Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ruby Spring 12/13 "Run Run Run" Campaign

It's pretty damn good. I'm all about those gingham trousers and the awesome suede heels. Not to mention the tousled platinum hair and those lashes. The collection is in stores now.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Marr Factory: Zambesi gave good face

Zambesi's spring show at The Golden Dawn last night for The Marr Factory had some of the best runway makeup I've seen in a while - and perfectly suited the collection. Created by MAC Cosmetics and worn here by Lili Sumner with her bleached brows and icy hair that complement the dark wine lips and creamy eye so so well.

Photo by Oliver Rose for Stephen Marr

Most notably, the bare, creamy eyes are Groundwork Paint Pot and the lips are a mixture of Brick Lip Pencil and red, blue and crimson Lipmix. Full details and face chart are after the jump.

NZFW 2012: Seven questions with Twenty-Seven Names

Twenty-Seven Names are showing at New Zealand Fashion Week again this year alongside Ingrid Starnes at the Blue Sky runway show. I had quick chat with designers Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting about the collection, their inspirations and a mutual favourite book of ours.

How did putting together the winter collection go? 
We started back in April, so by the time we get to New Zealand Fashion Week it'll feel like it's been along time coming. We've put a lot of effort and thought into this range, hopefully it will show on the runway.

Are there any particular influences, inspirations or music you want to divulge? 
Jeffrey Eugenides book the 'Marriage Plot' was our starting point for inspiration for the collection.

How have you seen the label develop this year? 
I probably can't answer this one, we work so closely on everything it's hard to take a step back to see your own developments. We just try better our last collection, with every new collection. That's all we can really hope for.

Georgia Fowler by Guy Coombes for Twenty-Seven Names' spring campaign

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Marr Factory: Karen Walker Spring 12

The first night of The Marr Factory shows walked last night, with Karen Walker showing her spring "Sea Monsters" collection on a cute chalk illustrated runway. The quirky prints of the collection (paisleys made of whales and tentacles) suited the offbeat location of Ponsonby local The Golden Dawn. As always, the stunning Kelvin was the runway standout with legs for miles - it was also nice to see Samantha Shorter back from Europe and Katie Braatvedt back after a hiatus of a few years. Also stunning was the chic french twist by the team Stephen Marr - perfectly complimented the ladylike elements of the range. The spring collection is in stores now!

Photo by Oliver Rose for Stephen Marr

Zambesi is on tonight and is sold out like most of the other shows - however there are still tickets available to NOM*d on Wednesday. I'm not even going to pretend like I'm not looking forward to more of those delicious mini hamburgers we had last night!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

You want to see Ruby and Liam show at NZ Fashion Weekend?

Yeah you do! Ruby and Liam will be showing their spring 12/13 collections on the runway for the first time on the evening of Saturday 8th September. I've got two tickets to give away (that will also get you in to the epic annual Designer Garage Sale). Details after the jump.

Liam Spring 12/13

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

i-D Pre Fall 12: The Just Kids Issue

I'm really quite obsessed with this editorial from the pre-fall issue of i-D. Well-loved Chinatown is the backdrop for all the amazing padded, bonded and quilted pieces the fall collections from labels like Balenciaga and J. W. Anderson - with socks, plastic slides and padded boots a nice touch. It's also all just a little bit Bladerunner.

Monday, August 20, 2012

NZFW 2012: Eight questions with Juliette Hogan

Juliette Hogan has been a mainstay at New Zealand Fashion Week for years now, and her collections are always among my favorites shown each year. Season after season the Hogan girl has cool and class and never tries to hard - whether she's floating around in light creamy silks or bundled up in a chunky turtleneck. Juliette will be showing her Winter 13 collection on the runway at NZFW in a couple of weeks, stay tuned.

How did putting together the winter collection go? 
This season it was a dream. Kind of. Compared to the last couple of years in the lead up to producing the fashion week collection. I have great people working alongside me (Sarah, my design assistant and Rachel Morton, my stylist) and I'm really excited about what we have put together. The fabrics are beautiful and we have used a bit of unexpected colour which looks so beautiful. I'm on a running buzz at the moment and I really think this has attributed to just being that much more chilled out everything at the moment.

Any specific influences or inspirations? 
Music is always a really strong inspiration point for me. We have been listening to a lot of grungy almost rockabilly-esque music, and I think this has had a really subtle effect on our design process. We create a scene or a story in for the girl that is our muse and then design the collection around her needs.

How does you see the Juliette Hogan girl developing this year? 
She's very cool. I love her. She's taken a step sideways and is dressing with a beautiful new silhouette in mind. A little bit glam but paired back with unexpected pieces.

