Monthly Archives: September 2011

Marni Spring/Summer 2012.

Retro swoon.

Somehow Marni managed to intermingle tribal and Cleopatra undertones (prints, accessories and beading) with ladylike silhouettes and totem-like detailing on hemlines and wrists in this, their SS12 collection.

My favourite is the wingtip detailing on the heels and mini bowler bags in high gloss red – like a slick of cherry lipgloss or a spill of hypnotic ruby paint on an all white floor. I also love the graphic prints and the oversized daisy discs – they remind me of those white moulded plastic baskets we all used to carry as little girls. That, and the irrestible top of a Marc Jacobs Daisy bottle.

Images: 1 & 2. 3. The Sartorialist 4. 5. The Sartorialist 6. Olivier Morin 7. 8. Olivier Morin


Halcyon Days

I’m all hot under the collar over this gilded and spangled editorial photographed by Rene Habermacher and featuring model Giedre Dukauskaite for Pop Magazine in August 2009.

Images via Paranaiv


SA Fashion Week 2011

After browsing through the collections shown at last weeks SA Fashion Week in Johannesburg, I gathered some of my favorites into discernible themes. Well, sort of discernible. More like into themes that serve my own purposes, for instance, my current craving for citrus colour due to the impending delight of summer, and my natural predisposition towards things like leather, PVC and tuxedo-esque shapes.

Make of it what you will.

* Click on the image credits to view the rest of the collections online.


I loved ELLE New Talent contender Kutloano Molokomme‘s cultish parade of elaborate red dresses. They were quite Yamamoto-like. Remi Lagos‘ lushly printed kaftan-style maxis caught my eye, and in particular this floaty Aztec number. Rubicon‘s caped frock was Little Red Riding Hood with a dash of 30’s glamour.

Images: 1. Kutloano Molokomme 2. Remi Lagos 3. Rubicon

A Little Waisted

2010 ELLE New Talent award winner Cleo Droomer‘s collection has the online community aflutter and it’s easy to see why. Sci-fi like panels gave tried ‘n tested feminine shapes like dresses with nipped-in waists a future-retro makeover. I was also quite taken with other newcomer Lameez Claasen’s uber long Miu Miu-esque collars and jodphur-inspired trousers, as well as Khumo Manota’s dreamy, feminine layers.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Lameez Claasen 3. Khumo Manota

Sheer Story

Cleo Droomer‘s tangerine-piped mac and Tiaan Nagel‘s zip-through sci-fi mini were two of my favorites. I’d quite like to wear them together simultaneously, like some kind futuristic femmebot.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Tiaan Nagel


Autumn/Winter is, of course, all about texture, as colder weather makes way for layering and lusher fabrics. From Cleo Droomer‘s PVC dresses, to Vesselina Pentcheva‘s romantic velvets, the collections really came out with some interesting textures. Suzaan Heyns‘ leather waterfall jackets were my highlight, as was Remi Lagos‘ devore velvet maxi. Some people might think it’s frumpy, but give me devore velvet and I’ll be your girl.

Images: 1. Cleo Droomer 2. Vesselina Pentcheva 3 & 4. Suzaan Heyns 5. Remi Lagos

Pants Party

Cropped, structured and pleated – I think Tiaan Nagel‘s version did it best, but I also loved Amanda Laird Cherry‘s skintight take on the look.

Images: 1. Amanda Laird Cherry 2 & 3. Tiaan Nagel 4. Suzaan Heyns

Canary Fever

Designers chalked their collections up with snaps of sign-post yellow – ruffles, accessories, pockets and piping all got treated to a little lemon delight. The true triumph was Mr Droomer‘s yellow PVC frock, with Amber Jones‘ lemon collared pleats at a close, wearable second. I want both! I also loved 46664‘s extremely wearable custard-striped, obi-belted, boat neck dress.

Images: 1. 46664 2. Amanda Laird Cherry 3 & 4. Cleo Droomer 5. Amber Jones 6. Amanda Laird Cherry 7 & 8. Mantsho

All images kindly made available online by SDR Photo


Yesterday I was beset with a hideous case of gastro, which meant I was mired in bed all day. I took the opportunity to catch up on some blogging, tint my eyebrows and paint my toenails – as one does.

I used to wear this old tangerine shade of my mom’s a while back and it never felt quite right. Of course, not that tangerine is the colour of the season, my entire attitude towards it has changed. Funny how that happens, huh?

The artfully placed poppy petals are the natural progression of my weekend florals, slowly shedding glossy discs of colour onto the carpet.


With my favourite festival of the year, Rocking the Daisies, less than two weeks away, I got in touch with three of Cape Town’s coolest and most well-versed festival-goers to find out about their indispensible RTD items. From sneaker fetishes, to shooter records and hand sanitiser, Anthea, Tecla and Gabi are three music lovers that know their way around festival fashion.

MEET Anthea Knows Best Poulos, all-round cool girl, sneaker collectress and youth culture expert at Instant Grass. Miss Thang to you and to me.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials?

1. Shades, to protect from the blinding sun over fields and water and obviously to mask the hangover.

2. A scarf, because it’s perfect for when it’s not too hot and not too cold, and for when it gets freezing at night, plus it helps us all look a little extra glam.

