Trends to look out for this Spring 2016
I take a look at what’s happening in the fashion and lifestyle world for this coming spring, just to get you psyched about the warmer months!
Three and half minutes with Guiyani ‘Guiga’ Monteiro, Owner of Ants. A stylish yet minimalistic well-curated concept store specializing in design and cool music, situated in Parkhurst
Q: What’s your career background?
A: Fashion business and marketing
Q: When did you open Ants and what inspired you to open it?
A: In May this year (2016). My desire to create a space that would inspire my community as well as myself, by showcasing design, art and more.
Q: How do you manage your time and stay organised?
A: Time-management is a learning process, I try to be realistic – I’m a mom, a girlfriend and entrepreneur, so I do my best. Keeping things as organised as possible is the only way I can make it all work.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received?
A: Just start. Trust your vision.
Q: Your favourite Instagram follows?
A: Gosh, so many. Currently – @batuk_music – They are representing SA and the continent HARD
@nikishabrunson – because she’s embracing a healthier lifestyle, and I love her hair
@kennyjmw – gorgeous South African making strides in NYC, her style is also on FIYA!
Q: What are your go-to brands?
A: Ajaie Alaie (soon to be stocked at Ants), Henriette Botha (her jewellery has such character and elegance) and Butter Pudding for my son (the cutest, most stylish SA kiddies range)
Q: Best thing about spring?
A: In JHB, no matter how many times its been said, the Jacarandas blooming get me every time and I’m lucky enough to have one in my yard staring at me when I wake up.
Q: Which local designer would you like to collaborate with?
A: Rich Mnisi!
Q: Best fashion tip for spring?
A: Wear your heart on your sleeve.
Q: Heels or flats?
A: Flats but working in heels.
Q: Two funny facts about yourself?
A: 1. When I visit my parents, I still cuddle and sleep in their bed, at 33, and I don’t intend to change that.
2. After a few glasses, I incarnate into the rapper that I’m not. I’m sorry to everyone who has had to hear me rap (other people’s songs of course, that’s how fake I am!)
Q: Two people you’d love to break bread with?
A: Jepchumba of African Digital Art and Chimamanda Adichie
Q: Favourite place to shop in Jozi?
A: Ants, any day 🙂
Q: Which emoij best describes you?
A: The upside down smiley one
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My two babies (the big one – my boyfriend, and the little one – our son), My family, and success stories around me, especially those of my friends and peers.
Q: What advice do you have for other aspiring fashion & lifestyle entrepreneurs?
A: We all view the world differently and your expression on fashion or lifestyle is unique and worth sharing. Don’t hold back, there’s a massive market waiting.
Q: Your favourite thing about Joburg?
A: What an amazing city! How palpable it’s energy is, wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I’m crushing on ..
This bright, multi-coloured, unisex, knitted golfer is that one item that will inject some life into your spring wardrobe. What’s even better is the fact that its from one of our best sartorial exports, Maxhosa. R2 860, www.maxhosa.co.za
Spring trend you can’t ignore – All eyes are on: Camouflage
Originally created to help people blend in with their surroundings, but ironically, camouflage was the one trend that stood out the last couple of seasons, and this spring is no different. We saw it all over Pitti Uomo, international and local catwalks. Personally, I think camo has transcended trend status to classic status. I have a camo jacket that I wear with absolutely everything, and better yet, makes everything I wear with it look extra cool!
Here are some looks and items that caught our eye:
Tip: To hit the right note, try limit yourself to one camouflage item per outfit, keep your outfit as simple as you can, by teaming it up with basic apparel that will create the perfect contrast!
While plain white sneakers continue being on trend this season, statement sneakers have joined the contest. Elevate your everyday look with a pair of statement sneaks from Maria McCloy. Made right here in Johannesburg and worn by the cool bunch! For more information call 082 340 0262
Favourite Instagram account to follow – @ndidi_emefiele
I’m giving her two years maximum and the whole world will be talking about her and her art! Mark my words…