Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Black

I did it. I went black. 

Maybe now they’ll make a TV series about badass teenage boys with magical powers who dress in super chic black all the time. I volunteer as tribute for the role of lead!

Its kind of (read REALLY FRIGGEN) sad that there aren’t any shows with sassy, young guys in roles that are powerful outside of brute strength and…like… six packs. Is it too much to ask for an intelligent, emotional, slightly misunderstood and angst yet still totally independent and easy cool in a refined sort of way young guy to be shown on TV? Am I reaching for the stars here? No. I don’t think so. 

Anyway, winter is totally setting in here in Grahamstown so I layered the shit out of this puppy:

My friend told me I look good from the back. Is that even a thing?

Either way, tights ARE a thing and I really don’t like it when people call them meggings. Like, can’t a guy wear something without having to change its name to sound more “manly”? That totally implies that leggings are just for women and why do women get to have all the fun? Sometimes I want to show off my legs in skin tight spandex too. 

Tight spandex aside, I’m back at varsity and getting right back into it. I’m back at yoga after an extended hiatus (which came pretty soon after starting so basically I’m only really starting now) while I rehearsed for the show I was in and am working on a healthier diet. Not in a checking-the-amount-of-calories-and-cutting-all-sugar-and-fat-and-whatever-out-of-my-diet kind of way. I totally just ate a pizza right now but the point is not to be extremist about supposed health. To me, health is moderation and consideration. So I’m eating fast food and junk food a little less than before and trying to consider healthier options. But in no way am I being absolute. Like, you won’t see me eating just salad in an effort to be healthy. That’s not what its about. What you will see is more water, more yoga and more fresh food. And then maybe a pizza with double cheese on a Sunday. 

I guess health is a bit of a weird issue for guys. I don’t know. Before, the only time I thought of anything health related was when I considered going to the gym to try and get myself a six pack. And I think that a lot of guys my age and younger think that the only sort of physical/health related thing they should aspire to is being muscular or good at team sports in school. But why? I have never been either of those things and for a long time that bothered me. But like I’ve said before, I think that when you aspire to those things it often comes from a  place of wanting to be accepted/respected/thought well of by others as opposed to a place of self-respect or self-motivation. I’ve found that my desire to be healthy is a far better motivation to exercise and eat right than the desire to have a certain type of body ever was. And I just think thats an important idea to share. 

I don’t know how we got to health issues from my new outfit but okay. 

Lets stare at Matt Healy who I totally adore these days. 

Imagine Matt Healy as a character in that TV show I mentioned/fantasized about earlier. Yeah, he’d totally fit the criteria for a sassy male witch. YES!

Things are getting weird so I’m going to leave now. 

bye. 



Sunday, 30 March 2014

It’s been a while. Here’s what’s been happening since we last spoke. 

We closed the show last night. It was a really great experience for me as an actor. Every production I perform in makes me love the craft more and more and I feel weirdly affirmed knowing that I could one day turn performance into a career. I even got one of those vanity mirrors in my dressing room. It was the best!

I finally finished watching American Horrror Story: Coven . I think a part of me wanted to drag out the experience for as long as possible because I couldn’t get enough of their outfits. Never before have witches been so stylish. My favourite looks are Zoe’s dungarees and Fiona’s turbaned-and-ready-for-death do. This is what I did:

I’m really into this whole turban thing right now. It’s so handy for when my hair gets crazy (which is a lot of the time these days) and it makes me feel like every classic hollywood actress ever…albeit when they’re old. I mean, I’m talking Jane Fonda here. Chiiiiiiiic. 

I’m excited to get back to Cape Town next weekend. I have a bunch of things I’m hoping to get done while I’m there and more likely than not, they’ll find their way onto here soon enough. 

Okay. I like your faces. I’ll be back soon. 

Byeeeeeeeee



Monday, 3 March 2014

Music and Stuff

Hello!

I’ve just got to tell you before I forget, that I got cast in the drama department’s term production. I’m pretty stoked to be working with a bunch of the honours students and a third year student. Also, our director, Liz Mills is from Cape Town and has such a great vision and style. I’m so excited to perform the final product. My character is the creepiest. Basically he’s a 60 year old scriptwriter with a tendency to watch people during their “intimate moments”. I’m having so much fun exploring his pervy side. Plus, his costume is totally banging. We did a publicity photo shoot yesterday and maybe when the pictures are ready I can put them up on here. 

