SA Menswear Week SS19 – ThrowAway Twenty

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – Chulaap by Chu Suwannapha

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – The frocks which failed

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – Jason Porshe Review

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SA Menswear Week SS19 – My RuffTung OOTD

July 8, 2018

SA Menswear Week SS19, Africa’s only menswear-focussed fashion platform, rolled out on Friday evening. Now celebrating its 8th season, the production fell nothing short of spectacular. The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town provided a picturesque backdrop on an unusually warm winter’s day in Cape Town; a day I decided to wear a full-length faux fur coat. *face palm* Yes people, I was back in the front row – don’t know how I wangled that –  with my partner-in-style / fashion police buddy Duncan Pape.

I wore an exquisite pair of gold cigarette pants by fab, glam and crazy local designers Bridget Pickering and Ludwig Bauch of RuffTung. I paired this with my current favourite, the aforementioned weather-be-damned coat and a flat cap which I’d bought from The Kilo Shop in Paris earlier this year. My birdy print chiffon blouse by French label le Temps des Cerises, and my sunglasses are Ross and Brown from Langaro Lifestyle Centre in Camps Bay. They have a mother of a sale on which you can read about here. My bag is Michael Kors, a 2017 birthday gift to myself. Oh, my nude brogues are Woolies, a store I do not purchase fashion from but bought out of pure desperation earlier that day.

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Langaro Lifestyle Centre Winter 2018 Fashion Sale

July 5, 2018
Langaro Fashion Sale

I know, I know. I don’t deserve you. Here I am apologising for my absence again. Okay, so what have I been up to? Well, since returning from Paris which feels like a lifetime ago, I had to dive straight back into work. It’s a little-known fact that Langaro Lifestyle Centre in Camps Bay is one of my clients. When their Winter 2018 fashion collection launched, we made a fancy, schmancy video about the trends for the season, why we bought what we did, and how to style the looks. Not only from a sartorial perspective but hair and makeup as well.

The beauty of working with Langaro is that we’re all multi-faceted. Kirsty Da costa, the director, is an accomplished makeup artist. Spa manager Gabriel Verreyne is also a senior hair stylist, and Duncan Pape, whom you’ve heard of here often is a spa consultant and a stylist. I jump around. One minute I’m generating digital content, the next I’m buying collections and photographing models with Duncan. It’s insane but we love what we do and respect each other immensely.

Anyhoo, about that video. Ooohhhh, I do not like my voice. And that double chin. Argh! If videographer Shaun Smit from Red Blur Productions weren’t so cute, nice and talented, I’d strangle him. But I got talk fashion, which was so much fun, and we even squeezed in some big people’s words like “deconstruct” and “voluminous”. Take a look.

So here’s the killer deal; all this stock is now on sale!

Get 50% off this Winter 2018 collection, and 70% off all the other pieces in their style boutique if you buy two or more items.

With snazzy brands like Lui Jo, Le Temps Des Cerises, Cream London an Gordon Smith, your winter wardrobe is literally in the bag. Local brands which are not on sale include the uber sexy ZeitGeist which I reviewed at SA Menswear Week here, as well as the newly launched activewear range Premier Active designed by local model Danielle Ehlers. See, we do lots.

Cheers to our gorgeous models Siphiwe Machinya, Julia Tooke, Liz Croes, Justine Tait and Leah Ballan, and behind-the-scenes production manager, Nicci Kruger. We’ll get her on camera sometime soon.

Follow Langaro Lifestyle Centre on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Shop the style boutique online here and follow its own Instagram page, @langarostyle.

Have fun, stylish ones.
love & light

PS: It feels good to be back again. I’m ready.

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I’m wearing RuffTung in the Glamour SA April 2018 issue

April 10, 2018

When Glamour SA editor-in-chief Pnina Fenster asked if I wanted to be featured in the April issue, my heart skipped a beat. You know she’s my girl crush, right? The brief was to show a non-red carpet event outfit which I felt most glamorous in.

Without hesitation, I catapulted images and a blurb of a RuffTung jumpsuit I wore back in 2016 to her. Little did I know, the entire issue, Pnina’s last for Glamour SA, would be an ode to South African fashion and design, and that my fave RuffTung designers would grace the cover. I couldn’t make this up even if I tried. Take a look. 

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Claude Monet – Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris

March 29, 2018

Mention the word Impressionists and I’ll run on water to view an original. If you share that passion, a visit to Musée de l’Orangerie is imperative.

The Impressonist and Post-Impressionist art gallery is located in Jardin des Tuileries in Paris’s 1st arrondissement, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. It was built in 1852 to shelter the garden’s orange trees and also to exhibit agriculture, animals, plants and other rare art of the day.

Seventy years later, the story picks up quite nicely.

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Fragments Paris – Coffee at its best

March 26, 2018

You need to travel far and wide to find a decent cup of coffee in Paris. Sadly true yet odd, considering that this city is a bastion of cafe society. Parisians are renowned for downing an espresso at a bar or cafe counter. Now that brew is so strong and thick, a spoon could stand upright in the demi cup. The second a barista adds milk, froth or foam to create a latte or cappuccino, all bets are off and the taste of coffee goes tits up.

In pursuit of a decent cuppa, I took the metro on a rainy Sunday morning to Fragments Paris café on Rue des Tournelles in Le Marais. For the record, the 25-minute journey from my apartment in Saint-Germain is flipping far by Parisian standards as you can’t swing a cat on a street corner for fear of hitting a cafe. The trip, however, is worth every caffeine-infused sip.

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