Fringes and Tassels have an amazing way of adding texture and movement to an outfit. My recent purchase of a Country Road tassel bag (pictured on my moodboard) is one of my best purchases yet, adding texture and interest to minimal outfits. On the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2015 Etro and Fendi stood out, with amazing surface texture and surface design, using laser cutting, applique’ and Native American/ethnic surface detailing to add interest and a free spirited bohemian feel to their collections.
Clockwise from top right: leather tassel jacket, ZARA | leather fringe bag, Country Road & Ethnic fringe poncho, Topshop | Fendi Spring Summer 2015 range | Etro Spring Summer 2015 range.
My favourite way to liven up washed out tones, whites and faded denims is with metallics. A bit of shine can step up a minimal look and add that chic Spring/Summer touch to any outfit. Keep it clean cut and minimal in the form of an accessory or accent. Here are my favourite picks, in store now.
Clockwise from left: silver sandals, Country Road | Run luster anorak, Country Road | metallic balloons, Under the paper lantern | Sasha copper tote, Wichery | Sparks fly clutch, Mimco.
Copper carries a sense of retro. It’s one of the oldest metals known to man, being instrumental to the name “The Bronze Age”, yet it is versatile and slick enough in the most contemporary environments. The resurgence of copper is modernised by using it juxtaposed with slick and minimal interiors and decor. A hint of yesteryear combined with a glimpse of tomorrow.
Country Road have a gorgeous range of copper items that make it oh so easy to combine these treasures into our homes whilst Cape Town vintage lighting company Hoy P’loy is jazzing up our light fittings with these beautiful copper fitted pendant lights. With the artisanal touch, copper promises never to disappoint.
Above: Copper cube and mug from Country Road. Below: Copper cubes and copper frame from Country Road, Pendant light fitting & bulb from Hoy P’loy.
Images: https://instagram.com/lyalseba & www.hoiploy.com.
I went onto the H&M site and found some super inspiring fashion and celebrity sketches by the talented French illustrator Florian Meacci. This guy is a fashion illustration guru. What I love about his art is the way he combines realist pencil sketches and portraits of iconic pop culture models and celebrities with fashion texture, colour and print to give it a multi dimensional feeling. And he’s a pro at it. He has been commissioned to do works for H&M, Adidas Originals, Dolce & Gabbana, Glamour and Kurt Geiger amongst others. Here is a taster of some of his works ::
Season in Cape Town flies by at warp speed, with hardly any time to reflect on what’s gone on from one job to the next. As a stylist you get booked on a multitude of different genre jobs from fashion campaigns, commercials and catalogues to prop styling. The Spring Summer 2015 kids campaign was one where I did the props styling, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now in winter, with time to reflect and grey skies outside, it’s inspiring to see how bright pops of colour and pantone swatches turned into electric painted beach huts, colourful bunting and bright surfboards for the beach shoot, whilst a more pastel country palate combined with fabric tee pees, large windmills, flowers and carts featured in the country version of the campaign. I even got to work with my goddaughter Maia (in the blue jumpsuit) for the country shoot. Doing kids props is really fun and whimsical and takes one back to the playful thought process of being a child. I really had fun with this one.
White on white is possibly this summer’s chicest step into minimalism. Top to toe dressing in minimal whites with bold shape demands no half measures. Adding in a mirror silver sandal or accessory adds a bit of shine into the equation whilst still maximizing the all white palate. Play with sheer chiffons on top of textured fabrics and crisp shapes. Here are some of this season’s favourites.
Adriana Lima, Interview, April 2014 Opening Ceremony white high tops
Witchery Spring 2014
Mugler Resort 2015Juun J for Adidas
Harriet sandals, Country Road http://solid-blanc.tumblr.com/post/85236439135http://solid-blanc.tumblr.com/post/101709868529/61cy-the-growing-f-w-2014