Category Archives: my favourites

Spectre/Spectator

These bow-tie-bedecked two-tone wingtips by Comme des Garcons have me slouching all over the show, exhaling theatrical sighs and swoons (not kidding, that’s how I roll when it comes to tuxedo-inspired attire, in particular where accessories are concerned).

Someone recently told me I shouldn’t be so concerned with fashion. I had a private Miranda-in-Devil-Wears-Prada moment, as I took in the accusee’s fashion-conscious chambray and straight-cuts. I get so tired of hearing it, honestly. It is possible to be completely fashion befok and still not be a vapid, shallow creature that blinks, glassy-eyed at the mention of more authentic concerns like the environment, world peace and the economy. I’ll Murakami and Greenpop your ass back to self-righteousville, I will.

AND back to my swoon. Those sleek-stepping Comme des Garcons beauties remind me of this video:

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Navy & White

Navy and white – a classic colour pairing that speaks of decorum, ceremony and tradition. Sailor-style collars, lapels, pristine piping and pin tuck pleats, or glossy, embossed gold buttons, double-breasted jackets and high school honours ties…

This selection of navy on white shows that my penchant for the combination was born some time ago, and as Cape Town eases balmily into hot summer nights and blustery summer days, I find it a soothing antidote to the heat. Navy and white elevates prints and gives them an air of cool poise.

Already I find myself reaching for Breton stripes, my vintage navy maxi skirt (whose button-through cut and broad, bow-tied waist always inspire envy) and the sailor-girl dress I bought in Istanbul (an impulse purchase, and one that makes me want to fling on some stripes and a nautical hat while I’m at it). Polka dots, too, a perennial in my wardrobe, gain new coolness in navy and white.

It’s a combination that speaks of European coastlines; bright white buildings against brighter blue seas, bare feet, the whitest teeth, sensual, billowing hemlines. Wow.

Items pictured:

Cream beaded and perforated handbags, both vintage / Velvet bow tie, vintage / Striped t-shirts 2x vintage, 1x Pick ‘n Pay, 1x Mango / Polka dot tops with striped trim, both vintage / Irregular polka dot crop top, H&M / Dainty polka dot pussybow blouse, VAMP / Plaid rockabilly frock, Mango / Pom-pom hat, a gift / Sailor-girl dress, Istanbul

And some navy and white beauties that caught my eye:

Topshop

A.P.C.

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Carven

Elizabeth Lau

 

Charlotte Linton S/S 12 – in which Ermantrude goes to Java

Charlotte Linton, whose inspired scarves and RTW collections I fawned over here and here, has produced yet another lookbook that has me plotting artful turbans and on the hunt for the perfect, mysterious shade of emerald.

The S/S 2012 collection sees Ermantrude, Linton’s fictional muse, sail to Java to study the threatened Javan Rhinoceros and the birds of the Krakatau islands.

‘Whilst there,’ says Linton, Ermantrude ‘learns of the rich culture of the Sundanese people, researching the Wayang theatre, and the beautiful batik textiles. She also makes notes of her observations of night dwelling mammals, such as the ghostly flying squirrel and the fishing cat.’

The palette of bold, primary colours mixes with flashes of light through trees, verdant greens and ripe limes. Unusually, my magpie eye is drawn to the idiosyncratic monotone scarf – I’m dying to get a closer looks at Ermantrude’s impressions of the Javanese people and the creatures they cohabit with. Charlotte’s narratives give her collections context that transports them straight to the jungles of Java and the peaks of the Himalayas. When they return with Ermantrude from her travels they are imbued with the perfume of foreign lands, hands and custom. Truly special.

Charlotte’s latest collection consists of a mix of wool and silk scarves. The silk is, of course, my ultimate.

RTD 2011

Rocking the Daisies 2011 was an absolutely epic weekend of live music, happy wandering, old and new faces, bare skin and hours spent blissed out and floating around a dam with a cocktail in hand.

If you are yet to experience the hippiesque radiance of this festival, you best get your derriere there next year. I truly believe that there’s something about it that makes each and every person in attendance the best possible version of themselves for one hot, groove-filled weekend.

{Do yourself a favour and check out Shadowclub, a Joburg-based band that was easily my festival favourite. Rockabilly style, Brylcreemed hair, mad moves and Josh Homme undertones. Yes. Please. Tumi & the Volume, Jon Savage & the Nomads and, of course, Band of Skulls, get a mention for bringing it, too.}

Red & Pink, Pink & Red

Pink and red is a colour combination that gets people so riled up. It’s similar, in a way, to pairings like black and brown, or even navy and brown – it elicits divided opinion. I happen to love all of those colour combinations, and, in fact, any others that are slightly jarring, too. But pink and red has long been my heart of hearts combination. It makes my heart sing.

