Wellington Fashion Week 2014

Big news! Wellington Fashion Week kicked off yesterday in superb style, with two exhibitions showcasing the best of New Zealand’s fashion design and photography. Events are set to continue tonight with the very first of this year’s runway shows, and will run until this Sunday 13 April. If you’re wanting to know more about the designers who will be showing, then look no further.

Syndetics book coverSpeaking for themselves : ex-pats have their say / Jan Morgan.
This book features a number of well-known New Zealanders speaking about their own experiences of living away from home, and includes a candid chat with premiere fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper, who was very recently invested as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to fashion. Her AW14 collection will be shown tonight, in one of the first official runway shows of WFW 2014.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand fashion design / by Angela Lassig ; with an introduction by Peter Shand and a foreword by Hilary Alexander.
This big, beautiful volume profiles a number of New Zealand fashion designers, including Trelise Cooper and WORLD, both of whom are showing this week.

Syndetics book coverLady Luck : conversations with creative New Zealand women / by Mariana Collette & Lisette Prendergast ; photography by Susannah Tucker ; illustrations by Connie McDonald ; design by Ceire Hopley.
Among the many creative women featured in this new book is the sister duo behind local Wellington label Love Hotel, who are showing their AW14 collection this weekend. This book is full of whimsy and charm – keep an eye out for the very pretty illustrations!

Syndetics book coverThe dress circle : New Zealand fashion design since 1940 / Lucy Hammons, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault.
Detailing New Zealand fashion design from the 1940s to today’s contemporary designers, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in New Zealand labels and fashion design.

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“Profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWise heart : 10 strategies for success in business & life / Annah Stretton.
Written by kiwi fashion designer and entrepreneur Annah Stretton, this book gives tips for achieving greater success in business and life in general. Annah Stretton’s AW14 collection is hitting the runway at WFW this evening.

High-fashion reading

Indulge yourself with these brand new fashion and beauty books from our collection.

Syndetics book coverHollywood sketchbook : a century of costume illustration / Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
“Hollywood Sketchbook is the first volume published on costume design illustration for the movies. This groundbreaking book celebrates one hundred years of the costume designers’ and costume illustrators’ contributions to the art of cinematic storytelling. Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis offers us a unique perspective on the art and importance of the costume drawing. During her years of practice and research, Professor Landis has discovered a wealth of never-before-seen original sketches, published here for the first time, along with a comprehensive array of first-person anecdotes from collectors, archivists, illustrators, and designers. Whether the film, costume designer, or star was significant or successful did not factor into the criteria for choosing the sketches in this book. Every drawing had a chance to be included on its own merit as a work of art. Featuring a comprehensive introduction that contextualizes the rigors of costume design and a filmography that details the career highlights of each artist, Hollywood Sketchbook is the perfect gift for any lover of fine art, costume design, and the movies”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTim Gunn’s fashion bible : the fascinating history of everything in your closet / Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun.
“From a bestselling fashion guru–a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.America’s favorite fashion expert, New York Times bestselling author, beloved mentor on Project Runway, and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser, and others–Tim Gunn is also the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne and a former faculty member and chair of fashion design at Parsons’ New School for Design. Now he pours this undeniably impressive fashion knowledge into this category-killing tome, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. From togas to Crocs, beloved fashion guru Tim Gunn presents the fascinating and exhaustive history of every item of clothing and accessory ever worn. In his new, authoritative, witty Fashion Bible, he traces the origins of everything in your closet from its earliest incarnation to the present day, covering everything from the cultural history of the garment to current fads. From suits to sportswear, Gunn recounts the contributions made by revolutionary designers and surveys Western fashion, educating, enlightening, and entertaining us all! Marked by Tim’s personable tone, this comprehensive volume not only informs, but reminds us that fashion is ultimately about innovation and fun!”– Provided by publisher. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDressing the Queen : the Jubilee wardrobe / Angela Kelly.
“Under grey skies, more than one million people gathered for the Thames River Pageant of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Huddled under a sea of umbrellas, some had even spent the night there to secure prime seats. But the wait proved worthwhile. As the parade passed, there atop the splendid Spirit of Chartwell stood the Queen, resplendent against the wind and rain in a smart crystal encrusted white coat and pashmina shawl. The effect was one of breathtaking beauty, and it struck just the right note with the rain-dampened crowd, reinforcing Britain as a noble maritime nation.
Dressing the Queen reveals the careful planning and preparation that went into the Queen’s wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee, the first such celebration since that of Queen Victoria in 1897 and made all the more momentous by London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics. The secret to the Queen’s unfailing style is royal couturier Angela Kelly, whose team of dressmakers and milliners spent two years designing and bringing to fruition the creations seen in the events leading up to and during the Diamond Jubilee, as well as at the Olympics. In addition to presenting the right image, the Queen’s clothing must address a great many practical concerns—and all of her garments must be pristinely maintained. Of course, no outfit is complete without the perfect hat, and a chapter of the book is devoted entirely to their intricate and highly detailed creation”. (Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1950s / Paula Reed.
“Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s showcases fifty iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionnaire to the emergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-line, this elegant sourcebook celebrates all the looks that revolutionized fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, this book will be required reading for design students, collectors of vintage and all those who love fashion”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1960s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Shoes/Bags/Hats that Changed the World, this new title – curated in the series by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1960s. From the Courreges ‘Moon Girls’ to Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell’s ‘romantic peasants’, this books captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1970s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Dresses/Shoes/Bags/Hats That Changed the World, this new title – curated by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1970s. From Bianca Jagger in Halston, Diane von Furstenberg’s first wrap dress to the rise of punk, this book captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBobbi Brown, pretty powerful : beauty stories to inspire confidence : start-to-finish makeup techniques to achieve fabulous looks / by Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“From best-selling author and global makeup mogul Bobbi Brown, this beauty guide presents Bobbi’s Pretty Powerful philosophy and inspires women to use makeup to be their best selves. With step-by-step application instructions, face charts breaking down the different looks, and personal stories from real women and celebrities, this book outlines the best tricks and techniques Bobbi has culled from her remarkable career in the beauty industry”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove looks not with the eyes : thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen / by Anne Deniau.
“Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators—including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss—to create his meticulously produced spectacles. Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist.” (excerpt from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“New Zealand has a proud tradition of fashionable sewing. With an introductory essay by Doris de Pont, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum and curator of the Home Sewn exhibition, Home Sewn profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home.Click here to look inside Home Sewn”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStylists : new fashion visionaries / by Katie Baron.
“Stylists are some of the most influential people working within the fashion industry, responsible for the final shape of many exciting works in popular culture. Still unsung heroes, they are now becoming increasingly more well known in their own right, alongside the photographers, art directors, and magazine editors of the industry. Featuring stunning imagery and entertaining interviews with some of the biggest names in the field, including Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti, Marc Jacobs’ collaborator Katie Grand, and Melanie Ward ofHarper’s Bazaar, this is an essential book for any aspiring stylist or fashion student”. (Syndetics summary)