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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

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SNEAK PEEK - AS TOLD TO AIMEE CARELSE

‘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.

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