Top: Jcrew. Jacket: DKNY. Shorts: DIY cut offs. Tights: Forever21. Shoes: Pierre Hardy for GAP. Sunglasses: Chloe. Jewelry: Michael Kors, David Yurman, Gap, BR, Jcrew, Pomellato. Nails: Essie Mint Candy Apple. Lips: Make Up For Ever Professionals #41.
Edible fashion? Well, sort of. Imagine the temptation of walking around with sweets on your feet. I don't reckon much but it is certainly still interesting that Converse have plans to release these shoes for 2011. It's from the Converse Japan Spring 2011 Collection preview. I'm not mad on printed canvas shoes personally but having owned those checkerboard Vans in 2002 when I was a wee lad, so I can see the appeal for a younger person. Still, would you walk around with these Oyatsu Slip-On Candy Pack shoes? Image from Highsnobiety
The curly haired Brit who is more famous now for his marriage to Miranda Kerr than his movies has been named the new face of Boss Orange (July) and now the first images have been released. He follows fellow Brit Sienna Miller who is his female counterpart for the labels popular fragrance.
Orlando had this to say in a release: "Boss Orange is a brand I immediately identified with because it has a laid back, spontaneous quality I relate to, and there's more to come!"
Shot by Steven Klein in a basic tee and jeans combo, Orlando Bloom looks on (while flexing) with virtually the same pose as Sienna in her version. Following a theme or merely a coincidence? It is reported that Boss Orange will only be available to purchase in Europe. I own the old round-bottled one from 10 years ago so this would be a welcome addition to my collection. Image from Justjared
Denim c/o: James Jeans Twiggy Sway. Top/Necklace: Haute Hippie. Trench: BR. Shoes: BR. Bag: LV Speedy. Jewelry: David Yurman, Michael Kors, Gap, BR, Jcrew.
James Jeans sent me this lovely pair of Twiggy Sway denim and I am falling slightly in love. They are the perfect shade of dark denim, pair back to everything a girl owns, and are c-o-m-f-y. Head over to their site to check out their amazing range of washes and super sexy silhouettes!
I am headed off to the East Coast today and will be braving the cold weather and hopefully snow (fingers crossed). Hope all of you are having a lovely holiday surrounded by friends and family!
These days it seems the debate is either iPhone or Blackberry. Both parties will argue why theirs is better looking, more innovative, etc. etc. Personally I fall on the latter side, but I switched from an iPhone (too many gadgets and the typing irritated me).
Over the last few years we have seen many, many phones compete. We have also seen these companies get celebrities (like David Beckham) to endorse their product in hopes of enticing them to switch. It was only natural that in time fashion designers would be asked to help design their own cellphones. Remember Dolce & Gabbana and the gold Motorola?
So with design houses like Prada, Giambattista Valli and... Levi's with phones, it is Giorgio Armani who arrives with his newest designer-venture, the 'Armani Samsung S'. Featuring Ben Hill as the front man for the campaign.
Take a look at the behind the scenes footage below. Would you make the switch?
This South African model has come a long way since his 2008 debut with his CK Jeans campaign. Jacques Naude of Wilhelmina has featured in a long list of major publication which include VMAN, Details and Vogue Homme Japan and now he we have images of him acting a fool and getting paid modeling for Barney's "Have a foodie holiday". It's so good to see our boys and girls making a name for themselves overseas. We do make the best looking people though!
Continuing the topic of re-inventing the modern model, Marc Jacobs has reportedly called upon the talents of Andrej Pejic for his latest Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring campaign. The 19 year old Serbian Australian recently returned from Marrakech where he was shooting with Juergen Teller. His co-model was none other than the Latvian (my people) beauty Ginta Lapina for their strikingly similar features.
The emerging model is swiftly becoming the "poster-boy for fashion androgyny" according to WWD due to his long platinum hair and feminine features. Mert and Marcus and Steven Meisel have all noticed the great potential for this young model and have put him alongside Daphne Groenevel, Iselin Steiro and the aforementioned Givenchy muse Lea T and featured him in both French and Italian Vogue as well as Arena Homme +.
Bronx is offering one lucky reader an awesome Christmas hamper containing three pairs of shoes I chose which include the Coil loafers, Old Town boat shoes and a pair of Charge round toed shoes. To win all you need to do is drop us a mail at email@example.com and tell us how you plan to look fashionable this summer. In the Subject line type "Bronx Summer Give-Away" and leave me your name and phone number.
