+Monochromanic Monday!

I think we can all come to a consensus that Mondays suck balls and the last thing you wanna think about, first thing, is what to wear, right?!  So why not take some inspiration from this Monochromatic look, which will be creeping it’s way back into Spring/Summer 2014 trends.  And even though the seasons are slowly a changin, the weather’s still a bit dodge.  So all you have to do is throw on some stockings and a black blazer or coat  and you’re good to go!

MONOCHROMANIC MONDAY

Get the July cover star’s look!

Had the pleasure of styling for last month’s Living and Loving Magazine Cover shoot…take a look at how I styled Josh and Hazel in some of my favourite brands – Cotton On, Country Road, Poetry, Lovisa and Accessorize.

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Model mom, Hazel Joubert and her gorgeous son, Josh are our July cover stars! Stylist Robynn Farrell shows us how to create their cover look.

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Robynn says  she chose two of the hottest colours of the season – navy and orange – for Hazel and Josh. For Josh, she started with one of her favourite brands, Cotton On: “Their range is fun and always on point for a future fashionista! My favourite look for Josh was a navy and orange check shirt, paired with the tiniest pair of skinny jeans you’ve ever seen and a pair of retro sneakers.”

Hazel and Josh Cover Look

For his second look, Robynn selected a light-grey hooded jersey, a fine-striped T-shirt and white and navy printed leggings. She went tonal for his third look: A light grey printed tee worn underneath a grey shirt and light grey washed jeans.

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Robynn created an effortless seasonal look for Hazel, focusing on…

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+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 – Day 3

Saturday was the final stretch, and although the weather remained chilly and wet outside, the fashion scene was only heating up on the runway of Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014.  Designers who showcased included Pichulik and Kat Duinen, Lazuli, Lo, Danielle Margaux, Leigh Schubert, Lalesso, Loincloth and Ashes, Selfi, Craig Port, Kluk CGDT,  and Fabiani.  Predominant trends seen on the ramp were “Soft pastels”, “Global traveller”(mostly Eastern and African) with elements of soft tailoring, flowing silhouettes and hints of “Metallics”, “Sport Luxe”, bold prints and accessories and a colourful splash of the 70’s!

Pichulik x Kat van Duinen showcased a phenomenal range of North African inspired accessories complimented by oversized travel bags.  The colour palette was a mixure of black and gold, pastel blue and pink, amber, aqua, royal blue, grey, beige and white and in true Pichulik fashion ropes were beautifully intertwined and combined with metals and glass beads to create the most exquisitely crafted pieces…the show stopper…a regal head piece for an African queen!

 

Lazuli showcased elegantly feminine looks in the softest pastel colour palette accessorized with wide brim open crown sun peaks. A Sport’s Lux touch was added by introducing the summer sports jacket to the range, whilst voluminous skirts were paired with soft cropped tops in pale floral prints.

Lo‘s creations seemed to be inspired by African summer skies, mountain ranges, sunsets and the ocean.  Dresses with triangular prints resembling mountain ranges and cloud prints hit the runway in pastel pinks, turquoise and pistachio.  Fabric with circular wave like laser cut hem lines were layered to create playful tunics and midi length summer dresses were paired with sneakers to add to the youthful feel of her Spring Summer collection.

Danielle Margaux presented an elegantly effortless collection with Oriental inspiration.  A mix of soft tailoring and draped tops and dresses in pale pastels and white were followed by “cherry blossom” printed kimono dresses in  black red and white.  The collection was completed by a range of beautifully beaded evening dresses flowing down the runway.

Leigh Schubert also drew inspiration from the Orient shown through her clever use of construction and design elements.  Her collection was bold and geometric with unusual style lines and fabric manipulation in a colour palette of tangerine, watermelon, peach, black and white.

Lalesso‘s Spring/Summer 2014 resort wear collection fused classic silhouettes with striking East African prints in pastels, red, blue, beige, black and white – the epitome of luxury and ease.

Loincloth & Ashes drew inspiration a little closer to home as models walked the runway in bold combinations of prints, colours and “Voortrekker style bonnets” in matching prints.

