“Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One”

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The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.

Two days ago one of my favourite designers of all time passed away, Mr de la Renta, at the age of 82 after a 8 year battle with cancer.

I remember telling my mother and my friends when I was growing up that one day when I’m famous and attending the Oscars (I wanted to be an actress when I was growing up and marry Johnny Depp) Oscar de la Renta would design a one of a kind princess gown for me. As the years passed, I dropped the idea of being famous and becoming an actress yet my dream of being able to wear an Oscar de la Renta gown on the red carpet still lives.

Oscar you will live on forever as one of the greatest fashion designers of all time, a true creative genius.

R.I.P

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“Walk like you have three men walking behind you”

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The New York Times wrote a great article on Oscar de la Renta, a detailed story of his colourful life, it’s worth a read… see here.

xxx

EJ

True Blue

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This Summer it’s out with the shorts and in with the pants! You might think I’m crazy to suggest wearing long pants in thirty degree weather but you’ll be surprised just have airy and Summery a pair of light weight denim/linen joggers or trousers can be.

As I get older I tend to fall in love and choose clothing that covers my legs or my cleavage. It’s not to say I’m ashamed of my body, quite the contrary, I love my body! It’s not that I’ve become conservative either, I love experimenting with new styles and pushing boundaries. It’s simply because I find a pair of trousers or joggers more elegant then a pair of denim shorts and what women doesn’t want to be elegant?

Don’t get me wrong, I still own about five pairs of denim shorts that I’ll wear to the beach and around the house, just not all the time like I used to. Especially not to my business meetings.

One of my current favourite places to shop for elegant yet trendy pieces of clothing is Witchery. Take these denim joggers for example, they light, comfortable and simple, the same goes for the denim shirt. Want a less casual look? Team the denim joggers with a lace cami and a pair of matching heels and you set for your business meeting or lunch with the ladies.

xxx
EJ

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Top: Witchery 
Joggers: Witchery
Shoes: Witchery
Watch: Swatch
Rings: Catbird NYC

Photos by Justin Polkey

Interview with Charles & Keith: Life with Emma Jane

- Originally posted on Charles & Keith Says

Full time model and part time student, Emma Jane talks us through her style secrets and life after New York Fashion Week.

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Rules of Style

1. Be yourself

2. You can never go wrong investing in classic pieces such as a white button down shirt or a pair of beautiful ankle boots. Classic pieces are called classic for a reason.

3. Don’t neglect the hair and the nails. Healthy hair and manicured nails will complete your outfit and elevate your style.

4. A good pair of shoes is a must. Once your shoes start to look scruffy, move on. No matter how much you love them.

5. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules and stand out. If you want to be irreplaceable you got to be different.

6. Buy what you like and what suits you first; then indulge yourself in trends.

7. And as Mademoiselle Chanel once said,”Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Because more is less.

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First fashion memory…
“I have always loved dressing up. As a kid I used to have a dress up box filled with party costumes and bits and pieces of my mom’s old clothing. It used to keep me entertained for hours!”

Beauty secret…
A green smoothie every morning! Besides that, staying out of the sun and drinking plenty of water all day, every day.

My non-fashion distraction…
Food!!! I’m food obsessed! I love eating it and cooking it. Inviting friends over for dinner and feeding them till they have to roll out of my house always makes me smile.

Required reading of the week…
I’ve just finished reading “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s an autobiography and I don’t even like autobiographies. It was such an engrossing read and, unquestionably, an important book on both a human and a medical level.

Now I’ve moved onto “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson and I can’t stop giggling.

I’ll unwind with…
A glass of red wine. My naughty indulgence. That and white chocolate.

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Nick Coutts for Mr Price Fashion

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With less then two weeks to go till the next ELLE Rising Star is announced I thought it only appropriate to dedicate this look post to last years fabulous winner, Nick Coutts.

