Joining the likes of Topshop, Zara and River Island, H&M has landed on Cape Town shores. The much anticipated (and long anticipated) arrival of H&M has been welcomed by a glitzy double storey flagship store in the Waterfront. The Waterfront has been bustling with unusually high volumes of human traffic since the official opening on 17 October, so I’ve steered away from all the commotion until today. The store boasts an upstairs and downstairs floor, the one ladieswear and other menswear, including an activewear, kids and accessories department amongst others. Just in time for summer, H&M is yet another addition to the Waterfront’s choice of A list stores.
Ripped up, retro, boxy, boyfriend, double denim, boilersuits, dungarees. These were just some of the styles that denim was worn on the streets and catwalks of New York Fashion week so far. Denim is definitely dominating the scene and it’s easy to see why, with stylish dressing down becoming the new dressing up. Here are some of my favourites from behind the catwalks and streets of NYFW 2015.
ABOVE 3: Karen Walker Spring 2016 Ready to Wear Collection
This Spring our cool friend denim is making appearances in the form of dresses, boilersuits, dungarees and denim on denim combos. Basically all in one denim or double denim is the way to go to make a street style statement. If you’re eager for a run down of the different denim looks at New York Fashion Week and on the streets of #NYFW2015 keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post.
Clockwise from top right: Country Road Spring Summer 2015 campaign | boildersuit, Cotton On | Stella McCartney SS’15 | Country Road SS’15 campaign | Fendi SS’15.
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.
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 ::