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Marni x H&M 2012



Bow Peep

I allowed my blue velvet bow tie its second debut (it will be worn many times, and each time will be known as a debut) to Woodlands Eatery for dinner on Saturday night.

The blue lushnesss was paired with a vintage polka dot shirt (which has the most unbelievable cut for a shirt: full in the sleeve, tight in the cuff, slim in the waist and sexy around the hips), cuffed indigo skinnies, bondage heels, my new soulmate bag and Show Orchid by MAC lips (a touching farewell gift from the amazing girls at 36Boutiques).

I look pretty smug in this photo – I blame it on the bow tie.

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:



Alexa Chung for Madewell


Elizabeth Lau


Your brown eyes are my blue skies.

The eye makeup at Richard Nicoll‘s S/S 12 collection – emphatic little geometric streaks of matte black; half Asian, half Mondrian – are channelling my own makeup for the weekend ahead. An exotic, iconic departure from my trademark cat’s eye.

{Don’t even get me started on the dreamy florals, hooped, Jetsons-esque skirts and lurex/PVC symphony. And, yes, I’m still obsessed with Warpaint.}

Watch the eerie, hypnotic inspiration behind Nicoll’s collection here.

All images courtesy of Style Bubble.

Charlotte Taylor

I’ve been dabbling with the idea of donning a turban for some time now – yes, I’m a self-confessed latecomer – and on my travels I discovered Lancashire designer Charlotte Taylor‘s eerily glamorous lookbook for her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection.

The weather in Cape Town is suitably morose at present, so I’m currently warming up with Charlotte’s eccentric print-on-print decadence. The way the images are shot and styled is almost as if this winsome model is the last member of some debauched dynasty, waiting out the storm in an abandoned mansion.

I love the use of irreverently bright animal and insect prints and the wanton glamour of the jools and embellishments paired with big eyes and solemn little lips.

Her 2010 Autumn/Winter collection also caught my eye – a brightly panelled mix of cheerleaderesque stripes, A-line skirts and exaggerated silhouettes.

Ruby, Winter 2012


My latest blog discovery, We The People, an Australia-based streetstyle blog run by Jessie Bush, yields style gems on a daily basis.

New Zealand label Ruby‘s Winter 2012 collection, ‘Capital City’, was one such gem. The collection focuses on a central contrast – metallic vs. matte – which plays out in the pitting of molten leather against cottons and silks. Pared down shapes allow the sci-fi sheen of the leather pieces to take centre stage, while a synergy of tones brings it back down to earth. Winter classics like chunky knits, polo necks and belted jackets are revised – only the defining features remain, and with an elegantly offbeat twist.

I really love the limited palette of rose golds, ochres and rusts with a dazzling flash of intergalactic teal. It’s got me excited for Winter 2012, even though I’m getting ready to dust down the ol’ leopard print bikini.

A sneak peek on WGSN of what’s to come heralded exactly this – a reinvention of form-fits-function shapes, along with a focus on what is known as Faux Real: dramatising the fakeness of things. Think wild perspex heels on footwear, brashly fake jewels and more. I am reminded instantly of Givenchy’s neon jools. And I love it. It really appeals to my appetite for unapologetically, demonstratively fake jewellery.

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I have succumbed to the allure of Pinterest.

As usual, I’m pretty focused on one thing – fashion – so follow my Ssstyle board for all the best snippets I come across. My Inspirathon board is sadly lagging, for the simple reason that most of the things that inspire me are actually on the Ssstyle board.


PS: Inspirathon is not a typo. It’s a delightful hybrid of the words ‘inspiration’ and ‘marathon’ – i.e: mega inspiration!