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.
With the exciting additions of quality fashion labels within Woolworths, Witchery and Mimco are the most recent additions within the last six months. Both stores have also opened their own stand alone stores in the Waterfront, similar to Country Road and Trenery.
Walking into the Witchery store I was impressed by the unparalleled visual merchandising and garment quality. The silhouettes are as current as you can get, in largely crisp whites and black, with accents of washed denim, red and gold. The monochromatic and minimal move towards a top to toe single colour is evident and doable with this collection. With the return of sandals with structured soft tailoring, this store gives more than enough options to make this look part of your lifestyle. Enough said, here’s a few images from their SS’14 catalogue …
The leading shoe silhouettes this year are undoubtedly the chunky platform styles inspired by the 90s, along with Birkenstocks and flatter styles with a slight to extreme built up heel. Flatforms are a branch off from the platform style, focusing on a mostly uniform flatter platform sole. It can be seen incorporated in many styles such as sneakers, sandals, loafers and pumps. For spring/ summer 2014 this unconventional retro trend gives wearers that little bit of extra height as well as a quirky new shoe silhouette for the season, and is set to extend into autumn/winter next year. Zara is full of metallic flatform sandals while Topshop carries the more chunky heeled 90s spin offs. From edgy to stylish, designers are doing their own spin off versions of this style. Starting with the whole Birkenstock revival through Normcore, the retro slip on mule and flatform styles have united in this unconventional partnership to returning to a more relaxed retro shoe style. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely a quirky addition to an outfit of someone in the know.
From top: rose gold metallic flatforms, brogue style flatforms and printed flatforms all from Zara
Charles & Keith boat style flatforms
Flatforms fit into the 90s revival family of Birkenstocks, chunky heels and mules, lending themself to the anti fashion Normcore movement. Amor magazine link.
The Normcore and flatform trend in a W Magazine editorial, link.
As the winter laziness sweeps over Cape Town, I attempted to ditch social media for a bit (40% effective) and take a well deserved sanity break to go and climb in Rocklands, Cederberg and Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga. It’s amazing how a bit of space, time spent in nature and on the mountains, and time out from the city can bring about renewed perspective and appreciation. I love the city (well Cape Town is one of those special “cities” where the ocean and mountain encircle the city at a stone’s throw away) but I’ve also enjoyed a good dose of a more “African” landscape.
The exciting part is that Spring is around the corner. Watch this space for inspiring Spring fashion posts. In the meantime here are a few pics from my camping, climbing and chilling against some of Africa’s finest climbing backdrops in Waterval Boven …
A show that I’ve found truly inspirational is Chanel’s decadent 2014/15 Cruise collection. In the tomorrowland of Dubai, built up from scratch on a remote manmade island, models walked through a lounge of lattice work and towering artificial palmtrees, with princesses and sheikhs among the audience on low lying couches. Overall it was an ethereal show, from the beautiful fabrics, stunning location, glittering accessories and detailing. The double interlocking C Chanel logos revealed themselves in the lattice work of the location and popped up again in the vintage jewel hair pieces and accessories. Lagerfeld is truly a master when it comes to attention to detail. There was something transcendental about the way that a vintage 70s bohemian quality was perfectly balanced by luxurious middle eastern touches of accessories and gold leaf. Lagerfeld’s thoughts? “This is my idea of a romantic, modern Orient, a new One Thousand and One Nights.” Watch the behind the scenes video showing beautiful details such as the application of gold leaf to the models’ eyes, the shimmering sea of accessories and guests including Tilda Swinton and Dakota Fanning being ferried to the island on boats. A magic carpet ride of opulence.
Old time celebrity besties, Kate Moss and Stella McCartney, have teamed up again for Stella McCartney’s latest Fall/Winter 2014 campaign. Set in intergalactic zip portals against stars, forests and glaciers, Moss is yet again McCartney’s muse for the seventh time. From star spangled platforms to dip dye techniques resembling amethyst, her range is inspired by the environment and natural world of wonder, and echoes her drive towards sustainability in her ranges and label philosophy. Set for release in September, the campaign is accompanied by a short film called Kate Dreams.
For more on her collection visit http://www.stellamccartney.com/
Florals never really seem to go out of fashion. They may take a momentary break from the spotlight just to come back in even fuller force than before. Come Spring and Summer, we see designers giving new spins on florals in bursting colourful prints, innovative fabrications and even physically bringing bouquets and landscaping into their shows, such as the Dior Spring Summer 2014 show that was a wonderland of hanging floral vines. Recently, in a bizarre twist of events, guys have even been threading flowers through their beards. Resort 2015 is full of the new take on nature’s most popular print. Oh, and Boho is also on the cards for 2015, so awaken the flower child within.
Above from left: Mary Katrantzou Resort 2015, Open Ceremony Resort 2015, Thakoon Resort 2015, floral beard trend here, Etro Resort 2015.
Dior Spring Summer 2014 show