Penny Pickard on the runway for Juliette Hogan at NZFW 2011

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dazed Digital does the London Olympics

The Olympics are finally over - no more late nights lying on the couch watching diving, or guessing the body-fat percentage of the high jumpers or counting the number of neon-bright Nike running shoes in the track events. Now all I want to do is run around in sportswear regardless of what my day entails. Sneakers, tech leggings and anything with overt branding and bright block colours. I even wore my Nike leggings out last night to see Chelsea [Watercolours] play and show my face at a house party. 

This shoot is by far the coolest piece of Olympic propaganda I've come across. Proving that the skinny teenage models look just as good in competitive sportswear as juiced up athletes - who'd have thought?

If you read one thing this weekend, make it Cat Marnell's latest Vice piece.

Brutally honest and poignantly hollow - even more so than her other posts lately. The hindsight that creeps in at the end of summer. And I think we've all at one point or another felt shaky, alone and unbalanced in every sense of the word. Read it here. I'm unashamedly hooked on Marnell's honest, rambling and jittery writing. Be it the archive of ostensibly beauty-orientated pieces at, or her new contributing role at Vice for "Amphetamine Logic".

Image Source: XO Jane

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Southland Diary: Riverton and beyond

We admittedly spent a large amount of our time and energy on our Southland trip eating our way through town. However we did get out and explore the coastline south of Invercargill. Although July isn't necessarily beach weather, the coast was stunning in that overcast, dramatic windswept way that Southland does so well. From Invercargill we drove down to Riverton on the coast, originally a whaling settlement, and on to Colac Bay and Cosy Nook. I admittedly went a bit crazy with the beachscapes, but it was too dramatic and wintery not to. 

Cosy Nook

I challenge you to find a better bus stop anywhere. This Simpsons tribute was the last thing we expected to find in a back street of the tiny Colac Bay settlement.
Colac Bay


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MAC Cosmetics has gone large with their nailpolish range

When creating a permanent nail polish line as MAC has just done, why start small when you can start with thirty-one colours and three different finishes. Previously, polishes only featured in the limited edition collections that come out several times a year. Now however they are here to stay (although limited colourways will obviously still appear). I've always found the MAC formula a dream to use - smooth, fast drying and long lasting.

My favorite colours are the likes of "Coffee Break" and "Quiet Time" (featured after the jump) both fantastic neutrals. What shades are you partial to?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liam Spring 12/13 Campaign featuring Penny Pickard

Local icon Penny Pickard does the honors for the Liam spring campaign. Lensed by the lovely Guy Coombes it's all black and white perfection, dirty platinum hair and the subtle nuances of motion. 

The spring collection is hitting stores now. That pastel floral print is a must.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Makeup Monday: I channeled Veronica Lake on Saturday night

Veronica Lake, that iconic blonde ice queen famous for her deep-dish side parted waves and screen siren makeup. I attempted some approximation of this on Saturday night in an attempt to temper the sex-fiend Zambesi top I was wearing - wet look black lamé generally has that effect. Winged eyeliner and a purple lip (both by MAC) to finish it off. And pearl earrings, naturally. Although I don't think they'll replace my beloved re-appropriation of hoops. I spent all night flipping my hair around and having people want to touch my top - just your standard Saturday night really.

"Renwick Alley"

I'm all over this editorial that surfaced in my online world on Saturday. From relatively new Australian magazine Helmet, it's everything I want for spring and more. Specifically white on white everything (I'll be transitioning my winter whites as the weather heats up), slept in hair, bare faces and bare legs, raglan tshirts (still) and half a set of pajamas. 

Seriously, does anything look cooler than skinny white denim paired with a probably slept in loose white tshirt and messy hair?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mia Wasikowska channeling the Mitford Sisters like a pro.

Country tweeds, stately homes, and a talented young female. I love Wasikowska and I'm obsessed with the Mitford sisters - and the two came together in my mind for this editorial from the September issue of British Vogue magazine shot by the inimitable Bruce Weber.

If you haven't read about the famous (and infamous!) Mitford sisters then I implore you to do so. At the very least get lost in a Wikipedia wormhole, or if you're really keen read one of the countless biographies and autobiographies that are around. Likewise, Nancy Mitfords novels draw heavily on her childhood. Nancy was the writer (famous for The Pursuit Of Love and Love In A Cold Climate). All of the six Mitford sisters were incredibly fascinating and chic in that manner of eccentric nobility that the British do so well. With multiple marriages, scandalous love affairs and infamous political leanings that spanned Communism (Decca), Fascism (Diana) and a close friendship with Hitler (Unity Mitford).

Although this is all getting a bit off topic, as the focus of this editorial is the talented young Wasikowska.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Marr Factory

This year's New Zealand Fashion Week is looming fast (in a few weeks in fact) and what better way to get warmed up than a week long presentation this August of spring collections by the very best local designers? Stephen Marr and Hallertau join forces to curate The Marr Factory - showcasing the spring collections of Karen Walker, Zambesi, Kate Sylvester, NOM*d and Workshop & Helen Cherry at The Golden Dawn in Ponsonby, partnering with bFM. Spanning five days, one designer will show each night, presenting their new Spring 12/13 collections that are beginning to hit stores.

