Zambesi campaign

Photography: Marissa Findlay

Models – Dean Honore @ 62 models. Georgia Fowler @ N Model Management

Makeup: Steph Lai

Hair: Matt Bennns @ Stephen Marr

Photographers inspiration:

“I wanted to do something a little more serious but still cinematic. I like the mystery of using an older guy, the story on his face etc… and Georgia reminds me of a 90′s model/actress like Nastassja Kinski or Milla Jovovich- strong and seductive. I like the simplicity of the dirty canvas backgrounds and the glass; a juxtaposition of grunge and modern much like the Zambesi Collection”

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BLACK debut

Weeeeee bit excited to have my first Q&A and photo’s in my favourite NZ fashion magazine BLKonBLK aka BLACK

iD 2014

iD Dunedin Fashion Week is finally over and although it was heaps of fun, I am absolutely exhausted now! I’ve been too busy writing for other publications to keep this blog updated, however here’s some of my favourite shots from the week. They’re a bit all over the place because they’re from my phone and camera. You can see more here. xx

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sneaking a peek

Here’s a little 30 second teaser clip for Federation‘s winter campaign video, which is coming out soon! I like when fashion is conveyed through film…I also like a man with a mo ;)

I will be good

I wrote my own take on NOM*d‘s Autumn?Winter 2014 collection ‘I Will Be Good’, but somehow managed to delete it with my clumsy pie fingers. I should/could re-write it…but I haven’t done a post in so long I need to get something published asap…before people lose complete interest in my blog! Essentially I wrote that it was amazing. I’m going to be wearing pieces from the collection during my coverage of iD Fashion Week…soooo you’ll get to see super awkward photo’s of me wearing my favourite picks soon.

Here’s a little info from the press release…

I Will Be Good,suggests that this season’s muse has been anything but. Shehas instead been retained by the authorities, writing out lines on the blackboard in the Detention Room; “I Will Be Good, I Will Be Good, no, I Will Be Me…”

Tough, independent, rebellious women, the essence of punk culture, and innate knowledge of deconstruction and reconstruction are all much loved narratives within the NOM*d story. These themes have perhaps never been so present within one collection, as they are in “I Will Be Good”. Designer Margarita Robertson and her team have referenced the collection with a melding of the traditional NOM*d school of thought and fresh new ideas to educate NOM’d lovers.

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Roller Blaze

Roller Blaze is Dunedin jewellery label ‘Creeps and Violets‘ third collection and for this latest installment, designer Steph Miller is keeping with her notorious 90s aesthetic. Roller Blaze harmoniously amalgamates the rough and raw with the supremely feminine in a range you’ll find full of shiny stars, melting flowers and hand-painted candy coloured daisies. I am super keen to get myself some of the dainty daisy pieces…they are as cute as can be!

Photography: Emily hlavac green
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The Dreamers

This winter season, RUBY’s The Dreamers captures the moment in time when your mind is halfway between reality and dream.  Inspired by director Sofia Coppola’s cult classics and the melancholy-sweetness that they embrace, the RUBY Autumn/Winter 2014 collection pays homage to the rebellious and free-spirited youths of the 1968 student riots in Paris.

This is a side of RUBY I haven’t seen before…A darker side. I like it! I want that checkered shirt pretty bad.

Photographer: Steven Chee @ DLM

Model: Tatyana Gillam @ IMG Models

Stylist: Amelia Holmes

Make-Up: Amber D @ M.A.C Cosmetics

Hair: Rachael Brook @ DLM

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Emerging designer finalists….

 The highlight of iD Dunedin Fashion Week for me is always the iD International Emerging Designer Awards. These always blow me away, with the most incredible examples of innovation and creativity from some of the world’s up-and-coming fashion designers. From almost 100 entries, 31 designers from nine countries have been selected to show at the prestigious event held on April 3 2014. If there’s one event you should attend at iD this year…it’s definitely this awards show! Here’s the eight finalists selected from New Zealand.

Lucilla Gray of Massey University

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Justine Tindley of Otago Polytechnic

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Georgia Ferguson of Otago Polytechnic

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                    Sarah Morovic of AUT

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Rupert Smiles

I like my over night bags to be strong-so they can withstand the weight of all the unnecessary crap I think I need while I’m away, aesthetically pleasing and of good proportion-as to not be too awkward to lug around.

Dunedin based designer, William Hyndman has managed to create an over-night bag that fits all the criteria of what I look for in a bag and more…you can also get your bag personalised with your initials embossed into it!!! Creating his own line of bags came about due to his un-ending search for the perfect overnight bag, to no avail Will decided to make his own.  Armed with a fashion design qualification and as a keen sportsman, with  love of the outdoors, Will wanted to create a bag that was not only functional and durable but also one that looks good. Rupert Smiles bags are made from 100% waterproof canvas, New Zealand deer leather and heavy gold hardware. They’re currently available in two sizes, with new colours being introduced weekly. You can get one here.

Who wouldn’t want to buy a bag off this guy…

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KAREN

Karen Inderbitzen-Waller is my favourite New Zealand fashion photographer and  stylist. Whether she’s photographing a desolate landscape, an inanimate object or a beautiful model, her images always evoke mystery and intrigue. Last year she published a book with Delphine Avril Planqueel called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, which is a collation of photographic works spanning the last 13 years. It will no doubt become a source of inspiration for many budding fashion photographers. Below is an interview with Karen as well as some of my favourite images from the book.

1. Where are you originally from?

Born in New Plymouth, my Swiss grandfather immigrated there, and grew up in Auckland from age 5.

2. How long have you been a photographer and how did you get started?

I have always taken photos from a young age but started professionally for Pavement Magazine about 1999/2000.

3. You are also a fashion stylist, how did this come about?

This happened before photography when I was living in Sydney when I was around 18/19.  I dressed a good friend for his model test for Priscilla’s agency and the photographer suggested I should look at taking it up as a job, so I did.

4. Why did you choose fashion photography specifically?

I come from a textiles family and have always been interested in Fashion.  I looked at a lot of photography and naturally preferred the imagery where fashion also was represented.  I also like more abstract art photography and stills, especially those of William Eggleston where everyday objects tell so much about the scenario.  In my exhibition work I seldom feature people, preferring empty locations, it’s completely free of fashion of any sort.

5. Who/what would you say inspires you the most as a photographer? Who has influenced your work the most?

I think it came from a love of cinema and film actresses, and I am still very inspired by this.  As far as favourite photographers I have always liked Helmet Newton and Jurgen Teller and art photographers like Cindy Sherman & Nan Goldin.

6. What has been your most memorable photographic job so far?

Probably photographing Peaches for the cover of now defunct NO Magazine after her performance where I was also talked into being one of her ‘tranimal’ dancers on stage for big day out 2010.

7. Is there a particular designer or person you would love to photograph more than anyone in the world?

Besides Kurt Cobain or River Phoenix who are no longer with us, I have always wanted to shoot Courtney Love.

8. Your styling and photographic skills are equally brilliant, is there one you prefer to the other? Would you rather  be known for your styling or photography?

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