Thursday, October 2, 2014

Assembly Label

Photos // James K Lowe

Assembly is one of my favourite new labels by a couple of Aussie guys Damien Horan and Dan Oliver. They started out in 2011 just making stuff for the guys but have decided to give womenswear a go this season dropping in stores this week!

The brand kind of encapsulates that perfect lifestyle of surfing, travel, adventure and classic simplistic design. Their Tumblr is full of interviews with people about their travels and beautiful images of seascapes and landscapes. 
The clothes are super classic, simple cuts all super wearable and versatile. The womenswear range includes the perfect shirt and drawstring shorts (pictured above) in a range of beautiful plain and patterned fabrics.
There are also a ton of other great simple pieces in the range including tees, dresses and jeans and pants. 
I photographed some of my favourite pieces with James at my house and down at down at the bay (see below).

Just simple, beautiful, staple, affordable stuff every guy/girl needs in their wardrobe.

NZ Stockists here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RUBY x GATTOBRAVO // Shot by Karen Ishiguro

Photos // Karen Ishiguro 

Ruby have collaborated with renowned London-based illustator GATTOBRAVO to create a limited edition capsule collection. 
GATTOBRAVO is known for her organic and fluid illustration style and has done drawings for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar and Dior.
The collection is full of so many goodies - dresses, playsuits, skirts, shorts, tops and even a slouchy sport sack badges, studded slides and a fedora. Candy-coloured jewels and gorgeous bright prints.
I love it all so much! It's all so fun. That red playsuit. Omg.
So last week I got together with the mega amazing Karen Ishiguro and had a lovely afternoon shooting these pics. They turned out so frikin great! Man Karen is good. 
Yay. Check it out yo...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lewis Fredericks Eyewear

Photos // James K Lowe 

I first heard about Lewis Fredericks through a friend of mine who knew the creators and thought it looked like something I would be interested in, and they were right. 
It is basically all of my eyewear dreams coming true.
Handcrafted out of buffalo horn (a by-product of the animal domestication for food and work) so obviously a natural fibre. This means they are super lightweight, hypoallergenic and the grain varies with each pair so no two are the same.

They are available in two styles 'The Lloyd' (the slightly more simple and conservative frame of the two) and 'The Foster' and three shades 'Light Horn', 'Dark Horn' and 'Yellow Horn'.

Every detail is finished perfectly right down to the beautiful soft leather cases. 

I can't wait to get my hands on a pair.


Brown & Co
Woodward Optical 

Friday, September 5, 2014

#MyMoochiStyle Shoot

State coat, Circ Tee, Des pants, Espy flats and Fob chain.

On Tuesday I got to spend the morning getting my hair and makeup done and hanging out with some of the lovely girls from Moochi. They asked me to be apart of one of their #MyMoochStyle editorials and I was more than happy to take part. I picked out some of my favourite outfits from their new season range and took some pictures at some of my favourite local hangouts like Hamilton Beach and by some of the cafes on Jervoice Rd. See the photos and a little interview with me here on Moochi's blog.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NZFW Day 3 // WIWT

Hat // Shopbop
Coat and Tee // Twenty-seven Names
Shoes // Topshop

Friday, August 29, 2014

NZFW Day 3 // Shows

Kate Sylvester

Yesterday was the last proper day of fashion week. I'm both very and relieved and sad it's coming to an end. I saw some things I loved and others that were laughably bad. I ate pretty much nothing but fried chicken from Miss Claudy's and a tart from one of my goodie bags and I slept probably 10 hours in total over the last three days. Fashion week is great. It's awesome seeing so many familiar faces and getting to just appreciate sweet-as clothes for a whole week.

Fashion weekend kicks off tomorrow, this is when the public can come and enjoy the shows and see some in-season collections. You can go buy tickets if you want to go along.

The highlight of the week had to be the jumper James Lowe made especially for fashion week that said “Elite, private, members-only club” poking fun at those new 'exclusive' clubs popping up at the moment. He even made it into the paper! As for the shows the highlights for me were definitely Juliette Hogan and Kate Sylvester.

Lowlights were probably the lack of decent food on site at the Viaduct Events Centre and today when the Red Bull girls weren’t there giving out free Red Bull I had to buy one for $5. Oh and sassy people with attitude problems.

