Monday, 10 March 2014

Trendy Trainers

Gone are the days for sky-high stilettos and killer blister. Gone are the days that models are required to walk gawkily the runway in stilettos that may just be as tall as the model self.

Comfort finally announces its entrance on the famous runways of the fashion capitals – in the form of a sassy shoe.


Yes, designers have finally seen the painless light; trainers are à la mode. Dans le vent. En vogue. In fashion. As Karl sent his band of merry models down the runway in couture trainers, the trend was set. Several houses of fashion followed at his example for comfier yet equally stylish footwear; from Givenchy and Céline, to Stella McCartney and Balenciaga. At the latest runway shows, these past few fashion weeks, the trainer-trend has been dominated by several fashionably interested individuals, front row monarchs and trendsetting celebs. It has taken the world by storm.

Don’t get me wrong. A pair of viciously black stilettos will always empower its seductive charm. It evokes the image of a young girl, midst the end of her youth and entering the big world.

Well, that’s the stereotype created by media in our heads.  For once trainers have become a recognizable fashion must-have in the eyes of several - and I find this news absolutely great.

From example, these pairs of active embodiments can be sported with about any and everything. I bet they’ll be worn at some great formal event sometime, are they already have. Pair it with a skort, a pleather jacket, shorts, tights, skirts, dresses, etc. It truly adds a street edge and a laidback essence to your aura and outfit.

And the biggest plus? Well, it’s comfy. And as always, comfort is key. On that note, one could also argue that pain is beauty.  Yet I honestly think an era of “less constricted fashion” in terms of following-the-trends-off-the-runway is upon us.

My lately chosen new year’s resolution? Gain a pair of fashionable trainers. It would be a great addition to any and all closets!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Shootin' fo days

Calling all aspiring models – if think you’ve got what it takes, prove it and book a Test Shoot with TeeJay Photography. You may even become a muse for future shoots, and that only means more experience and coverage. 

Win-win? I think yes.

These Test Shoots are quite basic – no make-up, no jewelry and a colour scheme of neutral, solid colours as far as wardrobe goes. Drop an email at and start shooting. You could be the next Candice. 

Below are a few examples of what you could expect. 

Four Seas and a Rolling Grassland

These are kids that’ll stay up till the sun wakens. These are the kids who break the rules and set the trends. These are the kids that live on the block.

These are the kids your mother warned you about.

Flat caps, combat boots, sneakers and bathing suits – call it an underground fantasy of grungy fashion. Last Sunday, I collaborated with five stunning models and a talented soon-to-be-professional photographer, to create a series of in your face fashion. Much inspired by Terry Richardson’s famous yet controversial shoots, we managed through the morning’s heat wave and created a series that may shock a mother or two.

Flat caps can be seen as a trend. It’s a fun accessory to round off your outfit with. It gives a playful feeling and it goes deliciously with street style. Oh and one can use it to protect oneself from the sun of course – it’s a win-win situation!

Sneakers are always comfortable and quite easy to slip into. Its cool aura makes it a definite do for any outfit. Sneakers are super tender on feet, and there are so many styles to choose from. All you need to do is tuck your feet it, lace it up, and you’re ready to explore the surface of the Earth. We frequently used All-Stars in this series. They kind of pair with the use of flat caps – both are playful and fearless in a way, when used in an outfit.

To complete a in your face style, choose chains – the ones that seem to suffocate you around the neck. Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Rita Ora can each be called an ambassador for this statement. They have rocked this trend thoroughly, and the rest of the world copies.

Four seas and a Rolling Grassland. A series shot by TeeJay Photography and styled by Forever Fashion.

Models: Caitlyn Roux / Cara Cabano / Courtenay Tame / Savannah Skye Ludick / Cesca van Oudtshoorn

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Comfort stays key #3

Shirt - Cotton On / Shorts - Cotton On / Ankle Boots - own

I am particularly happy about this easy and breezily read-to-wear street outfit. It's fit for anything, except a formal ball of course. A colour palette of whites and blues is a new 'thing' I'm trying. it shapes a relaxed and calm atmosphere, as if one's heads drifts among the clouds.

Model - Kayla Louw @ Ice Model Management