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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NZFW Zambesi

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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NZFW

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.

Photography//Amy Parsons-King

Model//Jess

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

Post-production// Rebekah Parsons-King

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