AKJP

March 8, 2016

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Today we celebrating local design duo Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen, also know as AKJP. Apart from designing their own clothing line, Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen also own the AKJP Collective. A concept store in Cape Town brought to you to showcase local SA design at its best.

The duo was one of three local South African designers to be selected as one of the finalists in the Who Is On Next? Dubai scouting project launched by Vogue Italia and dedicating to discovering design talent from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

I recently attended AKJP’s AW’16 fashion show and opted to wear something from the designers themselves. A shirt dress (which I actually think is a longer length tee from the guys section) from one of their previous collections. I wanted an overall athleisure look so teamed the tee with the new “it” sneaker from adidas Originals, the NMD’s, and knotted hair instead of boxer braids. My final touch was my dark lip, Plum and Base, courtesy of Catrice.

With the duo making waves in the design industry both locally and abroad I think we can expect some extraordinary things from Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen.

xxx
EJ

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Shirt Dress: AKJP
Bag: Chanel
Sneakers: adidas Originals
Septum Ring: MrP
Lip Colour: Catrice Ultimate Stay Limpstick in Plum & Base
Hair: Fazli Krasniqi

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Monochrome with a Touch of Flare

November 12, 2015

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Today’s post is a little of a through back and all. I was approached by LOOK Magazine in the UK to style a fashion week look and had to hold onto the images until they had been published in the magazine.

I’m loving the Seventies comeback and my monochrome 70’s rocker outfit encapsulates my personality to a tee. It’s simple with a fashionable “flare”.

These flared, suede pants from SLY010 definitely steal the show so I decided to pair items that complemented the pants rather then overpowering them. The patent boots & thin scarf add a bohemian rock n roll attitude to the overall look.

You can never go wrong with a little black and white.

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Top: Zara
Pants: SLY010
Boots: Zara
Scarf: Zara
Bag: Chanel
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, via Sunglass Hut
Earrings: Witchery
Rings: Witchery & Cat Bird

Shot by Justin Polkey in Berlin for LOOK Magazine.

H&M Launches in South Africa

October 19, 2015

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Last Thursday night H&M hosted a VIP shopping experience for fashionistas, celebrities and media. The drinks were flowing and food kept pouring but the shop stopper that evening was the clothing. Everyone was shopping up a storm while Pascal & Pearce, DJ Zinhle and DJ Ready kept energy levels on an all time high.

On Friday afternoon a handful of local bloggers were selected to meet Catarina Midby, Head of Fashion and Sustainability Communication for H&M, for a private and intimate walk through the store. Catarina shared the season’s key collections and introduced us to all the different departments key to H&M. It was a great opportunity to have the store to ourselves and really take in the collections on offer.

Finally on Saturday morning at 10am the doors to the new 4700 square meter H&M flagship store were opened to the public. Don’t worry Joburg, you turn is coming too, on the 7 November H&M will be opening a second store in Sandton City.

For the VIP launch party on Thursday night I wore the H&M leather bib overalls from their latest Studio Collection teamed with a glittery turtleneck also from H&M. (Both are currently available in store.) I loved the contrast of rock n roll leather with feminine glitz. Think early 2000 Charlie’s Angels meet 70’s Charlie’s Angels.

I opted for a nude make up look as to not steal attention away from the outfit and sleeked back hair to show off my statement earrings.

So who’s already been to the new H&M and what’s your thoughts on H&M finally opening in South Africa?

xxx
EJ

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Top: H&M
Dungarees: H&M Studio
Heels: Kurt Geiger from Spitz
Bag: Chanel
Earrings: Witchery
Rings: H&M

Photos by Justin Polkey

Night Time Fever

October 7, 2015

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Last week I attended the new MrP pop up store in Long street. I had a dinner later that night at Mondiall to try out their new menu so I needed to wear something that was a.) cool, edgy, fun – for MrP and b.) something classy and more womanly for Mondiall. So I ended up wearing double D’s for MrP and a black polar neck and red lips for Mondiall.

It’s important to be able to style your outfits to suit various events/situations. Say going from work to an engagement party or a day on the beach to a sunset dinner. Here’s some tips for dressing for various occasions:

1.) Always carry a lipstick in your handbag. It’s an instant way to update your outfit.
2.) Another handbag must? Hairbrush. This way you can slick you hair back into a high pony for cocktails with friends after the beach. A great evening look.
3.) Wear versatile pieces such as a pair of skinny jeans or a LBD.
4.) Slip on a pair of statement earrings.
5.) If you wearing a funky statement jacket and need to head to a more formal environment, just slip the jacket off and make sure you’ve got something classic underneath it.
6.) Lastly if you anything like me I always leave a pair of heels in my car boot for fashion emergencies.

Do you have any tips for last minute fashion changes?

xxx
EJ

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Top: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Skirt: Mango
Boots: Witchery
Bag: Chanel
Earrings: Witchery

Shot by Niquita Bento

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