Ah fashion launches. They consist of immaculately-dressed people whose faces I recognise from magazines and online and long to touch to see if they’re real. Everyone carries a glass of bubbly and food is teeny, tiny canapés whose description always includes drizzled, infused and seared; all of which are served on a stick which I struggle to eat without messing on my dress. *
Then you get invited to a fashion launch that changes everything. I, along with my gay husband Sam, attended the launch of Bastion Menswear at Salon91art gallery. The collection was set amidst the Back in Five Minutes typographic art exhibition; which we think worked crazy well. We were greeted by the friendly and pretty – is there any other kind? Seriously where are the uggos?! - PR ladies and invited to view the collection whilst helping ourselves to drinks and snacks. And this is where things got sexy ;) Instead of the usual waiters swanning around with bubbles, there were premade G&Ts and pizza. Hello heaven! I’ve arrived. There were some other drinks but for me gin makes me win.
|How amaze are these hangers! Almost left with one but it wouldn't fit in my clutch.|
Now about the clothes. Bastion is created for the guys and is a side project of Lauren Kotze and Nikki St. Quintin. That’s right side project. For me, a job, a bit of a social life and the plot in Revenge keeps me busy 24/7. If I do have some spare time, you’ll find me passed out on the couch from a carb-induced coma. So I give these guys props.
|Saving this shirt for when we have Michelle Obama arms. |
The collection is made using all natural fabrics like hemp and organic cotton. Normally someone says hemp and I’m like eek, bloody hippies. But the design team have created a very stylish and classic range. There are a lot of wardrobe basics so you can create outfits around these pieces. And while they’re like YDE price range (short for R390 and shirts form R280) they are muuuuch better quality. You can tell these will stay intact after a few washes.
|If Sam doesn't buy this I will buy it for myself, pretend it's for my Future Boyfriend and then say I stole it from him.|
At the moment, you can contact Bastion via their Facebook page for all your orders, otherwise look to the Biscuit Mill where they’ll be selling soon. There are plans to stock the collection in stores in the future too so when it comes to buying all the stylish men in your life gifts, you’ll know where to go.
|Our fashion blogger poses.|
|Our disinterested hipster fashion blogger poses.|
|Our there's more gin faces.|
Thanks to the peeps from Butter Knife for having us and for being so generous with your gin.
*Disclaimer: Although I make fun of them, I still love those intricate canapés on sticks and drizzled with infused seared nonsense. If I had my way I’d stash a couple in my handbag, go home and eat them in the comfort of my fat pants. But alas I have to act like a lady in public.