Real Men Wear Pink

In the 20th-centenary in America an article in the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department in June 1918 said the following:

“The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

The colour forecast on WGSN showed that pink will be a huge trend for the Spring/Summer clothing for men for 2014.  Many people don’t know this, but pink can’t be classified as a colour of its own, because it is only a lighter shade of red.

Today the majority of men still think that pink is only a colour that girls should wear.  I would disagree with them.  When dressed appropriately, pink is one of the most flattering colours for anyone and it can go from a laid back day look to a sophisticated evening look.

I decided to take one key item for men and to show them how to look fashion forward for 5 different occasions:
1.    Casual Day Look
2.    Comfortably Studying
3.    Late Afternoon Drinks
4.    Business Trip
5.    Suit Up

Casual Day look:

Key item – Blush pink shirt @ Woolworths:               R299
Demin shorts with turover @ Markhams:                  R380
Brown Cuff Watch @ Woolworths:                            R299
Brown Belt @ Woolworths:                                         R225
2 Toned brown shoes @ Woolworths:                        R599
Gold Frame Aviators @ Woolworths:                         R99
Canvas Laptop Case @ Woolworths:                        R299

Comfortably Studying:

Key item – Blush pink shirt @ Woolworths:               R299
Light grey pants @ Markhams:                                  R320
Clubman Reading Glasses @ Woolworths:               R150
Plain Trilby Hat @ Woolworths:                                  R150
Suede Brogues @ Woolworths:                                 R599
Cotton Shoulder Bag @ Woolworths:                         R225

Late Afternoon Drinks:

Key item – Blush pink shirt @ Woolworths:               R299
Dark Mint Rollup Pants @ Woolworths:                     R399
Half Frame Lounger Sunglasses @Woolworths:       R299
Sawyer Desert Boot @ Woolworths:                          R899
Nubuck Perforated Belt @ Woolworths:                    R299
Linen Blend Flat Cap Grey @ Woolworths:               R110

Business Trip:

Key item – Blush pink shirt @ Woolworths:               R299
Dark Navy Tailored Pants @ Woolworths:                R350
Brown Cuff Watch @ Woolworths:                            R299
Gold Frame Aviators @ Woolworths:                         R99
Brown Leather Brogues @ Woolworths:                    R599
Print Satchel Bag @ Woolworths:                              R599

Suit up:

Key item – Blush pink shirt @ Woolworths:               R299
Black Suit Jacket @ Woolworths:                              R799
Black Suit Pants @ Woolworths:                                R999
Black Textured Tie @ Woolworths:                            R99
Maroon Check Tie @ Woolworths:                            R99
Polka Dot Square Handkerchief @ Woolworths:       R49
Chunky Chrono Watch @ Woolworths:                     R350
Canvas Tablet Case @ Woolworths:                         R199

Now that you have seen that men can also look fashion forward in pink, please comment on the fashion post of today.  Tell me what you liked and did not like and what you wanted to see in a different way.

So guys take a chance and wear something pink and always remember:
            “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” ~ Rachael Zoe


John-Wayne Keyser – an up and coming fashion designer with a bright future

On 2 November 2013 John-Wayne Keyser was announced as Designer of the year at the SANLAM North West School of Design’s Annual Graduation Fashion Show.  I was star struck by his amazing designs and wanted to find out more about this up and coming designer...

1.    John-Wayne, when your name was announced as “Designer of the year” what were the first emotions you experienced?
It was a rush of mixed emotions really, joy, accomplishment, pride happiness I can’t really describe the feeling.

2.    What was the inspiration for this spectacular collection you designed?
The theme we were given was confluence of cultures, while trying to come up with ideas I saw Selena Gomez music video for come and get it to me it was the perfect blend of pop and Indian cultures. The ideas just kept flowing after that.

3.    Is there anything you wanted to different with the collection / something that bothered you?
For me I poured my soul in to this collection in my eyes they were my works of art so I don't think id change a thing.

4.    What are your plans and dreams for the future?
My plans are to in the next 5 years have a successful studio running here in Sa and then in a few years to branch my business overseas.

