Come with me over here…

Argh things have been crazy the past few months as I gradually move Femme Hysterique to it’s new home on the Otago Daily Times website. I’ve been the fashion and beauty writer for the newspaper for the past six years and when they approached me about  becoming their websites fashion editor, I had to decide whether I take the opportunity or take down the blog. Doing both wasn’t an option, as a single working mother I already have wayyyy too much on my plate as it is! The idea of giving up the blog (my third baby) after so many years of hard work was heart-breaking, so I proposed relocating Femme Hysterique to the ODT website. I got kids to feed and shoes to buy…so you can now find me here. Come visit xx

Introducing Jane Eppstein…

You can never get too much of a good thing, and I’m always excited to see new labels launching! Well Jane Eppstein jewellery may not be new, she’s about to launch her fifth collection, but she’s exciting and new to me. Jane is  from the UK but moved to Wellington in 2006 with her husband who’s originally from here. While living in London she worked in investment banking before retraining in jewellery and silversmithing at the London Metropolitan University. Jane’s latest collection, WRITTEN is inspired by the ancient origins of the alphabet. Often carved into wood or stone, simple symbols were used for communication, worship, protection and magic. WRITTEN comprises seven pieces made from silver, gold and diamonds. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a pair of the cute Origin earrings…

Jane Eppstein, Goddess Necklace $376
Jane Eppstein, Origins necklace $175
Jane Eppstein, Ripple Ring $375 (1)
Jane Eppstein, Ripple Ring $375 (2)
Jane Eppstein, Water Stones Necklace $320 (1)
Jane Eppstein,Written Necklace $398


I’ve been taking photo’s for awhile now…I think about 4 years, however I by no means consider myself a photographer! I own a fancy camera, I’ve exhibited my work and people sometimes pay me to take photo’s, but I’m not sure at what point I’ll go “yes I’m a photographer now”. Maybe when I’ve mastered photoshop or every aspect of photography, which would mean maybe never. All I know is I truly love taking photo’s, specifically of people and I want to get better and better at it. I recently teamed up with Aart Models, taking images of their aspiring models, here’s a few test shoots of 16-year-old LayneLayne2




Stolen @ NZFW

Sadly I couldn’t make it to NZFW this year, but when I’ve been in the past Stolen Girlfriends Club‘s shows are always one of my favs! They’re loud, dark and dramatic with sullen looking models sauntering down the runway…it’s always totally rock n roll! Here’s some of M.A.C’s backstage footage, shot by Olivia Hemus. FLNTR-M·A·C Cosmetics New Zealand-72dpi-165093bf9e-STOLENGIRLFRIENDS11

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Company of Strangers crush

I've been gone again awhile, life just keeps getting in the way of 
running this blog! I really do intend to post more often, however I now 
do all the fashion and beauty writing for The Otago Daily Times, so have 
taken on a lot more responsibility...argh.

Anyway here's the amazing campaign images from Company of Strangers SS/17 collection 'Crush'. I've got a 
mad crush on that off-white shirt and kimono-sleeve bomber!

Company of Strangers 'Crush' celebrates thier muse of the season, 
multimedia artist Eva Hesse.A pioneering female artist in a male dominated space, Hesse merges the 
cool austerity of minimalist art with a poetic mix of the whimsical and 
subtly sexual.

Loose fits, silk sheaths and playful silhouettes are key this season.
Gauzy, soft linens are mixed both in more traditional, strict shirt and 
vest silhouettes as well as playful, almost naïve dresses and jumpsuits, 
adding a sense of fun and youthfulness.

Bold silhouettes with a Japanese sensibility- boxy linens, kimono 
inspired sleeves are added to sports luxe bombers and give dramatic 
shape to zip-through tunics.
CRUSH brings shapes that are versatile and can be worn multiple ways, 
dresses can be unzipped and worn as vests, jumpsuits and dresses have 
multiple belt loops so the wearer can adjust the look easily.

Pleats, tucks and gathers wrap around sheer silks in pale hues of 
lavender and blush quince.
Striking gold lurex elastic banding and discreet blackened metal zips 
add an industrial contrast to more feminine silk styles
Raw hemmed silk paisley is dip dyed, silk and twill crepes are finished 
off with wide strapping and nickel O rings and fragments of fringing.
Referencing the contrast between industrial and fragile finishes Hesse 
often played against each other.







Good Bad Things

I recently discovered Bad Things on Instagram (where all good shit is found) and immediately loved/needed lots of items from the Raglan-based label’s range of tees, tanks, crews and hoodies! The brand references heavy metal album art, old school skate graphics and a touch of comic-gore-Essentially all the good things can be found in Bad Things!280416BADTHINGS0103 1 280416BADTHINGS0126 1280416BADTHINGS0067

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Introducing Shjark….

With over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, designer, Amber Gardner is more than ready to launch her own label, Shjark later this year.

Amber started her career as a designer and pattern cutter for Murray Crane at Crane Brothers, where she was responsible for the numerous menswear brands under his umbrella at the time, including the infamous Little Brother label and naval heritage line Gubb & Mackie. During this time, Amber developed a love of tailoring and a fascination with utilitarian and vintage clothing, which forms the foundation of her design aesthetic today.

From there, she moved to Workshop, designing both the men’s and women’s ranges, and it was here her passion for denim was born.

“For me, nothing beats a rich, natural indigo dye, and the nature in which it evolves with its wearer.”

Amber then moved on to Gregory Limited, as designer for Ricochet, which provided a shift in focus and saw her hone her skills in womenswear, while still honoring her menswear background, and the distinctly rock n roll edge of her previous positions.

For Amber, Shjark is her reaction to the shifting tides of the fashion industry and a desire for a ‘more is less’ approach, making her pieces essential items for any wardrobe.SHJARK_0177 copy
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