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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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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

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.

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

#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