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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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Larny

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.

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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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Image sources:

Hail Pizza

La Parada Del Mar

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The Chef’s Table

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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