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been | The launch & pop up of Invis-Able

We meet one of New Zealand’s most unique fashion labels to launch this year… Introducing, Invis-Able, a label dedicated to making high quality, ‘topsy-turvy’ unisex garments full of fine details and hidden features.

Creator and designer, Marc Jun plays a game of ‘hide-and-seek’ with wearers, whilst creating a versatile garment.  Find hidden pockets and zips or buttons that connect to nowhere, removable sleeves, sweaters disguised as jackets, and trench coats that are reversible.  This is like the Winchester Mystery House… of fashion.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marc at his Auckland pop-up located in Ponsonby Central.

Q: Where did Invis-Able come from?

A: I wanted to create a New Zealand based clothing label that re-imagine and creates wearable unisex garments. My aim is to design with unique details to enhance the options and versatility of your wardrobe. My work is deeply inspired by invisible things in life such as one’s thoughts, feelings, words and experience; these are the things that define who we are, and we are all different. Invis-Able is an expression of the invisible, to make it or us Able to be seen, that’s where the name comes from.

Q: What is your current collection about?

A: ’What Fakes Me Happy’ started when I asked myself “What makes me happy?” And I quickly found that ‘things’ that often entertain us and make us happy are short term. Material items or meaningless relationships are satisfying at first but are costly to maintain, the initial happiness will wear away. Instant gratification for long term happiness is fake and unrealistic. I express this in the details and functionality of my garments and challenge the wearer’s “ideal reality”. Just like a playful game of ‘hide and seek’ – you will find all the unexpected features and hidden details. Invis-Able Fakes You Happy!

Q: Describe your aesthetics/style in a few words…

A:  Clean cut, refined, stand out multi-functional unisex wear.

Q: What is your colour palette?

A: Monotone – Black, greys and currently dark green.

Q: Who’s been your most influential designer?

A: Kris Van Assche

Q: What is the ‘must have’ out of your collection?

A: The reversible trench coat

Q: Describe the type of person who’d wear your clothing…

A: Young, 20’s to 30’s working professionals. People whom often transitions from work to going out and seeks trendy and versatile wear, suitable for day and night, serious or play.

Q: Name three celebrities you’d like to see wearing your brand…

A: G-Dragon (Big Bag), Kris Van Assche & ASAP Rocky

Q: Where do you imagine Invis-Able in 10 years?

A: I would love to see my brand everywhere in the world, a global brand.

Head along to Invis-Able’s pop up store to meet Marc and nab yourself 20% Off everything. Be quick, it ends this Sunday! Located opposite Bird On A Wire inside Ponsonby Central. Open from 9am till 6pm.







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been | Britomart Fashion Sessions 2015


At the start of every Autumn is the Britomart Fashion Sessions hosted at Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai. Recently city goers got to see Britomart’s atrium transform into a runway aimed at showcasing Autumn & Winter collections from over five designers with six separate shows in over two days.


Above: Images of Trelise Cooper’s runway show at Britomart

On day 1 we saw Trelise Cooper kick off Britomart Fashion Sessions with a generously lengthy show featuring labels Coop, Boardroom, Cooper and Trelise Cooper.


Above: A snippet of Kathryn Wilson’s collection

Later that evening Kathryn Wilson celebrated an alluring range of winter shoes on models dressed in 1950’s fashion. Her collection featured polka dots and pink floral patterns among soft blue, tan, black, white and a lot of gold detailing.


Above: Taken at Zambesi A/W15 Britomart show

Zambesi ended the day showcasing their XXXV range with fantastic oomph and style. Just like NZFW2014 their models strutted down the runway in time with Queen‘s Flash Gordan soundtrack.


Above: Mindfood Style solves winter wardrobe blues

Day 2 began with Mindfood, confused? I was to begin with till I learned that Mindfood now has a new magazine titled Mindfood Style. This show presented around 39 different looks created by Mindfood’s stylists selecting and combining pieces found in stores located in and around Britomart.


Above: Models of Taylor Boutique

Later that afternoon Taylor Boutique presented a stunning show full of simplicity and elegance. Once again Taylor kept the colour palette clean focusing only on black, white and tan adding emphasis in the details of texture, pattern, lines, shapes, layers and cuts.


Above: Images taken backstage of WORLD’s Britomart show

To conclude Britomart’s very fashionable weekend was WORLD, and fortunately I was stuck backstage to experience the mayhem of it all. I felt like I  watched a riddle unfold, a riddle where Carmen Sandiego and Jessica Rabbit decided to rock and roll in an M.C Escher painting. There were geometric prints, sexy fedoras hats, quirky bow-ties and cute bunny ears. The make-up was stunning! The light bulbs were interesting and the atmosphere was totally awesome!

There are plenty more photos available to view, for more images make sure you check out our Britomart Fashion Session Facebook photo albums.

