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.
Witchery Spring 2014
Harriet sandals, Country Road http://solid-blanc.tumblr.com/post/85236439135http://solid-blanc.tumblr.com/post/101709868529/61cy-the-growing-f-w-2014
Situated next to the food market and Aquarium in the V & A Waterfront, The Watershed is Cape Town’s newest addition open plan shop block that provides a market experience. With a wide range of different stock from African curios to quirkier locally designed jewellery, clothing and accessories, The Watershed has taken a pop up store feeling and made it into a more sustainable and updated market place. Some of the stand out favourites for me were the whimsical art pieces at Vestibull, the stationery and cushions at QuirkyMe & Flick Inc, the jewellery by Famke, and the fashion at Adriaan Kuiters, Lo, Mungo & Jemima and Hannah Collection. The beautiful wooden satchels at Indalo Design are truly inspiring and unique local designs whilst Wolf & Maiden also have a beautiful display of handmade artisan leather goods. Go and check it out for yourself.
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 …