3. Sneakers. I know this is predictable coming from me, but the way I see it, your foot stays clean and dry and the sole is thick enough to protect from dodgy broken items on the ground. My personal festival choice is Vans, ’cause they’re durable and easy to clean.

4. A jacket. For the last two years I’ve taken varsity style baseball styles because they’re warm, they close and they keep you cosy without looking like a bit of a poshy wearing a trench coat at a festival.

5. One statement piece of jewelry, I’m a holiday jewelry kind of girl so I like to buy memorabilia jewelry from everywhere I go (festivals included). For the weekend I ditch the watch and rings but I choose a batch of bracelets or a chain that becomes my festival piece. As soon as I get there I buy one to remember the event by and add it to the collection.

Describe your musical taste.

My musical taste doesn’t have a category as such. I’m a major fan of 90s R’nB & hip-hop so you can usually find me “vaabing” to that, but otherwise I luuurve some good reggae & dub. I guess it’s hard to say, having grown up in Jozi I’ve also got a love for some good deep house.

Most excited to see at RTD 2011?

I’m less of a mainstage and more of a Red Bull stage type of girl so this year the highlights for me include Kid Fonque who I consider one of the best DJs SA has to offer, who Cape Town never sees enough of. Also excited for The Ruffest ’cause I’ve heard some really amazing things about them but never seen that before. Lastly Jon Savage & the Nomads because I know they’ve been working on something fresh and I can’t wait to see what it is!

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Portishead, Yellowman, The Smiths

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Anthea ‘Posh Pants’ Poulos! I’m a very nose in the air type of festival goer for a couple of reasons, 1) I abhor a lack of cleanliness 2) Having grown up in the city I have a distinct lack of outdoorsy clothing 3) I like all my shoes and it makes me sad at the thought that they could get dirty 4) There’s not proper internet and the iPhone sits on Edge for 3 days which is pretty damn tragic as it means the Tumblr sits still!

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MEET Tecla Ciolfi, aka Texx and the City, Editor of Your LMG mag, rock ‘n roll devotee and lover of licks.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials? 

5 pairs of sunglasses.

Describe your musical taste. 

My taste is pretty eclectic, but I’m a sucker for a catchy chorus and a stinging guitar riff.

I’m most excited to see if I can break my record of shooters consumed at RTD 2011.

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Alive – The Black Keys, Incubus and Lady Gaga. Dead – Jeff Buckley, The Doors, Amy Winehouse.

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Tecla ‘The Italian Job’ Ciolfi

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MEET Gabi Goldberg, musical mover, Nutella eater, Muse fan.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials?

1. Hand sanitiser

2. Sunglasses

3. Sunscreen

4. A tent and with it a person to help you set it up.

5. Alcohol

Describe your musical taste.

Anything and everything that strikes something within me, be it blues, electro, commercial pop to indie rock. I’m not fussy, really.

I’m most excited to see Civil Twilight at RTD 2011. They always put on a magnificent show and I have no doubt that Rocking the Daises will be any different.

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Muse. I’ve seen them once before and their live show is phenomenal! Florence and the Machine are also one of my favourite acts out there and I would love to one day see them live. Bon Iver, his music is simply magical and to see it live would be a privilege

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Gabi ‘Goofy’ Goldberg

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Get your derriere out to Darling from 7 – 9 October and catch acts the likes of Band of Skulls, Tumi & The Volume, Lark, Gazelle, Felix Laband and Killer Robot.

Citrus Kitsch

This weekend I went to my neighbourhood flower seller to buy some blossoms in preparation for a dinner party, and was so taken with these citrus and pastel poppies that I came away with an armful of them.

The woman that sold them to me said that they are ‘cheerful’ but I actually think they are positively supernatural. And the mix of acid brights with muted, sherbety tones really sums up Summer 2011 for me.

I wish I could take these poppies and have them digitally printed, Mary Katrantzou-style, all over a full circle skirt with a tight little waist. Deeee-licious.


Mother Clougher

I spent all day yesterday shooting a new segment for 36Magazine at Buchanan Studios, and had the pleasure of hanging out with a bunch of seriously cool and talented girls, including Danielle Clough, Alix-Rose Cowie, Aisha Baker, Barbara Lotter from Babette, Vicky Fenner from Joya, Oriel Barnard from Lisp, stylist Chloe Andrea and makeup artist Toni Greenberg. The segment is called Bright Young Things, and it’s already close to my heart (as well as my chest – watch out for the next issue of 36Magazine, live 17 October for the full, glorious shoot).

Danielle Clough, or Dee, as she is affectionately referred to, is a bleach blonde blur of big eyes, freckles, long legs and mad humour. With limited studio experience, she took to the set with energy, vision and her trademark ability to make things look lush and dewy. She brings edge to everything she does, with a dash of pop culture attitude that appeals to my appetite for nowness. Between talking about starting our own magazine, lip synching to The Spice Girls’ Wannabe and professing a shared admiration for a good work ethic, we realised that we work extremely well together.

The little pair of atmospheric Rah-Rah lips pictured above cemented it for me – Dee created what she calls a personal ‘photicon’ for me in two seconds flat. And then she sashayed gazelle-like onto set in her watermelon frock and killed it for ten hours straight. Watch this girl.

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