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NZFW 2019 | 5 mins with Good&Co

GOOD&CO aims to intelligently amalgamate fashion and art. Each scarf turns its wearer into a walking artwork, though only those in the know are aware of the detail. Feminine and functional but never fussy, the GOOD&CO aesthetic appeals to those who like their luxury to come with a playful twist.

What inspired your collection?
Our SS19/20 scarf collection is an architectural study of modernist Le Corbusier Haus (1958 Berlin), and its surrounds. Elemental geometric forms iconic of the Eastern Bloc, deconstructed into wearable art.

Describe your quintessential customer…
Professional, driven, confident, understated cool.

What’s your social media of choice?
Pinterest

Who do you love to follow and where?
Creative minds from all over the world. I find the best content comes from unexpecting individuals usually collecting imagery for their own creative outlets rather than posting curated content.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
LCD Soundsystem (every song ever written!), All the colours: “Let Me Drown”, Florence and the Machine: “South London Forever”

Word association
New Zealand – Inspiration
Fashion – Inspiration
Music – Inspiration
Art – Inspiration
Winter – Inspiration
Holiday – Inspiration

Good&Co shows as part of the Accessories Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week 2019.

NZFW 2019 | 5 mins with Rhémy’s Mindy Madden

Established in 2019, Rhémy is a New Zealand brand positioned in the emerging contemporary luxury market. Rhémy believes in slow fashion – created by hand and made to last. Turning away from mass production, each piece is skillfully developed and made in New Zealand from the finest leather and components. Their lies in creating timeless, functional and practical pieces.

What inspired your collection?
As a ‘tip of the hat’ to my mentors, this first solo collection has been inspired by the amazing craftswomen of France. Not only do they work long hours each day, but they do it looking as chic and ‘put-together’ as a model straight off the runway. These women are the powerhouse of the luxury industry, engineering the clothing and accessories we covet, with precision and care. There is no limit to the talent and skill of these craftswomen, and to them I owe a great deal.

This collection honors effortless elegance, understated sensuality, and rebellious – yet playful design. An approach to fashion that has been in the background of my life for many years. French style is more than skin deep – comfort is paramount, and confidence is your best accessory. With that in mind, I wanted to create a collection that makes the wearer feel that sense of empowerment. This collection is designed to make women feel feminine, powerful and chic.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
I have been overseas for 15 years – so I’m a little rusty on the new designers – ask me again in a year!!

Describe your quintessential customer…
The goal of the brand is to attract customers who feel a sense of excitement and desire for the products we make. We want our customers to feel uplifted and proud to wear our pieces, and be a part of the brand they have invested in. With this in mind, we are careful to control our production – not making more than we can sell – and in a sea of fleeting consumption, offering truely unique pieces from the bottom of the world. Our quintessential customer has a strong sense of style. She finds mass consumption uninspiring and has an emotional connection to fashion. Instead of fast fashion, she prefers to invest in a garment or accessory that represents something to her. A personal luxury.

What’s your social media of choice?
INSTAGRAM! Like many amongst us, I am addicted.

Who do you love to follow and where?
Too many to name, but I love vintage fashion accounts on instagram, and pinterest is always great inspiration!

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Anything by Little Dragon and Phoenix

Word association
New Zealand – Home
Fashion – Self Expression
Music – Emotion
Art – Create
Winter – Layering!!
Holiday – NECESSARY!

See Rhémy as part of the Group Show during New Zealand Fashion Weekend.

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Tymone Betts

What do you get when you mix leather, brass and chrome?  The perfect combination of form and function, and the stylish new collection from Empire of Genius.  Aptly titled, Chain Gang, this collection is all about interchangeable bags that fit into the lifestyle needs of the wearer.

We talk to the genius behind the empire, Tymone Winter Betts.  Inspired by a number of things, but mainly rock’n’roll, laughter and the wild and wonderful cultures she encounters on her travels; Tymone’s pieces are a work of art, just like the women who wear them.  

Empire of Genius’ Chain Gang will be presented at The NZFW Accessories Showcase this Thursday.

What inspired your collection?

I was over rummaging through my oversized bag and wanted something more functional for running around in… I can move quite fast. Lol. My favourite piece is the inception set. I’m loving having all my essentials right there, when and where I need them. It’s kind of like an oversized necklace.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….

There are so many clever designers in NZ. It’s great that their are lots of different boutique designers in NZ focusing on quality products, slow fashion and smaller boutique runs which are made to last. And we need all of them! Trying to keep manufacturing in NZ is hard. But I make everything here because I love making and being involved in the whole process of creating the garments and bags.

Describe your quintessential customer…

Stylish, organised ,busy, fun- these pieces are perfect for the busy travellers, fashionistas and people who need to stay organised on the move.

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram.

Who do you love to follow and where?

Inspiring people all over the world. That’s why I love Instagram.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?

Pure luck-ninajirachi, Baltimore-Nina Simone, Ophelia- the Lumineers. They are my chill songs ATM!

Word association

New Zealand green and quiet

Fashion slow and sexy

Music a necessity

Art everywhere

Winter my middle name

Holiday always need lots of these!

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Sara Munro

Since its inception 9 years ago, Company of Strangers has acquired a cult following for its proudly 100% New Zealand made range of high-quality garments, leather and jewellery.  Their mission is to create, re-create and collaborate.   Founder, Sara Munro honed her skills at NOM*d; starting her fashion career hand stitching rosettes made from mens’ vintage ties before moving onto becoming a sample maker.  CoS garments have a reputation for being meticulous yet experimental, reflecting a modern simplicity while combining luxury fabrics with contemporary functionality.  This is one label we’re excited to see taking over the runway at NZ Fashion Week.

