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    Fashion News

    20.09.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Aaaaaaand the fashion events in the capital continue!! This week, I suggest you go check out the WOW exhibition at Te Papa. I was once lucky enough to visit the World of WearableArts Museum in Nelson and, if this exhibition is even remotely like that, it will be amazing and you’re gonna love it!! SO many beautiful outfits. The exhibition started just a couple of weeks ago and there are special WOW events as well, starting this weekend. Check out the guide here.

    Photo: Creative Directory

    Also, there’s a hot new fashion documentary!! Mademoiselle C, starring esteemed French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, opened in New York this week. Will definitely be requesting the library buys this one! …when it eventually makes it to DVD format. Sigh.

    This week brings another hot new fashion release: The World According to Karl. Yep!! Karl Lagerfeld’s quotes, which are as famous as his trademark glasses, have been collected into a book, complete with ilustrations. Yikes!! Don’t worry, I’ll request this one as well. You’re welcome.

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    Fashion in the Capital

    13.09.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Do you know what today is (besides Friday)? It’s the middle of the Fashion in the Capital extravaganza that’s currently hitting our city. Starting Wednesday and running for five days, Fashion in the Capital features a whole host of fashion designers, boutiques and jewellery designers hitting the runway. There are lots of events happening over the weekend and tickets start at just $10 (some events are even freeeeeeeee), so you should definitely go!! There are a couple of events I’m looking forward to checking out; view the official calender here and get your weekend plans sorted now.

    Photo courtesy of James Yang / fashiongallery.co.nz

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    Fashion Week(s)

    06.09.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    As you’ll know, this week has been New Zealand Fashion Week. Oh to have been there!!

    There are plenty of places to get the hottest goss on the week’s happenings… my faves are NZ Style Collective (for every juicy detail, glorious pics plus a fun diary of what they wore to fashion week) and also the official NZ Fashion Week website. Under Fashion @ First Sight, you can view about 20 catwalk looks straight after each show. Woop!!

    Today, of course, heralds the start of Fashion Weekend… featuring a range of hot shows, parties, and, of course, the Designer Garage Sale. I think it would pretty much make me weep for joy!! All is not completely lost tho… Gorman, one of my most-coveted brands, is showing on Sunday in the Nuffield Street Show and in a stroke of incredible luck, I managed to pick up a swank Gorman tank brand new at a bargain price. Yeeeeyaaaah!!


    Today also marks the start of New York Fashion Week (Thursday the 5th in New York, Friday the 6th here). Along with the standard gloss and glamour, this year’s show features an extra-special event. Cabiria, owned by designer Eden Miller, will be the first plus-size label to showcase in New York Fashion Week’s 70 year history. This is exciting news because it marks the beginnings of a much-needed change in attitude towards plus-size fashion… get the full run-down here!!

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    Diana Vreeland DVD

    30.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Syndetics book coverDiana Vreeland [videorecording] : the eye has to travel / Samuel Goldwyn Films, Epix Pictures and Gloss Studio present a Mago Media production ; directed and produced by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.
    “Diana Vreeland wasn’t just a tastemaker; she created the whole idea of tastemaking. She was the oracle of style, a woman who defined the way we looked at couture. Across a career that spanned half a century, she edited Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, discovered Lauren Bacall (and innumerable others) and was style consultant to Jackie Onassis. This is her philosophy: on life, on fashion and on making it in an industry which so many desire to be part of and so few know how to crack”–Container.

    We have a sweet new DVD at the library which is a must-see. I was gutted to have missed this  when it hit art-house cinemas a wee while ago, so I’m sooo relieved we got this in!! Telling the story of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, this DVD has been super popular since it hit our shelves. I am still patiently waiting on my reserve to come in, so I recommend you place yours ASAP!!

    Photo: Fashion’s Most Wanted

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    New Books

    26.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    all about secrets:

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Last Herrick Secret, Adele Broadbent (222 pages) – Becs and her family are returning to the city, taking Isaiah Herrick with them. Becs is keen to slot right back into city life where she left off, but it’s harder than she expected. Isaiah struggles with the change and is worried about a stranger he saw on the verandah as they left the bush. Meanwhile, things aren’t right at Herrick House, and soon Becs and Isaiah have to return in order to help with the last Herrick secret.

    First lines: “‘Goodbye, Son.’ Mother smiled, a tear sliding down her cheek. A knot formed in my throat, cutting off my answer. I hugged her instead before standing in front of Papa.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsIndigo Awakening, Jordan Dane (294 pages) – Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her. A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

    First lines: “Lucas Darby stumbled through heaving waves of neon signs and drifting shadows, straining to make sense of the muffled whispers he heard. Drugs had forced him endure a never-ending silence, where even the music in his head had died. But now the voices had emerged and quenched a killer thirst in his soul.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSomething Like Hope, Shawn Goodman (193 pages) – 17-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns 18. Shavonne’s mentally unstable roommate Cinda makes a rash move, and Shavonne’s quick thinking saves her life—and gives her the opportunity to get out of the Center if she behaves well. But Shavonne’s faith is tested when her new roommate, Mary, is targeted by a guard as a means to get revenge on Shavonne. As freedom begins to look more and more likely, Shavonne begins to believe that maybe she, like the goslings recently hatched on the Center’s property, could have a future somewhere else—and she begins to feel something like hope.

