Tuesday, 14 October 2014

IT'S IN THE JEANS

My fixation with jeans go back a long way, when a pair of Ronald Sassoon's  were the "it" jeans. The 80's dictated tight fitting jeans tapered down to the ankle, and needed a fair amount of energy to be applied to get in and out of them. I suppose the skinny trend merely represents a revival of the "hold your breath" era in a slightly different shape. However, pear shapes must steer clear of skinnies as it makes you look like a butternut pumpkin. I opt for the skinny bootleg, which fits tight around the thighs but is cut straight down to the bottom instead of those cut on  a curve around the hips.  I might still have to hold my breath getting into them but perhaps that's due to my recent submission to Lindt chocolate.
 
Come on girls, show us how to squeeze into them jeans, without suffocating or sustaining a hernia...
 
Jacket - Martin Visser Couture
Top - Studio W
Jeans - unbranded
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik
Silver - From a Collection
Handbag - Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
Sunglasses - Dior
 
 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

REMIX

The added advantage of clothing that does not represent fast fashion is that it can take you into the next season without looking dated. I knew that I would get optimum use out of this sale find at Reserved Clothing in Prague when I first laid eyes on this Chartreuse jacket, a colour that seems to return to the fashion scene regularly. I've styled this jacket in another post before, but remixed it today with snake print. The introduction of a third print on the shoes picks up on the snake print, working in harmony with each other. My best advice to anybody asking me about mixing print, is to ignore grandmother's advice and simply join different things in print that you would normally perceive as a mismatch. However, there are limits, like paisley and animal print which works about as good as Tom and Jerry in the same pen. Some prints worn together just don't get on.  Spots and stripes, plaid and polka dots, and animal print with stripes seem to fall into the category of workable mismatches. You can ad virtually any single colour to print, as it picks up on a pop of collar like an ice bear to snow. The best way to mix and mismatch is to display different prints on a flat surface and to then decide which is more in harmony with each other. The trained eye seldom misleads. Take your eyesight out exploring, and consider as many options as you can on Google images or street style blogs, and then decide what works and what doesn't. Nothing scientific about mismatching outfits, and no intellectual reasoning required.
 
Jacket - Reserved
Pants - Trenery
Pony Skin Shoes - Topshop, not from horse hair, but Cow hide with hair on!
Handbag - Louis Vuitton Alma bag
Belt - D & G,old
 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

HAIR ENVY

Making a guest appearance on Fiftyfabulous today, is a 60+ women with hair that would stop any hairstylist dead in his tracks to admire this abundant head of healthy hair. Dalene is living proof of the fact that it's a old women's tale that you have to cut you hair when you reach a certain age. She uses salon professional products and has her hair coloured by a colour technologist, Bart van Biljon at Tizelle Hair salon, in Gansbaai. Bart used very subtle techniques to enhance her natural blonde shade, giving her hair a three dimensional depth and volume. Dalene knows how to sport the mixed print trend and combines different animal prints with lace. As can be seen from her outfit, style has no age restriction....

Lace Cami - Calypso
Printed Top - Radeen
Pants - Platinum
Sandals - Froggies



Thursday, 2 October 2014

RES IPSA LOQUITUR IN CHARTREUSE

Let's join forces and dispel the myth that print makes you look big, and even if it does, to bad.  Wearing it head to toe does however seem to diminish the effect, elongating the body slightly - not that I need to look any taller at 1,78 metre!  Step out in 7 inch heels and you can reach for the tree tops (pun intended)!  My tree print suit was seen before in a post during Milan Fashion Week 2013, I then stashed it away in the back of my closet until I decided to remix it with some colour. This time I restyled it with heels and a bright Chartreuse, breaking up the monotony of print. Any print seems to work with a spot of colour creating contrast. Take on a wardrobe challenge, and sport any print with a brightly coloured accessory!
 
If I may flaunt a little Latin from my student days, I would say res ipsa loquitur, freely translated it means, the thing speaks for itself. Well, in this case, the print needs no further explanation...
 
