header---tattoo-close-upManuela-GreyMan Alive, am I excited about this blogging adventure I’m taking on with the folks at Levi’s.

As part of their Live In Levi’s campaign I’ve decided to document some of my favourite people in Cape Town by throwing on a pair of Levi’s and going on an adventure. My plan is to document all the craftsmen of a new generation, people who are experts at what they do without being conventional.

The first is the mother of tattoos in Cape Town, Manuela Gray. This lady is the ultimate tattoo rockstar on every level, and the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. I’ve now had 2 pieces done by Manuela and despite the fact that she is next to impossible to book, when you finally sit down with her the experience is amazing.

Being the only one of her friends who could draw when they were kids, she fell into tattoos by doing them from a very early age. The rest, as they say, is history. Now Manuela travels the world tattooing her rockstar friends, well that’s when she’s not home in Cape Town working 15-hour days at her shop Wildfire Tattoos, organising the Cape Town Tattoo convention, holding art exhibitions and being the worlds most awesome mom! And, when I say tattooing her rockstar friends I’m not kidding – she just came back from destroying Los Angeles while touring with Queen! Insane!

I’d been meaning to get a tattoo with Manuela for ages now, she did a great piece for me when I first got to Cape Town, a little something to remind me to “hold fast” while I ride out the proverbial storm of moving cities. This piece was a little more personal but, in brief, it represented a long journey in love and reminds me that I’m still fighting the good fight!

I walked in one day with a ton of references – all completely different – but somehow, 3 months later, when I arrived for the appointment, Manuela had nailed the design perfectly. We spent ages making sure the placement was perfect, and then I sat for 3 hours in enjoyable pain. The result: my favourite piece to date! Here’s a little photographic story:

final-tattooManuela wears a ladies’ trucker jacket and a pair of Levi jeans so old she cant remember.

I’m wearing a pair of washed out Levis 510 and the oldest most comfortable t-shirt I own – a simple black Levis Tee.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

full-lengthI do love it when a fancy friday outfit all comes together as well as this one. The navy blazer and grey pants is a very classic and corporate look, but I thought I would give it a contemporary twist in my own special way.

There’s a lot of pattern mixing going on here, but it’s all very slight, the kind of slightness that draws a fine line between pattern and texture, and there is a little bit of that happening all over the place.

medium-shotFirstly, the pants carry a slight plaid check with a very fine blue running though, it’s slight, but you pick it up when paired with the navy blazer (If you don’t yet have a navy blazer PLEASE let that be the next thing you purchase – its the best staple you can own) You will then also notice the slight check in the shirt, it’s also navy, but predominately white so that everything doesn’t become a navy extravaganza up top.

The emerald tie also carries a fine chevron texture, and to make it work I picked a pocket square that carried a hint of that same emerald colour, but that was predominantly white and created a replica of the shirt and tie without being an exact duplicate, the final POP was the red lapel button working perfectly with the pocket square and contrasting the tie nicely, I even managed to sneak in a final detail in the navy bracelet with slight red detail. Here take a closer look.

medium-close-uppocket-squaretie-close-upwatch-and-bracelet-close-upFinal detail, and in complete contrast to everything else, was these brown tasselled loafers (currently my new favourite go with anything shoes), brown and grey and brown and navy go incredibly well together I just made sure to stick to the same colour belt to pull it back together, you’ll even notice a touch of brown in the pocket square.

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Here’s where I picked everything up from:

Clubmaster spectacles by RayBan

Navy wool blazer from Topman

Slim fit check shirt by TM Lewin (Available locally at Edgars)

Emerald green tie by Friday Tie Day

Red lapel flower by Chanman

Silver tie clip by Suited Man

Floral pocket square by Heywood

Brown leather belt by Ted baker (available locally at Stuttafords)

Silver faced watch by Alessi

Grey plaid pants by Markham

Brown tasselled loafers by Dune London (Available locally at Edgars)

Okay. Stay fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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