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LET’S GET A ‘HEY’ FOR FATHER’S DAY

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Father’s Day is upon us once again, so whether your ol’ man is into his hip hop get-ups, nails that hipster style, or rocks that old school vintage vibe like a pro, we’ve got something for him. Read on…

The Mac Daddy

Aside from his love of everything ’90s, especially the music, this Dad is bang on trend with the Golden Era of hip hop style. Think ripped jeans, checked shirts worn open, bomber jackets, sneakers, baseball caps and some bling. He’s the Dad every kid wants as his own because he never really grew up, and his style is on point.

Daddy Cool

With ’70s styling back, this dad knows his chinos from his skinnies, his Harrington from his parka. The look isn’t full blown; no, this dad draws on ’70s inspo but with an underlying hipster style and minimalist edge. He favours exotic culinary flavours, loves his old film camera more than anything except maybe craft beer – he really loves that- and has recently taken up boxing because he’s loving on all that flavour a bit too much.

The Godfather

This dad works a high-flying position at the JSE and calls some of the upper echelons of society his clients, so he has to walk the walk…. in premium leather. Even on his day off he takes pride in looking like he stepped off a Tom Ford runway. He values quality over quantity and has just a few key, expensive pieces that he works with other more low-key ones. He loves the finer things in life, like fast cars, real leather, bling watches and good cognac.

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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Givenchy Resort 2017

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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

FEET ON FIRE

Introducing our new range of premium leather footwear for the discerning dude who needs to look sharp all day and into the night. The range features some classics with a contemporary sizzle: the loafer, the derby and the brogue in three colourways, tan, brown and black, all hand-crafted in India.

For your fashionation we delve back into the archives to give you a roundup of where these styles come from, and where they’ve been and while you’re at it, click the images to shop.

The loafer

Loafers as we know them today were designed by Norwegian/American shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1930. Gaining popularity in America and Europe it was in the US of A where the term ‘loafer’ was coined in the early 30s as another way to ‘slip-on’, you know, like hangin’ out casual at home… And from then on became THE casual shoe worn by American men.

In the 60s they were elevated to formal status, in part thanks to Italian design brand Gucci adding a metal pin across the front and creating the famous Gucci loafer worn by Wall-Street businessmen. Another variation was the casual tassel loafer, which rose to fame amongst the all-American East Coast preppy guys, a reputation it hasn’t been able to shake since.

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The derby

From the Oxford, a popular sport and hunting boot around the 1850s (which by the 20th century was adapted as a short shoe to put on and take off easily take on), we have the evolution of the premium leather Derby. The main difference is that the Derby has an open lace system and can accommodate different sized feet more easily than the Oxford. They’ve become the most popular dress shoe for guys because of their comfort.

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The brogue

Arguably the most well-known of men’s formal shoes, the brogue has a unisex, androgynous vibe about it, probably because of the defining feature of decorative patterning. Most popular in monochrome, they originated in Ireland and were worn by men as outdoor walking shoes in the early 20th Century. They weren’t considered appropriate for business or formal occasions back then; however, one of the things we love about fashion is that it has the ability to make something once deemed functional to become completely LIT a few decades later. Which is the situation right now with regards to this favourite formal shoe.

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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.

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.

 

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