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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#CULTURE: The Annual Prestigious 157th LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival 2018

Image by Martin van Staden

While my life takes a crashing during the most festive season in the country, the 157th LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) Festival is upon us with all its glamour and high horse racing stakes. Hosted at the Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town, the event, the now 2-Day festival has been long synonymous with adjectives such as style, fashion, adrenalin, culture, opulence and quality. 2018 is going to be no different. With international luxury brand Cartier being a co-sponsor since 2016, in 2018, they up the stakes by sponsoring the prestigious Grade 1 Paddock Stakes, which will be run on the Saturday, 6th January, 2018 of the festival.

The best think about the LQP Festival, for me, is that it’s almost stylishly impossible to get the theme wrong: Blue & White. It’s that simple. Take your cue from smart casual moving forward to towards high-fashion cocktail party. If you’re in the running to win best dressed, then as a lady it’s best you have a beautiful garden party dress with a matching hat and gents, a simple 2- to 3-piece suit with a hat will do the trick in getting you noticed. For the rest of us, I’m pretty sure it’s runway couture we’re going after.

I understand it’s January and budgets are a mess, so it’s best you get your ticket asap via the LQP site here. There is a variety of options for you to select from, including the Style Lounge, priced at R350, the Stud Club Lounge at R1300 and even the sunning Paddock Sites at R10’000 per table. And because this is LQP, you can expect the most opulent of hospitality service and offerings, including free flowing Bruts and nibbles.

But don’t forget to bring your wallets! There is the incredible traditional running of the Grade 1 LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate race on Saturday, 6th January, 2018 –with a stunning R1.5 million purse.

So, what exactly are you waiting for? Head on over to to book yourself ad friends a seat!

And if you’re feeling lucky: We’re running a competition on our Facebook Page for 2 lucky winners to grab themselves a set of double tickets into the Stud Club Lounge at the 157th LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate on Saturday, 6th January, 2018 worth R2600 per set.

Image by Yolanda Saayma

#culture #lqp2018 #Africanopulence

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#NEWS: PUMA Drops This Season That You Can’t Miss Out On

‘Tis the season to be jolly and PUMA is here dropping it like it’s hot. We round up key seasonal highlights from PUMA, including second editions with collaborators and first-time partnerships. We look at the Suede as it celebrates 50 years in existence and take on Japanese tradition for inspiration.

Kiki Pack Takes Floral Design Cues from Japanese Heritage
“Kiku no Sekku”, also known as Chrysanthemum Day, is the ancient celebration on the 9th day of the 9th month of the fleeting beauty of flowers in Japan. PUMA has taken to this inspiration to create the latest Kiki Pack, an appropriate follow-up to Hanami Pack launched in March. The Kiku Pack sees the introduction of new versions of the Clyde Fashion, Blaze Cage, and Platform Mid, executed in soft white leather with embroidered floral detailing.

The Kiku Pack is available at PUMA SELECT and X-Trend.

PUMA and Han Kjøbenhavn Team Up for Scandinavian Simplicity and Functionality
A little bit of simplicity and practical design never hurt anyone. Yet a good dose of Scandinavian design fused with athleisure concepts packs a great fashion punch. The duo came through and put together a pack that has a sense of sophistication with an air of street edge. The seamless fusing of fashion and sport is something that PUMA and Han Kjobenhavn seem to be incredibly great at, independently and when collaborating.

The PUMA x HAN KJØBENHAVN collection drops from 16th October at PUMA SELECT, X-Trend, Shelflife, Anatomy, Cop Capital and Madaiza.

PUMA and The Weeknd Drop 2nd PUMA x XO Collection
The Weeknd is busy, and rightfully so. XO seems to becoming more and more popular with urban culture, and from his collaboration with H&M which also just dropped a second coming in stores, his PUMA x XO 2nd wave is here and it’s hotter than the first. Featuring a selection of denim pieces, including the PUMA x XO denim jacket and statement Denim Kimono with tapered sleeves, fans are bound to eat this all up, especially after The Weeknd has been flexing his style muscles during his Legend of the Fall World Concert Tour.

The second drop of the PUMA x XO Parallel is available at PUMA SELECT, Shelflife and X-Trend stores.

PUMA Kicks Off 50 Years of Suede with The Rudolf Dassler Suede
PUMA is celebrating 50 years of the Suede and what better way than to pay homage to the man who started it all, Rudolf Dassler. The Suede was designed to be a contemporary classic; with timeless design, fine fabric and its grippy sole, the Suede is just like PUMA’s originator, a street legend. This classy rendition keeps it G with black laces on black suede and creame accents with a textured outsole to set it off.

The Rudolf Dassler Suede pack is available at PUMA SELECT and X-Trend stores.

PUMA Drops the B-Boy Pack to Celebrate 50 Years of Suede
With 50 years on its track record, the PUMA Suede has not necessarily seen it all, but it definitely has seen enough to celebrate. From a mixture of fashion and music, to street and pop culture experiences, the Suede is definitely an iconic fixture in the sneaker world. To jump start the series of Suede drops, PUMA looks to the B-Boy culture, putting together a capsule pack including PUMA Suedes, T7 Track Suits, a Tee and Accessories in OG styles and colourways.

The B-Boy Suedes and Gear are available from PUMA SELECT, PUMA Canal Walk, PUMA Gateway, PUMA Mall of Africa, The Cross Trainer, Archive and selected SportScene Stores.

Follow @PUMASouthAfrica, @PUMASportStyle and @PUMA for more information and all things #PUMA.

Monday, November 20, 2017

#NEWS: Havaianas Brings A Brazilian Twist to this Summer’s Favourite Flip-Flop

Recently, Havaianas hosted a flock of locals to experience their latest collection of flip-flops for the summer season. Covering the two floors of the Young Blood Africa Gallery on Bree Street in Cape Town, Havaianas did the most in ensuring there was plenty of activity without wearing each guest down. From paint-ball shooting for various prizes to getting a caricature illustration (very accurate) done on the spot.

As always, Havaianas had old favourite styles in store for the stern traditionalists. There was also some updated colour combinations, and of course, a series of designer sandals based on limited edition designs. If the launch event was anything to go by, Havaianas are definitely the root for your feet to go this season when deciding to show off your heels and toes.

Visit Havaianas for more information.