Friday, 26 June 2015

CORSET TOP OVER SHIRT TREND

CORSET TOP OVER SHIRT TREND



Challenge convention by wearing your corset top over a button up shirt, ad a sharp pair of heels and combine it with the hottest trend being the culotte, no stranger to the fashion scene. When Jean Paul Gaultier discovered this oddly shaped device in an attic, it inspired him to pursue a fashion career. When I first laid eyes on it, and tried it on, it felt like a weapon of mass destruction as it throttled life out of me and made me feel as if I was spilling over my cup. So what's the cue? Why would I then promote it? Be mindful of buying it in your size, not leaving any chance to spill over, and if you lift your arms, it should remain in place without moving around, almost like well fitted bra. It wears beautifully as a top with tapered pants or full skirts, and worn on it's own with the addition of a long and extended scarf draping down your back, it adds a quick dash of French flair. After all less is more if you hail from that part of the world. My favourite way of sporting the trend is to wear it with an all White crisp cotton button up shirt and a culotte, high mules and a felt hat. How do you style the trend?



Friday, 19 June 2015

GREY MATTER

It is cold today. Not bitterly cold, but cold enough to layer. I've never really liked Grey, but somehow I developed a fondness for the shade. All of a sudden I realised how much fun is to be had when playing around with metallic shades.  It's a neutral colour, capable of being worn with many other colours. So why not wear Grey? Besides, it doesn't have to match. It's amazing how many options are discovered when you suddenly let yourself open for a change. Grey with Taupe, Grey with Camel, Grey with Teal, Grey with Grey...... so get on with it and play with your clothes to make new discoveries. When I bought this jacket, with it's unusual pattern and texture, resembling felt being piled and flattened, hidden  away in a store in the village of Como, Italy, it was an instant love affair, but one that died a sudden death since I had no idea what to wear with it. I then embarked on a playful  discovery with endless possibilities laying it out on a flat surface, mixing it up with other things in my wardrobe. I allowed myself a style challenge and all of a sudden I have a plethora of new outfit options. Moral of the story, don't think of Grey as being pale. Play with your clothes to make new discoveries.
 



 
Coat - Sarah Chole
Pants - Country Road
Shoes - Topshop, (Old)
Handbag - Tods
Scarf - Unbranded

Saturday, 13 June 2015

H&M in SOUTH AFRICA

The well known Swedish chain known as H& M is finally coming to South Africa. So what's taken them so long? When H& M hit the runway during fashion week in Paris a few years ago, it raised many eyebrows as it's generally perceived to be selling fast fashion and cheap clothes. Most of it is, but unless you've been lucky enough to browse through their flagship stores around the globe, you would be unaware of the fact that the chain collaborates with well established designers from time to time to present a limited edition of premium quality. Unlike the multiple rails of average quality meets average price items, the Conscious and Studio collections are a little more expensive and exclusive, made of much better quality fabric, good enough to last much longer than just one season! I have had the pleasure of stumbling onto the Conscious Collections a few times and took advantage of a few higher end items, still to be found in very good condition. The exact opening dates are not known yet, seemingly kept a secret to ad to the hype! It is rumoured that they will open two flagship stores, one in Cape Town during October, and another in Sandton during November! It would be interesting to see if the brand will share the limited edition items including the likes of Balmain, the most recent collaboration. Now sit back and enjoy a sneak peak of the lastest lookbook! 







Sunday, 31 May 2015

A WINTER'S TALE

The first winter rain announces new life, washes away the dirt and dust, and brings new opportunity  to layer and feel the tactile luxury of woollen fabrics. My weekend away required some skilful packing as the weather forecast was one of gloom. When the ocean along the Atlantic coast swells out to a huge wave and breaks over the coastal road, that's when you unpack the puffer coat. This is what I enjoy most about winter dressing, getting all snug in luscious wool and heavy drapes. Since our weekend mostly involved indoor activities  like movies, pampering, dining and shopping, I decided to opt for a skirt while roaming the V & A.  Puffer jackets are ideal when it rains as it's both water repellant and protects you against the harsh South Eastern wind, known as the Cape Doctor. When Table Mountain is covered in a blanket of fog....you hail out the puffer coat. 












