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When men get together at Hyde Park Corner

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Stylish man about town Menzi Mbatha invited a few of his friends to join him for a food and whisky pairing dinner at Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, in celebration of father’s day.
Arriving in a super cool Swazi wrap from Naked Ape over his formal trousers and white shirt, Menzi Mbatha set the tone for a really stylish gathering of men only.

Hosted by Whisky Brothers and the Social Kitchen and Bar, the occasion was a father’s day celebration, and an appreciation of all things masculine.

The setting: Hyde Park Corner’s central exhibition area where The Crown Collection, Alfa Romeo, Kisua, Fiat, Vespa and Triumph had all collaborated to create an elegant men’s club-like atmosphere.

We cornered Menzi for some style advice:

The grooming staples you are never without are… Staples? More like rituals. A good old weekly haircut and shave and groomed nails never hurt no body.
Your all-time favourite gadget? With the convergence of multiple technological platforms into a mobile unit, one’s phone becomes a practical choice.
The single object you would never part with? I don’t think there’s a material object that occupies this space in my life.
Your favourite drink? A glass of Sauvignon Blanc
The restaurant you frequent most often? Workshop 55, with Marble coming in as a close second.
Your personal style signifier? Bracelets. I love to wear strings, beads and woven leathers straps.
The last thing you bought and loved? A Swazi wrap around scarf by Naked Ape
Your favourite timepiece and why? An Apple iWatch because it’s not on the Rolex gang’s watch-list.
An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to in the past year? Not a place per say but I recently did a boys’ cruise with my son and really enjoyed being out at sea.
The book on your bedside table? Age of Discovery by Ian Golding and Chris Kutarna
The last meal that truly impressed you? The wholefish Talay from La Boqueria. It’s simply exquisite.
The last music you downloaded? Palafala by Tkzee
The thing you are eyeing next? A holiday, if I can ever afford it, in the midst of a recession.
The one thing you will always find in your fridge? Kotse Gemere organic ginger beer
The best gift you’ve given recently? A collaborated painting between my son’s class-mates, bought on auction.
And the best one you’ve received? My Father’s Day card from my daughter and son was just epic!
The place that inspires you and why? Soweto! It’s where I was born; where I come from. The path I have travelled and a reminder of what our social program is yet to achieve: To uplift the masses.
A recent special find or discovery? Homeopathy has transformed my heath and simplified my lifestyle. It’s my best discovery by a mile.
Your favourite city and why? Shanghai. It’s like New York, just more hospitable.

Photos by Zebraaquare

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Men’s Fall-Winter 2017

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‘WONDROUS WANDERERS’

Welcome to Fall/Winter 2016 and to some extraordinary characters. Everyone knows one; those that seem to inspire without trying, are admired without knowing, loved without demand. These types never stray from their chosen style of life , it defines them. They find themselves the talk of their chosen style of life, it defines them. They find themselves the talk of everywhere they discover, simply because of the magical inspiration they pose. For Fall/Winter we travel to four different places and through the ages to meet four such Wondrous Wanderers…

DELIVERY 7 – THE SOULFUL SOUL
Floen by the Sea, Norway, 16:08 September 6th 1948.
For this first Scotch remix we turn traditional Nordic themes inside out. Reinventing blanket and fair isle patterning, and redrawing shapes of mountain-scapes for super-bold graphics. Scandi-winter prints are recoloured in pop bright and set against clean coastal shades. The place -and person always in our thought bubble – a small Nordic village and its chief resident – a legendary poet living in the highest floor of the village lighthouse. This artist-in-residence inspires a super soulful line-up of men’s work wear styles. Hi-tech sportswear details like mountaineering zips and clips are the perfect finish fir this old-meets-new Nordic clash

DELIVERY 8 – THE UNCROWNED KING
Buckietown, Scotland, 4:00 January 3rd 2017.
For our next set of looks we gate-crash a secret club-house deep in the Scottish Highlands, where a decadent gang lives to learn and party hard. Tartans, tweeds and hounds tooth-checks all look like rebellious cousins of the classics when infused with the colours and patterns of the future. Nights and days blend, so pyjama styling leads the way – with variations on bold striping in royal-club hues. Our designer also re-think luxe Shetland and fair isle; infusing the wool with vivid pop colours. Our club -set dresses the part in varsity jackets together with luxe sweatpants in wool and stain mixes. For underneath, tops which speak to decadent, spontaneous living. This is non-uniform uniform working day through night.

