SS’14 :: Witchery, Cape Town

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 …

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High Street Feet :: Normcore, Platforms & Flatforms

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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.

 

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From top: rose gold metallic flatforms, brogue style flatforms and printed flatforms all from Zara

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Charles & Keith boat style flatforms

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Flatforms fit into the 90s revival family of  Birkenstocks, chunky heels and mules, lending themself to the anti fashion Normcore movement.  Amor magazine link.

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The Normcore and flatform trend in a W Magazine editorial, link.

 

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes :: Sugar High

As we see a shift in seasons, so we see a shift in colour palate from darker and structured to lighter and whimsical, thus setting the tone for our pastel & candy tone shoot. Styled with  a twist of retro and a playful spirit, I collaborated with photographer Lesca Steyn, hair and makeup artist Charmaine De Kock and Model Linray from Fan Jam model management in Cape Town.  Here’s a few behind the scenes snippets. Watch this space for the full shoot coming soon …

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The Great Outdoors

As Spring is giving us a taster of what’s to come, the turn of the season brings us the inspiration to get outdoors. Lazy hazy summer days, beach bumming and sunset cocktails spice up our lives, whilst surfing, a run on the promenade or scaling mountains are on the cards for the adrenaline junkies among us.

In the meantime here are some Spring Summer 2014 campaigns that celebrate the spirit of the great outdoors …

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Just checking in …

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 …

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Middle Eastern Magic :: Chanel Cruise Collection 2014/15

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.

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Kate Moss in Stella McCartney Campaign

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/

 

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Not a Wallflower

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.

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Dior Spring Summer 2014 show

Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals

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After the recent successful print parade collaboration between Farm and Adidas, and the collaboration with Rita Ora set to be released in August, it’s clear that print and Adidas are on a roll. Now in another exciting collaboration, the queen of print and one of my favourite designers, Mary Katrantzou, is set to release her new range for Adidas Originals in November 2014.

Katrantzou, a Greek designer working in London, is best known for her designs consisting of geometric kaleidoscopic style print on well constructed fabrics and shapely silhouettes. With a background focus on textile design and print, it’s no wonder she’s making a huge mark on global fashion, especially at a time where print is currently boss. In an interview on her site, Katrantzou says that her everyday work is so niche and luxury, and because of this she’s excited to be able to translate her work into a product that a wider audience can enjoy through the Adidas collaboration.

Save the date for possibly one of the most kingpin Adidas collaborations yet!

For more on her thoughts about the collaboration, read Katrantzou’s interview here.

All images are from Katrantzou’s Resort 2014 range

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