Tag: new zealand fashion

Good Bad Things

I recently discovered Bad Things on Instagram (where all good shit is found) and immediately loved/needed lots of items from the Raglan-based label’s range of tees, tanks, crews and hoodies! The brand references heavy metal album art, old school skate graphics and a touch of comic-gore-Essentially all the good things can be found in Bad Things!280416BADTHINGS0103 1 280416BADTHINGS0126 1280416BADTHINGS0067

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Sweet abandon

I haven’t posted in so long that I’m sure anyone who reads this blog will probably have thought I’d abandoned it altogether! I haven’t, and I’m not planning to either, although I don’t post as frequently as I should…I’m not giving up. This is the one thing I’ve ever seemed to be able to commit myself too (it’s been nearly 5 years!!!)  albeit it does seem half-heartedly, I’m way more passionate about it than I ever was about all the things I chucked in, in the past eg, ballet, the violin, any diet, school, most romantic relationships and way too many other things to even list! Anyway here’s the last shoot I shot and styled before I went to India and became vilely ill…I won’t go into detail. It was gross and totally not fashion!

Hair and make-up//Rachelle Gourley Assistant//Shelley Darren Model//Mariette @Ali McD Agency

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Introducing Jack Hill…

One of my favourite designers from last years iD International Emerging Designer Awards was Wellington-based Jack Hill, who recently relocated to Dunedin, to live, work and develop his label. I talked to Jack about his label (Jack Hill) and why he choose to come live in the deep, dark South. Below are images of his new studio and his show held last Friday to launch his latest collection.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Christchurch and grew up in Waipara.
Where did you study fashion?
I studied at Massey in Wellington.
Why did you decide to move to Dunedin?
I moved to Dunedin for few reasons. After taking part in the emerging designer section of iD, I started to think about moving here. I was looking at spaces everywhere but when I found this one, I knew that it was the right place to be! I also like the look of the old buildings.
Why’d you decide to open your own studio/showroom?
I have always wanted to have my own space. When I was younger I loved to watch the Coco Chanel movies and more recently Dior and I. I like the idea of a designer growing in one space over their career. I have also slowly accumulated a lot of machinery and it doesn’t really work having it in a flat or at my parent’s house. It’s far too much stuff to have in a house now. And I work faster in here with everything in it’s own place.
Is this your first collection, is it for summer 15??
This collection is exclusively for sale right now in my store! I’m going to include one-off pieces here. Its not for a specific season as it took me a long time to pattern make, sample, size grade and cut. I do everything myself at the moment, so I made it quite trans-seasonal, as I knew it would be impossible for me to keep up with the fast season changes in the same way other labels do. When I’m in the position to employ people I will design for specific seasons.
Can you tell me about the collection? Inspiration, fabrics? 
I try to use the most sustainable fabrics I can find in New Zealand so there’s lots of organic cotton and undyed fabrics. Its all New Zealand made. Its important for me to continuously work on sourcing the most sustainable fabrics and making stuff in New Zealand. I think as a new designer I’m obligated to consider how my brand will grow ethically.
Do you make clothes for boys and girls?
I make clothes for both boys and girls, lots of its unisex and then other pieces I definitely make with one gender in mind.
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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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Introducing Marle…

A friend of mine was recently wearing this gorgeous, grey over-sized cardigan and as it’s beginning to get pretty chilly down here in Dunedin, I wanted to know where she’d got it from. I love a good jumper…unless you’re allergic, who doesn’t? It turns out it is by this newly launched New Zealand knit-wear brand called Marle, who specialise in luxuriously functional knitwear pieces created from high quality fibres such as, merino, wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere and linen. I absolutely need the April bomber this winter in black…and white! P.S. I’ve never seen a girl (or anyone for that matter) look so good in Y-fronts!

Juliette the designer of Marle

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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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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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