You gents have been asking me for a while to do a tutorial on how I tie my shoe laces. Sorry it’s taken so long, but here it is.

I’ve done some research in order to see if I can find a name for this particular kind of lacing, but unfortunately iwth the trillion different ways of lacing shoes online, I couldn’t find this one, maybe thats a good thing!

Its rather simple…a very basic up and under zig zaggy approach. Well, take a look.

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Ta daaaaaa!

Simple uh?

I thought so. Be warned this technique really keeps those shoes tied tight, so not ideal if you need to get your shoes off in a hurry, I mean, I’m not sure why you would, but maybe you’re a formal triathlete or something.

If you like the black brogues above they’re from Dune London – available at selected Edgars stores.

If you want the laces they are from Chanman.

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

My first fashion week!

Yessssss!

Ive always been out of town, or in the wrong town when I get invited to these things so I was super thrilled to be invited by Mercedes Benz Life on the opening night as well as Craig Port and Fabiani for the Saturday night.

I hope you like pictures, cause I took a lot of them.

Opening night was great, and as I’m no expert on womens fashion, I had my friend Sadie there who is, muttering something about hemlines and paneling. I just shot pictures of stuff that made me think “Wow, thats rad”. We only managed to catch 2 shows, the first by Gavin Rajah which I thought was pretty epic and filled with great theatre ( This show has caused a little controversy though and there has been some cries of plagiarism, but you can read more about that here) The second, a very Japanese inspired shoe by Stefania Morland it was a little crazy but loads of fun. Here are some highlights from both of them.

Roll on Saturday night for the two big mens shows I’de been waiting for. The first was Craig Port with a collection inspired by Craig’s recent trip to England where he pays homage to London with “The Great British Summer” collection.

IMG_0891IMG_0925IMG_0905IMG_0926IMG_0908Truth be told, I was a little surprised by this collection. Don’t get me wrong, I think Craig is a great designer and I own lot’s of his stuff, but he really nailed it with this show.

The colours were all very muted, lots of pastels, and a great use of Camo, there was also lots of texture coming through in lightweight knits and some quilting. I’m quite excited to see this collection hit the stores.

No show is complete without a swan song, and once again, Craig Port did not disappoint. The show culminated with a troop of mint green models complete with flower garlands, quite a vibe that, but it worked.

The last show of the night and of Mercedes Benz fashion week 2014 for that matter was the Fabiani menswear show with their Fabinia Cafe theme, I say show but I do mean collection, because unfortunately it wasn’t much of a show.

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I’ve been thinking long and hard on how to report back on a collection that left me feeling a little “meh” like I had seen it all before. And rather then smile and nod, I’ve decided to be honest, after all, why have an opinion if you’re not gonna have an opinion right?

Now, I’m no fashion expert, so I’de definitely like to start off by saying that. I have no formal fashion training, I just have an eye for it and know what I like, so take everything I say with a cup of salt. There were lots of great pieces in this collection, most of them featured above, but none of them ‘wow’ or different, and I don’t mean different from each other, I just mean different from any collection preceding it. This is fashion week right? So, unless you’re doing something completely radical with your jeans and polo’s, maybe don’t feature them on the runway, because well, they’re EXACTLY the same as last years…maybe just a bigger logo on the popped up collar.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the Fabiani stores, I think they’ve showed the importance of tailoring to the common man and still stock some of the most incredible mens shoes you’ll find anywhere in the world, I’m happy to shop there any day of the week. But this was the problem, I felt like I was doing exactly that, shopping, or at the very least browsing a live version of the catalogue.

In the end it was an incredible experience, I loved every moment of it and consider myself incredibly luck to be a part of it, thank you once again to everyone who hosted me.

Okay. Stay fancy.

So, I’ve been apprehensive about sharing this series of interviews I did recently with news 24, mostly because everything I say, you guys would already know from reading the blog, but also, because, well, I’m no public speaker. Sure I can match the hell out of my ties and pocket squares, but public speaking will never be my thing.

If however you wanna know a little more about how what my boyfriend wore started and why I do the things I do, or you just feel like a chuckle, then take a look below.

Okay. Stay fancy.

IMG_7337---smallSo I was lucky enough this year to be sent to the Vodacom Durban July by the main sponsor Vodacom of course. They wanted me to go down and capture some of the fashion and fun so that I could report to you friendly folk. This gonna be a long post, so maybe grab a cup of coffee. Maybe even a sandwich.

The theme for this year was “The Big Screen” and I decided to take a little inspiration from some sartorial stars of the past, namely Mr Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, this dapper duo not only had the moves, but they had the style to go with it. I mean, look at them! Playas!

Of course, I was gonna put my own little twist on this look mostly because I don’t think Gene of Fred ever wore anything slim fit, but like I said, it was inspired, not copied.

The pics you’re about to see are from this amazing young talent in Durban by the name of Simphiwe Simz Kevin Mkhwanazi (or Kevin s I called him) we met up late in the evening and took some pics, he took loads and I wanted to share my favourites with you. I’de really suggest checking this kid out, his pics are amazing and so is his blog

IMG_7353---smallIMG_7347---smallIMG_7324---smallIMG_7322---smallIMG_7283---smallIMG_7299---smallIMG_7275---small  What I loved about these pics is that he captured the essence of the whole “look” I was going for. It’s not often I look at pictures of myself and go, wow, that turned out really nice.

