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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

PUMA SELECT WEB-30Last night 137 Bree Street, Cape Town was lucky enough to play host to the worlds first Puma Select store and I was lucky enough to be invited. So what is Puma Select ? Basically the store will be showcasing the brands premium product and ranges and it will be here that you will find all the standard collaborations with guys like Alexander McQueen and  Miharayashuhiro but also exclusive one off colaborations with designers like Ronnie Fig and Brooklyn We Go Hard.

I can hear the sneaker heads drooling from here! Yeah, its all pretty awesome!

You know what else was pretty awesome? The actual store! Take a look.

It’s the brainchild of 3D industrial designer Ben Wilson and interior architect Adma Brinkworth and is based on the duo’s love for english workshops and the art of creating. Uh, nailed it guys!! Looks amazing!

The cape town store will open officially on the 6th of March and form part of the First Thursdays initiative. Tonight will be the official launch so there’s some pretty epic stuff going on in the store with discounts and give aways.

Firstly, you can get R500 off R1000 and above by simply telling them I sent you. Well, kinda. Just take a pic of anything in store and tweet/instagram it using my twitter handle @whatmybfwore and @PumaSouthAfrica then finish off with #PumaSelectCT . Boom, thats it. Show it to the man at the register and he’ll give you the discount!

PUMA MEDIA WEB-5You’ll also find these little hashtags lying around, so grab one and tweet or Instagram anything in the store. At the end of the night, you could win it! Pretty simple uh?

The store will have free wi-fi and…wait for it…cold beer when you purchase something in store, yes, that is correct, they will give you beer! What champs!!

If tonight is anything like last night, it should be lots of fun, so pop down if you can.

Okay. Stay fancy.

Photos mostly courtesy of Paul Ward

I was lucky enough to be invited back to the Sunglass Hut tent for this years J&B Met, and I was pretty thrilled to be honest. The met is always such an awesome event and the Sunglass Hut tent is pretty much exactly where you wanna be if you’re going.

Every year there is a theme, something to guide you in dressing up, after all, we’re speaking about a day at the races here, it’s no place for jeans and slip slops. This years theme was “Made to Conquer – Dress Victorious” and yes it’s about as vague as that other thing. But it kinda needs to be, so that you can interpret it any way you want.

I think I kinda took the easy way out, and decided to go a little military inspired. Here was my look in the end.

Full-lengthdetailsMy-shoesAs I was flying solo, these photos were courtesy of my man Trevor Stuurman, who kindly offered to help out when he realised he was pulling off the look better than me anyway. Here he is below.

Trevor-SturmanI really wish I had picked up some more detailed shots of Trevor as this is a perfect example of pattern mixing and looking way more awesome when you wear a hat! Good job buddy.

As was to be expected, there were a few stand out gents in the tent, so I thought I would share them with you guys. Sometimes I wish I could be this brave when I get dressed in the morning, these cats just nail every outfit with confidence.

red-manred-man-detailsskul-loafersblue-man---full-lengthbroochblue-guy---bagblue-man-shoesBeing the Sunglass Hut tent you could be pretty sure that the sunglass swag was out in full force, now, I’m no expert at this stuff, but I did notice a big geometric shape trend going down.

sunglasses-4sunglassessunglasses-3sunglasses-2I dont know about you guys, but I am definitely feeling this last pair, and may need to get something round on my face soon.

Lastly, I wanted to share a little bit of flamboyance with you guys, after all, horse racing is usually about over elaborate headwear correct? I mean, that’s how you can be sure you’re at the races right? I just loved some of these pieces, my favourite though being Malibongwe’s (from Skattie what are you wearing) head chain – is that even what it’s called?headgearfeathershatAnd that’s it folks, it was an epic party and I was super lucky to attend. It’s a good thing the drinks were all on the house as I made some pretty bad horse choices and walked away a poorer man than I arrived. The only sure thing I know about luck, is that it changes.

Okay. Stay fancy.

SummerSo a couple of weeks ago MR Price threw a little summer party for some friends.

