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A week ago Mr Price launched an early peek at the hottest items in their Autumn/Winter range, coming to stores in a month’s time. Bloggers and selected VIP shoppers got invited to the event in the evening, having a closed off store to their disposal to shop in. Displays with the hottest winter items, like cuffed joggers, printed track tops, statement tees, stonewashed denim and bomber jackets were lined up along a walkway. This was a chance for customers to buy Mr Price hot trends a month before their official release in stores. The event was held in Cape Town and Joburg, and was made irresistible with complimentary craft beer and coffee bars, selfie booths, butlers walking around with tasty tapas from Queen of Tarts, hanging marshmellows over burners and a dj playing pumping tunes to shop to. I worked at the event as one of the Stylista girls, one of 4 stylists on the floor to help with any styling tips and questions customers had. What a treat! A night of networking, sharing fashion stories and tips and getting spolit with Mr Price discounts and generosity. Thank you Mr Price!

Check out the Instagram snaps of the night on #mrpvip here

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A/W ’14 :: Tartan Revolution

Strongly related to the punk revolution, but being born from opposing British heritage, Tartan intrigues us with it’s sub-cultural and unisex versatility. In the late 70s  tartan made waves in the punk scene as an anti-establishment symbol, motivated by Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols to directly rebel against it’s prior use as a symbol of the British aristocracy and authority.Vivienne Westwood took this Scottish heritage pattern and gave it a punk make over, popping it into unexpected colourways and giving it a new design twist and connotation of anti-establishment.  Many designers still use it in updated preppy heritage designs, but with it’s underlying rebellious nature lingering just below the surface, it has intrigued us as a seasonal favourite through and through.

Styling tips:

  • Tie a tartan shirt around your waist with a punk tee, skinny jeans and Docs.
  • Faded vintage store tartan oversized shirts are a perfect retro unisex item. Pair with skinny jeans, leggings or ripped tights.
  • Accessorize slick black or vintage denim ensembles with tartan stockings, or a tartan print bag, scarf or sunglasses.
  • Mix different sizes and colourways of complimentary tartan together for a bold print clash.

 

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German punk wearing a tartan patch, 1984 (link)

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Stylish tartan, Vivienne Westwood F/W  ’14 Collection Tartan-Mens-Looks-in-Topman-Winter-2013-Campaign-1

Topman winter ’13 collection

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River Island A/W ’13 campaign

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Chanel A/W ’13 campaign

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Naomi Campbell in multicoloured tartan for Vivenne Westwood, 1993.

New Louis Vuitton Campaign Shot in Cape Town!

It’s amazing being able to view an international Louis Vuitton campaign that’s been shot in Cape Town. But the reason I’m smiling is because I got the opportunity to work on it. As one of the styling assistants on this shoot I found myself on beautiful safari locations a stone’s throw from Cape Town. I had the job of unpacking the beautifully sequinned and feathered catwalk pieces and iconic Monogram trunks before the international team arrived, savouring the opportunity to be up close with these Louis Vuitton crafted creations. Being on the same set as photographer Peter Lindbergh and models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell was a major career highlight. Karen Elson was in the first Vogue I ever bought over a decade and a half ago and has been one of the true iconic supermodels. This campaign would however not be what it is without the natural wildlife and surrounds of Africa from the Atlantis dunes to Stellenbosch. Featuring lion cubs, giraffes and cheetahs,  the “Spirit of Travel” was definitely captured in this unforgettable Spring Summer 2014 campaign.

 

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Totes!

Country Road have a trendy range of tote bags at the moment. I walked into The Country Road store yesterday and couldn’t hold back buying myself one of the edgy black and white cross totes. Included in their range are seasonal hot checks and plaids, giving an autumn/winter ’14 twist to these products. Besides totes they are also doing stylish shoppers. Get your fill at Country Road stores or Woolworths.

