MARIE CLAIRE AND SA STYLE AWARDS 2013 STREET STYLE WINNER ANTHEA POULOS TALKS ABOUT HER MENSWEAR-INSPIRED LOOK AND HOW SHE CAME TO BE A CITY GIRL
‘itry to be in places that allow me to be out on the street.Growing up in Jo’burg,I never really left the bounds of my school, home or mall. I wanted to be more of a city dweller than Jo’burg allowed me to be at the time. After school, I lived in Cape Town for eight years and have been back in Jo’burg for two years. After visiting regularly for work I realized it was becoming the kind of city I always wanted it to be.
I was a complete tomboy growing up in the ‘90s, heavily influenced by my two older brothers who were into hip-hop culture. I think this was the biggest influence on who I am today. I have always had a tendency to become completely engrossed in one particular culture and dressing that way. My looks have ranged from nu-rave to rockabilly to hip-hop. Now, I love the idea of simplicity. I wear mostly black and am interested in creating complexity though materials and fabrics, layering with white, grey and denim.As my personal style is so simple,my creativity and love for colour shows in my home. My friends laugh at me because I shop like a tourist, but I love our local design sensibility and African curios. I am obsessed with accessories and collecting interesting jewellery. Sneakers are the ultimate accessory. I love the innovative way they combine style and comfort. I like interesting cuts and shirt dresses, specifically those that use highvolume cuts, but my favourite fashion items are probably jackets.
I’d say the biggest influence on my style is Rick Owens. I have always found men’s fashion more dynamic and interesting. Sam and Shaka from Art Comes First have been a major influence and I also love Comme des Garçons, Marithé + François Girbaud, Rei Kawakubo and Gwen Stefani. M.I.A. also inspired my style for a long time. When I found out I was the MC and SA Style Awards 2013 Street Style winner I was excited. I know the other nominees and each has their own fabulous fashion sense. I’m glad people enjoy my style and humbled that they’d go out of their way to vote for me.
I work for (the consumer collaboration agency) Instant Grass as a youth-culture specialist. We have a network of smart, connected Grasses (slang for “snitches”), and we collaborate with them to solve business problems for brands and innovate new products. People approach me for advice on projects they’re working on, which inspired my blog name, Anthea Knows Best. I understand young people in this country in a way that I value more than I can tell you. They have helped shaped who I am.’
Clockwise from far left Anthea at her dining room table; Anthea’s MC Street Style entry; unique pieces on one of her side tables; in her living room surrounded by her collectables; her jewellery pieces; toys and figurines; framed pictures; a peak at her shoe collection; decorative candles.