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been | Amber Whitecliffe ‘Mrs Pinto’ Launch

Amber Whitecliffe released her summer 14/15 collection titled Mrs Pinto earlier this month, we attend an exclusive preview at Amber Whitecliffe’s store to celebrate this launch.

I will admit that I am not the most qualified in fashion (actually not qualified at all) which means I am not very knowledgeable in this field, but I have taste and know what I like when I see it. And believe me when I say this.. I truly like and would wear what I see in the Mrs Pinto range. We all got a glimpse of Amber’s summer collection at this year’s NZ Fashion week. Her designs were among the New Generation collection, a part of NZFW dedicated to showcasing emerging and up-and-coming fashion designers.


The thing I love about Amber’s work is that she approaches her designs with a positive outlook on life resulting in garments that are both cheerful and elegant to wear. There is an overall bounce and energy in her work that I swear can brighten up anyone’s day.


Her current collection represents her exciting new role of being a wife, she was inspired by her husband’s Indian and Portuguese heritage generating designs inspired mostly by Portuguese food, colour, and culture. The collection is predominantly red and cream featuring flecks of golds and greens. I am absolutely in love with the floral print (see below), the print is a watercolour painting inspired by the colours of the Portuguese flag.

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(More images of Amber’s NZFW2014 show can be found via link below)

Amber’s Mrs Pinto collection is stunning and was one of my favourite collections at NZ Fashion Week. Go check out Amber’s store in Parnell it is located right next to the Chocolate Boutique so you can’t miss it. The Mrs Pinto collection is currently the newest and exciting thing there but there are plenty of reason why you should visit the store. Amber Whitecliffe stocks Veronica B jewellery, Karen Murrell cosmetics, candles, leather bags, floral head bands and more!


For more images of Amber’s NZFW runway show check out our Facebook photo album here – Amber Whitecliffe’s Mrs Pinto. Give Amber Whitecliffe a call or drop in and say hi, I guarantee you will love this season’s Mrs Pinto collection.


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NZFW2014 | Salasai – “Self Portrait”

Salasai presents their Autumn/Winter 2015 collection in a show titled Self Portrait, a show that “tells a story of the contemporary woman and her layers”. The range plays with graffiti imagery and juxtaposing light and dark. Sheer fabrics are combined with heavy and boxy shapes generating a feminine and masculine look that reflects a sophisticated androgyny.



“We started with the print. It’s about art, colour, texture, shape and volume” – Salasai (NZFW Backstage Blog, 2014)


In this collection they chose a palettes of white, soft pink/nude, burgundy and black.


As mentioned Salasai uses a (designed in house) graffiti print of painterly smears and squiggles along with pin stripes, grids and dots.



Some prints and patterns reminded me of Len Lye’s work, drawings that are very instinctive and primal.


Each model had their hair tied back, make up kept neutral with a wash of gold on the eyes. This is a simple (androgynous) and elegant look that doesn’t overpower the clothing.


One of my favourite pieces is an over sized black jumper that had a hand drawn face on there with the words “world famous”, I love oversize and comfort and can picture myself wearing that all day!


“The Salasai woman is of all senses, poised, alluring, confident and mysterious” – Salasai.




The creative force behind Salasai pictured above.

For more awesome pictures like these check out our Salasai photo album here on Macandmae’s Facebook page.



been | AUT Rookie 2013

The AUT Rookie fashion show is a personal highlight for me every year, and this year was no exception; with the 2013 Rookies producing a wide range of different aesthetics in each of their graduate collections.

This year’s show was held at Shed 10 in the Queen’s Wharf and cleverly mixed the excitement of a live fashion show with the element of a fashion film by the graduates.


Andreas Mikellis the head of the AUT Fashion and Textiles Department states, “every year we try and do something different and this show was no exception. The students really embraced the idea of the film and worked with the crew so well. To have that playing while the models were walking gave guests a really dynamic experience and integrated the designers into the show even more”.


This year Rookie featured 24 of the best collections from the fashion department’s final third year students. The show featured a strong colour pallet of bright hues and monochromatic tones, there was strong use of leather and knits with a lot of the designers playing with the idea of proportions.

The standout collections were by Thistle Brown, Sophia Hattingh, Lauren Tapper, Samuel Baxter Huntington, Tandi Lazarus and Holly Daggar.

Thistle Brown

Thistle Brown

“The standard and quality of the work this year was exceptional. We had a really wonderful diversity of design work which helps make the cohort of designers much more interesting,” states Mikellis.

2013 Rookie proved be another great success, make sure to keep an eye out to see what these up and coming designers do next!

Below are some of our favourite looks from the show.














Check out our full album of photographs on Facebook.

Words by Nathalie Owen

Photographs by Sin-Mae Chung

AUT Rookie Show Press Release