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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Me in a tee

I deeply loathe getting my photo taken, although like most of the population I do occasionally take a super awkward feeling, heavily filtered selfie. I guess I’m kind of private and not really into self promotion, however it seems the most popular fashion blogs around are absolutely brimming with images of the bloggers themselves! I can totally understand this, as human beings I believe we’re nosey by nature and there’s nothing more tantalising than getting a glimpse into someone else’s private life…I mean look at reality t.v!!! As much as I hate the idea of posting images of me me me, I thought on this rare occasion I would, but only because the t-shirt I’m wearing is so fucking cool!

Photography//Evie Forno

I’m wearing a Strangelove x Zac Fay t-shirt, jeans-I’m too ashamed to say, because it’s a shop for pre-pudescent girls, Company of Strangers ‘Soul Survivor’ ring and Senso heels

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It’s Not Over

It’s world AIDS day today and as I love a good documentary and a good cause, I thought a post on a feature length documentary on AIDS was appropriate. It’s Not Over by film-maker, Andrew Jenks is a documentary which has been made possible by the M.A.C AIDS Fund-the charitable arm of M.A.C Cosmetics and examines how three young people from different parts of the globe, including India, South Africa and United States are dealing with either living or being affected by HIV/AIDS.

Every cent from M.A.C’s Viva Glam collections goes to the M.A.C AIDS Fund, making it beauty with a cause!

The documentary will be available in New Zealand on iTunes by February 2015. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for when it’s out…in the meantime here’s some shots from it. Andrew Jenks is the white dude btw.

 

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Strangelove x Zac Fay

StrangeLove has just done a collaboration with artist, Zac Fay and it’s super cool and creeeepy!

“Terror … that screams from the grave”

Oh Ghoul of the night, a bone chilling phantasm! This season Strangelove have
collaborated with artist Zac Fay to produce a limited edition print inspired by the stylised
pop artwork of 70’s Cult movie posters.
Referencing Dr Caligari with an Ed Wood vibe, this seasons print embodies the dark
humour associated with 70’s horror poster art.
Zac Fay is a contemporary artist, currently living in Dunedin, New Zealand. Adventure
Time meets Salad Fingers, Fay is well known for his original take on cartoon style
illustrations, drawing inspiration from not only cartoons, but hip-hop, skateboarding and
street culture.
Working primarily in inks, his soft edge style illustrations, coupled with his detailed use of
bold graphic patterns, create illusions which melt cleverly into the background of his
works white space.

Photography//Ted Whitaker Model//Alannah Kwant Make-up//Marlies Marthen Stylist//Julia Palm

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Collections

I remember when I was a fashion design student at Christchurch Polytechnic, showing a couple of my garments at our end of year fashion show made me cry with joy. (the joy that the year was finally over) On Friday night I went to Otago Polytech’s school of design graduate fashion show and I could genuinely relate to the pride/elation/relief and happiness all the students must have felt as they watched their work glide down the runway. It’s such a cool feeling! There was an impressive amount of talent on show and a few designers who particularly stood out.

Photography//Lauren Benjamin

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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.

17.R1490 ENVY SHORT | RRP$189

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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