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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

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

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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.

 

JORDAINE BROGAN – Adjust 2.0

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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.

 

MITCHELL VINCENT – M V P M

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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.

 

SHONA TAWHIAO – Battle Cry

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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).

 

DMONIC INTENT – Habit

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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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Photos by Sin-Mae Chung