What inspired your collection?

Our collection began with a story we dreamed up about a woman who haunts her husband from the other side, she messes with him constantly so he can never forget her. It’s subtle, it’s as if she is leaving an impression on his clothing, attaching a piece of her scarf to his coat like a belt, she cuts up his business shirts and turns them into dresses.  Slices through his tailored jackets, ghostly ink prints appear on the garments of hers she left behind.  The palette is dark and moody yet there is a feminine vintage softness of apricots spiked with an acidic twist.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….

Lela Jacobs, Ovna Ovich, Jason Lingard

Describe your quintessential customer…

Driven, confident, individual, creative. She knows what she wants, but is humble in her approach, loves to try new things

What’s your social media of choice?

Oh it’s Instagram it’s perfect for the short attention span of a creative!

Who do you love to follow and where?

I follow my kids! They see things so differently, they love adventure and going anywhere!

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?

Star Fucker- Wildhood

C’mon Billy- PJ Harvey

Pink + White – Frank Ocean (to calm me down)

Word association

New Zealand – adventure

Fashion – fun

Music – forever

Art – life

Winter – layers

Holiday – when?

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Tanya Carlson

Designer Tanya Carlson is a fashion force to be reckoned with.  Since graduating for the renowned East Sydney TAFE, she has designed over 200 custom wedding gowns, created costumes for over 10 stage productions and has successfully launched and continued a label for nearly two decades.  CARLSON is a label synonymous with superb tailoring, clever design and a quality finish that has garnered many loyal customers.  CARLSON returns to the NZ Fashion Week runway next week.

What inspired your collection?
My collection this year is a celebration of CARLSON’s 20 years in fashion and features one-off, handcrafted designs created from our fabric archives. Other specific inspirations include 90s sportswear, vintage western, chinoiserie and 60s eveningwear.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
The three designers selected from Otago Polytechnic (Laura Bennett, Kimberly Ramsey and Letitia Powell) for the NZ Fashion Week Graduate Selection are very promising.

Describe your quintessential customer…
The CARLSON woman knows who she is – she is independent, confident, and understands quality and style.

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you love to follow and where?
I love following @adrianjoffe, @hamishbowles and Fiona Pardington @hinakehe on Instagram. It’s a fantastic mix of art and fashion and all three provide a wonderful commentary on the creative industries.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
I’m currently exploring music for the show, so have been listening to Prince, Alabama Shakes, and Hole.

Word association:
New Zealand – Home
Fashion – Inspiring
Music – Uplifting
Art – Influential
Winter – Layers
Holiday – Surfing

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Luke Dawson

Inspired by cartoons and streetwear, Gore-based designer Luke Dawson creates trendy, unisex streetwear. His designs are heavily influenced for his love for comics and his latest collection; ‘The Boy from Goreville’, is an introduction to his own comic.

Catch him as part of the New Generation designer showcase.

What inspired your collection?
My collection was inspired by cartoons and streetwear. Always been a big fan of both so thought why not bring them together. The range is an introduction to my own comic “The Boy from Goreville”.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
Ahh The 3 other designers in NewGen this year of course! oh and me! Shoot that’s 4.

Describe your quintessential customer…
I would say someone who likes to be comfortable but trendy… but not too trendy they don’t like to wear stuff a little bit out there… as in comics on ya clothes.

What’s your social media of choice?
I guess Instagram/Facebook they get a bit boring at times buuut guess that means I need to get off them and do something or go draw/sample or watch a cartoon.

Who do you love to follow and where?
Ahh I’m unsure on this question. Am I stalker? And who do I stalk from a distance? Nah I’ve always been a fan of following I love Ugly. Those dudes have done awesome and are a pretty big inspiration to me. Their 5 panels have always been dope! I have a pretty big collection of them. Would be so cool to collect them all…whoops gone off topic.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Where the wild things are – Zeds Dead
Lone (feat. JOY)- Slow Hours Remix- What so Not
Run- Foo Fighters

Word association
New Zealand – Gore
Fashion – Luke Dawson
Music – Banger
Art – Drawings/Pop Art
Winter – Cold Frosts
Holiday – Christmas time!

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Olli Paroli

Wellington based, high-end street wear designer, Olli Paroli, is inspired by growing up in the capital city.  His collections tell a story, and each piece is made for humans ages 19-99.  The clothes are functional and are made to be worn and often.
Olli Paroli makes his NZFW debut this year with his collection, Shit Night Out.

What inspired your collection?

My collection, Shit Night Out, was inspired by Welly nightlife, and the anxiety I associate with that lol. Concrete grey, cocktail pink, jail cell stripes, big blunts, inebriated crying girls at 4am, dark lighting in gay bars, etc.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for:

Jordan Noah – Jacob Coutie – Elsie Greig  

Describe your quintessential customer…

Gals, their pals, boys, their toys, anyone that’s anywhere in between or outside the spectrum. Party ppl.

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram/Snapchat

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?

Go Gina – Sza, Quick – Tank and the Bangas, Crown – Azealia Banks

Word association

New Zealand – Chur

Fashion – Hectic

Music – Essential

Art – Memes  

Winter – Business men wearing that one slightly bigger jacket over their already large suit jacket.  

Holiday – Party