If you like the outfit, this is where everything is from:

Hat by French Connection (Available locally at Stuttafords)

Blazer from Zara

Shirt by TM Lewin (available locally at Edgars)

Tie from LVJ Haberdasher

Tie clip and lapel flower by Suited man

Skinny Chinos by Gap (Available locally at Stuttafords)

Shoes by Dune of London (Available locally at Edgars)

But lets move on with the rest of the fashion I captured at the Vodacom Durban July, now, make no mistake, I don’t have the same photographic skills as young Kevin, so my pics wont be nearly as fancy as the outfits. I walked up and down the whole day and much of what I saw was to be expected with a few exceptions that we’ll get into later.

There was however one group of young gents who took “swagger” (and I dont use that term lightly) to a whole new level. It’s one thing to walk into a store and buy an great suit off the rack, find a fancy tie and a great pair of shoes and…boom, you look great. But, what if you have such vision for how you want to look, that you customise your outfit all the way down to your walking stick! Check these guys out.

IMG_9844IMG_9841IMG_9850IMG_9835IMG_9855 I oftenspeak about attention to detail. These guys have it in droves and were definitely the “best dressed” highlite of the event for me.

Now the Vodacom Durban July differs a little to the J&B Met for me, sure it’s about the horses and putting a couple of Rands on little racer taking 3rd place in the 5th race, but somehow, it feels like that’s all a build up to one massive party. And party they do.

I was lucky enough to be in a section called Boomtown, which is pretty much Jack Daniels heaven (or at least for me) it has a massive stage with awesome local musos and some young kids who look good and just want to party. I snapped loads of great looks, but these guys are the ones who stood out for me, lots of burgundy and wide brimmed hats in the mix…don’t say I didn’t warn you about the hats!

From what I remember I had the best time ever, despite picking all the wrong horses. Wanted to say a massive thank you to Vodacom for affording me the opportunity. Cant wait to go back next year *wink wink – finger guns*

Okay. Stay fancy

It’s been a while since I shared one of these “the way I dress” videos from Mr Porter

They’re very rarely about the particular persons style, but always much more about there view on fashion. It interests me how people are inspired by different things and how everyone has a different standpoint on what fashion or style means

 

“If you have a sense of style, your clothes should clash a bit” I’ve never thought about it like that, but its incredibly accurate.

 

Full-lengthI bought a pair of red brogues. Yep.

But now what? How do you wear something that demands so much attention without looking like a clown?

I decided to give them all the attention by keeping my outfit completely neutral. Black and red, much like navy and red look great together, so the black pants were a must to let the shoes pop. BUT, to give the shoes ALL of the attention would make the outfit feel awkward, so I let the details like the tie and pocket square draw your eye down toward the shoes without getting surprised by the colour. I kinda think it worked too.

Lets look at the details

medium-shot The tie is quite textured (I do love me a woolen tie) so the blazer needed to have a texture of its own so that the tie didn’t feel out of place. And in the hopes of allowing all the patterns to work well together, the argyle on the tie, check on the shirt and slight herringbone on the blazer, it was a play of colour and pattern size. A white shirt would of made the tie pop too much, so the slight navy grid helps tone it down a bit.

With so much going on, I thought I would give the lapel flower a skip and rather go for a simple lapel pin, all be it a bad ass skull one. They do say the devil is in the details, so here they are.

medium-close-uptie-detailbraceletpocket-square-detailshoesIf you like the outfit above, Ive done my best to piece together the exact items or similar that I have found online.

 

Spectacles by Ray Ban

Blazer from Bellfield (Available locally at Stuttafords) get similar here 

Shirt by TM Lewin (Available locally at Edgars)

Tie by LVJ Haberdashery

Tie clip and Lapel pin by Suited Man

Bracelets by Caputo and Co

Pants from Topman – Get similar here

Shoes from Dune (Available locally at Edgars)

Okay, stay fancy

 

milan-menswear-fashion-week-4R2A8971s.jpg~originalSo, I’ve been getting more casual recently. I’m not sure why, but I guess it’s my way of dressing differently. Things can get pretty boring when you wear a tie everyday, no matter how many lapel flowers you own. Weirdly enough I get such great reactions when people catch me in a T shirt and jeans I’ve been doing it more regularly.

I do struggle though with loosing that gentleman’s edge I love so much, so when I found this pic by Garcon Jon, it gave me some ideas. I loved the mix of very formal pants with an informal roll up and a very casual T-shirt, it just works so well here with the navy colour blocking. The final detail are the loosely strapped double monks, it walks (no pun intended) the very fine line between casual and formal. Nailed it!

I’ve been having some difficulty finding items online to help you build your wardrobes, so I’ve been doing less of that, but I managed to find the key essentials in putting this look together if you like it.

I liked the polka dot detail on the pocket tee over here, seemed to go nicely with the texture of the pants.

Pants by Ted Baker

Pocket Tee From Topman

Shoes available at ASOS 

Okay. Stay fancy…or casual sometimes I guess.

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