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humans of mac+mae: Arli Liberman

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The reason I chose this photo, is that it was a very specific and special moment for me with this incredible person… he’s an artist and a musician that creates this avant garde art.  

His name is Harold Rubin and I had the extreme privilege to be around him a little bit and play with him.  He showed me when I was in the beginning of the exploration of getting to the art of improvisation and just creating the situation through sounds and frequencies just to be.  

Every time I perform with him, it was always this unknown thing and when you’re not sure, when you’re out of your comfort zone, that’s where things all go horribly wrong or horribly great…. And in this moment we’re looking at our bass player up there, Mark Smulian, into one of those improvisational moments  and we’re both really happy that things are going horribly great.  

So, forever grateful for all those amazing lessons of just trusting your instinct and be yourself.

From Israel to New Zealand, Arli Liberman’s background is as interesting as it is diverse.  His music seamlessly brings together sounds of both his Middle Eastern heritage and Western influences.  Arli’s latest album, Allegra, is available now and you can catch Alri on the Wanderlust 108 world tour.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Jessie Wong

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This is my production manager, Adrian and I at our recent NZ Fashion Week presentation at Thievery Studio on K’Road in Auckland.  

The picture features us cutting a 3/4 Braidy bag – our most sought after style – from New Zealand’s finest deer skins.

The deer skin is special to us as it’s pretty unique to New Zealand. We are the only country in the world that farms deer and the skin is a by product of the venision industry in the South Island. It’s that soft buttery texture that makes a Yu Mei bag so special and each skin is unique, so we treat each individual piece with the utmost respect.

It’s also really important to us that we give our customers an insight into what goes into a Yu Mei bag so they understand where their products come from and just how special they are. It was an incredible experience to make a Yu Mei product, from hide to bag in front out our audience at NZFW. We make all our bags in house, in our Wellington studio.

Yu Mei (pronounced ‘you may’) is the brainchild of Wellington designer, Jessie Wong.  Yu Mei is a leather goods brand devoted to the creation and presentation of understated luxury. Yu Mei is a brand to watch.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM.

Photo by Gabrielle Devereux.

humans of mac+mae: Kingdon (Kings) Tetinga Chapple-Wilson

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I struggled identifying who I was growing up as a kid. My parents split when I was young and I stayed with my mum. I’d lost touch of my Maori heritage and my primary source of MAN or KING energy. It left me feeling out of place, and having identity issues.

Reconnecting with my dad in later years I was able to see the beauty of him, my family and my culture.

My Grandad (on the left) Arnold Maanaki Wilson, was one of the first Maori artists to graduate from Elam Art School. He had a unique and contemporary approach to Maori art and carving and was known as an innovator. He was a visionary and his goal was to bring people together through his art and his presence.

My Dad (on the right) Anthony Wilson, followed in this path, creating various programs to help and support troubled youth at Awataha Marae. He is also a great carver and an innovator in both business and creative thinking.

They are true KINGS in their creative fields.

Best known for his no. 1 single, “Don’t Worry Bout It”, Kingdon  (Kings) Tetinga Chapple-Wilson is a 26-year-old Maori/Samoan hailing from Auckland’s North Shore.  Signed to Warner Music, this multi-talented artist sings, produces and writes his own songs. His latest single, “What We Supposed to Do” is out now.

Hikurangi Jackson from Marae caught up with Kings last month.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

been | NZ Fashion Week 2016

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New Zealand Fashion Week is finally over! And while many look on towards Fashion Week in New York, London, Paris & Milan. I (Sin-Mae) will take my time reflecting on our modest Fashion Week that has been. After attending five years of NZFW as a photographer and blogger, I have seen some great, some interesting and some questionable shows.Last year New Zealand had a taste of some brilliant design but many failed to reflect that creativity on the runway. In my opinion this left a huge opening for Sean Kelly to standout and steal the show of NZFW 2016.

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Above: Sean Kelly (2015), photo by Sin-Mae Chung. Kelly’s SS16 show of mirrors (and a risky red-net dress) was the most memorable event of 2015. He not only became an inspiration but he unknowingly set the standards and expectation for designers of 2016 to follow.

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Above: Salasai, video by Sin-Mae Chung originally posted on @macandmae.

This year, I was glad to see that many designers had upheld that standard. Harman Grubisa sent models down a golden runway during the opening ceremony. But Salasai stunned audiences by installing a massive wooden structure that covered nearly the length of the runway. The wooden structure separated the standing crowd from the models making us peer in as if we were looking at caged creatures.

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  Above: Reremoana Sheridan seen at Miromoda, photo by Sin-Mae Chung.

Miromoda, sponsored by NZ Post added dimension to the space by scattering cubes all over the runway. Eugenie lit the runway with LED lights while French 83 used stools in their cleverly thought out routine. Jarrad Godman collaborated with Servilles to deliver a strange, unique and beautiful show. Their collaboration transformed models into living art forms, identities hidden, unrecognisable through twisted budges of cloth wrapped around their head.

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Above: Jarrad Godman, photo by © Michael Ng / nzfashionweek.com.