DELIVERY 9 – THE ROOTED ROAMERS

Saga Mountain, Western Tibet, 08:45 November 12th, 1950.
For our third instalment, we meet a nomadic biker couple who live to breathe in more of the worlds natural brilliance. He seeks protection from the elements in the form of windblast -proof outwear, warm up knits and quilting enforced detail. Bolts of cobalt blue and deep ranch red are our lead colours for legendary road trips. Knitwear comes in nomadic blanket patterns and detailing spans every look – pieces get fringing and check shirts longer, owing shapes. A designer favourite sweater in midnight is emblazoned with a blown up oriental-paisley. Detailed, yet easy to wear, the key Scotch ‘clash’ is seventies nomad meets rough, road rebel.

DELIVERY 10 – THE SILENT FIGHTER

Tinkitam Forest, South-Sikkum, 15:43 October 27th, 1972.
For the last compilation of pieces, our lead wanderer believes ‘more is more’ Nothing is timid; everything is rich and outspoken. From deepest colours all-out oriental opulence in silk blends, high-shine and velour. There are silk bloom and bird applications on evening pieces and a signature oriental print in a dress shirt and glimpsing from inside a cocktail blazer. A deconstructed velvet suit makes dressing-up easy to do. Luxuriously deep tints are fused with vibrant pops – discover these surprises in outwinter-wool accessories, and hand embroidered on a special sweater for day or night.

Everyday legends across different places and ages are our inspiration for Fall-Winter 2016. Connected by one thing: The will to wander, by foot, or by mind. Both ways are the best way.

Join us as we go.

WONDROUS WANDERERS

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Welcome to Fall/Winter 2017 and to some extraordinary characters. Everyone knows one; those that seem to inspire without trying, are admired without knowing, loved without demand. These types never stray from their chosen style of life, it defines them. They find themselves the talk of everywhere they discover, simply because of the magical inspiration they pose. For Fall/Winter we travel to four different places and through the ages to meet four such Wondrous Wanderers…

DELIVERY 7 – THE SOULFUL SOUL
Floen by the Sea, Norway, 16:08 September 6th 1948.
Fall begins in Floen, in Norway, with a coastal cool girl who is unknowingly, the much-loved talk of this Nordic village. The colours of the North-Sea – artic, royal, viking blue, and a library of off-whites – inspire her look and the colour shades of our collection. Playful triangular chalet roof-tops throw a colour-burst of tangerine, and candy red in to our mix. Jackets and gilets inspired by blanket stripes –are designer favourites. Nautical inspired details combine with super-soft knits to stay warm against the Nordic chill. As always, we clash key elements– prepare for Nordic-coastal wilderness mixed with a clean, retro-sportwear edge.

DELIVERY 8 – THE UNCROWNED QUEEN
Buckietown, Scotland, 4:00 January 3rd 2017.
For our next set of looks, we are inspired by an eccentric set living a decadent life in the highlands of Scotland, a short haul in to the future. A secret, literary club fuelled by endless art and music. Nights go long and blend into days. Silky patterned pyjamas work as stylish fling-ons for both. This fantasy-fused life leads to new pop colours in cashmere knits, silks in brand new brights, ‘wear it all’ sweats with extra embellishment, and high colour faux furs. The big royal clash: classics go to the future. Traditional hunting colours are remixed with new jewel brights. It’s never a quiet life, when the imagination flows free.