NOTE: This competition is unfortunately only open to South African readers and delivery will only take place in the new year.
Models are much like the clothing they help sell, designers choose models to further extend this seasons look. In the case of some designers like Dolce and Gabbana they are selling sex too, but these days there has been a shift. One year models are flawless and the next they are awkward and geeky but it goes further than that. When Riccardo Tisci pushed the envelope by including Transsexual model Lea T in a Givenchy campaign it was met with respect from the public. Now he has done so yet again by including an albino model by the name of Stephen Thompson into his latest campaign (photographed below).
Thankfully models like Lea T and Shaun Ross (photographed above) are breaking the mould and opening doors to models of all kinds. After all, designers are meant to be unique so why should their models not be too? I could never understand why albino models were not used on mainstream fashion before but I am pleased to see that they are now. While Ross is not the first, it is Thompson who is steadily becoming a popular choice in fashion with spreads in various magazines in the new year. Isn’t that fantastic?
Stiaan Louw has been all over the net and magazines lately with the anticipation of his upcoming collection(s). Now Ammo Magazine beckoned the local designer for a Q&A all the way from New York and they included the topic of blackfacing and the controversy around it. Quite the interesting read!
There is no information as to why, but just a few days ago it was reported that Charles Devoe, a young and popular male model had died. Devoe had modeled for Steven Klein, V magazine, Arena Homme Plus and Buffalo jeans among others. See the Huffington Post who included a video by Bell Soto entitled 'The Visitor' as a tribute to the young model. My condolences go out to the family. Image from models.com
Designed and crafted in Italy, Persol (from the Italian "per il sole" or "for the sun") is a hit among tastemakers and celebrities for impeccable fit and clarity. The brands patented Meflecto temples offer a secure fit, while crystal-tempered lenses offer protection with distortion free vision. Perfect for the sometimes unreasonable weather we have in Cape Town.
The brand is most known for their Steve McQueen (PO 714) glasses that were made famous when he wore them in "The Thomas Crown Affair". Naturally what followed was a host of leading men donning their own Persol shades. What was more surprising (or perhaps not so much today) was the female interest, notably Julia Roberts in her latest movie "Eat, Pray, Love".
While these beautiful sunglasses are not yet available on our shores they do offer other styles from Persol at Sunglass Hut, which include these PO2363S shades. I love the look but a square shape is not flattering for my long and oval face. Considering which sunglasses compliment your face the most should be your main objective. Not just satisfying a trend you enjoy.
This is definitely a brand to consider the next time you pop in to Sunglass Hut!
Images from StuartsLondon, Getty and SunglassHut.com
Robyn: So the Princess Diaries is hosting everything right now it seems. And something as illustrious as the Nobel Peace Prize concert it just the latest. So here Anne is in J.Mendel black shimmer. It is pretty classic and a bit sexy. And she looks really pretty. I’m just not sure that she is really a credible choice so that bothers me a bit. What do you think Marco?
Marco: Well, she has taken on more serious roles since the Princess Diaries, thankfully. To me it makes sense. I have always believed her to be one of the relatable and intelligent starlets in Hollywood and have enjoyed every one of her red-carpet looks. Not only because she is always ravishing but because she exudes class at the same time. Plus she has a bigger smile than anyone in Hollywood. Even Cameron. Thumbs up for this one.
Marco: I have an incredibly supportive and loving father so when I saw this picture I knew it had to be my pick of the week. I appreciate a father who gets involved. David took his son to the Sun military awards in London and dressed him all up in Brooks Brothers. I must say the pair look rather dashing. Davids overcoat has a superb fit. Still all that said, what is going on with the middle path there, Becks?
Robyn: Ah, no fair! You know I love all things Beckham and here is a double dose of the cute. I can even overlook the hair since you know it is just going to change again in a couple of weeks. I can't wait for next book club so I can ask Vicky what she thinks of it! Totally and utterly adorable for Becks big and small. Marco, you win this one.
For Thom Browne's S/S 11 collection he reigned in Way Perry to style this fantastic and quirky shoot. Benny Horne does yet another fantastic job, this time at documenting the trio of Salieu Jaloh, Henry Watkins and the latest addition to Browne's catalog, Ambrose Carter. That fish jacket is so up my alley!
Gavin Rajah is standing over a fashion precipice. Behind him he has made a name for himself as one of South Africa's leading womenswear designers. He has dressed many local celebrities, appeared in Vogue and Harpers & Queen among many others, become a Goodwill Ambassador and now he's facing a whole new challenge altogether: Menswear.
