#METGALAMONDAY: THE CO-HOSTS

This Monday was the first Monday in May and that only means one thing…The Met Gala or the Met Ball - whatever you wanna call it, its one of fashion’s biggest nights. This Met Gala is not like the rest, ‘Notes on Camp’s’ Met starts off with not the usual red carpet but a bright pink carpet . In the essay, 'Notes on "Camp,"' Susan Sontag says 'the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.'  Something so bad that it’s good and it was definitely good…

Anna Wintour in Chanel (Getty Images)

Anna Wintour in Chanel (Getty Images)

Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue (holder of my dream job) who has chaired the Met Gala since 1995 arrived first to the fabulously camp pink carpet wearing a beautiful pale pink, flower embellished Chanel gown with a full on pink and black feather shawl.

The look was spectacular and pretty bold for the usually fairly reserved Anna. However, she really brought her A game to the carpet following the theme beautifully whilst still maintaining her personal style.

Anna also didn’t wear her trademark dark sunnies for the carpet and instead opted to show off her make-up - a rarity.

Met Gala pink carpet Zorro chic (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Met Gala pink carpet Zorro chic (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Harry Styles, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, wore Gucci. I think that a lot of people were a bit disappointed with Harry’s outfit, there was a big expectation that he’d wear one of his usual flamboyant floral Gucci suits. Instead, he wore black head to toe and somehow, in true Harry fashion, managed to avoid comparisons to Zorro.

Harry’s stylist, Harry Lambert said about the outfit, “I think everyone was expecting Harry to be in sequins, bright colours and a crown, but we decided on a different type of 'camp' that hopefully would surprise,” 

Then of course we have the single pearl earring and what design house is it from? Gucci of course - who else. The single pearl earring really elevated Harry’s outfit and gave it the finishing touch, je ne sais quoi if you will. And, Harry…a single earring in your right ear? Is this our baby finally telling us a little something something? If you aren’t quite sure what track i’m on…I’ll guide your mind a little (click me you little rebel). So, there’s that - Harry never does anything without a team of publicists and media superstars thinking it through before hand so we can only assume that he knew exactly what he was saying. Stylist Harry Lambert said that he found the earring last minute and thought it would complete the look perfectly; and a little birdie told me (okay, it was a woman who spoke to him at the Met Gala 🤥) that he pierced the ear himself - utmost control.

Over the years, we have seen our boy go from boyband superstar dressed in awful (but in a cute way) purple sneakers to a Chelsea boot clad fashionista. His solo world tour was a real stepping stone in terms of his fashion and I really love the direction Harry Lambert is taking Harry Styles’ style in (that was complicated - 50 points if you managed that). I got so caught up in the earring thing that I forgot to mention that Harry also wore high heeled boots with his ‘free the nipple’ heavy ensemble - style star.

Harry in his second outfit at the Met Gala party (Mickey chic). The pearl earring made off for the evening and was replaced with a gold and black cross earring. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Harry in his second outfit at the Met Gala party (Mickey chic). The pearl earring made off for the evening and was replaced with a gold and black cross earring. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The boy with the pearl earring - Harry Styles (Photo Credit: Harry Lambert)

The boy with the pearl earring - Harry Styles (Photo Credit: Harry Lambert)

Gaga upon arrival #parachutebaby (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Gaga upon arrival #parachutebaby (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Lady Gaga does the most with not just one but four outfits in one. She started the evening off in a bright fuchsia parachute dress with full male dancing ensemble fitted with black tuxes and umbrellas. Then stylist, Brandon Maxwell unbuttoned and removed the dramatic dress to reveal a beautiful old Hollywood style black dress before further stripping her down to a slinky fuchsia number until finally, she went full on Paparazzi/ Fame Monster era stripping down to glitzy fishnets, bra and pants which she rocked with some of her trademark sky high boots.

