Un Long Dimanche [A Lazy Sunday] with Falke

November 8, 2017

The most daring trend on the Spring 2017 runways was not the rhinestone-encrusted nip slip at Saint Laurent but rather hosiery with open-toe shoes. Everyone from Altuzarra, Balenciaga and Celine donned the trend on the runway this season. It’s a look that’s bound to inspire mixed reactions.

We teamed up with Falke to show just how effortless hosiery can be with an added Parisan flair. For some, tights are a comfort blanket and an instant slim-fast for thighs or a quick fix to freshen up an outfit. Remember, there’s so many other options besides those 50 denier black tights.

My earliest memory of tights are of my mother getting ready for work in the morning, pulling up her tights with curlers in her hair. I used to be fascinated with how something so delicate and light could enhance a woman’s legs. For example, take the film The Graduate (1967) starring Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson, her stockings (well stay ups) are such a key element to her character, the design of the film and of course, in seducing Dustin Hoffman.

For now, you’ll find me lazing around my apartment in my Falke hosiery, reading a new novel or rearranging my flowers. Clothing optional…

p.s MLIP created their first video short. It’s at the end of the post. Please do give it a watch and let me know your thoughts. We spent a lot of time working on it so I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂 We plan to play around with more video in the future.

Shop the full Falke collection online here

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team
director & photographer – Justin Polkey
creative & styling – Emma Jane Menteath
dop & editor – Rory Springthorpe
production assistant – Reece Menteath

Special thanks to LUSH for the most incredible bouquet of flowers I have ever held and Fisherman’s Cove in Simon’s Town for sharing their beautiful location with us. It’s the perfect hidden gem for a weekend just outside of Cape Town with the friends or family. Sign up with air BnB using this code for a discount on your booking.

Funfair

July 24, 2017

“It was the flashing lights, and the noise of the machines, and the loud, loud music, all seeming to refract and contract around her, her eyes widening, her hair swooshing, her slow smile shining. She seemed an actual part of the place – all fun, all joy, all shimmery skittering energy.”

A few weekends ago Carters Steam Fair pulled into town. A unique attraction consisting entering of rare vintage equipment and rides and is believed to be the largest vintage traveling funfair in the world.

We decided to make a day of it and cycled over to the funfair to try out all the rides and stuff our faces with candy floss and hotdogs. I felt like a kid again and it was truly marvellous!

Styling was kept bright, colourful and playful to match our surroundings and Justin opted for a candid approach snapping pics of me when I least expected it.

Colour is a big trend this season and I am loving all the yellows and reds. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your prints and colours – be bold and have fun!

photography – Justin Polkey
creative & styling – Emma Jane Menteath
retouching – Sherwin Liang

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Look One: 
Yellow Bardot Top – H&M
Pink Maxi Skirt – & Other Stories
Red Heels – Mango
Bunny Purse – & Other Stories

Look Two:
Green Dress – Zara
Pink Heels – Zara

Look Three:
Green Pinafore – Mango
White Puffed Sleeves Top – Zara
Stripped Handbag – Zara

Look Four: 
Red Top – H&M
Printed Maxi Skirt – H&M
Red Heels – Mango

Wonderlust with Michael Kors

June 28, 2017

Wanderlust – “a strong desire to travel.”

If you anything like me you spend a lot of your time scrolling through your insta feeds and pinterest boards saving imagery of sun kissed faces and palm lined streets while the burning desire to travel is ignited inside of you. A sense of wanderlust.

We teamed up with Michael Kors a few weeks back to explore their new fragrance Wonderlust by Michael Kors. A blend of luxurious blossoms mingle with delectably spiced notes in this oriental floral gourmand. The fragrance begins with the freshness of Italian bergamot and a tantalizing pop of pink pepper, soothed by the refined gourmand of almond milk. Think vanilla meets sandalwood.

Wonderlust is an infinite desire for adventure, romance, and discovery,” says Michael Kors. “It’s for the woman with the curiosity and passion to trust in herself and follow her heart.”

We captured the fragrance, and all that it stands for (adventure, romance and discovery), at some of my favourite hideaway wanderlust locations in and around Cape Town while embracing the African sun and it’s diverse range of terrains.

In the words of one of my favourite authors, J. R. R. Tolkien “Not all those who wander are lost”.

art direction & styling: Myself
photography: Justin Polkey

Purchase the Wonderlust fragrance here.

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Babylonstoren is my favourite place to visit in Cape Town and it’s surrounding areas. Spending time walking around the fruitful gardens smelling flowers and wadding my feet in the splash pool is a total destress after a long week.

With something for everyone it’s the perfect ‘Wonderlust’ destination – from wine tasting and farm to table dining or for something more simple stop by their farm stall to purchase some baked breads, matured cheese and fresh fruit and opt for a picnic around the garden.

p.s make sure you visit the cycad garden!