Selfi showcased a beautiful range of youthful, soft tailored designs in pale pastels, ochre, cerulean and black & white.  Her bold use of prints were both intelligent and creative, and looks were paired with colourful knee high socks and visors, adding a playful sporty feel to the collection.

Craig Port‘s collection was one of my favourites this year – a secret garden of Spring pixies showcasing soft tailored looks for the urban individual.  The menswear range sported camo prints in beige and powder blue, sports jackets in lustrous fabrics and light weight knits paired with quilt textured pieces,  chinos and tailored shorts.  The men’s swimwear range was comprised of a fresh colour palette of pastels and clean solid lines.  The Miss Port ladieswear collection was both modern and ethereal.  It incorporated clean feminine silhouettes in soft pastels with hints of metallics, a gorgeous floral print, soft knits, lace and georgette.  A beautifully cohesive collection!

The scene: a modern urban setting complete with sidewalk cafes and food trucks. Enter the modern dandies(defn. “a man unduly concerned with looking fashionable and stylish”) International model, Sebastian Sauve, was one of the many dandies who walked the runway for Fabiani‘s Spring Summer 2014 collection this weekend, showcasing immaculate iconic tailoring combined with a modern streetwear twist…”fit for the man about town”.

This year, Kluk CGDT showcased their Spring Summer Fashion Week collection at the Official launch of their brand new 3 story studio on Bree. Upon arrival, guests were treated to champagne and caviar whilst being teleported back to the era of Studio 54 and all things psychedelic, paying homage to icons such as Twiggy, Grace Jones and Diana Ross.  Models were sprawled across couches, lounged on staircases and danced on table tops, drenched in bright bold prints, glitz and glam.  The second floor showcased models in exquisite bridal couture gowns in shades of ivory and pearl, splashed with colourful bouquets resting on their laps…the ceilings above, covered in bubbles and white balloons.  All in all, a fabulous celebration of life, fashion and new beginnings!

+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week – Day 2

Day 2 of the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week commenced on yet another tempestuous day in CT this past Friday and even though the winter chill had crept into my bones,  I just could not resist taking a sneak peek at what would be in stores next season!  So I bundled up and marched myself down to the CTICC  to take squiz.  Once again, the trends seen on the runway for Spring Summer 2014/2015 were “Global traveler”, “Spring Blossoms”, a hint of “Sport Lux” and lots of vivacious prints.  Whilst industry favourites such as Michelle Ludek, Tart, Kobus Dippenaar, Ruald Rheeder and Non European all showcased incredible collections, I am always keen to see the emergence of new talent.  This year AFI Fastrack brought ranges by the likes of Nicholas Coutts, Ernest Mahomane,  BLANC by Alexandra Blanc and Akedo by Eleni Labrou  to the ramp of MBFWCT…

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Nicholas Coutts, winner of the Elle Rising Star 2013 Award, designed a beautifully structured collection with subtle elements of the East and Africa intertwined.

 

Ernest Mahomane showcased an elegant yet playful range with interesting uses of circular and linear embellishment.

BLANC by Alexandra Blanc’s collection had a strong Oriental influence, focusing on avant garde construction details and bold fabric combinations.

Akedo by Eleni Labrou also took influence from the East by combining Japanese silhouettes with a modern sports lux twist.

Michelle Ludek drew inspiration from Africa, and showcased an effortless, urban chic collection.  Accessories were bold and exagerated, prints vibrant  and complimentary in shades of blue, green and lime. Love this collection!

Love was in the air at Tart‘s Spring/Summer show as Cari Stephenson brought her signature original prints to the forefront of her range.  This year, a pop art brush stroke print as well as a dragonfly repeat pattern emerged in lime, fuschia and black.  The collection was grounded by sports lux pieces in pops of fuschia, charcoal and black.  The use of drapery in her knit dresses seemed effortless and hey…who says it’s not “JITZ” to add a bit of glitz to your… sportswear.

Kobus Dippenaar Atelier‘s new Spring Summer collection encapsulated all that is flora and fauna, which could be seen in his use of floral prints, lace applique and subtle construction details, such as the use of boning which(in my opinion) resembled branches or stems. There was also a strong sense of African inspiration translated through the use of bold prints, lines were fluid and elegant.