Suit- Belle Epoque
Shoes - Topshop
Handbag - Chanel 2.55
Sunglasses - Miu Miu
Neckpiece - Vintage
Belt- (Very old) Bulgari

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

If you have an entrepreneurial mind, the window of opportunity is lost if you don't act on it immediately, as it represents a brief moment of chance allowing you to take advantage of something that you could benefit from. With  that said, it brings me to the print of window panes. I've taken to the opportunity not because fashion dictates that I should, but because I simply like it. I adopt trends that suits me, and interpret it in my own personal way to create a look that is appropriate for my body shape and to match the occasion. This is not something I would wear to a meeting with council or when I attend court, as it shouts and makes a loud announcement saying I am adventurous as opposed to I am serious. The window pane print allows you to have a little fun, and represents a not so subtle departure from the concept as I combined two different prints with polka dots to top the crown. Take this as a challenge to grab such opportunity, be it in your closet or in business....
 
Coat - F&F
Pants - Studio W
Top - Studio W
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik
Handbag - Prada
Neckpiece - Vintage

Thursday, 25 September 2014

KLUK CGDT, TOWER OF STYLE

It was a night of glitz and glamour when the designing due, Malcolm Kluk and Christaan Gabriel du Toit, opened their new flagship store in Bree Street, Cape Town. The renovation was carefully planned and now consists of a tower of style, covering a mega three storey building, and with a dedicated wedding dress section! They collaborated with the well established Dutch brand, Vlisco, whose fabric needs no introduction on the African continent, and launched a collection of printed garments that leave you in awe. You can take a sneak peak of the Othelia collection at www.spree.co.za if you wish to tantalize your stylish taste buds and perk up your closet with some really eye catching prints!
 
The new store embodies elegance with a dashing style, and the opening night took place in conjunction with Cape Town Fashion Week and in collaboration with Vlisco. The store was playfully decorated with helium filled balloons floating around and Moroccan inspired Fez clad waiters seducing attendants with sweets trays filled with Lamingtons and delectable offerings. Models took a static position, wearing multiple prints, and the scenery was reminiscent of  Studio 54 in a 70's like atmosphere.  With a free flow of Belvedere Vodka cocktails being served, guests remained hydrated..... until the wee hours of the night of course!
 
The new atelier can be visited at 43 to 45 Bree Street, Cape Town. The studio was abuzz with well heeled fashionistas and media members, lavishly entertained and awed in the creative splendour of the new store and the most recent collection using Dutch wax fabric.
 
The beauty of this house of grandeur is that they produce garments between sizes 30 to 40, allowing those with a little buxom to also flaunt it around. What's not to like about this local design duo?
 
Proudly South African, home grown talent..... I spotted style authoritarian, and Elle South Africa's editor, Jackie Burger rubbing shoulders with other guests, wearing a Vlisco print trench.....
 
 

 

Monday, 22 September 2014

GREY MATTERS

To live mindfully is an essential part of gaining control over most things destructive.Living mindfully aids in attaining peace, allowing you to become content with what you have as opposed to what you want.  It helps us to restrain ourselves from over spending, and indulging in toxic food stuff.   Being mindful of the importance of this, I decided to overhaul my wardrobe and revive things that are timeless, instead of going on a shopping spree buying high fashion that is neither conducive to my saving strategy nor healthy in a world of consumerism. Having visited a newly opened mega store of a popular international brand of fast fashion clothes over the weekend, I once again came to the realization just how easy it is to target and convince the consumer to buy into the concept of fashion. I resisted the urge, and reminded myself of the traps of trends. The moral of the story is that when you succumb to quick trends of which the quality passes just as quickly as the trend, you have  fallen prey to a phenomenon intended to rob you of well earned money for the sake of looking fashionable. I was horrified when I turned to the labels in this store, and discovered that it had travelled halfway around the world, with a very large carbon footprint. By  the time you have read this, the next delivery would have been made to the store. They
take pride in the idea of trends being stocked weekly, and new lines being introduced regularly. Unaware of the carbon footprint their so called fast fashion creates. Every now and then I indulge in the luxury of well travelled clothes and accessories, but I take comfort in the fact that it does not represent high fashion, and I need not discard it after a season perhaps because it's been washed to threads, or falling apart due to use. I am not saying that we should only buy high end garments and apparel, but be mindful of the life cycle of what you buy. Hence my outfit's age, average years of all the items worn in this outfit, 5 years.

Jacket - Swakara
Pants - Belle Epoque
Mary Janes  - Asos
Handbag - River Island
Turtle Neck - Angora 
Gloves - Prague Street Market