ODT fashion shoot

The fact that I couldn’t immediately remember my WordPress login goes to show just how long I haven’t written a blog post…it’s been over a month! But I’ve been completely consumed on working on The Otago Daily Times summer fashion supplement and have literally lived and breathed it the last few weeks! It’s a whole 16 pages (which may seem few) but providing that much content has been utterly exhausting…and exciting! Here’s the unedited shots from the cover and the inside editorial I shot and styled, incase you missed the paper last Thursday. x Hair and Makeup//Christal Allpress Model//Charlotte @ Ican models. Big thanks to Kiki Beware






M.A.C making faces @ NZFW

Everyday I’m inundated with images on social media of what I’m missing out on at New Zealand Fashion Week this year! I should get off instagram, but I can’t…I’m obessed with all the amazing images that are pouring out…Luckily M.A.C are keeping me up-to-date with all the key make-up looks, so I have something to share with ya’ll. x

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Lucilla Gray. Inspiration: She is an ethereal 70s beauty. Minimal tones were used on the skin. She has a graphic element on the eyes as a feature focus.Lucilla Gray 001

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NOM*d. Inspiration: Dream or Die. A worn-in dark eye makeup that could have been slept-in, teamed with silky, perfected skin.NOMd_001




Twenty Seven Names. Inspiration: Creamy, Clean Beautiful Skintwenty-seven names_002

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Introducing Jack Hill…

One of my favourite designers from last years iD International Emerging Designer Awards was Wellington-based Jack Hill, who recently relocated to Dunedin, to live, work and develop his label. I talked to Jack about his label (Jack Hill) and why he choose to come live in the deep, dark South. Below are images of his new studio and his show held last Friday to launch his latest collection.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Christchurch and grew up in Waipara.
Where did you study fashion?
I studied at Massey in Wellington.
Why did you decide to move to Dunedin?
I moved to Dunedin for few reasons. After taking part in the emerging designer section of iD, I started to think about moving here. I was looking at spaces everywhere but when I found this one, I knew that it was the right place to be! I also like the look of the old buildings.
Why’d you decide to open your own studio/showroom?
I have always wanted to have my own space. When I was younger I loved to watch the Coco Chanel movies and more recently Dior and I. I like the idea of a designer growing in one space over their career. I have also slowly accumulated a lot of machinery and it doesn’t really work having it in a flat or at my parent’s house. It’s far too much stuff to have in a house now. And I work faster in here with everything in it’s own place.
Is this your first collection, is it for summer 15??
This collection is exclusively for sale right now in my store! I’m going to include one-off pieces here. Its not for a specific season as it took me a long time to pattern make, sample, size grade and cut. I do everything myself at the moment, so I made it quite trans-seasonal, as I knew it would be impossible for me to keep up with the fast season changes in the same way other labels do. When I’m in the position to employ people I will design for specific seasons.
Can you tell me about the collection? Inspiration, fabrics? 
I try to use the most sustainable fabrics I can find in New Zealand so there’s lots of organic cotton and undyed fabrics. Its all New Zealand made. Its important for me to continuously work on sourcing the most sustainable fabrics and making stuff in New Zealand. I think as a new designer I’m obligated to consider how my brand will grow ethically.
Do you make clothes for boys and girls?
I make clothes for both boys and girls, lots of its unisex and then other pieces I definitely make with one gender in mind.












Marr Factory 16′

The Marr Factory series of exclusive runway shows was held this week at one of Auckland’s coolest bars, Golden Dawn. Stephen Marr along with M.A.C cosmetics showcase some of the hottest hair and make-up trends on some of NZ’s top fashion designers. Here’s a look at the key make-up looks from the shows.ZambesiInspiration: The Zambesi Spring/Summer 16 woman is radiant and glowing with a really dark graphic quintessential eye.ZAMBESI_MARR-14

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Inspiration: Music icon Nico from the Velvet Underground’s slept in eye makeup.NOMD_MARR-4


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Moderno cowgirl

Inspired by the acid western ‘El Topo’, Company of Strangers SS16 collection references the intoxicating cinema of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and the dawn of the midnight movie.

An extravagant psychedelic odyssey of potent pop culture and cosmic spiritualism.

This seasons silhouettes reflect an urban frontier, simple cuts are luxed up with silk georgettes and obligatory leather panels. Crisp cotton voiles are mixed with viscose crepes, and textured net layers frame vests and shorts.

This seasons zig zag print appears patched and warped as if viewed through a kaleidoscope.

Cropped bombers and tunics feature discreet cut out details, wide holster like straps adorn slip dresses and jackets.

Scarf like draped dresses are framed with fringing, whilst skinnies and cropped shorts are studded down the leg, a homage to the gun wielding wild frontier.

A fresh palette of black, bone and silver with hints of tangerine, peacock and teal are broken by bold black and white stripes. Mixed and distorted against black backgrounds like a T.V. testcard pattern, heralding this new age of popular culture.

