kate desmarais

Pichulik SS14

One of my FAVOURITE creative duos, photographer Alix-Rose Cowie and stylist slash advertising whizz gal slash most fashionable girl in Cape Town Kate Desmarais have created a beautiful lookbook for local jewellery range Pichulik. I’m blogging about this from NYC, because I couldn’t wait, but also because even though I am surrounded by cool shit over here – I’m really, REALLY proud of what’s going on back home. I am reminded of that every day as we walk the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

necklaces – Pichulik, photographer – Alix-Rose Cowie, stylist – Kate Desmarais, location – Chandler House. please see Kate’s blog for all the clothing credits.

ps: I am blogging from my iPad, which – as it turns out – is not as easy as I thought it would be. this post may or may not have taken me the better part of an hour.


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Supernatural

if you’re a regular you’ll be familiar with the wonderful styling & photography work of Capetonians Kate Desmarais and Alix-Rose Cowie, as i featured their lookbooks Fancypants and Off-Kilter in the past couple of years. well, i have someone new to add to the ever-growing list of wonderfully talented local ladies – Supernatural, a floral design studio made up of friends Emma Frost and Jessica Ellis.

i actually came home after a loooong day yesterday, and this gorgeous arrangement of flowers was waiting for me courtesy of Emma & Jessica. what a treat. it was inspired by their supernatural (as it were) lookbook, which shows off their beautiful floral design skills, and was styled by Kate and photographed by Alix. dream team. the lining of the jackets and the hydrangeas peeking out of that (amazing) skirt are a stroke of genius.

be sure to have a scout around on their website for news about their floral stylings (i particularly liked this post about by-gone wedding bouquets) and if you live in the Cape Town area, or need some flowers delivered to a special person around here, they’re your gals.

Floral design: Supernatural / Photographer: Alix-Rose Cowie / Styling: Kate Desmarais / Model: Shelly Chen

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

Supernatural Floral Design / Miss Moss

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Visiting Amy

i’ve spoken about my friend Amy before on the blog – you’ll be familiar with her famous collages if you’re a regular visitor. she has the best taste out of any person i know, and that is a fact. some might say she taught me everything i know. so when Kate and i were musing about who she should do her next house call series on (she blogs for local site its what i’m into) i suggested amz, as she is currently living in a mega cute cottage in the seaside village of kalk bay.

amz has a knack for quickly making any space she occupies into a home – when we lived together in a tiny, tiny room in london (harry potter’s cupboard would not be an exaggeration) she managed to make it cosy & liveable. then later on when we shared a (luckily) bigger flat she filled it up with tons of beautiful wooden furniture – many of which were handmade by her dad. you can see some of his pieces in these photos, the kitchen table notably (love those tapered legs) as well as the laptop tray (brilliant) and the bedside lamp (i have on too).

read the entire post here and be sure to check out the rest of Kate’s house calls.

ps: the cute pooch goes by Sophie, and she is a Hungarian Viszla in case anyone is wondering.

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Off-Kilter

i’m really excited to offer you an exclusive first look at the new shoot from Kate and Alix (who you will remember from their last venture Fancy Pants)

For our first shoot of 2012 we wanted to play with the idea of asymmetry which is how we came up with the title Off-Kilter. We loved the fact that it had dual meanings and wanted to find clothes that would represent both. David West was kind enough to let us raid his archives (we were like kids in a candy store) where we chose our favourite pieces from his past and present collections.

besides doing self-motivated shoots that could rival anything i have seen in local magazines, Kate and Alix blog for It’s What I’m Into and 10and5 respectively – follow them on twitter here and here.

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Fashion Month Favourites

as you’ll see in her disclaimer (haha) kate does not actually work in fashion – but you might think she does considering that she occasionally styles mini-editorials, frequently updates her fashion-fueled tumblr, contributes to wearing the pants and writes cool pieces for local blog it’s what i’m into (including a Q&A with current  street style it-girl eleonora carisi). we often gab on gchat and twitter, she’s an absolute favourite.


I should probably start off with a disclaimer: I know nothing about fashion. Except that I look at it. A lot. I’ve been working on this post for about a week, actually, maybe two. And with every day and every show it gets more and more difficult to edit myself. There’ve been a ton of collections with stuff I would wear (let’s face it I’m not one to turn down designer gear), but if it’s made it onto this list it means I really liked it. And when I say “really liked it” I mean it filled my heart with pure, unadulterated fashion joy! In keeping with Miss Moss’ fashion week rules, I have decided to limit myself to 4 outfits per collection, because otherwise things would get crazay. So, here we go!

Prada

I am a huge fan of Miuccia Prada. In fact, I may name my future daughter Miuccia (even though I have no idea how to pronounce it), that’s how cool I think she is. I mean, the lady was born in 1949, but season after season she creates these fresh, unimaginable women. A little bit classy. A little bit quirky. Always left of centre.This season’s eccentricity came in the form of an army of bad-ass steam punk villians. It was like Dr Evil meets Willy Wonka. Purple, green, tan, yellow & orange sat side by side in perfect harmony. Even the black ensembles didn’t bore. Miuccia, ti amo!