To give you an idea though, take a look at these pictures of Harold from a movie I recently watched called Harold & Maude. He’s basically the epitome of teen angst and keeps staging elaborate suicides. His exasperated mother just rolls her eyes and suggests he gets married. Then he meets an old lady, Maude, who likes to crash funerals. Right?

Harold is in fact a much nicer (and younger) person than my character but the way he dresses makes me think of my character, Clifford. Watch the movie. Its a total gem.  

Anyway, in the last 24 hours I’ve stumbled on a bunch of musical stuff that you should TOTALLY see. So here:

This is Thomas Edison Warmsley and James Edward Bagshaw of the band, Temples. Their new album, Sun Structures, is slowly changing my life.  

There are several things we need to talk about here, like that Ankh necklace and the fact that James’ hair knows no gravity. Also, these boys look like the kind of guys who would totally take you under their wing and teach you everything you need to know about like disco and stuff. Which is weird because their sound makes me think on the Beatles.

Also,the sequined/shiny/need-in-my-life shirt James has on. Yeah, lets talk about Glitter and stuff for a sec: I think shiny stuff should really be a lot more prominent in menswear. Like these pants: 

They’re from a Vogue Hommes International s/s 2011 editorial called “Le Cri” photographed by Willy Vanderperre featuring model Jonathan Marquez. In fact, its the same Vogue you saw in my post about my room. 

Also, rainbow glitter is a cool thing which I like and am therefore putting here. 

Then there’s this band, called Men, who make cool stuff and have a TOTAL babe of a lead singer in JD Samson. Besides looking like a really hunky Frida Kahlo (especially in the illustration below) JD has this weirdly iconic bad boy look. Think Francois from Youth in Revolt. Okay now look. 

I see a lot of Frida in here. This is an illustration by Jory Dayne. His work is so great. Look

Here’s JD with MEN. 

Again. 

Yeah, I mean. There’s not much more I can say. 

Also, take a look at this music video for their song, Make Him Pay, which is a wonderful trip mix up of sex-ed and self defense and beach massage. There’s LITERALLY nothing more you could want from a music video. 

Then there’s Bertie Gilbert, who you might know from Youtube, and his really great, Wes Anderson-like short films. Take a look at these screenshots which I love. 

They’re from his little video called, We’re So Lucky. You should definitely go see it and his two short films. I’m a big fan of his. I like Bertie’s all black everything look in the first and second shots and the way he distorted the colors in the film. 

So yeah, thats about it for just now. I like your face. 

kaythanksbye



Wednesday, 26 February 2014

growingirons said: you make fashion make sense

Thank you so much for saying that. All I want to do really is offer an alternative perspective on menswear and how men think about fashion. 



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Back to Grinding (work, that is)

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t but either way I’m back at uni in Grahamstown. Back at uni means unlimited interwebs again and that means I’ve been kind of sort of majorly distracted. But, I mean, I can say with a really straight face that I’ve actually been quite productive in spite of myself. I attribute that productivity to my recent acquisition of a daily planner. Life lesson: daily planners will change you. I used to tell myself that oh sure I’ll remember all the readings my lecturer mentions and of course I’ll remember that I need to go buy water before my tutorial. Needless to say, I was wrong. I lost control, so I bought a daily planner. Its a Moleskine. Star Wars edition. Yoda is on the front. Yes. 

I signed up for yoga. I’m really enjoying it even though it is exercise (I know right?) and I think the key to that enjoyment of exercise comes from the fact that this time, I’m doing it because I want to be healthy and not because I want my body to look a certain way or to have people approve of me somehow. I’m learning that, in all aspects of life, it is always best to do something because it is what you feel is right for you and it will essentially make you happy. I believe quite strongly that no-one will be satisfied with you until you are satisfied with yourself. And even then some people are pretty messed up and will never be satisfied with anything anyway which is why I say never mind them and just DO IT FOR YOU. 

I think its equally important to apply that principle to the way you dress. For me, the clothes I put on my back are an extension of who I am. If I deny myself the pleasure of wearing what represents the way I feel about myself on a particular day, then I am denying myself.

I guess all of the above really comes down to TRUST. Trusting yourself and your instincts, trusting that you know what is right for you. Trusting that even though what you feel is right for you might not be what people expect of you, you should still go ahead with it. For instance, the pants above. Men aren’t supposed to accentuate their waists, their bums, their hips. But when I have pants tight up around my waist, I feel good. I feel empowered by a silhouette that is now alien on the male body. So I wear it, even though men are supposed to wear their pants on their hips. And it feels good. 

