m sure there is also a sense of overwhelment when being faced with so much to search through.

The Woodstock Exchange has boutiqued a few designer stores and coffee shops together really nicely to help with this, including a design market held there on Saturdays. So my focus has been pulled to Chapel. Inspired by the bicycle culture, and on a quest to create a stylish bicycle backpack, Chapel was created in 2009. They are interactive in the bicycle scene, running cycle events every month in collaboration with Woodstock Cycles, but mainly keep busy by creating trendy backpacks, bags and leather goods that are locally sourced and manufactured. A unique Capetonian brand worth some attention, check out their website.

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Focus On :: Rose Gold

As the future forward and younger sister of gold, rose gold is the perfect feminine metallic tone to compliment a summer wardrobe. It can be paired up with light denims, and goes really well with beiges, faded browns, camel, whites and subtle pinks. Experiment with picking the most muted tones to pair up with your rose gold accessories, like light washed vintage denims paired up with a subtle pink top with a slight sheen or a foil finish, to give an ultra comtemporary fresh feel. Here are a few of my stylish favourites.

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Moodboard (anitclockwise from left): Proenza Schouler SS14 show detail and minimal fresh faced makeup, Red Haute sequinned top, Marc by Marc Jacobs Tromp L’oeil ring, Frends Taylor headphones, Phillip Lim Quinn loafers.

Isabel Marant for H&M

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Everyone’s been talking about the Isabel Marant collection for H&M that launched last week in stores. With a star studded campaign (featuring Milla Jovovich, Alek Wek, Daria Werbowy, Devon Aoki and Saskia de Brauw) and a range that saw the best pieces flying out of stores in the first few hours, fashionistas were in a frenzy. Celebs and socialites started posting images online of their Marant pieces with a “Look what I got first!” attitude. Customers queued overnight to get into stores first to get their hands on the most popular Marant items. In London stores customers were given 15 minute time slots to do their shopping in and were issued with different colour wristbands. Online sales went heywire as some online shoppers who had ordered items were later told items were out of stock due to the range being oversold in stores. The range consisted of ladies and menswear, with her beaded embellished jackets and grey tasseled boots selling out the fastest.

The French designer is best known for her easy wearing highend streetwear style, her unique crafted jackets and knitwear as well as her wedge high top sneakers.

View some of her campaign images and most popular items below.

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The embellished jacket and grey tassel boots above were the most popular and fastest selling items.

For more on the collection, check out Vogue’s product gallery.

 

Focus On:: Wedge Sneakers

I’m not going to lie, I started off as a sceptic, but seeing my friend trying on and buying 2 pairs of stylish Adidas sneaker wedges on the weekend has converted me.

Combine your comfiest sneaker with the platform of a wedge heel and you have the perfect going out shoe to finish off any outfit that deserves a bit of street cred. It also really appeals to the Capetonian in me, as I don’t always feel like wearing heels but still want that extra height and shape. I’m assured that they’re comfy which is a bonus. I’m loving the stylish sneaker boot combos in subtle muted tones that add a more dressy style to this trend. Shape is also an important factor, with the streamlined lace up sneaker boot for a dressier option and the wedge sneakers with chunky bits and big velcro straps being the sportier streetwear option. Worn with skinny jeans, leggings or even shorts and skirts, these shoes will add an x factor to your outfit. Below are a few of the best that I’ve seen so far.

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Nike Dunk Sky Hi wedge sneaker

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Ash Bowie wedge trainers

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Isabel Marant wedge sneakers for H&M

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Guiseppe Zanotti suede high top wedges