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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Craft Crush :: The Ceramic Factory

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Walking down Kloof street, I was visually pulled into The Ceramic Factory. With an attractive ordered colour palate of mint, citron, white and grey, these designs are the perfect balance of contemporary retro, available in a multitude of quirky shapes with an  “original Boland flair”. From ceramic horn wall mounts and wall hanging clocks to retro robot dogs, deers, skulls, dinosaurs, binoculars, African busts and retro cameras, they really do have something for everyone. I found it very clever how they cast vintage pieces like crystal cut jugs, ashtrays, book ends, wall clocks, paper weights and baking moulds into ceramics. They also have a range of well thought out horse shapes, horse chess pieces and riding helmets to commemorate 2014  being the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

If you want to get a decorative and practical use out of your purchase there is also a wide selection of ceramic platters and plates on display.  Besides ceramics there are also some interesting art pieces, woodwork pieces and stationery from Love Supreme that fully round off the artisan collection. Roast Re:public, a coffee brand with a conscience, is also available here. When you buy a pack of coffee, a percentage of the funds goes through World Vision International to school children in rural South Africa. A very worthwhile initiative to support.

The Ceramic Factory is well worth a visit for trendy and timeless works of art.

www.ceramicfactory.co.za

Ceramic Factory, 103 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0) 21 839 2103

 

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The LIP Clutch

From pop style to perspex, statement clutches are getting mouthy this season in an array of animated lip shapes. From Jody Paulsen’s  acrylic knit clutch to Lulu Guinness’s neon perspex version, they are the perfect urban-chic accessory to add a statement accent of colour to a slick monochromatic outfit. Match your lip colour to your bag and you’re good to go!

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Clockwise from the left: Jody Paulsen knitted clutch, Monki Smile clutch , Lulu Guinness transparent neon clutch , wear it with monochromatic street chic, Lulu Guinness leather clutch.

 

 

 

Bokeh Fashion Film Festival

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This past cold weekend Cape Town was heated up by the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival. The Cape Town Fashion Council presented a merger of fashion shows, fashion films, guest speakers and fashion stalls, to show how the merging of the cinematic world with fashion content provides a brand identity for many global brands. The Crossley & Webb vintage car showroom in Gardens was bustling with activity as it was transformed into a venue reminiscent of  Cape Town Fashion Week. Teaming up with Mercedes Benz as a sponsor, there were luxurious Mercedes models on show across the venue. Massive plasma screens were plastered around the venue looping fashion films from dark avant garde to Louis Vuitton campaigns, whilst I teamed up with photographer Gavin Goodman and director Adrian Lazarus to style a Mercedes fashion shoot that we shot at the back of venue in an open studio next to the MAC and GHD stands. The amazing teams from MAC and GHD took care of the hair and makeup, from our models on the shoot to the event guest speakers. GHD provided cakepops and Truth provided the coffee that kept us going.  Guest speakers and designers flew in from all over the world, giving talks throughout the two day event on various topics affecting the fashion world. Fashion booths were scattered around the venue with top South African fashion on sale, namely David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Milk and Honey, Craig Port, Jo Carlin, Selfie, Spilt Milk Designs, Lara Klawikowski, Shirt & Co, Jagadi Couture and Hannah Collection.

In the evening the beautiful couture gowns, heels and suits started showing up, with guests walking up a red carpet to receive complimentary bubbly and cocktails with fashion shows and fashion films as the main evening events, and a prize giving on the last night.

All in all this event was a successful showcase of merging fashion mediums, putting Cape Town on the map as a fashion destination,  and asserting our 2014 World Design Capital status.

Here are some behind the scenes images of the event. Check out #bokehfff on Instagram for more event images.

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The Streets :: 90s Style

With the streets as our backdrop, and the 90s as our inspiration, so began another inspiring project. Shot by Sven Kristian, he added his eye of artistry into the equation by choosing textured backdrops and cascading skylines to give the shoot the right balance of street style tonality and lighting that it deserved. Gina Gilpin, our amazing model from Boss, had the perfect effortless edge and vibrancy to channel the mood and era. Natalie Kitshoff offset natural makeup with spritzed hair to add the right balance to this “out of the gym and onto the streets” look.