Going back to trust, its funny because when I found these shorts in a hospice shop, I wasn’t sure if they would fit me. There wasn’t anywhere to try them on but I wanted them so badly (some of you might recall my desperate search for anything high-waisted). I was with Jess and we had been talking all morning about trust. So I took them and said: trust. When I got home, they fit perfectly. 

Anyway, let me not get carried away. Here are some other things that I think are cool and that you should see:

Surfers are cool. Also, beaches are best when they’re cloudy. 

I’m told this is Dior Homme. Also, hats are a thing. 

This is apparently an ad for Montgomery Ward menswear from 1943. The outfit on the left kills me. Long legs, short torso. YES.

Also, I may or may not be posting too many mirror selfies on instagram or Facebook but after a conversation with a friend, I have come to the realization that you HAVE to document those days when you look exactly the way you wish you did 100% of the time. So don’t think of it as a selfie. Think of it as a immortalization of the moment the appearance cosmos converged in your favour. Here, let us celebrate:

I still adore my Sorbonne shirt. Also, I bought a new pair of the same pair of pants. The old ones started to tear but I loved them so I bought new ones. 

My hair is still getting longer. My looking-down-with-incidental-pout pose is also getting stronger. 

There’s this one as well which I think is kind of cool because it shows the sort of stuff I keep with me and that’s pretty telling. 

Okay. So, I mean, basically what I want you to get out of this is to learn to care a little less. Do what you need and what is good for you and celebrate when you look good. And even when you don’t. 

Kaythanksbye. 



Sunday, 16 February 2014

the problem with menswear

Last year I read a post by a fellow South African menswear blogger, Marco Riekstins. It was written in 2011 and most everything he says in the post is still painfully relevant. For that reason, I decided to write my own piece. I think it is important to continue this discussion until we, as an industry, start to really tackle the issue. Here it is. 

The Stagnation of the South African Menswear Industry

I was never fashionable. On my first trip to London in 2006 I wore cargo pants and one-strap sandals. I remember a particularly yellow shirt with red flames on the sleeves, which I wore to Harrods. It’s not a memory I enjoy revisiting. Whenever we went shopping, my mother would urge me too look at jeans but for some reason I absolutely refused. I would NOT wear them. It wasn’t as if I was trying and failing to be fashionable, I simply had no awareness of clothing or any interest in having such awareness. The turning point came in 2007 – my final year of primary school – when finally, out of sheer determination to have my mother stop pestering me about wearing jeans, I tried a pair of denims on. I don’t remember where they were from but rest assured they were nothing fancy. I do remember that they were a light blue wash, straight leg, low rise and that I felt amazing. Then I bought a pair of Vans and a knit hoodie and the reaction I got to my new look at school the next day was the beginning of the love affair I’ve had with fashion for the past six years – a love affair that has recently been marred by the stagnation of the menswear industry in South Africa. 

There is a common misconception that South African men have no interest in fashion. I too labored under this impression for some time until I began to become more interested in the workings of the fashion industry. Since then, I have come to learn that – with the exception of some of our more conservative members of the male population – the vast majority of South African men are in fact far more aware of the clothes they put on their back than we give them credit for. Granted, an interest in fashion does not guarantee successful execution thereof but that isn’t necessarily their fault. Nor is it necessarily a fault at all. Some people just aren’t inclined to dress for anything other than comfort and practicality and that is their prerogative. However, those men who do wish to dress for more aesthetic purposes are being let down by an industry that does not present, foster or encourage creativity in the way men dress.  

So where and how did this stagnation begin? Why is it being perpetuated? I’ve asked myself these questions for the better part of five years and I still cannot come up with a definitive answer. To be honest, I believe it’s a bit of a chicken vs the egg problem. But if I must draw a starting point, let me express my theory in this way:

1. First, it is widely assumed men will not wear anything other than boardshorts and plakkies on the weekend and some chinos and a shirt to work… 

2.  So media houses stick to conservative, unimaginative and safe fashion features so as not to scare off their supposedly conservative male audiences…

3. Men see these editorials and believe conservatism is the only acceptable approach to fashion…

4. Therefore men only buy certain clothes (hello perpetuation of point 1).

5. As per common business sense, retail buyers only bring in more of the merchandise which sells…

6. which forces designers to only create certain types of merchandise if they want to make any sort of retail impact…

7. which in turn means media houses have no alternative to conservative fashion – even if they DID want to feature anything other than suits and preppy chic in their editorials. 