Look 1:

Dress – Michael Kors
Slides – Zara
Hat – Babylonstoren
Basket – Cotton On

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What’s more picturesque then a still ocean, palm trees, summer sun and one of the world’s natural wonders? This little slice of heaven is one of my hideaway gems in Cape Town. Right between two popular beaches you’ll find a tiny beach just big enough to fit a few people.

During the Summer months I pop by almost everyday for a quick dip in the ocean either before work or in the evening as traffic starts to settle. You’ll find me lying on a rock soaking up the last rays of sunshine while reading my book and snacking on oranges or watermelon.

It’s la dolce vita all right.

Look 2:

Costume – ASOS
Denims – Topshop
Sandals – Nomadic State of Mind via Urban Outfitters
String Bag – MASH Boutique
Necklace – Michael Kors
Watch – Michael Kors
Scarf – The Lot

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I like to think of myself as a book worm, it’s not that I read a book a week but I definitely get through enough each year to call myself a bookworm. (20-30 books a year) Books evoke a sense of discovery and adventure and at times, when jumping on a plane isn’t an option, retreating to my favourite holiday classic always comes in handy.

I just recently finished reading Fates and Furies and The Handmaid’s Tale which were both exceptional in their own ways. Any suggestions please send them my way – I’m about to start reading the Essex Serpent which I am truly excited about.

p.s if you looking for a delicious and healthy lunch or breakfast option in the Mother City look no further then Skinny Leg’s and All. One of my favourite foodie spots.

Look 3:

Blouse – Michael Kors
Shorts – Witchery
Sandals – Bought at a little store in Greece
Watch – Michael Kors
Bag – Michael Kors

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“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”

Look 4:

Dress – Michael Kors
Hat – H&M
Shoes – Mr Price
Backpack – Michael Kors
Glasses – Mango

*Shot in collaboration with Michael Kors. All views and opinions are my own. 

Around the World with Witchery First Edition

June 2, 2017

The latest Witchery First edition limited collection just hit the shelves and it’s a goodie. Exploring the importance of edgy yet subtly feminine styling, Witchery looked to the streets of New York for inspiration by creating an assortment of ‘must have’ pieces that are elevated and street-smart.

A firm favourite of mine is the bottle green faux fur coat a.k.a the Cookie Monster coat. It’s the must have colour in every fashionista’s wardrobe this season.

Whereas Witchery looked towards the streets of New York for inspiration we looked towards the streets of London for ours.

London is my second home. I’ve been living on-and-off here for almost 10 years due to my modelling and freelance career. It’s an incredible city where anything is possible especially when it comes to creativity. There is something for anyone and everyone in London and the more you look the more you find. It’s a city that never stops giving.

With London Fashion Week being famed among the big four for new and emerging talent it’s no wonder London has made a name for itself as one of the worlds top fashion destinations – an upstart of designers are creating a niche for themselves in this contemporary landscape.

Streetwear is in London’s DNA – from the punks to the minimalist’s – London has a long history of street culture which can be found all over the city. Inspired by the cultural diversity and the breaking of gender barriers it makes wearing statement clothing almost ‘normal’. High fashion meets low on a daily basis and people watching while sipping my flat white has never been more exciting.

Below are my top 3 looks from this season’s First Edition collection shot in and around spaces & places in London that inspire me – empty early morning city streets, museums and instagramable coffee shops. Which look is your favourite?

Shop the collection in selected Woolworths stores and online now.

photography Justin Polkey
creative & styling Emma Jane Menteath

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It’s all about statement when it comes to this outfit. Milk white ankle boots that have an ever so slight cowboy feel to them and an oversized, deep bottle green faux fur coat, the perfect wardrobe piece with Winter settling in. Paired with a black slim-fit jumpsuit adding an edge of confidence and sophistication.

STYLE TIP:
Don’t fear away from statement pieces this season. Wear them with confidence and a fashion editor stride. It’s the perfect antidote to Winter blues as seen at Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi this year. 

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There’s no denying that velvet ruled the runway this past season, everyone celebrated this luxury material from Gucci and Fendi to Dries Van Noten. Witchery’s First Edition collection embraced this trend with clean-cut silhouettes in tops and pants inspired by significant runway trends. Easily wearable with the possibility of dressing the pieces up or down for various occasions.

I teamed my velvet top with a pair of sleek slim fit trousers and velvet loafer slides for a cool and modern street style look. The Clekenwell Grind served as the perfect backdrop thanks to it’s highly instagramable interiors and pops of colour to an otherwise all black ensemble.

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The V&A Museum was the perfect inspiration for this sophisticated outfit of lace and knitwear. The lace maxi skirt creates a chic and progressive look when paired with Witchery’s asymmetry mohair frill knit creating a sense of luxury and elevated styling. 
STYLE TIP:
Embrace your figure and add a wide belt to your look for an extra clinch and accentuation to your waistline. Keep things modern and pair this sophisticated look with a pair of loafers and fun socks instead of heels for the perfect street style look. 

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*A post in collaboration with Witchery. All views and opinion are my own. 

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