#MKMLIFE: SIYABONGA MKHASIBE

Another hero of our latest campaign, this Jozi-based art director and photographer extraordinaire has a fascination with vintage Americana apparel, denim and all things made in, or should we say, ‘Big in Japan’. He goes under the aliases of Uncle Prep and The Black Aesthete and we just love his style. We caught up with him to talk style, winter and life, in no particular order.

1. Break down your style for us.

My style is a mix of Japanese cuts and fits fused with vintage Americana prep, so it’s a lot of denim, boxy fits, thick cuffs and some patchwork. It all sounds a bit chaotic but it comes together beautifully, trust me.

2. What’s your favourite thing about Winter?

I like layering, different textures, colours, cuts and lengths for interesting combinations and looks.

3. What key items will you be rocking this winter and why?

Jeans! Obviously. They’re easily the most versatile item you can stock up on with the different fits and washes. Sweatshirts; I love sweatshirts in interesting solid colours like burgundy, indigo and olive green. All Star Chuck 70s, in the hi or lo versions as they have a beautiful silhouette and are great with jeans. And not forgetting beanies, I’ll be doing a lot of beanies.

4. Please tell us about the look you styled on this shoot.

This for me is definitely a Friday look; I’m thinking about being comfortable enough to work a half day campaign shoot and then hanging out with friends for drinks afterwards. It’s very casual and allows you to be active.

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5. Why do you think it works?

The layering is key and makes it work. The hoodie with the trench coat is a cool edgy combo and the contrast between the colours (hoodie, trench and jeans) is beautiful and complimentary.

6. Where are some of your favourite hangouts in Jozi and why?

Father Coffee is where I always meet interesting people; Poolside in Maboneng for cool easy summer vibes; Fox Den or The Peak for an authentic tavern experience; The Market at 1 Fox for artisanal eateries and drinks and Parkhurst is always great for dinner.

7. What do you love about living in Jozi?

I love the mix of people here in Joburg, it’s like no other city in the country. The pace and energy feels different here, people operate in a different higher gear with a strong work ethic and creative output. We’ve really created the deep grooves that contribute to the strong character of this country.

8. As a photographer, what has been the most interesting shoot you’ve done recently and why?

It’s an on-going project, where I’ve been documenting my interest in all kinds of work-wear and drawing parallels between the people who wear some of the items as fashion pieces and people who wear them as part of their uniform.

Follow Siyabonga at @stay_prep_sa and @Uncle_Prep on Instagram.

Check out his portfolio: Behance.net/iamsiyam

#MKMLIFE: TIM CHISALE

As part of one of Cape Town’s illest style collectives (their imagery is on fire!), ToneSociety, Timothy Chisale is also a rapper and music producer. When he’s not styling or dropping the dopest beats, he’s studying at UCT. We gave him some key items from the Markham 2017 Winter edit to style on his own speed and the result can be seen in our latest campaign. We also get the low-down on what drives his style choices.

1. How would you define your style?

I would describe my style as quite relaxed and varied as I’m into a lot of styles.

2. What are your top two must-have items for Winter 2017 and how would you style them?

My two must-have items for winter are definitely a good trench coat and a dope bomber jacket. I would style a bomber on top of a hoodie for one of those cold winter days, with a pair of cropped pants or skinny jeans and a pair of doc martens. The trench coat I would style with slim chinos or trousers with a button up shirt and it would all probably be monotone.

3. Who do you consider a style icon and why?

I consider people like A$AP Rocky, Ian Connor and Kanye West as style icons because they’ve really had a lot of epic style moments over the years that have influenced so many people to want to dress like them or pull off a certain look. This makes them icons I guess.

4. Are you more of a jeans and sweater kind of guy, or chinos and parka?

I’m a chinos and parka kinda guy because it’s a super stylish and timeless look.

5. Tell us about the looks you styled below… where would you wear them and why do you think they work?

Both looks are quite casual but with an edge. The look I styled in the first image would be worn to campus or most places because it’s so comfortable and easy going and would make me look good in most settings I guess. I think it works because the layering came out really nicely and it’s both a simple yet complex look. The second image could be worn to similar places because it’s super laid back and the layering effect of wearing the bomber over the hoodie makes it a great outfit for a cold day.