Nick Coutts released a capsule collection in collaboration with Mr Price just last month and his designs are flying off the shelves. A collection that is fresh with no fuss attached and a colour palate that has us dreaming of ice-cream and milk bottles, Nick still manages to honour a women’s figure with his perfectly tailored, body skimming designs. I only wish I had managed to get my hands on his black, mesh dress before it sold out.

Did you notice my shiny shoes? Let’s talk about these metallic sandals for a moment please… aren’t they funky as hell?! There’s a story that makes me smile attached to these shiny guys. Not only are they a.) comfy as anything, b.) a perfect Summer trend piece for your wardrobe and c.) made in South Africa but what really makes me smile is knowing that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these genuine leather sandals will be donated to the MrP foundation programmes. It’s fashion with a conscience!

With the Nick Coutts line selling out fast nation wide and the introduction of the new genuine leather line of sandals I highly suggest making a stop at MrP this weekend…

Happy Friday Beauties,
xxx
EJ

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Top: Nick Coutts for Mr Price
Skirt: Nick Coutts for Mr Price
Sandals: Mr Price
Bangals: Mr Price 
Rings: Witchery

Photos by Justin Polkey

Guilty Free Banana Muffins

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I have two major food weaknesses, one sugar and two carbs. I love carbs so much so that my family eventually nicknamed me the “Carb-Queen”.

It’s because of my addictions that I am constantly trying out new gluten free recipes, this way I get to satisfy my carb craving without the bloating.

I had some overly ripe banana’s lying around so I decided to try out a new banana muffin recipe. They came out super tasty for a gluten free, sugar free treat.

Sneaky tip, the muffins are great with your morning tea/coffee or take them to work for a guilt-free treat.

Enjoy!
xxx
EJ

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 overly ripe bananas. As in almost black bananas.
  • 1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup.
  • 2 TBS melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup COOKED quinoa
  • 1/2 gluten free flour. I used coconut flour.
  • 1/2 shredded coconut
  • 1/2 ground, gluten free oats.
  • 1/4 chai seeds
  • 1/4 ground almonds
  • 1/4 ground walnuts
  •  1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS

1.) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. 

2.) In a large bowl mash up the bananas and mix in the honey/rice malt syrup, coconut oil and vanilla essence.

3.) Next add all the other ingredients and mix together well. If the mixture is too dry add a little milk/rice milk.

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4.) Spoon the batter into a greased  muffin tin or individual cupcake holders.

5.) Add any additional toppings to your muffins. I added banana slice and cacao nibs.

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6.) Bake them in the oven between 15-30min. Depending what consistancy you what you muffins to be. Just make sure you check them every 5min with a toothpick so they don’t burn.

7.) Allow them to cool down and enjoy with a cup of tea or milk… guilt free.

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Photo’s by yours truly…

Urban Chic

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My wardrobe is currently in a state of transition with Winter on it’s way out and Summer on it’s way in. It’s that time of the year were weather is unpredictable.

During these periods is always better to invest in pieces for the upcoming season, Summer/Winter, instead of the transiting season, Spring/Autumn. This way you’ll have your wardrobe foundations organised and ready.

Currently I can not leave the house without one of my five blazers. They make the perfect transeasonal piece. Wear it when the wind starts to pick up or through it over your shoulders when things heat up a little.

I paired my almost-completely-white outfit with a pair of denim shorts but a pair of distressed boyfriend or skinny jeans would work perfectly too.

Do you have a favourite transeasonal piece?

xxx
EJ

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Top: Mango
Shorts: Mango
Blazer: Mango
Shoes: Nike

Photos by Justin Polkey

Currently Lusting: Leather Skinnies

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Ok so I am currently lusting over leather skinnies, these pants aren’t just for rockstars and bikers anymore. I know that Winter is almost over but let me have my moment here.

They the perfect skinny jeans replacement, an item that can carry you from a cool casual day look to a glammed up evening look.

