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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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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

 

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.

 

NATALIE CHAN

www.nataliechan.co.nz

N Chan 1

Bridal Gown ‘Botanical Delight’

N Chan 2

Bridal Gown ‘Dazzling Charm’

CRANE BROTHERS

www.crane-brothers.com

Crane B 2

Suit Harrisons ‘Frontier’ Pale Grey

Crane B 1

Suit Ariston ‘Quattro Stagioni’ Cobalt Plaid

HERA BRIDAL COUTURE

www.herabridal.co.nz

Hera B 1

Hera B 2

WORKING STYLE

www.workingstyle.co.nz

Working S 2

Red washed soft cotton jacket / Elephant tie

Working S 1

Plain blue suit with / Blue Mandras check tie

ROBYN CLIFFE

www.robyncliffe.co.nz

R Cliffe 1

R Cliffe 2

BARKERS

www.barkersonline.co.nz

Barkers 1

Powder blue jacket / Dinsdale print shirt / Carnaby chino shorts

Barkers 2

JOHN ZIMMERMANN

www.johnzimmermanncouture.com

J Zimmermann 1

J Zimmermann 2

Photos by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | ITZME & Julian Danger

Designers: ITZME (Shuai Zhang) / Julian Danger (Amy-Rose Goulding)

Season: Autumn/Winter 2016

About the Designers: Shuai Zhang worked with Karen Walker after graduating from Massey University with a fashion degree. She eventually left her role to travel the world then returned to create and debuted her label ITZME in 2014 at NZFW.

Amy-Rose Goulding the lady behind Julian Danger is inspired through pop culture, everything from art, music to film. Amy is based in Dunedin, her garments are hand made with love in China working with a small factory in an ethically sound community.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  ITZME uses elements of traditional men’s tailoring in her strong feminine designs. Her goal is to produce a style that is delicate and daring, “Itzme is playful and empowering”. Her garments match the young and determined, fun and flirty.

Julian Danger’s collection titled Honey is romantic, her garments are both soft, elegant and powerful. She states that she is “fuelled by romantic power of youth and the discord between the worlds of urban sportswear, the street and rock culture”. Honey is a very warm and light collection with delicate pinky-peach, sandy and cream colours paired with grey, navy and black.

Overall Impression: The show was light and fun, overall I really enjoyed both collections. I was extremely impressed with the detail and tailoring in Itzme’s range. However, I am personally drawn to Julian Danger as I can imagine wearing most of her collection.

Favourite looks:

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Cute, playful and whimsical designs by ITZME.

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Pretty, flowing, elegant pieces by Julian Danger.

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Makeup by M.A.C & Hair by Wella Professionals.

NZFW2015 | Fashion Weekend Day 2 – Highlights

The last day of NZFW was a gloomy day but that didn’t keep the people away. The day had plenty of visitors, there were huge crowds around the hair, nail and makeup stalls.  People pampered themselves with $10 make overs, designed and painted their own shoes at TOMS, had a relaxing facial at Triumph & Disaster. I ran around with a camera so much that I ended up using one of the many bars at the facility to rest in. I discovered another floor of designer sales which I completely missed on Saturday, I had intended to check it out but skipped it due to time restraints. Overall I had another fun day, the only thing I regretted was missing out on more sales!

NZ Weddings Magazine held another show of their 2015 collection seen on Wednesday. Kronenbourg 1664 gives the boys and men a reason for attending NZFW by hosting the Metro Men’s show. MAC cosmetics held a technique session before Fashion Quarterly Presents show. Trelise Cooper was the last to rule the catwalk at NZ Fashion Week showing off her Spring/Summer 2015 of Coop, Cooper and Trelise Cooper labels.

 

The rainbow umbrellas come out again giving the gloomy day some extra colour.

Finally, a show dedicated to style conscious men.

Flowers and more flowers everywhere! I have a feeling that people are seriously looking forward to spring.

M.A.C cosmetics is pictured holding a session describing techniques, tips and tricks on how to use M.A.C products to achieve that perfect daytime & night-time look.

Trelise Cooper presents Coop, Cooper & Trelise Cooper Spring/Summer 2015.

 

Well that is it, New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 is over. So happy that we can relax and catch up on sleep but deeply saddened for waiting another year to experience it all again. It has only been days since it all ended and I am showing withdrawal symptoms. I miss the fast and energetic environment, I miss using NZFW as an excuse to overdress, but what I will miss the most is the friends I made and worked with (this may sound like it is the end but there are more posts, more photographs, and more illustrations to share so watch this space).

I would like to thank Barbra Ho for periscoping, snapchatting, video editing & writing. Shonya Singh for photographing, editing & watermarking. These ladies have worked so hard and missed out on a lot of sleep during NZFW. I thank Meenal Maharaj and Andrew Douglas for providing guidance cause without them we would be lost. Also we would like to thank Deborah Zhong & Christelle Valeriano for the beautiful fashion illustrations they created for us. Lastly a really huge THANK YOU to you, our reader, without you we have no reason to do what we do, it really means a lot to the people we profile, the macandmae crew and me especially, so thank you.

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NZFW2015 | Andrea Moore AW16 – The Poem

Designer:  Andrea Moore

Title of Show:  The Poem

Season: Autumn/Winter 2016

Inspiration for the Collection:  Large part of the collection is influenced by Japanese culture, it is titled The Poem as it is particularly inspired by Japanese Haiku. The I AM range is related to the theme of the jungle and the cheeky creatures that live in it.

Fabric: Colours are bright and bold throughout the majority of her collecting. Moore pairs bright orange bags and knits with ultramarine blue coats. Red, blue and black are more her signature colours. Patterns used were painterly brush strokes, orchards, floral silhouettes, giraffe spots, ivory horns arranged like fish scales and

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Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  For working and determined women. Perfect for formal occasions and easily dressed down for casual meetings. Adds oomph to any grey day and is a very positive thinking label.

Atmosphere: Very upbeat. The show had storm loads of gold confetti rain down the runway, it added a fun and glamorous element to the event.

Overall Impression:  Prior shows were very mute in colour and it was very refreshing to see bold colours on day 1.

Some of my favourites:

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Words & photos by: Sin-Mae Chung

 

NZFW2015 | Dmonic Intent & Syre – Contemporary Salon

Designers: Dmonic Intent / Syre

Season: Autumn / Winter 2016

Title of Show: Contemporary Salon Show

 

About Designers: Dmonic Intent is an Auckland based and family owned label that deliver Avant Garde, experimental and edgy wear. They strive to design for themselves rather than pleasing others, their craft is directed to those whom aren’t afraid to reject norms, bold and dare to stand out and “have a voice and opinions that align with” their own.

Syre (Aaliyah Jobe) is a young and talented teen who creates defiant street wear, her designs are bold and rebellious. She is related to the designers of Dmonic Intent but don’t think that the family bond has any affect to her aesthetics and style.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing: Dmonic Intent presented a range of extravagant, dark and spiritual line of clothing. While Syre showed a strong collection of black and white street wear.

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Above: Clothing by Dmonic Intent

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Above: Clothing by Syre

Overall Impression: The show was visually dark as the majority of clothing were black. Syre’s collection had pieces that would grab the attention and interest of youths, Dmonic Intent was somber but visually stunning and mind blowing.

Favourite looks:

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My two top picks from Dmonic Intent.

 

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My top two picks from Syre’s collection.