Ruald Rheeder brought a fresh vibrant range to the runway this year at fashion week.  The menwear range was an explosion of colour with strong urban Morrocan influences. Use of prints were bold in shades of aqua, peach, powder blue and powder pink, lemon and lilac.  The monochrome womenswear range sported ultra feminine designs fit for a lady, models adorned with strands upon strands of pearls.  The showstopper was modeled by Expresso and Goodhope fm presenter, Leigh-anne Williams, who simply epitomized elegance and beauty on the night.   It was then that heart rates were sent a flutter and it wasn’t long before smartphones were whipped out to snap shots of the “swimwear collection” as another 2 familiar faces, sports personality Ryan Botha and Expresso presenter Ewan Strydom, took the ramp!  The swimwear range was beautifully balanced and sleek in neutral tones and prints of beige and white.

And then there was Non-European.  The tone of the collection was set as models walked down the runway to a live soulful djembe drum performance, wearing t-shirts reading “Who am I”, “Who are you”, “Who are we?”… an by the time 2 identically dressed and styled models walked out side by side in unison, arms touching, I had the answer.  Despite our differences…we are all the same.  We are all African.  The proudly self professed ” unashamedly ethical” brand showcased kaleidoscope prints cleverly positioned and complimented by tessellated construction and appliqued shapes.  All pieces were locally created from hand spun cotton and organic fabrics.  It was refreshing to see them represented not only by models but individuals of different ages and ethnicities.  A truely inspired range.

 

 

+Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 – Day 1

With the first day of the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week underway, fashionistas did not seem to be held in doors by the Mother City’s stormy weather last night.  As always Cape Town’s finest designers put their best foot forward and showcased their Spring Summer 2014/2015 ranges in the most spectacular fashion.  The main trends which could be seen on the runway last night were “World traveller”, “Pop Art Prints”, “Liquid Metallics, “Sheer Elegance” and “Pretty Pastels”as seen on the international forefront of fashion from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons(Dior), Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld(Chanel), Prada, Jeff Koons, Celine, Lanvin and Proenza Schouler.  Marianne Fassler, Gavin Rajah and Stefania Morland all drew inspiration from across the globe whilst soft pastels were the highlight of Lara Klawikowski and Spilt Milk collections.  Shana Morland combined playful metallics with ombre pastels whilst W35t used soft pop prints in pastel shades.

Marianne Fassler drew inspiration from Africa, showcasing bold African prints, brightly coloured kaftans strewn over animal print and metallic swimwear, with hints of a pastels, sheer fabrications with beautiful applique details and Spring blossoms.

Lara Klawikowski showcased a sophisticated range of cleverly manipulated and pleated sheer fabrications in soft shades of pink, yellow and mint along side solid contrasts of black and white.  Spilt Milk’s range emulated the ease and freshness of Summer, choosing a neutral palette of soft greys and nudes, with simple yet intelligent uses of pleating and sheer insets in swimwear.

Gavin Rajah‘s new collection exuded opulence of the Orient combined with an urban sexiness and an effortless sense of sophistication.  His use of delicate lace applique, sheer  insets, ostrich feathers and rich luxurious fabrics were simply exquisite.

Stefania Morland also went East for inspiration, putting a playful Harajuku spin on her designs whilst  infusing elements of African prints with effortless charm and femininity.  Her range showcased subtle nuances that ring true to her design aesthetic, for example her signiture neckpieces, bows, ribbons and tassel details.

Shana Morland showed us that while the cat’s away, the fish will play in her new Spring Summer collection.  I found her use of cat and fish motifs to be a clever tongue and cheek accent on the range, which had a sporty, youthful feel yet still feminine and fun. I particulary loved her playful use of embebellisment and applique, vivid prints and flirty feathers skirts.

W35T show cased a range coloured in pop art brush stroke prints in pastel blue, mint and tangerine. Ruching and cheeky sheer insets were common threads running through out the collection in lightweight fabrication, whilst fresh faced models donned sequins embellished flat peek caps with a pop of colour on the lips.