DELIVERY 9 – THE ROOTED ROAMERS
Saga Mountain, Western Tibet, 08:45 November 12th, 1950. For our third Fall-Winter 2017 instalment we fall for a romantic rambling couple. Defined by the places and people they meet. Her look is a touch of rock and roll – a true, cool on-the-roader, collecting Tibetian embroideries, studs and leather trims. She layers her styles, combining an alpaca patchwork knit and jacquard lurex pant with our feature piece – a dusty parka with its own sheep gilet. For the world rambler, everywhere is home, for you can never discover too much wild, wandering fun.

DELIVERY 10 – THE SILENT FIGHTER
Our final wander for Fall-Winter 2017 instalment takes us down the Silk Route to China’s ancient forbidden city. The path takes in layers of oriental inspiration from kimono blooms to rich chino series and luxe fringing. Our muse never does things by halves, and is never afraid of colour when the rest go partyblack. She dances in bright, printed sequin culottes and a kimono-print blouse. Our ‘Silent Fighter’ pieces layer endless, timeless oriental inspiration, reinvented in fun Scotch & Soda silhouettes.

Everyday legends across different places and ages are our inspiration for Fall-Winter 2017. Connected by one thing: The will to wander, by foot, or by mind. Both ways are the best way.

Join us as we go.

SIX DAY FESTIVE WISHLIST

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We are celebrating the arrival of the holiday season with a six day festive wishlist countdown. Every day will see a different Seletti collection in the spotlight. With a 10% price reduction on the products in that collection for that day only. An end of year thank you from us, and the prefect way for you to complete your gift shopping and spoil yourself while you’re at it.

1-6 NOVEMBER
Follow our blog and social media from the 31st October, where we will announce which collection is in the spotlight the next day. Come in and browse, or have a look at the website and give us a call to place an order.

Wolford DNA on top form

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Through the interplay of minimalist sensuousness, modern vitality and classic feminine elegance, the multifaceted nature of Wolford’s collection will be further expanded across all lines in autumn/winter 15/16. Based on the works of American photographer and psychologist Cliff Briggie, whose images expressively capture the harmonious merging of water, colour and ice, the harmonious connection of established Wolford elements takes centre stage: within the framework of three collection themes, light, translucent materials, delicate designs and pastel tones are not only paired with functionality, clear structures and muted colours, but also interact with one another, intermingle and create a new dynamic which is both easy-going and seductive.

Wolford DNA on top form  Inspiration

Minimalist sensuousness

Light, straightforward materials that feel like a soft, slinky second skin define the first collection theme. Furthermore, the products are truly captivating with their minimalist, sensual translucence, which gives them their seductive Wolford look and feel. The choice of colours is also muted: the palette of “winter pastels” includes mellow light and dark browns, as well as light green and grey shades alongside white peach.

Modern vitality

A modern striped design which toys with sheer and opaque elements makes an appearance in tried-and-tested Wolford material and scores points as a versatile all-rounder for both underwear and outerwear – this forms the central focus of the second collection theme. The matt styles are highlight a look with subdued yet rich shades of blue, grey and green.

Classic, feminine elegance

Dramatic red and classic black define the look for the third collection theme: especially opaque stockings in various materials and deniers, as well as luxurious body wear benefit from the sensational rich contrast between matt and shimmering fabrics. In this theme, lavish embellishments such as beads, sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS or luxurious lace also enhance this exclusive look.

Find Wolford at Hyde Park Corner, or contact them on (011) 325 6457 for more information.

WOLFORD: STYLE CONTEST PARTNER AT LIFE BALL 2015

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The non-profit organisation AIDS LIFE, founded by Gery Keszler in 1992, is behind the Life Ball. The aims of the organisation are to raise public awareness for HIV and AIDS, to be a symbol of solidarity with those affected and to raise as much money as possible to support aid projects for HIV and AIDS in the most affected regions. This ball has become a globally well- known charity show  with international guests from all over the world – like Bill Clinton, Elton John and many prominent names of the fashion world. Wolford is proud to be a main sponsor of that event.