  • Sunday 26th - Karen Walker in association with Black Magazine
  • Monday 27th - Zambesi
  • Tuesday 28th - Workshop and Helen Cherry
  • Wednesday 29th - NOM*d
  • Thursday 30th - Kate Sylvester in association with NZ Herald Viva

Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Workshop

We all know Golden Dawn well (I'm sure you've spent as many nights there as I have) and it's the perfect location for a relaxed and, in Marr's words, "rock and roll and anti-corporate" approach to a fashion show. What better way to view the spring collections (just hitting stores now) than while enjoying excellent beer and cider. It's also the perfect opportunity to plan your spring wardrobe if you haven't already.

The best part of all this is that a selection of tickets are available to the public! Capacity for each night is 200 and their will be 50 tickets for each show on sale to the public (NOM*d however has 100 available) for $40 each. You can purchase these at Although the Karen Walker and Workshop/Helen Cherry shows have sold out, there are still tickets available for the other night.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Donut Earrings now in store at Children Of Vision!

If you've been engaged with the local social media scene the past month you'd have to have made a concerted effort to miss even a single of many images of Jimmy D's recent Spring 12/13 lookbook and presentation. And you'll surely have noticed one of the finishing touches to the collection; the cute, tongue-in-cheek donut earrings that accessorised each look. I myself was so obsessed with them that I managed to get my hands on a pair from James Dobson. And I won't be the only one now that they're in store now at Children Of Vision in St Kevin's Arcade for $15 each on all their fantastic, saccharine fakeness. And they're addittedly the lowest-calorie way to enjoy this icon of American pop-culture snacks -  wear your donuts don't eat them!!! Just kidding. I totally had three at the Jimmy D presentation - well balanced dinner (because they were all pink!)

Image courtesy of James Dobson and Children of Vision.

A shameless selfie I took in my hotel bathroom in Southland.
In related news, that fresh southern air made my skin great.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Valentino menswear campaign is really rather nice.

Really nice in fact. So simple and so much space and visibility given to the detail and shape of the garments. I also really love the polished Steve McQueen vibe.

This works because it's not trying painfully hard to be anything contrived or edgy or theatrical. Instead it's simple and assured.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reed Krakoff Fall 12 Campaign

Definitely one of the best of the fall campaigns so far - the majority of which have been rather underwhelming. Simple, chic and not over-produced or hyper-glamorous. 

What I'm Wearing This Winter: Chelsea "Watercolours" Metcalf

I caught up with talented musician and photographer Chelsea Metcalf (incidentally also a mega babe) the other week for coffee. We do this semi-regularly and vent our white-girl-problems and current hair situations. I've known Chelsea since highschool, where we spent too many lunchtimes of our youth shut away in a dark room. Now she's all grown up and performing as Watercolours. She's also very good at that Twitter thing.

Who are you and what do you do? 
WATERCOLOURS the song-builder
What are you wearing? 
I CAN'T REMEMBER EXACTLY - CAN I SEE A PICTURE? scraping the memory bank: a RUBY woolen dress, Sherie Muijs white shirt, Illesteva sunglasses from Assembly New York, Flux leather backpack from Brooklyn Flea Market, Socks from a late night CVS pilgrimage for poptarts in Greenpoint, H&M kids belt from Tatty's, H by Hudson shoes from ASOS.. ..PROBABLY

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Southland Diary: Part One, Invercargill

If you follow myself or Pebbles Hooper on Twitter or Instagram you've probably noticed that we spent the weekend running around Southland. Neither of us had been to Invercargill beforeso getting away for a few days to see the stunning countryside and eat our bodyweight in amazing Southland produce was such a treat. We flew down to Invercargill on Thursday afternoon and arrived to stunning weather (albeit rather chilly - perfect for PVC pants and faux fur) that lasted the whole weekend. This is the first of several posts, so stay tuned!

View from our room at The Kelvin Hotel

Whilst in Invercargill we were staying in the centre of town at The Kelvin Hotel (which possesses the cutest color scheme - all pastel pink walls and forest green carpeting and that perfect nostalgia you find sometimes). Incidentally it was also around the corner from Starbucks, which we naturally managed to find our first night there.

Carpet and outfit matching.

Online with Sherie Muijs

Designer and close friend Sherie Muijs launched her new website and online store today. Clean and simple like her design aesthetic and easy to navigate - you can now purchase Muijs' Shirtmaker range and peruse her personal blog. Sherie has recently streamlined her label of several years to focus on shirting (her passion and what started it all). This is the perfect opportunity to pick up some of her beautifully made and perfectly cut shirts - I myself have three and live in them constantly. Nothing solves a "oh god what do I wear" crisis better than a loose cotton shirt by Sherie Muijs.