If you want to see what happens when seven of New Zealand’s top fashion brands go flatting together, then you need to see this:
Dame Trelise Cooper (Trelise Cooper); Denise L’Estrange Corbet MNZM and Benny Castles (WORLD); Georgia Alice Currie (Georgia Alice); Steve Dunstan (Huffer); Liz Findlay (Zambesi) and Helen Cherry (Helen Cherry) kindly got together to create the campaign for the shiny new website of Fashion Quarterly (NZ’s premier fashion mag), which you should absolutely check out. Or you could do it the old-fashioned way and read the magazine.
Images via the National Media Museum
The styles in today’s Fashion Friday are 100 years old… true story!!
These images were taken in Dorset, England in 1913 by Mervyn O’Gorman, an author and electrical engineer whose hobby was photography. He had the cunning idea of using potato starch to create colour prints, at a time when prints were only in black and white, which has given us this amazingly colourful peek into the fashion of 1913. His daughter Christina is his model in the shots and quite frankly, they are beautiful! Check them all out here.
Meet my weekend fashion read… I can never resist a good style guide but this one is extra amaze and will tell you EVERYTHING (actually, everything) you ever wanted to know about, well, everything. This book is seriously crammed full of useful tips on cleaning out your wardrobe, buying a bra, choosing a perfume, decorating your flat / bedroom / house and what foods to eat for extra beautiful hair (walnuts apparently). Get it out now! You won’t be sorry you did!
Front Roe : how to be the leading lady in your own life / Louise Roe.
“Louise Roe (fashion journalist, TV host, and makeover guru) –knows style. It’s not about trends but about being your own person and sharing the things you love in your appearance, your home, and your personality. In Front Roe , Louise shares her expertise on cultivating personal style and feeling like a confident leading lady in your own life. Louise shares stories, information, and ideas from around the world to help women feel educated, uplifted, inspired, and considerably more positive about their mind, body, closet, and home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
HOORAY! A new book combining two of my favourite things – fashion and Instagram.
Designers on Instagram takes the very best pics from the Instagram accounts of the fashion world’s most coveted brands and collates them into this one (delicious) volume – enjoy!
Designers on Instagram : #fashion / the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
“An original collection of photography from the biggest names in American fashion, Designers on Instagram culls the most interesting, stylish, and unique photographs on Instagram from the designers that comprise the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Handpicked by the designers themselves, the images include choices from CFDA members such as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe, and John Varvatos. Organized by content sections such as Behind the Scenes, Travel, and Parties, this glimpse through the lens of the designers themselves will provide photography fans and fashionistas alike with a brand-new take on their favorite tastemakers.” (Syndetics summary)
If you love Coco (who doesn’t) then you are going to love this new historical fiction book – Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W Gortner. Telling the story of the famous life of Coco Chanel, this is the perfect fashion read to take home this long weekend!
Mademoiselle Chanel / C.W. Gortner.
“Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco–a seamstress and sometime torch singer–the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco’s reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her. An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.” (Syndetics summary)
Yes, it’s true. There is now a library where you can borrow CLOTHES!!
At Lena Fashion Library in Amsterdam, you can subscribe and borrow clothing just as the same as you would books, starting from just $30NZD a month. It is stocked with a full range of designer and vintage items, and I think I would actually die of happiness.
The library was founded by fashionistas who felt we live in an “over-consuming society” and wanted to provide an alternative to cheap and nasty fast fashion, as well as all the social and environmental issues created by our insatiable desire for more and more clothing. There are all different membership levels depending on how much
shopping borrowing you intend to do, and if you borrow an item you really love, you are even able to purchase it outright. eeeeeeee!!!
Time for WCL to branch out, perhaps?
