Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chelsea Bravo x Kojey Radical

You know when something is so beautiful you're sort of beside yourself with excitement? That was me a few nights ago when I discovered Chelsea Bravo - a London based men's wear fashion house. The label's namesake and founder, Chelsea Bravo, is a woman who aims to make clothes that challenge the conventions of contemporary menswear.
The collection I'm blogging about today (the one I'm going slightly manic over) is her recent capsule collection called 'The Gardener' on which she collaborated with artist/poet Kojey Radical. According to Chelsea this is an experimental collection "based on painter, canvas and garden utilitarian work wear"; uhm... how garden utilitarian work wear could inspire such a wonderful collection and beautiful lookbook, I will never know. But thank God I'm not in the business of knowing how these things come about, my job is to simply show you the pretty things when they are made...I'm sort of an aesthetic harbinger like that.

Also take a listen to Kojey Radical spit some of his lyrical wordsmith-isms on a track from his recent EP 'Dear Daisy: Opium' (which coincided wonderfully with the release of Chelsea's capsule collection). 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Grace Mahary x Lurve Magazine

Photography:  Elle Muliarchyk
Stying: Peju Famojure 
Clothes: Rodarte Spring '13

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lookout | 2Many Siblings

I'm a recent and unashamed groupie of Kenyan based blogging duo Velma Rossa and Papa Petit. These two are the co-founders of the blog 2many siblings, an online herald of fashion, art and culture - which I guess is easy to come by nowadays but the one thing I love about them is that everything they do is executed beautifully. Not only are they just taking beautiful photos but, in doing so, they are enriching the African fashion and artistic narrative. Also their level of cool makes me feel A. a bit jealous-down and B. like my siblings and I need to be more serious about our swagg (or lack thereof). Ha.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Kisua Hariri

It's my life's goal to learn Swahili and it's also somewhat of  a moral obligation - as a half Tanzanian I can't be out here trying to perfect other languages while still not able to converse in my father's native tongue; French and Portugese are going to have to take a back seat for a while. But that's not even the point of this post, this post is about Kisua Hariri - the contemporary online fashion site's debut fall collection. Hairi means 'edit' in swahili and the word does well in representing a line both creative and vibrant while also purposeful and measured. Kisua's first fall collection thoughtfully brings together masculinity with femininity, eclectic prints with structured silhouettes, militancy with vibrancy.
Shop Kisua Hariri here

Friday, 6 June 2014

Why Not? | Part II

So this second part of the shoot I did with my friend Dudu was not so much about what I was wearing as it was about enjoying and experimenting with our surroundings. We were lucky to shoot on a day when the sun's rays were almost purposefully angled - as if they were somehow working with us to make our pictures that much more appealing.  The aztec print shirt (Mr Price) and arched gold necklace (Queenspark) suited the more rustic feel of our location and - I must say - for a girl who is pretty shy of the camera, I had quite a bit of fun.

Hope you like them and I hope you're all well.

Also,  in the spirit of being better and doing better (but also in the spirit of expediency and efficiency) Life Times & Haberdashery now has a Twitter and Facebook  page! For all blog related updates, come on over.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Winter Warmers

A better way to brace the cold-fronts. 

Fundiswa Ntoyi Photography

Hi all

I have recently used the precious free moments given to me to scour the internet for some interesting content and, as luck would have it, I came across the wonderful photographer Fundiswa Ntoyi. Having recently been featured on Yagazie's website (whom a post should be dedicated to, she is amazing), this is what Fundiswa had to say about her work:

"I not only try to focus on the beauty of the people in my pictures but also to capture their souls; be it happiness, sadness, fear, confidence, and so on. Whatever emotion I can get out of someone, I want it to show in my work. "

One of the reasons's why I love Fundiswa's work is exactly because of the evident depth of her pictures, they have really soulful quality to them and this  soulful aesthetic is useful as it ensures a reaction, feeling or response from the receiver and that feeling tends to stay with you  long after the image is gone. 
Surely that must be the prime goal of all good photographers?