Hey presto! Your menswear industry is stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle of conformity with a tragic lack of innovation.

In a recent conversation with a jewelry-designer friend of mine, she made the assertion that “whoever controls the media controls the minds.” We need only look towards magazines like American Vogue to see that this is true. Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, is regarded as the most powerful figure in American fashion for the simple reason that she controls every facet of Vogue magazine. The clothes featured in Vogue sell. The designers backed by Vogue make it big. The people profiled in Vogue are seen as beacons of style. Too often I hear the following: “oh that’s just because its Vogue magazine.” Sure, but what is Vogue magazine without its editors, stylists, photographers and writers? The legendary status of Vogue was created by the vision of the people who work for it. Their ideas about what fashion is and how it should be presented to consumers created the icon it is today. I like to think that local industry professionals are as passionate about what they do as their international counterparts but if they are, their work is not reflecting that passion.  My question is why there isn’t a counterpart to Vogue in menswear? Not even the menswear editions of Vogue share the status of their sisters. More pertinently still, is why there is no such media powerhouse in the South African menswear industry?

GQ South Africa is perhaps the only publication worth mentioning in a piece dedicated to the discussion of local menswear. Being the only magazine that runs regular fashion editorials, it houses the single most prominent masthead in local menswear - a position fortified by the recent launch of its semi-annual GQ Style. The problem is that the magazine only caters towards men of a certain age and income bracket and with more traditional menswear sensibilities. But whatever happened to the rest of the male population? What about the youth? What about boys on budgets? What about men who want clothes more avant-garde than silver suits and preppy chic? I respect what GQ does but it is not all-encompassing of the many possibilities for menswear. No magazine could be. Which is why men’s fashion media needs to be democratized. If true innovation and creativity is to be fostered, we need a varied media. 

But even a varied media would mean nothing without clothes to suit those variations. We have a multitude of talented designers in this country but as Marco Riekstins pointed out, none of them want to work in menswear. And who can blame them? There is no support for the avant-garde in our industry. The one or two collections which do exhibit a modicum of innovation lack craftsmanship and are not presented in a way that is appealing to consumers. 

 Elle magazine has taken a vested interest in supporting local talent through their several Rising Star initiatives, which is great for womenswear but then again this piece isn’t about womenswear, is it? Where is the support for talent which will filter into the menswear industry? Why has the men’s media not taken the same initiative as Elle? It is the imperative of those with the platform and resources to do so, to start developing structures which will grow the sort of talent and expertise which will represent the future of South African menswear. This is necessary NOW. 

Instead of supporting the local designers we do have, more and more I have seen the media (including bloggers) trump up international brands to the point of superstardom. By fan-girling to death over Topman, Zara and (soon) River Island, we crush the status of local menswear brands. Instead of tweeting our excitement about H&M possibly landing here, why don’t we tweet about Stiaan Louw? What people fail to realize is that by allowing international brands like those mentioned to sink their teeth into our market, we destroy any chance of building the local fashion economy. Young designers don’t have the resources to compete with multinational corporations who produce their goods for cheap (another problem entirely) and mark them up by a couple of hundred percentage points. Anyone who has seen those brands’ stores in their native countries will know that the goods they send us are from the back-end of the season and of sub-par quality. Which means we get force fed low-quality goods at a price parading as “affordable for an international brand”. Just because its from England doesn’t mean you should pay R600 for it when its only worth a fraction of that price. 

I love fashion. Moreover, I love men’s fashion. But my country isn’t inspiring me to love it more. I know that there is so much diversity in our population - so many possibilities. Unfortunately, very little of that diversity makes it into the light of mainstream consciousness – I find that to be a tragic failure. If we, as a national community of fashionable men, are to move forward from this dormancy there is a lot that must change. If I might be so bold as to summarize our industry’s problem in one word, it would be: lazy. We are lazy to truly push the envelope because let’s face it, it is far easier to just stick to the status quo and hope that somewhere along the line things will get interesting. I know, because I am guilty of the very same laziness. I decided to write this piece because I hope that those who see it will be inspired to do better just as I was recently inspired to do better myself. So here’s what I propose: 

Let’s start focussing on real forward-thinking ideas. Let’s feature local designers in our fashion editorials. Let’s praise men who are truly pushing the boundaries of what we accept as menswear and give them a greater platform. Let’s show men that there’s more to a wardrobe than beachwear and workwear and that suits with crazy patterns or brogues with neon soles aren’t the only way to push the envelope. Let’s stop stagnating and start creating an industry we can be proud of. Let’s go.