The multi faceted outfit was interesting as it really drew the line between the old, OTT gaga who wore sky high stilettos and a meat dress and the ‘new’ Gaga who is all about silver screen glamour. The whole ‘strip that down’ thing did it for me up until a certain point. It kind of lost me at the glitzy underwear outfit but I can appreciate where they were going.

Serena in Versace and Nike X Off-White (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Serena in Versace and Nike X Off-White (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Many of my friends weren’t too complimentary about Serena Williams’ outfit at the Met Gala saying things which were mostly close to “she looks like big bird”. I for one disagree, I actually loved the outfit (armchair critic and all that).

She wore a very vivid yellow and pink Versace dress which I felt not only suited her skin tone really well but the ‘blossoms’ (i’m being liberal here) match the carpet (lol 😂- I hope you got that otherwise i’m an idiot laughing by myself). The dress and shoes are also very much in line with the current '‘in-colour’ Gen Z yellow. The main thing for me though was that she looked very comfortable and very much herself. Yes, the dress is over the top - it’s the definition of ‘camp’ thank you very much.

I have no clue who the stylist behind this outfit was, I could probably find out but ultimately that sounds like a lot of effort and I was never ready - sorry. However, whoever it was who put it together, it’s a great look. The other thing I really loved was that Serena wore trainers to the Met Gala so she was undoubtedly the most comfortable guest there (female in any case) and it was a lovely ode to her previous work with Virgil Abloh of Off White. If I seem to have gone off my rocker and you have no idea what i’m talking about, Serena did a collaboration with Off White called the ‘Queen Collection’ which was designed by Virgil. In any case, now you have that (possibly useless) information, the sneakers she wears here are ‘Volt’ Nike X Off White Air Force 1’s.

Alessandro Michele in Gucci (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Alessandro Michele in Gucci (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The final co-host of this year’s Met Gala was Mr Gucci himself, Alessandro Michele. Alessandro, if you’ve never heard of him, is the creative director of Gucci. He’s the guy behind Gucci’s over the top, maximalist aesthetic which I am so very in love with. He has, according to CNBC, grown Gucci's brand value the most of any luxury fashion label with the brand’s revenue up 30 percent.

In what was possibly even less of a surprise than Harry Styles wearing Gucci, Alessandro also opted for a Gucci look (shock). In any case, he looked perfectly camp in a bright pink Gucci…suit thing? The blouse is heavily ruffled and very vibrant and Alessandro, like Harry, opted for heels, heavily ringed fingers (Gucci) and an over the top head piece.

Fabulous baby

MANTSHO BY PALESA MOKUBUNG

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By far one of the most beautiful collections I have ever had the privilege of seeing at SAFW was Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung for the Luxury Collections SS19. I have never in my life been so grateful to be sitting front row for a show. Her designs are beautiful in their intrinsic simplicity which runs through and connects the entire collection. The lines of the garments are equal parts strong and feminine with strong lines juxtaposed with soft curves and frills.

The dresses are full and voluminous with big oversized sleeves and frills and all of them are brightly coloured. The whole show was a beautifully colourful event with Mokubung creating all her own patterns for Mantsho. The music in the show was also a departure from the usual heavy bass vibes of fashion shows with Palesa instead opting for a classical piece to back her show. Mantsho is definitely clothing made with all women in mind regardless of body shape or height

It has also just been announced that Palesa will be collaborating with H&M and bringing us the Mantsho X H&M collection which will be available in stores from 15 August 2019. She is officially the first South African designer to have their own collection in the H&M flagship stores worldwide as well as all SA H&M stores.

Mantsho is a deserving collection and Palesa is a deserving individual and I simply cannot wait for her collection to hit H&M stores - I look forward to supporting it in a big way. Let’s all do our bit on August 15th to show H&M how much we love seeing South African designers celebrated by selling out this collection.

Congratulations and all my love Palesa X

Photo credit: Megan Smit for Ari&Me

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MET GALA 2019 SO FAR...

The Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday in May and this year, that very special day is May 6th. The theme this year is hugely exciting (for me at least) ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. Now this is all amazing and sounds potentially glittery, outrageous and like a lot of fun but what are we supposed to draw from this theme? Well, the Met this year is inspired by Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay entitled ‘Notes on Camp’. I’ll use the quote most commonly cited from her essay “Camp generally refers to outrageous and The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

Camp is the embodiment of proud, outrageous and over the top fashion. With the theme and feel of the Met Gala this year, is it any wonder that the co-chairs include Lady Gaga and my favourite boy Harry Styles. Other co-chairs include Alessandro Michele (Gucci), Serena Williams and as per usual, Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The first time I saw this theme I’ll admit I was a little confused. As it so often is, my question was answered by Guilty Feminist host and all round amazing woman, Deborah Frances White who said of camp “Camp is I can’t conform so I might as well live my whole self. You’re not going to like me anyway, I am going to be different anyway. I might as well stick a sequin on it and turn up the Kylie.” (The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Reality TV, 21/01/19)

Am I excited for this years Met Gala? Yes, I am - I am incredibly excited. If there was ever a time to be camp, that time is now. The fashions and trends as well as a more free society allows for camp fashion to caress all of us with its beauty. I think that 2019 might actually be the year to be camp. Camp is acceptable now with Harry Styles as a frontman. Frankly, what’s more camp than Gucci at the moment? Harry, Lady Gaga and Gucci? I can’t think of anything more beautiful. Cal Wilson said on a recent episode of ‘The Guilty Feminist’ about the subject of camp “Watching someone live to the edges of who they are is beautiful. Like using the good crockery everyday.” (The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Reality TV, 21/01/19)

Possibly my favourite thing in the world has been watching the evolution of Harry Styles from fairly stereotypical big-shoed boyband member to gorgeous long haired tattooed rock god and finally to what appears to be the height of himself. He is the epitome of a style(s) evolution done right. I can’t speak for him and I absolutely do not wish to but if I was going to pick a night on which to reveal my true self, I can’t really think of a better night than the 2019 Met Gala. I will certainly be watching eagerly. This will certainly be a night to remember and I cannot wait!

BEST 'TRUE CRIME' PODCASTS

Hi guys

So I get a lot of questions from people about what kind of podcasts I listen to. I have always been a huge fan of true crime most especially unsolved cases and disappearances. Below are my all time favourite podcasts to get your true crime fix. Together, with TCATT, TCATT Unsolved and Crime Junkie, there are 275 episodes of fully fledged true crime to keep you going.

TRUE CRIME ALL THE TIME

On ‘True Crime All The Time’ most commonly referred to as TCATT, hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson also known as Gibby guide you through the most fascinating of true crime stories including the likes of Russell Williams, Fred and Rosemary West, Gary Alan Walker and Richard Ramirez to name but a few. They give as much time and thought to the lesser known cases as they do to the most famous

Mike and Gibby both have very interesting and often very different takes on the murders and their perpetrators. This podcast is always a fascinating listen, full to the brim with interesting tidbits of information and very well researched throughout. These two manage to be respectful of how awful the murders they talk about are and still include a healthy sprinkling of humour throughout.

Talented guys with a brilliant podcast! A real must listen of you are a true crime fanatic like me. Find them here on apple podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-all-the-time/id1179629560?mt=2

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TRUE CRIME ALL THE TIME UNSOLVED

Probably my favourite of all the true crime podcasts out there, TCATT Unsolved is also hosted by Mike Ferguson and Mike ‘Gibby’ Gibson (see above).

Unsolved delves into all the weirdest unsolved crimes and murders of our time. As with TCATT, Mike and Gibby guide you step by step through the crimes sparing none of the details. They tell the stories of the victims of these unresolved crimes, look into the facts that surround the case and all the suspects. All while maintaining a light but respectful tone and a bit of humour throughout.

