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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

#STYLE: Wardrobe Essentials for Across Seasons


Fashion has a life-cycle of approximately 6 months. This is not always the case with every collection, especially with designers producing transitional resort collections in-between the ready-to-wear and couture offerings. This has created an opportunity for you, the consumer, to adapt in an aptle manner, allowing you to stretch your budget and style, across a twelve month period without feeling the out-of-style pinch. In this post, I present to you three transitional macro-turned-micro trend looks/items that landed during spring-summer 2017 and are likely to stay relevant going into spring-summer 2019.

First up, we have the Boiler suit. Generally called a jumpsuit for fashion purposes, this item is usually loosely designed and tailored to create a comfy form with a general one-cut-suits-all fit. In its essence, it’s a great wardrobe essential as you can wear it to work and on the weekend, based on how you accessories, maximise and complement it. In the version presented, South African Fashion Designer, Lukhanyo Mdingi, adds a Japanese-inspired, Kimono-like twist to the boiler suit, allowing it the freedom to stay casual chic while taking on a high-end designer aesthetic. With shortened sleeves and cropped tapered legs, it does suggest warmer weather indulgences, however, you could slip a dinner shirt underneath with a pair of graphic sock and platform brogues for a more evening-chic look on chilly days or nights. The idea suggested, is to find a boiler suit in a neutral cross-over colour, in a hassle-free fabric that has a modern cut with a finished aesthetic, in order to stay trendy while maintaining modern tastes.

Uthman wears boiler suit by Lukhanyo Mdingi with beret by Crystal Birch and sneakers by Vans. Photographed and Styled by Monde Mtsi.



The Two-Piece Suit, a general staple for any man anywhere in the world, is our second offering of what you should get for your wardrobe to ensure your essentials are in check. Single-breasted is the formal and standard option, the most of classic of them both, while double-breasted is considered a much more fashion-focused option. Also, double-breasted requires a specific physique due to its cut and sometimes certain bulk body types don’t look appropriate in a double-breasted blazer. Photographed here, Uthman wears a single-breasted two-piece suit in grey by David Jones from Woolworths. The key details to look out for are the centre-darts on each side of the blazer; these indicate that the blazer has been shaped to cinch closer to the body from your upper waist, just below your chest. Your lapels should be slim and slightly elongated to give your upper body additional length and the sleeves should be cropped low enough only to reveal about 1-2cms of your shirt. Your trousers should four pockets: two on the sides and two at the back; and your trouser length should be cropped just enough for your socks to peak through in between your hemline and your shoes. Start off by buying this suit in a classic colour: navy, black, grey, charcoal or royal blue. Once comfortable, start exploring bolder colours and prints in the same cut. Remember to maximise on this look by pairing it with crew-neck jumpers or golf shirts or even a plain white or black tee for a more smart-casual look.

Uthman wears two-piece suit in Grey by David Jones with woven-leather belt in Tan by Studio W both from Woolworths. Beret by Crystal Birch and sneakers by Vans. Photographed and Styled by Monde Mtsi.



For the active wear lovers, The Sports Luxe Jacket is our final offering for this wardrobe essentials segment. The athleisure or sports luxe trend has been gaining momentum more and more ever since the world realised wearing yoga pants in public was a thing. Now, brands the globe over are increasing fusing high-fashion design principles with practical, technical sportswear techniques. One of the best pieces to come of out this has been the sports jacket. With its versatility in any territory unparalleled, it continues to prove its pivotal role as a wardrobe staple for any season. In this picture, Uthman wears a silver-coral sports luxe jacket from DIESEL. Its cut is based on a standard baseball jacket, its finish on technical specifications for longevity and practicality and its style on the growing trend for fusing fashion with graphic elements as a post-modern take on bridging the dive between millennials and Gen Xs. The great thing about a sports jacket is you can wear it on its own or pair with a formal look to give it a bit of street cred. Also, if combined correctly, your sports jacket could form part of a formal ensemble for chic evening gatherings. Or you could just pair it with sneakers and jeans and go bowling with the boys.

