Soweto is among the most dangerous, overcrowded, generally depressed areas I’ve ever visited, but there’s pride, community and rich cultural roots there too. Can you dress aspirationally? This young man wants to go places; he’ll look the part when he gets there.
I agree with you. As far as I could learn,lots of these guys work as stylists and designers etc. Of course their lifestyle and money they make can not be compared to what Europeans are used to, but never the less, these kids are probably already doing what they love.
Agreed! In a recent Garance post,one of her NYC blog guests is quoted saying “Dress for the job you want”! Of course, an easier decision if finances/ opportunities allow,as was the case with Garances’ guest. Anyhow, her guest, already a success ….amped up her wardrobe and even more success was hers. It works.
But these amazing Sowetan creators, designers,dreamers, ” The Smarties”, have defied the reality of their often gritty but rich cultural lives, and in spite of incredible odds, manage to “dress for the jobs they want”! Because of their passion and creativity, I have no doubt that one day soon, all Smarties, will be completely living their dream lives , whether it be in SA, online, in Milan with their idol Lino… anywhere they want to go. For instance, here they are today “improbably’ on the world’s top fashion/style blog that Scott created. He had a need (a job), passionate desire (style/fashion) and never stops creatively working at it!
Yes, “The Smarties” are indeed aspirational dressers. Dream weavers, making the most of their now, on their way to much more!
This is the best of fashion: clothes maketh the man… I can relate – although this spirit is as strong as they come – because clothes have often, in my youth, pulled me together, given me attitude and got me going places. This young gentleman is on his way…UP!
So this picture raises questions in my head.
The guy looks really cool and chique. The gold accents are nice, especially his glasses.
But the enviroment is exactly the opposite. So is there a massive house and wealthy family living on the other side of the street.. or is this guy just misplaced in this neighbourhood? just curious.
I’m intrigued by South Africa, love to go see it for myself one day.
Can anybody please tell me what Sunglasses those are? Email me please at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks in advance.
On another topic, the gold accents and dashes of brown compliment the rest of the outfit superbly. As a South African I’m proud to see our country being recognized internationally amongst the fashion world and community.