    First lines: “Lying on the cold hard floor of a locked room, I wish. Is it bad to wish? It feels bad, but only because my wishes drift away. They escape from me and go wherever wishes go. Where do wishes go? Better places, I hope.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Whole of My World, Nicole Hayes (370 pages) – Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of AFL. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics and, best of all, making friends with one of the star players, Shelley finds somewhere to belong. Finally she’s winning. So why don’t her friends get it? Josh, who she’s known all her life, but who she can barely look at anymore because of the memories of that fateful day. Tara, whose cold silences Shelley can’t understand. Everyone thinks there’s something more going on between Shelley and Mick. But there isn’t is there? When the whole of your world is football, sometimes life gets lost between goals.

    First lines: “The mirror used to be mum’s. Her mum’s before that. It’s oval shaped with a gold frame and patches of tarnish around the edge, like smudges of dirt that won’t go away.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGloss, Marilyn Kaye (394 pages) – New York, 1963. Fashion, music and attitudes are changing, and there’s nowhere in the world more exciting. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela have each landed a dream internship at Gloss; America’s number-one fashion magazine. Each girl is trying to make her mark on New York and each finds herself thrown head-first into the buzzing world of celebrity, high-end fashion and gossip. But everything isn’t as glamorous as it seems – secrets from the past threaten to shatter their dreams. They’re finding out that romance in New York is as unpredictable and thrilling as the city itself.

    First lines: “Sherry Ann Forrester knew the rules. Among the many social guidelines that had been drummed into her since childhood was this fixed decree: a lady maintained her air of composure, whatever the circumstances.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDare You To, Katie McGarry (456 pages) – If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does. Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

    First lines: “I’m not interested in second place. Never have been. Never will be. It’s not the style of anyone who wants to play in the majors. And because of my personal philosophy, this moment sucks.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBroken, Elizabeth Pulford (243 pages) – Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between many worlds: the world of her hospital room and anxious family, and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her brother Jem. Jem proves elusive but Zara s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets of a troubled childhood. Zara must face up to her past in order to accept her future.

    First lines: “My head is full of bubbles. Strange floating words, bits of conversations, bits of people. Some I know. Some I don’t. Hundreds of coloured dots. I can’t see straight. Can’t think straight. I seem to be nowhere. I seem to be everywhere. If only the wretched thumping in my head would stop.”

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    23.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    I know we’ve discussed the merits of secondhand or thrift shopping before, but it really is just so awesome! I’m constantly amazed at the sweet bargains you can get. It’s such a great way to buy beautiful things that you possibly otherwise couldn’t afford. Being good for the environment, your wallet and your wardrobe, what’s not to like?

    We have some new books on vintage fashion and secondhand goodness coming in, so I thought I’d celebrate our lovely new reads by showing off some of my favourite secondhand bargain buys.

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    These two items, I nabbed from everyone’s favourite secondhand shopping website – for a total spend of $20! Shoes and a shirt! Including shipping! Whoop!!

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    I saw this bag in a local secondhand store and fell in love. I thought it was kinda expensive by secondhand standards (30 buck, ya’ll!), but it is in perfect condition and is really beautiful and also a bit different - I get loads of comments on it whenever I use it.

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    This is definitely an example of something I couldn’t have afforded otherwise! It is in amazingly good condition, especially considering it is from the 70s (and beige!), and I love the chic simplicity of it and the slightly old-school vibe. Swoon.

    And, as promised, we do have some sweet new books on vintage and secondhand fashions. These are new orders (so they haven’t hit our shelves just yet) but reserve now to avoid disappointment!! I have my eye (and reservation!) on number two.

    Syndetics book coverSecondhand & vintage Paris






    Syndetics book coverVintage fashion & culture: from Poiret to McQueen









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    Oh, Audrey

    16.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Picture from doctormacro

    I am a massive Audrey Hepburn fan and we have a lovely new book that I am quuuiiiite excited about:

    Syndetics book coverAudrey Hepburn in hats / June Marsh.
    “Audrey Hepburn’s legendary style and grace redefined perceived notions of Hollywood glamour and ushered in an age of sophistication and elegance. Her legacy on screen and in fashion is undisputed and her image has become as synonymous with her fame as her films. This book celebrates Audrey Hepburn wearing a selection of her most beautiful, stylish and outrageous hats – from legendary designs such as Givenchy, Mr. John, Dior, Cecil Beaton and Balenciaga. This exquisite volume features stunning photography and accompanying text from renowned fashion writer, June Marsh.” – amazon.com

    Gotta love a title that tells you exactly what to expect!! I also have my eye on this one:

    Syndetics book coverWhat would Audrey do? : timeless lessons for living with grace and style / Pamela Keogh.
    “Though on-camera she was often cast in the role of a carefree ingénue, Audrey Hepburn’s off-camera life was marked by challenges: growing up without a father and with the Nazi threat during her youth; a demanding film career while she was a young mother; unfaithful husbands and two divorces; and constant scrutiny from the media. Yet Audrey Hepburn always epitomized beauty and grace. In the tradition of What Would Jackie Do? bestselling author Pamela Keogh culls lessons in loveliness from a woman who survived every setback with panache.” – goodreads.com 

    So ya’ll know what I’ll be reading this weekend!