Uthman wears Silver graphic luxe sports jacket by DIESEL. Underneath, he wears a black two-piece suit by Burberry with a grey crew-neck jumper from DIESEL. Beret by Crystal Birch and sneakers by Vans. Photographed and Styled by Monde Mtsi.



Remember: Fashionable doesn’t always mean seasonal and neither does trendy. Be a little over critical and ask yourself, ‘as trendy as it looks, will I be able to wear this three years down the line without second-guessing myself?’ If you struggle to come to an answer or you agree you won’t wear it in three years’ time – don’t buy it. It’s always great to have fashion pieces that you use as talking points but no one wants to have a clogged up wardrobe with items you never wear because they are past their wear-by date. If you’re keen but unsure, ask a friend or get it in a neutral colour to avoid complicating your wardrobe. It’s easier to dress up something plain, modern and classic than it is to dress down couture.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

#LIFESTYLE: KATLEGO AND ROLENE TO HOST THE 2018 CINTRON PINK POLO PRESENTED BY VODACOM

Former Miss World, Rolene Strauss, and Golden Horn Award winning Best TV Presenter and host of SABC 3’s The Expresso Show, Katlego Maboe, will serve as Masters of Ceremonies for the Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, on Saturday 3 November 2018 at Val de Vie Estate.

Qualified medical doctor and Val de Vie Estate resident, Rolene Strauss, sees her purpose to give back to South African’s and improving women’s health issues.





Rolene Strauss comments: “We are all affected by breast cancer in some way or another, whether directly or indirectly. It is our privilege and responsibility as women to know our bodies and educate ourselves when it comes to self-examination and early detection. From one woman to another; let’s empower ourselves and those around us by spreading the word”

Rolene will be dressed by Elrico Bellingan, in an ensemble from the ElricoZarr Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2018/19 Collection, in partnership with Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom. “Rolene Strauss is the ultimate ElricoZarr woman with her sense of style and confidence. It's always a pleasure to work with such a beautiful and striking woman”, remarked Elrico, who will also be creating a bespoke fashion show at the event, as official Fashion Partner.

Trilingual Katlego Maboe – effortlessly transcends demographic borders with his on-point sense of humour and has grown year-on-year into a well-known TV presenter, singer, voice-over artist, MC, model and actor. Amongst his many accolades, Katlego has been named as one of the most stylish male celebrities in South Africa, and is a philanthropist, sportsman and musician.



Katlego Maboe comments: “I am honoured to be the host of this year’s Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, in aid of an incredibly worthy cause, at the foremost estate in the country. Val de Vie Estate is synonymous with high profile and ultra-luxurious events that attract fine and fashionable individuals who always know how to have a good time. I especially look forward to bringing my family along to enjoy the sport of kings at this family-friendly event and know that we will make special memories.”

“What makes this even more special is that the event brings attention to a subject that is not regularly spoken about in open conversation yet affects so many women - our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and cousins. These are all people that form such a crucial part of our family structures and people we love.  It is a privilege to be asked to add my voice to the many who support organisations that help to advance the fight against breast cancer,” remarks Katlego Maboe.

“I see Val de Vie Estate as a piece of heaven on earth. It is a privilege to raise my son in an environment where we are free to enjoy nature, safety and quality family time. As a resident of Val de Vie Estate as well as a woman passionate about health, I am proud to be part of the Cintron Pink Polo presented by Vodacom,” comments Rolene Strauss.



Guests of the Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, can look forward to a day in the picturesque Winelands filled with all things pink and polo-inspired – from the fashion to the food and drinks offerings, with many memorably moments in store.