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6. Where are some of your favourite hangouts in Cape Town and why?

Some of my favourite hang-outs are Yours Truly, Waiting Room, the beach (of course), and generally anywhere with a relaxed vibe to it.

Follow Tim on Instagram: @tim_cheesecake, and ToneSociety: @tonesociety

STYLE DIARY: MTHOKOZISI CHIYI

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Black Carpet anchor, Durbanite and fashion stylist, Mthokozisi “Swenka” Chiyi stopped by our Durban stores ahead of the MetroFM awards.

Mthokozisi is 37 years young, born and bred in Durban. He’s a fulltime fashion stylist and personal shopper. He is also a freelance fashion reporter for UkhoziFM. Fashion has always been part of Mtohokozisi’s life, with both his father and grandfather being involved in fashion in one way or another.

When reporting live from the black carpet at the 2017 MetroFM awards on fashion, it’s important to be on point yourself. That’s why Mthokosizi headed into Markham and put together a few looks

Describe the looks you put together:

“Definitely EDGY GENTLEMAN. The idea was to create versatile red carpet looks – from your serious “corporate” look to something that would be great for an edgy hip hop artist who doesn’t wanna conform.”

 

Styling and shopping for your clients must cause you to work up an appetite. What are your favourite hot spots in SA?

“I enjoy great food, great wine and soothing music, not to forget amazing company. I love small restaurants and cafés like Market (DBN), Giovanni’s (CPT) or anywhere in Parkhurst (JHB).

You covered a music event; we had to ask, what is your favourite song at the moment?

“I have two: uGogo by Sjava and Ekse Aweh by OkMalumkoolkat. Wait, maybe it’s 3 – it always gets me dancing – Thobeka by Babes Wodumo. Put that on and I’ll show you a dance move or two.”

What do you love about fashion and clothing?

“My passion is seeing people looking good, appreciating how they look and in turn building their confidence and changing their life. My dream is to ‘Dress the World’ – that’s why I’m helping people dress properly by shopping for them and educating them through the radio segment I do.”

What do you do when you aren’t ‘Dressing the World’?

“I spend a lot of downtime browsing fashion blogs, going to fashion shows or watching the international shows on Youtube. I hang out on social media and, as much as possible, window shopping. I don’t really have spare time as I’ve got to always be on point with the trends and fashion. But I do make some time for traveling. I love seeing the world (and the fashion outside of SA).”

What advice can you give SA men on fashion?

“Confidence is an accessory for all seasons, all styles and all looks. Wear it!”

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LAY IT ON GOOD

When it comes to trans-seasonal dressing, the only way to keep your cool and remain in high style is to layer.

As Autumn weather settles and the temperature continues to drop we thought we’d share some layering 101 tips using three key jackets that will be relevant all year round.

The bomber

This key piece of the 2017 Style Hall of Fame is slimmer and more refined than its 90s ancestor, making it very adaptable to a host of different looks. In terms of layering, longerline shirts and tees go well with the new bomber and call on its 90s roots, especially with a plaid-checked shirt. Pair with slim fit ripped denims and high tops and you’ve got yourself an outfit worth its weight in street-cred. For a more formal look, pair with chinos, a collared shirt and brogues and you’ve got a classic office or dinner-for-two look.

The fishtail parka

This classic jacket can be worn open or closed and its longer length makes it great for packing in those layers. For a relaxed look, pair with a tee, skinnies and trainers and for a more ‘I mean business’ look opt for a collared shirt, tie and knit combo with plain black skinnies and derbies.

The Harrington

Probably the most formal out of these three, the slim lined Harrington jacket in a nylon fabrication, will instantly turns up the ‘I have arrived’ factor of any outfit. When it comes to layering, keep it slim and fitted all the way through, funk it up with some colour or texture and don’t forget the accessories.