Saturday, 1 February 2014

Stuff and Stuff and That

Goodness Gracious how things get on. 

Varsity vacations are JUST GREAT. Plain and simple they’re long and who doesn’t want a long-ass sabbatical from doing that responsible semi-adult stuff involved in getting a degree. Am I right?

So I guess these pictures are sort of a representation of the long-assness preceding today. Its really diverse too because some of it is from my phone, some is from a friend’s phone, some is film and some is not. So yes. Here…

Maman tried to take a photo but her lack of focussing skills and my lack of film-loading skills had other plans for this image. I still like it though. Film can sort of do no wrong in my books. Its old enough to be my grandfather too, so…there’s that. 

New Years Eve was also a thing, which it hasn’t been for the past couple of years. Its re-emergence onto the social scene involved a lot of public transport and me bending down for photos because somehow I managed to befriend the shortest people in high school. 

This was actually during term time when i got invited to an excuse to dress up like disney characters and make duck faces in the general direction of disposable cameras. That’s a rolling stones shirt under the plaid one. I was a rocknroll Mickey with a hair/ears bow because somehow chinese shops are averse to Mickey but totally alright with Minnie which I find completely unacceptable.

Caryn also did a thing for her 20th. I wore my dungarees and got basting sauce on my converse and Catharin failed to prove that her Samsung’s camera is in fact decent. So yes.

Dominique and I also went to the beach which was great except I drove and that was a bad idea because I drive like a granny and take several minutes to park. We also climbed the mountain to celebrate Lea’s 22nd birthday which was great in all respects. I feel as though I’ve done all my exercise for the next five years which is roughly the time since I climbed the mountain before this time. Anyway, the only way to document these days was to put my film slr on self-timer and RUN! I nearly fell flat on my face on the mountain but that’s alright because I didn’t. 

So I guess that’s sort of what’s been going on. Yes. 

This has been a queued post because internet is scarce. 

Goodbye



Friday, 31 January 2014

Welcome to my office/bedroom/chambers/would-be apartment

I think André Leon Talley would call it clinical. 

I prefer the term neo-chic struggling artist.

But that’s just nitpicking. 

I told you all I would post pictures of my decorating endeavors in the new room. Can we talk about the fact that I kept one of my blog promises. Awww yeah. It was a really great experience taking time to build a living space I’m comfortable in and proud of. Like I said before I think its really important to have a space which appeals to you. Especially as a young person/teenager/anyone actually. 

My bed is a mattress on the floor, and my desk is actually an old door which we cut up and also turned into the shelves. Its quite low so most of the time I sit on the floor or on a small ottoman which is fun. 

This is my photo wall. Its gotten quite big in the short amount of time it has existed. I spray-painted a cassette tape gold and stuck it on too. The picture next to the cassette is of my uncle who was TOTALLY styling when he was younger. Look:

right?

Charlie the mac got a face in June which was exciting until someone said it looked like Nicholas Cage. Then it got exciting again.  The pencil case was my great grandmother’s. Her name was Agnes. 

I have a thing for notebooks. I’ve gotten into the whole Moleskine thing. We also need to talk about how to pronounce that word because nobody seems to care for the fact that there is an e at the end of Moleskine and this post is about to get really rambly (as in its a ramble) because it is midnight. 

These are my magazines and a scrapbook of Albert Maysles’ photographs and cinema graphs. I stumbled on the book while searching for something on Frida Kahlo for Lea. I’d never heard of him before but after flicking through the book I found his stuff quite interesting. 

The Vogue Hommes is from a couple years back but it was my first and so it is my favourite. Plus, James Franco. 

My mom found a huge dictionary so she gave it to me, the English major son. It has some cool ish in it let me tell you. Those are my books. And then some newly acquired cassettes as well. Casettes are so much fun and far less mainstream non-mainstream than records so there. 

Okay. I’ve started talking about mainstream. I’m leaving. 

This has been a queued post because the internet is on strike. 

Goodbye. x



Thursday, 30 January 2014

old and new and stuff

I have no idea how I feel about this picture. Just roll with it, okay? 

Jess took me thrift shopping a couple of weeks ago and once I had recovered from the initial shock of finding perfectly decent clothing for less than R20 an item, I managed to get my hands on some things which I love and which will no doubt be appearing here soon. 

I swear I’m not trying to look unimpressed with having to put my hand on my head. I just have a bitchy resting face, okay?

