Flash jewellery

Here’s a Q&A I did with the lovely Nina Flash Gordon of Flash Jewellery and images of her amazing stacker ring collection, which she’s launched just in time for Christmas! I was already a fan of Flash, but knowing that my absolute all time favourite musician Erykah Badu loves it too, makes me love it that much more. Available in Dunedin at Belle Bird Boutique

Where are you from originally and where are you based now?

I am originally from Nelson but have spent most of my life in Wellington and now are back in Nelson for the summer and some Vitamin D!! Then we are making the move to Melbs next year.

2. When did you discover your interest in jewellery? What’s your earliest memory of creating it?

I have always loved jewellery but this love sky-rocked when I was at the age I was aloud an item of ‘real jewellery’ – I was that kid that would lose things, I use to go through shoes crazy lol.
My earliest memory would be me and my sister stringing together beads – my ‘thing’ was really long dangly earrings, they were hilarious!

3. Did you study silversmithing, if so where did you study and when?

I am mostly self taught – but I did do some humble night courses with my mum when I was 16 – 17. I loved doing them so much I did the course 5 times over and became that regular gal at the workshop using all the equipment. I learnt most of my base skills here.

4. When and why did you decide to start your jewellery label?

I started Flash in 2012 ish ..I never intentionally started the label, it naturally just happened. I was working for a metal design firm at the time and had made some rings at home in sterling silver, one day I brought them into work and put them in the production line to be cast and that’s how Flash was born.

5. How would you describe your jewellery and who’s it aimed at?

Flash is about attitude and confidence as much it is about silver and gold.
I would describe it as golden, heavy, playful and bad ass.

6. What materials do you use and why do you use them?

I use brass with gold plaiting – as I am such a golden gal I would love to use solid gold but I also want Flash to be accessible.
I also make everything in sterling silver – I love mixing them together!

7. How often do you release new collections/pieces? What’s coming up for flash?

I don’t really have a formula and or time line for releasing collections, I love that jewellery isn’t just for one season so it can be released whenever.
What’s next for Flash….. Good question. I am working towards getting overseas next year & hopefully locking in some international stockist and really wanna release a cool chain collection.Flash Stacker golden setDaze Ring  gold Daze rings silver Daze Stack  Lover stack gold Daze Stacker  silver Easy Ring  gold Foil Easy Ring silver foil gold Foil Stack gold Lover Stack silver Gold Lover stack Foil daze ring Gold Silver stacker set FLASH stacker silver




Tommy

For such a tiny town, Dunedin sure is good at producing incredibly successful models. Stella Maxwell (who’s now a Victoria’s Secret model)  and Tristan Burnett were both discovered here and it appears we having a new face-Tommy Spence taking the international fashion world by storm. The women behind their discovery and success is Aliana McDaniel, Co-Director and founder of Ali McD modelling agency. Aliana recently travelled to New York and L.A. for 10 days with two of her models, in the hope of signing them to major international agencies and although both received positive feedback it was Tommy, with his beautifully refined features and astute gaze that captured agents attention. What started out as a 10 day go-see for Tommy has developed into him being signed by three of the most reputable agencies in the modeling industry including, Independent, NEXT and Major. Tommy still hasn’t come home, as he was immediately selected to walk for 11 designers over New York Fashion Week and is currently in Milan going to go-sees for designers such as Versace!!!! Go Tommy!!!For Ams

Stolen Boys

It’s Stolen Girlfriends Clubs No Aloha boys!!! There’s some pretty funny slogans e.g…Yuppy Scum (cos sometimes yuppies just really do suck) and that trashy Vegas-eque print is awesome, especially when worn all matchy matchy.

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16.R1498B STREET LIGHT TRENCH RRP$399

15.R1489 ENVY BOMBER | RRP$329

14.R1477 BIRDSEYE HOOD | RRP$289

13.R1475 BIRDSEYE CREW | RRP$249

12.R1494 STREET VIEW SHIRT

11.R1470 ELECTRIC STATIC SHIRT | NEON | RRP$279

10.R1495 STREET VIEW SINGLET | RRP$169

8.R1487WR BASIC TEE | RAUCOUS

6.R1458 TOUGH TANK | YUPPIE SCUM BLACK |RRP$89

5.R1458RW TOUGH TANK | RAUCOUS WHITE

4.R1457BY OVERSIZE TEE | YUPPIE SCUM BLACK |RRP$129

3.R1457WY OVERSIZE TEE | YUPPIE SCUM | RRP$129

1.R1487WL BASIC TEE | LOVELESS WHITE | RRP$99

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Stolen Girlfriend Club‘s latest collection features more pink and black than my 6th form formal….and I love it! Instore November.

13.BASIC TANK | BLACK LOVELESS |RRP$89 2.FRILLED TO DEATH DRESS | RRP$249

5.NOT EXACTLY FRILLED DRESS | RRP$279

6.STREET THRILLS DRESS | RRP$349

7.NO THRILLS CAMI | DUSTY QUARTZ | RRP$139

11.ZERO THRILLS TOP | RRP$189

12.STREET SLEEPER BLOUSE | RRP$229

14.STREET LIGHT PARKA | RRP$429

15.STREET SAVVY SKIRT | RRP$349

16.SEMI THRILLED SKIRT | DUSTY QUARTZ |RRP$189

19.STREET SLEEPER PANT | RRP$299 copy

Collection three

Eugenie has been described as one of New Zealand’s labels to watch and I can understand why, as their collections are always cohesive, innovative and unconventionally beautiful. Collection Three has been primarily inspired by the scientific research of the Large Hadron Collider based at CERN, Switzerland. It features Swiss lace in yellow and white ‘particle’ motif and ‘dark matter’ motif in black, with other fabrications including the labels silk “collisions’ print as well as pvc bonded tweed. I particularly love how they’ve harmoniously combined sporty pieces with ultra feminine in this collection.