5.    Do you have any advice for people out there who have dreams of becoming a fashion designer?
Keep fighting for that dream, never let anyone tell you your not good enough! Believe in yourself and dream big!

6.    What do you enjoy the most about designing?
What I enjoy most about designing, mmm I would say it's the whole process from sketching, patterns, cutting sewing and finishing off. it's amazing to see a sketch you drew come to life in front of your eyes.

7.    What are your 3 best fashion tips for other people for everyday fashion?
1 Less is more; don't overdo it with the accessories,
2 Be yourself don't wear something because everyone is wearing it; bring your personality out through your clothing choices.
3 Don't match the belt with the shoes, mix it . ;)

8.    Who are your personal top 3 fashion designers and why?
1. Gert-Johan Coetzee not only because his my mentor but also for the fact that his always pushing the boundaries and coming up with new ideas.
2. Anel Botha, I Adore Anel's romantic design style and her attention to detail.
3. Kobus Rautenbach, his designs always fit perfectly and his designs exude romance and femininity.

9.    If you can choose only 5 fashion items when you are travelling what would it be?
Black skinny jeans, my black military boots, graphic tee, clean underwear, (haha), and a well-made waist coat.

10.  What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Keep a look out a have a bright future planed and I won’t give up until I’ve reached my dreams.

South Africa is full of fashion designers, some more known to the public than others, some even made name internationally.  From my point of view, John-Wayne Keyser is a guy that deserves international fame in the future.

For more of John-Wayne’s designs from the Graduation Fashion Show go check out this link:


Assistant backstage at North West School of Design Graduation Show 2013

Here I am with Gert-Johan Coetzee, one of South-Africa's top fashion designers and a personal idol.

Last Saturday (2 November 2013) night I had the experience of a lifetime.  I had the honour of working backstage as an assistant at the North West School of Design’s annual Graduation Show.  And what an amazing night it was!  I never really thought that a fashion show had so many aspects that have to run fluently to ensure a marvellous show.  Each and every one of the designers had spectacular designs and amazed the crowd with it.  John-Wayne Keyser was announced as Designer of the year and I fell in love with his collection.  It was elegant, timeless and most definitely one of a kind.  A collection that I would LOVE to have in my wardrobe.

To me, the biggest highlight of the evening was meeting Gert-Johan Coetzee, one of South-Africa’s top designers who is truly an inspiration, not only for all the up and coming designers, but he is also an inspiration to me.  I recently needed some motivation to peruse my dreams and this following statement of Gert-Johan Coetzee on Twitter gave me the necessary motivation and inspiration: “Fashion designer who believes you can never dream too big”.  He is most definitely one of my idols!

Furthermore I took some pictures with Anel Botha from Anel Botha Couture who is also one of South-Africa’s top designers, Francoise Jeanne de Villiers, the beautiful Miss. Klerksdorp and then of course Kobus Rautenbach from Kobus Rautenbach Couture. 

I would like to thank the all people who made it possible for me to assist backstage;
North West School of Design’s Stacey Grant, Lisa Hay De Villiers and Marlene Oosthuizen, dean of North West School of Design. 

And then I would like to thank one person in particular, Kobus Rautenbach. Without Kobus none of this would have been possible.  He arranged for me to be an assistant backstage where I also assisted him in the dressing room with the models on the rehearsal on Friday night.  Thank you so much for making it possible for me to have the experience of a lifetime.


After Saturday night, working at a fashion show wasn’t just a dream anymore, it was a reality.  I would like to encourage each and every one of you to follow your dreams, do what you love and work extremely hard to turn your dreams into a reality. 

Steve Martin once said “Be so good they can’t ignore you”.  With that in mind, hopefully one day in my future I will work as an assistant at SA Fashion Week.



Anel Botha from Anel Botha Couture and me.

Francoise Jeanne de Villiers and me.

The AMAZING Kobus Rautenbach from Kobus Rautenbach Couture who made this amazing night possible for me.

The beautiful Miss. Klerksdorp 2013, Tumi Boitumelo Monare and me.

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