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NZICF16 | Aunty Donna


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.



5 Stars *****

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

seen | SAYAT SS16


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:

My current SS2016 collection is on my Facebook.
You can also check out a PDF of my SS2016 Lookbook here:

Or you can email me:

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.

NZFW2015 | Miromoda


Three days of fun and intensity flew by too quickly and here I sit in front of my keyboard missing and reminiscing about it. I am talking about, New Zealand Fashion Week. There were a lot of great shows with reputable brands but only a select few impressed me. I am the type of person who like to save the best for last and Miromoda is one of the best. Miromoda strives to support, expose and launch emerging indigenous designers or culturally charged creatives. It combines some of the strongest known, unknown and lesser known designers in one spectacular show worthy of high praise.

With 13 designers and labels showing in Miromoda this year we got to see everything from casual street-wear to extravagant and artistic pieces.


STEVE HALL – Abandon Man

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Abandon Man is a collection that draws heavily on Japanese culture. The look of strong, masculine and military inspired warriors are seamlessly counterbalanced by soft cuts and shape.


KYLIE MANGAN – Black Meets White

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Kylie creates effortless fashion with timeless designs and staple pieces she says every woman needs in their wardrobe, her designs are minimal, street and chic.


AJ BRADLEY – The Hungry Years

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“The Hungry Years is an exploration into the culture and envrionment of an epochal time for American music, literature and photography”.


CAMPBELL LUKE (Bobby Luke) – Bespoke Memories of a Pā kid

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Campbell Luke is a brand driven by kaupapa Māori and modern aesthetics. Bespoke Memories of Pā kid is based on nostalgic work wear and the of matriarchal societies within family and culture.


AHO (Kristy Bedi) – Aho Manawa


Kristy Bedi’s work draws on concepts of culture, identity, hybridity and whakapapa. Aho Manawa translate to ‘the heart line’ which draws on the complex and elegant pattern of the kōwhaiwhai.


SYRE (Aaliyah Jobe) – CAPT

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SYRE creates defiant street wear for the rebellious and disobedient inspired by American pop culture and sportswear. CAPT is a collection that address the debate on the new flag using satire to bring light the issues of sovereignty and colonisation.


HIAKO (Tasmyn Roach) – Hiako

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Hiako embraces traditional and contemporary Māori prints reflecting the designer’s Māori and Pakeha cultural heritage. Hiako is a sportswear collection made out of sports enhanced materials aimed at catering to all cultures.


HORI & MIMI (Hohepa Thompson & Mia Brennan) – The Hangi Collection

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The Hangi Collection represents whanau, food and bringing people together. The fabrics used in this collection were dyed by a process of being buried in a hangi along with cooking ingredients and allowed to simmer for days.



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Adjust 2.0 is Jordaine’s first collection and it is about finding her own path, aesthetic and her own feet. The collection aims for simplicity and comfort creating a look good and feel good wear without elaborate embellishments.


DARLENE GORE – Darlene Gore A/W 2016

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The collection is influenced by climate and settings of the South Island. Darlene Gore creates finely tailored pieces that transcends fashion fads to become lasting pieces.



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Simple, sophisticated and proudly New Zealand owned. Mitchell Vincent produces internationally influenced, ready to wear garments that reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand.



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Shona Tawhiao productes stunning flax woven pieces by combing traditional Māori weaving skills and her eye for contemporary design creating pieces that are literally a work of (wearable) art. Her designs combine modern materials with Harakeke (native flax).



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Aiming to make Avant Garde the norm, Dmonic Intent design what they want rather than aiming to please the masses. Their label’s philosophy focuses on development, experimentation and innovation; individualism is their goal and they focus on being design and made in NZ.


More images of Miromoda will be uploaded to our Facebook page so make sure you head on over there and follow us see them all.


NZFW2015 | Kate Sylvester AW16 ‘a Muse’


Designer:  Kate Sylvester

Title of Show:  a Muse

Season:  Autumn/Winter 2016

Inspiration for the Collection: In a blurb Sylvester lists names, names whom are creative muses that have either influence her creativity or were great people whom found inspirations through others (the same way she did). “A great muse inspires, challenges and infatuates an artist. Kate Sylvester’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection celebrates the muse in all her complexity, strength, style beauty and eccentricity”.

Fabric:  Colours in her collection are peach, purples, blue, greens, tan, grey, cream and black. Textures seen in her collection were leather like, thick woolly fabrics, hairy fabrics and lace. Patterns seen were purple and green flora, vertical and horizontal stripes, dots of millefiori prints arranged to resemble polka dots, checkered fabrics.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  Flexible range. It is smart and can be casual, wear for work and after work drinks. Designed with comfort in mind.

Atmosphere:  Avant Garde. Down the end of the runway stood an abstraction of lines and curves which formed a group of posing figures. The sculpture reminded me of Picasso’s first cubist painting of women titled Les demoiselles d’Avignon. The sculpture seemed to foreshadow a collection of new, unusual and experimental ideas.



