Style Radar: Lulutho Skeyi

This week our Style Radar detected Lulutho Skeyi, an aspiring writer, journalist, all-round media personnel and an aspiring fashion designer. She sees beauty in everything and finds expression through writing, art and fashion. Lulutho is all about self-empowerment, women empowerment and she aspired to become an activist for all women.

Lulutho loves how different and diverse fashion is for everyone. “Fashion expresses one’s identity and we can tell people a lot about ourselves (without having to say anything) through our choice of clothing”, she said.

She also stated that fashion is a instant language. “As a visual artist, I view fashion as an art form too. It accommodates everyone and I absolutely love that fashion is constantly changing!” she added.

Lulutho defines her sense of fashion as ‘Streetwear style’. “My style is simple, but unique. It changes on a daily depending on my mood and/or my inspiration for the day”, she said.

A number of things inspire Lulutho’s style such as; nature or a certain movement (feminist movement or the love for and by queer people). She also added, ” I even inspire my own style, but my number one fashion icon that I look up to for style is Rihanna. She is so free-spirited and carefree through her style and she is not afraid of wearing outfits that cause controversy with stereotypical people. She just portrays a sense of feminism.” 

We asked Lulutho if there are any fashion rules she follows and she said, “I feel that for a unique and cool look, it is okay to sometimes break fashion rules. However, not being afraid to be myself is one fashion rule that I live by and I don’t save clothing for certain occasions. I make every ordinary day an occasion for myself and wear whatever I feel like and whenever.”

Lulutho enjoys switching up her style from looking like a hippie to looking like a tomboy, girly girl, sporty girl, goth or even ethnic fashion style. However, discussing her ideal everyday look she stated, “My everyday look would be a good pair of jeans with chic sneakers, a cool expressive top and a touch of jewellery pieces.”

“What advice would you give individuals who are trying to find their voice through fashion?” we asked Lulutho.

“They should not be afraid to simply be themselves. Be courageous, keep things simple, look for inspiration, ask for help, accessorise, know what you want, make thrift stores your best friend, get creative with your combinations, don’t ever change your style to accommodate others or to fit in, stand out! Do you and have fun!” Lulutho concluded.

Style radar: Norealda Cronje

On my style radar this week is Norealda Cronje who stays serving up looks in a range of beautiful bohemian-esque ensembles. I asked this lovely lady a few short questions about what/who inspires her style and love for fashion.

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Norealda expressed that what she enjoys most about fashion is that it enables her to showcase who she is through what she’s wearing and the incredible feeling she gets from putting a good look together. “[Fashion] allows me to express who I am through my personal style,” she said. And this fashionista certainly knows how to make a statement in her fetching 70s-style fashion which features whimsical silhouettes, knee-high boots, fun floppy hats, statement dangle earrings and playful prints. Norealda also switches it up quite regularly between different hairstyles with great ease and always has her hair neatly coiffed, whether she’s styled it in a sleek bob, shoulder-length box braids, soft wavy curls or a little bun.

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When asked about her current fashion obsession Norealda emphatically responded, “prints!!! [I] love any print especially floral and African-inspired prints.” She does indeed have quite the collection of fabulous flowery prints and joyful geometric patterns. And with her incredible accessorizing skills, she seems to have perfected the art of styling as is evident from the range of charming little handbags, shoes and earrings that complement her clothing so well.

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Given a chance, Norealda would love to raid the closet of the very talented and gorgeous Zoë Kravitz because “her effortless chic is incomparable. It never looks like she put any effort into anything that she wears yet she always looks absolutely amazing.” In many ways, Norealda’s style choices ooze the same kind of cool confidence as the quirky, pint-sized fashion dynamo that is Miss Kravitz. And like this Hollywood starlet, Norealda’s look has a lovely ease and elegance to it.

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Norealda epitomizes modern-day, 70s-inspired, country chic in her cute and carefree ensembles. Whether she’s rocking an LBD and boots or a billowy, boho-chic jumpsuit and wedges her look stays polished. On what inspires this look, she remarked, “comfortability (sic) inspires my style, I have to be comfortable with what I wear to feel confident.” It’s no surprise then that her number one rule for keeping it cute with her fashion is: “you always have to be comfortable in the the skin that you are in, regardless. If you’re wearing an expensive/extravagant garment or slacks, you will only exude confidence once you are comfortable.”

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Style radar: Wandi Ngema

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On my style radar this week is the adorable Wandi Ngema who regularly keeps it cute and classy in a series of sweet and chic ensembles. I asked her a few questions to know more about what inspires her style and what she enjoys most about fashion.

Summing up her style as “fun, classic and elegant,” Wandi’s biggest fashion inspiration comes from the minimalist yet stylish looks of the incomparable Victoria Beckham, which she describes as “neat, elegant and timeless pieces, perfect for the modern woman.” Like Posh Spice, Wandi has a flair for making simple silhouettes and patterns exciting through the interesting details in the clothing – a pop of colour here, a fun print there, fraying or fringe. She also knows how to combine these pieces in a way that is sophisticated yet cool, chilled yet polished.

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When asked which designer, local or international, she’d hired as her personal tailor, Wandi tells me that what she calls her “obsession” with African print would have her keep it local with South African design house, Khosi Nkosi. This award-winning brand has numerous pieces made with African wax print fabric in its collection. “What I love most about her designs is that they’re timeless,” she says of designer and founder Nobukhosi Nkosi. Wandi’s support for locally-made fashion doesn’t just end there. She says a black wrap dress she purchased from Cape Town-based Koibito Kibun is one of her favourite items of clothing in her wardrobe due to its versatility. “On weekends I wear it with sandals and during the week I can wear it to the office with matching heels.” In the photo below she’s sporting a pretty monochrome tunic dress by the same brand.

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What I adore most about Wandi’s style is its beautiful ease and simplicity. This lovely lady effortlessly switches it up between playful elegance and work-smart chic. She always looks neat and well put together. Although Mrs. Beckham is her style muse, Wandi has her own unique fashion point of view and I’m a huge fan!