    For some sweet, up-beat and gorgeously old-school charm, I recommend you watch a couple of her movies. If you haven’t yet been drawn in by Audrey’s irresistable manner yet, you soon will be!

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures ; a Jurow-Shepherd production ; directed by Blake Edwards ; produced by Martin Jurow and Richard Shepherd ; screenplay by George Axelrod.
    An eccentric New York City playgirl is determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire, but her next-door neighbour, a writer, changes her plans.

    Funny face [videorecording] / [presented] by Paramount Pictures.
    A Cinderella story about an inconspicuous salesgirl who is whisked off to Paris by a group of fashion magazine sophisticates and transformed into a dazzling model with whom the magazine’s photographer falls in love.


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    09.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Hooray for What I Wore Today! Check out the latest in our series of stylish Wellington get-ups.


    Dress bought in Old Town Shanghai, boots from Skandi, panda handbag from a shop in Leftbank, sunglasses from Paekakariki and scarf (actually a kids’ poncho, re-purposed!) from Matamata.


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    <3 Bill Cunningham

    02.08.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    If you’re not yet a fan of Bill Cunningham, you will  be soon! I have to admit that I only encountered him for the first time a few months ago, when my workmate recommended this DVD:

    Syndetics book coverBill Cunningham New York [videorecording] / the New York Times and First Thought Films presents ; a film by Richard Press.
    For decades, Bill Cunningham “has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours.’” Presented “is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace”–Container.

    Bill Cunningham has been a regular on the New York fashion scene for over 40 years, passionately documenting fashion on the streets of New York. He bikes around the city on a daily basis, photographing men and women wearing interesting and beautiful outfits, and collates them into a spread such as this one, which are published weekly in the New York Times in his two columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours’. He’s become famous in his own right, as much for his unassuming manner as his unconventional attidtude toward fashion: “I’m not interested in celebrities, with their free dresses. I’m interested in clothes.”

    Bill Cunningham New York ($4 for one week) was such a good watch!! For me, that was mostly because he is such an incredibly likeable person and is a completely unique personality - he is delightfully old-fashioned in many ways and he shies away completely from any type of fame or limelight. He’s in it purely for the pleasure of clothing and photography, and I’m not sure how many fashion photographers we can truly say that about! In true Bill Cunningham style, he doesn’t have an instagram or twitter account or even a blog of his own. There is a facebook page you can follow; it isn’t run by Bill Cunningham but by an adoring fan who links to his spreads from The New York Times. Check it out here!! There are also some video clips; made up of his own photographs and a voice-over giving Bill’s commentary on what he’s photographed, they’re suuuuuch a delightful watch!!. See the line-up here, or watch the most recent one below. I swear, you will be a Bill Cunningham fan in no time!!

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    McQueen and Hipsters

    26.07.13 | Permalink | Comment?

    Soooo… have you seen the latest collection photoshoot from Alexander McQueen? The fall 2013 campaign, starring British model Edie Campbell, dropped only days ago and these get-ups are inteeeeeense!! Definitely not what I would call ready-to-wear, but still gorgeous; this collection has been inspired by Catholicism and the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I (amongst other things), and is a true spectacle. Think pearls, feathers, bodices, headwear… and lace. So much lace. Check out my selections below, or you can view the full campaign here.


    All images from Alexander McQueen at Fashion Gone Rogue

    And if you’re looking to update your hipster style or just have a bit of a laugh this weekend, may I recommend this book:

    Syndetics book coverSo you think you’re a hipster? : cautionary case studies from the city streets / Kara Simsek ; with illustrations by Paul Parker.
    50 insightful entries examining the self-proclaimed urban elite. Skinny jeans? Check. Charity-shop clothing? Check. Non-essential prescription glasses? Check. Beanie balanced artfully on the back of your skull? Check. These items have become the uniform for a new breed of young people – hipsters – determined to take over cities with their “alternative” ways whilst overloading on irony and striving to be original and creative. So You Think You’re a Hipster? examines what it takes to become one of this ever-growing tribe of middle-class urbanites, just as desperate to be accepted by their peers as they are to receive the next rent cheque from mum and dad. Over the following pages a series of hilarious case studies will identify typical examples of the subculture, helping you to avoid any future encounters with them. Take thrift-store guy, who at 35 still works selling worn sneakers and threadbare t-shirts for extortionate amounts and still dreams of one day getting his latest album reviewed on Pitchfork. Or the aspiring author who lugs around an oldfashioned typewriter to write down her inspirational musings at a moments notice. Then there’s ironic moustache man whose facial hair makes him feel like a highly individual fashion maverick, despite the fact all his graphic designer friends have one, too.

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