Otsu-Morning Moon

I’d never heard of Otsu until their P.R. company sent me some info on their new range the other day…ofcourse I don’t know every single NZ label out, but this one is so beautiful and unique, I don’t know how I missed it! Otsu’s SS 14/15 collection ‘Mooning Moon’ is designer Yuka’s 6th to date and as with her previous collections she’s based this latest range on natural landscapes, particularly focussing on the morning moon. With this collection it was Yuka’s intention to invoke feelings in the wearer of what it’s like to witness the moon in the morning-surreal and haunting.awake top

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Dynasty

Meadowlark jewellery released their SS 14/15 collection Dynasty today and I think it’s one of their best yet-the jewellery and campaign images are equally mesmerizing!

Moving beyond the boundaries of orthodox adornment, Meadowlark sets it’s sight to further escalate its now cult status in a striking new direction.

“This new collection, Dynasty, is an exciting evolution that builds on our last two collections, Ritual and Veni Vedi Vici. We took the idea of 90’s piercing jewellery and put a luxe, grown-up twist on it using silver, gold and diamonds.” says Meadowlark designer and co-founder Claire Hammon.

Dynasty draws on a diverse array of muses – the endowment of an ancient Russian monarch, traditional Indian bridal adornment and grunge-luxe supermodel nostalgia.

Headpieces, nose chains, septum and lip rings are cast in precious metals, intricately etched and studded with beautiful stones.

Alongside these most dramatic and exotic of embellishments lies an equally eye-catching array of stud and hoop earrings, rings and necklaces, each cut in strong, sacred, elemental shapes – spears, thorns, discs – and regally encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

With the kind of philosophy that defines Meadowlark thinking, and in a nod to the eternal art of body piercing, all earrings are sold singly – heightening the possibilities for unique, personal engagement of the wearer with each piece.

“As well as the bigger pieces, there are also some more understated designs we see as becoming classics – on the whole though Dynasty is designed for impact, it’s definitely a collection for the brave,” Hammon says.

Beguiling and bewitching, Dynasty is crown jewels for a modern anarchist queen: impaling the status quo, opulently provoking, decadently defying. Get it in Dunedin HERE. xxML1

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NZFW Kate Sylvester

After a five year hiatus from NZFW, designer, Kate Slyvester returned to the runway with her winter 15 collection ‘Tartt’. Influenced by American author Donna Tartt’s 1992 novel ‘The Secret History’, Kate describes the collection as a “Slouchy celebration of casual luxury and sartorial classics”-a perfect description for a range which showcased many classic kate silhouettes, styles and prints; including her signature tailoring, ultra-feminine dresses and sensible, yet stylish sweaters. Most memorable was the confetti, created from pages cut out of Donna Tartt books, which began to rain down upon the models-a spectacular ending to yet another fantastic New Zealand Fashion Week.

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My NZFW started a bit later than most, with me stupidly booking my tickets before the schedule was released, assuming it would be similar to last years, but it was not! Despite missing many of the shows I’d hoped to see, I didn’t miss out on Zambesi! As is always the case with Zambesi the winter 15 collection showcased impeccable tailoring, oversized coats and luxurious knitwear, with cobalt blue, khaki, black and a hint of lavender featuring throughout. A highlight was the XXXV printed jumpers, commemorating 35 years in business!!!

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Tomorrow I’m off to my second ever NZFW…it’s exciting and daunting! Will keep ya posted. xxfront row

Martina Organics

Working as a beauty writer, I am constantly sent products to review which I’m often reluctant to try because of the chemical processes and ingredients used in their creation. I was recently introduced to Martina Organics and instantly fell in love with this artesian skincare range, created from certified organic ingredients. Newly introduced to the New Zealand skincare market, Martina Organics is created by portuguese born, Marta Camara, who relocated to Wellington with her family at the age of two. Marta’s mother taught her the importance of a balanced and holistic approach to beautiful skin and it was with this, along with her training as a beauty therapist that Martina Organics was born.Martina_26bw

I was fortunate enough to try the range, which currently consists of a moisturiser, cleanser and toner. I found all the products absolutely beautiful to use, evoking all the senses- they look, feel and smell delicious. You can buy it in Dunedin here.

Oil Moisturiser-A sumptuous blend created to soften protect and renew, this oil just melts into the skin. It’s not quite as good as getting a facial when you do it yourself but every night I  give myself to a mini face massage when applying this moisturiser before bed. This moisturiser contains evening primrose, argan and hemp oil which heal irrataions and target signs of aging. Baobab improves elasticity, jasmine and manuka repair and protect, marula reduces redness and scarring, while camellia and macadamia provide conditioning.Marta Organics-1

Toner-This toner smells so good, it could be used as a perfume too! A soothing blend of rosewater, anti-bacterial manuka, oil and sebum removing, blemish reducing, pore tightening witch hazel and redness reducing jasmine this toner is fresh and revitalising. Use spritz’s throughout the day to to freshen and hydrate!Marta Organics-3

Oil Cleanser-Designed to heal and hydrate, this oil cleanser removes impurities, make-up and excess sebum-without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture. Argan, manuka and hemp oils fight acne, inflammation and treat blemishes. Jojoba unblocks pores, marula and jasmine reduce redness and scarring, almond and apricot soften, while camellia hydrates and replenishes.Marta Organics-2

 

 

Assembly

Here’s a sneak peak at the assembly of some MYDEERFOX accessories you can create at the next Creative Common Occupation event held tomorrow (Monday 25th August) at All Press Gallery, 8 Drake St, Freemans Bay, Auckland from 6pm. Go make some cool stuff!

Video created by RPK photography (aka my talented little sista!)

Beneficent

I recently took these photo’s for my make-up artist friend Lauren, as part of a challenge she was working on for her job at M.A.C cosmetics.

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Concept,styling,hair make-up, nails//Lauren Wells using M.A.C Cosmetics

Post-production// Rebekah Parsons-King

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TETE A TETE

The rare phenomenon of synaesthesia is pretty intriguing-imagine while watching a film not only your sense of sight and sound being invoked, but also your sense of smell. That’s exactly what happened when Sydney based perfumer, Vicki Kim was watching a scene from ‘The Graduate’ where Mrs Robinson attempts to seduce Benjamin Braddock.

“When I watched the movie, there was a moment where I smelt the scene,” recalls Kim. “I felt a part of it. I felt like I was in the room with those two. It was really voyeuristic, like I was a part of that scene. That really stuck with me.”

It was from this extraordinary experience that TETE A TETE was born in 2013. TÊTE À TÊTE’s fragrances are considered and imaginatively developed around a concept of time and memory in cinema. TÊTE À TÊTE recalls and explores the instincts and emotions painted by a character, mood and story from a film. The perfume is composed by drawing on the emotional landscape of a pivotal scene in the narrative.

I was fortunate enough to be gifted TETE A TETE  Meishan’s Room candle, which is inspired from a scene in the 1991 film, Raise The Red Lantern. Although I haven’t seen the film, the scent of this candle evokes the sense of sadness and melancholy portrayed in scene.

*A summer night around the Mahjong table in Meishan’s Room. Drifting gently from the record player, a song from her past life as an opera singer. In this scene from Zhang Yimou’s 1991 film Raise the Red Lantern we meet faded dreams and ill fated love.

TETE A TETE candles also come in scents inspired from the films, Blue Lagoon, The Graduate and Satis House and are available from Belle Bird Boutique.

Perfumer, Vicki Kim

Photography//Portrait by Daniel Gurton (http://www.danielgurton.com)

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