How to wear leather skinnies:
1.) Team your rock n roller bottoms with a cute, feminine blouse for daytime meetings.
2.) A great pair of heels won’t only make you look taller but will also make your legs look skinnier when wearing such tight pants.
3.) For a more causal look rock you skinnies with a pair of Stan Smiths or All Stars and a cute denim shirt.
4.) Smart event to attend? Team you leather skinnies with a pair of strappy heels and a blazer jacket.

P.S if anyone knows where I can get a pair of leather skinnies please leave me a comment on this post…

xxx
EJ

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Many of you are always asking me about office trends, looks or simple, cheap ways to update your wardrobe for your work.

It’s all about finding those key pieces you can wear three times a week on rotation. Black is one of your best friends when it comes to rotating pieces, no one will notice if you wearing the same pair of black trousers three times a week but they will notice the same floral print blouse on the second day.

Today’s look is all about a simple, classy look that can carry you from the office to after work drinks with the ladies. I’m in love with these new trousers I bought from Zara two weeks ago, they beyond comfortable and perfect for my business meetings. They the perfect example of an item of clothing you can wear to the office three times a week with no one noticing. I teamed my trousers with a fun blouse from Torn by Ronny Kobo, the tassels add a fantastic fun touch to an otherwise rather formal outfit.

What are your favourite, classic work wardrobe items?

xxx
EJ

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Top: Torn by Ronny Kobo
Trousers: Zara
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via Sunglass Hut

Photos by Justin Polkey 

My Top LFW Picks

So on Friday last week I posted my top NYFW picks, so today I am following up with my favourite looks from London Fashion Week.

I always find the designs at LFW slightly more adventurous compared to New York. New York likes to play things safe, London on the other hand isn’t afraid to experiment with new looks and textures.

So without further adieu, these are my top looks from London Fashion Week…

xxx
EJ

Marchesa

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How can one not admire and be inspired by the designs of Marchesa? So elegant and delicate the designs themselves almost need a moment of silence for one to take in their beauty.

For Marchesa’s ten-year anniversary they decided to make a one-off appearance at London Fashion Week. Their designs inspired by American Muses from the Woodstock hippy to soft rock perfection.

One simply can not “Aaah” when looking at this collection.

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Paul Smith

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If there’s one thing Paul Smith is know for it’s making effortless clothing for the modern women. As Paul Smith said backstage “She’s not looking for attention through her clothing. She’s happy in her own skin.”

Loose tailored shapes, cotton trousers and across the body bags, a true ready-to-wear collection that has nothing flashy about it but rather a sense of  urban chic.

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Giles

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Giles’ ss15 collection was all about the disco jungle. With pink as the main colour we saw  a combo of claws and paws and shiny materials. In typical Giles style, let’s take a walk on the wild side.

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Mother of Pearl

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Mother of Pearl took us on a trip back to the Sixties with their causal-sporty pieces and Chris Moon prints. They also launched a new bag range this season of embellished leather clutches. And don’t we just adore this colour palate?

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Temperley London

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Temperley London’s new collection is fresh, young, clean and modern.  I’m currently obsessing over women’s suits and I can’t help but fall in love with this collection.

With lots of mixing of layers and kimono’s, these pieces make a women feel relaxed yet sexy.

I’ll take one of each please!

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Christopher Kane

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Christopher Kane dedicated his spring collection to his late professor, mentor and friend, Louise Wilson OBE. For his ss15 he decided to go back to where he started, pulling inspiration from some of his first ever designs during his MA course at Saint Martins.

With a back-to-school palette with pieces inspired by school uniforms Kane crafted a rather moody collection for Spring using colours such as black, navy and maroon.

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David Koma

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An almost all white collection always makes me smile. This season David Koma’s new collection is sleek and body skimming, with asymmetrical pieces jutting out at all angles.

Perfect tailoring from a designer that is very much in love with a women who has a sense of power.

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Jean-Pierre Braganza

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Jean-Pierre Braganza’s new monochrome collection is full of geometric shapes, sharp edges and deconstructed tailoring. From minimalistic pieces to looks with rich embellishments like fringe, metallic beadings and crystals. Braganza’s designs were elegant with defined edginess. 

