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CAPE TOWN / Friday / March 20th, 2015

Behind-the-Scenes at Old Khaki’s Latest Campaign

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I’ve joined the amazing team at Old Khaki as a brand rep, and we’ll be working closely together over the next few months, something I’m super excited about! I styled a shoot for them last year (click here to view it), and I’ve always loved their signature, classic aesthetic and quality, especially with their leather jackets (obviously)! (more…)


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CAPE TOWN, outfits / Friday / April 11th, 2014

Meow

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Shot in the colourful little part of Cape Town affectionately known as Bo Kaap, this area always brings me warm and nostalgic feelings. I associate it with houses in hues of happiness, my Islamic heritage and all its mosques, memories of watching the coons, where Aisha and I really got to know one another during a shoot, and the area where I went for my flight attendant interviews at the Hilton.

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CAPE TOWN, outfits / Monday / January 27th, 2014

Thoughts at Bay

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Cape Town is extra beautiful these days. It seems like the real summer weather is finally kicking in and judging by this outfit you can tell I wasn’t really ready for it, but you probably know I try and sneak some lush leather in wherever I can for as long as my body can take the heat!

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CAPE TOWN, outfits / Monday / August 26th, 2013

La Dolce Vita … oh, and MBCTFW13

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Prada sunglasses, basic black mesh top, Benetton knit chubby, skirt custom-made by my mom, handbag from Madrid, Topshop boots, DIY tassel earrings

Shot by Tegan Smith

I’m back! Back to the blog and back to Cape Town for good, finally after much talk and anticipation (on my part). In the first week I enjoyed the last few days of Ramedaan and Eid with my family followed by Cape Town Fashion Week. This was my outfit from the last day. My African-inspired skirt made from traditional shwe-shwe material was a great way for my mom and I to bond while she made it, and paid homage to how happy I am to be back home. I attended the last two days and I can’t say I was wildly impressed. Aside from the shows I saw ranging from below average RTW to average RTW, the organisation of the event was extremely disappointing and in all honesty I wished I had stayed home. While I love a good reason to wear my sequinned pants, I wasn’t this desperate for an occasion. I carried my camera with me everywhere and never took a single picture, because I was that uninspired. It just turned into a great catch up session with the usual fash pack and never-ending giggles with Aisha and Tegan as always.  Saturday was better, and as usual, the one who really “brought” it was Tlale. From understanding proportion, fabric, and bringing forward a great RTW visual aesthetic together, he truly made it come to life with the drama of his show. I strongly appreciate how he always takes us out of the standard runway at the CTICC, and admire how he tends to eliminate the hierarchy of the front row. In this case, everyone was front row as we sat spread down the eery-but-sunny strip that is Cape Town’s infamous abandoned highway. Overall though, I missed dramatic couture. I missed cascading layers of rouged tulle, intricate beading and over-the-top architectural pieces dominating the runway – all the pieces we love but have no occasion to wear. Whatever happened to fashion for fashion’s sake? During some shows I saw people seated on the floor in their “OOTD” so as to get a better view/shot, and all I could think was firstly I’d never sit on the floor in this outfit and secondly, definitely not to watch/shoot this. I am no critic, and I don’t claim to know everything. I’m sure all of the designers dedicated much time into their work, and naturally there were quite a few “nice” pieces. However, Tlale seems to be the only person this year who remembered that it is after all a fashion show. If designers couldn’t invest more into their range, I wished they would invest in the theatricality and stage presence. Tlale could have sent black bags down that highway and I would have given him a standing ovation. In the words of Mr Billy Flynn, “Give ’em the old razzle dazzle… How can they see with sequins in their eyes?” Knowing myself though, I will be back again next year, wearing all my favourite things at once and praying to be wowed. Other than that, I miss hotel beds, I miss northern hemisphere heat, I miss everything that is Leonor Alves, I don’t miss aeroplanes and I’m now someone’s fiancé (note how I casually slipped that in there). Thank you Tegan for these images, you’re too amazing! xx
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CAPE TOWN, INSTA-BREED / Thursday / May 2nd, 2013

Insta- Breed: Home-bound

 1. Sick on Malick’s trampoline in Cape Town /2. My blue suede shoes from Zara, Cape Town/ 3. Kitty cuddles in Cape Town/ 4. Family braai day/ 5. Girls Night!/ 6. Leonor gives the BEST manicures/ 7. #ThrowBackThursday – I played dress-up and made my aunt pose with me!/ 8. Poor guy, I’m so obsessed with him/ 9. Vogue Portugal – trying to learn the language so I needed some interesting reading material!/ 10. Crazy about this dress from H&M, wish I bought it / 11.”Lipstick on that glass, this might not be your first but it’s better than yo’ last”/ 12. At the wedding. 
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