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I discovered this FANTASTIC jacket on photographer Brett Rubins blog this morning and now am determined to get hold of it. The designer is Cameron Foden who currently resides in Antwerp, Belguim. He's a local Capetownian doing wonderful things in menswear-- which is why he's on Man of the Cloth. He recently took part in an exhibition at Whatiftheworld, called the Samson Syndrome which can be seen here.
Ari Fabian understands competition. Not only is 'Fabiani' located in every possible location available in Cape Town but now he has added a new member to his growing fashion family. G-Star Raw opened it's doors two days ago in the V&A Waterfront and upon a quick tour was pleasantly surprised. Great interior and clothing but most importantly the shop assistants aren't over-bearing and desperate like some a few doors down.
With all the fashion that continues to fill our once humble and simple Waterfront we can expect brands like G-Star and Hugo Red to do well. It also starts making other shops nervous if sales decrease. Perhaps keeping them on their toes will ensure they try harder.
Celebrities galore arrived at the Burberry Prorsum fashion show last night at the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground during London Fashion Week. It was this show stopper that got so much attention. How very Bewitching of Emma Watson. Usually we don't show womanswear on MOTC but this is exceptional. Insiders at the event told me how incredible the show was, Bailey surely pulled out all the stops on this one. Great job!
I'm all for customizing-- Taking something and turning it into an original by-product of it's former self. Why not? The world is an advanced place and such things are easy. Who says you can't wear $500 shoes and pair it with a shirt you bought at a second hand store? You can tear and cut and bedazzle the hell out of something so why not go a step further and customize your T-shirts or shoes as well? You can even do them without lifting a finger... well figuratively of course. You'll need a finger to click your mouse!
Nike came up with a great concept of customizing your trainers, which can be done at NIKEiD! Once you've selected colours, stripes and laces and what have you, your design gets uploaded onto their system and you get credit for said design. Here you can also buy your design and have them ship it to you.
As for shirts the same can be said for Shirtsmyway.com who boast 7 trillion options for your shirt design. Just remember that less is more! You might want to take a look at leading designers for inspiration on this one.
You may recall I mentioned that I often make my own T-shirts with a printer and transfer paper- it's easy and guarantees you will be the only one around with it.
Now you have no one to blame but yourself if you don't like your clothes!
Similar to that which was made famous by Jimi Hendrix all those years ago, the Military style in menswear joins us once more. This gorgeous grey jacket with slanted multi-buttoning and military pin was unveiled at the Rag and Bone show in NYCFW on September 11th 2009. In Wainwrights own words 'The more structured the top, the more casual the bottom' which is a great approach to dressing oneself with beautiful jackets or statement pieces.
The fashion gods have answered my prayers. Well sort of. Dsquared2 who I love with all my heart have now opened an online store. They deliver worldwide but have possibly forgotten to add a little country called South Africa. We don't get Dsquared2 here anywhere and I'm desperate to fill up my wardrobe with some more of Dean and Dan.
The twins also shot a video to mark the opening and as if anyone is surprised they included a naked male model. Follow this link to get your 'shop on' and let me know of your successes! Go on now... shoo.
Josh Hartnett, who we have seen little of since his Hearthrob days in early 2k appears on the cover of German GQStyle, up close and personal. Hartnett is currently in Production phase of his new film End Zone due later this year.
I really wish that GQStyle starts doing well enough that we can see more frequent issues. I think they are certainly leaders in their field of fashion journalism for men. But they've been pretty quiet of late and information is hard to come by. Is this due to the recession?
As I predicted in December 08 the ribbon tie (and clearly not the Bolo tie) is making it's way into modern fashion not only on the runway but on the streets. Kevin (Mymanybags) pointed out that D&G and Burberry Prorsum used this look in their latest show, as did Paul Smith for Fall 08? But it's it's use on the street that is good to see. It's probably the easiest trend you could do yourself because it's a matter of tying into a knot at the base of your collar.
Pop on over to Mymanbags to see the other images he pulled on this trend. Hopefully we will start seeing more locals giving this a try.
Never the one to shy away from nudity, our beloved Tom Ford released these photo's as his new 2010 press campaign. Naturally Mr. Ford took these shots himself. As if Designing, Acting and Directing wasn't enough now he fancies himself a photographer too. The model was used in his prior campaign.
