Wednesday, October 22, 2014
They languished in a shoe box for many years and out they come. And what a find! There is an exhibition of polaroids, lost and then found, by a true wunderkind of pop music, Stevie Nicks. There is a gorgeous quality about these photos, shimmering colours, not often in focus, vignettes in time. And they give an insight into Nicks, who, for whatever reason, has never lost her allure for people around the world wanting to know more about her. Wish I could go to the exhibition! " I never thought they'd see the light if day" Stevie said.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Mikaare was hesitant about having his photo taken, but he was a fan of Back Benches, the TV politics show I do, so he relented. Thank goodness, because what a look, and what a fantastic style. We ended up having a grew talk - he has travelled the world, being an artist, and being a 'teller of stories' - particularly amongst indigenous groups. Being amongst Sioux Indian peoples, Mikaarre tells me, was especially inspiring.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I recall with great glee cycling up the Champs Elysees with my wife Tabitha, and discovering a Jean Paul Gaultier boutique in Rue Vivienne. A block along was the five story fashion Disneyland of Louis Vuitton, packed with tourists. A large Kenzo store, in the street over. But here was a small quiet boutique. Gaultier across the front, in signature stencil script. But of all the places we had visited: Lanvin, LV, Givenchy, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, JPG was arguably the highlight. He was the enfant terrible of French Haute Couture. In the 80’s especially, Gaultier cemented his name with outlandish style, decadence that few could match, and a complete irreverence. And this from a designer who wasn’t trained, but used to send sketches to couture houses in the hope of impressing. And one day Pierre Cardin was indeed impressed - enough to hire him as an assistant. The clothes in Peter Greenaway’s ‘The Cook, The Thief, His wife and her Lover’. The red leather jacket on the front cover of CAMEO the band. The Madonna Blonde Ambition tour. And of course the JPG fragrances.
After more than 38 years spent producing men's and women's ready-to-wear collections, Gaultier recently decided to exit Ready to Wear, citing time constraints and wanting to concentrate more on his fragrance line. Yet history has been kind to this fashion wunderkind. Melbourne has a touring exhibition that curates some of his finest work. I talk with the curator that has travelled with the exhibition for the last few years, Thierry Maxime Loriot - tomorrow on Sunday Morning, Radio New Zealand National.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Very nice of Rachel Glucina from the New Zealand Herald to include me in her Top10 instagrammers. I'm not particularly prolific, and I try to ration my use, so it doesn't become insta-torture. Nevertheless, I hope it provides a little snapshot into life's activities. Follow me here.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This book has been something of a runaway hit, and I’m giving away a copy ( just put your email address in the comments in and I’ll choose one).
‘How to be Parisian wherever you are’, authored by four Parisian women (Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest) taps into that feeling we all have when we come across this most remarkable of cities. How on earth, do they all look so effortlessly ….CHIC! Women, and men, of all ages, seem to have visited a personal stylist before they hit the streets for a morning coffee. I really noticed it when I was there. Bedraggled hair, textured long coats, beautiful shoes, scarves, discreet accessories, few logos, everything understated but incredibly well put together. And a delight in wearing perfume. The smells were amazing. Well…discover a few of the secrets right here. And it is not just about the fashion. It is about having the right attitude. Taking an interest in the world around you…be it culture, fashion, politics. That’s the French for you.I completely forgive them for their rudeness. It’s a cool book. Giving it away now.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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.