Over the last few months small drops of campaign images landed in front of me. Rajah has done menswear before but never a full collection. Will it be welcomed by the South African public? Why did he wait until now? Curious as ever I contacted the man himself to find out more about this collection.
People are quite intrigued that you are suddenly shifting to menswear. Has this been the plan all along?
All I am doing is diversifying our brand and making sure that we are able to cater to a demand from men wanting us to do this. I did not want to go into menswear until I was happy that we had the proper supply chain in place in terms of fabrics and trims. I also needed to ensure that we could manufacture to an exacting standard and the product could hold its own. We have always done a a bit of menswear for select clients and what we wanted to do with this collection to simply increase the product offering but limit the quantities. It’s done at the same level our women’s wear collection is and is based on the same design philosophy.
The campaign drops you have released for this collection suggest it will be all formal, does this carry through the whole collection?
The collection is more about tailoring and is exceptionally formal as that is what my market wants. Fine tailoring in exceptional fabrics. The collection is also largely geared for made to measure orders. There are a standard collection of suits with different fits and silhouettes from which clients can select from.
What was your inspiration process for designing your menswear collection, is it different to designing for women?
I think the inspiration process has largely remained the same although not as evident in the styling of the collection. I think the movie “American Gigolo” was part of the inspiration for this collection. I remembered Armani doing the suits for the movie and it had always stayed as a reference in my mind. We have focused on adding detail in the construction and the finish of the garments and wanted the fabrics and the design to speak first. I think that our male market is as discerning as our female market but not overtly flashy. The men we tend to dress are engaged in business and have an appreciation of fine things in life.
(Above: Jeannie-D [photo credit: styleguidecapetown] and Leanne Liebenberg who are regularly spotted in Gavin Rajah's clothing)
There has been confusion on wether or not this is a made to order or a bespoke collection, can you clarify?
This collection is based on largely made to order. As opposed to our ladies collection we have found that men who want to spend money on suits want them to fit well. There too many off the peg collections in the market and our intention is to focus on menswear which is made to order. We keep a limited range of standard sizes which we are able to tailor to fit but by and large everything is made to order.
Where will this collection be available to purchase?
This collection available at present via our studio only and from later this month the collection is available on our online store www.gavinrajah.com
Who is the ideal man that you see in 'Gavin Rajah menswear'?
There is not really an ideal man as such but I think someone who has an appreciation of fine craftsmanship, quality and superb fabrics.
What can you tell me about the tailoring? It's obviously very important today to have a well-fitted suit.
For me I think that suits are really works of art. There is meticulous attention to the way the suit falls over the chest, the slope of the shoulders, the way one’s body interacts with the drape of the fabric etc. Fabrics that one uses are as important as all the other components one uses in the construction of a fine suit. Proper interlinings, fusings and linings are just some of the key items in which are integral to the overall fit of the garment. Tailoring in the true sense of the word is just something which is becoming a dying art form. There are a whole new set of skills one needs in constructing a suit and the people who make these garments are true craftsman and have a refined sense of proportion.
What kind of fabrics are you using?
I am using fabrics mostly from Dormeuil. We have used cashmere/silk blends and super 150’s and 200’s in wool predominantly in the collection. The next season we are extending the fabric offering as we have sourced some amazing fabrics from Italy.
The campaign shoots are quite sleek and remind me of a few high-fashion brands, what exactly is the message you wish to convey through your campaign?
I think I needed a campaign which was clean and made the garments speak out and at the same time needed to convey a level of sophistication without being too sterile...it still had to be sexy. I think our message is simple, for the discerning man who loves the finer things in life and who is not too much of a conservative dresser. I think the images had to also be able to sit next to other high fashion brands and compete on an equal footing as a lot of our clientele but ~ also other luxury brands. We worked hard to source a model who we also believed could be sensual and communicative and fitted the garments well and I think we found it in Piero Puccini (PURE MODEL MANAGEMENT) who has an impressive portfolio and with Jesse Leigh Elford, a great photographer who is very fashion forward and has a great eye for detail as well.
Where do you see your brand in five to ten years?
I am overwhelmed by the response and really did not envisage how well it would do and I think we were caught a bit unprepared but next year our intention is to first increase our clientele and then look at creating a far more commercial line by end of year 3. I hope to think that in 10 years from now that it would be as entrenched as our ladies wear (which took ten years to actually come into its own!) and possibly available through select outlets around the world.