Jess told me she thought I looked like a nurse in the shirt. I guess that’s okay because the only male nurse I know of is Gaylord Focker and I’m perfectly alright with that association. 

For some reason it made me think of the 50s and The Rum Diary. I have no idea if either of those mental links are appropriate but my reference points have been pretty messed up for a while so I’ve basically surrendered to whatever. 

I absolutely promise that that Simon & Garfunkel record was NOT strategically placed to feature in this overzealous photo sesh. 

The jeans aren’t quite so thrifty but that’s not for a lack of trying. Hospice shops tend to not have such great sizes in guys pants and while they have great light wash jeans, I’m not size 28. Nor am I a 42. 

So we headed on down to the real stores where Jess says I pay too much money for clothes and bought me this pair from Vertigo. 

I like the way the shirt folds over the jeans. My affinity for skinny bottoms and oversized tops still hasn’t gone away. I’ve also taken to wearing the shirt over my underwear around the house. Let me tell you, Cape Town has KILLED summer. I’m sweating in my sleep. 

Blurry pictures are cool. And this is about the only one in this post that wasn’t staged and doesn’t feature me being an awkward model wannabe. Simon and Garfunkel are there too which is always a plus. 

Okay, I hope you like it. 

x



Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sorbonne

Like all good blog posts, this one begins with a selfie. So lets begin:

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I have never been to the University of Paris but that sure as sugar isn’t going to stop me from wearing the seams out of this shirt. I’ve had it for some time actually but its always been a little too small and the neck a little too high. 

It was not until I rediscovered it in my closet this vac and cut the neck that I solved both those problems and realized how much I effing love it! It goes with anything and is super chilled to wear. I love the cut neck although its caused me some grief because I now have the urge to cut ALL my shirt necks. I’m like the Sweeney Todd of t-shirts. 

I don’t know if that comparison works but whatever. Im not getting rid of it. 

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As for the dungarees, that’s another story entirely. 

I don’t know exactly when I started craving this neo-railworker-chic piece of blue wonderfulness but I loved them as a toddler and i love them now. 

Before anyone asks, these are not from TOPMAN and they did not cost me R1000. I got these off a good friend of mine for like R150 and the label says “authentic St John’s Bay”. Kapow to exorbitant fashion prices. It just goes to show that what I said in my last post about having to dig for the things you want at the right price is totally real and do-able. 

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I really love the small parts of these bad boys. Parts like the strap buckles, the chest pouch (which is super useful for storing your daily use items like your keys, your card, your iPhone, your photos of hot boys) and the pockets which are so lovely and deep. I am strongly averse to shallow pockets. I have too much NONSENSE to lug around. 

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If you’re on my instagram, you know that I recently got a pair of Converse. It was really a spur of the moment thing. See, all my shoes are in tatters from tramping around everywhere at varsity and we went to a factory store to go look for new shoes and all of a sudden there were the Converse. So I tried them on, dug them and now they’re my go-to for everything. That’s mainly because I have no other decent shoes but also largely because they’re the tiddies. 

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As you also know, I am growing my hair out. And as the hair journey progresses, my locks become more difficult to control. I recently took control of my downward-spiralling hair life and bought a head band but seeing as it has to be washed every now and again, I improvised with the scarf you see turbaned/badly wrapped around my head. I feel like its very Jane Fonda meets BoKaap. 

Not really though… Just don’t call it a doekie. 

OUT!

x



Friday, 29 November 2013

Back to Cape Town

Tomorrow morning at three a.m. I will wake up, catch a bus to Port Elizabeth and then get on a flight to Cape Town. I can think of nothing better. 

Today saw me write the my last exam of my first year at uni. While I won’t deny that there was a little bit of double waffle flipping in the last essay, I think overall it was a pretty good job. I spent the whole of today packing up all of my possessions for storage while I’m back home. And let me tell you if there’s one way to find out if you have too much stuff, its PACKING. I cannot even begin to describe the STRUGGLE that packing all of my nonsense has become. I really need to downsize. But then again, I also really need to SHOP! *insert obligatory first-world-problems joke here*

Don’t ask me about traveling in style and all that because let me tell you, I look like a pack mule when I travel. I’ll leave it to travel catalogue models to look easy breezy strolling through airport terminals with, like, one duffle bag. Sorry, but I have more than two polo shirts, some tennis shorts and a cologne. GOTTA HAVE OPTIONS YO. sorry for internet shouting. 

