1 NIGHT, 3 LOOKS

So Valentine’s Day has come and gone but we still think there shouldn’t be an excuse to dress to impress the one who keeps the other side of your bed warm. In celebration of the month of love here are three key looks that are all on point for the season.

  1. Keeping it casual

thumbnail If you’re into keeping things easy and chilled, the jeans and tee combo says it all. Go for a longer line tee and skinnies, a match made in style-heaven.

  1. Smooth operator

img_0500 Wanna look like THE man? Then classic black with a twist of funky accessories like on-trend reflector shades, is on point.

  1. Weekend special

img_0264Cos everyone loves the ‘guy-next-door’ with the authentic smile and old-school style. Think relaxed skinnies and urban white sneakers with a classic blazer.

Styled by Timz Steyla of Men of Cloth.

FROM LEXUS SA MENSWEAR WEEK TO THE STREETS

Before the month is out we thought it would be fitting to start the month of March feeling inspired with some local street style. Below are some key looks that struck the eye of Anesu Chogugudza, our guy on the street, bringing some style heat this summer (have you seen him in our campaigns? Oh, and he and his lady were voted best dressed couple at this year’s Sun Met).

We sent him and his camera to this year’s Lexus South African Menswear Week in Cape Town to snap some shots of some streetside style game with the whose who of SA menswear.

Here’s what he saw.

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“⁠⁠⁠I love Mzukuzi’s androgynous look which has a pop of color to give it a high fashion runway feel.”

img_0701“Dapper never goes out of style, like this look from Menzi. I love it because of how well his outfit is put together, with just the correct balance of accessories- definitely a gentleman.”

img_0795 “Here we see KB and his friends playing with print and most importantly, floral print, always a good touch to add to streetstyle.”

img_0810 “Lwakhe shows us high-end street style with his triple print combination, winning!”

img_0822“Like they say, “friends who slay together, stay together”; this crew demonstrates their cool style.”

img_0824“I love how they made simple black and white so elegant and stylish. I mean look at his overcoat and the way she has styled different textures of black, gorgeous!”

img_1055 “Another streetstyle look nicely done, great one from Kat.”

img_1068“I decided to go Classic, the hat from Markham totally completes my look.”

img_1107“From this portrait we can already see so much style; the turtle-neck and choker accessory complement each other; creative and stylish indeed.”

img_0708 “I love how denim can go with anything and everything. Here the denim shirt gives a relaxed feel to the look.”

img_1060“Funky and stylish! Again we see colours and prints being played with. Nice one, gents. These looks are definitely timeless.”

Images: Anesu Chogugudza

LOVE AND EATS IN THE CITY

While Vday has come and gone, we still think that there should be more than one day dedicated to love. So here’s our round up of some hotspots in Cape Town, Durbs and Jozi that will make your boo think you’re THE man, Vday or not, larny or chilled, it’s all about the effort really.

CAPE TOWN:

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What: Hail Pizza is the cute sister of cool-kid hangout, Clarkes in Bree Street.

Why: Their pizza and interesting cocktails are gaining a following because of their creative combinations at reasonable prices. Think Hail Kale, a gorgonzola, kale, grana padano pizza washed down with an OJ, champagne and vanilla cocktail. Oh yes!

Romance rating: This place with its 70’s Brooklyn retro vibe could break pinterest. Sexy, understated, and utterly cool.

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What: La Parada Del Mar Camps Bay, living that Costa Del Sol life!

Why: A bit of Spain comes to the ever bustling Camps Bay. On a hot summer’s night, hopefully with no wind, what could be better than Spanish tapas with your better half in one of the most Instagrammed places in SA? Maybe the real thing, but seriously, with the beauty of the beach right there, not to mention some beautiful people speaking in foreign languages and of course the spicy, delicious food, it’s pretty close.

Romance rating: Feels like the visual interpretation of a Café Del Mar album.

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DURBS

Chilled

What: Republik, ‘For The People’ in Durban North.

Why: With a tagline like that you can be assured that this place is as real as it gets. Not only in vibe, but the food served up here is the real deal… 100% grass fed burgers and some of the best local brands in craft beer are on the menu. What’s also on the menu is some kicking local music with regular open mic nights.