Vodacom Business, a leading telecoms operator offering value to Enterprise Consumers, is the official Presenting Partner for the 2018 chapter of the event and the brand’s involvement is an indication of the growth and reach of the event, as this is the first time in the event’s nine-year history that a Presenting Partner has been secured.

Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, pays tribute to the survivors of breast cancer and serves as a platform to raise awareness for a disease that is most prevalent in women, but also affects a high number of men.  For the first time in the history of this event, the Children Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) will benefit from the Pink Food Truck Fair area where R100 per ticket sold will be donated to CHOC.


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Monday, August 6, 2018

#LIFESTYLE: The Cintron Pink Polo Teams Up With Leading Event Partners



Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, has secured several first-time announcements for guests to look forward to on Saturday 3 November 2018, when the 9th instalment of the event returns to the pristine Val de Vie Estate.

Vodacom Business, a leading telecoms operator offering value to Enterprise Consumers, is the official Presenting Partner for the 2018 chapter of the event and the brand’s involvement is an indication of the growth and reach of the event, as this is the first time in the event’s nine-year history that a Presenting Partner has been secured.





Elrico Zarr Bellingan, acclaimed fashion designer for the ElricoZarr label, is the selected Fashion Partner that will be setting the tone and trend for a spectacular display of his creations. A special surprise awaits guests, as this fashion show will be a first and incorporate new ways of showcasing the finest in South Africa couture.  “Dressing for polo should be elegant and understated. Fascinators, skin tight dresses, revealing tops and high heel shoes are out. Think espadrilles, flowing jumpsuits and long summer dresses,” remarked Elrico.  

Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, pays tribute to the survivors of breast cancer and serves as a platform to raise awareness for a disease that is most prevalent in women, but also affects a high number of men.  For the first time in the history of this event, the Children Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) will benefit from the Pink Food Truck Fair area where R100 per ticket sold will be donated to CHOC.





Additional first-time announcements include Land Rover Stellenbosch and Land Rover Cape Town official Vehicle Partners, presenting a dedicated Land Rover area where owners of these distinguished vehicles will have the opportunity to enjoy the age-old tradition of watching heart-stopping polo from the back of a luxury car.


RGBC (The Really Great Brand Company) will be engaging as Pouring Partner for the event and will be creating signature cocktails with a selection of Cintron premium drinks. The Mantis Collection is on board as official Hospitality Partner and will be offering guests attending the event an exclusive rate of only R3800 per night per person sharing in the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis (email: pearlvalleyhotel@mantiscollection.com). Bril Optometrists will be the official Eyewear Partner and Coco-Mat will provide bespoke miniature pillows to guests diagnosed with breast cancer as Supplier Partner.

Well-regarded as ‘The Sport of Kings’, polo has over centuries been honoured by royalty, aristocrats and captains of industry. The origins of the sport are interlaced in the relationship between (wo)man and horse and is one of the oldest team sports in history. Themed ‘Authentic Polo’, the 2018 colour scheme is emerald green, pink and touches of gold that incorporate the regal association of the sport as a luxury pastime. 









Guests of the Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, can look forward to a day in the picturesque Winelands filled with all things pink and polo-inspired – from the fashion to the food and drinks offerings, with many memorably moments in store.


Ticket Offering
Pink Food Truck Fair: R120 per ticket – | Gourmet food trucks |Cash bar| Entertainment


Polo Pavilion: R660 per ticket – | Cash bar | Unique food offering | Lounge seating | Superb view of the polo field |Entertainment


Pink Polo VIP: R1750 per ticket – | Butler service | Premium Bar (cash sales) | Opulent VIP lounge seating | Flowing wine ‘Memo: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir’ | Regal canapé food experience | Supreme view of the polo field | Entertainment


Private VIP Lounge: R1800 (ex VAT) per ticket for group bookings of 30 or more - | Butler service | Premium Bar (cash sales) | Opulent VIP lounge seating | Flowing wine ‘Memo: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir’ | VIP canapé service | Champion view of the polo field | Entertainment