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Danger Birds

A couple of Fridays ago I did a shoot with my friends from Belle Bird Boutique who have just launched their own super rad T-shirt brand, Danger Birds. The artwork on these bad-ass tee’s was created by hand by the talented Cherry Hart! Go get one here and join the girl-gang.

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Yu Mei knit-wear

My last post was a Q&A with Dunedin designer Jessie Wong of Yu Mei, showcasing her insanely awesome bags, this time it’s all about her knitwear, which is equally amazing.  Photo’s by Gabrielle DevereuxProcessed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

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Introducing…Yu Mei

Unfortunately I missed the Dunedin launch of new knit-wear and bag brand, Yu Mei but recently caught up with the designer, Jessie Wong to find out a bit more about her and her awesome label! Knit-wear images coming in my next post, so keep your eyes peeled! x
First up…who are you?
My name is Jessie Wong, I’m a Wellington born designer now living in Dunedin. My label YU MEI is my middle name- given to me by my Chinese Granddad- it means young & beautiful.
Where are you from and where are you based now?
From Wellington, based in Dunedin now. Dunedin is like a little Wellington really.. both harbour cities.
Did you study fashion design, if so where?
I studied fashion at Otago Polytechnic right here in Dunedin.
When did you start your brand?
YU MEI was started right after my first year at polytechnic. I made a few dresses for Slick Willy’s in Dunedin and then got a little order from Harry’s boutique in Wellington, I had woven labels made and and that was it! Although the company was officially registered on the 9th March 2015.. so really we’re only 4 months old.
What do you create? What materials do you use?
YU MEI is a luxe leather and knitwear label. I use 100% premium deer nappa from New Zealand Light Leathers in Timaru for the bags. They supply to some of the world’s best fashion houses so i’m very lucky to have access to the same quality product so close to home. All the YU MEI knitwear is 100% lambswool, so delicious and soft. It’s also knitted in Dunedin, and all my bags are made in house (by me!) at my studio, shoutout to keeping it local!
Why did you start Yu Mei?
I’ve always loved creating things, I’ve been sewing since I was 11 and have always wanted to own my own business. When I was 15 I did an internship at Karen Walker and that was the first time I saw a whole workroom in action. From design, to pattern making, grading, sampling and photoshoots, I loved it all. I also fell in love with the idea that fashion is ever changing, not just every 6 months, but it’s every couple of weeks that my job in the studio is different. One month I’m in production, the next is design. I’m not good at monotony so it’s ideal for me. Last year I was lucky enough to win an AMP National Scholarship which enabled me to start the business straight out of my degree. I am so thankful for that because I have the momentum now and I didn’t have a plan B!
How would you describe your brand?
YU MEI is a leather and knitwear label devoted to the creation and presentation of understated luxury. Bag designs are born from a base level of utility- built for purpose to carry with ease. YU MEI’s mission is to create quality products that will weather your journey with you, each new scratch and mark another adventure in your story.
I try to approach all YU MEI design with simplicity in mind. That saying you’re taught in primary school- KISS- keep it simple, stupid- is something I tell myself a couple times a day. When I was at Polytech I had a hard time doing this in my collections- too many ideas! Too many things to say! It’s hard to edit.. but there will always be plenty more collections in the future to convey my message. I’ve since realised that simplicity is complexity resolved- a quote that my good friend Courtney pointed out was fitting. And that’s what YU MEI is all about.
What inspired your latest collection?
The collection I’m working on at the moment is called “Make Noise”, each item in the collection is the distillation of the personality of someone that I find interesting and influential, the people who have a unique perspective and something to say- the people who make noise! It’s a work in progress.. early days but there are some exciting things in the mix.. including more knitwear!
Where is it available?
We’re stoked to be with three RAD Otago stockists- Slick Willy’s Dunedin, 47 Frocks Wanaka and Angel Divine Queenstown. We love them all! Plus you can get them online here.




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Sleeping in….

Argh there’s just been a few hold-ups with the f.e.w label, but it is coming…really really soon!!! In the mean-time I did a photo-shoot with my sassy little sister of our sleep-wear range! xxIMG_6973






So divine

Over the weekend I visited one of my favourite winter holiday destinations, Queenstown. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a little alpine village on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, set against the idyllic Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. Unfortunately I couldn’t go snowboarding like I planned, due to an injury I sustained from jumping on a trampoline. (very silly, as I’m not 5 years old!) So instead of hitting the slopes I did the next best thing and hit the shops…and in doing so came across Angel Divine. I’d already heard of the store but never been inside and I was excited to come across such an amazing boutique in such a teeny weeny town. They sell some of my favourite New Zealand and Australian clothing, footwear and accessory brands such as Beau Coops, Karen Walker, Company of Strangers, NOM*d, Twenty Seven Names, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Zambesi, Deadly Ponies, Lonely, Kate Sylvester and Juliette Hogan to name but a few. I highly recommend visiting next time you’re in Queenstown…I guarantee you’ll love it and not leave empty handed!IMG_6900