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Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page, we will be uploading all our New Zealand Fashion Week photos soon.

Photos by Sin-Mae Chung


NZFW2015 | NZ Weddings Magazine Collection


New Zealand Weddings Magazine Show! A time for wine, flowers, pretty dresses and dreams of happily ever afters. Where children in their flower girl and ring bearer outfits can evoke an ‘aww’. Weddings is typically a very long show and with 7 different designers showing, you understand why. The designers (in order) were Natalie Chan, Crane Brothers, Hera Bridal Couture, Working Style, Robyn Cliffe, Barkers and John Zimmermann.

I can go on and on forever about how wonderful this show was but I wont do that to you. We all know a picture speaks a thousand words so here are some of my favourite designs.



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Bridal Gown ‘Botanical Delight’

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Bridal Gown ‘Dazzling Charm’


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Suit Harrisons ‘Frontier’ Pale Grey

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Suit Ariston ‘Quattro Stagioni’ Cobalt Plaid


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Red washed soft cotton jacket / Elephant tie

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Plain blue suit with / Blue Mandras check tie


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Powder blue jacket / Dinsdale print shirt / Carnaby chino shorts

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Photos by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | Sean Kelly


Designer: Sean Kelly

About the Designer
Sean Kelly was the winner of the 13th season of the US designer reality contest Project Runway, he is the first Kiwi to ever compete on the show. He has returned to New Zealand to take part in the New Zealand Fashion Week, debuting his collection that features 25 looks, it is Kelly’s biggest collection to date.

Inspiration for the Collection
The collection is based around an artist’s muse, telling a whole story through the collection and it would get more extravagant as the show goes on.


The collection features a very soft, spring blue and white colour palette that gradually developed into a black and finally a red series. The series consists of dresses installed with ostrich feathers, high waisted black dinner pants and tailored oversized blazers, which are all very sleekly designed.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing
This collection is primarily focused on red carpet looks; however as the designer has claimed, the first half of the collection is more of a commercial collection which he plans to sell online, while the second half is made up of standout show pieces.

The staging of the runway was very unique with pillars of mirror panels layout on the runway, which were designed by the Auckland-based spatial artist Angus Muir. Models would walk through the pillars showing off the garments then they would return and stop, and face the assigned pillar and see their reflections.


Overall Impression
I was very impressed with the show and collection. It is certainly my favourite out of all the shows I’ve seen throughout the New Zealand Fashion Week. The presentation was top-notch and very well choreographed. The reflective mirror installation really complimented his ambitious and polished collection.

Favourite looks

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Written by Barbra Ho
Photographed by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring 2015 Collection – Township Rebellion


Designer: Stolen Girlfriends Club

Season: Spring 2015

Title of Show: Township Rebellion

About the Designer
Stolen Girlfriends Club is a fashion brand that was founded in 2005 by three talented designers Dan Gosling, Marc Moore and Luke Harwood. Their garments are filled with courage and confidence, inspired by punk romanticism, party crashers, or post-apocalyptic surfers, each collection has an underlying feeling of rock’n’roll swagger.

Inspiration for the Collection
This new collection is a very special to Stolen Girlfriends Club as this year is their 10th year Anniversary. Its main influence is designer Marc Moore’s youth and having grown up nearby Huntly with a number of pieces featuring the small town, the collection is very elevated rock’n’roll-Bogan.


As a Spring collection the colour palette consists of lots of greys on blacks and dashes of vibrant colours here and there. One of the iconic front would be the “Heavy Petal” floral print across a range of the pieces. There were pink and purple bouquet prints across flowing skirts and rompers. The overall collection has a strong grungy streetwear style, which is a signature of Stolen’s design.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing
This collection consists of a variety of 90’s grunge/early 2000’s emo streetwear looks – plaid skirts, leather jackets, black jeans and grungy hoodies. It has bold florals, panther prints, a selection of garments with graphic prints on them, four main prints including the Hydrangea print which was photographed by Derek Henderson. In addition, there were also flannel, swanndri, sheepskin pieces as the collection is a homage to provincial New Zealand.


The show was presented at the recently reopened St James Theatre, the event atmostphere is about the collection and catwalk as well as the party. The models paraded out on stage one by one as if they were being punished for defying restricted school rules, which reflects the theme of the collection – “Township rebellion”. The soundtrack for the show consists of tracks like Can’t Let You Go by The Amazing Snakeheads and Love Buzz by Nirvana, which again reflects the rock’n’roll concert feel of the show.

Overall Impression
It was a killer rock’n’roll show by Stolen. It was like attending a gig and in the midst of it, a model stage dived off the runway and confetti cannons marked the end of the show. Happy 10th Anniversary you rascals!

Favourite looks

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Written by Barbra Ho
Photographed by Sin-Mae Chung