WOLFORD: STYLE CONTEST PARTNER AT LIFE BALL 2015

The traditional Vorarlberg company, Wolford, is once again supporting the 23rd Life Ball, which will be held in Vienna on 16 May 2015, as an official partner. The Style Contest, where the person with the most extravagant look is crowned as the Life Ball Queen, is once again sponsored by Wolford. Other highlights include the raffling of vouchers in a tombola worth a total of 5.000 euros, as well as golden window displays in the two city-centre boutiques – Kärtner Straße and Graben – from the beginning of May.

WOLFORD: STYLE CONTEST PARTNER AT LIFE BALL 2015

“Wolford is conscious of its social responsibility as a globally active company. By taking part in the Life Ball we would like to contribute towards raising awareness for this important topic and, in particular, to continue supporting important educational work for women,” explained Creative Director Grit Seymour – herself a mother of a daughter – with regard to Wolford’s involvement.

The Style Contest, where the most extravagant costume is awarded a prize, is taking place again this year, sponsored by Wolford. The decision is made by an international VIP jury, who will then also crown the Life Ball Queen 2015. The winner will receive a special award in the form of a unique sculpture by the Vorarlberg-based artists NONOS. Another highlight of this year’s event is the Wolford promotional models, who will escort the guests along the red carpet – the designs are special Wolford creations, conceived by Grit Seymour. Golden inspiration can be found in the store window displays of the Kärtner Straße and Graben Wolford boutiques from the beginning of May. In addition, vouchers worth a total of 5.000 euros will be raffled in a tombola.

AIDS Life founder and Life Ball CEO Gery Keszler is excited about Wolford’s participation again this year: “As a brand rich in tradition with international charisma, Wolford and the Life Ball complement each other in a very unique way – in a joint fight against AIDS.” Wolford was already a Life Ball Partner and donator for AIDS Life from 1996–1998 and in 2014.

WOLFORD: STYLE CONTEST PARTNER AT LIFE BALL 2015

EOS Lip Balms: Kiss The Winter Blues Away With Hyde Park Corner’s Health Works

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These winter months can really wreak havoc upon our perfectly nice lips. Now, thanks to Health Works you can get your hands (and your lips) on the wonderful new EOS Lip Balms. Treat your lips to an all-natural lip balm that’s bursting with moisture and refreshing fruit flavours.  Enriched with natural conditioning oils, moisturising Shea Butter and antioxidant vitamins C and E, EOS Lip Balm nourishes for immediately softer and more beautiful lips.

 

KISS THE WINTER BLUES AWAY WITH THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH

 

Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Products is a New York based company founded in 2006 that specializes in personal care products. EOS focuses on 100% natural, USDA-certified organic products that can be found in over 30,000 retail stores on 6 continents and now at Hyde Park Corner!

It’s hardly surprising that EOS Lip Balms have become an essential celebrity accessory, with Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff Jennifer Hudson, Zayn Malik and Kellan Lutz among a growing list of EOS celebrity fans!  EOS is flying off the international shelves and being whipped out of the purses of satisfied customers everywhere!

KISS THE WINTER BLUES AWAY WITH THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH

You’ll get noticed with EOS Visibly Soft and Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  You’ll also keep your lips feeling super soft and sensationally smooth.  The cute egg-shaped packaging with twist-off tops contain balms that glide on precisely and easily and include jojoba oil to smooth on clear and for long-lasting moisture.

KISS THE WINTER BLUES AWAY WITH THE EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH

Linda Weech, founder of Health Works (shop 4 on the Hyde Park Corner Lower Mall) sees EOS as an innovative new addition to their range of thousands of the best health products in the world. “EOS Lip Balms are flying off our shelves. Because they are organic, 100% natural, Gluten-free, Paraben-free, Petrolatum-free and Phthalate-free it means they’re not just better for you, but easy to recommend. They also make great gifts!”

