Couple Goals: Nicolas Van Graan and Jodie Petersen

Meet Nicolas Van Graan and Jodie Petersenn, the fashion-loving, real-life couple behind Style Me Strauss – a local online publication where style and passion combine

What does a typical Saturday morning consist of?
Nicolas van Graan (NVG): when we’re together, we stay in bed until midday bingeing on series.The same basically applies when we’re not together (laughs).

Insta-approved outfit?
Jodie Petersenn (JP): bralette under a black mesh top with black and white jogger pants and a pair of classic black Nike Cortez.
NVG: a black hoodie or jacket, black tracksuit bottoms or cropped pants and Nike Air Max Plus.

Designers to watch?
NVG: Corner Store has been doing really well over the past couple of years, so keep an eye out for Mat Kieser (Sol-Sol), Anees Petersen (Young and Lazy) and Ulfah Davids (2Bop).
JP: Celeste Lee Arendse – Selfi’s designer – is an inspiration and so hard working. You can find her garments on Saturdays at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town and her new range is available at Woolworths.

If you could meet any international designer, who would it be?
JP & NVG: Virgil Abloh is an all-round creative genius. Jerry Lorenzo would be cool to meet too because his reference to his faith with his label Fear of God is very relatable.

Your dream home has to have…
JP: a massive creative studio that can be separated into different creative/ artistic disciplines, such as a photography space and a dance studio.

Best outfit to travel in?
NVG: a tracksuit and sliders – you’ve got to stay cosy.

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This article first appeared in print, Elle July 2017