Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
I had an interview on Sunday Morning on RNZ yesterday about Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, and her fashion archive. She was a trailblazing MP who had a love of fashion, and would commission local artists to design outfits for her. The great thing about Whetu’s style, was that it was totally focused on patterns and designs made here in New Zealand; something of a rarity in fashion, where trends would almost entirely originate from overseas. Her collection of around 50 outfits will be on show to the public in the exhibition ‘Travel in Style - Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan’ at the MTG Hawke's Bay. Says the MTG Hawke Bay, ‘She was also the first New Zealand politician who truly understood the power of fashion’. I don’t think anyone in the NZ Parliament has ever quite managed to encapsulate the use of fashion as Whetu did. I love those kaftans!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Very exciting. I’ll be doing an interview in the next few weeks with Maureen Callahan, author of a book called Champagne Supernovas. It tells the story of 90’s fashion, and those renegades who put a spark into an otherwise fairly hum drum fashion decade. It focuses on three characters in particular. Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss and Lee McQueen, otherwise known as Alexander McQueen. I’ll go into a bit more depth about this book later, but the Marc Jacobs story is especially fascinating. Famously fired from the label Perry Ellis for introducing a ‘grunge’ inspired element (which was a commercial and critical disaster) the collection has since gone on to become a landmark in fashion history of the last 30 years. Anyway, Maureen will be on Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National..listen out for it. I’ll post a review of the book also.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
For the many international visitors to streetandcityphotos, you'll know New Zealand as a beautiful place. Great food, good bars, great city life, and pretty vistas. But, like many places around the world, there is noticeable gap between those who live well, and those who don't. And in downtown Auckland, our Super city, you will certainly notice it. Iris, has had a broken leg for almost one year. She has had some treatment, but the circumstances of her living environs (aka a cold street), combined with lack of good nutrition, means that her leg isn't healing. It is really quite chronic. These are just one of the many stories of life on the streets in New Zealand. Sadly. Give money to Iris, if you happen to come across her.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Donna wrote her first song at the age of twelve and has gone on to write the title track of US Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent's 2009 Grammy nominated album 'Destination Life'. She has worked with Albert Lee and many others, recorded 7 albums, and won numerous awards. If you’re into Country / America, check Donna Dean out. And LOVE the dungarees.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Top Gun. Blues Brothers. Reservoir Dogs. Risky. Before that, Peter Fonda, even James Dean in Rebel without a Cause. Ray Bans. What a Movie-Fashion Sunglass! Yet the Ray Ban actually has a military background dating back to the mid 1920’s. As planes were able to go higher, the issue of glare came more pronounced. So, a specific anti glare ‘aviator’ ray ban sunglass was born. A huge pedigree, it kind of fell out of favour in the 1990’s but is back in a fairly big way. The Aviator especially, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the style. But I did have the the pleasure of being sent a pair of Ray Bans, and I chose the Ray ban Club Master..seen here in a very rare online outing of me. And I do like these ones a lot.
“ The versatile Ray-Ban RB4190 Clubmaster Square 878/51 sunglasses really give that finish to anything you wear. The durable Metal ensures that your sunglasses stay with you year after year as well as always remaining comfortable. “
The smartbuyglasses team have compiled quite the array (actually a huge catalogue) of glasses. Check it for yourself. Comes with a good case, cleaner and cloth.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The first controversy happened yesterday at the Trelise Cooper New Zealand Fashion Week show, with the use of head gear from Indigenous American Indian First nation peoples. Now, that comes with a whole lotta baggage, considering the genocide that occurred in North America, leaving a whole race and culture almost wiped out. So there is that. The other thing, is that there has been an awareness of late not to culturally appropriate objects and signifiers from other cultures, without at least making some sort of recourse to the peoples to whom they belong to. So this all blew up in a huge amount of negative comments on Facebook, exacerbated by the fact that many of the comments on the Trelise Cooper page were removed, only to resurface as screen grabs.
The other thing of course, in fashion speak, some might say, is that it’s been DONE. It’s all rather Pinterest 2011. So on that angle it surprises. Anyhow…you thoughts. Is it racist? Is it just, as some one said on my instagram: ‘Tired old hipster shtick’ or, does it, at the end of the day, not matter a jot.
[image: Trelise Cooper ]