Romance rating: That depends, if you’re into some saucy, beefy stuff, then this gets a 10/10.

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Larny

What: The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga Rocks.

Why: It’s all about food as art at this quaint fine dining restaurant. From the mid-century décor to the delicious food that’s seasonal and organic, everything about this place is impressive. You can even see the 12 chefs in action in the open plan kitchen to experience the ‘theatre’ of fine dining. If you haven’t won the object of your affection over yet then a Vday date here is sure to do the trick. Dinner and a show, for real!

Romance rating: It’s all about the sensuality of eating, from what it looks like, smells like, feels like and of course tastes like. Pretty hot we’d say.

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JOZI

Chilled

What: Mamasan, a bit of Cape Malay in Melville.

Why: The quirky cool interiors are a reminder of the colourful epicentre of this community, the Bokaap area in Cape Town. The food is equally as vibey with a menu changing according to the availability of fresh produce and a lot of room for innovation. There is nothing traditional about the place rather a mash-up of Cape Malay influences.

Romance rating: Fun, fun, fun with some spice thrown in.

Larny

What: Urbanologi, as the name suggests in the very cool urban precinct of Newtown.

Why: This place is impossibly classy with the A-list of SA’s designers contributing their talents to making it look and feel like it’s worthy of a Wallpaper Magazine cover. On the drinks and food side of things, the concept is unique as it’s a restaurant within a brewery, Mad Giant Brewery, where it’s all about experimentation with yeast, beer and the food itself. If you wanna impress shorty, this is place, just make sure you know your fermentation cultures from your sauerkraut.

Romance rating: Another sensory experience bound to turn all 5 of them on.

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#MKMLIFE: LUKHANYO MDINGI

Cape Town-based young designer, Lukhanyo Mdingi, has got it going on. As one of SA’s rising stars on the menswear fashion scene and with a side gig as everyone’s favourite waiter at Cape Town’s ‘cool kid’ hangout, Clarkes, his own personal style game is on point. He’s also a really great guy who has the effect of making you feel like the most important person on the planet and keeps things real with a good dose of humility.

All of the above reasons – together with the fact that at 23 he showed his first collection at SA Menswear Week and has been unstoppable since – are why he’s our launch personality for the new #MKMlife campaign, which is an insight into the lifestyle of real life Markham guys.

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We got the chance to ask Lukhanyo a few questions on shoot:

How would you describe the kind of collections you design?

I would describe my pieces and label, Lukhanyo Mdingi, as one that has a sense of cross cultural influences and design, together with a youthful outlook of African aesthetics and influences. Creating clean minimal looks that are distinct and powerful with a flair for contemporary elegance and sophistication.

Tell us about your production process?

I visualize each collection from various physical spaces and the production takes place in the studio spaces of my devoted seamstress. I’m incredibly grateful for my production team as well as my creative team. They are part of the Lukhanyo Mdingi label, the name goes far beyond a single man, but a name that is communal to those that share the same sentiments and ideals. The best part about the whole process is knowing that everything is done purely based on love and commitment.

What inspires you about Cape Town’s fashion scene?

The diversity and energy, which is pretty instant and electric. I sometimes find it so surreal to always think that so much force exudes from this tiny town that’s placed right here at Africa’s most southern tip. It’s beautiful.

Follow Lukhanyo:

Website: lukhanyomdingi.co.za

Facebook: Lukhanyo Mdingi _ Facebook

Instagram: lukhanyomdingi

Twitter: Lukhanyo_Mdingi

STYLE DIARY: LULO RUBUSHE

Lulo Tevin Rubushe isn’t only a style influencer but is a successful entrepreneur. In fact his ambition for and dedication to entrepreneurship is infectious, having started his own creative platform RNDM Network four years ago whilst studying. With a business channel that connects young creatives and their cohorts with big brands and vica versa, it’s no doubt that Lulo’s style diary is one of the most exciting we’ve seen to date. It’s one that epitomizes everything the young Capetonian stands for, namely, originality and authenticity.

  1. What inspires you when it comes to fashion?

I believe I get my inspiration from various sources both local and international and mainly focused around urban culture and specifically the hip hop scene. Having said that though, I’m one to experiment with different trends and styles just to captivate the audience.

