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#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

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.