I was lucky enough to be invited along and so thought I would share some amazing fashion I spotted on the day, as well as some radical moments. The place was crawling with well dressed gents (and ladies of course) but here were some of my favourites.

tribal-guytribal-CUI loved how this gent managed to nail tribal prints, bringing it home with some beed work, and keeping it dapper with some brogues!

Back-pack-FL Back-pack-MLLoved the effortless style of this Double breasted suit and hipster backpack!

triple-denim triple-denim-CUThis guy just completely nailing triple denim! It’s all about different washes people! This guy knows that! Was also a massive fan of his sunglasses, he just oozed cool the whole day.

cool-guy Mr-cool-shoesOne of the most dapper gents of the day, complete with his two tone brogues.

Outfit-1 Outfit-1-close-upI just loved how unique this whole outfit was with the matching shirt and shorts combo with leather sandals and all black panama hat.

Henry-Holland Henry-Holland-FeetI only managed a sneaky shot of Henry Holland, I’m kinda new at the whole “street fashion photography” thing which is also why I cant give you the names of anyone above. Sorry chaps.

The guys from Mr Price had some pop up stores laid out, showing off there new summer range bang on trend with lot’s of different prints!

MR-P-guys-2 MR-P-guys-CUThe whole event was in celebration of the new Henry Holland collection for Mr Price, where he designed dresses inspired by his two fiends, Kelly Osbourne and Pixy Geldhof (also there on the day), here take a look at the story.

After a little convo with Henry and Pixie up on stage, it was fun times for all. Like this.

Big thanks to Mr Price for a great day.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

_-QKrcKhRWuIcOhzLkqtR7ESCnvYvuX-V4XqXLHVb18I’m a big Ben Sherman fan.

I have been, since i picked up my first Ben Sherman golfer in NY about 7 years ago. At the time I didnt really know the brand, but I remember loving the retro modern vibe it had.

So it comes as no surprise to find out the brand is celebrating it’s 50th birthday, after all it’s been around long enough to inspire everything from the Teddy boys to the skinhead fashion movement and everything in-between.

That’s exactly what you’ll find in the book released in conjunction with the brands anniversary, “50 years of british style culture” . It celebrates a time when fashion was born out of music, politics and culture rather than what was found in our fathers wardrobes.

front cover

Along with the launch of the book is a traveling exhibition of some of the pictures and stories featured within it. What’s even cooler is that for the month of May, this exhibition is being held at Wolves in Johannesburg.

For those of you who have never been to Wolves, you really should of, its only the coolest bar/coffee shop/exhibition space/live music venue around. They also have great cake. Speaking of which…I have cake and 2 cups of coffee for one reader to enjoy together with the exhibition.

Just drop me a comment below and i’ll pick the most hungry. You can also tweet me anything with #LetMeEatCake. Just make sure you’re in JHB over the next 2 weeks will ya.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

I was recently asked if I’de like to participate in a Puma creative factory as part of their love thy planet initiative.

Uh…”Ya” I said! Who wouldn’t? It is iconic sportswear brand Puma after all…and YES, I do love my planet! We all know green is the new black.

Then I got one of these.

IMG_8079What we have here is a pinhole camera.

Well, first it was a shoe box, then it got re purposed to be a pinhole camera, it came with the instructions to go out and shoot what we wanted to preserve. It was trickier than I anticipated.

Our images would later form the artwork of the T shirts we would be printing.

How did we print the T shirts? Well, take a look at this video.

Basically it’s a process using Lumi Inkodye a light sensitive ink that exposes under UV rays. So , yes, the sun was printing our T shirts for us. My photos were terrible and all my T shirts looked like I had bought them at a sea side surf shop, in the 80′s. But I had a plan.

I made a skull stencil and created this guy below.

IMG_8428This was basically all a little bit of ‘guinea pigging’ for the mega workshop we would be having  with the public in Johannesburg a few weeks later.

Basically anyone from the public could come down and use our pictures to create Tees of their own.

Knowing my little stencil trick worked so well the first time I set to work painstakingly cutting out this anchor and rope guy. It was totally worth it for my first ever WMBW designed and manufactured garment. Wish I had made more of them.

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The whole process is super cool and I loved the experience and meetingt some super rad people. They’re having workshops all over the world and you can see all the details of whats happened and happening on the love thy planet website.