What I will say is that the bag above is about half the size of the one I took down to Cape Town in the mid-year vacation. That could be because its only summer clothes but I also made some serious sacrifices when packing. My dad always says “lay out what you’re going to pack. then halve it.” Halving was a bit drastic in this case. But I sure did cut the excess. 

Yes, those are my feet. 

Anyway, I have some exciting plans for Cape Town and summer and all that. I’ll be sure to document the room decorating and vintage shopping and any other wonderful things you might think of. I’ll also be putting a link up to my Flickr soon – so watch out for that. 

That’s all for first year, I guess. Aweh Grahamstown. Its been solid. 

OUT!

x



Friday, 22 November 2013

My summer basics

OMG WHO KNEW PHOTOSHOP COLLAGES COULD BE SO MUCH FUN. 

this past week (read: month. read: year) has been a total aesthetic binge. I swear I’m just not stopping. Between movies and flickr, the amount of inspiration I take in sort of becomes overwhelming after a while. So I decided to have a bit of a fashion catharsis in the form of this here collage. 

But Cullan, its only five images, how could that possibly represent the release of the collective fashion tension of all those films and photographs? 

Well, I’m actually a pretty simple guy when it comes to what I wear…or at least, I’ve become a pretty simple guy. Throughout everything that appeals to me visually is a pretty basic main idea: simple, clean colours but with a unique silhouette. Think high waisted, slim bottoms and oversized baggy tops that can be tucked in.

 These are just core items that make up the skeleton of my overall fashion body. 

Yeah, okay, that metaphor was lame. WHATEVER!

So yeah, light wash denim, oversized white shirts, a little baroque and an undercurrent of blue and you got it!

clockwise from top left: 

1. Baroque printed t-shirt: ZARA
2. Plain White Tee: American Apparel
3. Medium wash high-waist jeans: American Apparel
4. Dungarees: ZARA
5. Nike Airmax trainers. 

Don’t even joke with yourself thinking I’m going to be buying all these brands. Ain’t NOBODY got that kind of cash money lying around. I hate to talk about it, but I think its important to note that I don’t have a lot of money, being a student. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t, or you can’t, create a similar wardrobe by digging around a little. I always used to be super defeatist about clothing – if the main stores didn’t have it, I gave up. I’ve recently learned that if you want clothes that are really going to fulfull your aesthetic desires, you have to go looking for them. 

When I get back home I’m going to be doing a lot of vintage shopping. I’m hoping to make a couple of vlogs when I do and maybe some YouTube lookbooks. Here’s to THAT plan. For now, I have two more exams before I finish my first year of uni. Be about it!

Anyway, I’m DONE. 

xx



Friday, 15 November 2013

Whine About Stuff

Here’s an 8tracks mix of some jams for jamming to. 

its got an undercurrent of sixties. yeah yeah yeah. 



French Films and Fashion Inspiration

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student in the process of writing exams, must be entirely devoid of productivity. Whether that lack of productivity always results in the shameless re-hashing of famous literary opening lines is not quite as definite but hey, each to their own. 

I will say exams have been going rather well. Yesterday’s poetry exam saw the spontaneous regurgitation of poems I thought I had long since forgotten. Who knew that a grade nine history lesson involving Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est…” would come in so handy for a uni exam on Modernist verse? Golly. 

Because the exam timetable gods are probably perpetually high on crack I have a lot of time in between each one, which obviously means hours and hours of aesthetic binging on the interwebs. Flickr is a new obsession because why not create yet another online profile and get involved with yet another medium of creation? Besides my own self-promotion, stalking other profiles is like smack for a film junkie like me. 

Another excellent way to deny the real world and your academic responsibilities (at least for a bit) is film. I like to watch French picks from Sundance and call it studying seeing as I do actually study French. Mostly though I just swoon over French boys and wonder when it’ll be my turn to dance around bonfires with rebellious art students in the 60s. How’s that time machine coming, fancy science people?

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Last week a couple of friends and I decided to go have a mid-finals picnic and be totally and unapologetically TRIANGULAR about it. You can see the video I made of it here. Also, take a look at this artistically framed picture of me in all my unshaven glory. YEAH:

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Anyway, in about two weeks I’ll be back in Cape Town and what I now call procrastination will be a perfectly acceptable way of life. We’ll be moving house a few days after I arrive, which – aside from the slight annoyance of actually moving stuff – provides a much-welcomed opportunity to reinvent my living space. I’m thinking white with lots of light, photographs on the wall and fairy lights in jars. Am I every post-pubescent, neo-chic teenage gay-boy ever yet? Is that even a thing? I don’t know. I just like making big swooping statements every once in a while. They’re satisfying in a weird way. I TOTALLY give you permission to roll your eyes at me. I just did. Cue gratuitous decor pictures!