  1. What are some of your favourite trends of the moment?

Normally I’m not one to follow trends I’m the kid who juxtaposes himself against them but I’m loving silk shirts, gowns and linen at the moment! Lol, I’ve started experimenting with them myself and I’m really enjoying it. Also off-cut and elongated styled clothing.

  1. Why the boiler suit?

The thing I love about the boiler suit is that it is very unique, I have nothing like it in my wardrobe. It’s a garment that turns heads and it stands out from the rest.

Check out how Lulo styled our boiler suit in his unique way.

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I’m wearing a Sotho straw hat, black sunglasses, the boiler suit, black MKM active performance skins and a silk bomber jacket and this is an outfit I’d wear to fashion week.

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This look is very similar to the previous look without the silk bomber but this is an outfit I’d wear going to a summer festival like Rocking The Daisies.

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I’m wearing a light tee, with a denim shirt tied around my waist, performance tights and sneakers and I’d wear this outfit on a casual basis where I switch it up with the denim tee in the evening.

Follow Lulo: 

Facebook: theRNDMnetwork

Twitter: @therndmnetwork

Instagram: @lulorndm

Images by Brad Mathieson

 

SPOTTED AT THE SUN MET

We first met Anesu Chogugudza back in April 2015 when he won a matric dance competition we ran with DJ Lloyd. We could see he had an eye for style and was a fan of the Markham brand, so since then we’ve stayed in touch and worked on various projects together (did you spot him in our windows this summer?)

Like so many people in Cape Town, Anesu hit the Sun Met this past weekend, dressed head to toe in Markham. With the theme being “Decades of Glamour” he took his inspiration from the 20s where the double-breasted blazer was the item to have. This look won him best dressed man and best dressed couple with his friend Abongwe.

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Anesu picked out his favourite looks from the day and gives us all some style tips to take from each of them:

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Shiraz chose to go for a neutral grey suit which is timeless, and this stood out for me because of the different way he styled it with stunning accessories.

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Here we see a brown suit put together in a really neat way with everything complementing each other. This is one of my favourite looks because I believe in less being more and the gentleman here ably demonstrated this.

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My personal favourite clothing item was a double-breasted blazer and here we see Menzi effortlessly pulling off the suit look. With the finishing touch of a hat, he definitely resemble the 20s era.

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With a pop of color, the gentlemen from The Black Ties looked dapper with a switch up of the bow-tie. These looks were playful and colourful, yet still dapper.

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A suit with bold print or detailing is always a good pick. Solo nicely pulled of his three piece look with complementing accessories and this look is a personal favourite.

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Now instead of a blazer, we see a cape styled nicely on top of a waistcoat. This is a creative look which definitely caught the eyes of many and it was nicely done.

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With blue being a favourite colour amongst many guys, we see a blue suit with a fine check print. This look stands out because of how his accessories are not necessarily matching but rather complementing each other and this is what every guy out there should take note of. Nicely structured outfit indeed!

Images by Anesu Chogugudza

 

SUN MET INSPO STRAIGHT OUTTA ITALY

With the Sun Met happening this weekend in Cape Town we thought we’d throw out some dapper inspiration for you to get your style on. And what better report back than of the recent Pitti Uomo in Florence,Italy,  the bi-annual trade show where it’s all about Homme and has been since 1972.

It’s an event that determines what the shops will be stocking in 6 months time and it’s a smorgasbord of style. The stakes are high and so are the price tags, where some of the world’s most sought-after brands present their ranges to high profile editors, buyers, retailers and anyone whose anyone in the world of menswear.

It’s also where the big players in the world of fashion get the chance not just to see but to be seen. The street style is insane and the gathering is fruitful hunting ground for the likes of Scott Schuman and other street style photographers.

So here’s our pick of some of the most stylish looks from the 24/7 style marathon that was Pitti Uomo 91. Sit back, take note and let the inspiration take you to this weekend’s Sun Met.

Bright Lights…

Stand out in contrasting colours and pops of bright colours.

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White Out…

Although a wintery look, we love the white on grey combination.

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Contrasting prints…

Create texture with clashing prints.

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All in the details…

From embroidery to brooches, to feathers in hats, it’s all in the detail.

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Images by Enrico Labriola and Vincenzo Grillo for Pitti Uomo 91.