Fast Lane

This isn’t a fashion related post, but it’s on something else I enjoy and appreciate…art. Despite writing about stuff I know nothing about on a daily basis, eg. mini diggers, funeral homes, catteries, diamonds, butchers etc, me trying to write something eloquent and informed about an art show would just sound naive. So I’m not going to even try! Anyway  On Friday night I attended an exhibition of new works by Dunedin artist Danny Brisbane.  See below….IMG_6530

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Introducing f.e.w…

This is a very exciting project, which is still in it’s early stages…(we don’t even have a website yet) but my mother (Maria) and I are launching a clothing label called ‘f.e.w’. Well we currently only make kimono’s…insanely beautiful, New Zealand made, limited edition kimono’s! My mother and I both studied fashion design at Christchurch polytech a million years ago and she’s made clothing under the f.e.w label before. Back when she originally had the label, I was only a teenager and more of a hindrance than a help in the business, as I’d often ‘borrow’ clothes from her store to wear in the weekend and hide them under my school uniform. Little shit! This time it’s a partnership though and I’m super excited to share this photo-shoot we did recently. Will keep you updated of where and when these kimono’s will be available. xx

Thankyou to Belle Bird Boutique for lending the clothing worn with the f.e.w kimono’s

Photography//Me

Post production//Rebekah Parsons-King

Styling//Me and Maria

Model and make-up// Jess JordonIMG_5927

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Sneaker pimps

I don’t wear sneakers as regular everyday footwear. I’m sneakered out….I’ve o’d on them, if I see one more pair of New Balance 540s or Nike Air Max’s I might scream/vomit. In saying that, Nike’s latest collaboration with British pattern makers, Liberty is pretty cool! The print is taken from a design called ‘Merlin’, which Liberty featured on a scarf way back in 72 and is now on a selection of new and classic   Nike styles. You can buy them in NZ here.

Nike X Liberty Classic Cortez (2) copy

Classic Cortex

Nike X Liberty Air Max 90 Ultra (2) copy

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Nike X Liberty - Tennis Classic (1) copy

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Nike X Liberty - Air Rift (2) copy

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Nike X Liberty - Air Max Thea (2) copy

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Walter Crow x Good Winter

I love a good creative collaboration, there’s something so wonderful about two forces coming together and creating amalgamated art.  That’s what the guys from jewellery label, Walter Crow and leather artisans Good Winter did…they came together and made a capsule collection of functional leather staples.

The range of items came to fruition through a mutual appreciation of each other’s design aesthetic over Instagram.

“If you follow someone long enough you begin to understand their work and creative process. We had admired the Good Winter team’s work for a while and thought that we were on the same page in terms of attention to detail and quality,” explains Walter Crow director Peter Bowden.

Having made the first move and sent off a private message it was only a matter of time until founder of Good Winter, Jared Faasalele replied to Peter and the ball got rolling.

Late nights in Jarred’s workshop lead to a range of New Zealand made travel goods inspired by humanity’s thirst for discovery.

Jared explains “Working with Walter Crow on this capsule allowed us to experiment with exciting new tools and textures. We were able to explore different methods of design and manufacturing and have learnt a lot from the process.”

The collaboration presents three utility based products that nod to the finer items in life. The utility roll, passport wallet and key holder have been crafted from chestnut and oiled veg tan hides. Unique and varied in tones, the items absorb natural oils and darken with age and use.

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keys closed fob

passport showing stamp

passport wallet all out

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C&V and Penelope

Last week over iD Dunedin Fashion Week two Dunedin based jewellery designers, Creeps and Violets and Penelope MacDuff Jewellery held a joint exhibition out of the cool old historic building they share studio space in. Both jewellers are extremely talented, with Creeps and Violet’s designs being bright, fun and youthful, while Penelope creates, raw pieces of wearable art.

Creeps and Violets

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Penelope MacDuff Jewellery

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iD insta

You would think living in Dunedin and having a strong interest/obssession in fashion I would have done some coverage of iD Dunedin Fashion Week on here. Unfortunately the blog has been neglected as far as iD goes because I was busy covering if for The Otago Daily Times. I took photo’s and ran their instagram over fashion week and considering I could barely manage to remember to keep my stomach sucked in at all times and the beads of sweat at bay while I frantically ran around taking photo’s, their was no way I was up to the challenge of multi-tasking media outlets! So here’s a few of my favourite instagrams from a couple of the events I covered.IMG_4835

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Ruby’s VIP night

On Wednesday night Ruby held a VIP evening in their Dunedin store, where 70 of their best customers were treated to the most delicious Stolen Rum cocktails, cakes by Mandy May’s Pantry (the lemon and gin one was next level!!!) and amazing goodie bags with Ruby treats and a M.A.C voucher.IMG_4598

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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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