Just as good as, in fact probably better than TCATT and my absolute favourite listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-all-the-time-unsolved/id1195484262?mt=2

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CRIME JUNKIE

This weekly podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and co-host Brit Prawat will definitely give you your true crime fix for the week. Ashley has a brilliant way of telling the stories in such a way that you feel like you are with friends discussing the case. The storytelling is well thought through with a good balance of facts and speculation.

Ashley and Brit both have great voices for podcasting and tell the horrendous stories in a brilliant and caring way. Generally, Crime Junkie is great for lesser known cases and unsolved crimes.

Crime Junkie is out every Monday for your true crime fix: https://crimejunkiepodcast.com and on apple podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-junkie/id1322200189?mt=2

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OSCAR NOMINEES 2019: THE CATEGORIES WE ALL CARE ABOUT

Well, here they are, the Oscar Nominations for 2019. The Oscars will take place (as per usual) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sun, 24 Feb at 5:00 pm GMT-8.

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

Personally, I think its between ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Black Panther’. I have heard great things about ‘The Favourite’ as well but those are my personal top three. Ultimately, If it was up to me, I’d have to choose Bohemian Rhapsody. Luckily for the other movies, my biased ass Freddie loving opinions don’t get to pick 😂

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Ladies and gentlemen, the nominees for performance by an actor in a leading role are as follows from left to right. Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’, Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in ‘A Star is Born’, William Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Viggo Mortesen as Tony Lip in Green Book.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

The nominees for performance by an actress in a leading role are, from left to right. Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo in ‘Roma’, Glenn Close as Joan Castleman in ‘The Wife’, Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’, Lady Gaga as Ally in ‘A Star is Born’ and Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Nominees for Actor in a supporting role are as follows from left to right. Mahershala Ali in ‘Green Book’, Adam Driver in ‘BlacKkKlansman’, Sam Elliott in ‘A Star is Born’, Richard E Grant in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ and Sam Rockwell in ‘Vice’.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

The nominees for Actress in a supporting role from left to right. Amy Adams in ‘Vice’, Marina de Tavira in ‘Roma’, Regina King in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, Emma Stone in ‘The Favourite’ and Rachel Weisz in ‘The Favourite’.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

Incredibles 2” Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle

“Isle of Dogs” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

“Mirai” Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Once again from left to right: “BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee, “Cold War” Paweł Pawlikowski, “The Favourite” Yorgos Lanthimos, “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón and “Vice” Adam McKay

2019 RESOLUTION: BE MORE FREDDIE

I’ll make one thing clear…I am absolutely not a fan of New Years resolutions - I think they’re pointless and put way too much pressure on you. I do however, believe in positive change. I wanted to make 2019 the year I didn’t make any new years resolutions…I seem to have failed that resolution as well 🤦‍♀️. If that isn’t irony then I don’t know what is.

So, the reason that I believe that 2019 is in fact the year to be more Freddie? Well Freddie was always honest and always himself. He was the most beautiful character not because of looks but because of much more. Freddie had substance - he didn’t always fit in and he actually didn’t care at all. He made wildly bold clothing choices and pranced around stages. Freddie brought so much joy through his life and his music and honestly…who wouldn’t want that for a year, for a life.

"I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend." -Freddie Mercury

What Freddie had in droves was confidence in who he was and what he did. We all need a bit more confidence in our lives. Confidence (not arrogance) is such a beautiful thing to behold. You see so little confidence these days especially in women. We spend so much time judging ourselves, our outfits, our decisions, our likes, our dislikes and our bodies that we forget to enjoy ourselves. Part of the beauty of confidence is that you kind of forget yourself a little bit. Think about the difference between how a little girl and a woman approach a mirror…yep the little girl has confidence because she isn’t looking for flaws. So when you approach a mirror, approach it like Freddie did - like you are the most wonderful person in the world darling and the mirror should be honoured to have you.