After recently starting a clothing label of my own, D|coy street and thrift, my styling was focused on taking retro inspired activewear and streetwear and mixing them up with seasonal trends like tartan, print on print, navy and vintage denim pieces.

Voila! …

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New Mr Price Stores

Mr Price are relaunching their stores in an exciting new look and layout. Yesterday I had the opportunity to work as a stylista at the opening of the Canal Walk branch. There were great instore offers and prizes up for grabs, with personal stylists on the floor to help customers put tailor made trendy looks together. The new Mr Price smartphone app is also a new addition, available from the App Store and Google Play, allowing customers to shop online, view the latest instore arrivals, view lookbooks and put trending looks together.

It’s always great to work with the upbeat Mr Price team and see the extra mile they go for their customers. Check out the Canal Walk branch and other new stores launching country wide. Keep an eye out for the Waterfront branch opening in the next few months in Cape Town.

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Adidas Originals x Print

There have been some memorable Adidas Originals Spring Summer ’14 collaborations of late, firstly with Topshop and then with Brazilian label Farm. On the street and active wear front Adidas is top of it’s game, with Adidas Originals leading the way in setting trends of it’s own that even the highest of high end labels can’t execute as effortlessly and effectively as Adidas themselves.

Their recent love affair with print has left me envious. Print, art and grafitti trends are dominating the global fashion scene this year, and Adidas has taken this opportunity to make some memorable collaborations. The collaboration with Farm has a distinctive Brazilian influence with bright exotic prints of toucans, florals and pineapples, while the Topshop collaboration used graffiti print to give a high-street feel.

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Images above: Adidas Originals x Farm

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Three images above: Adidas Originals x Topshop

Mix ‘n Clash

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A few years back I was invited to Saatchi and Saatchi after-work drinks by my best friend who worked there. I was greeted with “Oh you knew there was a theme!” to which I answered “A theme?”. It turned out there was an 80s theme that day and  I had coincidentally rocked up wearing high waisted jeans with a loud shoulder padded granny shirt tucked into the waist, which was pretty standard dress code for me about four years back. Since then, clocking into my thirties, I’ve tried to tone it down a bit for reasons of … what do they call it? Practicality. I enjoy wearing printed spandex when I climb and try to clash a few types of neon on the sports front from time to time, but I’ve tried to avoid scaring away potential freelance customers by dressing like Milli Vanilli when I go to a client meet and greet. I’ve recently naturally gravitated towards a palate of mostly black with a bit of coordinated print, some Aztec and denim. And then the other night I was at the Truth vintage market and my friend picked out a very printed 80s bomber that was very me. I tried it on and loved it, but was sceptical as I thought maybe I had wine goggles on with a bit of buyers hysteria. I asked him “Do you think it’s too loud?’ to which he answered “Of course. But then so are you.” So I bought it.

Point of story? Embrace it. When Vivienne Westwood clashes everything under the sun and then adds some tartan we love her for it. When Henry Holland covers models with statement prints that go on for years we can’t get enough. So why do we doubt ourselves doing it but then leave it up to the pros to do it for us? Fortune favours the bold. I’m not saying go to a job interview dressed like Ziggy Stardust but once in a while it is fun to go out and bust out irrespective of age. Some of us live in Cape Town after all so ham it up. Over and out.

Behind the Scenes :: Merrell Shoot

After getting back from the Drakensberg mountains in Natal a few days ago I’m still flying high from the fresh mountain air, altitude and mountain adventures. Few jobs provide the opportunity to stay in a hotel surrounded by panoramic mountains, go on trail runs and horse rides through the mountains and (personal favourite) get to fly in a helicopter to a waterfall sitting in a Lord of the Rings landscape. What an experience! Oh and lets not forget work. Between all of the adventure we were shooting for Merrell, the hiking and outdoor shoe brand. With cutting edge and colourful designs as well as a surprisingly colourful ladies outdoor trail running range (which I had my magpie eyes fixed on) and techie guys outdoor apparel, Merrell ticks all the boxes.

So thanks to the amazing Merrell team from the States, photographer extraordinaire Fredrik Clement, the awesome local crew who gelled together so well, and Magic Mountain Productions for yet another amazing experience that I get to call work. Behind the scenes pics coming up …

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