Marseilles Stories

August 27, 2018

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities and adulating. On a positive note, my spousal visa finally pulled through and so our tickets to London have finally been booked. Going to be experiencing my first ever UK winter. If you have any tips, please do send them my way – particularly how to dress for cold weather, I’m truly shocking at it. Before I get carried away with winter, spring’s on the rise here in Cape Town and with it a new Witchery collection, Marseilles, inspired by effortless French fashion.

The silhouettes are long and languid in the new collection, often wrapped and folded with exaggerated proportions and boasting a colour palette after my own heart – natural and parchment with accented spice notes. Yes please!

A favourite of mine from the collection is the long sleeve, polka dot midi dress. The perfect piece to layer and play around all year long.

In true French style every piece from this new collection is versatile and effortless. Finished work and have last minute drinks with friends? Not a problem, just throw on your trench, add a red lip and you ready to go.

wearing
Witchery silk blouse
Zara oversized trousers
Goya shearling and leather sandals
By Cara Lee face drop earrings
Witchery oversized mohair knit
Witchery silk slip skirt
Me & B tortise shell earrings
Vintage basket bag
Witchery black polka dot midi dress
Witchery black turtleneck
Mango waist belt
Public Desire thigh high boots
Witchery felt fedora


*Shot by Justin Polkey at The Movable Feast

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. 

Witchery First Edition

December 6, 2016

With a mix of intricate textures, sporty shapes and complex detailing the latest Witchery First Edition limited collection is an instant wardrobe update for the upcoming festive season. A collection consisting of silhouettes suitable for parties, day events through to sparkly nights out. Here’s three festive trends to try now.

Jump Start

There’s no surprise that the jumpsuit has supplanted the cocktail dress as there is nothing easier then throwing on a full length jumpsuit and instantly looking sleek. The Rampling jumpsuit is made from a luxurious silk and is the perfect versatile wardrobe staple that you’ll wear on many an occasion. Think sandals and fedora for a day down by the beach or heels and classic jewels for a dinner party with friends.

tip: Add a thick waist belt to your outfit to accentuate your waist-line and a pair of stiletto’s to elongate your figure.

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Sequins of Events

With the festive season and end of the year celebrations right around the corner owning a little sparkle will never let you down. The short milk white jumpsuit is a wonder onesie with sequins and cross back detailing that provides a laid back evening-wear option that still retains the glam.

tip: Swop out your flats for a pair of kitten heels and a bold lip to take your look from day-time party to night-time sparkle.

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Cold Shoulder

The off the shoulder ribbed knit offers the perfect amount of sexy meets sweet. A style that feels just as right for a Summer soiree as it does for a beachside lunch. For a modern update opt for monochrome separates and a pair of trousers over a summer skirt or a pair of shorts. You don’t want to show off too much skin.

tip: Make sure you wear a good strapless bra with your off the shoulder top and add a quick dusting of bronzer on the décolletage to ensure the look is red-carpet ready.

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Shot by Justin Polkey

Make up by Tyler Williams
*Advertorial post in collaboration with Witchery. All words and outfit choice are my own. 

Lazy Days

August 15, 2016

Well that was a lazy weekend.

I got in from Ireland pretty late on Friday night and found myself sleeping in till 12pm on Saturday! That has not happened to me in months, I’m a complete morning person. So with Saturday pretty much being a total write off I lazed in bed all day devouring a new novel, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.  A kind of Girl on the Train meets Devil Wears Prada.

Lazy weekend’s call for “lazy” styling and by lazy styling I mean comfort. Thus the inspo behind today’s look post. Lounging around the house doesn’t have to mean recycling your boyfriends oversized tees or hanging out in your pj’s all weekend.

If I’m staying in for the weekend I always wake up and take a shower, even if I am just going to get straight into bed, helps focus the mind, and I always change into a clean comfortable twin set. This way if someone has to pop over last minute or I need to run down to the store for extra milk and eggs I don’t feel like a complete sloth.

Also my number one “lazy” trick when I don’t feel like wearing make-up is to throw on a pair spectacles. Trust me, works like a charm.

Wearing:
Two piece, Zara
Glasses, Spitfire
Earrings, Witchery

Shot by Justin Polkey

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