Carven

Fashion and art collide on the runway with a collection that, according to vogue.com, was “borne of the fantasy of a girl walking through a museum filled with sixteenth and seventeenth century art and stealing things off the wall and out of the display cases for her wardrobe”. I like that. A lot. The first time I saw this collection, I literally started chanting “Carven! Carven! Carven!” in my head. I went all tingly inside and I couldn’t breathe. It was very strange and I’m a bit worried about my mental health. I think I went temporarily crazy for Carven.

Proenza Schouler

Personally I don’t think liking Proenza Schouler needs any explanation. Have you seen how cute they are? Dream-boat designer boys aside, I thought their Fall collection was pretty cool. At first, I just liked the hair. But the closer I looked, the more I liked. In fact, I think one of those satin Asian inspired padded jackets has punched its way up to the top of my Dream-On Fall 2012 Wishlist. (You can throw in the sweaters too).

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc’s collection fulfilled all my schoolgirl fashion fantasies. Although undoubtedly the least flattering skirt length ever, I couldn’t help but fall in love with his prim & proper, post-war appeal; complete with it’s very own technicolour dream kilt.

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel’s collection appeals to the part of me that wishes I dressed like a grown up. Or a lady. Or a grown-up lady. Super chic knits graced the runway in cream, a colour I would never dare to wear because of my tendency to spill things on myself. The black headbands added a cool flapper charm and kept the luxe looks from taking themselves too seriously.

Marni

Marni was back with a Bang! (Hair Pun!) I’m not gonna lie, the white tights threw me a bit. They reminded me of the medical kind you have to wear to keep varicose veins under control… I think they call them compression stockings? Anyway, back to the runway… I love the combo of red and baby blue, and the fact that the red came in the form of a cape to rival all capes was an added bonus. The embellished tee & matching bag was a feast for the eyes. And #3  reminds me of a colouring book slash pajamas, which looks super fun to me.

Kenzo

Kenzo, so cool. I know it’s sad, but that’s all I can think of when I look at the Fall collection that was worn by the 50 models who travelled up and down escalators in a 4-storey high building for the audience at Paris Fashion Week. Tiger print sweaters tucked into satin column skirts. Tasseled shirts & skirts that turn to armour. Tablecloth prints and monochrome clashes. It’s bold, without being ridiculous and totally 100% wearable, if you’re that way inclined.

So I think I’m done. And, as this was a completely subjective look at Fall 2012, I encourage you to head on over to vogue.com to check out all the collections and pick your own favourites!

Images via Vogue

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Fancy Pants

kate and alix-rose are two talented cape town locals who i’ve come to know via twitter (the internet never ceases to bring me joy it seems). kate is a copywriter with a great penchant for fashion, and alix-rose is a photographer whose work i’m always excited to see over at her blog. they’ve done some pretty awesome self-motivated shoots before, so i was thrilled when kate asked if i’d like to feature their latest collaboration. which. is. amazing. i might have said “holy eff balls” when i first got a sneak peak. the colour palettes alone are enough to make me weak at the knees.

Fancy Pants. photographed by alix-rose cowie, styled by kate desmarais, modeled by lee-anne johnson, cover page by michael tymbios (who i previously posted about here). the shoot took place at cape town city hall (which is the most exquisite location i’ve seen in a while) and much of the clothing was sourced from nice people at the You Me and Everyone We Know market – the last one of the season is happening this friday.

hey, fashion magazine editors – are you reading this? you should snap up these two. stat.

please click on the images to see them in all their glory.

clothes courtesy of thrift cape townvamp clothinglondon road vintagemaria mccloythe rah rah roomfriend or foe, second time around, you me and everyone we knowneighbourgoods marketmarket on main.

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kate: things i like right now

things i like right now by kate of black cherry

  1. Colour at Jil Sander: These brights make me so happy. Jil Sander pulls off colour with pure class.
  2. Pictures of Cats: Not the LOL kind. There’s something special about capturing a moment with a cat on camera. Probably because they can be so aloof.
  3. Vredehoek: Friends’ balconies, warm summer evenings, saturday morning walks to the Spar – Vredehoek feels like home and I don’t even live there. Image via HighArt/LowLife
  4. Unusual Hats: I heart hats. Give me a turban, fez, bowler or boater and I’m yours! Image via Yvan Rodic
  5. Models who read backstage: Fighting the stereotype that models are stupid one novel at a time.
  6. Socks: I must have inherited my love of socks from my mom. Polkadots, stripes, argyle, Nordic print – she has a pair to match any outfit. I’ve started my own collection, but it pales in comparison to hers. Image via Teen Vogue
  7. Blog Books: Few things make me happier than my collection of blog books. All I need is Fifi Lapin’s “What Shall I Wear Today?” and  my life will be complete.
  8. Kris Atomic: a freelance illustrator from Brighton who has the coolest blog and makes the most amazing drawings.
  9. These Outfits: Simple. Classic. Effortless. Chic. Everything an outfit should be. Left: The Sartorialist ; Right: Hanneli Mustaparta
  10. My Margot Molyneux Cape: Local designer Margot Molyneux fulfilled my sartorial dreams when she made me this camel cape. I swear it has magical powers.
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