Friday, April 27, 2012

Party people at Wellington Fashion Week: part 2

Just as great as the clothes on the runway were those being worn by Fashion Week attendees. Photographer Melissa Butters and I went behind the scenes to snap some stylish people at the Friday 20 April Runway Show B.

Sidney in Louis Vitton and Gucci, and Sione in the fab shirt from Mandatory.

You can read the full article and check out the lovely photos on Thread.co.nz at http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6452/51/Best-dressed-Wellington-Fashion-Week/d,thread-article

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bridal Couture Shines at Wellington Fashion Week

Sophie Voon, Corina Snow, Liz Mitchell, Robyn Cliffe, John Zimmerman Couture, Alison Blaine, Caroline Restall, and Shika Braddock presented bridal dreams on the second runway show on Friday 20 April.

Shika Bridal on the runway at Wellington Fashion Week

Read my article on Thread.co.nz at http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6456/15/Couture-Bridal-Fashion-Show/d,thread-article with photography by Melissa Butters.

Wellington Fashion Week: Group B Runway Show

The Group B runway show continued the fine work of Wellington Fashion Week on Friday 20 April.

Check out my article on Thread.co.nz at http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6455/15/Wellington-gets-it-right/d,thread-article

Starfish, Robyn Mathieson, Kelsey Genna, Phillipa&Alice, Neverblack, Silence was...+, and Storm showed a mix of edgy, super cute, and colourful collections on the runway.

Bright colours from the Starfish collection.

Wonderful photography by Melissa Butters.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Party People at Wellington Fashion Week 2012

Wellington Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity to get glammed up and flaunt your inner fashionista.

Check out the fabulous party people we spotted on Thursday 19 April at the Group A runway show.

http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6450/15/Street-Chic-at-Harry-s/d,thread-article

Vicki Taylor and Kellie Taylor, designers for Taylor and Moochi. (Wearing Taylor and Moochi, of course.)
Photography by Melissa Butters.

Keep an eye out for more of my articles about Wellington Fashion Week on Thread.co.nz.

Wellington Fashion Week: Thursday 19 April

The Group Show A kicked off the runway shows of Wellington Fashion Week and did not disappoint!

Check out all the great collections in my article for Thread.co.nz at http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6449/15/Wellington-walks/d,thread-article

This was one of my favourite pieces of the night, a raspberry dress from Mardle.
photography by Melissa Butters

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fashion watches

The humble watch. Relic of a time before cell phones. Relegated to the world of redundant technology. Yet curiously making a resurgence… have you noticed?

I was sent on a watch hunt recently. I was buying a gift for a special someone so I spent a lot of time making sure the watch was just right. A nice gift and a nice thing to have, I thought – but who wears a watch these days? I used to own one (curiously, also a gift) but I haven’t worn it in about 10 years – not since the rise of the do-all cell phone, taking care of all our daily needs from timekeeping to entertainment.

So I spent a lot of time thinking about watches and suddenly I noticed them everywhere. Men and women on the bus, on the street, in the office donning watches left right and centre.

Am I making a huge assumption in suggesting the watch ever went away? Or have they been quietly ticking away the time, ever present and sartorially unnoticed by this fashion watcher?

Right or wrong, the watch seems to be a must-have at the moment – and there’s a wonder of options for your wrist.

One thing I do know is this: In the world of digital everything, the analogue watch is king.

Big faces and windows to moving parts remind us that not everything is better in the future. Some inventions really do stand the test of time – and the watch is modern engineering at its best.

Whether or not this marvel of human creation is being worn for form or function is another question. If people are still pulling out their cell phone to check the time, then what they have on their wrist is essentially a fancy and expensive bracelet. The wonders of technology is one thing, the power of marketing is something completely different. What you’ll notice is that watch wearers are not walking around with beaten up G-shocks on their wrists – the modern watch is huge and bling and there to be seen.

Take a look around next trip out into the world and let me know if I’m right. And yes, now I want one. I’ve been thinking about one of the contenders for the gift that didn’t quite make the cut for that person, but would suit me just fine. Now if I can just find someone to buy it for me…

Noa Noa Autumn 2012 Launch

Hello lovelies,
please check out my article for Thread.co.nz about the Noa Noa Autumn 2012 range which was launched in Wellington in April.


Photography by Melissa Butters.
You can read it at http://www.thread.co.nz/news/6422/15/Noa-Noa-in-Wellington/d,thread-article

Check out Noa Noa on facebook to keep up with their gorgeous looks.

Haze xx

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Power socks

I feel like I am endless posting about hosiery and socks, and how people manage to get it so wrong. For such a small and seemingly innocuous thing, there are just so many people out there abusing their right to inoffensive ankles.
But I’m not here to complain today! I’m here to congratulate. It seems there is one group out there who have taken notice of that gap between pants and shoe – a group of fashion-savvy men who have coined and embraced the “power sock”.

It’s hard for a suit-wearing man to stand out, I get it. You can wear a popping shirt and contrast tie, but unless you’re going for full-on Disick there is little that can be done to stand out in a field of black, blues, and greys. The world is not your fashion oyster.

If a woman’s feeling cheery she can cherry-pick from an array of brightly coloured clothing, accessories, and shoes. She can paint her nails (and her face) to instil a flash of whimsy or a bolt of vitality in an otherwise subdued working outfit.

Finally, someone had a flash of genius and found another way to inject life into a personality-less suit while simultaneously counteracting the fashion canyon known as sock gap.

Cue ominous music!

Sure a well-elasticated dress sock will bridge the gap just fine, but stand out for its originality and verve it will not. Power socking is where it’s at…

As a disclaimer, I was equally enthused and annoyed after watching last week’s episode of Khloe and Lamar. Rob Kardashian is apparently quite passionate about socks and is starting a dress sock business. Although pleased that my musings were founded in reality, I was somewhat disappointed that I hadn’t published this post yet. I wrote it in late March, and thought maybe I’d save it in case I need more things for April. So there. You might have seen it on tv, but I thought about it first :)