Photographer Neil Kirk delivers a colourful and tasty feature on the return of Neon (for guys anyway) in the Sep 09 issue GQ South Africa. While it may be a bit behind in terms of International fashion South Africa has always been lucky in that the delay works for those items you might not be ready to let go of, just yet. Paired nicely with Paul Smith (floral jacket). Mens Fashion in South Africa is slowly but surely replacing the likes of Nike and the boardshort/haviana combo. Kudos.
Issues in stores now! Model: Samuel Allerton for Boss NYC
The argument has always been that women's wear on any level is abundantly available. Men on the other hand have had to suffer the likes of Edgar's menswear or Truworths. I'm sure their 'designers' are reproducing whatever will sell in say, Durbanville or smaller towns across South Africa. But in 2009 men want more than pleats and horizontal striped golf shirts. It's sad is what it is.
Until Country Road and Trenery walked in. BASICS -- ladies and gentleman. That's all we wanted. To be able to walk into a local store and buy something that isn't fuddy-duddy or outdated. It's no wonder the majority of men in South Africa dress the way they do. They are too scared to branch out and try new things because no one else is trying it either. All they see are the skinny jean, hair in your face Emo kids contrasting their shorts and tee look.
I think Trenery and Country Road menswear will help with that shift in mindset. Now all we need is a non-South African produced H&M or TopShop and our boys will be good to go. Inside you will find great leather goods, shoes and boots, basic coats and nice denims in fashionable fits, all for a great price.
Good Job Woolies! Trenery now available in Canal Walk also.
The lovely people over at GHD invited me to attend their Revelations event on thursday night, which I'm happy to say was worth cutting my holiday short for. The event took place on Hope Street in Cape Town's CBD with a line of mostly black-wearing fashionista's (and the odd fashionisto) down the street.
Styled by the very talented Mari Groenewald, the event was a maze of dark but delightful fashion installations. One immediately got the feeling of a school-like ghost house but with a larger budget and a sexy fashion twist. I took along my friend Amy and we sipped on champagne as we were ushered by security from one room to the next.
The first installment was a gorgeous lantern-inspired tree display. I believe the dresses were of David Tlale's talents.
Next was a room with two tiny windows. Inside was a women I interpreted as some kind of courtesan, dressed in beautiful Lingerie walking from one side of the room to other, talking on the phone or looking at a lover in a picture frame. Hauntingly Beautiful.
Following this were a series of interaction-rooms. A telephone booth (where Amy and I were too tall to stand in) with creepy, sad voices coming out of nowhere. The night cafe with the lady hanging from a suspended hoop, where a waitress with shocking make-up offered popcorn and champagne. In the next room voyeurs had the tables turned momentarily with bright lights facing the stage and suddenly reversed to reveal an act of models in a french cafe setting where the audience should be.
Photography was encouraged in this room with frames hanging all over the walls.
Down the stairs in a wall papered corner twins sat in identical outfits to hand out paper to guests. On the paper you were meant to write your deepest desires and hang it on a tree out in the courtyard.
My favorite (as it was for many others) was a Marie Antoinette-like girl lying around drunk because no one came to her party. A literal interpretation of 'It's my party and I'll get wasted if I want to'.
After the entire walk-through you're led to a room upstairs filled with people, music and waiters carrying champagne. A perfect finish indeed, a little networking between photo moments while ladies got their hair and make-up done on stage and a chance to talk about the show.
All the details of the show must have taken weeks to plan and execute, and it was thoroughly enjoyable! Thanks to MAC cosmetics and GHD for doing such a great job!
Before the vicious, invasive "photographers" of our day, celebrities were snapped up in the usual suspects i.e movie sets, award ceremonies etc. Back in the day classy women like Bardot reigned unlike the assortment of "celebu-tards" that don the cover of trashy celebrity mags today... Lindsay Lohan I'm talking about you.
The James Hyman gallery in London has released a large series of photo's honoring the beauty and icon that was Brigitte Bardot, go have a look!
With hobbies like dirt biking and paint-balling it's really no wonder how Natal native Bryce Thompson landed on not one but 3 covers of Mens Health -- although, sometimes it's just genetics, right?
Yeh, who am I kidding.
Bryce has swiftly become one of South Africa's leading male models with a lot of major work overseas (He is currently in Europe). You may have caught Bryce in the new Nivea tv Commercial alongside fellow local Janez Vermeiren.
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Representation: Boss Models Cape Town. Special thanks to Byron for the extra images!