Puffer coat - Queenspark
Skirt - Promod
Suede Boots - Zara
Location - Twelve Apostles Hotel

Saturday, 9 May 2015

WINTER, BRIGHTER THAN YOU THINK

Most people suffer dark mood changes when it suddenly gets cold and retreat into indoors activities. To me, the drop in temperatures announces the arrival of an exciting time to dress since one can indulge in the luxury of heavy fabric and texture. The Southern hemisphere not exactly warrants fur, but a little extra weight in fabric is required. Mid season always poses a few difficulties, and when in doubt, just layer in lighter fabric. I am welcoming winter with a bold flowery coat accessorised with bright colours, not normally associated with cold weather but then again, we do still experience balmy evenings and sunny days. What do you wear in mid season? Challenge convention and prance around fall in bright colours to perk you up.The one exciting thing to invest in is a multi colour tote!







Coat - D &G
Pants - Trenery
Shoes -  Dune
Tote - Fendi
Belt - Hermes






Sunday, 3 May 2015

ALLURE

Allure is something that lurks in all of us, it just takes the right kind of opportunity to allow ourselves to discover the inner beauty and ability.  What a wonderful chance to attend an event with  Allure as the theme, allowing us to just be, and escape from every day's routine to rediscover the magic of Red lipstick and high heels. And for those of us who do not brave the world in stilettos, you can find equal comfort in a gorgeous pair of loafers or flatter heels. The essence of being a women is to be able to enjoy a day of beauty, banter and relaxation. Former magazine editor for  Elle,  the stylish Jackie Burger, once again had us all in awe with a soiree at her morning of magic and cupboards full of captive ideas.  How nice of her to ask us all to introduce ourselves to the person sitting next to you, which served as a real icebreaker in a society where nobody talks to strangers!  Like Jackie rightfully said, today's women don't have much opportunity to just talk to each other and to mingle. The elegant and well known model, Juanita Kotze, then talked us onto the runway with good posture, allowing us to host our own little mini walkathon in high heels, with the correct body posture and heads up, of course. 

We were given a taster of the sampling table, each displaying an experimental bottle with a secret ingredient, followed by a "smell and taste" session, allowing us to indulge in the sensation of delicious bites served on micro plates previously used in the science class.  The morning was filled with much laughter and fun as we proceeded down the make shift runway, and with Spree's carefully curated collection of shoes ( edited by none other than Jackie Burger), those who were in flats, could adorn their pretty feet in a pair of heels, swaying the hips under the skilful eye of Juanita who shared a few modelling tips on how to compose yourself in heels.  Mac Cosmetics provided us with a fascinating workshop about how to correctly apply your lipstick, with instant results and lusciously plumped up lips, all in a few minutes work! The beautiful ambience of the art class provided the perfect backdrop for the occasion, with paintbrushes and splashes of oil paint left behind on desktops, hosting surfaces very well seasoned with the smell of Turpentine oil.  The inner florist was also put to work with the Blomboy hosting drawers of fresh cut flowers and greenery, leaving us to play and create our own little mini bouquets of flowers. The beautiful old window sill, with a view of the garden, was the perfect backdrop where I could place my work of art and exercise my photographic skill on depth of field.

Our senses were further stimulated with a little introduction and talk on the art of perfume making by Frazer perfumes. Another room hosted some beautifully crafted felt hats dangling from the ceiling, designer garments, skilfully crafted jewellery,  and eyewear that would turn heads. We could splurge a little in some extravagance with Extreme Eyewear who displayed a number of unusual and irregular shaped sunglasses, providing protection against the harsh South African light and making a very firm fashion statement at the same time. The  copious volumes of Method Cap Classique constantly flowing, the South African version of the French Champagne added some further  sparkle to the event. 

Keep your eye on Salon58's website and Facebook page for the particulars of the next event. An occasion not to be missed, at least not if you are in dire need to let your hair down and just have fun with the girls. 























Salon58 Soiree held at Pierre Olivier Art Centre, Stellenbosch by Jackie Burger
Photographs Nicolene Richards
Jenna McArthur Public Relations
Spree Clothing
Mac Cosmetics
Blomboy
Extreme Eyewear






Friday, 24 April 2015

SPREE PREVIEW

Those of you familiar with online shopping must surely have a shortcut to the Spree website on your desktop by now, as it's just so exciting shopping online and having it delivered to your door. No import duties, no custom checks, no hidden costs from cross border orders......One might not experience the tactile feel of texture when you shop online, but it sure beats the inconvenience of having to squeeze into garments in more often than not, ill fitting changing rooms!
 
Spree has become a household name in South Africa with an ever increasing variety including some of our own designer brands like Habits, Gavin Rajah and a few others!

Thanks to Jenna MacArthur Public Relations, we were allowed a sneak preview of what winter holds in store...  The bottom line is, you need a blanket poncho, an oversized coat, a dash of Red and a welcome return of animal print in your winter staple collection. The puffer jacket is by far the most useful for casual styling and travelling. So get on with it, get to Spree...