Okay. Stay fancy.

My first ever J&B Met.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m speaking about, lemme give you a brief explanation. The Met, is pretty much a day at the horse races, It’s the place to be seen and the who’s who of everything is there. This means lots of parties, with lots of canapés and lots of fashion.

I was very excited.

Full-ShotI had been lucky enough to win tickets on twitter with a fashion friend and Sunglass Hut. It was an amazing prize that made us VVIP (yep, double ‘V’, like a boss) with everything we could possibly want all day including a little trip to Sunglasses hut to pick up a little fashion something for our eyes.

Now, dressing for the met is not just a case of being dapper. It requires a little more, bravery as you’ll see in some outfits later in the post. I took a more “traditional” approach and went in the J&B brand colours, red and yellow.

The details of this outfit are as follows:

Aviator sunglasses by RayBan

Navy skinny chinos by Topman

medium-shotTartan blazer from Zara

Yellow oxford shirt by Mr Price

Red belt by Country Road (available at Woolworths)

Detail---lapel-pinGrey bow tie from H&M

Vintage show pony lapel pin a gift from Misha

Detail---Pocket-SquareMicro Houndstooth Arthurs hank pocket square by Heywood 1922

shoes   Tassel loafers from Zara

This day was just to fun not to share. So here goes.

Firstly I thought it was high time the lovely lady behind the lens got some air time, after all, she’s much easier on the eyes than me, and looked particularly beautiful on the day.

 

The room was of course filled with all kinds of fabulous people, and I finally got to meet some people I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time, singer songwriter Chaid Saaiman, Mr PR extraordinaire Thulane Hadebe and of course brand manager of Sunglass Hut Wedaad Adams.

 

 

I picked out some really fun gents outfits that I wanted to share, mostly the kind of stuff I wish I was brave enough to wear out the house. Everything from sleeveless shirts to printed pants.

 

 

The ladies were definitely not to be outshone and for the benefit of the ladies who read this blog, as well as the gents who just like looking at beautiful ladies, I’ve included some shots here.

 

 

Something I picked up that I really wanted to share on the mens fashion from was the interesting use of bow ties, or at least, mens accessories where bow ties normally are. Just take a look.

 

 

Lastly for all of those who just want to get a sneak peek at what was going on and who was dressed in what, I went around taking some pics of what and who I thought stood out of the crowd. Enjoy.

 

 

What an awesome day, thanks again a fashion friend and Sunglass hut.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

The tattoo.

Yep. The more fashion becomes accessible to everyone in the world, the more important being an individual has become. And nothing can make you stand out from the crowd like some personalised ink, after all, it is the ultimate bespoke, isn’t it?

I’m relatively new to the whole tattoo game and only braved my first last year in Austin, Texas, but am itching for a new one to add to what will one day be a full sleeve. So, I was lucky to win some tickets off the Bangers and Nash blog to this year’s annual Cape Tattoo Convention where I went off to get some inspiration

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There were some amazing artists and I saw some incredible pieces being done. A part of my fancy prize is a tattoo voucher with one of South Africa’s best, Manuela from Wildfire tattoos. Perhaps I’ll share the experience with you guys.

Anyway, so it turns out this wasn’t just one giant room abuzz with the sound of tattoo guns. Levi’s was one of the sponsors and hosted a tattoo inspired fashion and art expo. They had commissioned local tattoo artists and designers to “tattoo” the classic trucker jacket.

Designer-trucker-jacketsDenim-Jackets-Raoul Denim-Jackets-Rasty Denim-Jackets-Hanno

I absolutely loved these 3, and for those of you who don’t read Afrikaans (one of our 11 official languages here in South Africa) the typography reads “Friendship, Freedom, Peace”… man I would kill for that jacket.

Finally, I thought I would share with you guys some of my favourite pieces from the art and design expo, all inspired by tattoos. As a graphic designer by trade I really appreciate this stuff, I even bought a few pieces for the house.

Tattoo-Expo

So, I realise this isn’t purely a fashion post but I thought it was worth sharing. If you absolutely hated it, or maybe even mildly hated it, lemme know.

Okay. Stay fancy.

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