Good morning and happy Monday boys and girls!
I’ve been back in Cape Town for just over two weeks now and every single day I am reminded of how absolutely magical this place is, especially with summer on its way and the consequential shining sun, blue skies and the glow off the water as you drive along the coast. This past weekend we were treated to perfect weather and an array of Mother City-mazing activities – from warrior races to gun runs and multiple glasses of wine in between. And despite being slightly hungover on Saturday (thanks to a Friday night dealing with stock exchange-esque price drops at HQ); I spent the day indulging in Cape Town’s beauty. My lovely cousin Jayd and I took a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade and it occurred to me that it was the perfect spot for a photo shoot.
Combined with the natural beauty of the ocean (and the juxtaposed green leaves of the palm-tree-lined promenade), one of my favourite new pieces from London formed the foundation for this blog post.
Now you may (or may not) have noticed the art-inspired collections and runways over the last two seasons (if not, check out one of my previous posts on the influence of graffiti in fashion). Most noticeably was Prada’s collection last year where actual prints were ‘copied’ onto fabrics, but the broad brush strokes and primary colours have trickled through to other designers, down to the high street and now our own local stores such as Woolworths and Mr Price.
The art movement can be quite a bold one to embrace, so why not try pairing (down) your Picasso prints with a denim jacket or keeping your colours neutral? The print should be exaggerated but worn with simplicity and a feeling of fun.
So if you’re wondering how to incorporate this look into an existing wardrobe, here’s a little inspiration and guidance…
Brush Stroke Shift Dress: H&M London
Denim Jacket: Cotton On
Foldover Sling Bag: China Mart Joburg
Sunglasses: Vintage Store in Nottinghill
Thank you Jayd Levy for being the cutest photographer (above and beyond being one of my best friends who happens to be my cousin).
I am still figuring out how not to look like a total dork in front of the camera so have a little patience (and a little laugh).
Remember, this is fashion – so HAVE FUN!
Here’s hoping you now feel a little more confident in adopting the art-inspired trend or that you at the very least enjoyed my awkward modeling attempts.
“Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things”.
Until next time xxx