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A collateral fashion applause for someone whose name I can’t pronounce

I don’t often post about men’s fashion but there’s one guy who deserves a fashion standing ovation.  His name is Johannes Huebl and if you’re a guy and you’re reading this – take notes.

I’ve never before seen someone nail their outfits as consistently as this German model/entrepreneur. He’s married to Olivia Palermo and together they are a formidable force in the international stages of fashion. Palermo has featured a number of times on my blog for obvious reasons – she’s the best dressed person I have ever seen (and that statement shouldn’t be taken likely). 

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But getting back to Huebl – he is the personification of the way that contemporary men should dress – at least, according to me. His outfits are classy, understated and masculine.  He has no extra-tight-skinny-jeans, no floral-collared-hippy-shirts and no mohawk-haircut (which Cape Town has become a cesspit for). He is consistently crisp, tailored and groomed and this is how men should dress. He is bereft of any shouty branded shirts and displays the quality of his clothes through his ability to put together a flawless outfit.

This guy deserves some appreciation. 

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Whatcha think?

HollyHocks x

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New kicks made me think

I’ve been looking at buying a new pair of trainers for a while now- and I realised that in actual fact I don’t really wear many shoes apart from my sneakers.

Are we the new generation of girl-sneaker-wearers where we edge closer into the male section of clothing stores? Take my Nike Roshe Runs for example, when I asked an attendant if they were for Males or for Females (all running shoes look the same to me) he looked at me like I was the most deficient human being he’d ever met and replied smugly that they were in fact “unisex”. Apart from feeling like an ignorant fool – I realised that I have slowly but surely been edging closer to male clothing – and it was weird.

The frenzy around the “Androgynous style” has been prominent in almost every fashion week – from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and even Gucci. But I never really considered myself to be anything close to that – yet here I was, sitting on the seat of the Nike store with the epiphany that I was in fact androgynous whether I liked to admit it or not. But anyway – I think that’s the thing about fashion – it reflects not only your style, but your sense of character too. I love the femininity and delicacy of women’s fashion – but I also love to chill with the guys and watch a good game of rugby.

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So anyway getting back to the shoes I bought – I chose a special edition, white-on-white pair of Roshe runs and quite frankly, I couldn’t be more stoked about them!

Whatcha think?

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Praise for Pernille

Pernille Teisbaek is a model / stylist / blogger who’s increasingly been cropping up on my radar as one to watch..

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It’s easy to wear an oversized shirt and look like you’re drowning in a heap of extra material – but I think that she has reinvented it to not only appear feminine but comfortable as well.

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What she wore to the recent Paris Fashion Week is actually my favourite one – she always looks like she casually put her outfit together at the last minute but yet looks polished. Perfectshunnnn

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She merges the essence of a fun tomboy with a modern city gal and somehow manages to look sophisticated and refined all the more for it.

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Another thing she’s a master at is pulling of her perfectly imperfect blonde hair. But I’m definitely carrying a case of fashion envy because she’s got one kick-ass wardrobe!

Whatcha think?

HH xx

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FROTHING FOR THE FRINGE

When I think of fringed shoes – the first thing that comes to mind is either red indians or school plays – I certainly don’t correlate it to anything beautiful, feminine or chic.

However, as nothing is ever ruled out in fashion, the likes of Aquazzura have managed to successfully transform a trend well-known for all the wrong reasons –  into a flattering and eye-catching variation to the good old heel.

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I never wear heels but I do wish I could, because these would be on the top of my list :)

Whatcha think?
HH

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New Month – New Kicks

June is just a badass month – and to get through a badass month, you must have a badass pair of shoes.

These are my latest wallet-benders

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Shoes: Zara

START//STOP – Whatcha think?

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Yes.

I know this is a rather unglamorous shot by most fashion bloggers’ standards (I took this selifie before varsity and had no makeup on haha) and I hope you’re not cringing as badly as I am.. But I am pretty stoked to have this new purchase hanging in my wardrobe at the moment — it certainly won’t protect me from the cold but at least winter won’t make me look like a blonde grizzly bear. I got it a few days ago from Zara (my parents and their credit cards were in town!) and I think I would advise anyone to save up and get it too – there are so many ways you can wear it and I have a feeling that this trend will have a lengthy duration on the streets of Cape Town!

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Coat: Zara

Whatcha think?

HH x

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It’s all about the sleeveless coat

Here in Cape Town it’s that awkward time just before winter where it’s too hot to wear a jacket but too nippy to be without something warm. The solution? The sleeveless coat.

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It’s a chic alternative to the sweater and is easily dressed up or down – effectively working just as well with a cocktail dress as it does with jeans and ankle boots à la Olivia Palermo.

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