Thursday, 2 June 2016

FROM HIGH STREET TO RUNWAY

When H&M sets out to do something great, they do so with conviction. Although perceived to be a supplier of fast fashion, and often criticized for this phenomenon that means literally changing the rails every other day, they commit to some serious causes when they decide to contribute to sustainable fashion.  Not only did they launch a unique program which allowed the consumer a discount for every bag of clothes brought into the store, but they also re-distributed or recycled these "trade ins", extending the life of clothes and reducing their carbon footprint at the same time. When sustainable fashion becomes the criteria it raises a brand's reputation and makes it all the more attractive to shop their conscious  and studio collections. Many veterans behind the high end fashion brands  frowned upon it when H & M entered the likes of Paris Fashion Week a few years ago, yet left them in awe with their striking collections. When considering the quality and sustainability of these particular and more upmarket lines, one can shop this brand without a guilty conscience as you will be shopping for a good cause and buy garments where value meets price. Their collaborations with well known brands are well received and if my ears are not misleading me, they will be  launching a collection by Kenzo soon....
I bought some  studio collection items abroad long before H & M came to South Africa, and can proudly say that they were made to last, of good quality fabric, and rather timeless. Lets take  a peek of what was displayed on the runway at Paris Fashion Week this year, with the entire studio collection due for worldwide launch in September! That pinstripe suit already has my name on it.....












  

Thursday, 19 May 2016

HIGH ON PRINT

From a very early age, my maternal grandmother contributed towards my sense of style. I always admired her outfits, and stood in  awe in front of her closet which used to burst at the seems with fashionable and stylish clothes. There were numerous hats, gloves, fur capes, stoles, and accessories to fill an entire store.  Then  there were shoes, very many shoes, multiple pairs, neatly packed in a row allowing her to decide with one glance which pair to match to her carefully curated outfits. I was always romancing the idea of going to the races in one of her outfits, which in my mind was most befitting for the Met.  It represented a collection fit for any occasion. Yet she never made it to the races, but she new how to dress and invoke a measure of envy from her friends and grand daughter! Granny use to teach me what not to wear, and how to style it. 
 
Being taken shopping with her was an adventure, being lured into a world of magical dresses and beautiful fabric. The trend of wearing print on print was taboo, not to even mention wearing shoes lighter than the seem! The rule of matching was deeply instilled, until I became aware of the success of the trend. It's almost as if one rebels against it, by challenging convention. A need I seem to develop more often as I get older, or shall I say more mature?  
 
Need I say more about my combination of animal print and stripes? I had a little chuckle when I looked at myself in the mirror, imagining granny's faint shadow behind me, haunting me...... saying, what are you wearing my child?
 



 
Top and Pin stripe Palazzo - Belle Epoque
Shoes - Milano
Leather Moto - Thrifted
Silk Scarf - Como Silk
Specs - Miu Miu

Friday, 6 May 2016

GUEST STYLIST, A LESSON IN COLOUR

My guest today is none other than stylist and blogger from  the "Klerekas" blog, soon entering the "blogasphere"!  Her style is fun, funky, fabulous, colourful and befitting for most body types. She knows how to accentuate good features, and how to emphasize your strengths. She is an ardent bag collector, and sports them with envy. I adore her ability to work accessories, and to combine things that create mood. Her enthusiasm for style and zest for life is expressed in this colourful outfit, perfect for a summer's day out shopping the V&A Cape Town. Do drop by her Instagram gallery for more style ideas. Karin's promotes the concept of not being afraid of colour. A lesson well taken.

 




Wednesday, 27 April 2016

PALAZZO PANTS

The return of the palazzo pant is something that I am truly relieved about. It makes me feel confident and leaves  me with more than enough space to breath and to move about with comfort. It's a  trend that can be easily adjusted to suit different body types, and elongates the legs when you wear it with a high heel. With this pair from Witchery, available at the stand alone store in the V&A Cape Town,  being very long, I could not wear anything else but stratospherically high heels, adding a handsome 11 cm to my 1,78 metre frame, rendering my look rather statuesque. With a little luck, I found these ultra comfortable shoes being marked down to a very irresistible price  in Milan at an Outlet store, stretching the value of the poor South African currency a little further. Palazzo pants are most versatile, and can just as easily be dressed down with a pair of loafers and a denim jacket, sporting a more casual look. Share your view on this phenomenon and let us see how you style them! 








Palazzo Pants - Witchery
Coat - Custom Made
Shoes - Old
Hat - Department Store
Bag - Robinsons
Scarf - Woolworths

Saturday, 23 April 2016

AWAKEN WINTER

I can not imagine attending something more inspirational than Jackie Burger's soirees.With the Pierre Olivier Art Centre as a backdrop, it's as if real life becomes a theatrical display. The theme for her 5th soiree was Awaken Winter, beautifully curated with installation fashion, scrumptious food, motivational talks, and ending with a styling session and very captivating dance performance by a revered artist.  The morning started off with a discussion about the here and now, with the emphasis on doing and making as opposed to done and made. 

With Jackie at the helm of things, we all left in awe, and with a  clear message of rethinking our methods, obviously also wanting to remodel our wardrobes. A few models were challenged to style jackets and coats including the likes of Kluk CGDT, H&M, Adriaan Kuiters, all creating their signature and unique looks with a short fashion show. 

I wore block heels, a printed shirt, jeans and a coat from H & M's recently launched Conscious Exclusive Collection, made from recycled clothing and yarns, only to find the beautiful Bonnie Mbuli sporting the same piece with a pair of heels that turned heads. Now feast your eyes in the splendour of what announced the arrival of winter, in true style. 


























Coat - H&M Conscious Exclusive
Jeans - Gucci
Crossbody satchel - Gucci
Shoes- Charles & Keith
Top - Anne Klein