Terzann Elliot is a woman of many talents; stylist, model, a Black magazine fashion editor, volunteer firefighter, writer, and designer are just a few of the activities that occupy her time. At 17 Terzann left her hometown of Invercargill, relocating to Auckland to pursue a career in modelling. Soon after arriving she was working at Zambesi‘s New Market store, as well as being their house, runway and campaign model. It was during this time Terzann met photographer Marissa Findlay and began styling test shoots for her.
Since then Terzann’s styling career has flourished, seeing her work with Nom*d, BLACK magazine, Venom hair salon, NZ Fashion Week, Kleenex Cotonelle, Zaibatsu Hair Art, stylist Kylie Cooke as well as on film and advertising campaigns. Terzann attributes her skills as a stylist to the hands on experience she’s gained, however also believes ‘style’ is something inherently possessed.
“Styling, well it’s something that just happens to you, you either have it or you don’t. I think it’s a skill but it’s also personal taste. I get a buzz out of creating things that are new, you know you can use the same set of things and make them look so different. I like the way that styling tells the story, the clothes themselves are just clothes. Sometimes a piece speaks for itself, but the reality of fashion styling is you have to make things look amazing and give them a context”.
As far as her own style goes Terzann says she likes to “Ugly up the pretty, and rough up the structure… My own personal style? I don’t know if I can describe it…it’s random…most of my wardrobe is Zambesi, Nom*d, bit of McQueen, bit of Westwood, Margiela, Company of Strangers, Miyake, and vintage suits. I suppose I’m a bit of a bogan/goth with God knows what in the mix. I guess ideally my style is reflected in the clothes I make, which someone described as dystopian.”
Aliana McDaniel is the the founder and co-director of Ali McD Aart agency, owner of Ali McD Make-up School, and Revlon Representative. She is also one of the most well-dressed women I know. Ali’s style is astutely her own, on-trend, yet totally individual. It can be raw and edgy at times, yet feminine and ethereal at others. Years of collecting designer clothing from high-end boutiques and bargains found in op-shops has accumulated into an extensive wardrobe, an entire room infact! I asked Ali a few questions about her her personal style…
How would you describe your fashion style? It’s eclectic. I don’t necessarily follow fashion but do buy some seasonal clothing from designers. Fashion is so individual and if you feel good, that’s all that matters.
What influences what you wear the most? Music. The first thing I do in the morning is put on music and that usually sets the mood for what I’m going to wear that day. Sometimes it’s a bit rocker, sometimes soft and feminine.
What are your most beloved items in your wardrobe? My leather waistcoat I got from SaveMart for $14. A reversible Nom*d waistcoat, which I now share with my son Elvis and a vintage Mohair cardigan from the 80s.
What items of clothing would you consider wardrobe essentials? Here in Dunedin…a stylish and warm coat, a hat, a pair of well-fitted jeans.
What’s your most coveted item this winter? There’s a jacket in Plume but if I bought it, it would mean I wouldn’t eat for a week so will have to wait for my next big pay cheque.
Were you interested in what you wore as a child? We couldn’t afford expensive clothes so we got into op-shopping from an early age. I grew up as a bit of a tom boy and it wasn’t until my teens that I started to really care what I wore.
What era do you wish you’d been born into? The 1970s. Things were a lot freer then, people were experimental. Woman were more liberated, they burnt their bras and dressed a lot sexier.
Who are your favourite designers? Without a doubt Alistair Trung and Nom*d
How good would it be to be able to borrow your boyfriend’s jewellery and vice versa?…Holly Howe Collections is a Dunedin-based jewellery label that harmoniously integrates the masculine with the feminine, to create beautifully structured unisex pieces. Last week I caught up with the designer behind the label, Holly Simpson Howe in her studio….
Where are you originally from? Dunedin
Did you study, if so where and when? Yes, I studied at Otago Polytech and graduated in 2009 with a Degree in Product Design.
Have you always wanted to create jewellery? To be honest no, I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to do throughout my degree. It wasn’t until I graduated that I started to think about what I should do. After a small freak out I decided to go to art school and specialise in jewellery and metal-smithing, it seemed like a good hands on subject that would sit well with what I majored in. I then had a chance to work with a local fashion designer, creating a few pieces for her shop in town. From there I produced my 1st collection and haven’t looked back since.
What’s the inspiration behind your current collection and when will you be releasing your next one? The latest collection, Little By Little is a way for me to test the market and introduce new techniques and surface patterning and finishes. I looked at the works of Ernst Haeckel whilst designing this collection. The new range is getting closer to being finished. I aim to have it out in the next month! Fingers crossed!
Can you give us any clues as to what to expect from the next collection? The new range is pretty exciting! Expect a larger range of jewellery, more items to choose from and a great mix of unisex pieces.
Your collections are unisex…which is so cool! it’s not very often your boyfriend can borrow your jewellery…can you tell me about it? I never set out to create unisex pieces. When I bought out my first collection I didn’t expect it to be such a hit with males, since then I have designed with both sexes in mind. These days guys are into fashion just as much as girls are. It makes sense to make what the market wants. I love how anybody can wear Holly Howe Collections!
What are your plans for the next year?…anything exciting in the pipelines? Right now I am focusing on the release of the new range and starting to think about the NEW NEW collection. There are a few colabs in the pipelines with stockists and other brands which is rather exciting. All good things take time, so if not this year, then next. My main/major focus is building my brand, I have a good amount of stockists in New Zealand that I am super happy with. Aussie is the next stop, I have a few stockists over there, I find the Australian market is quite different to New Zealand so it is a slower process making a name for myself there.
A couple of weeks ago I featured a post on the making of the Mickey Loves Mallory lookbook and on Friday night I went along to Belle Bird Boutique for the launch of this super cool new label. Reminiscent of the bad-ass biker babes and doe eyed-groupies of the 1970s, this label features sumptuous fabrics, such as velvet and merino in a range of maxi dresses, mini dresses, capes and a kaftan. Anyone who’s down with Stevie Nicks/Patti Smith’s iconic style will lovvvve this label! Available NOW at Belle Bird.
Liam‘s winter 2013 collection is inspired by the 1960s…with graphic paisley jacquard and over-sized spots, this nine-piece range, features plenty of must-have winter essentials. I am particularly keen on the jacquard pants and jacket!
To celebrate the latest collection Liam has collaborated with Elenor Ozich of Petite Kitchen to create a recipe journal, containing seven deliciously warming recipes, ideal for winter.
Liam designer, Emily Miller-Sharma explains of the collaboration ‘Getting dressed and cooking are one of life’s daily rituals, that can bring such joy. I really appreciate Eleanor’s approach to food – combining nutritious ingredients in a simple and playful way.’
The first 150 Liam purchases nationwide on Friday 19th April at RUBY receive the Liam x Petite Kitchen Winter 2013 Journal….so ya best be getting in quick! Here’s some images from the journal and collection…
My favourite art forms are film and fashion and when the two are harmoniously united, it can be rather remarkable. More and more brands and designers are using the medium of film to showcase their latest collections, which I find often portrays a true and exciting sense of what the designer is trying to communicate through their clothing. Auckland and Christchurch based, Clash Boutique recently launched a fashion film to aid in their online presence…It’s pretty damn rock n’ roll…check it out!