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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ceramic Factory, 103 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0) 21 839 2103
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.
peak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, ski pants :: Mr Price Sport, socks & sneaker wedges :: Adidas Originals, glove :: D|coy street & thrifttop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirttop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirt, boots :: Topshopcropped sweatshirt :: Zara, tog bag :: Country Road, stone washed jeans :: Mr Price, vintage high waisted shorts.peak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, vintage high waisted jeans tartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage shades.beanie :: Topshop, polka dot crop top :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage denim dungarees.vintage shades, hoodie :: Country Road, tartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage jeans.
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.