This weekend I sat down with my friend Gisela to start working on my blog redesign, and the conversation naturally turned to my preferred colour palette. I’m not giving any hints away just yet, but let’s just say I was so inspired, I went home and put together a little living collage of all of my favorite pink and red thangs.

1. H&M ‘Mary-Lou’ letterman jacket

Extra fuzzy, extra bright, features a scottie on the left breast and makes me feel like I’m wearing a full circle skirt in West Side Story.

2. Staedtler felt tip pens

What’s a homemade birthday card without the full spectrum of Staedtler fine felt tipped pins? I line them up in order and so delight to pair the reds with the pinks. Always have, always will.

3. Mexican death skull candleholder

My favorite thing in the world (as many of you will know – mexican death skull and death skull paraphernalia donors, you know where to find me).

4. Red leather earrings

A gift from my BFF Katy, who spent four months earlier this year traveling the world. She bought these leather floral earrings for me in South America. They are the colour of blood and I love them.

5. Nail polish – Fuchsia Fever by Revlon, Blow Out by Kit, Red Berry by Woolworths

My most outlandish friend, Crystal Birch, took one look at my collection of nail polishes and said that the colours are so ‘weird’. For her to say that is really something, and I was actually pretty surprised. The honest truth is that these are the most ‘normal’ colours I own. The ruby red is my perennial favorite.

6. Pink and red floral bracelet

I can never remember what this stuff is called, but it’s crafted from the same material as those godawful toadstool / dolphin / peace sign pendants we used to wear on thongs around our necks in the 90’s. I’m certain it wasn’t just a Knysna thing. I found this bracelet at Lulu Belle and I think it recontextualises that entire movement!

7. Baz Luhrman heart

A gift from my friend Keegan, who pillaged them from a film set she was working on. I was so touched, and they are now above my bed.

8. Pink babushka brooch from Russia

A gift from a friend that went to St Petersburg on business – a series of painted wooden matryoshkas all in a row. You can’t not love them!

9. Red Blackberry in pink cover

Yep. Even my Blackberry is red in a pink cover. It looks naked and completely unchic without its cover.

10. Piglet pen

His arms and legs move. Why not?

11. Confetti ribbons

The oversized ones are the best, and I can’t get enough of their glossiness.

12. The White Stripes Under Blackpool Lights

A birthday present, and a rocking one at that. Jack White forever.

13. Country Road braided belt

The colour reminds me of plasticine.

14. Red lady tweezers

A gift from my friend Candy, who knows how much I love little trinkets. She thinks it looks like me.

15. Rolling Stones card

I’m a die-hard Stones fan, and I also love really simple graphic illustrations (often Japanese-inspired and in limited colour palettes). The classic Stones motif still does it for me. This was a birthday card from my family this year.

16. Turkish ring

Another favorite. I wear it every day, and people ask about it without fail, both men and women.

17. Vintage bag

This bag broke the first time I used it, and ever since, I have to wear it with caution.

18. Velvet and felt floral hairclip

A gift from my mom, found at Knysna’s only knitting supplies store. I love it.

19. Jewellery box

I love these vibrant, Indian-style jewelry boxes, and have many. They’re crammed with all my jools and other bits and pieces.

20. Milnerton Market geisha

Another favorite. She is oh so delicate, cost R15, and is wearing a hand-sewn kimono made of vintage silk.

21. Floral nail file

Another pretty little thing. Sure, it could be a plain old emery board. But I like the pretty ones.


Christopher Kane Resort 2012. Amen.

Pleated metallic lurex in powder pink with neon rainbow accents, tail hems, prim colours and perverse little peeps of lace. Good Lord.

I know the haters are gonna hate, but he had me at lurex.

I am truly shaping up to be a firm fan of Christopher Kane’s edgy take on classic shapes. The spareness of shape mixed with the rebelliousness of fabric and colour is exactly the kind of incongruous, unexpected symphony that sends me over the edge.

Please take note of the Chelsea boots with the neon insets. My heart!


Melancholia

I, along with the rest of the girls born in the late 80’s (and thus privy to a spate of late 90’s/early 00’s Kirsten Dunst films like Jumanji, Bring it On, The Virgin Suicides and Strike!), am a huge Miss Dunst fan.

I stumbled upon the trailer for Melancholia on Youtube yesterday and I cannot wait to see it. Fluttery frocks, perfect tee’s, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling and the apocalypse? Ticks all the boxes for moi.