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Print :: I love Ikat

If there’s one fabric print technique I find extremely inspiring, it’s Ikat. It’s a resistant dying technique that is applied prior to weaving, and is similar to tye dying, resulting in a characteristically Indonesian looking fabric pattern. I usually associate Ikat designs with the beautiful blue and white linen prints that it’s best known for, but designers are adding new twists in seasonal colour palates. Here’s to designers getting creative with Ikat …

 

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Above images from the following sites:

http://www.growlergoods.com/products/saguaro-tipi-ikat-print

http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2013_12_01_archive.html

http://blog.cadenlane.com/2014/03/03/coral-crib-bedding-accessories/

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Irresistible Ikat

 

 

Focus On :: Dip Dying

Dip dye, Colourbleed, Ombre. For anyone fascinated with gradient, this is the ultimate way to explore the tonal effect of colour . Like a drop of dissolving ink into water, the inbetween subtle gradient of colour provides a harmonious flow of tones rather than the starkness of colour blocking. When done correctly dip dying has a type of  surreal, uncalculated and artistic feel to it, influencing fashion, homeware and decor trends.

 

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Clockwise from top left: dip dyed dress, Zoe Jordan S/S ’14, dip dyed hair, dip dyed interiors.

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Nixon Dip-Dye watch range.

 

Focus On :: Milame Handmade Design

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A treasure chest of crafty designs lies in Palmhof Centre just off Kloof Street. Milame and friends is a creative workshop and store that stocks a few hand crafted designer brands from quirky socks, to leather bags and unique jewellery. Feat bamboo and nylon socks caught my eye with their quirky fox print design, while the Ikat print and leather bags by Titch made it onto my wishlist. Between the beautifully bright journals, pieces of art, fabric shoes, woven neckpieces and quirky cat rings, I was really impressed by the selection of items curated by Emma Atkinson in her store. Pop down and take a look for yourself.

Milame:

Shop 21, The Palmhof Centre, Union Street, Cape Town.

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SS ’14: Art is in the Air

Following on from my last post, below are a few Spring Summer 2014 campaigns influenced by brush stroke and graphics. From Kenzo’s surreal pop art campaign featuring Devon Aoki, to Christian Louboutin’s literal works of art by artist Peter Lipmann, to Dolce and Gabanna’s map-print boxer-clad statuesque men, the different takes on this trend are as diverse as the genres of art movements that they were influenced by.

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Kenzo SS’14 campaign

 

 

 

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Lane Crawford Spring 2014 campaign

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Dolce & Gabbana SS’14 menswear campaign

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Christian Louboutin SS ’14 campaign

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Prada SS’14 campaign

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Celine SS’14 campaign

Trend ’14 :: The Great Graf

From graffiti to graphics, the fashion and art world are full of colourful collaborations in 2014. From Hence grafitti art inspiration on Patternbank to Seoul streetwear designer Kathleen Kye’s sizzling streetwear designs, exciting graf tags and spraypaint textures are back on the map whilst putting a street style twist on statement slogans. For the pop art lovers, Prada focuses on pop art paneling and stencilled faces while Celine brings back the classic brushstroke print. Exciting, current and cutting edge; take high street to the next level.

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Clockwise: Designer Kathleen Kye, KYE SS’14 by Kathleen Kye, Celine SS’14, Moschino FW’13, graffiti by Hence, Prada SS’14.

Trendy Eatery :: Meraki

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Whilst shooting in Stellenbosch I was really impressed by what I saw in terms of unique and creative restaurants offering delicious and healthy food. I don’t want to compare it to town, but a few places had a kind of Kloof Street trendiness to them, whilst maintaining a unique and unpretentious feeling at the same time.

Maraki was one eatery that tops my list. From the outside it pulls you in with its clean cut lines and minimal quirk. From paint dipped chair backs and table legs to a large custom made trestle shelf displaying the treats of the day, wine and preserves, this eatery is effortlessly on trend. The the fridges are stocked with the latest selection of craft beers while the pristine white tiled wall and gold leaf branding are just a few signs of attention to detail that display an attitude of quality.

On the menu, owner Corlandi has a selection of  tasty and well thought out breakfast and lunch delights. The fresh juices caught my attention and I grabbed a delicious Mrs Beetlemint (beetroot, apple and mint) that instantly rejuvenated me. The quinoa burger with sweet potato fries and aioli was possibly the best veggie burger I’ve had yet. The delicious combo of fresh, health and tasty food really made me feel uplifted after I ate it.

Her concept of minimalism paired with quality food and drink is proof of a winning combo. Her presence and personal input into Meraki is evidently what makes it a success, as the passion and inspiration has not been lost or handed down. Well priced, delicious and visually on the mark, this is one place worth driving out to visit.

Meraki :

42 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch

021 887 7703

Follow them on Facebook here.

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