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PARKAS ON POINT

As one of the season’s key pieces, the parka jacket is both sophisticated and street, formal and fashion forward, trendy and tasteful and basically an all round 2017 wardrobe superstar.

With its roots in Northern Europe, specifically the icy Arctic Circle, it was the indigenous Caribou Inuits who we can thank for this super on fleek piece of fashion. It was originally lined with animal fur and made from seal skin to protect against the icy cold climate but from the ’40s we started to see the beginnings of what today’s high fashion parkas are styled on.

The 1940s were defined by WW2 and the original parka got reinvented and had mass usage as the military parka. The thick khaki fabric, plenty of outer and inner pockets for ammunition and supplies and the fact that it was long, made it the perfect get-up for soldiers.

Aside from the hood, the other defining feature of the parka was that it was roomy and allowed for layering. Something that the mods of the ’60s appreciated as it allowed them to rock some serious styling underneath yet remain warm whilst cruising the streets of London and New York. They also began sewing patches to their parkas, usually of their favourite bands, which as we know is making a comeback.

When the ’90s rolled around the parka re-emerged yet again as an item representing rebellious youth thanks to the likes of Oasis and other British bands who styled themselves mod-ish. Nowadays the parka has garnered a mass appeal and is relevant across all types of youth subculture. This is the best part about today’s parkas: how versatile it is and the fact that it’s the perfect item for layering, a big trend for Winter 2017.

Here are some favourite looks of the parka in its 2017 incarnation and you can shop our selection here.

Print/Motif:

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Moschino AW 2016

Military/Camo:

Paris Menswear Aut Winter 2016

Futuristic:

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Dior SS 2017

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Prada SS 2017

Luxe:

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Astrid Andersen AW 2017

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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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)

 

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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

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.

#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

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.