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my friend’s dining room has amazing light and white walls I wish I could copy paste into a new room. pinterest and more pinterest. society6 makes awesome throw cushions (and they ship to SA!).

From what I hear, my new room won’t be that big, but why should it be? I only get to go home maximum four times a year. Due to weird circumstances that I won’t go into on here (oh yeah, look at me being all mysterious) i didn’t really have much creative control over my living space in the past three years. and before that I didn’t know my Feng Shui from my Kanso (not that I do now either) and I’m pretty excited to decorate from scratch now that I have a clue what makes my eyes water with joy. I think creative license over your living space is important, especially for us restless and wild youth (look, more line stealing. soznotsoz Daughter).

Aside from interiors, I’ve been saving up so that I can buy a bunch of new clothes when I get back home. Being on a student budget means those will probably ALL be thrifted. But let me tell you, I ain’t complaining. I’m not looking for extravagance, I just need to buy some new core pieces. and new SHOES. Heavens, my shoes are all in ruins. 

My style inspiration seems to have settled down nicely somewhere in between the 80s and 90s…minus the cringey, cheesy bits. Like, think young Johnny Depp.

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Especially think about young Johnny Depp with long hair. I’m still growing mine out and progress is certainly being made.

Also think about Danny Zuko in gym clothes and grey sweaters.

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Plus, think LONG AND HARD about Brian from the Breakfast club. 

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In terms of actual factual clothes that I want, get a load of these Topman dungarees:

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Also, these pants photographed on CLM

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these jeans available at ASOS

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and also every plain white shirt ever. 

Skaboosh!

out



Friday, 25 October 2013

Avant Chanel

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High-waisted is finally becoming a permanent feature in my wardrobe.

After re-watching Coco Avant Chanel two nights ago, I became so inspired by fashion once more. Its easy to forget that Coco Chanel almost single-handedly revolutionized the way women dressed in the early 20th century. She is such a motivation for me to try, at least in some way, to change the way men perceive clothes and what is an “acceptable” way for a man to look. 

At one stage in the movie, Capel takes Chanel to the sea where she sees fishermen hauling in their nets. Underneath their solid navy outfits, one can see the iconic blue and white striped shirts we have come to associate with sailors and fishermen alike. The next shot shows a man without his navy jacket and you can see the striped shirt in all its wonder. 

When Chanel returns to the country she is seen wearing a shirt she presumably bought off one of the fishermen. I absolutely love the idea of seeing something you like and making it your own; adapting it to your own style. 

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I happen to have a similar shirt, which I fished off of a clearance rack in an H&M in Germany three years ago. After watching the movie I just knew I had to wear it the next day…and so I did. 

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Paul Schneider is a blogger from Calgary in Canada. He is the KING of high-waisted pants and I am so infatuated with his wardrobe. In part, this outfit is inspired by him. 

These looks from Dolce & Gabanna S/S 2013 have also been lingering in the back of my mind for a while. Baggy tops overflowing from a tight, high-waist make LITERALLY the best silhouette! I don’t understand why only women get to accentuate their waists. A man’s waist is worthy of just as much recognition let me tell you. 

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A tip: wearing pants that rest on (or below) your hips elongate your torso and shorten your legs. I don’t find those proportions particularly appealing. Wearing pants that rest on your waist elongates your legs – and I think that is a far more powerful and appealing aesthetic. That’s just something to think about…I’m not about telling people how they should dress. 

Anyway, I love the neckline of this shirt. It comes up fairly high around the neck and then drops a bit at the back. And the way it drapes off the shoulders and exposes my neck is a really cool feeling. 

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I used a belt to tighten the waist and create more of a distinction between the top and bottom half of the outfit. It created some really interesting effects depending on how I stood. 

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So that is that! I’m so excited that my wardrobe is finally starting to take the shape I want it to. When I get back to Cape Town I have a couple of staple pieces I’m dying to get my hands on. Those will open up all sorts of crazy cool doors for play. 

On that note, my exams start in a week and a few days. I can’t believe my first year of university is nearly over.

If you’re interested, I made a Pin Board of some BITCHIN’ fashion inspiration for you cats. So go check that out if you’re keen. Aweh.

Also be sure to check out Paul’s blog at www.aperpetualstate.blogspot.com.

Stay golden.

xx