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Win Lonely lingerie

Belle Bird Boutique, Lonely Lingerie and I are giving away a gorgeous Lonely Lulu set…to be into win just head over to my instagram femme_hysterique and follow the instructions on the poster. Good luck!!! xxInsta final

Home Alone

Here’s my latest photoshoot, inspired by a girl who’s…home alone.

Photography//Me

Styling & direction// Cherry Pie of Mickey Loves Mallory and me

Hair and makeup//Lauren Wells Makeup

Model//Jessica Jordon

Post production//RPK Photography

Thanks to Belle Bird Boutique

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Miss Crabb Dynasty top, Lonely Hearts socks

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Miss Crabb Dynasty top, Stylestalker Machine shorts

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Vintage denim jacket, Pared Puss n’ boots sunglasses, Make Hearts Race Petal shorts, 2 Bandits bib necklace      Meadowlark eyeball  bracelet

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Vintage denim jacket and Miss Crabb knickers

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Miss Crabb knickers, Lonely Hearts Sabel bra

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Coop Scarface Claw jacket, Mickey Loves Mallory Patti tee, Meadowlark X Belle Bird collab ID necklaces and    ASOS socksIMG_2601

Coop Scarface Claw jacket, Mickey Loves Mallory Patti tee, Meadowlark X Bellebird ID necklaces, ASOS socks  and Kobe Husk Mono Platforms

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Miss Crabb Summertime dress, Meadowlark X Belle Bird collab ID necklaces

Nevertheless

Penelope MacDuff jewellery is an emerging Dunedin based jewellery label that I recently discovered and instantly fell in love with. Penelope has perfectly mastered the art of imperfection through her work, creating incredibly beautiful pieces with her debut collection ‘Nevertheless’, to adorn the neck, ears, wrists and fingers.

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Cambridge but moved to Dunedin at the end of 2010.

Did you study jewellery design, if so, where?

I Studied at the Dunedin School of Art and majored in Jewellery & Metalsmithing. I graduated at the end of last year.

When did you first start making jewellery and why did you decide to start your own range?

Jewellery was not something I was particularly interested in until I did it as a first year elective – once I realised how unconventional jewellery could be, there was no going back. Producing a range of conventionally wearable pieces has been a challenge after the freedom I had at Art School, but I’ve loved it – I still can’t believe this is a real job!

What was the concept/inspiration behind Nevertheless?

The concept was to make sculpted forms that honour the presence of the maker and highlight the beauty of imperfection. I love sculpting metal into beautifully balanced pieces. I collaborate with Glass Maker Anne Ryan who produces hand formed links of chain that have a perfect irregularity and I love seeing the odd finger print in the campaign images from Photographer Emily Hlavac-Green.

What materials do you use with this collection?

Nevertheless has a sedate palate of 9ct Gold and Sterling Silver enhanced with Glass, Resin, White Sapphires and Pure Gold. I love the combination of Gold and Silver together – they enhance each other beautifully.

When will Nevertheless be launched? and where will it be stocked?

I’m hoping to launch it at the beginning of October and it will be sold on my Webstore (which is under construction) but I’m also in the process of approaching stockists.

Photos//Emily Hlavac-Green

Model Lily @ AliMcD

Make-up Aja Ann

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Otsu-Morning Moon

I’d never heard of Otsu until their P.R. company sent me some info on their new range the other day…ofcourse I don’t know every single NZ label out, but this one is so beautiful and unique, I don’t know how I missed it! Otsu’s SS 14/15 collection ‘Mooning Moon’ is designer Yuka’s 6th to date and as with her previous collections she’s based this latest range on natural landscapes, particularly focussing on the morning moon. With this collection it was Yuka’s intention to invoke feelings in the wearer of what it’s like to witness the moon in the morning-surreal and haunting.awake top

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Dynasty

Meadowlark jewellery released their SS 14/15 collection Dynasty today and I think it’s one of their best yet-the jewellery and campaign images are equally mesmerizing!

Moving beyond the boundaries of orthodox adornment, Meadowlark sets it’s sight to further escalate its now cult status in a striking new direction.

“This new collection, Dynasty, is an exciting evolution that builds on our last two collections, Ritual and Veni Vedi Vici. We took the idea of 90’s piercing jewellery and put a luxe, grown-up twist on it using silver, gold and diamonds.” says Meadowlark designer and co-founder Claire Hammon.

Dynasty draws on a diverse array of muses – the endowment of an ancient Russian monarch, traditional Indian bridal adornment and grunge-luxe supermodel nostalgia.

Headpieces, nose chains, septum and lip rings are cast in precious metals, intricately etched and studded with beautiful stones.

Alongside these most dramatic and exotic of embellishments lies an equally eye-catching array of stud and hoop earrings, rings and necklaces, each cut in strong, sacred, elemental shapes – spears, thorns, discs – and regally encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

With the kind of philosophy that defines Meadowlark thinking, and in a nod to the eternal art of body piercing, all earrings are sold singly – heightening the possibilities for unique, personal engagement of the wearer with each piece.

“As well as the bigger pieces, there are also some more understated designs we see as becoming classics – on the whole though Dynasty is designed for impact, it’s definitely a collection for the brave,” Hammon says.

Beguiling and bewitching, Dynasty is crown jewels for a modern anarchist queen: impaling the status quo, opulently provoking, decadently defying. Get it in Dunedin HERE. xxML1

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