THE MMAS: STYLE WINNERS

The 2017 MMAs at the Durban ICC featured some serious style players who pulled out all the stops. One thing’s for sure, even if they didn’t win anything, in our books they deserve kudos for their LIT style.

Here they are, our top style players.

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Making a statement in head-to-toe Markham, K2 kept it monochrome with a bold print.

South-Africa-Metro-FM-Music-Awards-2017-February-BellaNaija-7-600x771South-Africa-Metro-FM-Music-Awards-2017-February-BellaNaija-4-600x399SA’s favourite duo, Mafikizolo never disappoints in the style stakes. In fact, so on point are they, that they picked up an MMA not for their music but for the Best Styled Group. Their monochrome styling is a classic and we love Theo’s graphic patterned pants. They also owned the camo trend for one of their appearances. (Images: Bella Naija)

 

South-Africa-Metro-FM-Music-Awards-2017-February-BellaNaija-17-600x679Nominated for four of the big categories- Best Newcomer, Best Hip Hop Album, Best Male Album and Song of the Year- and winner of all of them, Nasty C played it super casual but super slick in an all black tee and skinny jeans combo with stand out gold accessories. (Images: Bella Naija)

South-Africa-Metro-FM-Music-Awards-2017-February-BellaNaija-18-600x924Zwelethu Nkutsho can pull off this super posh tux look, the star being the dove grey buttoned waistcoat with black tie tucked in. So simple but so effective. (Image: MetroFM)

DuBOIZHip hop star, Du Boiz, won Best Music Video for Dope Dreams, a song he collaborated on with American rapper Tyga. We love that he swapped the rough ‘n tuff hip hop vibe for some serious style. His aubergine coloured suit ticks all the right boxes and the accents of lilac and red were a very classy touch. (Image: Du Boiz)

CASPERCasper Nyovest played it formal and wowed in the ever-stylish monochrome suit. Slick and classy. (Image: MetroFM)

South-Africa-Metro-FM-Music-Awards-2017-February-BellaNaija-15-600x703Everyone’s favourite hip hop styler, Riky Rick, who won Best Hit Single for Sidlukotini, opted for ‘the brighter the better’ mantra when it came to his MMA outfit. We love the clashing 90s and 70s themes he had going on, where a bit of disco meets rave. (Image: Riky Rick)

CAMO IN THE URBAN JUNGLE

Every couple of years the camo-slash-military trend comes back around;  the 2017 iteration of camo is still badass, but with a modern sophistication that makes it one of the key looks for the year.

One of the big features of this season’s camo update is in the print itself. From afar it looks like the typical camo print, albeit with pops of colour, but upon closer inspection the graphics are actually much more detailed. They feature motifs such as leaves, flowers (Dries Van Noten SS 2017 and Moschino F 2017) and in some cases even horses (Hermes SS 2017) which are as unexpected as they are impactful.

Here are some of our favourite looks from runways and campaigns around the world showing key items in the trend: pants, bomber jackets, parkas, printed t-shirts, and hoodies.

The pants

Skinnies aside, drop-crotch joggers, skinny jeans and utility pants in a camo print, khaki or patchwork of military colours and prints, are where it’s at.

The Tee

While a t-shirt is a t-shirt, plain and simple, it’s more about the print, design and details. With the new camo, the print is more graphic with unexpected pops of colour and designs that cross over into the exotic.

The Bomber

Arguably 2017’s hottest jacket style, the bomber is no short on camo interpretations. Its clean lines lend themselves to bold clashing prints, but plain khaki and forest green are also a yes.

The hoodie

The distressed hoodie in green and camo hues is definitely a key item for Winter 2017. Aside from comfort, it can be dressed up or down, giving a contemporary street edge to any get up.

The parka

This classic is a favourite all year round. No matter what your style your wardrobe should have at least two: a lightweight one for the warmer months and a thick and cosy one for when the temperature drops. In a camo print, or military theme, the parka is totally LIT and can be paired with everything from joggers and sneakers to formal suit pants and derbies.

 

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

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  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.