Typo :: We Heart Hexagons

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I paid a visit to Typo yesterday and to my delight they had 30% off everything in store. I picked up two of these hexagon shadow boxes and a few bits to put inside. The boxes are part of their We heart hexagons range and comes in mint, white and pink. There is also a clever range of Hexe-Papers that are hexagon shaped wallpapers for the back of the box, with cool prints on like flamingos, florals and retro prints.

I knocked a few hilty nails into my wall and voila! As easy as pie they were up. If you can’t knock nails into the wall where you live you can also use the hexagons as stackable units to put on table tops of shelves.  They’re super handy to use as an updated version of a printers tray with little nick nacks slotted in or use them as hanging bookselves, plant shelves or display cabinets for anything creative that deserves some attention. I picked up a few letters and owl items from Typo and combined them with a fake orchid and some butterflies that I had left over from shoots, a DIY Movember moustache and a cactus in a rusty mug that I picked up on a road trip. All in all a home improvement win! Worth a try.

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#Sporty

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When I was at school, sport was just something we did. It wasn’t particularly trendy but more like you got some extra cred or popularity the better you were. These days sport has become a lifestyle that coincides with fashion. Two of my favourite designers, Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto (Y3), have collaborated with Adidas over the past years as we see more high end designers including sport designs and functionality into their ranges. This has resulted in Stella McCartney’s own branded custom paddleboard created for the Adidas range.  With the rise of lifestyle sports Nike has also brought out yoga and pilates mats in fashionable luminous, pastel and muted shades, and with sustainability being encouraged Prana have brought out their E.C.O. yoga mats that are recyclable and toxic free in their manufacturing process. On the shoe side I recently bought myself a pair of Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoes as I couldn’t resist the beautiful grey, white and luminous coral colouration combined with the cushy design. So for all those people out there who are looking for that excuse to be sporty, it’s your time to shine.

Moodboard (clockwise): Stella McCartney for Adidas activewear, Prana E.C.O. yoga mat, Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoe, Stella McCartney for Adidas paddle board range, Nike Performance Graphic 5mm yoga mat.

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Stella McCartney paddle board range

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Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoe

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Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas Y3 SS’13 campaigns

 

 

5 of the Hottest Sunglasses Styles SS’13

If there’s one thing I am a collector of, it’s sunglasses. They frame and complete a look possibly better than any other accessory. I love the variety of new shaped frames and lenses, ranging from futuristic styles to retro updates and sport luxe. Here I’ve narrowed down the selection to the trendiest styles dominating this summer.

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1) Retro Round:

Possibly one of the most popular shapes this summer, round shaped sunglasses return in many shapes and forms. From the 60s mod shapes to the 90s reflective lenses, thick rimmed to the drop lense Clubmaster, round shaped sunglasses have made a massive comeback in endless combinations. Hybrid shapes and updates are some of the most prominent, giving an updated version on styles of the past and adding some future forward minimal additions.

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Wildfox mod style Twiggy fames

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Round lense Clubmaster update

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90s style round frames, Citizen Mag

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Kris Van Assche’s future forward mens range SS ’13

2) Curvy Catseye:

The classic catseye is also being seen in an updated hybrid of different shapes and combinations, ranging from the beautiful classic peaked lense to the thick rimmed catseye frame in extreme shapes. Alexander Wang’s bold catseye sunglasses show the more extreme version of this shape while Bulgari’s Le Gemme Primavera sticks to the classic vintage catseye style of past decades.

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ASOS clear frame catseye shades

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Bulgari Le Gemme Primavera classic vintage look sunglasses

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Alexander Wang extreme catseyes

3) Streamlined Futuristic:

From Maison Martin Margiela’s updated Star Trek style to Nina Ricci’s slimline shades, a sci-fi element is definitely present for Spring Summer ’13. Diane Von Furstenburg took it a step further by using Google’s Google Glass glasses on her models so that they shot footage from their point of view whilst walking down the catwalk, proving how fashion and technology can create a functional merger.

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Nina Ricci SS ’13

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Maison Martin Margiela Incognito futuristic eyewear (or anti-eyewear) range

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Diane Von Furstenburg using Google Glass glasses in her SS ’13 show

4) Sporty mirrored :

From the launch of Super’s Cove collection surf range to Illesteva Leonard’s clear framed beauties, mirrored sporty shades are what the beach babes covet. From updated transparent and printed wayfarer frames to polarised reflective lenses in a multitude of colours and shapes, sports outdoor frames and finishes are a summer essential for the budding sports and outdoor junkies.

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Illesteva Leonard SS’13

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Sporty reflective oversized aviators, Harper’s Bazaar Australia editorial

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Super’s Cove surfer range SS’13

5) Shape shifters :

Irregular fun shapes have been emerging through the seriousness of fashion to add some animation to this season. Whilst Prada have embellished their mod 60s style thick rims with floral Asian blooms, Aldo goes 90s with their pixellated frames. Hexagon shaped shades are a massive trend in all shapes and sizes whilst the Kate Spade’s lip shaped sunglasses are also fun yet maintain a classic look in black.

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Aldo’s pixel shades

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Topshop hexagon shaped shades

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Kate Spade Seanna lip shaped sunglasses

Moodboard (clockwise): Prada SS’13 , Aldo campaign SS ’13 , Diane Von Furstenberg SS ’13, Nina Ricci SS ’13, Illesteva Leonard SS13, Kris Van Assche eyewear SS ’13, Seanna lip shaped glasses by Kate Spade (centre).

New Kloof Street Hotspot :: Yourstruly

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After being open for only a few days, all the cool kids are flocking there. Yourstruly has opened it’s doors in Kloof Street, sharing the love of a coffee shop meets eatery meets bar combo. Having established itself in Long Street, the second Yourstruly has taken over the courtyard area next to Saasveld Lodge, bringing an open plan, urban and artisan feel into trendy Kloof Street. With a cool mix of premium coffee, DIY pizzas, craft beer, pastries, sandwiches and art on offer, it’s bound to be a new city hotspot.

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Yourstruly

74 Kloof Street
Cape Town

021 426 2587

Trend: Jungle Fever

With the mashing of nature inspired prints reaching a crescendo point, the next step for summer is to swing it into the jungle. Adventurous animal prints meet birds of paradise in a colour palate that will make even the most tropical rain forest envious. As a streetwear translation the jungle trend leans towards representing an eclectic mashing of cultures, and adds colour and life into our everyday wardrobes. Kenzo has made this trend cool with their sneaker range for Vans and their Spring Summer ’13 look that was inspired by the new creative team visiting the jungles of Thailand. This was a venture to create their own take on Kenzo’s iconic Jungle Jap store in Paris that opened in the 70s. Paul and Joe’s bird knits and Maria Escote’s Sweet Cannibal range animate this trend, while the punchy butterfly prints and glossy textures of Escote’s Poison range are reminiscent of the beautiful butterflies, electric colours and toxic beauty of the deep jungle.

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Images from left to right: Kenzo SS13, Maria Escote’ Sweet Cannibal range, Paul & Joe SS13, Kenzo backstage and Kenzo Vans sneakers (underlay image), Maria Escote’s Poison range (top right).