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Peter Pilotto

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With a colour palette of signature bright prints the future looks bright thanks to Peter Pilotto. Simple shapes adorned with either 3D flora designs, crystals, perspex and swirling embroidery.

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House of Holland

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Most of my fellow South African’s are familiar with the designer of House of Holland, Henry Holland, thanks to his collaboration with Mr Price.

A collection that was super heavy on the print designed for the girl that doesn’t want to blend in but rather stand out. Strong, sexy and confident.

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My Top NYFW Picks

For the past month my instagram feed has been bombarded by “Fashion Month” and from what I have seen I am beyond excited for Spring/Summer.

I decided to do my top 10 picks from each city, starting with New York of course. So here’s NYFW summed up in under 600 words.

xxx
EJ

Oscar de la Renta
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A collection that was so utterly gorgeous and fresh, at 82 Oscar de la Renta continues to surprise me. With exposed midriffs and gingham prints Oscar de la Renta created a rather youthful collection yet still kept his signature refined elegance.

p.s He left stuffed toy elephants on everyone’s seats to raise awareness of poachers. How adorable!

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Michael Kors

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To tell the truth I was pretty surprised when I saw the new Michael Kors collection, I honestly thought his new collection was going to be conservative and slightly boring but alas, he created a collection that was not only classic but made you excited for Spring.

His use of classic pieces, such as the button down shirts, mixed with fun, floaty printed materials had me falling in love with MK all over again.

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Creatures of Comfort

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Creatures of Comfort, a brand that knows how to create comfortable clothes that are not only stylish but kinda quirky. This season CoC produced one of their best collections I have seen using cute colours, cozy knits and perfect Summer robes. 

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Jason Wu

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Over the past five years Jason Wu has stayed strong and steady. His SS15 collection at NYFW was beautifully tailored and sophisticated. He kept his collection simple and clean with trousers and draped dresses, looks that can carry you from the day into the night.

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Rag & Bone

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It’s practically impossible for New York-based British boys Marcus Wainwright and David Neville to produce anything from perfect. Their latest collection was urban, fresh and with no fuss attached.

A simple colour that was almost all white, (have I told you have much I love an all white look!) followed by khaki and beige which got people talking emphasises just how great these boys are.

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Public School

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Looking for street cred? Look no further then Public School’s new SS15 collection. A collection that is modern and minimalist, the perfect uniform for a hip urbanite. 

“It’s about finding order out of chaos,” said designer Dao-Yi Chow backstage after the show. “It’s a reflection of the way life is: You need to make sense of the chaos to find the truth that matters to you.”

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Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang is truly one of the ‘coolest’ designers ever. His fierce tailoring never ceases to amaze me, high waited trousers, knitted scuba dresses and streamlined blazers all donning a youthful, athletic feel.

Can’t wait to see what he has in store for us when his H&M collaboration hits stores in November. 

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Marc By Marc Jacobs

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A collection centred on English rave culture. The collection isn’t very wearable compared to last season but it’s the oddness of the designs that attracted me. Lots of latex, polka dots and statement tees. You can’t help but smile when looking at this collection. 

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Jeramy Scott

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Jeremy Scott is my hero! This is one man that knows how to have fun with fashion and I love him for it! His collections always have a whimsical feel to them that I adore. 

This season Scott designed pieces with in-your-face graphics that took us on an acid trip down memory lane. His statement tees had the audience in giggles: “Don’t Take Drugs” and when the model turned around to reveal the back “Give Them To Me”.

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Zimmerman

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Bohemian layering, shoes with moons on them, big gypsy earrings, it’s no surprise that Zimmerman channeled their inspiration for this collection from David Palladini’s tarot cards. 

This Australian duo surprise us every season with beautiful crafted collections. This season the collection consisted of soft, flowing, almost Disney princess like, materials teamed with oversized box pockets and stiff collars to keep the collection cool and ready to wear. 

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