For a dab of nourishing delight for your lips, with fruit flavours as delicious and refreshing as dessert, visit Health Works today.

For more information: www.healthworks.co.za  or www.evolutionofsmooth.com

Autumn introductions at Bon Ami will inspire loyalists and newcomers

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Established in 1978 by Dino and Kate Loukakis, Bon Ami (‘Good Friend’) offers luxury imported fashion to well-travelled, accomplished, career orientated men. With Alexia Loukakis having joined the business, today the Bon Ami ‘team’ continues to satisfy the third generation of many families, via a bond built on personalised service that transcends the ‘now’ style that the brand represents.

Bon Ami provides a customised, personal wardrobe advice experience that meets the specific needs of men. With keen attention to detail, quality and design, in dressing their clients to look their best Bon Ami tailors their clothing to express their lifestyle. With new autumn collections to enhance any wardrobe, now is the time to discover the unique Bon Ami approach and enjoy the seasonal trends from their international collections.

You’ll enjoy Messagerie’s total look from suits, jackets, trousers, bermudas, shirts and t-shirts to shoes, belts, ties, swimwear and Eau De Toilette. Gran Sasso and Paolo Peccora’s collection of shirts, t shirts, and knitwear are crafted from the finest yarns of linen, cotton, silk and cashmere.  You’ll look amazing in the Mastai Ferreti detailed shirt design collection and Truzzi range of tailored vintage shirts.

For 32 years, Bon Ami has showcased Alberto Guardiani’s exclusive award winning, handmade Italian shoes, boots, driving shoes, sneakers and belts. Bon Ami’s house brand Piccini is a total look collection designed by Dino Loukakis. Piccini follows fashion trends and maintains the Italian sartorial traditions via choice imported fabrics and the exquisite attention to detail, tailoring and finishing of each and every garment.

Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci eyewear, Moschino ties and Babette Wasserman of London cuff links make up the accessories range to complete Bon Ami’s men’s fashion this autumn. Visit Bon Ami and discover fantastic ranges that complement the astute advice one would expect from good friends. Good friends who have dressed generations of stylish men, for over thirty seven years.

WOLFORD DOMINATES THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK RUNWAYS

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Wolford was seen all over the runways during New York Fashion Week, making it clear that hosiery, especially socks, knee-highs and patterned textures such as fishnets and lace, will be a big trend for Fall 2015.

– Jonathan Cohen – Velvet Socks and Merino Knee-Highs in black

Jonathan Cohen

– Richard Chai Love – Velvet de Luxe 50 Knee Highs and Fine Merino Rib Tights

Richard Chai Love

– Jill Stuart – Twenties Tights in honey

Jill Stuart

– Rebecca Minkoff – Daphne Tights

Rebecca Minkoff

– Monique Lhuillier – Individual 10 Tights in black and Starlight Tights

Monique Lhuillier
– Yigal Azrouel – Merino Tights and Merino Knee-Highs in black

Yigal Azrouel

– The Row – Satin Touch 20 Knee Highs and Satin Touch 20 Socks

The Row

– Badgley Mischka – Evelyn Tights in black and caviar and Twenties Tights in white

Badgley Mischka

– Marc by Marc Jacobs – Bastille Socks

Marc
– J. Mendel – Twenties Tights in black

J. Mendel

– Marc Jacobs – Individual 5 Tights in black and Luxe 9 Tights in black

Marc Jacobs

Wolford has been a leader in luxury fashion for more than 60 years. The Austrian brand is well-known for its hosiery and lingerie, made from the highest quality fabrics and utilizing innovative knitting technology that truly embrace the female form. There are more than 260 Wolford boutiques in 70 countries globally, where ready-to-wear and accessories are sold in addition to the iconic hosiery and lingerie. Find them at Hyde Park Corner and iconic hosiery and lingerie.