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Karen Walker has just added another feather to her fashion bow, launching a range of fragrances, simply titled A, B and C, and on Wednesday night, Dunedin’s exclusive stockist, Belle Bird Boutique held a party to celebrate it’s arrival instore. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it, but my Belle Bird buddies got some cool images for me to share.

About the fragrances:

A is the happiness potion. It’s sparkly, bright, herbal and fresh. It’s a walk through a sunny garden bursting with flowers. For Karen, it’s the feeling of pure happiness that only dappled sunshine through verdant trees and a garden in bloom can create.

B is feminine and efflorescent. It’s lush, ripe, and delicious. It’s a warm, balmy breeze after the heat of the day. For Karen, this fragrance is brimming with possibilities.

C is addictive. It’s compelling, opulent and generous. It’s the most sensuous of the three and contains all of Karen’s favourite flowers condensed into a bottle. Every ‘no’ becomes a ‘yes’ when this scent’s in the air.IMG_4298

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Transcending trends

I first came across Auckland-based label, Eugenie last year and was immediately drawn to it’s innovativeness,  It’s a  brand that’s courageous enough to transcend trends, which is something I admire. For her latest collection, ‘Collection 4′ designer Elizabeth Eugenie Wilson sought inspiration from the women she admires.

“With this range I looked to the women who have always inspired me and I tried to make a collection that would appeal to their character and convey some of their creativity and grit. Strong women like Louise Bourgeois, Paloma Picasso, Lee Miller and Isabella Rossellini are always on my mood boards. There was also a heavy musical influence this time around – PJ Harvey and bands like “The Slits” and “Delta 5” inspired me in particular, all women with a marked rawness and creative courage. “

 The range was shot by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and is worn by her wife Delphine Avril Planqueel, who normally works behind the scenes as a retoucher, lighting technician and director. After much convincing Delphine was convinced to momentarily step back to her Parisienne catwalk roots and spend some time in front of the lens.

Lighting/retouching: Delphine Avril Planqueel

Model: Delphine Avril Planqueel

Art Direction: Simon Oosterdijk 

Hair: Tommy Stayton at Stephen Marr

Makeup: Danielle Xi at MAC

Jewellery: Zora Bell Boyd

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St Style

Here’s some of my favourite Dunedin St Style pics from the last six months or so that I did for stuff.co.nz and The Otago Daily Times. xxIMG_2756

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Mon Dieu

Ok so this might be old news as Lonely Hearts A/W 15 collection Mon Dieu (which is French for My God) has been out for a while and I’ve already had good wear out of the sweater I bought. But here’s the look book…check out that Utopia coat (the black and white checkered one, it’s v. nice indeed!) That’s me right there on the left in my my black version of the Lonely Hearts high-neck sweater, having a good old time with some gal pals. photo (11)

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Gone Girl

My day job is working as an advertising features writer for The Otago Daily Times and I recently had to work on their A/W 15 fashion supplement, all my my self for the first time! which was not only exciting but also kind of scary. As well as providing all the content, I also shot the cover and did a mini photo-shoot which is below.

Model Clementine @ Ali McD Agency

Hair and make-up//Rachelle Gourley from Ali McD Make-up and Aart.

Styling and photography//Me

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Introducing Marle…

A friend of mine was recently wearing this gorgeous, grey over-sized cardigan and as it’s beginning to get pretty chilly down here in Dunedin, I wanted to know where she’d got it from. I love a good jumper…unless you’re allergic, who doesn’t? It turns out it is by this newly launched New Zealand knit-wear brand called Marle, who specialise in luxuriously functional knitwear pieces created from high quality fibres such as, merino, wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere and linen. I absolutely need the April bomber this winter in black…and white! P.S. I’ve never seen a girl (or anyone for that matter) look so good in Y-fronts!

Juliette the designer of Marle

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Company of Strangers A/W 15

I can not believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything…that’s the longest time ever! I’ve just been super busy (doing paid work) that I’ve completely neglected the blog. Anyway…I’ll try do better.

Last Wednesday night, Company of Strangers held an in-store event, showcasing their A/W 2015 collection in conjunction with the new editor of Fashion Quarterly being in town. In usual CoS style, rather than having a conventional run-way show, they had a live installation, where a boy and girl model entwined each other with rope, while wearing garments from the latest range. It was cool.

 

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I Love Ugly boys

I Love Ugly boys (he’s obvs not ugly at all) in I Love Ugly clothes. Here’s I Love Ugly’s  A/W campaign…I Love the images!

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Thinking about forever

I’m back from my three week holiday hiatus, feeling fresh and rejuvenated and glad to no longer be living out of a suitcase! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday season too. x
Thinking about Forever is Dunedin based jewellery label Creeps and Violets sixth collection and is based on the notion that nothing is ever as it seems. As always, designer Steph miller has harmoniously infused the rugged and sharp with the soft and feminine, creating a collection for women who are in-tune with their inner light and darkness. In this collection Steph has used semi-precious stones such as orange opal, carnelian, garnet, citrine and larimar, as well as introduced gold plating, to give selected pieces a luxe aesthetic.
Photography// Emily hlavac green model// Mary @ Ali McD Make-up// Anna Speirs
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New face: Clementine

Clementine was just 12-years-old when model agent Aliana McDaniel discovered her in a busy shopping mall in Dunedin. Although she was too young at the time, now at age 14, with striking looks and long slender limbs, she’s ready to take on the world of modeling. So far Clementine has been booked with Next model management in L.A and with more agencies showing interest, it looks as though this southern schoolgirl’s got a bright future ahead of her.

Here’s some photo’s taken by photographer David K. Shields for Clementine’s book, as well as a few behind the scenes shots I took. IMG_3205

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 David’s photo’s…
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