“You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be.” - Freddie Mercury

Next up is knowing that you can do and be anything you want to be. If you can think of it and believe it…you can do it. You can wear absolutely anything that you want. You can forget silly rules and silly people. You can put just about anything behind you as long as you know that what’s important is what’s ahead of you. Be you-tiful darlings

 “Dullness is a disease.” - Freddie Mercury

Don’t go out and live a mediocre life…don’t have a mediocre year because you are scared. You will absolutely never be dull as long as you are yourself, as long as you are honest about who you are. You don’t need to disappear, you deserve to wear bright colours if you want to and take up space in the world. You are only ever dull when you are trying to hide who you are which ironically, most people tend to do in a bid to be liked. So don’t try to impress people - you do you boo.


“If I die tomorrow I will not regret. I really did everything I could.” - Freddie Mercury

Live without regrets. So often we live in the past way too much of the time. We go over things that happened and things we might have done differently. Live in the present and do everything you have the chance to. Say yes to a lot more and challenge yourself…you never know what you might find out. If you died tomorrow- would you die happy, fulfilled?


 “I love the fact that I can make people happy, in any form. Even if it’s just an hour of their lives, if I can make them feel lucky or make them feel good, or bring a smile to a sour face, that to me is worthwhile.” - Freddie Mercury

So often we destroy each other. We don’t live to make each other happy - we don’t strive to see other people smile. How much more wonderful would the world be if we all strove to make one person smile. That is indeed a worthwhile life to live. Ask one person how they are, greet someone or give someone a genuine compliment. If you are at a complete loss, resort to playing Queen 👑


“Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don’t want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there” - Freddie Mercury

This final quote just happens to be one that I love and its so outrageous and so Freddie so I thought I’d leave it here with - speak your mind and be honest about who you are. Say what you want to say. Honestly is the best policy even if that you’re about to say is outrageous.

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MY FAVOURITE THINGS: PODCASTS (PART 1)

New series alert!

I've decided to start a weekly post here where I share some of my absolute favourite things. They could be anything...things I've been listening to, watching, eating, buying or just enjoying in general. So for my very first 'My Favourite Things' I've decided to share some of my favourite podcasts to listen to. So, in no particular order, here goes...

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THE GUILTY FEMINIST

Hosted by Deborah Frances-White, this podcast is an absolute revelation. I have learnt so much in such a short time and have had such great fun doing it as well. Deb is full of knowledge and interesting points of view.

She explains Feminism in a way that is both beautiful and easy to understand. The guests are brilliant, witty and inspirational. In short, I would seriously recommend this podcast to everyone - man, woman, child, it doesn't matter! Please give it a listen!

 https://www.acast.com/theguiltyfeminist

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THE FRINGE OF IT

This podcast is hosted by Liv Purvis of What Olivia Did and Charlotte Jacklin of Betty Magazine.

These two are a must listen. They cover everything from day to day millennial life to deeper issues like race and activism.

They are an absolute joy to listen to and full of great one-liners and witty commentary. I relate to them so much and I can't get enough of this podcast! Definite must listen

https://www.acast.com/thefringeof

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THE GARETH CLIFF SHOW

The Gareth cliff show is a breakfast show which you can listen to live (as a radio show) via The Cliff Central app or in podcast format post-recording. The show is South African centric but Gareth and co are full to the brim with knowledge and witty repartee. The GCS is all about uncensored real conversation about current affairs. Highlight for me is ‘Said by Siya’ and Bens Sport which is the most interesting sports reporting you’ll ever hear.

*I don’t always agree with his views but find the show as a whole very interesting and enjoy it for all the knowledge it offers up.

https://www.acast.com/thegarethcliffshow

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THE HIGH LOW

Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes are the hosts of the High Low podcast. On the podcast they chat about everything from everyday life to whats happening in the world of politics and how it impacts on us as people living in the world created by our leaders.

Two brilliant women who are both brilliant feminists and lovers of life.

They give fabulous book, movie and series recommendations and are a lot of fun to listen to.

 https://www.acast.com/thehighlows