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
The party season is upon us. After Rocking the Daisies I realised that by having a few essentials on you you can save yourself from having a crap time. Your accessories can literally save you, here’s why:
A moonbag: One of these will allow you to have a great time with your hands free. Put essentials in here like a small sunblock, money, keys, phone, lipbalm and whatever else you need close to you. A sling bag is also a good alternative.
Sunglasses: You’ll regret it when you don’t have them, plus they can fit into your moobag when you’re done.
A hat: Wide brimmed or peak, make sure you get enough shade from the sun.
A scarf: I used a light chiffon one to drape over my shoulders when it was hot to prevent me from getting burnt and even dipped it into water to keep me constantly cool. It can also double up as a headscarf.
Comfy shoes: Sneakers and flip flops are probably the most comfortable but low heeled boots and platform sneakers provide a cool alternative that are still fairly comfortable on uneven surfaces. I took a pair for day and night.
Amongst other things, a warm windbreaker and headtorch are handy for when the sun dips. Carry a water bottle around and keep filling it up to avoid dehydration and don’t forget the sunblock kids.