I had very little sleep the night before so day 3 was a bit of a struggle. Luckily the first show had cute male models handing out free flat whites and croissants as we were being seated. I was the only one actually eating in the front row but I was too tired to care. Celine Rita kicked the day off with a bright, fun show. The Parisian inspired collection featured plenty of prints patterns and bold colours.

The New Generation show is always interesting. This time we had Wilson Trollope, Inhale Apparel, Nomsa Mabuto and ITZME. All had an exciting fresh take on things.

Coop was a great show. I loved the muti-coloured sneakers with the rainbow marble sole. My friend Katherine hated them but I loved that they were a bit over the top. They used a great dusty colour palette throughout the collection and I could see myself wearing a lot of it!

Hailwood had designs ranging from streetwear right through to a blue velvet dress. I loved some of the simple looks with the grey knits paired with skirts and jeans. The big blanket poncho looked like something I’d love wearing too.

Finally the highlight of the day Kate Sylvester. I loved it all, the striped pajamas, the heels with socks, the skinny scarves, the long skirts, the low ponytails and even the tiny splashes of yellow and red. Kate hasn’t had a show at NZFW for a while and but boy am I happy she came back! Such a great show.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NZFW Day 2 // Shows


As I'm writing this it’s 1:30am and I just arrived home from the Zambesi after party at James in Parnell. They had a drink there apparently named the Zam-boozie. Classic.

Day 2 was a little more relaxed. There was a bit more time between shows which meant I could actually find time to eat some proper food and collect my thoughts a bit. I filled in for life coach Tammy Davis this week on George Drive. I’m not sure how qualified I am to be giving out life advice but Thane thought I did a pretty good job.

First up was Aim by Huffer. Huffer basically decided to throw a bit of a party at their HQ on Queen Street to celebrate the launch of their new line Aim. No models just an exhibition of their campaign imagery and a performance by the very lovely singer Watercolours (or Chelsea Jade Metcalf). She was a perfect fit for the new line which is made for a slightly more mature, feminine Huffer girl. They’ve gone a bit more dressy and used more luxurious fabrics with this stuff and its only for the ladies sorry boys. It will be available in November.

Next was Contemporary Salon which featured Lucy Mcintosh and Pardon My French. Both great, fresh, young designers with some really strong looks. Lucy Kemp from Pardon My French was showing her new range ‘The Beat Girl’. I loved the high necks, the beautiful coats and of course the berets. Lucy Macintoshwas showing her range ‘Archy’ and she has done some amazing coats too and managed to work in a lot of pink in a way I can actually get on board with.

After some lunch I saw one of the highlights of the day PIA. Pia Naera put together an amazing collection this season and I’m a huge fan of a lot of it. The striped blue and white linen got me so excited for the beach this summer and she has started making some amazing bags too. Things were a little more masculine than previous collections which I’m very much in to. My favourite little detail was the Adidas slip on sandals with socks.

Andrea Moore started and finished with a song sung live from the cat walk by Ginny Blackmore. Things like that really make a difference at a show. Damn that girl can sing. Her collection was full of bright colours a lot of bold red pieces and even a bit of fur.

The evening was when things got really good. Juliette Hogan was by far my favorite even though the show did start about an hour late. Poor Juliette must have been stressing out backstage I’m sure of it. But it was worth the wait. Again half of the seating section was blocked off like at Nom*d earlier in the week. But this time they had a band there playing throughout the show. The clothes were all amazing. Beautiful long silk numbers that reach the floor paired with New Balances and a perfect knit. Effortless, polished, perfect but still so wearable.

Finally Zambesi, always one of the most highly anticipated shows. Last year they revealed the entire backstage so spectators could see all of the models backstage getting hair and make up touched up before walking down the catwalk. This year they didn’t do anything too dramatic. Just a bit of smoke and some giant lettering on the catwalk. The models were wearing these awesome big blue boots and the boys had cute emo fringes. The girls hair was awesome, just a messy ponytail.

All in all another successful day. Looking forward to day 2, David Farrier promised me he would show up with his pet bird Keith.

Kate Sylvester will be a great and Trelise Coopers show for her younger range ‘Coop’ hopefully won’t involve anymore headdress fiascoes.