Hailwood presented a glamorous collection to the singing of The NZ Graduate Choir. While Rochelle surprised audiences with with the appearance of musician Stan Walker and netball player Maria Tutaia. Now I can go on and on about more shows, but I think I will save that for later. For now I will leave you with Stan Walker bustin’ out some moves to his new single, “You Never Know”.

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Above: Stan Walker busts out the moves at Rochelle, video by Sin-Mae Chung.

humans of mac+mae: Bobby Campbell-Luke

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This is a photo of my mum, I had just dropped her off to the premiere of Poi E.  

Growing up I always knew I was a adopted and this wonderful lady took me into her arms and raised me to be the man that I am.

She’ll probably give me a telling off for using this photo, but in my eyes it shows her true colours; the happiness  and the joy she gives me is remarkable.  She is the foundation of my whanau (family) and the support system that can hold many houses.  She has an unusual way of going about things but as she says, “there’s always a method to my madness.”

It’s a precious image that will stay with me forever.

This is a dedication to you, mum.

Bobby Campbell-Luke is a budding fashion designer, creative director, visual artist and all-round creative.

His brand Campbell-Luke, with buddy Jason Park, has been labelled as one to watch following this year’s NZ Fashion Week; with Jason’s Korean background and Bobby’s Maori heritage, their collection is a binding of two cultural identities.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” – http://bit.ly/HoMaM

NZICF16 | Aunty Donna

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Aunty Donna, the winners of the noble Melbourne International Comedy Fest – Golden Gibbo Award and self-created YouTube sensations have debuted on our shores.

The name as I was later told, came from a not-so interesting story about an actual Aunty Donna. Their act however, went above and beyond interesting and had me in hysterics from the get-go.

The energy was insurmountable and their engagement with the audience went from energetic to borderline crazy. Not that anyone was complaining, the sell-out crowd were instantly enthralled and willing participants in their ridiculous scenarios.

Opening the night with amusing mockery of the Aussie stereotype through interpretive dance, the audience are introduced to the legends of Broden, Mark and Zach, alongside the frequent guest appearances from our audience volunteer of the evening, Lenny.

Frequent references to our national film treasure Taika Waititi were hilarious and on-point . A risible sketch that takes the piss out of the joys of troubleshooting with Vodafone, had me in stitches and crying actual tears of laughter. Then there was Pausey Pete, Lord Whoopie, the inappropriate Italian restauranteur…

With both my sides and my jaw sore from physical bouts of chuckling, I left the Loft Theatre desperately seeking out my new found festival favourites, and it would appear that I was far from the only one. Diehard Aunty Donna fans had staked out the stage door with t-shirts and props from their YouTube clips, and I happily joined the stalkers in the autograph queue.

Aunty Donna. Highly recommended. Don’t miss it.

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5 Stars *****

~ Aunty Donna are  performing at Loft @ Q-Theatre  Tues 3 May – Sat 7 May

seen | SAYAT SS16

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The crew have been introduced to a brand new label called SAYAT. Combining some interesting and unexpected fabrications with a street-wear aesthetic, their latest SS16 collection makes for an exciting wardrobe for both men and women. We asked the designer behind the label, Dennis Sayat a few questions about his label and his first collection here in New Zealand.

m+m: Tell us a bit more about your label SAYAT?
ds: I’m originally from the Philippines where I cut my fashion teeth creating bespoke gowns. When I moved to New Zealand, I discovered my love for the aesthetic of street style. SAYAT is about merging these two worlds. Prêt à porter meets haute couture.

m+m: Who’s SAYAT for?
ds: SAYAT is for the exhibitionists and hedonists; the experimental extroverts, the impure introverts and the people who enjoy the in-between.

m+m: What was the inspiration behind your latest collection for ss16?
ds: SS 2016 is inspired by the eroding concepts of the feminine and the masculine.

m+m: The fabrication used in your collection is quite interesting, tell us a bit more about it?
ds: Fabric plays a huge part in the perception of clothing being feminine or masculine. Using panels of mesh, lace or leather, my collection is a playful perversion of these conventions.

m+m: There are pieces in the collection that are genderless, is this something you enjoy exploring?
ds: I am intrigued by how people project their biases of gender on genderless objects. This has been an inspiration and guide for this collection.

m+m: What are the difficulties you’ve faced with creating genderless pieces?
ds: I was very careful with my selection of material as it was integral to making this collection.

m+m: Do you have an online shop? How can people purchase your garments?
ds: You can contact and follow me on my Facebook or Instagram:
https://www.facebook.com/Dsayat/
https://instagram.com/d_sayat/

My current SS2016 collection is on my Facebook.
You can also check out a PDF of my SS2016 Lookbook here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3j-7XffT9C3QmhwMzZxdm55WXM

Or you can email me: dennissayat@gmail.com

m+m: What do you have planned for SAYAT in 2016?
ds: My next collection will revolve around the theatricality of period costume translated as streetwear. Next year will definitely be very exciting!

If you’re an upcoming creative looking to share your work, drop us an email; we’d love to do a feature.