I have a new viewing addiction, just in time for winter watching marathons. Yuss!! I recently got hooked on Dawn O’Porter’s This Old Thing; a show which flaunts the best of vintage fashion by inspiring young fashionistas to shop in vintage stores rather than on the high street. There’s a fair bit of DIY involved too, as some truly
unusual ill-fitting vintage pieces are re-shaped and turned into fashion gems. I’ve been watching it in real time on the actual TV. So old school! (Sunday mornings on Choice TV at 10 or 11 ish if you want to tune in). I love it because it’s basically a show about shopping – swoon.
And, as luck would have it, we also have the book:
This old thing / Dawn O’Porter.
“Give your wardrobe a thoroughly modern vintage makeover with Dawn O’Porter and her team of style experts! Tying-in to her new prime-time six-part Channel 4 show of the same name, journalist Dawn O’Porter is a woman on a mission: to ignite Britain’s passion for vintage fashion! We’re a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you’re in need of a modern vintage makeover! THIS OLD THING is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn’t have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale – instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own. Packed full of insider vintage fashion know-how, THIS OLD THING will take you through the history behind your fashion favourites (including the classic Little Black Dress) advise you on how to find gorgeous vintage jewels of your own, and show you how a few simple tricks can turn an old item of clothing into a fabulous prized possession. Whether you’re a vintage virgin or a retro clothing addict, THIS OLD THING is an indispensable style handbook offering even more of the vintage hints, history and how-tos shared by Dawn in the new Channel 4 series.” (Syndetics summary)
Have you seen Cinderella yet? I haven’t and I’m SO behind!! I wasn’t that into it, tbh, but have been hearing so much about the fashion in the movie that I’m now super keen to see it!
To celebrate the new(ish) flick, nine designers have created the fairytale glass slipper for the modern day Cinderella. Which one’s your fave? I am in LOVE with these Jimmy Choos (worn by Lily James at the Cinderella premiere). Too bad they’re $4,595.
We have hoards of Cinderella materials here at the library but this is my fave:
Cinderella / [illustrated by K.Y. Craft].
Even if you’ve read the fairytale AND seen the movie, I recommend this book. The pictures (by Kinuko Y. Craft) are incredible and will add a definite dose of whimsy to your day.
Have you heard of it? I hadn’t either tbh, but this year’s NZ Eco Fashion Week is happening in June in Lower Hutt, and is set to go OFF!
Having started out in 2013, Eco Fashion Week has grown in popularity and has attracted attention from around the globe.
The event focuses on bringing “ethical products to the forefront of fashion” and has a full four-day schedule with two runway shows, styling events, and exclusive movie screening and pop-up shops. Local designers include Dane Dagger, Recreate and Heke Design, who ethically manufacture their pieces on Waiheke Island.
The full line up of designers and events is expected to be announced in early May, so stay tuned!
Here we have a new eco fashion book to keep you going in the meantime…
A teen guide to eco-fashion / Liz Gogerly.
This book is loaded with sweet tips to help you go green, whether you want to go all out or start small. Most importantly, it also has lots of ideas for making your wardrobe a little more eco friendly!
If I could be anywhere in the fashion world this week, I would choose London so I could check out the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition that started last week at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.
We also have some other sweet new reads about Alexander McQueen…
Gods and kings : the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano / Dana Thomas.
“More than two decades ago, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen arrived on the fashions scene when the business was in an artistic and economic rut. Both struggled to get their businesses off the ground, despite early critical success. But by 1997, each had landed a job as creative director for couture houses owned by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH. Galliano’s and McQueen’s work for Dior and Givenchy and beyond not only influenced fashion; their distinct styles were also reflected across the media landscape. For both Galliano and McQueen, the pace was unsustainable. In her groundbreaking work Gods and Kings , acclaimed journalist Dana Thomas tells the true story of McQueen and Galliano. In so doing, she reveals the revolution in high fashion in the last two decades–and the price it demanded of the very ones who saved it.” (adapted from syndetics summary)
“The definitive biography of Alexander McQueen which reveals the source of his genius and the links between his dark work and even darker life.” (Syndetics summary)