The Streets :: 90s Style

With the streets as our backdrop, and the 90s as our inspiration, so began another inspiring project. Shot by Sven Kristian, he added his eye of artistry into the equation by choosing textured backdrops and cascading skylines to give the shoot the right balance of street style tonality and lighting that it deserved. Gina Gilpin, our amazing model from Boss, had the perfect effortless edge and vibrancy to channel the mood and era. Natalie Kitshoff offset natural makeup with spritzed hair to add the right balance to this “out of the gym and onto the streets” look.

After recently starting a clothing label of my own, D|coy street and thrift, my styling was focused on taking retro inspired activewear and streetwear and mixing them up with seasonal trends like tartan, print on print, navy and vintage denim pieces.

Voila! …

_MG_9898 copy crop top & skirt :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage denim jacket, sunglasses :: Mr Price, cap :: stylist’s own.

_MG_0145 copypeak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, ski pants :: Mr Price Sport, socks & sneaker wedges :: Adidas Originals, glove :: D|coy street & thrift_MG_9830 copytop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirt_MG_9822 copytop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirt, boots :: Topshop_MG_0071 copycropped sweatshirt :: Zara, tog bag :: Country Road, stone washed jeans :: Mr Price, vintage high waisted shorts._MG_9635 copypeak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, vintage high waisted jeans _MG_9716 copytartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage shades._MG_0005 copybeanie :: Topshop, polka dot crop top :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage denim dungarees._MG_9754 copyvintage shades, hoodie :: Country Road, tartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage jeans.

New Mr Price Stores

Mr Price are relaunching their stores in an exciting new look and layout. Yesterday I had the opportunity to work as a stylista at the opening of the Canal Walk branch. There were great instore offers and prizes up for grabs, with personal stylists on the floor to help customers put tailor made trendy looks together. The new Mr Price smartphone app is also a new addition, available from the App Store and Google Play, allowing customers to shop online, view the latest instore arrivals, view lookbooks and put trending looks together.

It’s always great to work with the upbeat Mr Price team and see the extra mile they go for their customers. Check out the Canal Walk branch and other new stores launching country wide. Keep an eye out for the Waterfront branch opening in the next few months in Cape Town.

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Adidas Originals x Print

There have been some memorable Adidas Originals Spring Summer ’14 collaborations of late, firstly with Topshop and then with Brazilian label Farm. On the street and active wear front Adidas is top of it’s game, with Adidas Originals leading the way in setting trends of it’s own that even the highest of high end labels can’t execute as effortlessly and effectively as Adidas themselves.

Their recent love affair with print has left me envious. Print, art and grafitti trends are dominating the global fashion scene this year, and Adidas has taken this opportunity to make some memorable collaborations. The collaboration with Farm has a distinctive Brazilian influence with bright exotic prints of toucans, florals and pineapples, while the Topshop collaboration used graffiti print to give a high-street feel.

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Images above: Adidas Originals x Farm

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Three images above: Adidas Originals x Topshop

Mix ‘n Clash

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A few years back I was invited to Saatchi and Saatchi after-work drinks by my best friend who worked there. I was greeted with “Oh you knew there was a theme!” to which I answered “A theme?”. It turned out there was an 80s theme that day and  I had coincidentally rocked up wearing high waisted jeans with a loud shoulder padded granny shirt tucked into the waist, which was pretty standard dress code for me about four years back. Since then, clocking into my thirties, I’ve tried to tone it down a bit for reasons of … what do they call it? Practicality. I enjoy wearing printed spandex when I climb and try to clash a few types of neon on the sports front from time to time, but I’ve tried to avoid scaring away potential freelance customers by dressing like Milli Vanilli when I go to a client meet and greet. I’ve recently naturally gravitated towards a palate of mostly black with a bit of coordinated print, some Aztec and denim. And then the other night I was at the Truth vintage market and my friend picked out a very printed 80s bomber that was very me. I tried it on and loved it, but was sceptical as I thought maybe I had wine goggles on with a bit of buyers hysteria. I asked him “Do you think it’s too loud?’ to which he answered “Of course. But then so are you.” So I bought it.

Point of story? Embrace it. When Vivienne Westwood clashes everything under the sun and then adds some tartan we love her for it. When Henry Holland covers models with statement prints that go on for years we can’t get enough. So why do we doubt ourselves doing it but then leave it up to the pros to do it for us? Fortune favours the bold. I’m not saying go to a job interview dressed like Ziggy Stardust but once in a while it is fun to go out and bust out irrespective of age. Some of us live in Cape Town after all so ham it up. Over and out.