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.

Wild, Free & Spontaneous: The ERDEM x H&M Preview

October 29, 2017

Last week Thursday we attended the #ERDEMxHM preview hosted at the Castle of Good Hope, one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings. A collection full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. Think moody florals and tailored lines. The collection is full of covetable pieces that will become timeless wardrobe pieces.

Full of narratives memories and stories, ERDEM x H&M is a deeply personal collection that looks back to the designer’s youth, and to the codes that have defined his work over the past decade. It’s about the romanticdresses he saw in English films, his father’s coat that his mother draped over her shoulders, or the cool style of 90s TV and music videos. To create ERDEM x H&M, he imagined the dream English countryside getaway, mixing gowns with tailoring, functionality with drama, as different generations and backgrounds interpret the wardrobe with each individuals own style.

The collection will launch on Thursday the 2nd November and will be available at the V&A Waterfront and Sandton City. Any specific pieces you desire? I’m drawn towards the oversized hoodies, cotton floral tees and the biker boots with snowdrops.

xxx
EJ

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Dressed by H&M wearing the new ERDEM x H&M collaboration. Sequin slip dress & mohair jumper.

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Delicate details.

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The ankle-strap kitten heel with jeweled flowers decorating the toe.

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The biker boots with a Goodyear welted sole and printed snowdrops.

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Giggles with Amy Scheepers from Fancy Pants.

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Rusty Beukes wears the silk pyjama set from the new collection.

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Jackie Burger wears the signature pieces from the new collection: Victorian lace blouse and a wildflower printed full skirt.

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COSMO Fashion Director Bev Nates looking like a dream in the new Erdem x H&M collection.

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Justin Polkey and his Yasicha T5.

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#SquadGoals

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Family portraits with GQ’s fashion director, Jason Basson. Both of us are dressed in the new Erdem x H&M collection.

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Marie Claire fashion director, Tarryn Oppel, looking stunning.

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*All photographs by Niquita Bento 

Bless Your Cotton Socks

October 16, 2017

“Bless your cotton socks.”
idiom
1. Used as an expression of endearment
‘you’re so sweet, bless your little cotton socks’

And endearment is exactly what I feel about Falke’s range of elegant mercerised cotton socks. Comfort is key when it comes to these little bundles of cotton and after two years of only wearing Falke I have yet to get a hole in any of my socks. (Touch wood!)

Available in a range of colours and various patterns there’s something for every outfit for the week. Think Alicia Silverstone in Clueless – block heels, pulled up socks & a mini skirt or keep things simple with denims and a pair of sneakers.

Photography: Justin Polkey
Creative direction & styling: Emma Jane Menteath

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* In collaboration with Falke. All views and opinions are my own. 

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

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